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The Story of Balarama and Monkey Dvividha

The story of Balarama and Monkey Dvivida (Dwivida or Dvividha) is found in the tenth Skandha Chapter 67 of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The story takes place when Balarama and Krishna have grown older. Dvividha was the friend of Demon Narakasura who was slain by Sri Krishna and Satyabhama. To avenge the death of his friend, Dvividha caused havoc in Anarta. He disturbed the sages, killed people and destroyed properties. Dvividha was a very old monkey and he was the brother of Mainda and was a minister of Sugriva during Treta Yuga – the Ramayana period. He was so strong and powerful that he used to lift up small hillocks and throw it on villages. He had the strength of ten thousand elephants. Once he dived into the sea and with his arms, he churned the waters and it submerged a nearby region. He used to throw men, women, and children into caves and close up the mouth of caves with huge boulders. Balarama, once during his excursions, reached the Raivataka Moun

Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Vratam and Puja – Friday Pujas for Goddess Lakshmi in Ashada Month

Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Puja and Vratam is observed on the Fridays in the Hindu month of Ashada Masam by women in certain Hindu communities in Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 2023, the Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Vratam is observed on June 23, June 30, July 7 and July 14. This Vratam is also known as Shaka Vrata and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Some people observe Lakshmi Puja for the whole month of Ashada. There are others who begin the puja on Ashada Shukla Dashami (10th day of Ashada Month) and end it on Shravana Masa Shukla Dashami (10th day of Shravan month). Majority of the people only observe on Fridays in the month of Ashada and some concludes the puja on the Varalakshmi Puja day. Those who are performing the Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Puja worship Goddess Lakshmi and chant Lakshmi Sahasranamam. Usual puja methods are followed during the period. An idol or picture of Goddess Lakshmi

Changdeo Temple at Jalgaon – Changdev Temple History – Architecture

Khandesh the northwestern portion of Maharashtra bore the brunt of Islamic invasions for several centuries. As a result of this, few Hindu temples of importance were constructed here after the 13th Century AD. Changdeo Temple is one of the few earlier surviving temples extolling the grand architectural tradition of Khandesh. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also known as Changdev. Changdeo Temple is around 60 km east of Jalgaon and 30 km east of Bhusawal. The nearest railway station is Savda, around 8 km from Changdev. Changdeo Temple History The temple was constructed in 11th Century AD by Govindaraja who was a chief of Deogiri Yadava King Mahamandala Nath Seona or Senu II. The Sun Temple of Vaghli and the Mahadeo Temple at Sangameshwar in the Chalisgaon region were also constructed during the reign. The name Changdeo is not associated with Yogi Changdeo as it is generally perceived. About 15 kilometers from Chalisgaon in a town named Patan a Ma

Reason for Feeding Small Wheat Flour Dough to Fishes in Hinduism

You might have come across people feeding small wheat flour dough to fishes in ponds, lakes and rivers near Hindu temples and sacred places. This is an important ritual in Hinduism. Reason for feeding fishes with small dough is to find relief to various problems in janam kundli or horoscope. Those suffering from Sade Sati will find relief after feeding fishes with wheat flour dough on Saturdays. This will help in solving all kinds of legal and financial problems in life due to the bad positioning of Shani. This offering on Monday, Thursday and Sunday will help in overcoming debts. There will be positive turn around in money matters. It is also an ideal option to overcome troubles associated with Rahu and Ketu in Kundali.