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Matangi Puja Vidhi – Matangi Devi Puja Benefits

Matangi Devi is one among the Dasa Mahavidyas and she is the ninth Goddess among the 10 Mahavidyas. She is associated with tantric siddhi and vashikaran. Below is Goddess Matangi Puja Vidhi and benefits of performing the puja. Matangi Devi Puja Benefits Matangi Devi is associated with Tantra Kriyas. She is associated with magic and Indrajal. She is the custodian of the complete knowledge of Tantra.  She is the Goddess associated with all forms of sound, music and fine arts. Those wishing to excel in the field of fine arts need to worship her. She is also associated with Sidh Vidya. She is also associated with Vashikaran and Sammohan Vidya. Those wishing to get the attention and sexual favors need to propitiate her. Matangi Puja Vidhi She should be propitiated on Shukla Paksha Tritiya or Navami Tithi – third or ninth day during the waxing phase of the moon. The puja can be performed in the morning, during the pradosh period or at midnight. After taking bath, keep

Ashtadasa Shakti Peethas – The Concept Of 18 Shakti Peethas

This article is aimed at understanding the Ashtadasa Shakti Peethas in Hindu religion. Shakti Peethas are spots on earth where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell when it was cut into pieces by Vishnu on request from Sati Herself. This was to stop Shiva was carrying the body around the universe and lamenting the death of Sati which created imbalance in the universe and this was causing havoc and destruction of the universe. As per Hindu Puranas, there are 51 Shakti Peethas. But there is another concept of Shakti Peethas known as Ashtadasa Shakti Peethas or the 18 Shakti Peethas. The origin of the 18 Shakti Peethas is the same as 51 Shakti Peethas the difference is only in number. This particular concept is only popular in some regions especially in Andhra Pradesh. The 18 Shakti Peethas are: Trincomali ( Sri Lanka ) Sankari Devi – Groin fell here Kanchi (Tamil Nadu) Kamakshi Devi - Back Pradyumna or Chotila ( Gujarat ) Sri Srunkala Devi - Stomach Mysore (Karnataka)

Nishkraman Sanskar – Nishkramana Samskara Of A Newborn Baby

Nishkraman Sanskar is an important Vedic Sanskara associated with a new born baby. In the Nishkramana Samskara, the child is taken out of the house for the first time. The parents of the child invoke the panchabhoota – earth, water, space, air and fire. Worship is also offered to the Surya (Sun God) and Chandra (moon god). The child is then shown the sun and later at night the moon for the first time. Nishkraman Sanskar is one among the 16 Sanskars or sacraments in Hinduism. It is strictly followed by many Hindu communities. The importance of Nishkraman Sanskar is mentioned in the Atharva Veda. Nishkraman Sanskar is performed at two months if the child is healthy. Some people wait for 3 months or 4 months. 

Yoga Lakshmi – Information About Yoga Lakshmi Form Of Goddess Lakshmi

Yoga Lakshmi is associated with Lord Venkateswara worship and therefore the information about this form of Goddess Lakshmi is mostly related to Tirupati Balaji Worship. For worshipping Goddess Sri or Lakshmi in a Vaikhanasa Vishnu temple, it is suggested that there are 8 places in a temple where Goddess Sri can be consecrated and worshipped. Yoga Lakshmi is one among the eight goddesses in these particular eight Lakshmis. Yoga Lakshmi is embraced on the right bosom of Lord Vishnu in the form of a mole called ‘Srivatsam’. This form of Lakshmi must be sculpted a little above the right bosom of the icon of Lord Vishnu during the murti sculpting (making or idol) or bimbaniramana process. If it is not possible to carve the icon of Yoga Lakshmi during this murti making process, Sage Bhrighu’s Prakeernadhikara suggests that Goddess Lakshmi in Yoga Lakshmi form can be consecrated later, but it must be done based on the measurements of the main icon of Lord Vishnu and it must be made

Kachiappa Munivar

Kachiappa Munivar was a great scholar and poet associated with the Shaiva Siddhanta tradition in Tamil Nadu. He was born in the 18th century AD in Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu. There are no exact dates on his birth or death. We come to know about him through his numerous literary works. Most of his famous works are on the glory of temples dedicated to Shiva and Muruga. Kachiappa Munivar Childhood From a very young age, he was attracted to Shiva temples and stories of Shiva. During childhood, he stayed at a famous Shiva Mutt associated with Siratha Thambiran Namasivayamurthi. He received deeksha from Vellappa Desikar. Sivajnana Yogiswarer, an authority on Shaiva Siddhanta, was his Guru. Kachiappa became well versed in Tamil grammar, literature, Shaiva teachings and Vedas. He also had a great gift in poetry. Literary Works of Kachiappa Munivar  Some of his important works include: Vinayakapuranam (poem) Chennai Vinayakar Pillaitamil (poem) Kanchi Puranam Kanchinanda Ru

Hanuman With Hands Tied – Bedi Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Tirumala

Bedi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is a unique temple in Tirumala Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India. Hanuman is found here with hands tied We are familiar with the form of Anjaneya holding a mighty mace in one hand and lifting a huge mountain on another. We are also aware of Hanuman with folded arms (anjali mudra) standing or in sitting posture. But, at Tirumala, we can see a peculiar Anjaneya whose arms have been tied with handcuffs (Bedi). It is a rare phenomenon, even as per Shilpa Shastra, to see such a murti (Idol) of Anjaneya. Story Hanuman With Handcuffs There are a couple of stories associated with this form of Anjaneya of which one is being narrated here. Once, Anjana Devi chided her naughty son Hanuman who was always bubbling with enthusiasm for doing mischievous acts. She was worried about the boy as he was often leaving the home to do adventures in faraway places. In order to control him from going out, she chained him and asked him to stay there till s

Sri Ramakrishna Wise Words

This is a collection of wise words and thoughts of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ( (18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886).  The Sri Ramakrishna sayings have been collected from various sources including books, newspapers, magazines, Prabuddha Bharata and Vedanta Kesari.  You shall have to banish your ego completely from the heart. If you have the egoistic feeling, ‘I am the doer,’ you can never see God. One attains God when one feels yearning for Him. An intense restlessness is needed. Through it the whole mind goes to God. Everything can be realized simply through love of God. If one is able to love God, one does not lack anything. Do not be in a hurry, but progress each at his own pace! You are sure to arrive at your destination, so there is no need to run! But you must not stop! At a distance from the market, we hear only a loud buzzing noise; but entering the market, we hear it no longer, and instead we hear the bargains that are being carried on. Similarly, so long