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Samayapuram Amman History – Samayapuram Mahamayi Mariamman Story – Offerings – Festivals – Different Names

The Amman (Mother Goddess) worshipped at the famous Mariamman Kovil at Samayapuram in Tamil Nadu is known as Mahamayi. The history and story of Samayapuram temple is intertwined. Her festivals and offering are unique and these can be found in her different names. Samayapuram Amman History A Chozha king of the region had his sister married to a king of the Ganga dynasty. He also gave the sister, a gift of a fortress in a place called Kannanoor (which was near the present day Samayapuram). In course of time, the fortress became dilapidated. It came to be known as the ‘Kottai medu’ or the ‘aranmanai medu’ (Kottai=Fortress, aranmanai = palace, medu = raised area). Neem trees covered the place. The place was abandoned for several years. Vaishnavi Devi Of Srirangam Becomes Samayapuram Mariamman There was a murti of Vaishnavi Devi in the temple of Srirangam, which is a few kilometres south west of Samayapuram. Vaishnavi Devi here was extremely fierce and the priests found it i

Gugga – Famous Ancient Sculptor Of Himachal Pradesh

Gugga lived in the 7 th century AD and he is one of the famous sculptors of Himachal Pradesh. The murtis of Hindu Gods and Goddesses that he created are not just revered but beyond words and even modern day machines and techniques can barely attain such craftsmanship. Gugga was one of the foremost exponents of Himachal Pradesh’s long and glorious tradition of metal casting. He was the head of King Meru Varman’s atelier in Chamba. Gugga’s workmanship, especially in the exquisite Lakshana Devi and Shakti Devi murtis, traces its ancestry to Kashmir – from where the craft came to this part of the hills.   Gugga the sculptor is the subject of legend, including on that tells how his right hand was amputated by a jealous patron, the miraculously restored by Shakti Devi who wanted no other craftsman to sculpt her image. And more than 1000 years later, the Devi’s strikingly evocative face, slim, graceful body and lovingly crafted jewellery continues to bear testimony to Gugg

Shakti Devi Temple At Chhatrari In Chamba - Chhatrari Temple

Shakti Devi Temple is located at Chhatrari Village which is about 50 km from Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple complex with numerous sub shrines is very old. Some Important Facts The current temple is believed to have been built in the 8th or the 9th century AD The stunningly beautiful murti of Goddess Shakti was sculpted in 650 AD. The murthi is much older than the temple. The temple is located at an altitude of 6000 meter. The main murti is 4 feet 6 inches tall. The temple has 30 more murtis including that of Annapurna. The temple was originally wooden, though of that construction only the sanctuary and surrounding gallery now remain. The pradakshina patha of the temple has 12 grand pillars of wood, elegantly decorated though now corroded. At the entrance, a frieze depicts two crouching lions, and within is the radiant Shakti Devi. She stands on a lotus. Her slim body has three folds on the belly – traditional marks of beauty. From the waist down,

Bhartrihari Caves Near Ujjain

Bhartrihari caves, near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, are dedicated to Raja Bhatrihari, who renounced his throne and became one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of ancient India. The caves are located on the banks of Shipra River and are around 5 km from Ujjain Railway Station. It is believed that after realizing the futility of worldly life, Raja Bhatrihari decided to give away his kingly status. He gave his crown to his younger brother, the legendary King Vikramaditya. It is believed that Bhartrihari spend his ascetic life in these caves. He wrote Shringarshataka, Vairagya shatak, and Nitishatakam in these caves. The walls of the natural caves are noted for its sculptures.

Stress Is Unavoidable For Many But We Can Surely Reduce Stress

If you want to overcome stress, do this…do that… we will get a whole lot of advice… But really do you think stress-free life is possible in the current situation. In the complex web of life, that we are part of, stress and tension are our constant companion. We cannot escape it but we can reduce it. The majority of the stresses in our life are unnecessary. First and foremost we need to do a thorough check of our life – an honest postmortem of our daily life. This will help us in identifying the things that are making our life stressful. Make a list of things that cause stress in our life. Now find those that can be easily removed. Make an honest attempt to remove all those stresses from life. There will be some stresses, which we can overcome by making slight changes in our lifestyle and thinking. Make the necessary changes. There are some relationships that give us unwanted stress – eliminate such relationships. Be honest in your life – with your work, with your relat

Uttarashada Nakshatra Female Characteristics – Uttarashada Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uttarashada Nakshatra born female is that they will be humorous. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be humble. Other Uttarashada Nakshatra Female Characteristics are given below: Will have lot of enemies Will be unhappy many times Will travel a lot Will be proud. Will be scholars. Will show kindness to those who are suffering. Will become famous. Will be interested in looking after affairs of home. Will maintain high standard of cleanliness. The females born in Uttarashada nakshatra can be driven like a workaholic, extremely persistent when excited, but if they loose interest they become lazy, introspective, and not finish what they started.