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Sukai Devi In Maharashtra – Information About Mother Goddess Sukai Devi

Sukai Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Maharashtra. She is Grama Devata or village deity. She is also the patron Goddess of many communities. There is no proper authentic information regarding her origin but she is a deity who protects people from adharma. Sukai Devi is worshipped in murti form. She is depicted either in standing or sitting position. Sometimes devotees only get to view her head. She is depicted with two or four arms. She holds various weapons. Festivals associated with her vary from region to region. Numerous different types of rituals are dedicated to her. In some regions there is a palkhi dedicated to her. She is worshipped for early cure from diseases, for good rains and farm yield, for defeating enemies and for fulfillment of desires.

Due To Sickness When The Jagannath Temple Is Closed In This Year 2023

Three main important gods in the Jagannath Temple are not available for darshan for a period of fifteen days. This is due to sickness after 108 pots of water are poured on them after the Snana Purnima ritual. The temple is never actually closed only the main murtis are not available for darshan during period. Due To Sickness When The Jagannath Temple Is Closed In This Year 2023 The temple will be closed from June 4, 2023 to June 18, 2023. The catching of sickness is known as Anasara and it happens after the ritual bathing (Snana Purnima) of the deities worshipped in the Puri Jagannath Temple. For the next fifteen days, devotees are not allowed the darshan of the idols. It is believed that the deities catch fever after a long ritual bathing and therefore does not return to sanctum sanctorum for the next fifteen days. During this period, the Sabara daitas (specially appointed people) repaint the murtis or idols of Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra. During Anasara period thr

Folk Music Of Bihar

The folk musicians of Bihar use musical instruments that are different from traditional classical musical instruments. Percussion instruments such as daf, dholak, and mridanga replace the tabla. The tanpura, sitar and sarod, commonly used in classical music are totally absent in folk music. Many times, instruments used in folk music are identified by their names in the local dialect. Women sing during domestic chores and shepherds chant simple and charming tunes while tending cattle. The songs of shepherds grazing their herd, riders hauling produce or goods on their bullock-carts, men folk gathered under the shade of a banyan tree during the summer or around a fire in winter, fill the air with songs. Women, milling wheat or maize on a chakki (hand-mill) entertain themselves by singing. Many songs are associated with seasons, festivals and rituals. During the monsoon, young women on their swing sing songs called Rajari, Jhumar, and Barahmasa. Chaiti and Baisakhi are songs of

Story Of Birth Of Janaka – Vaideha and Mithila

Janaka, father of Mata Sita and who is known for his philosophical discussions, was not from womb. His name is associated with Mithila and Vaideha. It is said that the great sages of the ancient world churned the body of King Nimi and from it came out a boy. He was Janaka, called Vaideha (born of the body-less), a he was born from the King Nimi, who other name was Videha. As he was churned out (mathanj jatah) he was also called Mithila. He founded the city of Mithila. Mata Sita, incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, was found by King Janaka.

Moksha is the highest value – Mahabharata

Moksha is the highest value. One should do the duties of his station of life without any self-seeking. This is practicing dharma with indifference to sin or merit, riches or poverty, pleasure or pain. Nishkama Dharma alone can break the cycle of life and death and supersede merit and sin, and lead to salvation in the absolute. Both pain and pleasure are transitory, one following the other in a casual cycle driven by persisting desire. Of the two – happiness gained by effort driven by desire and happiness gained by forsaking desire – the latter is preferable because it frees man from cycle of pleasure and pain. And when one completely withdraws one senses from the sense-objects, even as a tortoise its limbs, then one’s wisdom is steady. From an abstemious embodied being, sense-objects fall off, but not the relish for them; but even the relish of the man of steady wisdom ceases when that supreme Being is realised. The turbulent senses, O son of Kunti, forcibly lead astray t