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9 Most Beautiful Goddess Lakshmi Temples of India


In India, there are many beautiful temples for the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. Here is a list of nine such temples.

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Madhusudana – The slaying of the twin demonic forces – Madhu and Kaitabha


The word Madhusudana means ‘slayer of Madhu’. This name is often used for Krishna in the Mahabharata epic, especially by the Pandava prince, Arjuna, in the Bhagvad Gita section. Madhu was an Asura or demon who was killed by Lord Vishnu in his horse-like incarnation, Hayagriva. The demon’s twin brother, Kaitabha, was also killed by […]

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Ten Most Powerful Weapons Found in Ancient Hindu Epics


Ancient Hindu epics and Puranas often describe fearsome and bloody battles between the forces of good and evil. The gods and demons too often play a role in such encounters, along with their powerful and awe-inspiring weapons. Here is a list of the 10 most powerful weapons mentioned in the ancient Hindu epics. Vajra, The […]

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True Facts of Vaitheeswaran Koil in Tamilnadu


People from all over southern India visit the Vaitheeswaran Koil in Tamilnadu to worship Lord Vaidyanathar/ Vaitheeswaran (Lord Shiva) and seek remedies for various health problems. Lord Vaitheeswaran is considered as the “God of Healing”. Hindus believe that praying to Lord Vaitheeswaran can cure all diseases and also bring mental peace. Vaitheeswaran Koil is sought after by devotees for getting relief from adverse planetary effects. People perform […]

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Narayaneeyam Chanting for Curing Diseases


The Narayaneeyam is a condensed version of the Srimad Bhagavatam. It was composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri (1560–1666 AD), who was a great devotee and scholar. He lived in Guruvayur, a famed temple town in Kerala. Bhattathiri was a highly celebrated Sanskrit poet of Kerala.  Narayaneeyam tells the story of Lord Narayana. It consists of […]

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Panchmukhi Hanuman Story That Will WOW You for Sure


In Hindu mythology, Mahabali, Veda Vyasa, Vibhishana, Kripacharya, Parasurama, Ashwatthama, and Hanuman are Chiranjeevis or immortals. Hanuman is a revered devotee of Lord Rama. Hanuman is said to have knowledge gained both by birth and deeds. He is faster than the wind, has great morale, and possesses Ashta Aishwarya Siddhi, as well as the power […]

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How is Narasimha Jayanti celebrated?


Lord Vishnu took many avatars or incarnations to rid the world of evil and re-establish Dharma on earth. Narasimha, his half-man, half-lion avatar, is the fourth incarnation. He took this incarnation to save his devotee, Prahlad, and kill the demon Hiranyakashipu.   The 14th day in the Hindu month of Vaishaka, Shukla Paksha (waxing moon […]

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Kalasha Pooja Procedure, Requirements and Poojan Vidhi


Kalasha Pooja is a very ancient Indian spiritual practice. The kalash is a representation of the deity that is invoked to reside in the kalasha. The kalash or pot is usually made of bronze or copper.  During rituals, it is filled with water, coins, or jewels, and then an inverted coconut is placed on top. […]

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Vaikasi Visakam Recipes


Vaikasi Visakam is a Hindu festival that is important to Saivites, Vaishnavites, and also Buddhists. To Saivites, it is the day of the advent of Lord Muruga, to Vaishnavites, the day marks Periyalvar’s Jayanti, and to Buddhists, it is the day associated with the miracles of nativity, enlightenment, and the Maha Samadhi of the Buddha. […]

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The Story of Goddess Mookambika


The story of Goddess Mookambika finds mention in the Skanda Purana. The ancient Purana says that a demon called Kaumasura performed great austerities and was given a darshan of Lord Shiva. The demon wanted to ask for the boons of great power and immortality. But Goddess Saraswati as Vagdevi took away his power of speech. […]

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Significance of Kollur Mookambika Temple


Kollur Mookambika temple is a very renowned temple in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It is said to be one of the seven abodes of salvation created by Parashurama. Mookambika temple is in Kollur, which is in the Udupi district of Karnataka. This temple is dedicated to art and knowledge. Goddess Mookambika is regarded […]

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What should we donate on Akshaya Tritiya?

Akshaya Tritiya or ‘Akha Teej’ is on the third day in the Hindu month of Vaishakha (May – June). Akshaya Tritiya’s meaning is ‘that which is inexhaustible or something that cannot be destroyed’. It is considered a very auspicious day for new beginnings and is important for both Hindus and Jains. Parshurama, the sixth avatar […]

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