She is the main South Indian mother goddess, predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. M?ri is closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Durga as well as with her North Indian counterpart Shitaladevi. Goddess Mariamman and Goddess Kali are closely associated with each other.Festivities for her happen during the late summer, early autumn season of Aadi . Throughout the Tamil Nadu and deccan region, grand festival known as Aadi Thiruvizha are taken for Maariamman. Her worship mainly focuses on bringing rains and curing diseases like cholera, smallpox, and chicken pox.Offerings such as Pongal and Koozh that are cooked using earthen pots are also made during the festive season. Rituals such as fire walking and mouth or nose piercing are also practised.At the temple of Samayapuram, which lies six miles to the north of Tirucirapalli, the Hindu system of worship is still seen today for the worship of Mariyamman. worship for Mariyamman is a ten-day festival, organized by temple authorities during the second week in April. Some continue to use an old village customs of worship by offering chickens and goats to the deity, but the animals are no longer sacrificed but sold after being offered. But the main worshipping of the goddess occurs on the road a mile or two from the temple. A hurried walk and dance carries hundreds of thousands of worshippers along the road to the temple. Countless people in the crowd have fasted, shaved their heads, and wear bright yellow clothes, which are sacred to the goddess. Many women and children carry a pot on their heads decorated with the goddesss favourite leaves of the margosa tree. Young men and women carry similar pots but are followed by drummers and dance more wildly. Larger men and women carry pots of charcoal fire. Some put themselves through a special tribulation of having one of the sacred weapons, dagger, trident, or a spear, inserted through their cheeks or tongues. Through this worship each individual realizes themselves and others through samsara and moksha. In this self-realization he or she is bonded with the goddess, which is the underlining reason of the worship.
Baba Balak Nath ji is a Punjabi and Hindu deity worshipped in the northern Indian states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.It is believed about Baba Balak Nath that he takes birth in every age yug. He appeared as Skand in Satyug, as Kaul in Treta and as Mahakaul in Dwapar. The most Popular birth of Baba Balak Nath Ji is as 'sidh-purush' and has a connection with lord Shiva in Dwapar Yug as a kid parrot.Read More!
Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchmi as called in Hindi is the festival of Hindus that highlights the coming of spring. This festival is usually celebrated in month of Magh which is between the months of January and February in Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated in India and is also called Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami.The word Vasant means Spring and Panchami means Five. The Vasant Panchami festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magh falling between January and February. It is a festival of Kites and is in honor of Maa Saraswati.Read More!
Chamunda Devi is located at a spot where the famous battle described in the Devi Mahatmaya took place. It is believed Maa Parvatis Shakti form takes avatar of Maa Chamunda to kill the demon brothers Chand and Mund. Chamunda Devi Temple is a famous holy shrine in Himachal Pradesh and is located in Kangra District. Chamunda Devi temple is at a height of 1000m. The temple was originally located in dangerous remote spot and it was relocated to its current location.Read More!