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Viralimalai Murugan Temple is situated in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu. Lord Muruga is known as Sri Shanmuganathar with his cohorts Valli and Devasena / Devayanai.  People pray to Lord Shanmuganathar for health, happiness, longevity, education, wisdom, good yields in farming. Idol of Nagaraja - snake is installed at the centre of Naga theertham.   Significance of the temple: The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Arunagiriar. Cigar is offered as nivedhana to Lord Muruga in this temple Temple legend: Cigar is a unique offering similar to the sandal paste offered to Lord Dandayudhapani during Arthajama puja in Palani. During the...

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18 Shakti Peethas, Shakti Peetha, Temples of India, Vaishnavi Devi Temple in Jwala -

Vaishnavi Devi Temple is situated in Jwala, Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh. The goddess is famously known as Jwala Devi and Jwalamukhi Ji. Vaishnavi Devi Temple is regarded as a Shakti Peetha where Sati Devi's tongue had fallen in this place. Vaishnavi Devi Temple  is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures. There is a natural cave where eternal flames continue to burn. Some say there are nine flames for the nine Durgas.  The temple style is typical of Jwala Ji shrines, four cornered, with a small dome on the top and a square central pit of hollowed stone inside where the main...

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18 Shakti Peethas, Mangala Gauri Temple in Gaya, Shakti Peetha, Temples of India -

Mangala Gaurii Temple in Gaya is situated in Bihar. The Mangala Gauri temple in Gaya has been mentioned in Padma Purana, Vayu Purana and Agni Purana.  Mangala Gaurii Temple is regarded as a Shakti Peetha where Sati Devi's breast had fallen in this place. Gaya is held as an important spiritual center by Hindus as a site which offers salvation to the souls Temple Legend: This legend is associated with the destruction of Daksha's sacrifice and the origin of the Shakti Peethas of India. Sati, the consort of Shiva was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati a descendant of Bhrama.. Sati had married...

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18 Shakti Peethas, Shakti Peetha, Temples of India, Vishalakshi in Varanasi -

Vishalakshi Temple is also known as the Vishalakshi Gauri Temple. It is a most famous Hindu temple located at the Meer Ghat on the bank of the holy River Gange in the Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Vishalakshi Temple is regarded as a Shakti Peetha where Sati Devi's face had fallen in this place. In the Puranas, it is mentioned that the Varanasi city will exist even after the Pralaya.  Vishalakshi of Varanasi is mentioned as first of 108 Shakti Pithas in the list in the Devi Bhagavata Purana. The face of Sati is described to have fallen here. This is the only instance where a...

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Temples of India, Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar Temple -

Festivals at Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai. Several festivals dot the Tiruvannamalai temple town's calendar. Each occurrence of the full moon is a celebration in itself, as hundreds of thousands throng to circumambulate the Annamalai Hill called as Giri Valam, considered to be a representation of Annamalaiyar himself. Tiruvannamalai celebrates four annual Bhrammotsavams (10 day festivals) the most famous of which is the Kartikai Bhrammotsavam (in the Tamil month of Kartikai Nov 15 - Dec 15). The Arudra Darisanam in the month of Margazhi (Dec 15 through Jan 15) is a celebration of the cosmic dance of Shiva. Thai Poosam festival...

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