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Brahma Kamal or Saussurea Obvallata in Botanical terminology is a very well known flower in India. The erstwhile name is more popular as it has been a part of Indian as well as Hindu mythology for centuries.
Brahma Kamal literally translates into the " Lotus of Brahma". It is said that the god of the gods', Lord Bramha adores the flower and even has one in his hand. Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe, is always depicted as sitting on a huge lotus and holding a Brahma Kamal in his hand. Most of the pictures of Lord Brahma depict him holding the flower. Another name for Lord Brahma is Kanja or the one born out of the water. So, various schools of thought state that Brahma was born from the navel of Lord Vishnu while others say that he was born from a huge white lotus that we call the Brahma Kamal.
It is said to be auspicious to be blessed by a sight of a full blooming Brahma Kamal. The flower does carry medicinal properties and Hindus state that it is of a wish-fulfilling nature. Interestingly, this flower blooms only one night in a year, and surprisingly, during twilight. It takes two hours or so for it to bloom fully. Once fully bloomed it measures up to 8 inches in diameter. It is grown exclusively in Uttarakhand state in April-May and October.
A fully bloomed Brahma Kamal.Photo by Avijit Chinara on Unsplash.
Here are a few astonishing facts about Brahma Kamal:
- The flower has been named after Lord Brahma, the deity who created the universe. It is also dubbed as the King of Himalayan Flowers. Moreover, it is officially designated as the state flower of Uttarakhand.
- Brahma Kamal is exclusively offered at several holy shrines of Uttarakhand like the Kedarnath, Badrinath and Tunganath.
- It blooms only in a few homes and under a suitable climate. It is said to bring good luck and prosperity to such places.
- It is believed that whoever prays to get any wish fulfilled while the flower is blooming will get his/ her desire fulfilled.
- It is a Hindu belief of always gifting a Brahma Kamal. It is said that a Bramha Kamal should not be sold or bought from anywhere.
- The natives of Uttarakhand likewise Hindus believe that a Brahma Kamal does protect its owner from evil eyes and bad influences.
On the contrary, its natural habitat has been shrinking over the last few decades due to the advent of global warming. The decimation of native flora and fauna is further exacerbated by human encroachment and over-harvesting. The state government has now started nurseries in the Chamoli district to conserve the flower and its sister species - all of which have great medicinal value and spiritual value.
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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the globally famous Lord Venkateswara temple, on Tuesday decided to organise statewide celebrations for forthcoming Sravana Pournami, Varalakshmi Vratam and Krishnastami festivals.
"As part of Sravana Masa festivities, all projects of TTD in coordination should observe Sravana Pournami, Varalakshmi Vratam and Krishnastami events across the state," said TTD additional executive officer A.V. Dharma Reddy. On Tuesday, Reddy held a review meeting on all TTD projects at Sri Padmavati Rest House, where he directed HDPP officials to prepare guidelines for imparting training for 'dharma pracharaa' (faith propagators) coordinators in the state.
"All the Tirunakshatram programmes performed under the aegis of Alwar Divya Prabandha Project of TTD should also be carried out in a grand manner involving all projects," said the additional EO. Meanwhile, Reddy said that the 'Sapthagiri' magazine would be revived completely under the guidance of the editorial board with attractive pages, content and stories.
Likewise, Reddy called for bringing out nearly 2,000 sankeertans of Sri Annamacharya into the public domain, composing music for them by selecting talented artists from time to time. Similarly, he called for the Dasa Sankeertans to be popularized among the masses and instructed the concerned officer to arrange a meeting with experts on Dasa Sahitya soon.
Reddy instructed all project officers to prepare an action plan for annual events through their respective projects and submit them for review in the next meeting. "All the project officers should focus on bringing out new programmes involving the public and taking forward the Hindu Sanatana Dharma Prachara in an effective manner", he added.(IANS/HP)
The police have arrested 10 people in connection with a case of vandalism of four temples, several idols, six shops and some houses of Hindu people in Shiali village of Rupsha Upazila in southern Khulna, a senior police official confirmed on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday afternoon following which tension gripped the area forcing the authorities to deploy additional police force, a police official told IANS.
The locals said, a group of female devotees took out a procession at around 9 p.m. on Friday from the Purba Para temple to the Shiali crematorium. They had crossed a mosque on their way, during which the Imam, preacher of the mosque, shouted and objected to the procession. This led to a heated argument between the Hindu devotees and the Islamist cleric. It was decided that the matter would be taken up with the police on Saturday.
The arrests have been made following a complaint filed on Saturday night. The police, however, did not specify that who was charged in the case and who was arrested.
According to the police, around a hundred attackers reached the village on Saturday at around 5:45 p.m. with weapons and started vandalism. During the violence, four temples were desecrated and a house was vandalised. Also, six shops belonging to the people from Hindu community were vandalised in Shiali village
During the violence, four temples were desecrated and a house was vandalised.ians
Shaktipada Basu, the President of local Puja Udjapon Parishad, said that the cops chased away the Hindus when they went to file a complaint at the Shiali Camp police station. Sadhan Adhikari, the chairman of Ghatbhog Union, also reached the village and informed that such an act of violence and vandalism never took place in the village before.
Basu told IANS that more than a hundred Islamists attacked with spades, sickles and carried out mass destruction. They vandalised Ganesh Mallick's medicine outlet in the market, Srivastava Mallick's grocery store, Sourav Mallick's tea and grocery store, Anirban Hira and his father's shop. When Hindus tried to intervene, the miscreants assaulted and injured them badly. Before the villagers could unite and put up a fight, the accused men fled the crime scene.
Besides, the residence of one Shibpadh Dhar was also looted by the miscreants. The 'Govinda temple' in his house was also vandalised. Other temples that were desecrated include the 'Hari temple' of Shiali Purbapara, Durga temple, and Shiali Mahasamshan temple.
Rubaiya Tasnim, Upajila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), said that she had met with local Hindu and Muslim community leaders with administration and police officials shortly after Saturday's incident.
Tasnim said, "We, the district administration and law enforcement officials, went there immediately and meet with the locals to resolve the conflict."
Six shops belonging to the people from Hindu community were vandalised in Shiali village.ians
Officer-in-charge of Rupsha Police Station Sardar Mosharraf Hossain said that the situation in the area was calm. Both the UNO of Rupsa and the OC of the police station said that there was an argument between the two parties over allegations that members of the Hindu community were 'singing' during prayers at the mosque on Friday evening, which they described as a 'misunderstanding'.
However, the UNO of Rupsha Upazila said that the 'conflict' was resolved on the same day and Saturday's attack had nothing to do with the incident. The locals seeking anonymity accused the youth of nearby Chandpur village for orchestrating the attack.
A police team comprising of the Superintendent of Police (SP), Additional SP also reached the crime scene.
Mahboob Hassan, SP (Khulna) informed that police teams had been deployed in the area and the situation in the Shiali village was under control. He said that the cops are coordinating with the local people in this matter.(IANS/HP)
BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY
The Chamunda Devi temple, also known as the 'Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham,' is one of the most famous and well-known sacred places among Hindus. The temple is located on the banks of the Banganga (Baner) river in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra region, about 10 kilometers from the well-known Palampur city. It is one of Chamba's most popular tourist attractions, with worshippers flocking there all year. The Navratri season, however, is the busiest, with thousands of devotees flocking to seek Chamunda Devi's blessings. The temple is reported to be 700 years old and has been renovated and rebuilt several times. The natural beauty of the region makes it a popular picnic site in addition to being a religious and spiritual attraction.
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History of the temple
According to legend, Chamunda was first worshipped by the Munda people of Central India's Vindhya mountains. It's thought that these folks make offerings of both animals and humans. Chamunda is even offered alcohol. Because of her connection to Vedic Rudra, this goddess has a ferocious personality. At times, she is even referred to be the fire deity 'Agni'. The monarch and a Brahmin priest petitioned Devi for permission to relocate the temple to a more easily accessible place approximately 400 years ago, according to legend. In a dream, Devi appeared to the priest and gave her instructions.
The temple is located on the banks of the Banganga (Baner) River in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra regionWikimedia commons
She told him to dig in a certain location until he uncovered a historic idol, which he was to put in the temple and worship as her form. The king dispatched men to deliver the idol to him. Despite the fact that they were able to find it, they were unable to move it. Devi appeared to the priest in a dream once more. The guys couldn't move the sacred relic because they thought it was just another stone, she stated. She told him to wake up early in the morning, bathe, put on clean clothing, and arrive at the location in a respectable manner.The Brahmin followed the Goddess's directions and effortlessly lifted the idol, allowing the temple to be built as it is today.
The architecture of the temple
The temple is built in the Tantric style, as are the majority of Shakti Peeth temples. The goddess is depicted at the temple with images from mythology and folklore. The goddess's idol is flanked by sculptures of Lord Bhairav and Lord Hanuman, two gods considered to be the ferocious goddess's guardians. Chamunda was enshrined as the main deity Rudra Chamunda in the struggle against the demon Jalandhara, which the Maitrika goddesses were formed to defeat, according to mythology. The architecture of the temple is sculpted to meet the requirements of its topography, which is appropriate for the temple's mountainous location.
The temple is devoted not only to the Goddess but also to Lord Shiva, whose Lingam is located underneath the main temple in a tiny scoop-like cave. The temple's construction is ordinary, and it shares nothing in common with the other temples in the region, but what sets it apart is the scenic beauty of the site, as well as the awe-inspiring serenity and quiet that a devotee experiences when entering the premises. Locals and priests are also praised by visitors to the temple, who states that the people there are aware of the temple's beauty and are equally friendly to tourists, visitors, and worshippers.
The temple is built in the Tantric style, as are the majority of Shakti Peeth templesWikimedia commons
How to reach the temple
By Air: The nearest airport is Gaggal, which is connected to New Delhi and Chandigarh by Indian Airlines flights.
By Train: The nearest narrow-gauge railway station is Palampur, while the nearest broad gauge railway head is Pathankot.
By Road: Himachal Pradesh's major cities, Dharamshala, Palampur, and Pathankot, provide a variety of transportation options, including state-run buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws. Using public transportation, one may easily reach the base of the hilltop-based Chamunda Devi Temple and then either hike, climb stairs (378 steps) or drive to the temple.
- Winter: 06.00 am to 12.00 pm and 01.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
- Summer: 05.00 am to 12.00 pm and 01.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
- Winter: 08.00 am and 6.00 pm
- Summer: 08.00 am and 8.00 pm