Dassara: Celebrating Devi’s Grace

Kamakshi Devi at the Ramnathi Devasthan in Ponda Goa by Arun Shanbhag

Wishing you all a Wonderful Dassara
May you and your loved ones
Be blessed by
Devi’s Grace!

M&M & A

Another image of Kamakshi, a loving form of Durga, in her garbha griha at the Ramnathi Devasthan, Ponda, Goa.. The utsav murthy, which is taken around the temple in a palanquin, is placed in a niche in the wall behind. Angels appear to have been recruited for decorating the niche. Murthy of Kamakshi before her alankar can be seen in my Dassara greeting from last year.

A devotee preparing the aartis for the evening puja. A superbly beautiful time to be in the temple.
reparing aartis at the Ramnathi Devasthan in Goa by Arun Shanbhag

See Durga Stotram (Ode to Durga Devi) from my book Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms

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  1. Hi all,
    Adding to the above i want to describe you another temple.

    Angalamman temple in Melmalayanoor….

    Goddess Mother Parvathi the wife of Lord Shiva took birth on her as hive. The purpose of the birth is to clear Lord Shiva from sin due to severing the fifth head of Brahma and give blessings to all people in kaliyug. The birth took place her before the start of kaliyug. The birth place Melmaliyanoor where the temple is situated. The specialty in this temple is Mother in Angala Amman faces north while blessing devotees. Malayanoor is a part of Dhandakarunyam where Aroop (shapless) Angalaamman lies.
    Once a fisherman Dasan with 3 sons (Veeran, sooran, Ukiran) went for fishing in Malayanoor Lake. Parvathi suggested to them that catch should be devoted to her only. Veeran wanted to oblige. But he was sorry for having damaged net. Angala Amman gave three stones to Veeran. The first when thrown in to lake it will make the net all right, second stone will result in catching fishes which is to be devoted to mother. Third stone will result in large catch which can be used for sale. Veeran obeyed the commands.
    Then Angalamman created a snake hive in palace garden and set there as five headed snake. Fisherman Dasan unsuccessfully tried to doze the hive. Third day Angalamman gave Darshan to all four fishermen. She commanded the fishermen, Due to Saraswathi’s curse i am here. Daily you do Pooja to me. I will save you and your future generations. Accordingly fishermen perform Pooja even now.
    King of the place Malai Arasan came to gardens and saw the snake hive temples. He got angry with Dasan’s family. He sent a great force to destroy the snake hive. Mother made everything invisible and gave Darshan to the king, who donated twelve kanni lands for building the temple. People take sand from snake hive as Prasad and got relief from diseases.

    Temple is situated at 35 kilometers east from Thiruvanamalai, 20 Kilometers north of Gingee and 160 Kilometers south west of Chennai.

    Postal Address : The Executive Officer,
    Sri Angala Parameshwari Temple,
    Gingee Taluk,
    Villupuram District,
    Tamilnadu – 604204.
    Phone Number : +91 4145 234291
    Email : mail@angalammantemple.org

  2. Thank you Poornima for your wishes and for visiting!
    Wishing you and your family the very best graces of Devi!

    … and you got ‘darshan!”
    Enjoy and get ready for Diwali!

  3. Thanks for the wishes, belated wishes to you both.
    I have heard of the temple, yet to visit it. Thanks to you, saw the deity today… πŸ™‚

  4. Happy Dassara to everyone πŸ™‚

    With everyone mentioning what they are missing on dassara, I wanted to chime in with my bit ; -).

    When I was a little boy, I used to get up early in the morning on dassara, go to the temple with family and on the way back, get jalebis and sev from a street vendor who happened to be quite famous in my area.

    Especially on that day, there used to be a huge line in front of his cart with everyone from the area wanting to buy the hot jalebis –

    …yeah hot jalebis with warm milk – Ah, how I miss those days πŸ™‚

    arunaH uvacHa:
    Hi Jitesh:
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful way to start an auspicious day! And surely those jalebis are the best! Haven’t had freshly made jalebis and milk in decades!

    Hope you and your parents are doing well!


  5. I made a very quick visit to the SV temple yesterday during lunch hour. They were finishing off the homam and I had a fantastic dharshan and prashad (which was a full lunch). The temple has kept a simple but very beautiful golu. Later I visited my friend who had invited me to see her “gombe” especially she showed off her “pattada gombe” to me. Not to mention yummy prashad/ dinner served after pooja was part of the attraction πŸ™‚

    arunaH uvacha:
    Oh, I so miss the Balaji Temple; We used to go there sunday morning at 7 am for the suprabhatam; Very few people and it was the best time to sit in front of Venkatraman and be lost in his grandeur; and the suprabhatam is such an exquisite set of poems!

    And of course, their prasad is most definitely a full meal! We’d come home and take a nap!

    Bestest to You!

  6. Happy Dasara to you and vaini :).
    I am missing all the fun of this festival here. While growing up, this was one of the festivals we loved so much.

    arunaH uvacha:
    Thank you Shilpa;
    you are right, I particularly miss the “pustak” puja, so we did not have to study ALL day! YaaaY!
    Hope you and V had a good time.

  7. Thank you Arun for ur reply! I adore & respect those people who are very particular abt giving a prompt and kind reply even though their busy life. πŸ™‚
    Your respond made me convenient to visit again. πŸ™‚
    I’ll always ready to b enriched!
    Thank you.

    arunaH uvacha:
    Hi Sonu:
    You may want to consider subscribing to an email feed of my posts. See top of right sidebar to sign up. This way, you will get email updates every time I post something, usually 1 or 2 posts a week.

  8. Hi Sonu:

    Thank you for your kind words and appreciate your comment.
    Glad you enjoy the posts. Ours is a rich heritage and I try to do it justice and share it with others with pride!

    Good that you visited the Mahalakshmi Temple; I just love it, as well as the other Konkani temples. Will start to slowly share more about the Konkani temples!

    Visit, read and be enriched!

  9. Hi Arun,
    Happy Dussehra…!
    I stepped into ur blog first time. Very wonderful and thoughful articles. Here, these pics are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing to us. Abt ur previous article, I also had visited that beautiful temple 4-5 years back while I was in India. I still remember everything about those precious moments. Thanks for reminding. πŸ™‚
    I’ll be visiting to ur blog regularly.

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