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Rufi malik
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Deepavali is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus as well as jains.They have their own legends behind it.Like that many festivals are celebrated by different religions and regions in India with different legends.Do you any one of such kind Please share.....

Posted On : 05/19/09 9:49:43 PM

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Prerna Gupta
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Hi Rufi...I can share the legend behind Kali Puja in eastern India. Goddess Kali enjoys a significant position in the Indian culture and Kali Puja is considered to be the perfect way of commemorating the goddess. Though she appears in various forms but the most famous image of Goddess Kali shows Her holding a severed head in her one hand and sword in the other, with Her foot on Lord Shiva s chest and a garland of skulls hanging in her neck. The depiction of this form of Goddess Kali has a famous legend behind it according to which during a battle, Goddess Kali became over enthusiastic and started destroying everything in her sight. To stop this endless violence Lord Shiva threw himself under the Goddess Kali s feet. The goddess got so much shocked on seeing Lord Shiva under Her feet that she stuck out Her tongue in bewilderment. In this way Her raging madness of destroying everything got over and everything was calmed. Since then Goddess Kali came to be depicted in the fierce form of standing with Her one foot on Lord Shiva s chest and Her tongue stuck out. Apart from this form of Goddess Kali, there are other avatars of Goddess Kali also which reveal her peaceful side as She is depicted as Benign Mother, the epitome of the Eternal night of peace and tranquility. There are in all ten avatars of Goddess Kali of which Shyama Kali is the most famous.

Posted On : 05/28/09 6:55:26 AM

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Hi all....The legend of Lakshmi Puja is equally interesting.... Lakshmi Puja performed on the third day of Diwali Diwali Pooja is a way adopted by Hindus to commemorate the splendor of goddess Lakshmi who signifies money and good luck for them. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Lakshmi Puja is the best way of pleasing her. The occasion of Lakshmi Puja falls on the dark night of amavasya and is devoted entirely to the propitiation of goddess Lakshmi. An important legend associated with Lakshmi Puja is that of gambling, particularly in North India Diwali festival in India . According to a common belief goddess Parvati while playing dice with her husband, Lord Shiva said that whoever would play dice on the eve of Lakshmi Puja would be granted with prosperity for the entire year.

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Joydeep Chakraborty
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Hi all.....Ganesh Puja or Ganesh Chaturthi is very much a popular Hindu festival. Although there are diverse mythological stories exist about God Ganesha, the following story is widely believed to be the relevant one by many Devotees. Goddess Gauri wife of Lord Shiva once, while bathing, created Ganesha as a pure white being out of the mud of Her Body and placed Him at the entrance of the house. She told Him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva Himself was returning home quite thirsty and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha s head as He thought Ganesha was an outsider. When Gauri came to know of this she was sorely grieved. To console her grief Shiva ordered His aids to cut off and bring to Him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant s head was brought before Shiva. The Lord then joined the elephant s head onto the body of Ganesha. Lord Shiva then made His son worthy of worship at the beginning of all undertakings, marriages, expeditions, studies, etc.

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