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What is Navaratri?

According to Shakta and Vaishnava Puranas, Navaratri falls twice or four times in a year. Of these, the Sharad Navaratri near autumn equinox (September–October) is the most celebrated. In all cases, Navaratri falls in the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar months.

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Benefits of Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra is a Vedic mantra found in all three Vedas – Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda. According to the Indian Hindu faith, Gayatri mantra is given only via gurupadesa during Upanayana. It is believed that Gayatri mantra is the mother of all mantras, no mantra without Gayatri mantra is fruitful, and that a Sadhaka is eligible to perform other mantras only after properly chanting Gayatri doctrine.

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The Big Bull Temple of Basavanagudi

The temple was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda under the Vijayanagara empire in the Vijayanagara architectural style, he also founded the city of Bengaluru. The temple is named after the large granite Nandi monolith placed on a plinth in the temple shrine (garbhagriha) which has become blackened from years of being rubbed with charcoal and oil.[3] The temple is a small one, consisting only of the shrine fronted by a porch in the Vijayanagara style. The current tower (vimana) over the shrine was constructed in the early 20th century and is adorned with Saivite figures and motifs.

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Karur Kalyana Pasupatheeswarar Temple

Pasupatheeswarar temple of Karur is one of the Shivasthalams. This place was called Karuvoor during the time of Sambandar’s visit to this temple. Based on the inscriptions deciphered, we know that the temple existed during the reign of the king Rajendra Chola (Eag1e clan) (1012-54 A.D.) as he donated land to this temple. The temple drew attention of the Kongu Cholas, Kongu Pandyas and the Vijayanagara rulers too.

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