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River Ganga (गङ्गा)

Devi Vishalakshi at Varanasi Shakti Peetha:

Devi Vishalakshi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Ghats at Kashi near the temple Puranic Event:
Devi's Kundala (Ear-Ring) fell at Varanasi where She is known as Vishalakshi and the Bhairava is called Kalabhairava.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Varanasi Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Vishalakshi temple at Varanasi (or Kashi) in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. The Shakti Peetha is located on the bank of river Ganga, near the Mir Ghat at Varanasi. Another ghat known as Manikarnika Ghat is identified with the place where the ear-rings of Devi fell.


Devi Lalitha at Prayaga Shakti Peetha:

Devi Alopi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Devi Alopi temple, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Devi Lalita, Mirapur, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Puranic Event:
Devi's Anguli Vrinda (Group of Fingers) fell at Prayaga where She is known as Lalitha and the Bhairava is called Bhavah.
(from Peetha Nirnaya texts)


Pilgrimage:
The Prayaga Shakti Peetha is identified two temples. The first is the Devi Alopi temple at Allahabad in the Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The temple does not have any idol. A wooden jhula above a marble platform is considered the goddess. The second is the Lalita Devi temple in the Mirapur locality. It has an ancient Pipal tree in its compound.. Prayaga lies in the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and hidden Saraswati.


Sri Rama & River Ganga:

Sri Rama 1. Sri Rama visits Anga province at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu, and hears the story of Shiva burning Kamadeva. (Valmiki Ramayana 1.23)

2. Sri Rama crosses river Ganga at the Anga province and while crossing hears the story of the origin of river Sarayu from Manasa lake. Sri Rama reaches the forest of Tataka after crossing river Ganga. (Valmiki Ramayana 1.24)

3. Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga while travelling to Mithila with Vishwamitra Sri Rama hears the story of river Ganga from Vishwamitra. (Valmiki Ramayana 1.35 - 1.43)

4. Sri Rama hears the story of river Ganga from Vishwamitra while camping at the bank of river Ganga (while travelling towards Mithila). (Valmiki Ramayana 1.35 - 1.43)



Sri Rama & Sringaverapura:

Sri Rama 1. Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga during the forest exile at a place called Sringaverapura. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.50)

2. Sri Rama, here, meets Guha, the king of Nishada. Sri Rama, here, spends a night at the bank of river Ganga. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.50 - 2.52)

3. Sri Rama, next morning, crosses the river Ganga in a boat given by Guha, and with the help of His devotee Kewat. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.52)

4. Sri Rama then proceeded towards Prayaga (confluence of rivers Ganga and Yamuna) and reaches the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja. Sage Bharadwaja tells Sri Rama the way to Chitrakoota. (Valmiki Ramayana 2.52 - 2.54).




Vishwanath Jyotirlinga:

Sri Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, Kasi or Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Sri Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, Kasi or Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Puranic Event:
The Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is situated in Kashi. Even before creation, Lord Shiva built a beautiful city for Prakriti and Purusha to perform penance. Lord Vishnu meditated there and as a result streams of water kept flowing. A gem from the ear of Vishnu fell on the ground which became the great pilgrim center known as Manikarnika. Manikarnika kept flowing as water for five koshas. Lord Shiva held it on the tip of his trident and that became the city of Kashi. Subsequently Lord Brahma created the other worlds. After a day of Brahma, Kashi does not get destroyed but is held on the tip of the trident of Lord Shiva.
(from Shiva Purana, Koti-Rudra Samhita - Ch 22)


Pilgrimage:
The Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is identified with the Vishwanath temple in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. The temple is situated on the bank of river Ganga. The ancient city of Varanasi has many ghats on the Ganga river. The Dashahwamedh Ghat is close to the Kasi Vishwanatha temple.

For more details refer to Vishwanath Jyotirlinga from Shiva Purana.



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1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

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