Ganesh and Gauri

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Though Ganesha considered as son of Shiva and Parvati, the Matsya Purana, Shiva Purana, and Skanda Purana ascribe the birth of Ganesha to Parvati only, without any form of participation of Shiva in Ganesha's birth.

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Once, while Parvati wanted to take a bath, there were no attendants around to guard her and stop anyone from accidentally entering the house. Hence she created an image of a boy out of turmeric paste which she prepared to cleanse her body, and infused life into it, and thus Ganesha was born.

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Goddess Gauri is ceremoniously welcomed in the house.

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The impressions of their feet are colorfully stamped all over the house right from the entrance of the house.

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Water is sprinkled over them and rice thrown over them. Gauri is taken around the entire house.

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These images are usually handled by unmarried girls.The hostess of the house questions Gauri, “Where have you come?” and the girl holding the images, while answering describes the house where they are brought. Then the hostess utters, “Come to us with golden feet and stay with us forever”.

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Some of the famous temples where Parvati forms are predominantly worshipped include, Akilandeswari temple at Thiruvanaikaval in Tamil Nadu, India

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Ambaji temple at Ambaji, Gujarat, India

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Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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Chottanikkara Temple, Near Cochin, Kerala

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Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India

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Meenakshi temple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India

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Abirami Temple in Tamil Nadu, India

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Hedavde Mahalaxmi Temple, Hedavde, Maharashtra

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The Shakti Peethas are places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. They are sprinkled throughout the Indian subcontinent

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