As human beings sleep, Devatas also sleep on Ashada Shukla Ekadashi and wake up on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi that is called Devutthana (Dev + utthan, to wake up or stand up) or Prabodhini (also related to waking up or awakening) Ekadashi.
Dates of Hindu calender remain fixed but dates of English calendar associated with it keeps on changing every year. I’ll put up a Hindu calender on the sidebar, then it will be easy for you to figure out what’s going on — ‘coz if I give you English dates for vrat and festivals, it will not work next time.
So in the sleeping time of Devatas, generally no auspicious events takes place, everything is postponed until they wake up. The cause behind is, in each Hindu celebration Devatas are also invited to participate, Continue reading Devutthana aka Prabodhini Ekadashi
Do you know that each Hindu festival is linked with many stories? These stories are so old, telling or listening them wakes a mix sense of wonder and faith. Story of this Amla (Gooseberry) Navami is just like that.
This festival falls on Kartik Shukla Navmi, that is 9th moon day in Kartik month. It is also said that this day lord Krishna killed demon Kushmanda. One more thing before we begin our story about the word “Akshaya” it means never ending, like our king in the story who had never ending supply of golden Amla from the God’s side.
Here goes the story:
Continue reading Katha (Story): Akshaya or Amla Navami
As you know Chhath is popular festival in India, this story is linked with that — it tells what happens when you insult a deity and what happens when a deity is pleased to you.
In olden times, there lived a man, he was atheist and ready to do anything to prove it — that God and Goddesses did not exist. One day, he took lord Surya for his challenge and did the most dirtiest thing, anyone could ever thought of. What he did? Opposite of lord Surya statue, he urinated and excreted and shouted “lord Sun doesn’t not exist at all.” He was happy, he thought he had proved it. Continue reading Surya Shashti Story: Blessing and Curse of Lord Surya (Sun)
You can worship Devi Durga for many purpose: (1) spiritual progress, (2) to solves the problems in your life, (3) to become fearless (4) domination over troublesome people, (5) and just to love Her for getting motherly love. You can worship goddess Durga every day, but special days are — Shukla Paksha Ashtami (8th day of Moon days) of every month, and four Navratris of the year (in which two are gupt Navratris).
Every Shukla Paksha Ashtami is called Masik Durgashtami ‘coz Masik means every month. During Navratris, along with Devi Durga, other Devis (Goddesses) are also worshiped. The days of Goddesses are the days of recharging oneself with Her power and purity.
How to get blessings of Maa Durga
Continue reading Masik Durgashtami : How to get blessings of Maa Durga
This is lord Krishna’s festival. This day He was sent to jungle to become a cowherd, and he did many things there: playing flute, raasleela, and killing demons. For killing demons, Gopastami is also called Kalashtami.
Time of Gopastami
This festival comes on 8th of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month (Kartik Ashtami), every year; and celebrated by those who love Him and the cows. This day lord Krishna is worshiped in His baal-rupa.
Things of puja
Continue reading Gopastami or Kalashtami
Sunrise and Sunset, both are a great time to worship; haven like Agnihotra is designed in such a way that we could make use of this auspicious time. And water offering to Sun, that is Argya Dena, is unforgettable thing to Sun worshipers. Sun gives physical, mental and spiritual energy and wipes out many problems from our Astrological chart.
Chhath or Chhat puja, special days of Sun worship, that is broken down in six stages — Chha, means “six” + Hath, means “doing things under strict discipline.” Chhath puja is purifying and energizing process, and I think everyone should take part in that. Continue reading Chhath Puja : Detoxify & Energize Yourself by Taking the Power of the Sun
One way to start spiritual journey is to start chanting a mantra — it has whole science behind it. Mantras are made up of energy, when we chant it, circulation of energy starts happening inside and around us. Mantra also invokes the blessing of a particular deity for which it is made.
Many time people feel pain either side of forehead, and they think mantra is causing all this headache which sometimes feels unbearable.
So what to do? Continue reading Mantra Chanting: Pain at Left or Right Side of the Forehead
This is play of lord Krishna that we make Annakut and use it to worship Govardhan hill . How this festival came in existence, let’s check out.
Next day after Big Diwali or next day after Kartik Amavasya, Govardhan Puja is celebrated in evening.
Continue reading Annakut Recipe & Govardhan Puja
Badi Diwali (Deepawali) is celebrated on Kartik Amavasya, that’s 15th day in Kartik month (acc. Hindu calender). This day Goddess Lakshmi is invited, worshipped and prayed to stay in home and office for economic prosperity. That’s why cleanliness is too important in India during Diwali days.
In India, each class celebrates Diwali with same enthusiasm, but it is considered the main festival of business class — as they are money oriented and worship Goddess Lakshmi to stay with them. Continue reading Badi Diwali: Time, Lakshmi Worship, History, Katha & Aarati
In India Diwali (Deepawali) starts from fifteen days earlier and ends after four-five days to its actual days. Actual days are two—one is Chooti Diwali and second is Badi Diwali. This festival takes almost full month: its preparation takes lots of time for both domestic and business people, that includes cleanliness, whitewash, major or minor construction, buying things and distributing sweets and gifts. Continue reading Chooti Diwali festival: time & worship method