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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sawan Somvar Tomorrow! Read its Importance and Facts

The first Sawan Somvar fast will be observed tomorrow. Worship Lord Shiva the right way to get desirable results. Also, know the Tithis of all the Mondays falling in the month of Sawan and important facts associated with them.

As per Hinduism, along with the month of Shravan, the time of Pradosh and Shivratri is also considered auspicious to worship Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu Panchang, the month of Shravan is also known as Sawan, during which the importance of revering Lord Shiva and observing fasts on Monday increases to a great extent. Devotees of Shiva who fasts on Sawan Somvar obtain auspicious results. After fasting for the whole day, natives break the fast after performing the Puja. The rites and rituals associated with Sawan Vrat are similar to the other fasts kept on Monday. During this year, the first Monday/Somvar of Sawan will fall on 22 July, 2019. 

Sawan Somvar Vrat Will Give Desirable Results 

The Hindu Panchang states that Shravan is the fifth month of the year which falls during the month of July or August according to the English Calendar. The month holds immense importance because the entire month is devoted to Lord Shiva. Thus, it becomes very dear to the Mahadev. Beliefs state that when Lord Vishnu goes for a long sleep to Kshirsagar on Devshayni Ekadashi, Lord Shiva takes the responsibility of the entire Universe on his shoulders. Apart from this, it is also said that if a devotee performs Lord Shankar's reverence along with Lord Parvati in the month of Sawan, then he/she receives all kinds of desirable results by the grace of the Lord. Along with this, the person also attains liberation from his/her problems.

Date for Sawan Somvar in 2019 

First Sawan Somvar Vrat 
22 July, 2019
Second Sawan Somvar Vrat
29 July, 2019
Third Sawan Somvar Vrat
5 August, 2019
Fourth Sawan Somvar Vrat
12 August, 2019

Benefits of Observing the Sawan Somvar Fast 

Experts in the field of astrology believe that if there are problems in your marriage, your financial condition is weak or there are health problems, then fasting on all the Mondays of Sawan Month helps you appease Lord Shiva and eliminate all these obstacles. In the Vedas, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are acknowledged as men and nature respectively. Therefore, it is believed that nature spreads its unique shadows on the Earth. This sight pleases the Lord immediately and he decides to fulfil all the desires and prayers of his devotees during this time. 

Important Things to Keep in Mind During Sawan Somvar 

  • Hindu Mythology states that Lord Shani or Saturn is the beloved disciple of Mahadev. Thus by observing this fast, you can not only appease Bholenath and Goddess Parvati, but also Shani Dev. 
  • Since the Moon takes abode in Shiv ji’s matted hair and Monday is also known to be governed by the planet Moon, the Sawan Somvar fast helps the devotees to gain blessings not only from Shiva but also from Lord Moon. if there are any malefic effects of the Moon present in your Kundli, the same will get eliminated with the observation of this fast. 
  • If a Grahan or Sarp Dosha gets formed in a natives’s Kundli, then the successful observation of Sawan Somvar fasts pleases Lord Shiva and eliminates all such Doshas.
  • Apart from this, it is extremely beneficial to worship Lord Shiva in the month of Sawan in order to get rid of various kinds of Doshas present in one’s Kundli and also to suppress all the sins of the individual’s life.
  • It has been observed that if the festival of Nag Panchami falls on Sawan Somvar, its importance increases and it is considered an auspicious combination. By worshiping serpents on this day, Lord Shiva blesses the devotees.

Purpose of Sawan Somvar Fast

During the occasion of Sawan Somvar, Lord Shiva remains in a delightful mood after witnessing the peculiar yet beautiful harmony of nature. If we take a look at the appearance of Mahadev, then it can be seen the he adorns the poisonous Vasuki Nag around his neck and the Moon (Lord Chandra) resides on his head. Apart from this, the river Ganga or Goddess Ganga emerges out of his matted hair. His vahan or mount is a bull, who is also known as Nandi. Meanwhile, his consort and better half, Goddess Parvati rides on a lion. Talking about his sons, Ganesh and Kartikeya, their mount is a mouse and peacock respectively. If you pay attention here, then it can be derived that all creatures share an inimical bond with each other, but all of them live together in harmony in the Lord’s residence, Kailash Parvat. Hence, it is believed that Lord Shankar conveys his word to us through them and says that we need to maintain the right balance prevalent in nature. Thus, when nature spreads its unique shade during the month of Shravan, an aesthetic incarnation of it comes to the forefront. Similarly, every human being should also make efforts to maintain the right balance in nature. By doing this, Lord Shankar gets pleased and showers his blessings upon the natives.

Sawan Somvar Fast and Puja Rituals

As we have mentioned above, the fasting rituals of Sawan Somvar are very much similar to the usual fasts kept on Monday, but its significance is much greater than the other vrats or fasts. The rites and ceremonies to be performed during this fast are jotted down below. 

  • Wake up early in the morning before sunrise and purify yourself after taking a bath and wearing new clothes.
  • After this, perform the Abhishek of Lord Shiva with milk, curd, Ganga jal, sugarcane juice, mustard oil etc.
  • Apply white sandalwood on Mahadev and offer him datura, cannabis, Bel leaves etc.
  • Light a pure ghee or oil lamp in front of him.
  • After this, read or listen to Savan Somvar vrat katha and chant the Shiv Chalisa while performing the Aarti. 
  • Offer Prasad to him.
  • On the day when the fast is being observed, the Lord must be worshipped during the morning and evening hours.
  • Break the fast only after worshiping Lord Shiva in the evening and keep in mind that only one meal should be consumed in the entire day. 

Sawan Somvar in Mythology 

Quite dear to Lord Shiva, the month of Shravan has many legends associated with it. In such an instance, it has been mentioned that Goddess Parvati observed a difficult fast continuously for a month, so as to gain the honor of being Lord Shiva’s wife. Bholenath was pleased with her devotion and dedication, appeared in front of her and gave her the boon of being his consort. This explains the reason why girls and women are advised to fast and worship Shiva on this day, as it ends all marital problems prevailing in life.

According to another myth, on this very day, Lord Shiva decided to visit his in-laws on the Earth. Once he arrived there, he was welcomed in a very grand manner after performing a Jalabahishek. Thus, it is believed that natives who worship Bholenath while observing the fast of Sawan Somvar attain the grace of Lord Shiva. Quite a few beliefs state that the Lord himself arrives on the Earth during the month of Shravan to bless his devotees. Taking all these trivia into account, it is very important to keep fasts on Mondays during this month.

We wish to shed some light on Sawan Somvar with this article. May you get the blessings from Mahadev during the month of Shravan and get rid of all your problems. 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Ashtami and Ram Navami Puja Muhurat

Ashtami and Navami occurring on the same day! Learn how you can appease Goddess Durga through Kanya Pujan, and discover the religious rituals and worshipping methods for Ram Navami.

This Chaitra Navratri, Ashtami and Navami are falling on 13 and 14 April 2019, which means that there will be some doubts over the puja to be done on both auspicious days. Since Saptami is confluencing with Ashtami this year, all religious rites for Ashtami and Navami are to be done on Saturday and Sunday.

Significance of Ashtami and Navami During Navratri

As per the Hindu Dharmashastra, on the eighth and ninth days of Navratri we worship Goddess Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri, respectively. Maa Mahagauri is very compassionate and fulfills all the wishes of any devotee who worships her with all the proper rituals. In addition to that, Goddess Siddhidatri blesses her true devotees with spiritual power and good virtues, and destroys all evil. 

Read: The magnificence and Mantras of Goddess Siddhidatri and Maa Mahagauri

Ashtami and Navami Pujan

The worship (pujan) on eighth and ninth days of Navratri have special significance because the 9-days Navratri festival concludes only after the main prayers are done on these days. The rituals performed on Ashtami and Navami should be as per our family traditions, which are usually different for every household. Therefore, we must worship Goddess Gauri, as per our ancestral traditions while taking these values forward. 

Method of Ashtami and Navami Kanya Pujan

Time and again, people have been confused over the Ashtami and Navami dates during Navratri, due to which, they are often unable to complete their rituals during the auspicious muhurat. Therefore, to bring a stop to such confusions, we will be discussing these important details in this blog. There seems to be doubts over the occurrence of the eighth, ninth, and tenth days of Navratri according to the Hindu Panchang. But as per our astrologers, Saptami will begin on Thursday, 11 April from 14:42:58 minutes during the day, and conclude on Friday, 12 April at 13:24:50 minutes, after which Ashtami will commence from 13:24:51 minutes. It will end at 11:42:36 minutes in the morning of 13 April, Saturday and Navami will begin after that. 

Ashtami and Navami Muhurat

Fasting for Maha Ashtami is suggested for Saturday, 13 April, this year, because as per Panchang, as the Sun rises on the 13th, the Hindu tithi (date) will be Ashtami. In the same vein, Navami will begin from 11:42:37 minutes on Saturday morning and conclude on Sunday, 14 April at 09:36:46 minutes. After that, the tenth day will begin, which will continue until the next day. Therefore, those who have fasted for all nine days of Navratri can perform Parana after 09:36:46 minutes on Sunday. 

Significance of Navratri Parana

The Navratri Parana is an important ritual that is performed after the completion of nine days of fasting. It is concluded on the ninth and tenth (Navami and Dashami) day. As per the Hindu scriptures, the person who has been fasting will only receive the result after the Navratri Parana is concluded. According to the Mimansas (those who explained the Shastras), the Parana should be performed on the Dashami. This is because many scriptures state that you are supposed to be fasting on the ninth, therefore, performing the Parana on that day is not considered appropriate.

Auspicious Muhurat of Navratri Parana

Auspicious Time for Parana
14 April, 2019
After 09:36:46 minutes

Note: This Chaitra Navratri Parana time is for New Delhi, India in 24 hours format

Rituals and Method of Parana 

  • If, as per Panchang, Navami falls on two days, then one should fast on the first day and complete the Parana rituals on the second. 
  • One should feed little girls and do Kanya Pujan on this day. 
  • After the puja and visarjan (immersion), you should offer fruits, gifts, clothes, etc. to Brahmans as per your wish. 
  • After completing the Shodashopachara puja of Goddess Durga on this day, visarjan (immersing the idol) should be done on the tenth (Dashami). 

To Learn About the Navratri Parana, Click here: Navratri Parana

Significance of Kanya Pujan on Navratri

Kanya Pujan holds a special significance during Navratri, which is why little girls are worshipped on Ashtami and Navami. In Sanatan Dharma, on this special day, young girls, between the ages of 2 to 10 years, are invited to the homes, worshipped, fed, and given the gifts or dakshina. It is believed that the little girls are the incarnations of Goddess Durga, and by worshipping them on the eighth and ninth days of Navratri and getting their blessings, we appease the goddess and get auspicious results. 

How is Kanya Pujan Done? 

  • On the day of Kanya Pujan, wake up early in the morning, wear clean clothes after taking a bath, and worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Gauri. 
  • Invite little girls of ages 2 to 10 years as the embodiment of Goddess Gauri and a little boy as Batuk Bhairav. It is said that Batuk Bhairav received the boon of serving Maa in Shakti Peetha. This is why, it is compulsory for the devotees to visit Bhairav after getting Maa’s darshan in Shakti Peetha. 
  • Cleanse and purify your house properly before kanya pujan and welcome the goddess in the form of little girls in a clean environment. 
  • Since these girls are embodiment of Mata Rani, hailing the Goddess when they enter your home is considered auspicious. 
  • Offer the girls a place to sit when they come home. 
  • Then, wash their feet one by one. 
  • Now do a tika of roli, kumkum, and akshat and tie a sacred thread (moli) on their hands. 
  • Now do the aarti of the girls and the little boy. 
  • After the aarti, feed the children as per your ability. It should be noted that Poori, chana (gram), and halwa is cooked for prasad on the day of Kanya Pujan. 
  • Offer gifts and presents to the kids after they are done eating. 
  • Then, touch their feet to gain their blessings and send them off happily. 

Ram Navami

The festival of Ram Navami will be celebrated throughout India on 13th April, Saturday to commemorate the birthday of Lord Ram. This occasion falls on the ninth day of Chaitra month every year as per the Hindu calendar. According to the Hindu religion, Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram is worshipped as the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which is why devotees read the Ramayana to celebrate this auspicious day. 

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana & Gudi Padwa Auspicious Muhurat

This Chaitra Navratri, learn how to invoke Goddess Shailputri and read about the various festivities of Hindu New Year starting tomorrow!!

Worshipping Goddess Durga during Navratri is the most important festivity associated in Hinduism. Each and every incarnation of Goddess Durga is worshipped during the nine day long celebrations of Navratri. According to Hindu Panchang, Navratri arrives five times during a year’s time. Of all the five Navratris, Chaitra and Sharad Navratri are commenced as the most important ones. Three Gupt Navratris are also celebrated in some parts of the country which go by the names of Paush, Ashadh and Magh Gupt Ratri.

In the year 2019, devotes will witness the arrival of Chaitra Navratri on Saturday, 6th April. The celebrations will end on 14th April, 2019. The very first day of Navratri is also celebrated as Ghatsthapana. Ghatasthapana is performed during an auspicious time and prayers are offered to Goddess Shailputri later on. With this article, we intend to provide information about every small and big festivity associated with Chaitra Navratri, auspicious time to conduct Ghatasthapana and all the rites and rituals to observe while worshipping Goddess Shailputri. Let us have a look at the auspicious time to conduct Ghatasthapana ceremony.

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Ghatasthapana Muhurat

Date Time
6 April 2019, SaturdayFrom 06:06:18 till 10:18:05
Duration 4 hours 11 Minutes

Note: Above muhurat is applicable in New Delhi. Click here to know the ghatasthapana muhurat for your city.

Importance Of Ghatasthapana On The First Day Of Navratri

According to Hindu panchang, Chaitra Navratri begins on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and during this day only Ghatashtapana or urn placement (Kalash Sthapana) should be solemnized. It is believed in the Shastras that Ghatasthpana should be duly performed by observing each and every ritual associated with it. This is why Ghatasthapana has great significance in the Hindu festival of Navratri. 

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Invoking Goddess Shailputri On The First Day Of Navratri 

According to the scriptures, Goddess Shailputri is considered the first incarnation of Goddess Durga. If you are wondering about the name Shailputri, you should know that she is the daughter of the great Lord Himalaya. Hereby, she came to be known as Shailputri. She is also known as Brisahrura as her primary medium of travelling is a bullock. She holds a trishul and a lotus flower in her right and left hand respectively. She is also known as Goddess Sati in many states of India. 

The Arrival Of Hindu New Year

According to the Panchang, Hindu New Year begins on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. With its arrival, various festivals are celebrated all over India. States like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have the custom of celebrating Gudi Padwa during this time. Meanwhile, Ugadi festival is observed in the southern part of the country during the same time. 

Significance of Hindu New Year and Chaitra Pratipada

According to the Himadri Brahmapuran, Lord Brahma’s provenance took place on this Earth in the Chaitra month’s Shukla Paksh’s first day around sunrise. Because of this reason, the Shukla Paksha Pratipada (first day) of Chaitra month marks the arrival of a New Year and New Samvat. The Samvat which will begin on the 6th April 2019, Saturday, is known as Paridhavi, which also happens to be the 46th Samvat. On this very day, Vikarami Savant 2076 will begin. Read about the Hindu New Year and Chaitra Shukla Pratipada in detail here. 

Let us have a detailed look about the important festivals which will begin with the arrival of Hindu New Year.

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa is an important festival commemorated in the central part of India, which includes states like Maharashtra. According to Hinduism, Chaitra month’s Shukla Pratipada is known as Gudi Padwa. The Hindu New Year also begins on the same day. According to religious customs, it is believed that Lord Brahma created this Earth on this day only, which is why it is observed as the first day of this universe. The Shukla Pratipada Of Chaitra month is also known as the best day of the year. Gudi Padwa is celebrated in Maharashtra with great joy and excitement. The meaning of the word Gudi is victory flag (Vijay Pataka), which is why a flag is hoisted outside every house on this festival. It is believed that flag hoisting will nullify all the negative energies residing in one’s house and bring happiness, prosperity and good luck to the family. 

Read the Gudi Padwa Panchang and time according to your city: Gudi Padwa 2019


Shukla Pratipada of Chaitra month is celebrated as Ugadi in South India. Various religious and cultural diversities exist in India. This cultural diversity includes many prevalent festivals, customs, rites and rituals. Chaitra Shukla Pratipada announces the arrival of Hindu New Year and in order to remark this festivity, the Southern part of India celebrates Ugadi in a vibrant manner. It is also known as Telugu New Year. The respective communities of Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Konkani rename this festival as Yugadi. In the state of Tamil Nadu, it is known by both these names. 

Know the Ugadi Panchang and appropriate time according to your city: Ugadi 2019

AstroSage offers the best of wishes for Chaitra Navratri and Hindu New Year 2019! May Goddess Durga bless you with peace and prosperity.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

On Mahashivratri, Lord Shiva Will Bless You If You Do This!

Please Lord Shiva on this Maha Yoga, Get Your Desires Fulfilled!

Mahashivratri, as the name suggests, is the biggest day of worshipping the Mahadev aka Lord Shiva. In Hinduism, this day has always held a major significance. For Shiva devotees as well, this day is considered the most auspicious day to please the Supreme One. As per Southern Indian Panchang or Amavasyant Panchang, this day is observed in the month of Magh during Krishna Paksha on Chaturdashi. On the other hand, according to the Northern Indian Panchang or Purnimant Panchang, it is celebrated in the month of Phalgun during Krishna Paksha on Chaturdashi. 

Since Mahashivratri falls on the same day as per both the Purnimant and Amavasyant Panchang, the date of this festival is mentioned in English and Hindu Calendar accordingly. On this day, devotees of Shiva flock into the temples and carry out the rituals to attain blessings while keeping the fast. They offer bel leaves on Shivling while worshipping, conduct Jagrans at night and wear the rudraksha as per their zodiac signs.

Mahashivratri Muhurat
Date 4 March 2019
Nishith Kaal Puja MuhuratFrom 24:08:03 to 24:57:24
Duration0 Hours 49 Minutes
Mahashivratri Parna MuhuratOn 5 March 2019, From 06:43:48 to 15:29:15

Note: This muhurat is applicable in Delhi. To know yours, click here: Maha Shivaratri 2019 Puja Muhurat in Your City

Importance of Mahashivratri

According to the Hindu Calendar, Shivratri is observed on the Chaturdashi every month during Krishna Paksha, which is called the Monthly or Masik Shivratri. But Mahashivratri falling in the month of Phalgun holds high importance. According to mythological beliefs, Shivratri celebrates the convergence of Lord Shiva and Maa Shakti. This is the reason people fast on Shivratri from ancient times.

It is believed that if a devotee fasts on the day of Mahashivratri with a full heart and devotion, then Lord Shiva blesses him/her with fruitful results and gets pleased. According to the scriptures, in order to gain the blessings of the Lord himself, Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Indrani, Gayatri, Savitri, Parvati and Rati also fasted on Shivaratri.

Mahashivratri as per Vedic Astrology

In the Hindu religion, Lord Shiva rules the Chaturdashi date, which is why Chaturdashi falling every month during Krishna Paksha is observed as Shivratri. Talking about Vedic Astrology, this date is considered auspicious because on this date during Krishna Paksha, the Moon seems the closest to the Sun. Hence, creatures such as human beings gain maximum benefits by worshipping the One. Devotees get rid of anger, greed, attachment and temptation and attain happiness, peace and aspiration.

Mythological Significance of Mahashivratri

Numerous mythological stories related to Shivratri in Hinduism narrate that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Shivling at midnight. Also, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu worshipped the Shivling during this auspicious period for the very first time. Hence, the night of transformation of Shiva from its formless self to an incarnated form is called Mahashivaratri. Conducting Rudrabhishek of Lord Shiva on this day is said to be significant, as it helps to get rid of diseases, woes and troubles and gain the blessings of Mahadev. Usually, Mahashivaratri is celebrated in February or March, but in this year 2019, it will be celebrated across the country on 4th March, Monday.

Worshipping Maha Kaal on Mahashivratri

As we have already told you that in order to please Lord Shiva, fast on Mahashivratri and do the Rudrabhishek. Hereby, follow these rituals to gain desired results:

  • On Mahashivratri, fast during the night. In case you’re unable to fast during the night, consume only banana and milk during the day.
  • While fasting, install the Mahamritunjay Yantra, recite the Shiva Purana and chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and “Om Namah Shivaya”.
  • During the four quarters of the night, worship Lord Shiva and do the Abhishek of Sphatik Shivling with a devoted heart. 

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Lord Shiva narrated the secret of this ultimate fast to Mata Parvati

According to mythological beliefs, Maa Parvati urged Lord Shiva to tell her which fast earns him devotion and virtue. Then, Lord Mahadev answered her question and while describing the significance of the fast of Mahashivaratri, said that anyone who fasts on Mahashivratri with devotion pleases me.

When Mahadev Shattered the Pride of Lord Vishnu & Lord Brahma

The legend says that once Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma became proud of their powers, and became determined to prove themselves the best. At that moment, Lord Shiva appeared in front of them in a luminous avatar and took the form of a fire pillar in order to destroy their ego and pride. Since Mahadev had manifested himself in this form of the night of Phalguna Krishna Chaturdashi, hence this night was hailed as Mahashivaratri.

The Union of Shiv-Shakti

It is believed that on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, the sacred marriage of Lord Shiva and Adi Shakti took place. Therefore, Mahashivratri is also observed as the night when Lord Shiva & Adi Shakti united as one. It is also said that unmarried girls fasting on this day get their desired life partner like Mahadev.

We wish you and your family prosperous Mahashivratri

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lohri Celebrations 2019: Bringing Prosperity To Your Home

This Lohri, Attract wealth and abundance. Know the significance of the festival of harvest and how Dulla Bhatti’s name got associated with this festival of prosperity and fertility.

The festival of Lohri celebrates the harvesting season. It symbolizes abundance, prosperity, fertility and good yield. Welcoming Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and bidding adieu to the chilly winters is what this festival of Lohri is often associated with. The festival holds great significance for Sikh community but is also celebrated in Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and nearby regions. Since this festival is more about merry-making, it has nowadays gained popularity and is celebrated everywhere in the world. People of Punjab are known for their love of food and this occasion is a celebration for the same. It is like a thanksgiving day when everyone shows their gratitude to the almighty for blessing us with a good yield.

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Purpose behind celebrating Lohri

As per Hindu Calendar, the festival of Lohri is linked with Makar Sankranti and season of harvest. It is technically the new year for the farmers as their hard work is rewarded and the granaries soon become full, hereby giving them financial stability. Lohri, is thus, a festival of agrarian India and is celebrated in a grand manner. The transit of Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn suggests a change in weather as Sun moves to the Northern Hemisphere. With warmer days replacing the cold ones, the farmers harvest the crop of Rabi.

Folk Music and the festival of Lohri

Folk music, especially when it is from the state of Punjab, is something that people all over the world are big fans of. The music popular in Punjab is full of energy, high-beats and fast. Just listening to it fills us with enthusiasm and happiness. Bhangra and Gidda, the traditional dance forms, compliment the folk music and are a means of showing joy. Along with showing the happiness of receiving good yield, these songs are also used to honour Dulla Bhatti Wala, the Robinhood of Punjab. Most of the songs revolve around him and crops. Bonfire is an integral part of Lohri celebrations, where people gather around, sing and dance to show their joy and spread happiness around.

Dulla Bhatti and Lohri

The mythological fable popular along with this festival is that of Dulla Bhatti. It could be history, an anecdote or just a story but as per the belief, during the Mughal reign, While Akbar was on the throne, there was a man named Dulla Bhatti who was in strong opposition of the kind of trade that was prevalent. Young girls were being traded for goods. Dulla Bhatti saved those girls from the cruel merchants and arranged for their marriage. He became the hero and the role model for many after this noble deed. From that very day, by singing the song “sunder mundriye”, he is remembered and thanked. 

Rituals involved in Lohri Celebrations

Though this festival is primarily celebrated by Sikh community and people of Punjab, same enthusiasm is shown by everyone around the globe. It is a way of farmers to show gratitude towards God and thank him for blessing us with a good yield. 

  • Children go around visiting their neighbours and ask them for treats. They sing folk songs and make collections for Lohri.
  • It is believed that on this day, nobody should return a kid empty-handed, so they are offered sweets, jaggery, groundnuts and other such stuff to eat. Monetary rewards are also given.
  • At night, people gather around the place where Lohri (bonfire) is lit. They bring along food items like gajak, groundnuts, popcorn, etc. 
  • People sing and dance around the bonfire and greet each other.
  • The most important food item that is cooked for the day of Lohri is Makki di roti and Sarso da Saag, which is a traditional cuisine served to the guests and family members.
  • At some places, people also fly kites on this day.

Bonfire and Lohri

Since burning the pile of logs is an inevitable part of Lohri celebrations, there’s something more than just fire and warmth which makes it so important. Many people believe that this is done in the memory of Goddess Sati, the daughter of Daksh Prajapati. As per mythology, She was the first wife of Lord Shiva. When her father organized a maha-yagya (great yajna), he invited every Devta (Lord) but not her husband Shiva. Angered by such an insult of her husband, she went to her father’s home and asked her father the reason behind. Her father spoke ill about Lord Shiva due to which she sat in the fire of yajna, to be burnt alive. She sacrificed her body for the sake of her husband’s honour.

Another belief is that the last night of the month of Paush and the first morning of the month of Magh are extremely cold. To give warmth and comfort, this bonfire is lit.

Other States celebrating Lohri

Lohri is a festival of harvesting season, so is Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu. In Andhra Pradesh, Lohri is celebrated as Bhogi. On this day, people replace the old stuff of their house with new ones and use the same for lighting up a bonfire. This could include old furniture or wooden items, but objects made of metal are never offered to fire. 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Follow Chhath Puja Rituals To Fulfil Your Wishes!

Chhath Puja begins today! Six days after Diwali, the mega festival of Chhath Puja is celebrated with high fervor and certain puja rituals are followed. Let's read the puja vidhi and know auspicious muhurat of Chhath. Along with that, read the importance of Sandhya (Evening) Arghya and Usha (Morning) Arghya as well.

Chhath Puja Muhurat 2018 for New Delhi, India
13 November Sandhya Arghya, Sunset Timings
17:28:46 PM
14 November Usha Arghya, Sunrise Timings
06:42 :31 AM

Note: Above mentioned muhurat is applicable within New Delhi. Click here to know the Chhath Puja muhurat for your city.

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The festival of Chhath is widely celebrated on the Shukla Shashti in the month of Kartik in the regions of Bihar, Jharkhand and East Uttar Pradesh. Amongst all major festivals, Chhath Puja is considered to be one of the biggest celebrations in these regions and commemorated with high zeal and enthusiasm. On this day, Chhath Mata and Lord Sun is worshiped. Although it’s a four-day affair, but third and fourth day is of great significance, which is also known as Sandhya (Evening) Argya and Usha (Morning) Arghya.

Worship Chhath Mata and Lord Sun This Way!

On the day of Chhath Puja, the Chhathi Maiya is specially worshiped. According to a mythological belief, Chhath Puja is specially done by women for the longevity of their children. It is believed that the Chhathi Maiya, who is also known as Sashthi Mata, is especially known to be the Goddess who blesses children with a long, healthy life. She is also considered as the form of Mother Katyayani, who is locally hailed as the Chhathi Maiya.

Chhath Puja: A Four-Day Festival

  • First Day: Nahaye Khaye

Chhath Puja begins on this very special day. On this day, women who are keen on fasting wake up early in the morning and take a bath. They clean the house and consume vegetarian food only.

  • Second Day: Kharna

Second day of Chhath Puja is called as Kharna. On this day, women keep Nirjala fast (fasting without drinking water) throughout the day and in the evening, offer jaggery based kheer, fruits and ghee-applied chapatis to the gods as a prasad and then consume themselves along with distributing other members of the family.

  • Third Day: Sandhya Arghya

Sandhya Argh is considered the most important during Chhath. On the Shashthi of Kartik Shukla during Sandhya Arghya, raw milk and water is offered to Lord Sun. On this day, all the fasting women reach the Ghats with their families, and keep thekua, rice sweets or laddus and fruits on bamboo made baskets in the form of Prasad. On the evening of Sandhya Arghya during the sunset, the Sun is offered Argya and folk songs and mythological stories related to Chhathi Mata is also heard.

  • Fourth Day: Usha Arghya

Usha Arghya or offering water during Sunrise marks the end of the Chhath festival. Even before sunrise, fasting women reach the ghat and offer Arghya to the rising Sun. women who are fasting wish for the longevity of their kids and happiness of the family. After worshiping, all fasting women open their fast by eating the Prasad and drinking the Sharbat made by raw milk.

Chhath Puja Rituals

  • Collect all these ingredients before the puja:
  • Plate, milk, glass, three bamboo baskets and three bamboo or brass winnowing baskets.
  • Coconut, sugarcane, sweet potato, grapefruit or big lemon, rosemary, red vermilion, rice, raw turmeric, water chestnut or Singhara.
  • Camphor, sandalwood, honey, betel leaves, betel nut, pears.
  • For prasad, keep Malpua, kheer puri, thekua, semolina pudding or suji ka halwa and rice laddus.

Follow this method when giving Arghya: First of all, keep all the above mentioned items in the bamboo and brass baskets. After that, light an incense stick and diya in every winnowing basket. After that, offer arghya to Sun by stepping into the river or lake.

Religious Significance

Chhath Puja is known as the mega-festival celebrating religious and cultural faith. This festival marks a special significance about making special offerings or Arghya to Lord Sun. In Hindu mythology, major importance is given to Lord Sun, as he is the only God who can be seen directly by natives. Holy sun rays are powerful enough to eliminate diseases and make a man confident and healthy enough.

On the occasion of Chhath, people worship Chhathi Maiya and Lord Sun especially for the longevity and health of their children. It is believed that if prayed with a honest and true heart, wishes get fulfilled.

Astrological & Celestial Importance of Chhath

If seen from astrological and celestial point of view, Chhath festival evokes highest importance because on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha, Sun gets located in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth and it is considered as a special astronomical event. During this period, ultraviolet rays of Sun get accumulated within the Earth’s atmosphere in large quantities, hereby transmitting harmful effects to humans. In order to avoid such situation, Lord Sun is worshipped on the special occasion of Chhath and offered Arghya.

We hope that you like this article based on the occasion of Chhath Puja. Happy Chhath Puja to all the readers!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Worship Chitragupta this Bhai Dooj & Get Your Brother Blessed!

Read the significance of worshipping Chitragupta on Bhai Duj and the legend of Yam and Yami. This November 09, 2018, celebrate the festival of love between a brother and sister.

The last day of Diwali festive season is Bhai Dooj. This is also called Yam Dwitiya. As per Hindu Panchang, this festival is celebrated on the Dwitiya tithi of Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha. Mythologically, it is believed that the son of Sun - Yam went to visit his sister Yami. She welcomed her brother and offered food. In return, Yam presented Yami with gifts. Yami also applied tilak on her brother’s forehead. Since that day Bhai Duj or Yam Dwitiya is celebrated. It is believed that those who celebrate Bhai Duj are blessed by Lord Yam. Chitragupta - the record keeper of Lord Yam is also worshipped on this day.

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Muhurat for Bhai Dooj 2018
Auspicious time for Tilak
From 13:10:02 to 15:20:30
2 hrs 10 min

Note: The time mentioned in chart is applicable to Delhi region. Click to know muhurat for your city.

In different cities of India, Bhai Duj is celebrated by brothers and sisters with different names like Bhai Tika, Yam Dwitya, and Bhatra Dwitya. Girls apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers and offer sweets. They pray to Lord Yam to bless their brothers with a long life and bring prosperity to them. Brothers also shower love and gifts on their sisters.

Tradition and Rituals

  • Decorate a plate with some kumkum, rice, sweets, flowers, diya and dry coconut.
  • Make a platform using rice and make your brother sit on it.
  • Apply tilak on his forehead during the shubh muhurat and make him eat sweets with your hands.

Chitragupta Puja

As per the legend, Lord Brahma gave a boon to Chitragupta ji on the occasion of completion of yajna. The boon was - Those who worship Chitragupta and his pen and ink, on the Dwitya of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik will go to Baikunth Dham and attain moksha. Since then, the day is dedicated to worship Chitragupta and his writing tools.

Significance of Bhai Duj

The story of Yam and Yami: As per the legend, the children of Lord Sun - Yam and Yami shared great affection for each other. When Lord Yam went to his sister’s house, she applied tilak on his forehead and offered him food. Being happy with the welcome his sister offered, Yam promised her that those sisters who will apply a tilak on their brother’s forehead must believe that their brothers need not fear untimely death. The day has been celebrated as Yam Dwitiya since then. It is believed that if you take a holy dip in river Yamuna on this day, you get rid of sins of past life and Lord Yam becomes happy with you.

Lord Krishna and Subhadra: As per a saying, on the day of Bhai Duj, Lord Krishna killed the demon named Narakasur, after which he returned to Dwarka. His sister Subhadra, being happy to see her brother, decorated the place with lamps and welcomed Lord Krishna by applying tilak on his forehead. She prayed to God to bless her brother with a long life. The day is since then celebrated as Bhai Duj and sisters pray for the long life of their brothers.

AstroSage wishes all its readers, a Happy Bhai Dooj!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Govardhan Puja in Auspicious Muhurat, Get Blessings

Read about Govardhan puja and religious rituals. Festival of Govardhan Puja will be observed with merriment nationwide tomorrow, read about its religious significance.

After Diwali, Govardhan Puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival, celebrated on the Pratipada of Kartik Shukla Paksha, is dedicated to agricultural work and raising livestock. That is why this festival is celebrated with highest levels of excitement in rural areas. According to mythological beliefs, in the Dwapar era, Lord Krishna highlighted the importance of worshiping Govardhan hill, doing agricultural work and raising animals or livestock. On this day, cows, bulls and other agricultural animals are worshiped. The festival of Govardhan Puja also remarks the special significance of cow in our culture. It is celebrated with great delight all over India but in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Mathura, Vrindavan and Gokul, this festival is celebrated with high zeal.

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Govardhan Puja, 8 November 2018

Govardhan Puja: Morning Muhurat
From 06:37:54 to 08:48:38 AM
Govardhan Puja: Evening Muhurat
From 15:20:50 to 17:31:34 PM

Note: This Muhurat is effective in New Delhi. Learn the govardhan puja muhurat for your city.

Govardhan Puja

As per Vedas, worshipping gods such as Lord Varuna, Lord Indra, Lord Agni is considered of highest importance. Our life depends on numerous elements of nature, which are animals, crops, rain etc, and we must respect and thank God for creating such a beautiful ecosystem. Through Govardhan Pooja, we express our gratitude for all natural resources.

  • On this day, a figure of Govardhan hill is made from cow dung in the courtyard of the house. In the Braj region (Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana etc.), small figures of cow-calves, shepherds and gopis along with Govardhan hill are also created.
  • The figure of Govardhan hill made from cow dung is decorated with gulal, colors, peacock feathers, flowers and leaves.
  • After sunset, the figure of Govardhan hill should be worshipped with sacred thread or roli, flowers, incense sticks etc. Milk, curd and dishes much be offered as well.
  • After doing Pooja and offering Naivedyam, walk or circumambulate around the Govardhan hill.

Circumambulation of Govardhan

On the occasion of this festival, circumambulating around Govardhan Hill is considered of great significance. This is the reason that on this day every year, lakhs of pilgrims travel to the sacred place Govardhan, a pilgrimage site located in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. Govardhan Parikrama stretches to a total of 21 kms, and every person, according to their reverence, performs this activity. One can walk all the way to the end or use a vehicle. After completing the Parikrama, devotees worship at the Giriraj temple situated on the Govardhan mountain.

Festival of Annakoot

Annakoot festival is observed before 12 o'clock on the day of Govardhan Puja. Annakoot means 'a heap of grain'. The food made from Kharif crops is offered to Lord Krishna, and then the Kharif harvest is put to use.

Mythological Story Behind Govardhan Puja

According to mythological beliefs, Devraj Indra once became proud of his powers and due to this, Lord Krishna decided to destroy his arrogance. According to the legend described in Vishnu Purana, Gokul natives used to happily worship Indra Dev in hopes of flourishing rain and green harvest. But once Krishna said that people should worship the Govardhan mountain for good rain and cattle fodder. By agreeing to Krishna’s point, Gokul natives started worshiping the Govardhan Hill.

Hearing this, Devraj Indra got angry and ordered for heavy rainfall as a revenge for this insult. In order to protect Gokul, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain on his little finger. When Lord Indra came to know that Lord Shri Krishna himself is protecting the natives of Gokul, he apologized and offered his prayers. Since then, Govardhan Puja began.

AstroSage wishes its readers a Happy Govardhan Puja!

Maha Laxmi Yog on Diwali After 7 Years!

Diwali is known to be one of the biggest and most important festivals in Hinduism celebrated on the day of Amavasya in the month of Kartik. This year, Diwali is celebrated today, i.e. on 7 November 2018, all around the country. It is believed that on the same day, Lord Ram, along with mother Sita and Lakshman, returned to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. On this occasion, natives of Ayodhya lit diyas using ghee in their homes, due to which the black night of Amavasya glazed with bright light. Therefore, Diwali is also called Prakash Utsav or Festivals of Lights. 
The festival of Diwali aesthetically reflects the victory of light over darkness. Rituals of this festival are observed for over a period of five days, but the main festival of Diwali is celebrated during the night on the New Moon of Pratipada. Goddess Lakshmi is specially worshiped on this day. Deepdan, Dhanteras, Govardhan Pooja, Bhai Dooj etc. are celebrated along with Diwali.

Auspicious Muhurat
Laxmi Puja Muhurat
From evening 17:59 to 19:55 PM
Pradosh Timings
From evening 17:32 बजे to 20:09 PM
Vrishabh Timings
From 17:59 to 19:55 PM

Note: This Muhurat is effective in New Delhi. Learn the Diwali puja muhurat for your city.

When Diwali Is Celebrated?

  • At the time of Pradosh on Amavasya during the month of Kartik, Diwali (Mahalaxmi Pujan) is observed. The most prevalent and valid period is when the time of Amavasya does not overlap or intersect with the Pradosh Kaal, after which it is valid to celebrate Diwali on the second day.
  • At the same time, many people also believe that if the date of Amavasya does not fall during the Pradosh Kaal for two days, then in such a situation, Diwali should be celebrated on the first day itself.
  • Apart from this, according to astrology, if the date of Amavasya does not fall, and after Chaturdashi, Pratipada begins directly, then Diwali should be celebrated on the date of Chaturdashi.

Diwali Puja Rituals

  • Firstly, it is necessary to worship Lord Ganesha when carrying out Diwali Puja. After that, bathe the idol of Lord Ganesha and offer new clothes and flowers.
  • After worshipping Lord Ganesh, start Laxmi Pujan.
  • Put the idol of Maa Lakshmi at the altar, join hands and pray for her to come in your house and bless your family.
  • After that, bathe the idol of Maa Lakshmi. It is auspicious to bathe her firstly with water, then Panchamrit and then water.
  • Offer clothes, jewelry and garland to Mother Lakshmi after bathing.
  • Offer perfume to the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and apply the Kumkum tilak.
  • Now light the incense stick and offer rose flowers at mother's feet.
  • When worshipping during the auspicious Muhurat on Diwali, offer 11 or 21 rice to Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and do the aarti. After that, circumambulate around them and offer food.
  • After that, distribute the prashad amongst family members and wish them a Happy Diwali.

What to do on Diwali?

  • On the day of Diwali or Kartik Amavasya, taking a bath after applying oil on the body is considered to be auspicious. It is said that by doing so, o harm comes by throughout the year.
  • It is believed that other than kids and elderly people, natives must fast on this day and must break it only after carrying out the Mahalaxmi Pujan.
  • On Diwali, offerings must be made to ancestors and forefathers.
  • During Pradosh Kaal, light a Diya, keep it on your hand and show ancestors the way to salvation. Using other means as well you can show the path to ancestors. It is believed that by doing so, ancestors attain moksha.
  • It is also believed that before Diwali during midnight, people must sing songs, bhajans and make merriments. By doing this, one gets rid of impoverishment.

Diwali has its special importance both in spiritual and social form. In Hindu scriptures, Diwali symbolizes victory of spiritual light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, truth over lies and good over evil.

AstroSage team hopes for a prosperous Diwali. May the grace of Mata Lakshmi be always on you and you attain happiness and prosperity in your life.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dhanteras Shopping as per Zodiac Sign, Attain Wealth & Good Luck

Shop for good luck this Dhanteras! Dhanteras is the day when shopping is a ritual. People go out to purchase gold, precious articles, utensils etc. this day and believe that Maa Mahalakshmi will visit their house if they welcome her this way. Read to know which zodiac sign must purchase what to make this Diwali a prosperous one and buying what should be avoided to make the coming year lucky for you.

Dhanteras Puja Muhurat 2018

  Dhanteras Puja Muhurat 2018
Puja Muhurat
From 18:07:35 to 20:03:25
1 hr 55 min
Pradosh Kaal
From 05:33:32 to 20:10:07
Vrishabh Kaal
From 18:07:35 to 20:03:25

Note: Above table shows muhurat for New Delhi. Click to know the time for your city.

The festival of Dhanteras will be celebrated on November 05 this year. It falls exactly two days before Diwali. It is a tradition to purchase household goods on this day. It is believed that an individual who purchases utensils this day for his/her house pleases Maa Lakshmi and is blessed with good wealth. In Hindu Shastras, certain things are not supposed to be bought on Dhanteras. Astrologically, native of every zodiac sign must purchase specific items to lead a year full of prosperity.

Let us understand what you must buy this Dhanteras to get the blessings of Maa Lakshmi.


  • Arians must buy copper utensils this Dhanteras.
  • It is seen that drinking water from a copper vessel is good for health and eliminates toxins from your body.
  • You should wear clothes of red color to beget best results.


  • Offer Sphatik mala to Maa Lakshmi.
  • You may also wear it around your neck to strengthen your monetary position.
  • Those experiencing instability in their life should purchase a cow made of Gorara stone and establish it in their workplace.


  • On this special occasion, purchasing a pen made of silver and offering it to Lord Ganesha before using it yourself is advised.
  • Those who are shy or have voice-related problems like fumbling, stammerings etc, must wear clothes of green colour this Dhanteras.
  • Plant a Ashok tree in the southern direction of the garden area of your house. This will help you get rid of diseases and bring peace to your life.


  • Buy a ring with a pearl-studded on it. Offer it to Lord Ganesha and then wear it.
  • Take a white handkerchief on Dhanteras, and use it to cover your head while Diwali pujan.
  • This will boost your self-confidence and remove obstacles from your path.


  • You must purchase the idol of Lord Sun made of copper this Dhanteras. Establish it in your office for best results.
  • You will be confident and receive recognition as well as respect.
  • While performing Diwali puja don’t forget to use Kesar (saffron). Apply it on your forehead as tilak.


  • The idol of Lord Ganesha you will buy for this Diwali must be made of either green leaves or Onyx stone.
  • Establish it at your home and decorate your house with precious objects made of elephant teeth.
  • This will bring mental peace and good health.


  • Diamond is what you must purchase and offer to the almighty this Dhanteras.
  • Crystal ball must be used for decorations.
  • Positive energy will flow in your house by doing so.


  • Establish a tree made with red stones at your office or home.
  • Offer red colored clothes to Lord Hanuman and wear them.
  • This will clear your ways of all the hurdles stopping your path and open up the doors for monetary gains.


  • Buy a gold ornament this Dhanteras.
  • Pyramid made of Bronze must be established in the North-east of your house.
  • Those suffering from Liver diseases must buy clothes of yellow colour. Offer them to Lord Vishnu and then wear them.


  • Buy steel utensils this Dhanteras.
  • You may wear Neelam stone (Amethyst) this festival season.
  • This will bring harmony and prosperity in your house. The conflicts and arguments will end.


  • Purchasing steel utensils will be lucky for the natives of Aquarius sign.
  • Go to a temple and plant a shami tree.
  • This will open up the doors of good luck and bring stability to your life.


  • Get a pair of goldfish from the market and put them in an aquarium in the North-east corner of your house.
  • A gold chain must be worn by you after offering it to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
  • New opportunities at the workplace and feeling of empathy will increase.

If you go by these norms, Maa Lakshmi will bless you and your family this Diwali and fill the house with health, wealth and prosperity. The whole year will be beautiful as luck will shine upon you.
Mrs. Dipti Jain
Mrs. Dipti Jain is a renowned Vastu expert, popular for plant vastu, pyramid vastu, fengshui, aroma therapy, face reading, color therapy, palmistry and vastu visits. Rewarded with some popular awards, she is a popular name in electronic media and spiritual writing.