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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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!
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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.

हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें

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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Karwa Chauth 2018 Date & Shubh Muhurat

Tomorrow married women will celebrate Karaka Chaturthi or Karwa chauth. Know the shubh Muhurat and rituals to follow when fasting.
arwa Chauth tomorrow, get the blessing of longevity! Married women will keep a nirjala vrat (a fast where you do not drink water) for the whole day tomorrow in order to get a boon of a longer life for their husbands. This is a major festival for all the married women in India. Know how and when to perform the rituals so to gain beneficial results.

Karwa Chauth 2018
27 October, 2018 (Saturday)
Puja Muhurat

17:40:34 to 18:47:42

1 hour 7 minutes
Time of Moon rise


Tithi of Chaturthi begins at
18:37 (27 October)
Tithi of Chaturthi ends at
16:54 (28 October)
Note: The above timings are mentioned as per Indian time zone. Click to know the muhurat of Karwa Chauth in your city.

The fast of Karwa Chauth usually falls in the month of October or November nine days before the festival of Diwali and marks the beginning of preparations for celebration. This year, it will occur on October 27, 2018 i.e. tomorrow. As per panchang, the fast is observed on the chaturthi of Kartik month when the moon is in waning phase. On this day, married women observe a fast for their husbands and pray for their longevity. Unmarried women also do the same in the pursuit of getting married to their desirable match. The fast is popular in Northern-India for centuries.

Shubh Muhurat for Karwa Chauth fast

This 27th October, Karwa Chauth will be celebrated all across the nation. Women will pray for their husbands, showing selfless love and won’t drink water for the whole day. In the evening, they will consume anything only after offering water to Moon. There are special rituals for the same. Samashti Ganesh Chaturthi is on the same day, making Karwa Chauth in 2018 even more significant.

Shubh Muhurat for opening the fast

Moon will appear in the sky tomorrow at 7:55 pm in Northern India (Delhi region). You must open the fast only after giving arghya (water) to the moon.

Calculate the time of Moonrise: Moonrise Calculator 

Puja Rituals for Karwa Chauth

  • Take a bath early morning and clean the worshipping area. Consume Sargi (edibles) offered by your mother-in-law. 
  • Solah shringar (makeup that has essential 16 elements) is mandatory for married women on this day. This includes - sindoor, mangalsutra, teeka, nosepin or nathani, bindi, kajal, henna or mehndi, bangles, red dupatta, bichue, anklet or payal, karnaphul, kamarbandh, ring, bajubandh, and gajra.
  • The sindoor must be applied in a long fashion. The length of the sindoor applied on the forehead represents the life of your husband. 
  • After being ready and wearing the sixteen elements of shringar, women see moon from a sieve (chalni) and then the face of their husband.
  • Water as arghya is offered to Moon before opening the fast.
  • Moon symbolizes beauty and emotions. Women dress beautifully as it is believed that husband’s attraction towards his wife increases if she is well-dressed at this time. 
  • Before all this, when you are waiting for the moon to appear, on a clay altar, establish the idols of all the gods and goddesses that you keep in your house. Also put 13 karwe (special vases made of clay) on it.
  • Gather all the resources you may need to worship namely - dhoop, deep, chandan, roli, sindoor, etc. Light the lamp with desi ghee as it is considered auspicious. 
  • Start worshipping rituals at the altar one hour before the moon rises. 
  • All the women keeping the fast must do this prayer together.
  • Tell the legend behind Karwa Chauth to all the ladies who are with you during this ritual. You may even listen to it from someone else. 
  • After the puja is complete, daughter-in-law is supposed to offer her mother-in-law some sweets, fruits, dry fruits, money etc. and take her blessings. This will make your husband blessed with a long life.

Shubh Muhurat for Karwa Chauth: 05:40 - 06:47 PM

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Sharad Purnima Tomorrow, know its significance

Fasting on Sharad Purnima! Know the significance, rituals involved and the reason behind observing a fast.

Sharda purnima is celebrated for centuries in India. The festival holds great significance in Hindu mythology and is believed to be the birthday of Maa Lakshmi. Lord Krishna along with the Gopis enjoyed Raas in Nidhivan on this day. This day is hence called Kojagiri purnima, Raas purnima or Komudi vrat. Sharad purnima falls in the month of Ashvin in the Shukl phase. Worshipping goddess Lakshmi is considered auspicious on this day. It is believed that the rays of moon work as a nectar on this day and are beneficial for all the living beings.

Sharad Purnima Shubh Muhurat 2018
Commences at 22:38:01 October 23, 2018
Ends at 22:16:44 on October 24, 2018

Note: The above timings are mentioned as per Indian time zone. Click to know the muhurat of Sharad purnima in your city.

Shubh Muhurat for Sharad Purnima 2018 

  • From the night of 23rd October, full moon can be seen and this means that although the day of festival is 24th, the rituals will begin on the night of 23rd.
  • People cook kheer (a sweet dish made of rice and milk) on this day and put in in moonlight for the whole night or at least till 12 am.
  • Astrological perspective suggests that the time for purnima will be from 10:38 pm on October 23, 2018 and continue till 10:14 am on October 24, 2018. 

Vrat katha for Sharad Purnima 

In old times, two daughters of a sahukar used to observe fast on full moon day of every month to please Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. The elder daughter accepted the norms of fasting and took great care to follow them. On the contrary, the younger one, though kept the fast, did not follow the rules for fasting as for her they were not significant. When they were of appropriate age, their father arranged their marriage with suitable matches. They both conceived and the elder one gave birth to a healthy child. While, the child born of the younger sister could not survive. This happened a couple of times before the younger sister decided to seek the advice of a brahmin. 

She asked the spiritual guru for a solution to her problem. The religious brahmin in no time could understand that since she never completed the fast of purnima with all its rules, she is suffering from dosha. After listening to this, she decided to complete the fast with all the rules. Soon after she decided so, a son was born of her, but just like the previous children, he too died. She took the body of her son, wrapped it in a piece of cloth and kept it on a wooden platform so nobody doubts it. 

The younger sister invited her elder sister to her home. She then offered the same wooden platform to her, to sit upon, on which the dead baby boy was kept by her. When the elder sister was about to sit, her saree touched the baby and it started crying. Seeing this, the elder sister was angry as she believed that the baby could have died if she accidentally sat on him. 

Her sister also started weeping and told the whole story to her sister. She revealed the secret of the baby being dead along with what the brahmin had told her. Also, she thanked the elder one as her touch revived a dead child. The fast she kept on every full moon blessed her with god’s grace and she could turn an impossible into possible. The younger sister then decided to complete the purnima fast with utmost care from the very day. Just like her elder sister, she also got results for her fast and started singing praises of purnima fast in the whole city. 

Significance of Purnima vrat

  • Individuals who hold a fast on purnima with complete dedication are granted all their wishes as per Hindu belief.
  • The day is also celebrated as Kumudri vrat as married women who are aspiring to beget a child fast on this day.
  • Mothers also fast on this day for praying to god to grant a long life to her children. 
  • Unmarried girls keep a fast to get a suitable match.
  • The moon is believed to be brightest on Sharad Purnima. And people say that nectar flows from the moon to earth.
  • During Sharad Purnima, the rays of moon are beneficial for your spiritual as well as physical being.
  • Even the incurable diseases can be cured, such is the magnificence of the moon rays on this night. 

Vrat Vidhi for Sharad Purnima

  • Start the day with worshipping your Isht dev.
  • Worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi by lighting a lamp filled with ghee.
  • Donate food and gifts to brahmins on this day.
  • A fast should be observed with complete dedication.
  • Offer water to moon at night and then consume food. 
  • Donate kheer in temple to seek the blessings of Maa Lakshmi
  • Some people also take a holy dip on this day. Offerings made after such a holy bath is considered auspicious on this day. 

We wish you a Happy Sharad Purnima!

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Dussehra Today, Know The Puja Muhurat

Worship in this muhurat to attain success! Read the significance of Dussehra, which is celebrated today, i.e. 19 October and mythologies related to it.

Dussehra is celebrated nationwide with joy and merriment today. This festival marks the triumph of goodness over evil. After Sharad Navratri ends, Dussehra is observed on the dashmi of Shukla Paksha. As per mythological beliefs, Lord Ram killed Lord Ravana on this very day, which is why it is also called Vijayadashmi. There is also a ritual called Shastra Puja on this day, where weapons are worshipped.

Dussehra is considered to be one of the auspicious days, and it is said that any task done within this muhurat offers fruitful and sanctified results. Before Dussehra, Navaratri is observed for nine days and ends with Durga Visarjan. The muhurat for Durga Visarjan is either observed early in the morning or during Aprahan period or afternoon on the day of Dussehra. Hence, the idol of Maa Durga can be immersed in water early morning or during afternoon on the day of Vijayadashami.

Dussehra Muhurat 2018
Vijay MuhuratFrom 14:00:02 till 14:45:38
Aprahan Puja TimingsFrom 13:14:26 till 15:31:14

Note: Above timings mentioned are effective in New Delhi. Find the Dussehra muhurat and puja vidhi for your city.

Vijay Muhurat on Dussehra

The day of Vijayadashami is considered to be one of the most auspicious days in HInduism. This is one of the three-and-a-half muhurats. The most auspicious muhurats in a year are Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, Ashwin Shukla Dashami, Vaishakh Shukla Tritiya and Kartik Shukla Pratipada (half muhurat). This duration is fruitful in case you want to start any new task. Although some specific muhurats are defined for special occasions and puja.

It is said that when sun sets and stars start appear in the sky, then this period is called Vijay Muhurat. During this time, carrying out a pooja garner auspicious results. Lord Shri Ram launched the war against evil Ravana in this period only. At the same time, a tree called Shami had taken the form of Arjun's bow or Dhanush..

Dussehra Puja and Festival

There is the ritual of carrying out Aparajita Pujan on Dussehra, which is done in the afternoon. The rituals of worshipping are as follows:

  • Mark a sacred and auspicious place in your home in the north-east direction. This place can be around a temple, garden etc. It would be good if all members of the family get involved in the puja, although it can be done individually.
  • Clean that place properly and draw an Ashtadal Chakra (eighth petals of Lotus) using sandal paste.
  • Take an oath or sankalp which concludes that you are doing the puja of Devi Aparajita for the betterment of your family or yourself.
  • After that, invoke Maa Devi Aparajita in the middle of Ashtadal Chakra while chanting the mantra “अपराजिताय नमः / aparājitāya namaḥ”.
  • Now invoke Maa Jaya on the right by chanting the mantra “क्रियाशक्त्यै नमः / kriyāśaktyai namaḥ”.
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Mythological Stories Related to Dussehra

According to religious texts, Maa Durga fought with a monster called Mahishasur for nine days and on the tenth day, she eliminated him by killing him, hence protecting the whole universe. Apart from this, in the Treta era, Lord Shri Ram slaughtered Lankapati Ravana, hence the name Dussehra. Since then, the ten-headed statue of Ravan is lit every year as a symbol of this festival signifying the destruction of anger, greed, delusion, intoxication, jealousy, selfishness and ego.

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Navratri Navmi Puja Today, Know the Parna Muhurat

Maa Siddhidatri and her glory on Navmi! Read why it is important to worship Maa Siddhidatri on the ninth day of Navratri, what are the customs and rituals involved, when and how to do parana, as well as the shubh muhurat for Durga Visarjan.

The auspicious nine days of Navratri will be over on October 18. The navmi tithi of Navratri marks the completion of the festival. The next day is celebrated as Dussehra or Durga Visarjan. This year, Dussehra will be celebrated on October 19. During the festival, beautiful pandals are created across the country and people worship Maa Durga with special fervour. On the ninth day, Maa Siddhidatri is worshipped and people organize bhandara or kanya pujan. This day holds immense significance, thus, it is crucial to know the muhurat for parana and Durga Visarjan.

Sharad Navratri Parana Muhurat
18 October 2018, ThursdayAfter 15:30:41
Durga Visarjan Muhurat
19 October 2018, FridayFrom 06:24:02 to 08:40:50
Duration2 hrs 16 min

Note: The time mentioned above applies to New Delhi region. Know Paran Muhurat and auspicious time for Durga Visarjan in your city.

Maa Siddhidatri

The literal meaning of the word Siddhidatri is - one who grants siddhi or accomplishments. Maa Siddhidatri is known to be the ninth form of Maa Durga. It is believed that worshipping her brings success and happiness. If a devotee worships her with complete dedication and a clear mind, he attains the state of bliss and even moksha or salvation. On the ninth day of Navratri, Maha Navami is celebrated. Havana is held on this day in which offerings for all the gods and goddesses are given/served. 

Navratri Parana 

As per shastra, Parana is performed on tenth day of Navratri. The fasts that continued for nine days are considered to be complete after special rituals are performed. After parana, fruits, gifts, clothes etc. are offered to Brahmins. Also nine young girls are worshipped as incarnations of Goddess Durga. They are gifted sweets, food and sometimes money.

Sindoor Utsav

During Durga Puja, Sindoor Utsav has a special significance. This is a unique ritual that is observed in West Bengal or Kolkata. Married women play with Sindoor and apply it on each other’s forehead before the Visarjan takes place. 

Durga Visarjan

With the idol of Maa Durga submerged into water, the festival of Durga Puja comes to an end. The day of Vijayadashami or Dussehra is the day of Visarjana. The time depends upon the tithi of dashmi. The ritual is performed either in the morning or at noon when the tithi of navmi is over and the tithi of dashami starts. 

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Navratri Ashtami Pooja Today, Know Its Significance

Worship Maa Mahagauri during this muhurat! Read the significance of Ashtami poojan and other rituals that would help you please Maa Durga and get your wishes fulfilled. 

Ashtami pooja holds great significance in Navratri. This is the day when Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped with great festivity. Hindu religion and related communities have special protocol for celebrating this day. Though, the form of worship varies from family to family, depending upon customs specific to a region or ancestral norms. The day is considered to be auspicious in all forms. Several religious rituals like Mundan Sanskar, Annaprashan Sanskar and Griha Pravesh or house warming ceremony are also held on this day. This year Ashtami puja will be held on October 17, 2018.

Navratri Ashtami Puja Muhurat
16 October 201810:18:29 - Commencement of Ashtami
17 October 201812:51:47 - Ashtami Tithi will end

Note: This muhurat applies for Delhi region. Click to know muhurat for Ashtami puja in your region.

Remark: Navami will begin on 17 October after 12:51:47 till 15:30:41 on 18 October, which is why Navami must be observed on 18 October 2018.

Worshipping Maa Mahagauri

Goddess Mahagauri is the eighth form of Maa Durga. She is gentle, calm and tender in her nature. She rides a bull, who is her mount. Those who worship her with complete devotion, beget her blessings and obstacles from their life get eliminated. It is believed that Maa Durga took the form of Maa Mahagauri to beget Lord Shiva as her husband. She underwent a tough auterious worshipping ritual for the same and her complexion turned dark because of it. Lord Shiv, after being impressed by her dedication, made her take a bath in the holy water of Ganges. Her complexion then turned fair and she came to be known as Maa Mahagauri.

Significance of Kanya Pujan on Ashtami

On Ashtami, young girls are worshipped as they are considered to be a form of Maa Durga. Girls of the age group 2 to 10 are invited to houses and offered food and gifts. It is believed that by doing so, one worships all the nine forms of Maa Durga, which pleases the goddess and the devotee is bestowed upon by her blessings. Girls of each age represents a particular aspect of Maa Durga. Worshipping all the nine forms of Shakti is considered beneficial. These 9 forms are: 

Kumari- Those girls who are two years old are called Kumaris. Worshipping them makes you free from sorrow and poverty.

Trimurti- The girls of the age 3 years are called Trimurti. By worshiping them one gets blessed with sons and grandsons.

Kalyani- Worshipping girls who are of 4 years in age bless you with knowledge and happiness.

Rohini- Worshipping girls of age 5 makes you free from diseases.

Kalika- The girls who are of 6 years of age are worshipped to get rid of enemies. 

Chandika - To attain wealth and splendour, the girls of age 7 are worshipped. 

Shambhavi - 8 years old girls are worshipped to attain victory and success in every sphere.

Durga - The girls of age 9 are worshiped as a form of Durga. With the influence of your worship, divine pleasures are attained.

Subhadra - Girls having their age at 10 are worshiped as Subhadra. By doing this, all your wishes come true.

We expect that you would enjoy reading this article on Navratri Ashtami Puja. Astrosage wishes Happy Navratri to all its readers.
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Sharad Navratri Begins Tomorrow

Know more about Urn Installation or Ghatasthapana, its muhurat and puja vidhi. Read about nine forms of Goddess Durga during Navratri which is beginning from 10 October 2018 till 18 October 2018.

Navratri is a combination of two words; Nau+Ratri, whose literal meaning is nine nights. Worshipping nine incarnations of Goddess Durga is considered to be highly significant during these nine days. In these nine days, devotees receive blessings from Goddess Durga due to his/her perseverance and tenacity. Nine forms of Durga which are worshiped during Navratri are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidtari respectively. On the first day of Navratri, Mother Shailaputri is worshipped. Before beginning, Ghatasthapana is conducted and all Gods and Devtas, along with Goddess Durga are hailed. After this, different forms of Maa are worshiped for nine days.

Sharad Navratri 2018 Ghatasthapana Muhurat
Ghatasthapana TimingsFrom 06:18:40 to 07:26:58 AM
Duration1 hour 8 minutes

Note: Timing mentioned above is effective for New Delhi. Know Ghatasthapana muhurat, rituals and puja vidhi for your city.

Glory of Navdurga

Maa Durga is known to be the eliminator of miseries and bad luck from one’s life. Goddess Durga is known to be the Adi Shakti of this universe. PItamah Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva uses her energy to create, preserve and destroy life.

Navratri Puja Vidhi

  • Wake up early and decorate the pooja plate after bathing.
  • Dress up the statue of Maa Durga with red-colored clothes.
  • Sow barley seeds in a clay pot and water it every day till Navmi.
  • Establish the urn or Kalash in an auspicious muhurat. Fill the urn with Gangajal. Cover its mouth with Mango leaves and put a coconut on top of it. Cover it with a red-colored cloth and tie a Kalava or red-colored sacred thread around its neck. Now keep it near the clay pot.
  • Do Panchopachara pooja using flowers, camphor and incense sticks.
  • Chant mantras related to Maa Durga for nine days straight and wish for happiness and prosperity while welcoming her into your house.
  • After conducting Durga Puja on eighth or ninth day (Ashtami or Navami), worship 9 young girls and offer them different kinds of dishes such as Puri, Chana, Halwa.
  • On the last day after Durga Puja, do Ghata Visarjan while singing aartis and offering her flowers and rice. Then pick up the urn.

Akhand Jyoti During Navratri

Akhand Jyoti or Unbroken Flame marks a special significance during Navratri, which when lightened removes darkness and negativity from life. Therefore, in Navratri, devotees should light up the Akhand Jyoti in their homes. One gets rid of all obstacles, troubles, and diseases. Sages and monks in Vedas have written that the effects of Akhand Jyoti can be observed directly on human life.

Kumari Puja or Worshipping Young Girls in Navratri

Kumari Puja is a special ritual followed during Navratri. Young girls are considered to be the incarnation of Jag Janani Maa Jagdamba. Therefore, Kumari Puja is conducted in Navratri. According to your capability, worship one girl or kanya for nine, seven, five or three days and offer her food.

What To Do During Navratri

  • Worshipers of Mata Durga who are fasting during Navratri should follow the rituals of Brahmacharya.
  • Consume milk, fruit and vegetarian food during fast. Those people who cannot remain empty stomach in the morning can consume milk or Sharbat.
  • During these nine days, devotees must sleep on the floor. It keeps the body healthy and active.

Nine Colors of Navratri & Their Significance

Every day signifies a specific color during Navratri. It is believed that wearing or using these colors brings good luck and prosperity.

  • Yellow on the day of Pratipada or Prathama
  • Green on the day of Dwitiya
  • Brown on the day of Tritiya
  • Orange on the day of Chaturthi
  • White on the day of Panchmi
  • Red on the day of Shashti
  • Blue on the day of Saptami
  • Pink on the day of Ashtami
  • Purple on the day of Navami

Worshipping Adi Shakti Maa Durga hold a special significance during Navratri. In these nine days, the Goddess removes the pains and diseases of her devotees and offers them prosperity.

Happy Navratri to all the visitors from AstroSage!

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