Showing posts with label festivals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label festivals. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2019

Kartik Purnima Tomorrow! Know the Importance of Deep Daan on this Day

Read about the importance of Kartik Purnima fast, its Shubh Muhurat and complete Puja Vidhi. Additionally, know the importance of donating lamps(Deep Daan) on this day. 

Kartik Purnima is given a special status in the realm of Hindu religion and culture. It is believed that Lord Shiva executed a demon named Tripurashira on this day and later helped him to attain salvation.This is the reason why Kartik Purnima is also known as Tripuri Purnima in many places. This festival arrives approximately fifteen days after Diwali, on the day of Kartik Purnima, which is why it is known as Dev Diwali. Usually, the celebrations of Kartik Purnima take place all over India, but it is most popular in Banaras and Kashi, situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. On this day, grand festivities are organized on the banks of the Ganges and along with revering Mother Ganga, her Aarti is also performed. Millions of people across the world flood the banks of Ganga to spectate this unique view. They also take part in lighting lamps and donating them(Deep Daan). 

Kartik Purnima: Vrat Muhurat 

Kartik Purnima will be celebrated all over the nation tomorrow i.e. Tuesday, 12 November 2019. This auspicious occasion arrives every year on the Purnima of Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha, which is why it is widely known as Kartik Purnima or Dev Diwali in various places. As per astrology, if this day coincides with Kritika Nakshatra, then it is known as Maha Kartiki. Along with this, if this Purnima or Full Moon falls on Bharni Nakshatras, then auspicious results come to the forefront. Since Kartik Purnima 2019 is coinciding with Chandra Bharani Nakshatra, its significance increases to a great extent. 

Let us now have a look at Kartik Purnima 2019 Vrat Muhurat.

Kartik Purnima Vrat Muhurat
On November 11, 2019Purnima begins at 18:04:00
On November 12, 2019Purnima ends at 19:06:40

Note: This time period is applicable for New Delhi area only. Click Here to know the auspicious Muhurat for your city. 

The Shastras state that on this very day, Lord Vishnu’s Matsya Avatar or the incarnation of fish came into existence. Thus, devotees take a dip in the holy Ganges and donate lamps(Deep Daan) on this day. It is believed that those natives who take baths in the holy rivers and perform Deep Daan, get the auspicious results which can only be gained after performing ten Yagyas or Yajnas. Taking the significance of this occasion into account, it has been given the status of “Mahapunit” festival by the Holy Trinity(Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). 

Kartik Purnima: Religious Importance

Of all the Full Moons which arrive in a year, the Purnima of Kartik month is considered to be the most pious. Thus, making donations on this day and doing other charitable works generates the inflow of positive results in one’s life. It has also been said that if lamps are donated as a part of the Tripura Utsav during the evening hours, then it helps the native to gain redemption from the sins committed by him/her in the previous birth.

Kartik Purnima: Associated Mythological Legends

Many mythological legends are associated with this auspicious day. One such Legend suggests that a demon named Tripurasura performed austerity in Prayagraj for a period of one lakh years so as to increase his powers. As a result of the negative effects of his meditation, human beings and the divine too were frightened. In such a situation, the deities decided to send celestial nymphs so as to break his austerity, but he continued with meditation, which he completed successfully. Ultimately, Lord Brahma had to appear in front of him and ordered him to ask for a boon.

The demon Tripura asked for the boon of immortality and said that he will not be killed by any human on divine being, to which Brahma had to agree. Upon the fulfillment of this boon, Tripura’s powers started to increase and day by day he started tormenting all the Gods and Goddesses. After gaining control over the Devlok or heaven, he started to climb the Kailash mountain, Lord Shiva’s abode, because of which the ferocious Shiva called out Tripura for a dual. Blinded by his arrogance and power, Tripura decided to fight Mahadev and the fight continued for a period of many days. Afterwards, Lord Shiva took the help of Lord Brahma and Vishnu so as to win over Tripura. Beliefs state that the day on which all the three Lords granted salvation to the demon Tripura happened to be Kartik Purnima because of which lamps are lit all over the Earth and heaven on this day.

Kartik Purnima Vrat and Puja Rituals 

As per traditional and religious beliefs, it is considered auspicious to take baths in the Holy Ganga, donate lamps and make other donations on this day. Let us now take a look at the religious tasks which should be performed on this day. 

  • Wake up early in the morning on the day of Kartik Purnima.
  • Afterwards spectate the Sun with your bare eyes and take an oath to observe the fast.
  • Very soon take a dip in any Holy river, pond or waterfall.
  • Do not forget to worship the six Kritikas namely, Shiva, Sambhuti, Santati, Priti Anasuya and Shama during moonrise on this day.
  • It is considered auspicious to donate cattle, chariots, clarified butter(ghee), grains etc. on the day of Dev Deepawali. The successful commemoration of this task puts an end to all of your financial troubles.
  • Beginning from Kartik Purnima, observing fasts on every Full Moon and organizing Jagrans at night brings happiness and prosperity to the household.
  • Natives who worship fasts on this day should organize a Yagya on the banks of a river and then feed meals to the poor and needy. 
  • Natives also follow the practice of taking a holy bath in the river Yamuna and then offering prayers to Radha and Krishna which ultimately ends with the Deep Daan ceremony. It brings flourishment to one’s family. 
  • It is also believed that if a bull or Nandi is donated during the fasting hours on this day, then Lord Shiva’s blessings are obtained.

We hope that you like this article of ours. We offer you the best of wishes for Kartik Purnima or Dev Dipawali. Thank You for staying connected with us!!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Shani Trayodashi Today! Know its Significance and Puja Rituals

This Shani Trayodashi, obtain the blessings of Shani Dev and Lord Shiva. Read more to know its complete Puja Vidhi and rituals to follow on this day.

Trayodashi Vrat, also known as Pradosh Vrat is considered to be the most convenient way to obtain the blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The Pradosh Vrat is observed during the Trayodashi Tithi of both the Pakshas. In such a situation, the Pradosh Vrat which falls on Saturdays is known as Shani Pradosh or Shani Trayodashi Vrat. In this year, natives will observe this fast today i.e. Saturday, 9 November 2019. By following the Vrat Vidhi of Shani Pradosh Vrat, any native can easily obtain the blessings of Lord Shani and Shiva and witness the fulfillment of their wishes. 

Shani Trayodashi Vrat to Obtain the Blessings of Lord Shiva 

During the evening hours of Shani Trayodashi Vrat, natives offer prayers to Lord Shiva 45 minutes prior to Sunset and 45 minutes after the Sunset. It is believed that by doing so, one can gain the blessings of both Lord Shiva and Lord Shani. Also, if someone’s Kundli is afflicted by Saturn, Shani’s Sade Sati or Dhaiya, then it comes to an end or gets minimized to a great extent by doing the same. 

Reduce the Sade Sati or Major Period of Saturn - Click Here to Know More

Shani Pradosh Vrat : Association with Mahadev 

In the Sanatan Dharma, the Trayodashi Tithi of each and every Shukla and Krishna Paksha is marked by a fast. The Pradosh Kaal duration begins with the sunset and continues till the time when the night is about to begin. Just like the tasks done or fasts observed during an auspicious period provides the fulfillment of one’s wishes, in the same manner, the observation of Pradosh Vrat also has its own significance. As per the religious texts, Lord Shiva performs the Tandava dance (Nritya) in the Rajat Bhawan situated in Mount Kailash during the Pradosh Kaal only. Hence, this day has been hailed by the devotees of Lord Shiva since ancient times. 

Various Trayodashi Fasts and their Benefits 

The Trayodashi fast is popular by various names in accordance with the days on which they are observed. Not only their names, but their significances also vary. Let us now have a look at the Trayodashi fasts along with their significances and benefits. 

  • Raviwar Trayodashi Vrat : The Trayodashi or Pradosh fast observed on a Sunday helps one to lead a healthy life and also obtain long life expectancy. 
  • Somwar Trayodashi Vrat : The Trayodashi Vrat which falls on a Monday provides one with the fulfillment of his/her wishes. This particular fast is also known as Som Pradosham or Chandra Pradosham. 
  • Mangalwar Trayodashi Vrat : Pradosh Vrat, i.e., Trayodashi fast, which falls on Tuesday helps one to remain healthy. By observing this fast, one also gets freedom from all kinds of serious illnesses present in his/her life. It is also called Bhaum Pradosham.
  • Budhwar Trayodashi Vrat : This Pradosh Vrat falls on a Wednesday. This Vrat or fast helps one to obtain the blessings of Lord Shiva to fulfill their wishes. 
  • Brihaspatiwar Trayodashi Vrat : Trayodashi Vrat observed on a Thursday helps one to gain victory over his/her enemies and rivals. 
  • Shukrawar Trayodashi Vrat : Pradosh Vrat i.e. Trayodashi fast which is kept on Friday provides happiness for a lifetime and good fortune. It also endows marital bliss. 
  • Shaniwar Trayodashi Vrat : The fast kept on this day is also known as Shani Pradosham. The fast kept on this day helps those who have been wishing for a progeny and provides them with bright offsprings. 

Click Here to Read : Remedies to Pacify Saturn 

Trayodashi Fast : Mythological Importance 

As per Hindu religion and culture, Pradosh Vrat or fast is considered the most efficient way to obtain the blessings of Lord Shiva. The fast observed on this day helps one to remain at the receiving end of fruitful results. Hence, it is believed that those natives who observe fast and worship Lord Shiva devotedly become quite dear to him and Mahadev eradicates each and every hurdle present in their life. The concerned natives also become eligible to obtain salvation in their afterlife. Many religious legends are associated with this Pradosh Vrat which state that the virtues of fasting on this day are equivalent to that of donating 100 cows and doing Kanyadaan. It is also believed that the Vedic scholar Sutji had mentioned this fast in a discussion which took place with the Shaundi sages. He stated that in the Kali Yuga, there will be unrighteousness, prevailing amongst mankind and all over the Universe. Pradosh Vrat will prove to be the only medium of remorse which will help them to bring good deeds back to this Universe. 

Things to Keep in Mind During Shani Trayodashi Fast 

During the Shani Trayodashi Vrat, Lord Shiva and Shani are venerated in a special manner during the morning and evening hours. During this time, the evening hours are considered the most auspicious to perform the Vrat Puja. On this very Tithi, Shani Pradosh Mantra is chanted in all Shiva temples and Shani temples during the evening. In such a situation, some special rules have also been told to observe while keeping the Shani Pradosh Vrat, which will further add to the auspiciousness of this fast. Some of them are mentioned below. 

  • On the day of Shani Trayodashi fast, wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath. Later on, wear clean or new clothes. 
  • Afterwards, spectate the Sun with your bare eyes and offer Arghya to it. 
  • Next, visit a Shiva temple and offer Bel Patra, Akshat, lamps, Dhoop(incense), Ganga water etc. to the Shivling.
  • Afterwards, visit a Shani temple and offer mustard oil and black sesame seeds without touching the Idol of Lord Shani.
  • Along with this, light a four faced mustard oil lamp under a Peepal tree and one inside a Shani temple. Afterwards take an oath to observe the Trayodashi fast.
  • Natives who observe this fast should not consume any food items during the whole day.
  • If it is not possible at all, then you are advised to maintain a fruit diet and consume one meal during the evening time.
  • On the day of Shani Trayodashi take a bath before the sunset and wear white clothes.
  • Afterwards purify the altar with simple water or Gangaajal.
  • In this duration, you can also decorate the altar by drawing Rangoli with various colours.
  • Chant the Shiva Mantra “Om Namah Shivay”/ “ॐ नमः शिवाय” all throughout the day.
  • During the pradosh Kaal, purify Lord Shiva’s Idol with Panchamrit (curd, milk, gay, sugar, and honey) and use water later to further purify Mahadev’s idol.
  • Finally, worship the Lord with Roli, Moli, rice, incense, lamps etc. and use them to make offerings to the Lord. 

Pradosh Vrat Puja Vidhi 

It is believed that those natives who observe the Trayodashi fast for a period of 11 or 26 Trayodashis, become eligible to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Let us now have a look at its Puja Vidhi. 

  • It is necessary to observe Pradosh Vrat during Trayodashi Tithi or Pradosham. 
  • Lord Ganesha should be worshiped a day before the observation of Pradosh Vrat.
  • A night before the Vrat, Jagran should be organized along with the Kirtan of Lord Bholenath and Mother Parvati overnight.
  • On the next day of Jagran, create a podium with cow dung and decorate it beautifully with colorful clothes and Rangoli during the Brahma Muhurta.
  • Afterwards, chant “oma umā sahita śivāya namaḥ’‘/”ओम उमा सहित शिवाय नमः’ 108 times and organize a Hawan or Yajna at the Puja place. 
  • Do not forget to offer Kheer in the Hawan as Ahuti. 
  • After the completion of Aarti, perform the Aarti of Lord Shiva and chant the Shanti Paath. 
  • Afterwards, make offerings of food amongst the Brahmins and make donations to receive blessings from them. 
  • Do not let any negative thoughts take house in your mind to maintain a positive attitude all throughout the day of Shani Trayodashi Vrat. 

Click Here to Get the Shani Sade Sati Report 

We hope that you will appreciate this blog of ours. We wish for your better future. Thankyou for staying connected with us!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Tulsi Vivah Tomorrow! Know its Shubh Muhurat and Associated Rituals

Tulsi Vivah is a religious festival celebrated by the followers of Hinduism. This festival is always celebrated on the Tithi of Shukla Ekadashi or Dwadashi of Kartik month. Ekadashi of Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha is called Dev Uthni Ekadashi. On this day, Lord Vishnu wakes up after sleeping continuously for four months. A day after this, the marriage of Lord Vishnu is organized with his beloved Tulsi by following all the rites and rituals.

In the current year, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on 9 November, 2019. As per the Hindu Panchang, this day will also coincide with Dwadashi Tithi. Hence, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on this day only. According to the Shastras, the Tulsi Vivah ceremony can be organized at any point of time between Dev Uthani Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima. 

Tulsi Vivah Muhurat

Dwadasi Tithi Begins8 November 2019From 12:26:21 PM
Dwadasi Tithi Ends9 November 2019To 02:41:33 PM

Note: The time period given above is applicable for New Delhi, India only. Click Here to know the appropriate Muhurat for your city or town.

What is the Relationship Between Lord Vishnu and Tulsi? 

The plant Tulsi has always been given a pious status in Hindu culture and religion. This explains the reason why this particular plant’s residence is seen in each and every Hindu household. It is filled with medicinal qualities. From the religious point of view, this very plant is considered an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, who happens to be the consort of Vishnu Ji. 

This is the reason why Tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu and on the day of Tulsi Vivah only, the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Tulsi Mata is commenced by following all the necessary rites and rituals. On this occasion, Shri Hari Narayan is decorated as the groom and Tulsi like a bride and their marriage ceremony is performed. This day also marks the official arrival of the season of marriage. 

Tulsi Vivah Vidhi 

  • On this day, each and every family member should wake up early and wear new clothes after taking a holy bath. 
  • The one who performs the Kanyadaan should observe fast on this day until the time when the marriage gets commenced. 
  • As per the Shubh Muhurat, place a Tulsi plant in your courtyard.
  • Tulsi Vivah can be commemorated at your terrace or any Temple, according to your convenience.
  • Plant a sugarcane in the soil/pot in which the Tulsi is planted and place a red drape over it to create a Mandap.
  • Do not forget to keep a Shaligram stone in the same pot.
  • This stone will act as a symbol of Lord Vishnu.
  • Apply Haldi/turmeric over the Tulsi plant and the Shaligram stone. 
  • Prepare a mixture of milk and turmeric and apply it over the Tulsi and Shaligram stone thoroughly. 
  • Apply some of the mixture to the Mandap too. 
  • Now, organize a Puja and make offerings of flowers and fruits.
  • As soon as the puja is commenced, place a subsequent amount of camphor on the Puja palate and then burn it. 
  • Use the same to perform the Aarti of the Tulsi plant in the Shaligram stone.
  • At the end, circumambulate around the Tulsi plant for eleven times and then distribute the offerings among the members of the household.

Tulsi Vivah : Importance 

From the religious, spiritual and medical point of view, the organization of Tulsi Vivah is very important. As we all know, the Tulsi plant is given a quite auspicious status. Its very presence fills the entire environment with positive energy. Therefore, it is effective and capable of eliminating many diseases. From a religious perspective, it can be stated that natives who take part in this marriage get an ample amount blessings from Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.

Maa Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. It is only because of her blessings that prosperity flows into one’s life. As a result, one doesn’t experience dearth of money and remains in an affluent state. At the same time, Lord Vishnu is the preserver of this Universe. His benediction helps one to attain great heights of success.

Mythological beliefs state that Tulsi Vivah should not be held in a house where there is no daughter. All the auspicious rituals that take place in Hindu religion are marked by the organization of Tulsi Vivah only.

Tulsi Vivah: Associates Mythological Legends 

It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had a third son, who is said to be the beholder of demonic instincts. He believed that his position was over all the Gods and Goddesses. Named Jalandhar, he was married to a lady named Vrinda, who happened to be one of the most prominent devotees of Lord Vishnu. He would repeatedly torment the Gods with his supreme powers, but the deities failed to kill Jalandhar because of Vrinda’s devotion. At last, the Gods approached Lord Vishnu to put an end to Jalandhar and their plight.

While offering a solution, Vishnu gave the advice of robbing Vrinda’s chastity. To do so, he appeared infront of Vrinda as Jalandhar and disrobed her chastity. Only then, all the Gods were able to put an end to Jalandhar. When the innocent Vrinda got to know about this, she cursed Lord Vishnu. Immediately, all the Gods approached Vrinda and pleaded in front of her to withdraw the curse, to which Vrinda obligated immediately. But Lord Vishnu took the form of a stone to attain atonement. This stone is called Shaligram.

Afterwards, Vrinda committed Sati with her husband, Jalandhar and a Tusli plant emerged out of her ashes. Not only this, Lord Vishnu never gave up his redemption and gave the highest status to the Tulsi plant and declared that he won't consume any meal without Tulsi. Afterwards, the Gods revered Vrinda for committing Sati and commenced her marriage with Shaligram. The day on which Tulsi Vivah was commenced happened to be Dev Uthani Ekadashi, which is why Tulsi marriage ceremony is organized every year during Dev Uthani Ekadashi. 

AstroSage offers the best wishes of Tulsi Vivah. We hope that you keep receiving the abundant blessings of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Thankyou for staying connected with us!!

Dev Uthani Ekadashi Today! Know its Paran Muhurat and Vrat Vidhi

The Dev Uthani Ekadashi fast has great religious significance for the followers of Hinduism. Also known as Parbodhni Ekadashi, Dev Uthani Ekadashi falls on the Ekadashi Tithi of Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha. As mentioned above, this festival has a great reverence for the ones who follow the Hindu religion. This Tithi is dedicated to the caretaker and preserver of this Universe, Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Vishnu Ji wakes up from a four month long sleep. Beliefs state that he went to sleep on the day of Dev Shayni Ekadashi and wakes up after four months, during this day i.e. Dev Uthani Ekadashi. To commemorate this day and honour Lord Vishnu’s revival from sleep, auspicious events are organized on this day. 

Today i.e. on Friday, 8 November 2019, the fast of Dev Uthani will be observed whose Parna will take place on Saturday 9 November, 2019. Let us now take a look at the Muhurat of Dev Uthani Ekadashi now.

Dev Uthani Ekadashi Date & Parna Muhurat

DateDayParna MuhuratDuration
8 November 2019Friday06:38:39 to 08:49:07 on 9th, November 20192 hours 10 minutes

Note: The time period given above is applicable for New Delhi, India only। Click Here to know the appropriate Muhurat for your city or town. 

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Vrat Vidhi 

  • On this day one should get up early in the morning and take an oath to observe the fast. Afterwards, Lord Vishnu should be eulogized. 
  • After cleaning the household properly and taking a holy bath, the shape of the feet of Lord Vishnu should be painted in the courtyard. 
  • After drawing pictures on a pounder, place fruits, sweet, plum, water chestnut, seasonal fruits and sugarcane should be placed in it and cover it with a lid. 
  • Also, on this day lamps should be lit outside the house and at the place of worship.
  • When night falls, all the family members should worship all the deities along with Lord Vishnu.
  • At the end, instruments like conch, Gong-Gharial, etc. should be played to wake up the Lord from his deep sleep and sentences like - Utho Deva, Baitho Deva, Anguria Chatkao Deva, Nayi Sut, Nayi Kapas, Dev Uthaye Kartik Mas, should be recited in a loop.

Dev Uthani Ekadashi : Associated Mythological Legends 

Once upon a time Goddess Lakshmi asked Lord Narayan, “Oh Lord! If you keep waking up throughout the day and night, without taking rest for a single second, then your irregular sleeping pattern will prove to be harmful. Therefore, you should book a period in a year’s time, to give yourself some rest and relaxation. This will also help me to spend some moments of leisure.” 

Get Your Free Kundli Now With Online Software

Lord Vishnu listened carefully to his consort, Goddess Lakshmi and replied with a smile. He said, “Goddess! All deities especially you, suffer because of me. You don't even get a minute’s rest due to all these hassle. Hence, abiding by your words, from today onwards, I will sleep continuously for four months during the rainy season. During this time, all the Gods and Goddesses including you will get ample time to spend some leisurely moments. 

This sleep of mine will be called the Alpanidra (sleep apnea) and Pralay Kaleen Mahanidra. This will prove to be the ultimate blessing for my devotees. In this period, all my devotees will serve me and celebrate those days on which I go to sleep and wake up. And on these days only, I will reside in their households along with you.”

Wish you a very happy and prosperous Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Thankyou for staying connected with AstroSage!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Chhath Puja Today: Know its Muhurat and Puja Rituals

Chhath Puja today fulfills all your wishes and desires! Know Chhath Puja rituals and significance of the four days.

Chatth Puja, dedicated to the Lord of light, Surya Dev is one of the most prominent festivals of eastern India. Grand Chhath celebrations primarily take place in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. However, its popularity has increased over the years, which explains the commemoration of Chhath in various parts of India. Chhath Puja is also known as Surya Sashti in many places.

From the religious point of view, this festival has a great amount of significance. On this day, Chatthi Maiya is also worshipped along with the Sun. At the same time, the tradition of offering Arghya to the Sun is also followed during Chhath Puja. As per the scriptures, Lord Sun has been described as the essence of all creations existing in this Universe. It is impossible for any living being or organism to thrive on our planet without the sun. Therefore, Sun God or Surya Dev is worshiped devotedly in this festival.

Chhath Puja Muhurat

2 November, 2019
Sandhya (evening) Arghya 
17:35:36 PM 
3 November, 2019
Usha (morning) Arghya 
06:34:14 AM 

Note: The time period given above is applicable for New Delhi only। Click Here to know the appropriate Muhurat for your city.

Buy Surya Yantra & Strengthen Sun In Your Kundli

Who is Chhati Maiya?

As per the colloquial language, Shashthi Mata is known as Chhathi Maiya. According to Vedic scriptures, Shashthi Mata has been described as the Manas Putri (spiritual daughter) of Lord Brahma. The name Katyayani has also been attributed to her and Goddess Katyayani is worshiped on Shashti Tithi during Sharad and Chaitra Navratri. Beliefs state that Goddess Chhathi protects one’s offspring and also grants them longevity, which is why female natives wish for the long lives of their sons and offer their reverence to Goddess Sashti. 

When is Chhath Puja Celebrated?

The Hindu festival Chhath is celebrated six days after the Diwali celebrations. As per the Vedic Panchang, this festival is observed during Kartik month’s Shukla Paksha’s Sashti Tithi. However, the festivities go on for a period of four days. The occasion begins with Kartik Shukla Paksha’s Chaturthi Tithi which ends with the same month and Paksha’s Ashtami Tithi. 

Click Here to Read: Detailed Information and facts about the festival of Chhath.

Chhath Puja: Rituals and Traditions 

The festivals which find a place in the Hindu Sanatan Dharma are significant in their own ways. The various customs and traditions associated with them give birth to their relevance. In the same vein, there are also some rites and rituals performed on the day of Chhath Puja, which adds to its grandeur and makes it different from the rest. There are four main highlights of this festival which are - Nahay Khay, Kharna, Sandhya Arghya and Usha Arghya.

  • Nahay Khay is the first day of this festival. The word Nahai Khay stands for the practice of keeping your mind and body pious during this Puja. On this day, the practice of cleaning one’s household and courtyard is also observed. One should also keep in mind to take an early bath and consume Sattvik food thereby housing positive thoughts in mind. 
  • The second highlight of this festival is Kharna. It takes place during the second day of Chhath. Natives observe fasts on this day. The nature of this fast is quite strict as natives do not even consume a single drop while undergoing this Vrat. however, when the fast is broken, the ritual of ingesting jaggery pudding, bread(roti) mixed with clarified butter (ghee) and fruits is followed. 
  • On the third day of Chhath Puja (Kartik Shukla Shashthi), Arghya in the form of water is offered to Surya Dev during sunset. This ritual is called Sandhya Arghya. Earlier in the evening before the Arghya is offered, the vessel is decorated with fruits, sweets(ladoos) made of rice and other things in a bamboo basket. After its successful commemoration, natives who have observed the fast and all of their family members make the offering. Meanwhile, the same water is used to worship Chhathi Maiya later. 
  • On the last day of Chhath festival, the tradition of offering Usha (morning) Arghya is followed by natives. On this day, Arghya is offered to the Sun God during the early morning hours. Natives reach the banks of rivers and then offer Arghya to the rising Sun. After this, Chhath Mata is venerated and the longevity of progeny along with the prosperity of the household is sought from the Goddess. 

For Astrological Remedies including Gemstones, Yantra, etc., Visit: AstroSage Online Shopping Store

Chhath Puja Vidhi and Materials Required 

  • Three big baskets made out of bamboo, three soops or vessel made of bamboo or copper, plates, milk and glass.
  • Rice, red vermilion, lamps, coconut, turmeric, sugarcane, Soothni, vegetables and sweet potato. 
  • Pears, big lemon, honey, paan, whole betel nut, carav, camphor, sandalwood and sweets.
  • Sweets which include thekua, malpua, kheer-puri, suji halwa, rice ladoos should be offered as Prasad.

Arghya Vidhi - Place the materials mentioned above in a basket made of bamboo. While offering Arghya to the sun, keep all the offerings in the Soop and light a lamp in the soup itself. Afterwards, take a dip in the river and then go on to offer Arghya to the Sun God.

AstroSage wishes a very heartiest Chhath Puja 2019. Thank You for staying connected with us!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Bhai Dooj 2019 - Perform Tilak Ceremony With Your Brother

Pray for your brother’s longevity this Bhai Dooj with this ritual. Also read mythological tale associated with the day.

Bhai Dooj is the festival that celebrates the pious relation between brothers and sisters. This year, it is falling on 29 October 2019. On this day, siblings meet with each-other, sisters apply tilak on their brothers’ forehead, and pray for happiness, prosperity, and a long life for them. In return, the brothers too give gifts to their sisters. 

Bhaidooj 2019: Date and Muhurat

According to the Hindu Panchang, Bhai dooj celebrations occur every second day (dwitiya tithi) of Shukla Paksha. Throughout the country, various names are famous for the festival, like Bhai Tika, Bhratri Dwitiya, and Bhai Phota.

Bhai Dooj 2019 Auspicious Muhurat
Bhai Dooj 2019 Tilak TimingsFrom 13:11:34 to 15:25:13
Duration2 hours 13 minutes

Note: The above Muhurat will only be effective for New Delhi. Read Bhai Dooj Muhurat 2019 to know the auspicious timings in your city.

Mythology states that on the second day of Shukla Paksh in the Krishna month, when Yamuna, sister of Yamraj asked him to visit her home for dinner, he went to her. Thus, on this day, devotees also worship Yamraj, the God of Death and the day has another name, Yam Dwitiya. 

Customs of Bhai Dooj

Although, the people on the Indian soil commemorate numerous festivals; however, Bhai Dooj has a special place of its own, amongst them all. Just as there are specific rituals and customs to follow during any festival, the ones associated with Bhai Dooj are given below:

  1. This is a day of joy and excitement for siblings. Brothers and sisters should wake up early and take a bath on this pious day. 
  2. Now, sisters have to prepare a thali for puja, filled with necessary items like flowers, sweets, kumkum, diya, and so on. Do the aarti of your brother and apply tilak on their forehead.
  3. For the tilak, you can prepare a chalk out of a mix of rice and kumkum, and put a tika on your brother’s forehead using it during the auspicious muhurat.
  4. After the tilak, sisters should offer sweets to their brother; and brothers should give their sisters a gift. 
  5. On this day, the siblings should talk about their emotions and keep love and affection in their hearts for each other.

Mythological Tale Associated With Bhai Dooj

Natives have been celebrating the auspicious festival of Bhai Dooj since ancient times, as proven by the story below. This tale tells us about Lord Krishna and a demon named Narakasura.

Once upon a time, a demon Narakasura had been terrorizing the people. To save themselves, everyone went to Lord Krishna for help, who immediately agreed and killed the demon. According to the story, Lord Krishna returned to Dwarka on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the Krishna month after killing the demon. His sister, Subhadra, welcomed him back by offering him fruits and sweets, and illuminating the house with lamps. She applied tilak on her brother’s forehead and prayed for his long life. Ever since then, this day became famous as Bhai dooj. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Diwali and Narak Chaturdashi Coincides On The Same Day!

Know Diwali & Narak Chaturdashi Puja Muhurat & attain the blessings of Maa Laxmi & Lord Ganesha.

Diwali is occurring on 27 October this year. This festival is celebrated throughout the country with much pomp and show. All the followers of Hinduism eagerly await this celebration and fill the dark night with the light of lamps (Diyas) and their excitement. Deepavali is another name for this festival, so is Prakash Utsav due to the bright illumination of the night.

Mythology states that on this day, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after killing Ravana and completing his exile (Vanvas) of 14 years. To commemorate this happiness, people light diyas in and around their homes, reminiscing of the natives of Ayodhaya, who did the same, centuries ago in welcome of Lord Rama, Lady Sita, and Lord Lakshman. Deepavali is the festival of victory of good over evil, a day of positivity. Devotees pay homage to the Gods and Goddesses to remove the negativity from their lives.

Laxmi Puja Muhurat on Diwali

Lakshmi Puja MuhuratFrom 18:44:04 to 20:14:27
Duration1 hour 30 minutes
Pradosh KaalFrom 17:40:34 to 20:14:27
Vrishabha KaalFrom 18:44:04 to 20:39:54

Note: This Muhurta is valid for New Delhi, India.

Diwali According to Hindu Panchang

Diwali falls on the day of Amavasya (New Moon), i.e., when there is no moon in the sky. In the Kartik Month, during the Pradosh Kaal of Amavasya, we celebrate Deepavali and worship Goddess Mahalakshmi. If the Amavasya Tithi continues for two days and Pradosh Kaal occurs only during the second day, Diwali is celebrated on that day. There are many other beliefs associated with the commemoration of Deepavali, but this one is most prevalent. 

Things to Remember During Laxmi Puja

During Diwali, one of the major festivals of Hinduism; devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi. Additionally, we also pay homage to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati on this day. People clean their houses and places of worship because they believe that the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi herself descends to Earth on this day and blesses her devotees. Some important things to remember during Lakshmi Puja are:

  • Like every festival, bathing and meditating early in the morning have high importance, on Diwali as well.
  • Next, you should clean your place of worship at home.
  • Sprinkle Gangajal or Gomutra around your house to cleanse it.
  • Chant the Gayatri Mantra or ‘ऊँ नम: शिवाय/ūm̐ nama: śivāya’ to purify your heart.
  • Draw a beautiful rangoli and place diyas on it.
  • After cleaning your place of worship, spread a red cloth and establish the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
  • Light a diya (lamp) and offer lamp, molly/kalawa (sacred red thread), water, rice, jaggery etc. to the deities.
  • On this day, it is auspicious for the family members to stay together.
  • Distribute prasad after the puja ends and do charity according to your capabilities.

Narak Chaturdashi in 2019

Interestingly, this year, Narak Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali) and Diwali, both are occurring on the same day. This is because the dates, Chaturdashi and Amavasya, according to Hindu Panchang, are coinciding on the same day. While Chaturdashi will continue till 12:25:25 on 27 October 2019, and then Amavasya will begin, which will end at 09:10:52 next morning. Devotees worship Lord Yamraj, the God of Death on this day (Choti Diwali/Narak Chaturdashi), and pray for freedom from the fear of death (Mrityu Bhay) and untimely/premature death.

Narak Chaturdashi Puja: Things to Remember

  • One should begin the day with a clean heart and body.
  • After taking a bath, it is auspicious to massage your body with sesame oil.
  • We pray to Lord Yamraj on this day, while facing the South direction.
  • Light a diya (lamp) on the main door of your home to please Yamraj.
  • Worshipping Lord Krishna, along with Lord Yamraj, fills a person with good qualities and virtues.
  • One should clean their house during the Nishit Kaal (midnight) of Narak Chaturdashi, and throw away unnecessary things.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kali Chaudas 2019 Date, Abhyang Snan Muhurat

The festival of Kali Chaudas is celebrated on the day before Diwali i.e. on the Chaturdashi tithi in Krishna Paksha during the month of Kartik. It is commonly called as Choti Diwali in the language of common language. Narak Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas etc. are some of its popular names. According to Hindu mythology, it is a provision to worship Lord Yamaraj on this day after performing the Abhyang Snan. By doing this, one eliminates the fear of untimely death. On this day, diyas or lamps are lit at the time of dusk.

Kali Chaudas Puja Muhurat

DateKali Chaudas Nishith Puja MuhuratDuration
26-27 October, 2019From 23:39 to 24:3152 Minutes

Abhyang Snan Auspicious Muhurat

Date27 October, 2019
TimeFrom 05:15:59 to 06:29:17
Duration1 Hour 13 Minutes

Note: This muhurat is for New Delhi, India. Click here to know for your city - Abhyang Snan Muhurat & Puja Rituals

Why Kali Chaudas Is Celebrated

According to the beliefs, the festival of Kali Chaudas is celebrated to commemorate Lord Vishnu's victory over a demon named Narakasura. This festival is also associated with worshipping Maa Kali. This day signifies the importance of Tantric learning and carrying out Tantric acts. Also, Maa Kali is considered the goddess of Tantric teachings. It is said that if a devotee pleases Mother Kali on this day, then s/he attains Ashta Siddhi. Worshiping Goddess Kali on the day of Kali Chaudas eliminates physical and mental troubles from the lives of the devotees.

Significance of Abhyang Snan on Kali Chaudas

Abhyang Snan or Bath holds great importance on the day of Narak Chaturdashi. It is believed that if a devotee performs the bathing ritual during the auspicious time, s/he gets rid of her/his fear of death and Hell (Narak). Before taking a bath, massage your body with sesame seed oil, then put Apamarga (Chirchira) leaves in the water and then perform the Abhyang Snan. One appeases the Yamraj by following the steps and gets rid of the sins and fear of untimely death.

Kali Chaudas Puja Rituals

  • Take a bath before sunrise in the morning.
  • During this while, massage the body with sesame oil.
  • After that, circle the Apamarga i.e. Chirchira (medicinal plant) leaves around your head three times.
  • Before this, keep a water-filled urn or pot on the day of Ahoi Ashtami in Kartik Krishna Paksha.
  • On the day of Kali Chaudas, mix this water before bathing.
  • After bathing, pray to Lord Yamraj with folded hands while facing towards the South.
  • On this day, place an oil lamp or diya outside the main door of the house in regard with Lord Yamraj.
  • After worshipping all the deities in the evening, light oil lamps and place them on both sides of the door frame, outside the house and at the entrance of the workplace.
  • Worship Lord Shri Krishna on this day.
  • On this day during the Nishith Kaal (at the time of midnight), one should throw away useless things from home. This tradition is called Daridraya Nih Saaran.

Mythological Legend Related To Kali Chaudas (Narak Chaturdashi)

According to the legend, a demon named Narakasura had terrorized the Gods and Sages with his powers and took sixteen thousand women as his hostage. Troubled by the terror, all the Gods and Saints approached the divine Lord Krishna and asked for his help. Listening to their plight, the Lord assured everyone regarding the elimination of the demon.

According to a curse, Narkasur would die at the hands of a woman. Therefore, Shri Krishna, with the help of his wife Satyabhama; killed Narakasura on Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in Kartik month and freed sixteen thousand women from his captivity. Later on, these women were hailed as the “Patraniyan” of the Lord. After Narkasur was killed, natives celebrated the occasion by lighting diyas in their homes on the Amavasya during the month of Kartik.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Dhanteras Special: Appease Lord Kuber With These Rituals

Know Dhanteras puja muhurat and read about things to be kept in mind when buying anything on this auspicious day.

The celebrations of Dhanteras takes place today, i.e. on 25 October this year. The festival of Diwali begins with this day, and is dedicated to the God of Wealth, Lord Kuber, God of Health, Lord Dhanvantri, and Goddess Lakshmi. Natives worship the Gods and Goddesses to please them and gain their blessings of a prosperous future. The markets are stock full on this day, as devotees buy gold and silver jewellery, utensils, and so on. With modern times, people have also started buying essential household items on Dhantrayodashi.

The celebrations of Dhanteras will fall on 25 October 2019 this year. The festival of Diwali begins with this day, dedicated to the God of Wealth, Lord Kuber, God of Health, Lord Dhanvantri, and Goddess Lakshmi. Natives worship the Gods and Goddesses to please them and gain their blessings of a prosperous future. The markets are stock full on this day, as devotees buy gold and silver jewellery, utensils, and so on. With modern times, people have also started buying essential household items on Dhantrayodashi.

Dhanteras Puja Muhurat 2019

Dhanteras MuhuratFrom 19:10:19 to 20:15:35
Duration1 hour 35 minutes
Pradosh KaalFrom 17:42:20 to 20:15:35
Vrishabha KaalFrom 18:51:57 to 20:47:47

Note: This Dhanteras Muhurat is applicable for New Delhi. Click here to know the muhurat for your city.

Dhanteras Rules & Regulations As Per Scriptures

As per the Hindu Panchang, celebrations of Dhanteras fall in the Kartik Month. Specifically, the commemoration falls on the Uday Vyapini Trayodashi of the Krishna Paksha of this month. Thus, if the thirteenth day (trayodashi tithi) falls during the sunrise, then that day is Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi. On this day, people also do Deep Daan to Lord Yamaraj, God of Death. 

Things To Keep In Mind When Purchasing Items On Dhanteras

  • Buying utensils are extremely auspicious on this day. Silver is very dear to Lord Kuber; thus, one should buy silver utensils. 
  • You can also purchase brass utensils apart from the silver ones. 
  • One should buy Mahalaxmi yantra, conchs, and coriander to please Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Purchasing of essential household items is also auspicious for Dhantrayodashi.
  • One should not purchase a vehicle on Dhanteras, as it is not auspicious. 
  • Avoid buying items made of glass too.
  • Abstain from purchasing black coloured things as well.

Dhanteras 2019: Things to Remember

Devotees of Hinduism pray to Lord Kuber, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Dhanvantri on Dhanteras and wish for peace, prosperity, and health in life. However, one should never sit for worship out of greed on this day. Instead, your thoughts should be of helping the needy with the money you have, and working towards the betterment of society. In fact, people believe that Goddess Lakshmi (often an allegory for wealth) will enter your home only if your heart is pure and you hold no malice for anyone. If you harbour any ill-will in your mind and have such impious thoughts, then you will not be able to attain Lakshmi - both wealth and the blessings of the Goddess).

Dhanteras Puja Rituals

  • Wake up early on Dhanteras, and after being done with your morning rituals, wear clean clothes. You should also clean your house. 
  • Worship the God of Health, Lord Dhanvantri with shodashopachara. Also, pay homage to the Gods and Goddess of wealth – Lakshmi and Kuber with utmost devotion. 
  • Every member of the family should participate in this puja. Distribute the prasad after completion. 
  • You should light a diya (lamp) on the main door of your home, in the evening.
  • Also, worship Goddess Lakshmi with complete rituals in the evening of Dhantrayodashi.

Get huge discounts and deals on astrology products on Dhanteras - Click here to buy

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Ahoi Ashtami 2019 Puja Muhurat & Aarti

Observing the Ahoi Ashtami Fast offers longevity to children. Know the fasting rituals and points to keep in mind when performing them.

Ahoi Ashtami is observed four days after Karwa Chauth on the Ashtami during Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Devotees worship Goddess Ahoi on this day, and as this fast falls on the Ashtami, hence it is called as Ahoi Ashtami. It is believed that if the divine Goddess is venerated by married women with full devotion on this auspicious day, their children attain longevity, intellect and prosperity in life. Devotees who are fasting must open their fast after the Moonrise. Married women also observe this fast to get blessed with a child. In the year 2019, Ahoi Ashtami Vrat will be observed tomorrow, i.e. on Monday, 21 October. 

Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat

Puja MuhuratFrom Evening 17:46 To 19:02
Stars Rising During The Evening18:10

Ahoi Ashtami Fast & Puja Rituals 

  • Wake up early before sunrise.
  • Clean the altar properly.
  • Sprinkle the Gangajal all around the house and clean thoroughly.
  • Then pledge to observe the Ahoi Ashtami Fast with a devoted heart.
  • Place the idol or picture of Maa Ahoi on the altar, and place Singhada, Radish and a bowl of Rice in front of it. 
  • Sit together with your family members and recite the Ahoi Mata Vrat Katha diligently.

During the morning puja, fill an urn with water and place a Karwa on top of it. The same Karwa which was used on Karwa Chauth must be used here as well. As per the traditions, the idol of Mata Ahoi is carved in silver and worshipped. Ahoi is also known as Syahu and Saahi. 

Things To Keep In Mind On Ahoi Ashtami

  • Fasting on Ahoi Ashtami is observed to get blessed with kids or for their longevity. Therefore, one who fasts on this day must avoid killing animals or consuming meat. 
  • You must not also dig the soil as there are small creatures like pests, insects, ants etc., and you can unknowingly kill any living creature.
  • Also, avoid consuming Tamasic food or meat one day before fasting for Ahoi Ashtami. As one cannot consume water on this day, hence it is also called as a Nirjala Vrat or Fasting without Water. 
  • Avoid fighting or getting into a dispute with anyone.
  • Do not scold young kids in your family. 
  • Use a silver or brass urn to offer Arghya to the stars on the night of Ahoi Ashtami. Avoid using copper urn.

Mythological Legend Behind Ahoi Ashtami

Let’s read in detail the popular legend associated with this festival. A long time back, a moneylender and his wife had seven sons. Few days before Diwali in the month of Kartik, the wife thought of renovating the house, and went to the forest to dig up some soil. While digging with a spade, a young porcupine got accidentally killed by the wife, and cursed her to face a similar fate. As a result, all her kids died within a year, leaving her devastated.

Unable to tolerate the pain, both husband and wife went to the final pilgrimage on foot, and walked until they were unconscious. At this moment, a celestial announcement was made, in which the couple was told to go back, serve the cow and worship Goddess Ahoi. After hearing such words, they came back, and on the eighth day during the month of Kartik, the wife drew a porcupine and her kids on the wall, and performed the Ahoi Ashtami fast with devotion. This appeased the Goddess, who eliminated her sin and blessed her with fertility.

Ahoi Maa Aarti in Hindi

जय अहोई माता, जय अहोई माता!
तुमको निसदिन ध्यावत हर विष्णु विधाता। टेक।।

ब्राहमणी, रुद्राणी, कमला तू ही है जगमाता।
सूर्य-चंद्रमा ध्यावत नारद ऋषि गाता।। जय।।

माता रूप निरंजन सुख-सम्पत्ति दाता।।
जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत नित मंगल पाता।। जय।।

तू ही पाताल बसंती, तू ही है शुभदाता।
कर्म-प्रभाव प्रकाशक जगनिधि से त्राता।। जय।।

जिस घर थारो वासा वाहि में गुण आता।
कर न सके सोई कर ले मन नहीं धड़काता।। जय।।

तुम बिन सुख न होवे न कोई पुत्र पाता।
खान-पान का वैभव तुम बिन नहीं आता।। जय।।

शुभ गुण सुंदर युक्ता क्षीर निधि जाता।
रतन चतुर्दश तोकू कोई नहीं पाता।। जय।।

श्री अहोई माँ की आरती जो कोई गाता।
उर उमंग अति उपजे पाप उतर जाता।। जय।। 

Ahoi Maa Aarti in Eng

jaya ahoī mātā, jaya ahoī mātā!
tumako nisadina dhyāvata hara viṣṇu vidhātā। ṭeka।।

brāhamaṇī, rudrāṇī, kamalā tū hī hai jagamātā। 
sūrya-caṃdramā dhyāvata nārada ṛṣi gātā।। jaya।।

mātā rūpa niraṃjana sukha-sampatti dātā।
jo koī tumako dhyāvata nita maṃgala pātā।। jaya।।

tū hī pātāla basaṃtī, tū hī hai śubhadātā।
karma-prabhāva prakāśaka jaganidhi se trātā।। jaya।।

jisa ghara thāro vāsā vāhi meṃ guṇa ātā।
kara na sake soī kara le mana nahīṃ dhaḍa़kātā।। jaya।।

tuma bina sukha na hove na koī putra pātā।
khāna-pāna kā vaibhava tuma bina nahīṃ ātā।। jaya।।

śubha guṇa suṃdara yuktā kṣīra nidhi jātā।
ratana caturdaśa tokū koī nahīṃ pātā।। jaya।।

śrī ahoī mām̐ kī āratī jo koī gātā।
ura umaṃga ati upaje pāpa utara jātā।। jaya।।

AstroSage wishes you a Happy & Prosperous Ahoi Ashtami!

For Astrological Remedies including Gemstones, Yantra, etc., Visit: AstroSage Online Shopping Store