Showing posts with label festivals. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Karwa Chauth 2019: Know Moonrise Timing & Puja Muhurat

Karwa Chauth in 2019 marks a special occasion for married couples! Know when this day will be observed and what is the significance of Sargi on this day.

In Hinduism, numerous fasts and festivals are observed and celebrated respectively. Karwa Chauth is a special day for married women who fast the whole day for the longevity of their husbands and to attain a blissful marital life. It is observed on the Chaturthi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. This festival is prominently celebrated in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc. Women fast throughout the day, listen to the Katha, see the Moon through the sieve and then consume light food and water from the hands of their husbands.

Know When The Moon Will Rise: Moon Rise Calculator

Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat

Karva Chauth Muhurat
Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat17:50:03 to 18:58:47
Duration1 Hour 8 Minute
Karva Chauth Moonrise Time20:15:59

Note: This time duration is applicable for New Delhi. Click here to know yours.

Importance of Karva Chauth

The word Karwa Chauth is made up of two words, 'Karwa' i.e. 'earthenware' and 'Chauth' i.e. 'Chaturthi'. Earthenware, i.e Karve, is considered to be of special importance on this festival. All married women wait for this festival throughout the year and fulfill all the rituals with great reverence. The festival of Karva Chauth symbolizes strong relationship, love and trust between the husband and wife.

Importance of Henna or Mehandi

Henna or Mehandi is considered to be a sign of good luck. In India, there is a belief that the dark color acquired after applying Henna on the hands symbolizes more love from her husband/lover and in-laws. Another belief is that a dark-colored Mehndi represents longevity and good health of the husband. Mehandi is a part of the eternal “Shringaar” of a woman, and enhances the beauty and charm of a girl/woman. 

Offering Arghya To The Moon

When the Moon appears in the sky, all married women who have observed the fast come out to the open area/terrace to perform the ritual. They worship the Moon by lighting the Diya and offering the Arghya through the Karwa. Then, they look at the Moon first through a sieve and then at their husbands’ faces. Then the husbands feed them some sweets or Matthi and water. 

In this way, they open their fast and promise to support their husbands at every turn of life. Along with it, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartikeya are also worshiped along with the Moon. It is believed that worshipping them helps to attain the blessings of Goddess Parvati and bring all kinds of happiness in life.

Rules To Follow During Karva Chauth 

  • Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati must be venerated before moonrise.
  • The woman who is observing the fast must wake up before sunrise, take a bath and eat something which can help them sustain throughout the day.
  • The idols of the deities must be kept facing the West, and the person who is performing the rituals must face the East.

Mantras To Chant During Karwa Chauth Puja

  • To venerate Maa Parvati: 'ॐ शिवायै नमः'/ 'oṃ śivāyai namaḥ
  • To venerate Lord Shiva: 'ॐ नमः शिवाय'/ 'oṃ namaḥ śivāya
  • To venerate Swami Kartikeya: 'ॐ षण्मुखाय नमः'/ 'oṃ ṣaṇmukhāya namaḥ
  • To venerate Lord Ganesha: 'ॐ गणेशाय नमः'/ 'oṃ gaṇeśāya namaḥ
  • To venerate the Moon: 'ॐ सोमाय नमः'/ 'oṃ somāya namaḥ

Happy Karwa Chauth To You All!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sharad Purnima 2019 Date & Auspicious Muhurat

Fasting on Sharad Purnima blesses mothers and unmarried girls. Know the auspicious muhurat for Sharad Purnima 2019 and know its astrological importance.

Sharad Purnima holds great importance in Hinduism. It is believed that the rays of the Moon on the day of Sharad Purnima is considered therapeutic and beneficial for health. Every Poornima that falls every month is important, but it is believed that on the night of Sharad Purnima, the Moon exhibits 16 phases and its rays are said to be an equivalent to Nectar of Life. Along with that, the Moonlight on the night of Sharad Purnima seems brighter than usual.

Sharad Purnima Muhurat

Sharad Purnima in 2019
Purnima BeginsOn October 13, 2019 from 00:39
Purnima EndsOn October 14, 2019 till 02:40

Note: The above timings are mentioned as for New Delhi, India.

According to the Hindu Panchang, Sharad Purnima will fall on 13 October in the year 2019. Let us tell you that according to Hindu calendar, the month ends on the day of Purnima. It is said that on the night of Sharad Purnima, Lord Krishna created Maha-Raas, a confluence of love and dance in Vrindavan. This is the reason why people in the Braj region hails this Purnima as Ras Purnima. 

As per the astrologers, the Moon rays are said to be beneficial on the day of Sharad Purnima and capable of curing many diseases. On this day, people prepare Kheer or Sweetened Rice Pudding using cow milk and keep it under the moonlight. It is believed that keeping Kheer under the moonlight enhances its medicinal properties.

Sharad Purnima Fast & Puja Rituals

Fasting is also performed by the devotees on Sharad Purnima. Along with this, people following spiritualism also consider this day important and perform meditation. Hindu natives worship Mata Lakshmi and Moon on Sharad Purnima. Before worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, her image or idol is bathed with Gangajal and then installed on a platform covered by a red cloth. After this, the Goddess is worshiped by burning incense, lamps or diyas and offering flowers.

Worshiping Lord Vishnu along with Mata Laxmi is also considered auspicious on this day. Devotees should serve Kheer or Sweetened Rice Pudding to the Brahmins. If you are fasting, then see the Moon and offer it Arghya before opening your fast. Bathing in holy rivers on the day of Purnima is also considered auspicious.

Click here to know Sharad Purnima Fasting Rituals

Importance of Sharad Poornima

Although every Purnima that falls every month holds great significance, but Sharad Purnima is considered the most special of all. Fasting on this auspicious day is believed to be significant. It is believed that married women, who are not yet blessed with child or facing troubles regarding childbirth, must observe the fast to attain desired results. Adding to it, unmarried girls fasting on this day get blessed with a suitable groom. Moonlight falling on this day increases your spiritual and physical strength.

Valmiki Jayanti Celebrated On Sharad Purnima

Maharishi Valmiki, who composed the epic Ramayana, was born on the Purnima tithi in the month of Ashwin. Hence Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated every year on Sharad Purnima.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dussehra 2019 – Date, Time, Muhurat, & More

This year, Dussehra is falling on 8 October 2019, Tuesday. Of the many significant festivals that we celebrate in India, Dussehra is a symbol of the victory of good over evil. Two stories are associated with this saying – Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, and the slaughter of Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. This day falls on the tenth day (Dashami tithi) of Ashwin month, and thus has two famous names – Vijayadashami (Vijaya = victory) and Dussehra.

When Is Dussehra 2019

Vijaya MuhuratFrom 14:05:40 to 14:52:29
Duration0 hours 46 minutes
Aparaahn MuhuratFrom 13:18:52 to 15:39:18

Note: This Vijayadashami Muhurat is valid for New Delhi, India.

As per the Western calendar, Dussehra is falling on 8 October 2019 this year. On the other hand, Hindu Panchang states that the celebrations occur during the Aprahan of the tenth day (Dashmi tithi) of Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month. This Kaal takes place from the tenth muhurat to the twelfth muhurat from sunrise. Therefore, if the Dashami tithi transpires for two days, and the Aprahan Kaal occurs during the second day then we commemorate Vijay Dashami on this day. Similarly, if Aprahan is on the first day itself, then so will be the celebration for Dussehra. 

Dussehra Puja

The Dussehra celebrations occur throughout India with great pomp and show. A widespread tradition includes burning a mannequin of Ravana. This custom is a symbolism of burning the evil within us along with the figurine. People believe that our prayers this day receive exceptional results. Let us find out how to pay homage properly with the Dussehra Puja rituals below.

  • One should bathe early and practice meditation to purify their mind and body.
  • Designate an auspicious place in the North-East direction of your home. Now clean it with Gangajal, and draw the eight petals of Lotus here. 
  • Now pray to Goddess Aprajita with your entire family.
  • Offer flowers at the place where you drew the lotus petals and chant the given mantra while invoking Goddess Aprajita. 
अपराजिताय नमः/aparājitāya namaḥ
  • Now recite the following mantras respectively while invoking Goddess Vijaya while facing your left and Goddess Jaya while facing your right. 
उमायै नमः/umāyai namaḥ
क्रियाशक्त्यै नमः/kriyāśaktyai namaḥ
  • Now pay homage to the Gods and Goddesses and complete your puja with utter devotion.
  • Wish for your heart’s desire after the completion of the worshipping and bow to the Goddesses. 

Click Here To Read About Dussehra 2019 in Detail.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sharad Navratri 2019 Today, Know Ghatasthapana Rituals

Worship Maa Shailputri & perform Ghatasthapana on the first day of Navratri! Read puja rituals and mythological importance.

Navratri is a festival of worshipping the Devi Adi Shakti Maa Durga. During the nine days of Navratri, nine different incarnations of Goddess Durga are venerated. The literal meaning of Navratri can be defined with two words, “Nav” + “Ratri”, which means nine nights in English. In this duration, devotees worship the Goddess and seek her blessings for a prosperous life.

Navratri occurs five times in a year, which includes Chaitra, Ashadh, Ashwin or Sharad, Paugh and Magh Navratri. Among these, only Chaitra and Ashwin or Sharad Navratri are said to be of high importance, during which nine forms of Durga, i.e. Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri are revered. On the first day of Navratri, puja and fast are carried out as per the rituals to venerate Maa Shailputri and Ghatasthapana is performed before the puja begins. 

Ghatasthapana Muhurat

In the year 2019, Sharad Navratri is beginning from tomorrow, i.e. 29 September, September, and from that day, Goddess Shakti will be worshipped with great enthusiasm across the country till 8 October, 2019, Tuesday. According to Hindu beliefs, the first day of this holy festival is considered important among the devotees of the Goddess, because Maa Shailputri is worshipped on the same day after performing Ghatasthapana ritual. Let’s know the Ghatasthapana muhurat and duration:

Sharad Navratri 2019 Ghatasthapana Muhurat
Time of GhatasthapanaFrom 06:12:45 to 07:40:15
Duration1 Hour 27 Minutes

Note: The Muhurat given in the above table is effective for New Delhi know the Ghatasthapana muhurat and rituals for your city

Importance of Ghatasthapana on the First Day

Ghatasthapana, also known as Kalash Sthapana, in Navratri holds high significance. Since it is the first day of Navratri, Maa Durga is duly worshipped only after performing the Ghatasthapana. Whether it is Chaitra or Sharad Navratri, the Kalash Sthapana ritual is carried out on the Pratipada or Prathama Tithi during an auspicious muhurat. 

According to Hinduism, Lord Ganesha must be worshipped before commencing any auspicious task. As per the holy scriptures, the Kalash (urn) is revered as Lord Ganesha, and considered his equivalent or his symbol. Hence, Lord Ganesha is foremost venerated on the first day of Navratri, and then all the deities are hailed after performing the Ghatasthapana. 

The Glory Of Navdurga

Mother Durga is described as 'Durgati Nashini' in Hinduism, i.e. a powerful destroyer of misery and poverty. That is why she is hailed as the Adi Shakti of the entire universe. She was originated by Pitamaha Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Mahadev, the Trinity, to end the evil and offer prosperity and power to her devotees.

Navratri Worshipping Rituals

  • Wake up early in the morning, take a bath and decorate the Thali for the puja.
  • After cleaning the altar, place an idol or picture of Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations.
  • After this, offer red-coloured clothes on the idol of Goddess Durga.
  • If you want to fast, then take a resolution in front of the Goddess with true devotion.
  • Then, sow the Barley seeds in an earthen pot and pour water in it till the day of Navami. 
  • After this, establish the Kalash according to the auspicious muhurat mentioned above in front of the Goddess. Remember to fill the urn with Gangajal, put Mango leaves on its mouth and a coconut on top.
  • Now, wrap the urn or Kalash with a red cloth and tie it around using a Kalava or red thread.
  • Now, keep the Kalash near the earthen pot.
  • After this, carry out the Panchopchar puja of the Goddess with flowers, camphor, incense, diya, and Kalash.
  • After this, light an Akhand Jyoti in front of the Goddess. You must know that the devotees of the Goddess light the Akhand Jyoti for these sacred nine days.
  • Similarly, chant the Durga Mantras every day for nine days during Navratri, and seek her blessings for a prosperous life.
  • After this, on the day of Ashtami or Navami, worship the nine young girls accordingly. Offer them a Dakshina and Bhog comprising of Puri (deep fried bread), Chana or Black Gram and Halwa, a sweet dish.
  • On the last day after venerating the Goddess, perform the ritual of Ghat Visarjan. During this, recite the Aarti of Maa Durga, offer her flowers, rice and immerse the Kalash at the end.

Akhand Jyoti During Navratri

Akhand Jyoti lit during Navratri in front of the Goddess holds high importance. It is believed that by lighting this Akhand Jyoti, Goddess Shakti eliminates darkness from the life of her devotees and enlightens their minds and souls. Therefore, by lighting the Akhand Jyoti during Navratri, natives get rid of obstacles, sufferings, troubles and all kinds of diseases. Several sages and renowned historical figures have mentioned in the Vedas that the influence of Akhand Jyoti ablazed during the nine days of Navratri is directly visible on the life of a native.

Importance of Kanya Puja During Navratri

Kanya Pujan, also known as Kumari Pujan, is a special ritual performed on the last day of Navratri. Women have always been given a special place in Hinduism, and bachelor and young girls are hailed as Jagat Janani Maa Jagdamba. Hence, special importance is given to the worshipping rituals carried out for the Goddess in Navratri. During this time, on the day of Ashtami or Navami, devotees invite nine, seven, five, three or one young girl, worship her as one of the incarnations of the Goddess, and offer her Prasad and Dakshina.

Things To Remember During Navratri

  • Any native who worships Maa Durga and fasts should observe Brahmacharya for nine days with true devotion.
  • The natives who fast for nine days should eat only once throughout the day. During this time, milk, fruits and vegetarian food can be consumed.
  • For these nine days, sleeping on the ground garners auspicious results.
  • Alcohol or meat is strictly prohibited during these nine days.
  • Using or consuming onion or garlic for nine days of Navratri is also prohibited.

Importance of Nine Colours During Navratri

According to Hinduism, during the nine days of Navratri, every day signifies a special color. In such a situation, it is believed that using or wearing these colours during nine days of Navratri garners beneficial results.

  • Pratipada: Yellow colour is auspicious.
  • Dwitiya: Green colour is auspicious.
  • Tritiya: Brown colour is auspicious.
  • Chaturthi: Orange colour is auspicious. 
  • Panchami: White color is auspicious. 
  • Sashti: Red colour is auspicious.
  • Saptami: Blue color is auspicious.
  • Ashtami: Pink colour is auspicious.
  • Navami: Purple colour is auspicious.

Venerating Maa Shailputri On The First Day Of Navratri

As we have told you above, nine different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Navratri. Maa Shailputri is venerated on the first day of Navratri. In Sanskrit, “Shailputri” means "daughter of the mountain", and accordingly, she got this name due to being the daughter of the Mountain King Himalaya. According to mythological beliefs, their mount is a Bull, due to which she is also known as Vrisharudha. This form of the Goddess holds a Trishul or Trident in her right hand and Lotus flower in her left hand. This rare form of the Goddess is also known as Sati in many states.

Depiction of Maa Shailputri

This form of Maa Durga embellishes the Trident or Trishul in the right hand and the Lotus flower in the left hand. Mother Shailputri adorns a half-moon on her forehead and rides the Nandi bull.

Mantra To Venerate Maa Shailputri

-ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥ / oṃ devī śailaputryai namaḥ॥

-वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। वृषारुढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

-vande vāñchitalābhāya candrārdhakṛtaśekharām। vṛṣāruḍhāṃ śūladharāṃ śailaputrīṃ yaśasvinīm॥

Happy Navratri 2019 to all the readers from AstroSage!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sarva Pitru paksha Amavasya Tomorrow! Know the Rituals of Pind Daan

Donate these items for the pacification of your ancestors on the last day of Pitru Paksha and earn their blessings. Also learn ways to provide salvation to their souls. 

The Amavasya which falls in the month of Ashwin is known as Sarv Pitri Amavasya. It has a special significance in the realm of Hinduism as the immersion(Visarjan) of Pitru is done on this day. The Shradh (Pitri Paksha) which goes on for about one Paksha, comes to an end on this day only. During this occasion of Shradh Samapan, food is offered to Brahmins along with various donations. By doing so, the souls of one’s Pitru or ancestors attain salvation.

Ashwin Amavasya Tithi beginsFrom 28 September 2019 at 03:47:57
Ashwin Amavasya Tithi beginsTill 28 September 2019 at 23:58:14

Sarv Pitri Amavasya Importance 

As per Hindu religious beliefs, it is stated that the Shradh done on the day of Ashwin Amavasya provides salvation to the departed souls of one’s ancestors. They move out from the web of birth and death. On this day, the Shradh of those family members are commenced, who died untimely and not of natural causes. This Amavsya also has Tantric eminence as its very next day marks the arrival of Sharad Navratri. Therefore, those who wish to attain Tantric accomplishments perform Tantric practices on Amavasya night.

In the present time, people lack time and many things are forgotten due to remaining busy. Therefore, if you do not remember the Shradh date of your ancestors for any reason, then it can be performed on this day. You can perform the Tarpan of your forefathers or ancestors in case you failed to do so throughout the Shradh. 

Tasks To Be Performed During Pitra Visarjan Amavasya 

  • Take a bath on a river, waterfall or a furrow on this day. 
  • Offer Arghya to the Sun in the morning. 
  • Afterwards, perform the Tarpan for your forefathers. 
  • Light a lamp at dusk and place puri and other sweets at the door. This should be done so that the fathers do not leave hungry and the path for their return becomes visible in the light of the lamp.
  • Pind Daan Rituals to Follow During Pitru Paksha Amavasya

Keep your mind stable during the time of Pind Daan. 

  • Chant the Gayatri Mantra.
  • Also recite the Somay Pitrimate Swaha Mantra.
  • The Shastras give prominence to three Pind offerings. 
  • Firstly, offer the Pind Daan to water. 
  • Give the second Pind Daan to a Gurus' wife.
  • Lastly, offer the last Pind Daan to the fire. 
  • Why are Donations made during Pitri Visarjani Amavasya? 

According to the mythology, it is believed that the most important ray of the Sun is a ray named Ama and with the help of its radiance, the Sun God brightens up all the three worlds. On the special Tithi of the same Amami, the Moon takes a tour and with the help of its rays, one’s forefathers come down to the Earth from their own world. 

This is why Amavasya of Shraddha Paksha or Amavasya of Pitru Paksha is considered very important. On this day, donating and performing virtuous tasks etc. for all the fathers bring all kinds of happiness and in turn the ancestors also bless us to attain happiness and prosperity.

Items which should be donated during Pitru Paksha Amavasya

  • Cattle
  • Land
  • Clothing
  • Black Sesame seeds
  • Gold
  • Ghee
  • Jaggery
  • Grain
  • Silver
  • Salt

May this blog written on Pitru Parv prove to be insightful for you. Thankyou for staying connected with AstroSage!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Anant Chaturdashi Today! Know its Muhurat and Puja Rituals

This Anant Chaturdashi, obtain the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Also, know the auspicious Muhurat to conduct the Anant Chodas Puja and its importance. 

Anant Chaturdashi, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu will be celebrated on 2 September 2019. As per the Hindu Panchang, this Chodas festival is celebrated on Chaturdashi Tithi of Shukla Paksha during the Bhadrapada month. The word Anant Chaturdashi is the conjunction of two words. The first is Anant, which signifies an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which has no beginning or end. It can be said that it is the infinitive form of Vishnu Ji. While the second word is Chaturdashi and it represents the fourteenth date. Therefore, this festival is also called Chaudas in many places

On this very auspicious occasion, Lord Narayan is venerated in a special manner. After the Puja rituals are completed, there is a tradition of tying the Anant Sutra, which has great significance. This Anant Sutra is made of cotton or silk thread and tied around one’s wrist after commencing the Puja Vidhi. It is often believed that after wearing the Anant Sutra, God becomes our guiding light, saves us from difficulties and provides us with the worldly pleasures and comforts. On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, natives also observe fasts to get the boon of a child.

हिन्दी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें… 

Anant Chaturdashi Puja Muhurat

Puja Muhurat Time 12 September 2019 at 06:04:17 in the morning till 13 September 2019 at 07:37:13 in the morning
Duration25 hours 32 minutes

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

Anant Chaturdashi Fast Rituals 

The fast of Ananta Chaturdashi is kept on Shukla Paksha’s Chaturdashi Tithi during the month of Bhadrapada , for which Chaturdashi Tithi should be available in two Muhurats after sunrise. If the Tithi ends before two Muhurats after sunrise, then Anant Chaturdashi should be celebrated on the next day. Worshiping during this fast and performing its primary rituals during the first half of the day is considered auspicious. Under any circumstances, if the puja is not done during the days’ first half, then it should be commemorated in the initial phase of midday, which consists of the seventh and the ninth Muhurat of the day. 

Anant Chaturdashi’s Importance

As per the religious beliefs, the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi and its fast has been observed since the era of the Mahabharata. When the Pandavs lost their everything to Kauravas and spending time in exile in the forest, Lord Krishna notified them about the importance of Anant Chaturdashi fast. It is said that Lord Vishnu appeared in fourteen incarnations at the beginning of this Universe’s creation to protect and uphold all the fourteen worlds, because of which he seemed infinite to everyone.

Thus, the Anant Chaturdashi fast is kept to appease Lord Narayan and obtain the fruits of success and prosperity. The Anant or infinite representation of Vishnu ji is venerated during this festival. All the rituals associated with this event are commenced during the afternoon hours. On this day, after taking a bath in the morning, an oath is taken by the devotees to observe this fast and then they establish the Kalash or Vase. The importance of fast and also this festival is significantly described in the Agni Purana.

Ganesh Visarjan

On 12 September 2019, Ganesh Visarjan will also be celebrated. On this day, the idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in the water. This festival is remarked by specifically decorating the statue of Vighnaharta Ganesh Ji and then venerating it. On this day, numerous processions are taken through the streets, to immerse large idols of Lord Ganesha in immerse large idols of Lord Ganesha(Visarjan) in water. Ganeshotsav is celebrated with great pomp in the state of Maharashtra.
Ganesh Visarjan in Mythology 

The observation of Ganesh Visarjan finds a special place in Hindu religious texts. It is believed that Lord Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata text, while Maharishi Ved Vyas Ji narrated the entire story of this epic to Ganesha for ten consecutive days without stopping for a single minute. After its completion, when Ved Vyas ji touched the Lord, he found that his body temperature has increased. Witnessing his deteriorated health condition, Maharishi Ved Vyas took him to a nearby waterfall and neutralized his body temperature. Popular beliefs state that through the medium of Visrajan, Lord Ganesha is pacified and venerated. 

Ganesh Visarjan Puja Vidhi 

  • Before the Visarajan, venerate the Lord by observing the necessary riruals. 
  • Offer Modak and other sweets of him during the Puja 
  • Also, perform the Aarti of Lord Ganesha. 
  • Bid farewell to the Lord and seek his blessings. 
  • Respectfully withdraw the statue of the Lord from the Puja place. 
  • Place a pink cloth on the palate.
  • Place the statue gently on a wooden board.
  • Before placing the idol, purify the wooden slab with Gangajal. 
  • Along with the idol of Ganesh Ji, place fruits, flowers, clothes and Modak in the slab. 
  • Collect rice grains, wheat and Panchmeva in a parcel and also add some coins to it. 
  • Keep the parcel near the Lord’s idol. 
  • Now, immerse the idol of Lord Ganesha in flowing water. 
  • Before the Visarjan takes place, worship the Lord. 
  • Once the Aarti is performed, seek blessings from the Lord for the fulfilment of your wishes. 

Things to Keep in Mind during Ganesh Puja 

  • While offering reverence to Lord Ganesha, one should not use Tulsi or basil leaves. 
  • For the Puja, use such an idol of Ganapati, in which, the trunk of the Lord is turned towards the left hand side.
  • The Mushak(mouse) and Modak(sweets) are quite dear to Lord Ganesha, which is why, these items should be used during the Puja. 

We hope that you appreciate this blog of ours on Anant Chaturdashi and Ganesh Visarjan. AstroSage offers heartiest wishes of Anant Chodas to everyone!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Onam 2019 - Know its Muhurat and associated Rituals

Thiruvonam celebrations to take place on 11 September, 2019. Find interesting facts about this festival and also know it's auspicious Muhurat.

The most prominent festival celebrated in God’s own country, Kerala happens to be Onam. Almost each and every native of this South Indian state joyously take part in the ten day long celebrations of this harvesting festival. However, Thiruvonam or the tenth day is given the most significant status as the major festivities take place on this day only. In the Malayalam language, the Shravan Nakshatra is known as Thiruvonam and as per the Malayalam Calendar, when this particular Nakshatra becomes active during the month of Chingam, Thiruvonam is worshipped. If one bear witnesses to the vivid revels of Onam, then the grand cultural heritage of kerala comes into notice. The breathtaking boat race, feasts inclusive of scrumptious delicacies, Keralites make the most of this time, during the season of Onam. 

Ten Days of Onam

  • First Day - Atham
Apart from Thiruvonam, it is regarded as the most important day of this festival.
  • Second Day - Chithira 
During the second day, each and every native goes on a cleaning spree
  • Third Day - Chodhi
On this day, the markets and shops get ready with all the festive and decorative items
  • Fourth Day - Visakam 
Carpet making Competitions are held on this day in various parts of this state.
  • Fifth Day - Anizham 
The exquisite boat race event called Vallamkali is organized on this day.
  • Sixth Day -Thriketa 
Many other cultural events take place on this day.
  • Seventh Day- Moolam 
It is a great sight to watch the overcrowded ye decorated market spaces and houses on this day.
  • Eighth day - Pooradam 
The day is also considered quite significant during the festival of Onam goes on. Idols of clay are made out by devotees.
  • Ninth Day- Uthradam 
Most of pre Thiruvonam festivities begin on this day only.
  • Final and the Tenth Day - Thiruvonam
The most important of all, is the tenth and final day, which is called called Thiruvon. In the year of 2019, Thiruvonam celebrations will take place on 11 September 2019 and its auspicious Muhurat is noted below.

Thiruvonam Nakshatram Begins at11:09:33 on September 10, 2019
Thiruvonam Nakshatram Ends at13:59:43 on September 11, 2019

Note: This duration is applicable for New Delhi area only. Click Here to know the valid Muhurat for your city.

Mythological Significance of Onam 

As per popular beliefs , it is stated that a demon king named Mahabali used to rule Kerala during the ancient times. Under his reign, the local natives enjoyed a peaceful time and encountered little or no difficulties. However, the king of all the Devtas, Lord Indra became jealous of his rising popularity and as he apprehended that Mahabalis’ grand status would overshadow his power and authority. Consequently, he manipulated all the Devas to approach Lord Vishnu and ask him to end his reign. Vishnu ji, who was quite aware of Mahabali’s generous nature, took the form of a Vamana(a dwarf Brahmin) and pleaded with him to donate three footsteps of land. Afterwards, Vishnu ji, disguised as the Vamana, enclosed the entire earth in his first step and then went on to cover the whole of heaven in his second step. When he was seeking for a spot to put forth his last and third step, King Mahabali presented his head for Lord Vamana to put his foot on, and Lord Vamana pushed him to purgatory. But King Mahabali's benevolence created a deep imprint in Vishnu Ji’s heart which is why he gave him the boon of being able to visit his subjects and kingdom once in a year. Thus, the festival of Onam is celebrated in Mahabali’s honour and to mark his homecoming.

Onam: Associated Rituals

Many rituals find place in the festivities of Onam. There are also various rites which are strictly and religiously followed by the natives of Kerala. Some of them are mentioned below. 

  • Wake up early in the morning and begin your day by cleaning the house. 
  • Select a place in the front yard of the house and smear it with cow dung. 
  • Afterwards, prepare conical figures made out of sticky clay. Paint them red and place it on the cleaned space. 
  • A senior family member of the house should wake up early in the morning. The concerned person should perform all the rituals and also act as the priest. 
  • He/she should also prepare the Ata( made from rice flour and molasses) to make the Naivedyam(offering to God) 
  • Light lamps in front of all the Gods and joyously take part in the celebrations along with your family members. 
  • The tradition of Arappu Vilakkukal should also be followed where the male members of the household make loud noises in a joyous and rhythmic manner which marks the beginning of Onam celebrations. 
  • Each and every family member should dress up and pay a visit to the local temple 
  • Afterwards, offer Onapudava (tradition of gifting clothes) to family members and servants. 

Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are some significant occurrences during Onam, which are definitely carried out in a traditional Malayalam family. They are noted down below 

Onasadya: The Grand Feast 

After the completion of the morning rituals, the family members get ready to take part in the grand feast which is also known as Onasadya. The most prominent and biggest area of the household is selected to have the meal. Mats are laid down on the ground so that one can enjoy the traditional Malayalam grandeur while eating. During this feast, the eldest member of the family sits at the centre and a brass lamp is placed in front of him at a distance. A small plantain leaf is used to serve the food which is kept on the left side of the lamp. It is considered to be an offering made to Lord Ganpati. After the offering is made to Ganapati, the food is distributed among everyone. The extensively rich meal prepared on this day consists of only vegetarian dishes and served on a banana leaf. 

Vallamkali: The Boat Race 

Vallamkali or the Snake Boat Race, is the most anticipated event of Onam. Just a few days before Thiruvonam, this race takes place at at Alappuzha. Quite a significant number of decorated large boats, also known as Chundan Vallams participate are seen in this race. The boats are rowed by the participants according to the beats of drums and rhythm of songs.

Recreational Activities

During the festival of Onam, natives also take part in various recreational activities. Those who take a keen interest in sports, are exceptionally seen getting involved in such activities. Some traditional games are played during this festival, which are collectively known as Onakalikal which include ball archery, Kutukutu (Kabaddi), games and combats. Meanwhile, dances like Kaikottikali and Thumbi Thullal are performed by girls and woman. A Clap dance called Kaikotti kali is performed by women in their ethnic gold bordered mundu and neriyathu is a wonderful sight to spectate. Additionally, there is also a tradition of taking rides in a swing which is hung high in a tree. Onappaattu or the songs of Onam are also played during this festive season. 

We hope that you find this blog of ours interesting and insightful. Wish you a happy and prosperous Onam. Thankyou for staying connected with AstroSage.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mahalaxmi Vrat Today: Know Puja Rituals & Auspicious Muhurat

Appease Maa Laxmi by observing the Mahalaxmi Vrat today! Attain prosperity and happiness in life by following the Puja rituals for Mahalaxmi Vrat!

Goddess Lakshmi is signified as the goddess of prosperity and wealth by the followers of Hinduism. Maa Lakshmi is known to be the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and eliminates the sorrows and miseries from her devotees’ lives. Natives fast and venerate the Goddess to seek her blessings. Mahalakshmi Vrat, falling during Bhadrapada in Shukla Ashtami, holds great importance in Hinduism. In the year 2019, Bhadrapada of Shukla Ashtami will fall on 6th September, and from this day itself, the Mahalaxmi Vrat will begin. Read this article to get important information related to this fast.

According to the religious scriptures, observing Mahalaxmi Vrat is said to fulfil all desires and eliminate the sufferings. This fast is observed for 16 days. However, if you are unable to fast for 16 days, then you can fast on the first, eighth and sixteenth day. However, no matter the duration of this fast, you must maintain pure thoughts throughout this period. Additionally, observing Brahmacharya during Mahalaxmi fast can be beneficial.

Mahalaxmi Vrat in 2019

Mahalaxmi Vrat BeginsShukla Ashtami, Bhadrapada6 Sept. 2019
Mahalaxmi Vrat EndsKrishna Ashtami, Ashwin Month22 Sept. 2019

Mahalakshmi Vrat: Puja Rituals To Follow

  • After waking up on the day of fast, meditate peacefully while remembering the name of Maa Laxmi. After this, take a bath and clean the temple altar.
  • After this, take a vow to observe the fast and pray to the Goddess for successful completion of this fast without any disruption.
  • If you are observing the fast for 16 or even three days, then you must worship the Goddess in the morning as well as evening as well.
  • Thoroughly clean your house for these 16 days.
  • After the completion of the fast on the sixteenth day, prepare a Mandap or Pavillion with a red cloth and place the idol of Maa Laxmi in it.
  • Keep fruits, flowers, sweets, nuts, kumkum etc. at the place of worship.
  • Offer yarn during the worship sixteen times to the Goddess, and chant the mantra given below while doing it. The meaning of this mantra is, “O Mother Lakshmi, I hope that you are satisfied with this fast observed by me.”

क्षीरोदार्णवसम्भूता लक्ष्मीश्चन्द्र सहोदरा। 
व्रतोनानेत सन्तुष्टा भवताद्विष्णुबल्लभा।।

kṣīrodārṇavasambhūtā lakṣmīścandra sahodarā। 
vratonāneta santuṣṭā bhavatādviṣṇuballabhā।।
  • After this, bathe the idol of Mata Lakshmi with Panchamrit and perform the Shodashopachar puja ritual. If you are capable, then you can invite four Brahmins on this day and feed them. 
  • On the day of Mahalakshmi Vrat, do not consume any food items other than fruits, milk and sweets.

Mahalaxmi Vrat & Mythological Legend

Ione can find a mythological legend associated with the Mahalaxmi Vrat in the Puranas. According to this legend, there lived a poor Brahmin in a village who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once pleased with his devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared in front of him and offered him a boon. The Brahmin wished for Maa Goddess to reside at his place. After listening to to the Brahmin, Lord Vishnu told him about a woman who prepares the cow dung or Gobar at the temple near his village, who is the incarnation of Maa Laxmi. He asked him to invite her at home. 

The Brahmin followed the idea given by Lord Vishnu, and invited her to his place. Hearing his words, Goddess Lakshmi understood that this ides belong to Lord Vishnu. With this, she advised the Brahmin to observe the Mahalaxmi fast for 16 days, and offer Arghya to the Moon at midnight on the 16th day. The Brahmin followed her advice, observed Mahalakshmi fast, and on the 16th day, Maa Laxmi kept her promise. Since then, Mahalakshmi Vrat is observed by the people of India.

Blessings With Mahalaxmi Vrat

Maa Mahalakshmi is also considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. If you observe this fast as per rituals with a clean mind, the blessings of Maa Mahalaxmi get bestowed upon you. If your fast bears fruitful results, then money-related troubles get eliminated, and you attain profitable outcomes at a social level. You just need to keep in mind that no inappropriate act must be carried out throughout this duration of Mahalakshmi fast. You should keep your body and mind pure during the fast.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Teacher’s Day Special: Give a New Direction to your Career

This Teacher’s Day, pay regards to your mentors and know how to set foot on the right career path. Our Teacher’s Day special blog will provide you with interesting insights about your future and major astrological predictions!!

Also known as Guru, teacher is one such person in your life who enlightens us and removes despair from our lives. The two words that the Guru is made up of, signifies the one who eradicates the dark clouds of ignorance from our lives. Thus, a teacher is such an individual who illuminates life with radiance by providing us with rays of knowledge and wisdom. The glory of Guru has also been given place in the religious scriptures, as the verse which is mentioned below is quite popular around the globe. 

gururbrahmā gururviṣṇu gururdevo maheśvaraḥ,
guru sākṣāta paraṃ brahma tasmai śrīgurave namaḥ।

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः, 
गुरु साक्षात परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः। 

It means that all the three Lords, Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva are incarnations of Guru only. Since, Guru is our primary religion, we should bow down in front of them. This is the reason that Guru is given a much higher status than God. Kabir Das ji has also described the glory and said, 

gurū govinda doū khaḍa़e, kāke lāgūṃ pāṃya।
balihārī gurū apane govinda diyo batāya।।

गुरू गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागूं पांय।
बलिहारी गुरू अपने गोविन्द दियो बताय।।

Thus, the importance of Guru in life is considered to be the most crucial because he helps us to set foot on the right path and also makes us worthy so that our character develops in such a manner that all the desired goals are achieved by us. Ideally, there is no special day to show our gratitude towards the Guru, but in India, 5th September is celebrated every year as Teachers Day. Let us now move on to know the reason behind this celebration. 

Why Teacher’s Day is Celebrated on 5 September? 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President and second President of our country India, was born on 5 September 1888. He gave great importance to education and kept it above everything, while placing it in the supreme pedestal. Before embellishing these honorary posts, he was a teacher and also gave superlative recognition to this post, since, a teacher's job is to the upcoming generation of a particular society. According to him, the navigation qualities of a teacher must be excellent as the person adorns the responsibility to construct the future of a country’s youth . He was also a renowned philosopher and writer.

Dr. Krishnan served as the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University and professor in the most prestigious Oxford University. After that he became a professor of George V College under the University of Calcutta and then Chancellor of Kashi Hindu University. After this he was also the Chancellor of the University of Delhi. Even before the independence of India, he was conferred the title of "Sir" by the British Empire due to his supreme intellect and knowledge. In 1954, the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, presented the Bharat Ratna, India's highest Civilian award, for his great philosophical prowess, educational abilities and achievements.

When he took oath as President of our country in 1962, his students wanted to celebrate his birthday as Radhakrishnan Day to honor him but Dr. Krishnan refused to do so and said that the celebration of his birthday as Teacher’s Day and offering tribute to the teachers would overwhelm him. Since then till today, the trend to celebrate Teachers' Day on 5 September, has been followed. On this day, students in all schools and colleges celebrate Teacher's Day so as to pay homage to their mentors.

Significance of Teacher’s Day in India

Our country's culture and heritage is quite ancient and the institution(Parampara) of Gurukul also finds an important place in it. 5th of September is a day dedicated to Gurus(teachers) and they are especially honored on the same day. Students collectively offer their gratitude to their teachers. It can also be said that Teacher’s Day is celebrated as a festival in our country. An advanced form of harmony is seen between the mentors and their disciples on this day and various competitions are organized in all the academic institutions. The reality is that Teacher's Day reflects the Indian culture and highlights the need for teachers in one’s life.

This Teacher’s Day, Know the Best Career Prospects 

The various planets and Nakshatras listed down under Vedic Astrology can procreate different kinds of influences. The possibility of getting a good academic life can also be determined from the positions taken by these planets and Nakshatras. The different houses of one’s Kundli also enlightens us about teachers and education. At the same time, the fourth and fifth house, tells a lot about the education and its enhancement. If these houses are under the positive affliction of auspicious planets and their ruling lords are in an exalted state, then the concerned native receives a good education. 

The ninth house of the Kundli signifies about our Guru or Teacher and also clarifies prospects about pursuing higher education. The planet Jupiter the descriptor of knowledge, while Mercury is the governor of intellect and one’s creative abilities are demonstrated by the planet Venus . The second house of the birth chart indicates the mastering qualities of a person. If the fifth house is related to the ninth house and the central or Trikon houses are being occupied by auspicious Yogas, then one obtains a good education and gets counted among the scholars. Thus Vedic astrology also tells us about the state of education.

Read this to Give a New Direction to your Career 

Each and every student and his/her parents dream of getting the best possible education to secure their future in a better manner by getting enrolled in a respectable job. Many a times, it happens that we get the right and appropriate education but fail to give a right direction to our career. After analyzing your academic from an astrological point of view, it can be deferred if the field you are pursuing will be able to build the right career for you or not. It can also provide information about the path of career you will be setting your foot on. Therefore it becomes very important to know in which domain we should pursue our education so that it helps us in uplifting our careers. The right education, received at the right time, strengthens our career and it can be determined with the help of astrology. 

Keeping the needs of students in mind, AstroSage has created one of the most unique reports of the world which carries the objective to provide the right guidance to each and every student whose career needs are different from one another. This report, based on astrology and psychology, the student's personality development and his/her future career has been kept in mind and highlights has been mentioned on what type of profession he/she should settle for. It the perfect report for students who are struggling with their careers as many have received the right guidance with the help of it. It has attained wide popularity and known as CogniAstro Report.

This report is very helpful and effective for every parent and their children as it sheds light on the grey areas of your life that bother you the most. That is, it provides information the right direction in which you should pursue your studies so that you are successful in achieving great heights of professional success. If your child is a Class 10 student you are confused about which subjects to select in the next phase of academics, then you should select the Cogniestro Career Counseling Report (up to Grade 10). It attempts to give riddance all your problems and tells you which subjects you should choose after class 10 while taking your child's planetary position, his/her interest, his/her thinking and other things into account.

Additionally, students who have completed their graduation and are looking for a job or those who wish to change your existing jobs, can choose our Career Counselling Report because it will guide you by listing out all the possible career prospects for you. 

We hope for your better future and wish that the light of knowledge keeps shining your life forever. Wisdom is the greatest achievement of life and may you keep receiving it always. AstroSage wishes you all the very best and a prosperous Teacher’s Day!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Skanda Sashti in 2019: Mantras To Appease Lord Kartikeya

Appease Lord Kartikeya with Skanda Sashti fast, attain happiness & success! Know the importance of the fast, mythological legend and entire worshipping rituals.

Skand Shashti, also known as Skanda Shashti, is a festival celebrated every year in South India, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. Like other Indian festivals, this festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The natives worship Lord Murugan, Subramanya and Kartikeya, sons of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati, on this day. According to the Skanda Purana, fasting on Skanda Sashti holds special significance and this fast is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya.
Skanda Sashti in 2019

As we have told you that the fast of Skanda Sashti is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, the son of Shiva-Parvati, which is celebrated for six days. In the year 2019, this festival begins on Wednesday, 4 September. In North India, Lord Kartikeya is called the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati, whereas in South India, natives worship Lord Murugan as their son. Especially in the provincial states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc. in South India, there is a provision to worship Lord Kartikeya, which is also known as Skanda Shashti Puja.

The festival of Skanda Sashti celebrates the birth of Lord Murugan and destruction of the Asuras. Hence, anyone who worships the Lord with true devotion gets rid of his/her sufferings and attains happiness and prosperity. Every year on this six-day festival, all the devotees gather in large numbers in the temples of Lord Kartikeya. On this occasion, grand processions are also organized at many places. Apart from this, the famous temples of South India like Thirupparamkunram Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Subramaniam and located at the Udupi and Palani Hills, organize special poojas for six days on this festival. A huge fair is also organized in many places.

Skanda Sashti & Its Religious Significance

Skanda Purana is a sacred scripture like all other eighteen Puranas. According to Skanda Purana, in the mythological time, Tarakasura, Surpadma, and Simhamukha defeated the Devtas with their divine powers and chased them away from Heaven to Earth. By conquering the Heaven, those demons started terrorizing the Earth by torturing the Devtas and humans. 

Of the three demons Tarakasura, Surapadma, Simhamukha, Esurpadma had attained a boon from Lord Mahadeva that no god or man could kill him except the son of Lord Shiva. The terror of the Demons was increasing day by day. On the other hand, Lord Shiva was extremely upset due to Goddess Sati getting engulfed in fire, and as a result, immersed in severe austerity. The demons took full advantage of this situation, as they were aware of the fact that none other than Lord Shiva can stop their deeds.

Troubled by the increasing terror, all the Gods and Goddesses went to Lord Brahma for his help. At their request, Lord Brahma requested Lord Kama Dev to awaken Lord Shiva from his tenacity. However, everyone knew very well that it is not an easy task to wake up Mahadev. There were a lot of risks, as it was difficult for anyone to escape the wrath of Lord Shiva. But to control the worsening situation, Lord Kama decided to go ahead and attained success in his efforts. However, due to the disturbance caused in his tenacity, Lord Shiva's Third Eye got opened wide due to his anger, which consumed Lord Kamdev with its fierce fire.

It is believed that at that time, Lord Shiva's body was dismembered into six parts, which fell into the Ganges River. Then, Goddess Ganga kept those six fractions of Lord Shiva in the jungle. Many years later, Goddess Parvati created six sons of Lord Mahadev, one of them being Lord Murugan.

The Skanda Purana depicts Lord Murugan in many forms. According to it:-

  • Lord Murugan has one face, and two hands.
  • According to the second form, he has four hands and one face.
  • According to the third form, he has six faces and twelve hands.

When Goddess Parvati was creating Lord Murugan, the terror of Demons was increasing day by day. Adding to it, they had held several Devtas and Devis captive. Observing this, Lord Murugan decided to put an end to all of it, and challenged the Demons for a battle, which lasted for days. On the last day, Lord Murugan finally killed the demon Surpadma and saved the world and Gods.

The day the Asuras were terminated was the day of Skanda Sashti, which established the fact about the Good triumphing over Evil. Since then, it is believed that the people of South India celebrate this festival with great reverence every year to celebrate this victory.

Since Lord Murugan is known by many names in many different states like Kartikeya, Murugan Swami and Skanda. Hence, this day is known as Skanda Shashti

Things To Remember During Skanda Sashti

Do not consume meat or alcohol during these six days.
During this time, many people avoid using onion, garlic etc.
Those who fast on Skanda Sashti must recite Lord Murugan, Kanta Shashthi Kavasam and Subramanya Bhujangam Path.
During this time, visit the Lord Murugan's temple in the morning and worship him.
Throughout the fast, nothing should be eaten. However, if this is not possible, then you can have one meal or fruit diet throughout the day.
Fasting for all six days of Skanda Sashti is considered to be auspicious.
Several natives who are fasting drink coconut water for six days.
During this time, the native should avoid lying, fighting and quarreling.

Appease Lord Murugan With These Mantras On Skanda Sashti

According to the scriptures, worshiping Lord Murugan with these mantras during Skanda Sashti is very auspicious. Chanting these mantras brings happiness in married life.

  • ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विधमहे: महा सैन्या धीमहि तन्नो स्कंदा प्रचोदयात। / oṃ tatpuruṣāya vidhamahe: mahā sainyā dhīmahi tanno skaṃdā pracodayāta।
  • ॐ शारवाना-भावाया नम: ज्ञानशक्तिधरा स्कंदा वल्लीईकल्याणा सुंदरा, देवसेना मन: कांता कार्तिकेया नामोस्तुते। / oṃ śāravānā-bhāvāyā nama: jñānaśaktidharā skaṃdā vallīīkalyāṇā suṃdarā, devasenā mana: kāṃtā kārtikeyā nāmostute।

We hope that Lord Murugan gives you immense happiness and prosperity on Skanda Sashti 2019 festival. We wish you a happy future.