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!!!
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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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Ganesh Chaturthi 2019 - Auspicious Muhurat and forbidden Chandra Darshan time

Why is it forbidden to look at the Moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi? Read our special blog on this festival and get to know the glory of this religious occasion. Additionally, discover the mythological facts associated with Ganesh Chaturthi. 

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Vinayak Damodar, Lord Ganesha. This auspicious day falls on Shukla Paksha’s Chaturthi Tithi during the month of Bhadrapada every year. In the year of 2019, this Tithi will be observed on 2nd September. Today, through this blog, we will get to know an important fact related to Ganesh Chaturthi. Explanations will be given about why it is considered inauspicious to spectate the Moon on this day. But before moving on, it is necessary to know the auspicious Muhurat of Ganesh Chaturthi and also the forbidden time to view the Moon.

Ganesh Puja Muhurat during the afternoon hours

2 September 2019 (Monday)From 11:04:28 till 13ः37:022 hours 32 minutes

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

As per the Shastras, it has been said that Ganesh Ji was born in the afternoon hours on Chaturthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha during the month of Bhadrapada. This explains the reason why the auspicious Muhurat of noon time is chosen to commemorate the Ganesh Puja and venerate the Lord. 

Ganesh Chaturthi Fast and Rituals to Follow

  • After showering in the morning, take an idol of Lord Ganesh, made of gold, copper or clay and worship the Siddhivinayak incarnation of Ganesha.
  • Fill water in an empty vessel and cover its mouth with a new piece of cloth. Now, take the idol of Ganesh Ji and place it over there. 
  • Offer vermilion or Durva to Lord Ganesha and also make an oblation of 21 Ladoos. Afterwards, distribute the same amongst Brahmins and poor people. 

Forbidden Time for Chandra Darshan

2 September 2019 (Monday)From 08:54:59 to 21:03:00

Why is it Forbidden to Watch the Moon on Ganesh Chaturthi? 

As per religious considerations, one should abstain from looking at the Moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is believed that by observing the Chndrama on this day, a person gets accused of Mithya Kalank(false allegations)for one year. Evidence of Lord Krishna getting accused of Mithya Kalank is also mentioned in our scriptures. If Chandra Darshan is done by mistake, then there is a description of a remedy to eradicate it by chanting the Chandra Darshan Dosha Mantra, mentioned in the religious texts. If this happens, you should recite this mantra 28, 54 or 108 times. Along with this, narrating the 57th chapter of the tenth Skanda of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is also prescribed to put an end to the Chandra Darshan Dosha.

Mantra to lift off the Chandra Darshan Dosha

siṃhaḥ prasenamavadhīt siṃho jāmbavatā hataḥ।
sukumāraka mā rodīstava hyeṣa syamantakaḥ।।

सिंहः प्रसेनमवधीत् सिंहो जाम्बवता हतः। 
सुकुमारक मा रोदीस्तव ह्येष स्यमन्तकः।। 

Mythological legends behind the forbiddance of Chandra Darshan 

According to the legend which finds place in Ganesh Purana, it has been stated that once the Moon or Chandrama started laughing at Ganesh Ji’s trunk, which infuriated the Lord of wisdom to a great extent. He said to the moon, "You are very proud of your beauty, today I curse you that anyone who sees you on the Chaturthi date of Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha will get accused of false allegations." From then onwards, it is considered a taboo to spectate the Moon on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. 

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Hartalika Teej Tomorrow!! Know its Puja rituals

Read the importance of this fast which is specially dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and get to know the puja rites and rituals to be followed on this day. Additionally, discover the significance of this Vrat for married women as well as the unmarried ones.

It would not be wrong to say that India is the land of festivals and celebrations. Each and every year, numerous festivals are hosted by our country and every citizen actively participates in them. On these occasions, feelings of joy, happiness, unity, love and faith prevail over the minds of people. Following the Hindu chronological order, the festival of Hartalika Teej will be celebrated on 1 September, 2019. The celebrations of teej are specially observed by married female natives. However, spinsters also keep the Teej fast to get married a worthy and desirable man. 

As per the Hindu Panchang, Hartalika Teej falls on the Shukla Paksha’s Tritiya Tithi of Bhadrapad month, every year. It is considered very significant to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on this day. 

Various religious beliefs of Hinduism followers are associated with this tradition, which we will mention further in this blog. First of all, it is necessary for us to know the auspicious Muhurat of Teej Puja and what will be valid duration.

                                            Hartalika Teej Puja Muhurat 
Muhurat during the morning hoursFrom 05:58:51 AM to 08:31:45 AM
2 hours 32 minutes
    Muhurat during the evening hours
From 18:42:16 PM to 20:58:30 PM

Note: This time period is valid for New Delhi only. Click Here to know your city’s Muhurat

Hartalika Teej Rituals 

  • On the day of Hartalika Teej, sand idols are made of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and worshipped. 
  • The Hartalika Teej fast is should be kept without consuming water and food. 
  • The observation of this fast should be completed successfully. One should not give up in between. 
  • Offerings of fruits are made to Mahadev and Maa Parvati. 
  • Goddess Shiva and Mother Parvati are worshiped while conducting a Jagran during hartalika Teej fast.
  • The fast ends after immersion(Visarjan) of the poojan material in the morning of the next day.
  • Only Satvik food and water should be consumed on the very next day after Hartalika Teej fast is observed.

Hartalika Teej Vrat Katha and its Importance 

According to the mythological beliefs,Goddess Parvati performed deep and difficult austerity to get married to Lord Shiva. Witnessing this state of his daughter, Maa Parvati’s father, Mountain Lord Himalaya’s heart went down. During this while, the sage Narada, presented a proposal, asking Goddess Parvati’s hand in marriage for Lord Vishnu. When she got to know about this, Adi Mata’s heart sank. On being asked about her dejection, Goddess Parvati told that she is performing hard penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. After this Parvati ji's friends took her to the forest. This episode is regarded as Goddess Parvati’s kidnapping(Haran in hindi), after which this festival is named Hartalika Teej. As mentioned above, the word Harat can be deciphered as kidnapping and Alika stands for friends. This is how this festival came to be known as Hartalika Teej. Afterwards, Goddess Parvati went through the deep austeration. In the Bhadrapad month, on the day of Shukla Paksha Tritiya and Hast Nakshatra, Mata Parvati constructed a Shivalinga with sand and immersed herself in the veneration of Bholenath by staying awake in the night. Witnessing the difficult tenacity of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva appeared in front of her and accepted her as his wife as per her wish.

It is believed that Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva bless all those women who observe this fast while adhering to the proper rituals. They are provided with the boon to attain marital bliss and earn some good fortune. Due to this, Hartalika Teej Vrat has special significance for married women as well as spinsters .

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Aja Ekadashi Rituals & Auspicious Muhurat

In the year 2019, Aja Ekadashi will be celebrated on the Dashami tithi during Krishna Paksha in Ardra Nakshatra. As per Gregorian Calendar, this day will be observed on 26 August, Monday. On this day, Lord Vishnu is venerated with devotion. It is believed that carrying out a Jagran and fasting on this day helps the devotee get rid of his/her sins and appease Lord Vishnu. People who believe in Hinduism pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu on this day.

Aja Ekadashi 2019 Muhurat

Aja Ekadashi Vrat Muhurat For New Delhi, India
Aja Ekadashi Parana Time27th August, From 13:39:49 to 16:14:19
Duration2 Hour 34 Minutes
Hari Vasara End Moment27th August, at 10:33:05

Note: Above muhurat ois for New Delhi, India. Know the auspicious muhurat for your city by clicking here.

Things To Keep In Mind On Aja Ekadashi

If you’re fasting on the day of Aja Ekadashi, you need to keep some things in mind, which are mentioned below:

  • You must avoid consuming Masoor pulse on the tenth day or Dashmi, as eating the Masoor daal before the fast is considered inauspicious. 
  • Along with that, avoid eating Black Gram or Chana and Karonde or Bengal Currant before the fast. 
  • Using Honey on the day of fast is considered inauspicious. 
  • Also, follow the ritual of Brahmacharya on the Dashmi and Ekadashi as well. Keeping these things in mind helps you gain desirable results.

Devotees fasting on the day of Aja Ekadashi must wake up early before sunrise, take a bath and venerate Lord Vishnu. Those who follow the rituals and fast on this occasion gets rid of sorrow and misery and attain prosperity and happiness in life.

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Krishna Janmashtami 2019!!Read the mythological facts associated with this festival

On 24 August 2019, Lord Krishna’s presence will grace your household. Know the importance of the festival Janmashtami and its associated legends.

Lord Shri Krishna’s History 

Lord Vishnu reincarnated as the son of Devaki and Vasudev during the Dwapar Yuga. It was during the conclusive era of Dwapar Yuga and the cruel King Kans ruled over Mathura at this point of time. He wreaked havoc in the lives of all the citizens of Mathura. One day Kamsa was on his way to drop his sister Devaki at her in law’s house after she got married Vasudev, when an oracle narrated a premonition that the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudev will be the reason for his death and downfall. After hearing this, Kansa raised the sword to kill his sister, but Vasudev, who was truthful, promised that he would give away his children to Kansa, but Kansa did not accept any of his pleas and eventually he dragged both of them to the jail.

When did Shri Krishna take Birth? 

Time passed by and Kans’ atrocities towards Devaki and Vasudev kept increasing. He killed all the seven children of theirs. It has been said that time belongs to no one and it never remains the same. It was during the Rohini Nakshatra on Ashtami Tithi in the month of Bhadrapada, that it started raining heavily and darkness prevailed all over. During midnight Lord Krishna took birth from Devaki's womb. It is believed that God himself appeared in front Devaki and Vasudev and said that a girl was born in the house of Nand Baba. He said that the girl child is one of creations, so Vasudev can bring her to the prison and take krishna Ji to Nanda’s house. He also assured Vasudev that no obstacle will stop him on the way. After saying so, the Lord disappeared and all the guards of Kamsa went into sleep and the handcuffs tied around the hands of Vasudeva and the shackles of his feet cracked opened automatically and he embarked upon the journey towards Nand Baba's house with the newborn child. 

Lord Krishna’s Miracle 

On the way, the river Yamuna was flowing at a rapid speed and the great serpent Sheshnaag was covering Lord Krishna from getting drenched in rain. When the Lord's feet touched the river, then the water level of the Yamuna decreased at once and Vasudev swiftly went to Nand Baba's house and brought Yoga Maya from there. When he returned, the handcuffs and leg shackles automatically covered his hands and feet and the guards woke up from utter sleep. They informed Kans that Devaki gave birth to the eighth child. As soon as Kans arrived to kill the child, she disappeared into thin air and then another oracle was heard by everyone. It was stated that your reason for your destruction has taken birth elsewhere and your death in his hands will surely take place. This infuriated Kans further and he ordered the slaughter of all the newborns around.

Lord Krishna’s Peculiar Appearance

Kamsa repeatedly sent various kinds of demons to kill Krishna but all of them had to face defeat in the hands of the Lord. He killed all of them and also a demoness named Pootana. Everyone was surprised after witnessing the fate of the demons and how Krishna Ji managed to put an end to them. Krishna also rescued Kalia Nag and then went on to play flute and graze cows with his friends.

Little Krishna’s Playful Mischiefs

Ever since childhood, Lord Krishna used to fascinate everyone with his adventures and naughtiness. Sometimes, he used to break the matkas(earthen pot)of a Gopi, and the other time he had the habit of stealing Makhan(butter). Once Kanha ate soil in his childhood, and then his friends complained to his mother Yashoda. When Yashoda Maiya opened his mouth, she was astonished to see the entire universe in his mouth. 

Krishna’s Playful banter with the Gopis

Krishna playfully danced with the gopis and taught the essence of love to the whole world. This is the reason why the whole world believes in Lord Krishna and the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated with full fervor. He never discriminated against anyone and gave love to everyone while treating each and every person equally. Thus, he occupies a special place in everyone's heart.

The Death of Kans in the hands of Krishna

When Krishna and his brother Balarama grew up to become adults, Kansa sent his treasurer Akruor to Nanda Baba and fraudulently summoned the duo to Mathura so that he could kill him but Lord Krishna killed him while fighting a duel with him there. Ultimately, he liberated the people from Kans’ atrocities and after that, he went on to free his parents Devaki and Vasudev from Kans’ prison.

Lord Krishna: The Yogiraj

Lord Krishna is also known as Yogiraj. During the Mahabharata war which was taking place between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, Lord Shri Krishna preached the Gita to Arjuna in the field of Kurukshetra and that is why the Gita is most recognized holy text in the world as it is the only scripture which comes straight from the Lord's mouth. The Gita inspires everyone to do his/her Karma and teaches a person to stay on the right path.

Krishna Janmashtami Muhurat 

To celebrate Janmashtami and to observe its fast are two different things. During this year, the holy festival of Janmashtami will be celebrated on 24 August 2019, which is known all over the world as the grand birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Now, let us have a look at Janmashtami 2019’s Puja Muhurat.

                  Janmashtami 2019 Puja Muhurat
Date24 August 2019
Nisith Puja MuhuratFrom 24:01:33 till 24:45:46
Duration0 hour 44 minutes

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

Rites and Traditions to Follow During Janmashtami 

  • The most convenient way to celebrate Janmashtami is to wake up early in the morning and take a clean bath. Afterwards, cleanse the child idol of Lord Krishna with Panchamrit and make it wear new clothes.
  • After this, observe the fast, consume fruits and only after the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight, perform the Aarti, offer Arghya to the Moon and then break the fast.
  • Kuttu flour or water chestnut flour can also be used during this fast. 
  • Along with this, help the poor and the needy.
  • Some small kids are also be dressed as Radha and Krishna and then they take part in processions. 
  • If it is possible, organize a Kirtan Katha at your home or Temple 
  • Celebrate this festival heartily with friends and family members.

Dahi Handi Festival 

On the very next day of Jnmashtami, Dahi Handi festival is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The youth taking part in this festival are known as Govinda, who break the matkis (earthen pots) kept at a very high pedestal and celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in the most grand manner in Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana. Additionally, lots of devotees are seen floating in the Iskcon Temple and celebrating Krishna Janmashtami with full fervor.

Fast Kept to Get the Boon of Bright Progeny 

Those who are childless should observe the Janmashtami fast because it helps them to obtain the blessing of a good progeny. On this day, Santan Gopal Mantra should be chanted, by whose grace one will definitely receive compassion from Lord Krishna and get the boon of a bright offspring. The Santan Gopal mantra is noted down below. 

oṃ śrīṃ hrīṃ klīṃ glauṃ devakīsuta govinda vāsudeva jagatpate
dehi me tanayaṃ kṛṣṇa tvāmahaṃ śaraṇaṃ gataḥ ।

ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविन्द वासुदेव जगत्पते
देहि मे तनयं कृष्ण त्वामहं शरणं गतः ।

Chant this mantra with all your heart and after the recitation is done, perform an oblation with the same Mantra. Afterwards, offer Makhan Mishri to the Lord and distribute it amongst everyone as Prasad. Eventually, you will get the blessings of Lord Shri Krishna.

As a matter of fact, the birthday of Lord Krishna, which we celebrate as Janmashtami, gives a message to all humanity that we should do our Karma and love each other. We hope that Lord Krishna ends all the problems persisting in your life. Wish you all the very best of Shri Krishna Janmashtami!!
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Janmashtami 2019: Know Fasting Date & Rituals

Janmashtami under Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga brings major luck this year! Know what rituals to follow to appease Bal Gopal and auspicious fasting date for both Smarta and Vaishnava sects.

Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami, holds high significance in Hinduism. On this day, the birth of the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna is celebrated. As per the Hindu Panchang, this festival is observed on the eighth day or Ashtami during Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada during Rohini Nakshatra, which falls on 24 August 2019 for both the sects. As per the Gregorian Calendar, this time duration normally falls in the month of August-September. Krishna Jayanti is celebrated all over the nation with zeal and enthusiasm, and people place the idols of Lord Krishna in his innocent, child-like form and worship him wholeheartedly.

Smartha & Vaishnava Sect: Who Are They?

In Hinduism, Vaishnavas are those who undertake the preachings from a Guru and adorn a mala, tilak, necklace and install the Conch and Chakra to worship. They consider Lord Vishnu to be Supreme One. On the other hand, Smarthas are known to be the worshippers of the Five Gods, i.e. Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Surya and Shakti. in Hinduism, the ones who follow a domestic life are known as Smarthas.

Janmashtami To Be Celebrated On 24 August By Both Sects

This year, the festival of Janmashtami will be celebrated by both the sects on 24 August itself. The followers of Smarta sect will fast on 23 August, as the Ashtami tithi will fall at midnight, whereas followers of Vaishnava sect will observe the fast on 24 August itself. 

Fasting Date For Janmashtami 

According to the information, the people of the Smarta community will observe the Shri Krishna Janmashtami fast on August 23, Friday, and perform the Parana on August 24, Saturday. On the other hand, the followers of Vaishnavism will fast on August 24, Saturday and perform the Parana on the same day itself. Smarta sect celebrate this festival as Krishnashtami, and Vaishnava sect celebrate this day as Gokulashtami on the second day. Followers of Vaishnav and Smarta sects follow different rituals to celebrate this festival. Below are the date of the fast:

Janmashtami Fast Date for Smartha Sect: on 23 August

Janmashtami Fast Date for Vaishnava Sect: on 24 August

Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat

Janmashtami Puja Muhurat 2019
Janmotsav Date24 August 2019
Nishith Puja Muhurat24:01:33 to 24:45:46
Duration0 Hour 44 Minutes

Note: The above mentioned Muhurat is for New Delhi only. Know Muhurat for your city here, Janmashtami Auspicious Muhurat

Importance of Janmashtami in Hinduism

Hindu Calendar encourages the celebration of this festival on the Ashtami during the month of Bhadrapada. As per the beliefs, that Lord Krishna was born at midnight on the Ashtami to Devaki and Vasudeva as their eighth child in the prison of Demon King Kansa. His birth took place when the planet Moon was rising with Rohini Nakshatra during the dark fortnight. On this day, the devotees visit the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna, i.e. Mathura, as well as Vrindavan to seek his blessings, fast the whole day, sing devotional songs, and enact the Ras Lila, also known as Krishna Lila.

Janmashtami For Childless Couples

In the year 2019, Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga and Amrit Siddhi Yoga forming during Rohini Nakshatra on the Ashtami tithi is creating an auspicious muhurat for couples who wish to have a child. On this propitious occasion of Janmashtami, childless couples must fast while following the puja rituals and install Santan Gopal Yantra at their altars or homes facing North or East. Also, following mantra must be chanted when worshipping the Lord:

ऊं श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविंद वासुदेव जगत्पते। देहि मे तनयं कृष्णं त्वामहं शरणं गत: क्लीं ऊं।।
ūṃ śrīṃ hrīṃ klīṃ glauṃ devakīsuta goviṃda vāsudeva jagatpate। dehi me tanayaṃ kṛṣṇaṃ tvāmahaṃ śaraṇaṃ gata: klīṃ ūṃ।।

Janmashtami Puja Rituals

  • Wake up and take a bath early and wear clean clothes.
  • Bathe the idol of Bal Gopal or Lord Krishna with a mixture of Ganga Jal, Milk, Curd, Ghee, Sugar or Mishri, Honey and Saffron or Kesar.
  • Now, bathe him with clean water.
  • Adorn him with beautiful clothes and jewellery.
  • At midnight, offer the Bhoga to Lord Krishna and recite the aarti.
  • Offer white sweets, and Kheer made of Rice or Sabudana with dried fruits and nuts. Use Mishri instead of Sugar and Tulsi water to prepare the Kheer. 
  • Distribute the Prashad.
  • In case you’re fasting, observe the Parna on the ninth day or Navami tithi the next day.
  • Offer cow’s milk to Lord Krishna in case you wish to make you love life stronger. After this, do the Abhishek with Panchamrit. 
  • Makhan-Mishri or Butter-Sugar can be offered to the Lord to attain happiness and worldly pleasures. After this, use raw Lassi to perform the Abhishek.
  • Mix Tulsi with milk and offer it to the Lord Krishna to eliminate any physical disorders. Just like above, use raw Lassi to perform the Abhishek.
  • Perform the Abhishek using Sugarcane juice and offer sweet ladoos to the Lord to get rid of work-related obstacles.

Do’s & Don’ts on Janmashtami

  • Do not behave rudely with anyone on the auspicious day of Janmashtami. Help the needy and poor as much as you can.
  • Avoid uprooting or cutting any plant or tree on this day. 
  • Worship the old idol of Kanha so as to maintain the peace and serenity within the house. 
  • Put Tulsi leaves in the Bhoga offered to the Lord. 
  • Pour milk from the Conch shell on the idol of Bal Gopal and perform Abhishek. Along with it, worship Goddess Laxmi as well. This will strengthen your financial conditions.
  • Put a Red Chunri on the Tulsi plant on this day, light a diya with Ghee and chant the mantra “ॐ वासुदेवाय नम: / oṃ vāsudevāya nama:”.

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