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A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Freelance Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadashi falls 4 days prior to Diwali. It is a very important Ekadashi for Hindus. We clean the place in front of Tulasi Brindavanam with cow dung. Then, we draw a 7 color rangoli at that place. Applying geru on the sides of the rangoli, we complete it. This ...

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Uthpanna Ekadashi

This time, Uthpanna Ekadashi fell on a Tuesday. Uthpanna Ekadashi is already a special day for Vaishnavites. Since it fell on Tuesday, it is hailed as a very special day. Ekadashi appeared on this day during Satyayuga. The story goes as follows: During Satyayuga, there was a Rakshasa called Moor. ...

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Angaraka Chaturthi

The Chaturthi after Guru Poornima was a special one and is called Angaraka Chaturthi or Sankashti because it fell on Tuesday this time. On that day, Lord Ganesha has to be worshipped. We can worship Lord Ganesha like we have mentioned in our post on Ganesh Chaturthi. Or we can ...

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Guru Poornima

The Poornima after Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is called Guru Poornima. On this day, we worship Lord Satyanarayana and Goddess Mahalakshmi. We have already shared about this before. On this day, Lord Shiva had killed Tripurasura and thus, we worship Lord Shiva as well. Lord Vishnu had also taken the Matsya Avatara ...

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Uthana Dwadashi (IInd and Concluding Part)

The story of Tulasi Vivaha is as follows: According to Devi Bhagavatam, Brinda wanted to marry Lord Vishnu and performed penance for the same. Lord Vishnu appeared before her and said that He could not marry her in this birth. He told her to marry someone else for this birth ...

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Uthana Dwadashi

On Uthana Dwadashi, South Indians perform the wedding of Tulasi. The main part of the pooja consists of drawing an elaborate and colorful rangoli in front of the house. Rangoli means Ranga + Avali, i.e. it is the auspicious sign to bring in Lord Krishna. We place an idol of ...

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Deva Uthani Ekadashi

4 months back there was a day called Deva Shayani Ekadashi when the Gods go into Yoga Nidra. Since then, in the 4 months, no auspicious activities are performed. Spiritualists and ascetics take up vratas, vigorously during these Chaturmasya. After the Dashami, post-Amla Navami comes, Deva Uthani Ekadashi. On Deva ...

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Amla Navami (IIIrd and Concluding Part)

The story continues: The trader became sorrowful looking at his wife, being affected by psychological problems. One day, he asked his wife, “You were fine some time ago. But now, what happened to you? Why have you become so manic?” The wife cried and told him what had happened. After ...

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Amla Navami (Part II)

The story about Amla Navami is as follows: A trader lived in Benaras. He was very rich and did not need anything in life. But, he did not have a child. That is why he was worried about who will inherit his property after his death. One day, a woman ...

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Amla Navami

The Navami after Gopashtami is also called Ugadi Navami as well as Amla Navami. On this day, Satyayuga began. Thus, it is called Ugadi Navami. On this day, the Amla plant is worshipped. Once, Adi Shankaracharyar went to a poor Brahmin’s house for bhiksha. There was no eatable in the ...

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