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Naivedyam for Maha Vishnu

Today was Shadtila Ekadashi. Many would have not even had water. Others might have had water only. People with ailments and older people might have had fruits. Tomorrow is Shadtila Dwadashi. Beginning Shankaranti this whole month belongs to Maha Vishnu. That is why this Ekadashi and Dwadashi are important. Today ...

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Navaratri 6th day

Today is the 6th day of Navaratri. The presiding Goddess of this day is Kartyayani Mata. As she is the daughter of Maharishi Kartyayan, she is called so. She has 4 arms and is called Chaturbhuji Mata. Her vehicle is the ferocious lion. She is the installed deity of Brij ...

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Navaratri 5th day

Today is the 5th day of Navaratri and the reigning Goddess of the day is Skanda Mata. This Goddess has 4 arms and is called Chaturbhuji Mata. She is seen sitting on a lotus and Her son Kartikeya sits on Her lap. When you pray to Her, all types of ...

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Navaratri 4th day

Today is the fourth day of Navaratri and the Devi of the day is Kushmanda. She has 8 arms and is called Ashtabhuji Mata. When we pray to her, we are rid of different kinds of ailments. Also, when we pray to her, we are absolved of planet mercury’s doshas. ...

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Navaratri Third day

The Adhya Shakti descended on earth 4 days ago. This time the first day continued on the next day. So, there were 2 first days or Prathamas. Thus, today is Tritiya and the day of Goddess Chandraghanta. The Devi’s name is thus because the moon is placed on her head ...

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Navaratri Second Day

The second day of Navaratri belongs to Goddess Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini is clad in a white sari and hold a rosary in her hand. She is the Goddess of meditation, knowledge and education in all fields. Japa and tapa are what She always does. She is a Brahmacharini, a bachelor. She ...

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Importance of Navaratri

Today is the first day of Navaratri. It is said that during this festival the Mother Goddess visits her mother’s place (or the earth). She stays here for 9 days and is sent off on the 10th day or the Dussehra. This time, Navaratri itself is of 10 days. The ...

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Mahalaya Amavasya

Last 15 days were considered as Pitru Paksha by the Hindu Community. Today, we performed Sarva Pitru Shardha and sent off our Pitrus to the heaven after taking blessings from them. Some people perform it at home. Some people engage community halls to perform it. It is also performed in ...

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Navaratri

3 generations before mine, there was a lot of time with people. Secondly, people were very finicky about religious rituals during festivals. Today, there is no time to live life itself. Thus, when people go and settle in another city, they do not know anything about how to celebrate their ...

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Pitru Paksha

One girl asked my Mom what can be done during Pitru Paksha. She also asked, “My father-in-law expired on a Poornima day. When do I perform his paksha shardha?” Mom gave her suggestions, which I thought should be shared here. Mom told her: If they are Brahmins, according to Hindu ...

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