Sunday, November 18, 2012

chhath puja 17th to 20th Nov 2012


Chhath Puja
 


Chhath Puja dedicated to Lord Surya Dev

1. Nahai Khai

2. Kharna

3. Sandhya Arghya (19th Nov 2012)

4.  Savera Suryodaya Arghya (20th Nov 2012)


Chhat or Dala Chhath Vrat is also known as Surya Sashati Fast. This festival takes place in the Hindu month of Kartik and is devoted to the Sun God or Surya Narayan. Chhath is a very important festival in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. People gather around water bodies or small ponds and offer Arghya to the setting sun and the rising sun.

Chhath is a wish fulfilling festival and people's 'manokamna' is said to be fulfilled by observing this Vrat and puja. Families carry the tradition of doing Chhath puja from generation to generation. Its a great family tradition. Devotees try to please Surya Bhagwan and Chhathi Maiya for blessings on their families. Chhath puja spans four days of rituals and fasting and all family member lend support in the fulfillment of the puja tasks. 

Nahai Khai
Nahai Khai is a purifing ritual. It cleanses the devotees body and prepares body and mind for the forthcoming fast. On this day devotees take a full head bath, sometimes in holy rivers or at home. They eat rice and Lauki or Kaduu preparations. The food is plain and very easy to digest.

Kharna
Second day is a fasting day. In the evening kheer is made with Gur. Plain roti with ghee or 'Suhari' is made. The food is first offered as bhog and prayers are done. Friends and family are invited to participate and partake in the Kharna food. Devotees and their families all enjoy the sweet food with other fruits and mithaii also.

Setting Sun Arghya
On the third day, 'Soop' and 'dagra' or new containers made from bamboo plants are filled with all kinds of Prasads today.. Khajur, sugarcane, Daab Nimbu, Thekuaa, Sindoor, lighted diyas, different fruits, bananas etc are placed in the containers. Each Soop is a different wish. The Fasting devotee along with family members go to the different water bodies.

Standing in the water, the devotee offers each container of Prasad to the setting Surya and offers Sandhya Arghya to the setting sun - praying and seeking the fulfillment of many wishes and blessings from the God almighty.

Rising Sun Arghya
On the fourth day devotees reach the 'ghats' before sunrise. They wait in the water for the first rays of the rising sun light. Suryodaya Arghya is offered. Music is played. Crackers are lit and the mighty Surya Bhagwan is offered the prasad again. The Surya Sashti Katha is read. Married women receive sindoor from married fasting ladies.

People then make their way home and eat Prasad and enjoy the festivities at the end of the Vrat and Puja.Surya Narayan has the power to fulfill all one's wishes, grant the devotee longevity and a disease free, long and prosperous life.

Jai Surya Dev-Jai Ma Chatthi



Monday, November 12, 2012

Mata Lakshmi & Lord Narayan


Lakshmi-Narayan





Always Pray to Goddess Lakshmi after invoking Lord Vishnu. Mata Lakshmi is devoted to the God of Dharma - Narayan. She sits steadfast and patiently at the feet of Lord Narayan. She blesses all who follow the teachings of Narayan - namely Karma and Dharma. There is no way to receive Goddess Lakshmi's blessings except to seek Lord Narayan's blessings first.


 
 
 
 

Diwali Puja - 13th November 2012


Deepavali
 
 

Diwali is the very famous annual festival celebrated in most Hindu homes. During the Amavasya night, in the month of Kartik, one prays to Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. Deepavali is a 5 day festival.
  • Dhanteras (Kuber, Dhanvantri)
  • Narak Chaturdashi (Varun, Yam)
  • Deepavali (Ganesh, Ma Lakshmi)
  • Govardhan Puja (Govardhan, all Gods)
  • Bhai Dooj (Yam)
To receive money, prosperity, health, wealth, and respect - To get rid of poverty and destroy every misery - To prevent and overcome loans - To be prosperous in one's job and business - To have the wealth of children and grand children --- One prays to Ganesh and Lakshmi on Deepavali night.

Deepavali night is extremely powerful for praying for wealth and prosperity. Today Ganesh and Lakshmi are prayed together. The prayer of these two deities in combined form is extremely important.

Ganesh is 'Vighna Vinayak' or Ganesh is the one who gets rid of every obstacle and is the great God of Wisdom.

Lakshmi is the Goddess of happiness, wealth, and prosperity.

It is believed wealth and money are represented through one who has wisdom. One who is wise is the true and rightful guardian and holder of riches and prosperity. Fools squander and waste whatever they have. Without wisdom, one cannot gather and hold wealth.

Deepavali Night - One prays to Lord Ganesh first and then to Ma Lakshmi. This is also the festival of right knowledge and wisdom leading to permanence in wealth. Knowledge, Wisdom, Respect, Humbleness, Hardwork, Dharma - are the qualities that attract and retain prosperity. Fools will receive wealth and respect but will lose it quickly. Wise people, on the other hand, will hold even the most 'chanchal' or frolicking Lakshmi.

 Diwali Night
  • Light Ghee Diyas in all places of wealth or 'Dhan' and near puja place
  • Place a Mangal Kalash near main doorway and near Puja place
  • Rice and kumkum is used to make a lotus design and Kalash is kept on that
  • Deep and Incense is lighted every where
  • Offer prayers to your accounting budget, office, lockers, purses
  • Use Sindoor to make a Shri Yantra near puja place
  • Start Prayer by praying to Shri Yantra first
  • Pray to Lord Narayan or Vishnu on Deepavali morning
  • Pray to Lord Ganesh
  • Pray to Maha Lakshmi Mata
  • Pray to your Accounts, Books, Pens, Lockers, Safes, Purses and Food storage places
May Ma Lakshmi keep everyone prosperous and over flowing with great wealth
Shubh Deepavali

                             
                             Ganesh Mantra:



                             Lakshmi Mantra