Protect your loved ones-Celebrate Karwa Chauth


Medicines can save the lives of the people, but according to strong believes in Hinduism, life of the people can be saved through sacred prayers and rituals. Then there comes a festival known as Karwa Chauth all around the India. The festival and fast of Karwa Chauth is celebrated each year by the hindu women in India in the regions of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
On Karwa Chauth the married women especially in northern India, fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands life.
Historically Karwa Chauthwas celebrated as a prayer for the long life of the soldiers in the war and by extension today refers to the long life of married man.
There is an ancient story which makes a good majority of Hindu women fast for a whole day every year in the month of October.
There was a beautiful Queen Veervati who had taken fast for her husband when he was in the war after their marriage, and decided to break the fast after the moon rise. She was at her parent’s home at that time. Her brothers don’t want her to starve for the whole day and was waiting for the moon to come soon, and they decided to trick her with the fake reflection of moon, so that she can have food after she broke the fast. Veervati got tricked very easily and broke her fast. Later she got the news, that her husband got died in the war. She felt betrayed by her brothers and blamed herself for her husband’s death. Later with her prayers she forced god to come in front of her, then god suggested her to keep that fast again with the same rituals. Her husband got his life back after the completion of her fast.

Later Indian women’s started keeping fast for the soldier husbands who was out for the far living their family behind.  So to protect their life and to give longevity to their life, women started keeping Karwa Chauth fast for their husband.
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The Sacred Month – Kartik Paksh

India is the land of sacredness and purity, where every festival and ritual is celebrated with full enthusiasm and morality. Every different cast and culture have their own distinct festivals and occasions, some related to their god and goddess and some with their historical relation.
In Indian community there comes a month when most of the sacred works and customs are done with proper rituals and traditions.
Kartik Month or Kartik Paksh is the time when in Hindu community celebrates their important festivals like Dhanteras, Diwali, Tulsi Vivah etc. The main story behind the name Kartik month is that the son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya has killed the evil demon Taarkasur in this month, that’s why it is named as Kartik month to respect the victory of lord Kartikeya.

This month has its own significance and importance due to its faculties and results in the human life.
It is said that doing various customs and following some major traditions in this auspicious month gives benefit to the people and maintains a positive vibe around them.
According to an ancient story God Vishnu as an incarnation of God Narayan use to stay in the water bodies for the whole Kartik month, that is why it is good to take a bath once in any Indian river in the month of Kartik to get the blessings of lord Vishnu, doing holy baths, putting diya in the river after the bath and worshipping lord Sun will help you to enhance the quality of your life in a spiritual way.
It is good to grant or to donate something to the needy and poor people in this month, which will give positive effects in your life.
Doing holy works and pujan in this month will also give positive effects in your life by protecting you and your family from negativity and provide blessings in your life to maintain prosperity, happiness, mental stability and good health status.
Offering water to sun will be helpful for the people in this month to gain strength and stability in individual’s life.
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The Victory of Good Over Evil – Dusshera

Dusshera is The Hindu Festival which is basically known as Vijaydashmi, is celebrated the next day after Maha Navmi. Dushera is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar in the month of Ashwin & Kartik. In every state of or area of India it is celebrated in different forms and with the different reasons.
From the time of our childhood, we have listened and studies about it that Dusshera is celebrated to remember the victory of Lord Ram over the Evil 10 headed demon Ravan. This can be the reason we can celebrate the victory of good over evil but, there are many more reason behind it to celebrate Vijaydashmi / Dussehra. Not every one of us is aware about it.
There are some different yet meaningful reasons to celebrate Vijayadashmi in your region.
Along with the nine days of navratri on the 10th day, in southern, eastern and north eastern states of India, Vijaydasmi marks the end of nine days of Durga Pooja.
In northern and western states of India the festival is called as Dusshera. The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit words ‘Dasha’ means ten, and ‘Hara’ means defeat. Lord Ram defeated the evil Ravan that’s why its name comes up with Dussehra.
On very occasion ‘Arjuna’ alone in Mahabharat decimated 1 lakh + solilders and defeated all Kauravs warriors including Bhishma, Dhrona, Ashwatthama, karna etc.

It is said that occasion of Vijaydashmi is the opening of the harvest season. Farmers seek blessings from mother earth for a good harvest, peace and prosperity in their life.
It is also the celebration of the defeat of Demon Mahishasura . Mahishasura was the powerful demon who had waged the war against and demigods and later defeated them, later the demigods requested Maa Durga to fight against and she fought with him for the nine days and defeated him on the tenth day.
In the region of Kolkata in India, Vijaydashmi is celebrated as Durga Pooja with great formalities and pageantry in the West Bengal for five days culminating on the day of Vijayadashmi.

In the region mainly in Kerela and Karnataka, Vijaydashmi is considered auspicious to begin your learning. The traditional ceremony known as Vidhyarambham is celebrated. After which children can formally start learning music, dance, languages and other fold arts.

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Maha Navmi and Dushera-

Maha navmi is the last day of the sacred festival navratri. Maha Navmi is the most important and auspicious day among the all days of navratri. Navratri is a special occasion, a time for new beginning and offering your dedication to reverence to the goddess Shakti (Durga)
Mahanavmi means the great 9th day. This celebrated the day before Ravan Dahan (Dushera).
This day holds importance and significance in Hindus mainly. In Hindu community it is believed that worshiping the goddess on navmi, brings happiness and peace in life for the whole year.
Maha navmi, the last day of navratri festival is dedicated to Mata Siddhidatri.
Mata Siddhidatri is the ninth incarnation of Maa Durga. It is believed that Mata grants all sorts of achievements and capable of giving all sorts of occult powers to their devotees. She has power of fulfilling 26 different wishes of the person who is worshiping her.
It is also said that lord Mahadev has got all those Siddhis by worshiping mata Shakti.
With her gratitude the half body of Lord Shiva becomes that of man Shakti and therefore he was also called as Ardhnarishvar in Hindu Culture.
In the form of one, devotees can worship maa Shakti and lord Shiva at the same time.

With the blessings of mata people can get help to remove ignorance in their life and provides knowledge to her devotees. She is also worshiped by deva, gandharva, asura, yaksha and siddha.
Mata use to sit on lotus flower and rides on the lion. She has four hands, in one hand she has hold the Gada and in other hand a chakra, in other two hands she has hold the lotus flower and shankha.

The Tenth Day Vijaydashmi / Dushera-
On the very second day after the maha navmi, the dushera is been celebrated, which is also known as ‘Vijaydashmi’. It is the symbol of victory of the truth over the evil. In all over India people use to celebrate dushera in their own way.
Dushera is celebrated to symbolize the conquest of good over evil.

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Durga’s Avatar – Kalratri And Maha Gauri

The colorful and joyful festival of navratri is of 9 days, but every day is precious and important for every person. In Hindu’s it is the most sacred and auspicious days of the year. People can do sacred works on these days to make it more auspicious and worthy. It is believed that the work done on these days gives the great outcome in future. It because people get blessings of Maa Durga in these sacred days.

People on these days use to go different temples of goddess Durga to get positive and strength in their life. It is highly accepted fact that, on these days of navratri people gets positive changes and outcomes in their life. Later it brings happiness and prosperity in their life.
Little and young girls use to play garba on these nine days to celebrate happiness and positivity  of their life and to make the goddess happy.

Mata Kalratri –
Mata Kalratri is worshipped on the 7th day of navratri. She is the 7th incarnation of goddess Durga. The goddess seems to be in dark complexion with angry expression on her face, she use to ride on the donkey. She has four hands and holds scimitar (back sword) and thunderbolt in her two hands: the other hands are used for protection and blessings.  She is one of the most ferocious forms of goddess Durga.

Mata Kalratri teaches us that pain, misery, corrosion, destruction and death is the reality of our life and it can’t be avoided or ignored. Denying the truth of life is worthless.

She tells us that we should accept the presence and significance to realize the fullness of our being and our potential.

Worshiping this form of goddess brings confidence and courage in ourselves to fight from the problems and miseries of our life.

Maha Guari Mata-
On the eighth day of navratri mata Maha Gauri is worshiped. She is the eighth incarnation of Maa Durga. This form of goddess is extremely beautiful and fair in color. She has calmness on her face. She has three eyes and four hands. The first lower hand holds The Trishul (trident) and second one is in the posture of allaying fear. On the third hand she holds Damru (pellet drum) and on the forth one is in the pose of granting boons to her worshipers and devotees.

Worshiping the goddess will help you to purifies your soul and removes all the sins from people’s life.

She helps us to remove sorrows and tension from people’s life.

People who use to worship her on regular basis can improve their knowledge.

She also helps us to get free from the claws of material world.

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Navratri And The Significance Of Fifth and Sixth Day-

 

 

Celebrating the nine days of navratri has its own significance and importance. People use to worship different avatars of ‘Maa Durga’ on these days, but worshiping the goddess according to the particular day is very important, which will give their own benefits to the worshipper.
Within those nine avtars of Maa Durga, every avtars has its own meaning and faculties.
On the 5th and 6th day of Navratri Maa Skanda and Maa Katyayani is worshiped.
Both the goddess has their own faculties and powers inside them.
According to her avatar, there lies a reason from which Maa Durga had taken nine avtars, and each avtar has their own story.
The Fifth Day Of Navratri-
The fifth day of navratri is dedicated to Maa Skanda. Skandamata is the mother of skand (kartikeya). She rides on a vicious lion having four arms and holding a baby in her hands. Being the mother of skanda, she was named as Skandamata. When her child was encountered with danger, she was transformed as strength for him, to fight with the danger with symbol of grey color.
Benefits of worshipping Skandamata-
It is believed that she is the mother of skanda (kartikeya), that’s why her linseed medicine provides cure to the children in many ways.
– Children who are born with the problem of vata, pitta and kapha are cured by taking her linseed medicine.
– People who worship this avatar, can overcome form their troubles easily. They can bring positive changes in their life by getting rid from their life troubles.

The sixth day of navratri-
The sixth day of navratri is very scared. On the six of navratri, the sixth avtar of Maa Durga is worshipped that is mata Katyayani. Katyayani mata is the most worshipped form of Maa Durga, who is considered as symbol of destroyer of evil. She was born as a daughter of sage (maharishi) Katyayan of katya gotra, that why her name is Katyayani. She has for hands, she holds the long sword and a lotus in her two hands, gives blessings from the third hand and uses her forth hand to protect us. She was born as a fighter.
Benefits Of Worshipping Mata Katyayani
– As a fighter she always protect us, from the evil and give confidence and power.
– Worshipping her brings religion, artha, kama and moksha to the worshipper.

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Navratri And Significance Of Celebrating Navratri

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The Indian culture is full of traditions, cultures and festivals. In this tradition the most colorful, musical and prosperous festival is ‘Navratri’, the festival of 9 days dedicated to Mata ‘Durga’and her nine ‘Avatars’.
The nine days of Navratri is celebrated with full energy and spirituality within the Indian culture.
In different states of India, it is celebrated in many different ways. In eastern and northeastern states Navratri is celebrated as Durga puja. In northern and western states, it is celebrated as Ram Leela and Dussehra, that celebrates the battle and victory of lord Ram from Ravan.

What is Navratri and why it is celebrated?
Navratri is Hindu festival that spans 9 days and is celebrated each year in autumn. It is associated with Mata Durga who took the battle with demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory over evil.
The source of energy helps us to get rid of 10 evils of our life. We can believe that there is no demon like Mahishasura but it is the demon within ourselves which needs to killed with spirituality and sacredness.
It is believed that if someone worships the Goddess Durga with all her/his hearts, then the mother destroys those evils inside us and succor’s peace to us.

The initial days of Navratri and the Avatars-
According to Navratri every 9 days of Navratri has its own significance. The different Avatar of Durga is worshipped according to that particular day. It is the celebration of total 10 days including Dussehra and there is significance of celebrating each day as per Durga avatars.

The first day is dedicated to Mata Shailputri (BaalaTripurasundari) –
The first is dedicated to Mata Shailputri which literary means the daughter of mountain. She is the incarnation of Mata Parwati. Worshipping ShailputriMata brings commitment within us. When our mind is wavering and chanting, Mata gives the strength and power of commitment.

The second is dedicated to Mata Brahmacharini (Gayatri)-

Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Parvati, is worshiped on that day. In this avatarParvati become sati means unmarried. She represents the peace and prosperity in life and she also symbolize bliss and calm by holding ajaapmala and kamal (lotus) in her hands.

The importance of 3rd and the 4th day of Navratri-
As the initial two days of Navratri, the significance of 3rd and 4th day is also important for the worshippers.
The third of Navratri is dedicated to Mata Chandraghanta(Annapurna)-
This form of Devi is depicted as wearing a bell-like ornament in the shape of the moon.Just as the moon waxes and wanes the mind also wavers. Chanting the name of this Devi brings the mind in our control with increased alertness.

The fourth day is for Mata Kushmanda (Mahalaxmi)-
Kushmanda means pumpkin. The whole creation is like a pumpkin. As pumpkin contains many seeds and each seed contains the potential of many pumpkins. So, as KushmandaDevi contains entire creation within her. Worshipping her gives prana(life) to us as the fullest.

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