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Ganga dashera- the holiest festival

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There is no greater mantra than Om , there is no greater women than Maa Parvati , there is no Reality than Guru , there is no greater knowledge than Self-Knowledge . Similarly it is believed there is no greater place of pilgrimage than the Holy Ganga

The holy River Ganges or Ganga is the holiest river. Ganga purifies all the three worlds

Besides being a sacred river and most holy in hindu religion immense significance to the Hindus. Ganga is also worshiped as a deity in Hinduism and respectfully referred to as ‘Gangaji’ or ‘Ganga Maiya’ (Mother Ganga).

Hindu beliefs associated with the river sanctify it as a goddess. Hindus view goddess Ganga as a fair complexioned beautiful woman wearing a white crown with a water lily and a water pot in her hands, and riding her pet crocodile.

The Hallowed River

the glory of holy Ganga

Every spiritual hindu starts their day by bathing ithe morning remembering the holy names of scared rivers
the first is holyiest river Ganga

Prayer to Sacred Rivers
Gange cha Yamune chaiva Godavari Saraswathi, Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jale asmin sannidhim kuru.

I pray you to enter, This water meant for my bath, Oh , holy river Ganga, Oh, Holy river Yamuna, Oh , Holy river Godavari, Oh, Holy river Saraswathi, Oh , Holy river Narmada, Oh holy river Sindhu, And holy river Kaveri.

Hindus believe that rituals performed by the river Ganga multiply in their blessedness. The water of Ganges, called ‘Gangajal’ (Ganga = Ganges; jal = water), is held so sacred that holding this water in hand no Hindu dares to lie or be deceitful.

The Holy water of Divine Mother Ganga is akin to the nectar. The Water of holy Ganga is the only one of its kind , which by virtue of itys medicinal properties doesn’t putrefy even if kept for years . The water of other rivers decays and starts giving a foul smell in a short span . That is the reason why holy Ganga has been mentioned as the greatest doctor for all diseases.

The land over which Ganga flows is regarded as hallowed ground. It is believed that those who die around the ground near this holiest river reach the heavenly abode with all their sins washed away. The cremation of a dead body at the banks of Ganga or even casting some ashes of the deceased in its water is thought auspicious and leads to the salvation of the departed. The famous Ganga Ghats of Varanasi and Hardwar are known for being the holiest funeral detestation of the Hindus.

The name of Ganga appears only twice in the Rig Veda, and it was only later that Ganga assumed great importance as a goddess. According to the ‘Vishnu Purana,’ she was created from the sweat of Lord Vishnu’s feet. Hence, she is also called ‘Vishmupadi’ – the one flowing from the foot of Vishnu. Another mythological tale states that Ganga is Parvataraja’s daughter, and the sister of Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort.

Sri Ganga Dusshera/Dashami Festival

Every summer, the Ganga Dusshera or Ganga Dashami festival venerates the auspicious occasion of the descent of the sacred river on earth from heaven. On this day, a dip in the holy river invoking the Goddess is said to cleanse all sins. A devotee worships by lighting incense and lamp, and offers sandalwood, flowers, and milk. Fishes and other aquatic animals are fed flour balls.

The ‘Puranas’ or ancient Hindu scriptures say that the sight, the name, and the touch of Ganga cleanses one of all sins and taking a dip in the holy Ganga bestows heavenly blessings. The ‘Narada Purana,’ prophesied pilgrimages in the present Kali Yuga to the Ganges will be of utmost importance.

Ganga Sthavam

This prayer occurs in Kalki Purana.

Iyam sura tharangini bhavana varidhe sthaarini,
Sthuthaa hari padaambhujaa dhupagatha jagat samsada,
Sumeru shikharamara Priya jalaa malakshalini,
Prasannavadanaa shubhaa bhava bhayasya vidhravini., 1
Let this divine river who makes us cross the sea of life,
Who is praised by the world, who started from the lotus feet of Vishnu,
Who is liked by the Gods on the Meru mountain, who washes away sins,
Who has a pleasant look, who does good and who removes the fear of birth,

Bhageratha radhanugaa sura kareendra darpapahaa,
Mahesa mukuta prabhaa giri sira pathakaasithaa,
Suraasura naroragai raja bhavachyuthai samsthuthaa,
Vimukthi phala nasini kalusha naasini rajathe., 2
Who accompanied the chariot of Bhageeratha,
Who destroyed the pride of the divine elephant by her colour,
Who shines on the crown of Lord Shiva,
Who appears like a white flag hanging from mountain top,
Who is praised by devas, asuras, men, snake, Lords Shiva and Vishnu,
And who destroys sins and grants salvation, shine.

Pithamaha kamandalu prabhava mukthi bheeja latha,
Sruthi smruthi gana sthutha dwija kulaalaavruthaa,
Sumeru shikharaadbidha nipathithaa, trilokavruthaa,
Sudharma phala shalini sukha palaasini rajathe., 3
The Ganga who came out of the water pot of Brahma,
As the seed of salvation and spread like a climbing plant,
Who is praised by Vedas, smruthi as well as songs,
Who is completely by the bund of Brahmins,
Who started her journey as three branches from Meru mountain,
And went and reached all the three worlds,
And who gives good dharma and a pleasant life, shines.

Chard wihaga malini sagara vamsa mukthi prabhaa,
Muneendra vara nandini, divi madascha mandhakinee,
Sada duritha Nasini, vimala vari sandarsana-,
Pranaama guna keerthi nadhishu jagathsu samrajathe., 4
The Ganga who moves along with a series of clouds,
Who assured salvation to the entire clan of Sagaras,
Who is the darling daughter of sage Jahnu,
Who is the slow moving river respected all over heaven,
Who always destroys all sort of sufferings,
Shines because the world visits, salutes and sings her praises.

Mahabhisha suthaanganaa Hima gireesa koota sthanaa,
Saphena jala hasini, sitha maraala sacharinee,
Chalalla hari sathkaraa vara Saroja maala dhara,
Rasoloositha gamini, jaladhikjamini rajathe., 5
The darling of the sea, who was the wife of King Santhanu,
Whose breasts are like the peaks of Mount Meru,
Who has a laugh like the flow of water with foam,
Who has the movement of the pretty swans,
Who has the moving hands of her tide,
Who wears garlands of lotus flowers,
And who moves with pretty joyful emotion, shines.

Kwachin muni ganai sthuthaa, kwachidanantha sampoojithaa,
Kwachith kala kala swanaa, kwachidha dheerayadho ganaa,
Kwachidhra vikarojjwala, kwachidhudagra pathaa kulaa,
Kwachi jjana vigahithaa, jayathi Bheeshma matha sathee., 6
The Ganga is praised by groups of sages in some places,
Is praised and worshipped by Adhisesha in some places.
Is moving with the sound, “Kala”, “Kala” in some places,
Is full of fighting and squirming river animals in some places,
Is very hot and full of emotion in some places,
Is falling from great heights in some places,
And is used as a playful companion in some places.

Sa yeva kusalee janaa pranamatheeha bhagerathim,
Sa yeva thapassaam nidhir japathi jahnavee maadharaal,
Sa yeva purushothama smarathi sadhu mandhakineem,
Sa yeva vijayee Prabhu sura tharangineem sevathe., 7
They who salute the Ganges are the only ones that live happily,
They who respect and meditate on Ganges are the only seers,
They who sing the praises of Ganges are only greatest among men,
They who serve the river Ganges are the only victorious lords.

Thavamala jalachitham Khaga srugaala meenakshatham,
Chalalla hari lolitham ruchira theera jambalitham,
Kadhaa nija vapor mudhaa sura naroragai samsthutho,
Pyaham tripadha gamini priyamatheeva pasyaamyaho., 8
Oh river who grows in three different paths,
In your clear waters birds, small foxes, fish and storks
Are floating, biting, playing and moving and jumping,
In the tides of yours and once they reach your banks,
They are coated with your mud,
And when I would be able to see my body with happiness,
In your waters, being praised devas and men.

Thaw there vasathim thava amala jala snanam, thava prekshanam,
Thwan nama smaranam thavodhaya kadhaa samlaapanam pavnam,
Gange may thava sevanaika nipuno pyanandhitha thascha drutha,
Sthuthwaa chodh gatha pathako bhuvikadhaa santhascharishyamyaham., 9
When will I ever get a chance, to live in your shores, bathe in thy pure waters,
Get sprinkled by your water, meditate on your names, hear stories about your birth,
Oh Ganges, When will I become an expert in serving you,
When will I wear you and become happy and joyous and live with contentment?

Ithyedads rishibhi proktham gangasthavanamuthamam,
Swargyam yasaya mayushyam, padanath sravanaadhapi., 10
Reading or hearing this divine prayer addressed to Ganges,
Would lead us to long life with fame and later to salvation.

Translated By P.R.Ramachander
People bath in Holy Ganga


Shree Sita Navami

sita maa

Jai siyaram

उद्भवस्थितिसंहारकारिणीं क्लेशहारिणीम्।

सर्वश्रेयस्करीं सीतां नतोऽहं रामवल्लभाम्।।

जिसका अर्थ है – उत्पत्ति, स्थिति और संहार करने वाली, कलह का नाश करने वाली और सभी का कल्याण करने वाली श्रीरामचन्द्र की प्रियतमा भगवती श्री सीता को नमन है।

Sita Navami (also known Janki Navami or Sita Jayanti) is the birthday of Goddess Sita, one of the divine incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi. It is observed on Vaishakha Shukla Navami, the ninth day in the bright half of the month of Vaisakh.

Sita Navami is celebrated as birth anniversary of Goddess Sita. This day is also known as Sita Jayanti. Married women keep fast on Sita Navami day and pray to seek long lives of their husbands.

Sita Jayanti is celebrated on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month. It is believed that Goddess Sita was born on Tuesday in Pushya Nakshatra. Goddess Sita was married to Lord Rama who was also born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. On Hindu calendar Sita Jayanti falls after one month of Rama Navami.

Mata Sita is also known as Janaki as she was the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Mithila. Hence this day is also known as Janaki Navami.

According to Hindu mythology, when King Janaka was ploughing the land to conduct a Yajna he found a baby girl in the Golden casket. The Golden casket was found inside the field while ploughing the land. A ploughed land is called Sita hence King Janaka named the baby girl as Sita.

Sita kalayanaa
Holy marriage of Goddess Sita with Bhagvan Sri Rama

Janaka king of Mithila organizes a swayamwara with the condition that princess Sita would marry only that person who would be able to string Pinak Dhanu (bow of Shiva). Janaka knew, the bow of Shiva was not even liftable let alone stringable for ordinary mortals and for selfish person it was not even approachable. Thus, Janaka tries to find the best husband for Sita.

At this time Vishvamitra had brought Prince Rama and the other one, Lakshmana to the forest for the protection of sacrifice. Hearing about this swayamwara, Vishvamitra asks Rama to participate in the swayamwara and takes Rama and Lakshmana to the palace of Janaka. Janaka is greatly pleased to learn that Rama and Lakshmana are sons of Dasharatha. Next morning, in the middle of the hall, Rama lifts up the bow of Shiva with his left, fastens the string tightly and finally breaks the bow. And thus Rama fulfils Janaka’s condition to marry Sita.
Later on Vivaha Panchami, a marriage ceremony is conducted under the guidance of Satananda. Rama marries Sita, Bharata marries Mandavi, Lakshmana marries Urmila and Shatrughna marries Shrutakirti

Siddha matra from Sri Ram charit manas

Sri Sita Mantra for Marriage only for females

जय जय गिरिवर राज किशोरी, जय महेश मुख चंद्र चकोरी
jai jai girivar raaj kishori , jai mahesh mukh chandra chakori

श्रीजानकीजी के दर्शन के लिये
“जनकसुता जगजननि जानकी। अतिसय प्रिय करुनानिधान की।।

श्री सीताराम के दर्शन के लिये

“नील सरोरुह नील मनि नील नीलधर श्याम ।
लाजहि तन सोभा निरखि कोटि कोटि सत काम ॥”
Goddess Sita She is best known by the name Sita, derived from the Sanskrit word sīta, which meansfurrow.

According to  holy Ramayana, Janaka found goddess as a baby girl while ploughing earth as a part of a yagna and adopted her as his own dear daughter.

The word sīta was a poetic term in ancient India, its imagery redolent of fecundity and the many blessings coming from settled agriculture. The Sita of the Ramayana may have been named after a more ancient Vedic goddess Sita, who is mentioned once in the Rigveda as an earth goddess who blesses the land with good crops. In the Vedic era, She was one of the goddesses associated with fertility.

A Vedic hymn (Rig Veda 4:57) recites:
“Auspicious Sita, come thou near;
We venerate and worship thee
That thou mayst bless and prosper us
And bring us fruits abundantly.

In Harivansha Sita has been invoked as one of the names of goddess Arya:
O goddess, you are the altar’s center in the sacrifice,
The priest’s fee
Sita to those who hold the plough
And Earth to all living being.
The Kausik-sutra and the Paraskara-sutra associate her repeatedly as the wife of Parjanya (a god associated with rains) and Indra.

sri sitaramji

Sita Rama Stotram

By Lord Hanuman

This Stotra is a joint prayer to Rama and Sita. The first and third lines of every verse describe Rama’s qualities and the second and fourth line of every worse describes Sita’s qualities.

Ayodhya pura netharam,
Mithila pura nayikam,
Raghavanam alankaram,
Vaidehanam malankriyam., 1

Leader of the city of Ayodhya,
Leader of the city of Mithila,
Ornament to the clan of Raghu,
And ornament to the family of Vidheha.

Raghoonam kula dheepam cha,
Nimeenam kula dheepikam,
Soorya vamsa samudh bhootham,
Soma vamsa samudh bhavam., 2

The light of the clan of Raghu,
The light of the family of Nimi,
Born in the clan started by the Sun God,
Born in the family started by the moon God.

Puthram Dasaradasyapi,
Puthreem Janaka Bhoopathe,
Vasishtanu mathacharam,
Sathananda mathanugam., 3

Son of Dasaratha,
Daughter of Janaka,
Followed wishes of Vasishta
Obeyed the wihes of Sadananda.

Kousalya Garbha sambhootham,
Vedi Garbhoditham swayam,
Pundareeka Visalaksham,
Sphurad indhee varekshanam., 4

Born to the queen Kousalya,
Rose from the Yagna floor herself,
One who has lotus like eyes,
One who has eyes like fully open Indivara flowers.

Chandra kanthaananambhojam,
Chandra bhimbo up mananaam,
Matha mathanga Gamanam,
Matha hamsa vadhoo gathim., 5

Was like Lotus flower opened by chandra Kantha,
One who can be compared to the face of Moon,
One who walks like a active elephant,
One who walks like an active swan.

Chandana ardhra bhuja madhyam,
Kunkumardhraka kucha sthalim,
Chapalankrutha hasthabhjam,
Padmalankrutha panikam., 6

One who applies sandal on his chest,
One who decorates her breasts with saffron,
One who has a rope in his hands,
One whose hand is decorated by Lotus flower.

Saranagatha goptharam,
Pranipada prasadhikam,
Kala megha nibhakaram,
Kaartha swara sama prabham., 7

One who protects those who surrender,
One who is pleased with their devotion,
One who is of the colour of dark cloud,
One who shines like Gold.

Divya simhasanaaseenam,
Divya srag vasthra bhooshanaam,
Anukshanam kadakshabhyam,
Anyonya kshana kamkshinou., 8

One who sits on the divine throne,
One who wears divine garlands and cloth,
One who glances every second,
One who desires invitations from each other.

Anyonya sadrusa kaarou,
Trilokya graha dampathi,
Imou yuvam pranamyaham,
Bajamyadhya krutharthadham., 9

Form resembling each other,
They are the great couple of the three worlds,
And I salute both of them,
And with gratefulness sing their praise.

Idheeyam ramachandrasya,
Janakyascha viseshatha,
Krutha Hanumatha punya,
Sthuthi sadhyo vimukthidha., 10

These descriptions of Ramachandra,
And also that of Janaki,
Were given by the holy Hanuman,
He who prays using it,

Anaya sthouthi yad sthuthya,
Ramam Seetham cha bhakthitha,
Thasya thou thanutham preethou,
Sampada sakala aapi., 11

The problems of him who prays,
Rama as well as Sita with devotion,
Would vanish and he would become dear to them,
And he will earn all sorts of wealth.

Translated by P. R. Ramachander
from hindupedia.com

maa sita