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Kaali Chaudas


Kali Chaudas Narak Chaturdashi 2/11/2013
Naraka Chaturdashi, also known as “Chhoti Diwali” or Kali Chaudas is a Hindu festival, which falls on the second day of the festival of Diwali.
Kali means Dark and Chaudas – Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Kartik, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti.
this holy night is also called Kaalratri


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दिवाली की रात कुबेर भगवान ने लक्ष्मी जी की आराधना की थी तो कुबेर बन गए ,जो धनाढ्य लोगो से भी बड़ा धनाढ्य है..सभी धन का स्वामी है..ऐसा इस काल का महत्त्व है.. दिया जलाके जाप कराने वाले को धन, सामर्थ्य , ऐश्वर्य पाए…ध्रुव , रजा प्रियव्रत ने भी आज की रात को लक्ष्मी प्राप्ति का , वैभव प्राप्ति का जप किया था…मन्त्र बहुत सरल है…मन्त्र का फल प्राप्त करने के लिए श्रद्धा से मंत्र सुने –

माँ लक्ष्मी मन्त्र :-
श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं कमलवासिन्यै स्वाहा

Aum Shreem Hreem Kleem Aieem Kamalvaasinyai Swaaha

The Second Day is called Narak-Chaturdashi or more popularly as Chhoti Diwali which falls on the 14th day of the month of Kartik. This festival is observed to commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king, Narkasur. This day is also celebrated as the birthday of Hanumanji or Hanuman jayanti. Also, on this day Hanumanji reached Ayodhya to deliver the long-awaited message of Lord Shree Sita Rama’s return. Just like diwali people light diyas on chhoti diwali to fill their homes with light, worship Goddess Laxmi and offer prayers to Her and they also burst firecrackers

Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life.

Narak Chaturdashi Snan is considered as the most auspicious ritual to perform on this day. It is believed that this festival marks the ending of darkness and beginning of brightness or happiness in the world.

Narak Chaturdashi:
The prayer to chant just before Naraka Chaturdashi Snan:

Ashwatthama balirvyaso Hanumancha vibheeshanah krupah Parashurashcha sapthaithe Chiranjeevinah

The above mantra is chanted by mothers before giving bath to their children. Chanting this sloka mothers shower their babies

Akshata (consecrated rice) on childrens heads.

After Narak Chaturdashi snan, this given mantra is chanted:

Bhramayeth snanamadhyethu narakasya kshayayahi
Sheetaloshta samayuktha sakantaka dalanvitha
Hara papa mapaamaarga Bhramyamaanah punah punah

While lighting deepa or diya and remembering ancestors, the below given mantra is chanted in the evening:

Chaturdashyam thu Yedeepaan narakaya dadanthi cha
Thesham pitruganassarve narakath swarga maapnuyu

The strength to protect others is referred as Kali,
The poojan is performed with flowers Coconuts are also offered as prashad to Hanumanji.

Kali means Dark ( the destroyer of evil ) and Chaudas – Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Āshwin month, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the wickedest. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. The strength to protect others is referred as Kali, and if its used for God’s work is called Mahakali.
The poojan is performed with oil, flowers, Chanda and Coconuts are also offered to Hanumanji and prasad
The rituals of Kali Choudas is strongly based on Tantra & Mantra sadhana concept of Spiritual Hinuduism

On this night, the kajal made from the diya or deepam with mustard oil (Sarsoo ka tel )in it, which is kept lightened the whole night has special powers,application of this kajal in the eyes or on babies forehead, is believed to keep away the nazar (evil eye).

After the puja, the diyas are placed in and around the house: in the doorway, near the Tulasi plant.
This night is very special for Mantra Siddhi
maa bhagvathy
Alternatively, people offer Nivedya to the mother goddess
This goddess is called their ‘Kul Devi’, in order to cast off evil spirits.
This second day of Diwali is known as Kali Choudas .

This day celebrates the victory of the Lord Shri Krishna & his consort Satyabhama over the evil demon of filth, Narakasura.
happy diwali
mantra & ritual on holy Narakchaturdashi
narakchaturdashi tips for happiness1

light a lamp with four wicks pointing towards four directions inthe evening of  holy Narakchaturdashi

saying this mantra

datto deepaschaturdashyam narakpreetiye maya

chaturvritti samaayukthaa sarva papa apanuttaye

let the gods of Narakaloka (world ) be happy & i offer this four wicks lamps lighted in four direction for the destruction of all sins
Celebration & Traditions

The Story of King Bali :
With his valour Bali conquered every bit of space, thus he became the most powerful king on earth. In his kingdom, justice was mere word, truth had no place and happiness was a dream. His form of charity was an occasion for pomp and show and those who went to seek Alms from the king Bali suffered the indignity of insults and humiliation. In fact, he felt that the vast wealth will remain and the pittance he handed out now and again could not affect even an iota of his asset. His false beliefs, arrogance and misrule ended when the Lord disguised as beggar and humble proved to Bali that his concepts were totally wrong and even his vast wealth could disappear in seconds. King Bali asked the dwarf beggar to ask for anything in his kingdom and with three steps even his crown vanished. With his first step Lord Vishnu covered the entire heaven and with the second step the earth and asked Bali where to keep his third step. Bali offered his head and became spiritually enlightened. Thus, this festival has a far deeper significance than a mere exhibition of gaiety and splendor. The Narak chaturdashi day therefore is dedicated to lights and prayers heralding a future full of joy and the elimination of greed.
& progress towards the path of good inner peace & wisdom
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Celebrations :
In South-India, people wake up before sunrise prepare a paste by mixing Kumkum in oil, which is called ‘Ubtan’, on their foreheads and then take bath.
Bathing after rubbing oil on body on this morning of Narak Chaturdashi gives Long Life & good Health

Story of Narakchaturdashi from Srimad Bhagvad Maha Puraan

In Dwapar Yuga, Lord Krishna, the ascendant of Lord Vishnu, killed the notorious demon Narakasura on the same day as that of Diwali.

Narakasura was the son of Goddess Bhoomi. Despite of a great parentage, he possessed devilish tendencies.
Narakasura gota boon that he may be only killed by the hands of a women as he considered them to be weak he thought he would become immortal.
After getting this boon he started terrrifying all the three worlds.
He used to loot the people of three worlds and due to the supernatural powers he had nobody could stop him. Not only he plundered their valuable things, but abducted the womenfolk too. There was a terror of Narakasura everywhere.

Once Narakasura attacked the heavens to get hold of the army of elephants of Lord Indra. Indra being helpless before the demon, immediately to Lord Krishna to ask for help. Krishna at that time was spending a leisurely time with his wife Satyabhama. In order to fulfill both his duties as a friend and as a husband he took Satyabhama at the battlefield.

On his divine vehicle Garuda (a giant eagle), Lord Krishna set for the fort of Narakasura. His grand fort was guarded by a five headed demon Mura.

Lord shri Krishna destroyed all his forts and raksha kavachs along with the whole army of demons.


With his Sudarshana flying discus, Krishna beheaded Mura and then challenged Narakasura to come to fight on the battlefield.

It was an easy victory for great Shri Krishna. Narakasura was killed by Goddess Satyabhama inthe battle.The killing of Narakasura again takes us to the message that it is inevitable for virtue and truth to win over vice and evil.

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Dhanteras


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Dhanvantri Trayodashi Dhanteras – Festival of Wealth

Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival. The festival, also known as “Dhantrayodashi” or “Dhanwantari Triodasi”, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik.

 

Diwali tips from Ashram.org

dhanteras siddha kunjeeya

holy tips for happiness
Give happiness to others specialy the needy & poor & innocents ur own happiness will never last
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Laxmi Prapti Mantra Sadhana on Dhanteras

Mantra sadhana starting from Dhanteras

pooja articles or items needed
Dkshinavarti Shankh (conch shell which turns to the right side ), kesar or saffron, kumkum or vermillion, holy ganga water ganagajal, incent sticks , rose water camphor,lamps & red coloured cloth & crystal mala (rosary beeds) or sphatik mala

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instructions & procedure for sadhana

The devotee or Sadhak must first keep the photo of Guruji with Goddess Lakshmi in front
then on the red cloth before the photos keep the Dakshinavarti Shankh on the red cloth
swastik
then make or draw Swastik on the cloth by mixing saffron, holy gangajala & rose water and put a bindi or spot by kumkum vermillion that is do tilaka by kumkum atthe center of Swastika Yantra ,( tantric image diagram)

mantra for Dhanteras
Shri Kanaka dhara Lakshmi Devi

Om hreem hreem hreem mahalaxmi dhandaa laxni kuberaaya mam griha sthiro hreem om namaha

now chant the mantra 7 malas by crsytal rosary beeds
one mala is 108 times
do this sadhana of mantra chanting for three days ,for getting mantra siddhi (blessing)
then at last after chantingisdone keep the Dakshinavarti shank tied in red cloth in house
itis said till this holy Shanka is in your house prosperity & success will be always with you
jai maa Laxmi

धनतेरस से आरंभ करें

सामग्रीः दक्षिणावर्ती शंख, केसर, गंगाजल का पात्र, धूप अगरबत्ती, दीपक, लाल वस्त्र।

विधिः साधक अपने सामने गुरुदेव व लक्ष्मी जी के फोटो रखे तथा उनके सामने लाल रंग का वस्त्र (रक्त कंद) बिछाकर उस पर दक्षिणावर्ती शंख रख दे। उस पर केसर से सतिया swastik बना ले तथा कुमकुम से तिलक कर दे। बाद में स्फटिक की माला से मंत्र की 7 मालाएँ करे। तीन दिन तक ऐसा करना योग्य है। इतने से ही मंत्र-साधना सिद्ध हो जाती है। मंत्रजप पूरा होने के पश्चात् लाल वस्त्र में शंख को बाँधकर घर में रख दें। कहते हैं – जब तक वह शंख घर में रहेगा, तब तक घर में निरंतर उन्नति होती रहेगी।

मंत्रः
ॐ ह्रीं ह्रीं ह्रीं महालक्ष्मी धनदा लक्ष्मी कुबेराय मम गृह स्थिरो ह्रीं ॐ नमः।


Dhan tryodashi The first day of Deewali
Diwali also spelled Devali or Deepavali, popularly known as the “festival of lights”, is an important festival in Hinduism,
Legends


Thye legend says, in the cosmic battle between the gods and the demons when both churned the ocean for ‘amrit’ or divine nectar, Dhanavantri – the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu – emerged carrying a pot of the elixir. So, according to this mythological tale, the word Dhanteras comes from the name Vaidya Raj Bhagvaan Dhanavantri, the divine doctor.

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Story of Prince & Yama God of Death
An interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.
When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince’s chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan” and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yama, the god of Death.

Blessing lamp for Bhagvan Yama & devi Shyamala

On Dhanteras or Dhavantari tryodashi’s holy evening lighting a diya (lamp) is very auspicious 
& get blessing of Yama

light a lamp  in the evening ( just dark after sunset) saying this holy mantra

Mrityunaa paashdandaabhyaam kaalena shyaamayaa saha 

Tryodashyaam deepadaanaat suryajaha priyataamm mama

let the Lord of mrityu & kaala God Yama carrying danda & pasha in his hands & with goddess shyamala be happy  & hav their blessings on me by the lightning of this lamp on this holyday of tryodashi

According to Srimad Bhagvad Maha Puraan when the gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanvantari (the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.

Preparations

To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.

Traditions

On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase any new thing which bring Happines to one ‘s heart ,may it be a Gold or Simple Beautifull flower.

helping poor & giving happiness to them is the best Diwali blessing one can ever have hariom

Celebration
Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. “Lakshmi-Puja” is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans – devotional songs – in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and “Naivedya” of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess

Sharad Purnima

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Sharad Purnima 18/10/2013

18 oct 2013 fridaysharad purnima

Sharad Poornima, also known as Kojaagari Poornima, is celebrated on a full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin (September-October) also called Sharadiya pournami
the purnima right after shardiya navratri puja & festival

. The rainy season is over and the brightness of the full moon brings special joy. This is a traditional celebration of the moon and is also known as Kaumudi (moonlight) celebration Kaumudi meaning moonlight. , as on this day, the Moon showers amrit or elixir of life on earth through its rays. The brightness of the full moon brings special joy and marks the changing season, the end of the monsoon. It was also on this night over 5,000 years ago that Lord Krishna and Radhaji revealed the Supreme Divine bliss to innumerable Gopis in Vrindavan.

At night, goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. According to Puranic scriptures One who keep awake all this night worshiping Goddess Lakshmi ,will be surely blessed by the Goddess.
On this day Goddess Laxmi moves around the world at midnight, with boons and assurance of protection, resolving, ?Who is awake on earth? I will grant wealth to one who is awake worshiping me at this hour.?

This vrata is observed every year and it pleases Goddess Laxmi immensely. Propitiated with this fast, Goddess Laxmi grants one prosperity in this world and a supremely elevated state in the next.
-(Narada Purana)

The Wealth-Giving Kojagar Vratha

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once a king fell on evil days, and was in great financial straits, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Consequently, they were blessed by the goddess and they regained their prosperity.
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sharad poonam

For Happiness & Good Health All the Year round

On Sharad Poonam, make kheer of Rice, Milk, Mishri in the evening. Put some gold or silver for sometime while making Kheer; then place it in the Moonlight for about 2-3 hours from about 8:30 PM onwards. Don’t cook any other food for that night, only eat Kheer. We should not take heavy diet in late night, hence eat Kheer accordingly. The Kheer which is placed in Sharad Poonam night can also be taken in next day break-fast after making it asPrasad by offering it to the Lord.
PLEASE Remember to take out the gold or silver from the kheer before eating the kheer
and dont use any ornament with any gemstone,
only plain silver or plain gold ornaments can be used ok

take kheer carefully & wish for happiness & good health

Have kheer as prasaad while chanting the holy mantra in ur mind

“Achyutaaye Govindaaye Anantaaye Naam Bheshjaam,
Nashyanti Sarv Rogaani Satyam Satyam Vadamyaham.”

Meaning:We invoke the Lord by chanting His Names –

1. Achyutaaye – The Lord Who never declines. 2. Govindaaye – The Lord by Whose Grace the senses operate in the body 3. Anantaaye – The Lord Who is Limitless

Listen the divine mantra chanted with divine kheer on Sharad poornima by Param Pujya Gurdev Asharamji  Bapuji from Ashram

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Medical Significance:

It is considered that the Moon and the Earth are at a closer distance on Sharad Poornima night. Due to this, the rays of the moon have several curative properties. Keeping food under the moonlight nourishes both the body and the soul. Following are some health tips which we all can benefit from during Sharad Poornima.

त्रिफला रसायन कल्प
सर्व नेत्ररोगनिवारक, मेधा व दृष्टिवर्धक

त्रिफला रसायन कल्प त्रिदोषनाशक, इंद्रिय बलवर्धक विशेषतः नेत्रों के लिए हितकर, वृद्धावस्था को रोकने वाला व मेधाशक्ति बढ़ाने वाला है। इसके सेवन से नेत्रज्योति में आश्चर्यजनक वृद्धि होती है। दृष्टिमाद्य, रतौंधी, मोतियाबिंदु, काँचबिंदु आदि नेत्ररोगों से रक्षा होती है। बाल काले, घने व मजबूत बनते हैं। 40 दिन तक विधियुक्त सेवन करने से स्मृति, बुद्धि, बल व वीर्य में वृद्धि होती है। 60 दिन तक सेवन करने से यह विशेष प्रभाव दिखाता है। जगजाहिर है कि इस प्रयोग से पूज्य बापू जी अदभुत लाभ हुआ है, चश्मा उतर गया है।

विधिः शरदपूर्णिमा की रात को चाँदी के पात्र में 350 ग्राम त्रिफला चूर्ण, 350 ग्राम देसी गाय का घी व 175 ग्राम शुद्ध शहद मिलाकर पात्र को पतले सफेद वस्त्र से ढँक कर रात भर चाँदनी में रखें। दूसरे दिन सुबह इस मिश्रण को काँच अथवा चीनी के पात्र में भर लें। (उपर्युक्त मात्राएँ 40 दिन के प्रयोग के लिए हैं। 60 दिन के प्रयोग के लिए त्रिफला, घी व शहद की मात्राएँ डेढ़ गुनी लें।)

सेवन-विधिः 11 ग्राम मिश्रण सुबह-शाम गुनगुने पानी के साथ लें (बालकों के लिए मात्रा 6 ग्राम)

दिन में केवल एक बार सात्त्विक, सुपाच्य भोजन करें। इन दिनों में भोजन में नमक कम हो तो अच्छा है। साधारण नमक की जगह सेंधा नमक का उपयोग विशेष लाभदायक है। सुबह शाम गाय का दूध ले सकते हैं। दूध व रसायन के सेवन में दो ढाई घंटे का अंतर रखना आवश्यक है। कल्प के दिनों में खट्टे, तले हुए, मिर्च-मसालेयुक्त व पचने में भारी पदार्थों का सेवन निषिद्ध है। इन दिनों में केवल दूध-चावल, दूध-दलिया अथवा दूध-रोटी का सेवन अधिक गुणकारी है।

इस प्रयोग के बाद 40 दिन तक मामरा बादाम का उपयोग विशेष लाभदायी होगा। कल्प के दिनों में नेत्रबिन्दु का प्रयोग अवश्य करें।

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For Asthma Patients

Pujya Bapuji have showered his blessings to make available the special ayurvedic booti which is mixed with Kheer on Sharad Poonam Night in almost all ashrams of Pujya Bapuji-Please ask your nearest ashram for available booti

Tips for Improving Eyesight

Do Tratak on Moon for 15-20 minutes in the night from Dussehra to Sharad Poornima. To look with a constant gaze without blinking the eye lids, is called Tratak.
To be free from Eye troubles & for eyes to work properly whole year, try to put thread in a needle in Sharad Poonam Moonlight. (No other light should be nearby).

Do Jaagran on Sharad Poonam Night

Sharad Poonam Night is very beneficial for spiritual upliftment, hence one should try & do Jaagran on this night, i.e. as possible don’t sleep and do JapDhyan Kirtan on this holy night.

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Vijaya dashmi

jai sri ram
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Vijayadashami  is one of the most great & holiest Hindu festival celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the new moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, ‘nine nights’) or Sharada Navratri {the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Vijaya dashami

Vijyadashmi 13th Oct’ 2013

विजयादशमी का दिन बहुत महत्त्व का है और इस दिन सूर्यास्त के पूर्व से लेकर तारे निकलने तक का समय अर्थात् संध्या का समय बहुत उपयोगी है। रघु राजा ने इसी समय कुबेर पर चढ़ाई करने का संकेत कर दिया था कि ‘सोने की मुहरों की वृष्टि करो या तो फिर युद्ध करो।’ रामचन्द्रजी रावण के साथ युद्ध में इसी दिन विजयी हुए। ऐसे ही इस विजयादशमी के दिन अपने मन में जो रावण के विचार हैं काम, क्रोध, लोभ, मोह, भय, शोक, चिंता – इन अंदर के शत्रुओं को जीतना है और रोग, अशांति जैसे बाहर के शत्रुओं पर भी विजय पानी है। दशहरा यह खबर देता है।..

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Vijaya Dashmi is a divine festival.

All  the hindu festivals are important in their own way, but Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra is unique in that it points towards the over all development in life. Though a series of festivals follows Dussehra, it is the festival of Dussehra that marks the beginning of a person’s all round development.

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi reminds us that one who indulges the ten senses in the objects of the world and seeks enjoyment therefrom loses the battle of life like Ravana.

The wise one, who restrains his ten senses and reposes in his True Self, and also leads others towards Self Bliss, emerges victorious like Lord Rama, and attains the Immortal state as well.

One who moves towards the Eternal, experiences inner peace, inner light and contentment like Lord Rama. But the one, who forgoes the eternal and seeks happiness from the impermanent, meets Ravana’s fate. To drive this principle home, and to rid us of the attraction towards the impermanent, is the objective of burning Ravana’s effigy on every Dussehra.

The body is transient, wealth is not eternal, and we are steadily heading towards death with each passing day. Our only duty is to garner the wealth of dharma; and for that purpose human birth alone is suitable.

Life is an art and one who doesn’t know the art of living fails to know the art of dying as well. He dies and is re-born again and again. One who knows the art of living, his life unites him with the Bestower of life, and death merges him with the deathless Lord. Life is a celebration, a song, and a melody. Live life in a way that would illuminate life, and die as would exude fragrance…it is for this very purpose that you have come to this world.

You have not come to rot in this world. You have not come to give birth to a few sons and daughters, become a mother-in-law, grandmother or grandfather, and then die in the end. You have come to experience, before death comes, your Eternal Self, Whom even death can’t touch; and Dussehra inspires you towards this goal.

The war between Ramji and Ravana is over, but the war between the Rama-attitude and Ravana-attitude within us continues. Lest the jiva is defeated in the war, Tulsidasji guides us, saying –

Pure discrimination does not arise without the compassionate Grace of God or the Sadguru.
Without the Grace of the Sadguru, without Satsang, one remains bereft of the insightful discrimination that provides answers to questions like, “Where lies real happiness? For what purpose have we been endowed with human life?”, etc. Without the Sadguru’s benign Grace, the jiva has been wandering in search of peace and bliss not for a couple of days or years or lives, but for ages together, with no idea about the right source of true peace and bliss. It therefore needs to avail itself of the Sadguru’s company and Satsang.
The company of saints equips one with the insight as to what should be done, and what should not be done, what brings excellence to life and what needs to be done before death strikes. Once you have known all this, you have truly benefited from the holy company of saints and accomplished the very goal of human life.

The craving for sense enjoyments takes one on the path of Ravana, while the techniques imparted by the Saints fill one’s life with inner bliss. And sooner or later, the jiva realizes its True Self, which is the true goal of human life.

Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil.

Jai maa durga

Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura
Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and continually tried to defeat the Devas, or Gods , and capture Heaven. One Asura, Mahishasura, in the form of a buffalo, grew very powerful and created havoc on the earth. Under his leadership, the Asuras defeated the Devas. The world was crushed under Mahishasura’s tyranny, the Devas joined their energies into Shakti, a single mass of incandescent energy, to kill Mahishasura.
A very powerful band of lightning emerged from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and a young, beautiful female virgin with ten hands appeared. All the Gods gave their special weapons to her. This Shakti coalesced to form the goddess Durga. Riding on a lion, who assisted her, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day of Ashvin shukla paksha, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by MaaDurga.
Hence Dasha-Hara is also known as Navratri or Durgotsav and is a celebration of MaaDurga’s victory. Devi Durga, as Consort of Lord Shiva, represents two forms of female energy – one mild and protective and the other fierce and destructive.

Homecoming of Durga Maata
Daksha, the Lord of the Earth, and his wife Menaka, had a daughter called Sati. As a child, Sati started worshipping Lord Shiva as her would-be-husband. Lord Shiva was pleased with the Sati’s worship of him and married her. Daksha was against their marriage but could not prevent it. Daksha arranged a yagna to which everyone except Lord Shiva was invited. Sati, feeling ashamed of her father’s behaviour and shocked by the attitude meted towards her husband, sacrified herself in the holy fire. Lord Shiva was anguished when he discovered this. He lifted Sati’s body on his shoulders and started dancing madly. As the supreme power was dancing with wrath, the world was on the verge of destruction.
Then Lord Narayana came forward as a saviour and used his Chakra to cut Sati’s body into pieces. Those pieces fell from the shoulders of the dancing Shiva and scattered throughout the world. Shiva was pacified when the last piece fell from his shoulder. Lord Narayana revived Sati. The places where the pieces of Sati fell are known as the “Shakti Piths” or energy pits. Kalighat in Kolkata, Kamakshya near Guwahati and Vaishnav Devi in Jammu are three of these places.
In her next birth, Sati was born as Parvati or Shaila-Putri (First form of Durga), the daughter of Himalaya. Lord Narayana asked Shiva to forgive Daksha. Ever since, peace was restored and Durga Adi Shakti with her children Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartikeya, Ganesh and her two sakhis – Jaya and Vijaya visit her parents each year during the season of Sharatkal or autumn, when Durga-Puja is celebrated.

End of Agnyatawas of Pandavas
In the age of Dvapara Yuga, Pandavas – the five acknowledged sons of Pandu (Sanskrit: पांडु), by his two wives Kunti and Madri – lost to Kauravas in a game of dice, and both spent twelve years of Vanawas, or exile to the forest, followed by one year of Agnyatawas. The brothers hid their weapons in a hole in a Shami tree before entering the Kingdom of Virat to complete the final year of Agnyatawas. After that year, on Vijayadashmi, they recovered the weapons, declared their true identities and defeated Kauravas, who had attacked King Virat to steal his cattle. Since that day, Shami trees and weapons have been worshipped and the exchange of Shami leaves on Vijayadashmi has been a symbol of good will and victory. This is also called Shami/Jammi Puja.

Devotees perform “Aditya Homa” as a “Shanti Yagna” and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for nine days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. These rituals are intended to rid the household of the ten bad qualities, which are represented by ten heads of Ravana as follows:

Kama (Lust)
Krodha (Anger)
Moha (delusion)
Lobha (Greed)
Mada (Over Pride)
Matsara (Jealousy)
Manas (Mind)
Buddhi (Intellect)
Chitta (will)
Ahankara (Ego).

Some householders perform Yagnas thrice daily along with Sandhya Vandana, which is also called Aahavaneeya Agni, Grahapatya Agni or Dakshina Agni. In addition, the Aditya Homa is performed with the Maha Surya Mantras and the Aruna Prapathaka of the Yajurveda. These mantras are believed to keep the heart, brain and digestive functions in balance in the absence of adequate sunlight in the winter months.

The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge” , arambham means “beginning’), a Hindu tradition where children between two and three years old are formally initiated, is held on Vijayadashami.
The last three days of the Navaratri festival, i.e. Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja. The celebrations start with the Puja Veypu (Placing for Worship). It consists of placing the books for Pooja on the Ashtami day. It may be in one’s own house, in the local Nursery School run by traditional teachers, or in the local temple. The books will be taken out for reading, after worship, only on the morning of the third day (Vijaya Dashami). It is called Puja Eduppu (Taking from Puja). Children are happy since they are not expected to study on these days. On the Vijaya Dashami day, Kerala celebrates the Ezhuthiniruthu or Initiation of Writing for the little children before they are admitted to nursery schools. This is also called Vidyarambham. The child is made to write for the first time on the rice spread in a plate with the index finger, guided by an elder of the family or by a reputed teacher. The little ones will have to write “Hari Shri Ganapataye Namah” and recite the same to mark the auspicious entry in to the world of education. This is considered a memorable event in the life of a person. Ayudha Puja is also conducted during this period.

Akshaya Tritiya

maa lakshmi

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अक्षय तृतीया’

वैशाख के शुक्ल पक्ष की तृतीया (13 May 2013) ‘अक्षय तृतीया’ के नाम से जानी जाती है | यह अक्षय फलदायिनी होती है | इस दिन दिये गये दान, किये गये प्रातः पुण्यस्नान, जप, तप, हवन आदि कर्मों का शुभ और अनंत फल मिलता है |

‘भविष्य पुराण’ व ‘मत्स्य पुराण’ के अनुसार इस तिथि को किये गये सभी कर्मों का, उपवास का फल अक्षय हो जाता है, इसलिए इसका नाम ‘अक्षय’ पड़ा है | त्रेतायुग का प्रारंभ इसी तिथि से हुआ है | इसलिए यह समस्त पापनाशक तथा सर्वसौभाग्य-प्रदायक है |

इसमें पानी के घड़े, पंखे, ओले (खाँङ के लड्डू), खङाऊँ, पादत्राण (जूता) , छाता, गौ, भूमि, स्वर्णपात्र, वस्त्र आदि का दान पुण्यकारी तथा गंगास्नान अति पुण्यकारी माना गया है | इसी तिथि को ऋषि नर-नारायण, भगवान परशुराम, और भगवान हयग्रीव का अवतार हुआ था | यह अत्यंत पवित्र और सुख-सौभाग्य प्रदान करने वाली तिथि है | इस तिथि को सुख-समृद्धि व सफलता की कामना से व्रतोत्सव मनाने के साथ ही अस्त्र-शस्त्र, वस्त्र-आभूषण आदि बनवाये, खरीदे और धारण किये जाते हैं | नयी भूमि खरीदना, भवन, संस्था आदि में प्रवेश इस तिथि को शुभ व फलदायी माना जाता है |

ॐ ॐ ॐ… पुण्यमय अन्तर्यामी प्रभु में विश्रांति… ॐ ॐ ॐ

Akshaya Tritiya : A Grantor of Inexhaustible Virtues

13 th may 2013

Propitious and inexhaustible are the religious merits of charity,bath, Japa, austerities and fire sacrifices performed on Akshaya Tritiya, which is celebrated on the thrid lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of ‘Vaishaka’

As per the ‘ Bhavishya Purana’ the merits of all deeds carried out on Akshaya Tiritya become imperishable (Akshaya);that is why is it has been given the epithet of Akshaya. The ‘Matsya Purana’ enjoins that even fasting on this day bestows inexhaustible religious merits. The tretayuga started from this day. Therefore, this day destroys all sins and beings all good fortunes. It is also counted amongst the 3 1/2 auspicious moments.

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Akshaya Tritya is a Hindu Holi Day , this day is ruled by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity. It is also traditionally celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth Avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven.

Bhagvan Rishabhadeva an incarnation of Hindu Trinity Lord Vishnu also known as Adinath is the first Tirthankara of the Jain sect. The Day of Akshay Tratiya is worshipped and said auspicious in Jainism because –
Tirthankara Rshabhdeva was king of Ayodhya. He being enlightened gave up all worldly pleasures and chose to lead the life of an ascetic and become a Jain monk. Jain monks do not own anything. They do not even cook food for themselves. While hungry or thirsty, they go to people and ask for food or drinking water. Tirthankara Rshabhdeva also went to people and asked food. However, the people of that time did not know anything about the acts of monks, as he was the first monk in this era. People of Ayodhya offered gold, jewellery, gemstones, elephants, horses, expensive garments and even their daughters to honour their beloved king. Rshabhdeva was not in quest of all these. He wanted only a morsel of food, but nobody it to offered him. Nobody understood that their king was asking for food. As there was no choice, he had to fast for a long time until his grand son Shreyansha kumara understood his need. Shreyansha Kumara, finally, offered him sugarcane juice and Rshabhdeva ended his fast after a year. This was on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. This is considered by the Jains as one of the best offerings. It is believed that bestowing upon religious gifts on Akshaya Tritiya becomes inexhaustible. Jains, even today, observe fast to commemorate their first Tirthankara Rshabhadeva and end their fast on Akshaya Tritiya with sugarcane juice.

The word “Akshaya” means the never diminishing in Sanskrit and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed.

This the day one bring home peace purity & prosperity ,even a Little flower is enough to bring all the happiness for mankind.

Uttrayana: The holy morning of Gods

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Adi deva namastubhyam Praseeddha mama bhashkara
Diwakara namastubhyamm prabhaakara namostute

Salutations to the ancient one O’primal god i bow to you,,
first of all devas the one who creates the morning.
,Oh creator of light, the one who shines from himself

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On the day of Makar-sankranti, the chariot of the Sun-god enters the Makar-rashi (one of the zodiacs). The process of entering a new sign of zodiac occurs every month, but since the Sun enters the makar-rashi in this month, thus a distinguishing meritorious period is generated. During this span, the sattvaguna (quality of goodness) is specially enhanced and the elements increasing the resistance towards diseases are acquired.

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on this holy day of Uttrayana

the gates of the heven are opened as the begining of new day of (Gods) devas

This whole month is considered a festival month.

On the other days, the merit of bathing in the Ganges is obtained only when we actually take a dip in it, but during the Magh month, the effect of Sun-rays is such that the waters of all the water-reservoirs on earth are considered as pure and beneficial as Pavitra Gangajal.

Japaakusuma Samkaasham kaashyapeyam Mahadhyuthim !
Tamorim Sarva Paapagni Pranathosmi Divaakaram !!

[I bow down to the Sun god, who is the cause of the day-break, who dispels all darkness, who destrorys all sins, who is matchless in brilliance, who is the son of Kashyapa and who is as red as the Japa Kusuma Flower]

देवताओं का प्रभातकालःउत्तरायण
(उत्तरायण पर्वः 14 जनवरी)

jai guru dev

(पूज्य बापू जी के सत्संग प्रवचन से)

Think Positve , start thinking postive & good on this holy day itself whenu wakeup ,be come glorious as Surya

उत्तरायण पर्व के दिवस से सूर्य दक्षिण से उत्तर की ओर चलता है। उत्तरायण से रात्रियाँ छोटी होने लगती हैं, दिन बड़े होने लगते हैं. अंधकार कम होने लगता है और प्रकाश बढ़ने लगता है।

जैसे कर्म होते हैं, जैसा चिंतन होता है, चिंतन के संस्कार होते हैं वैसी गति होती है, इसलिए उन्नत कर्म करो, उन्नत संग करो, उन्नत चिंतन करो। उन्नत चिंतन, उत्तरायण हो चाहे दक्षिणायण हो, आपको उन्नत करेगा।

इस दिन भगवान सूर्यनारायण का मानसिक ध्यान करना चाहिए और उनसे प्रार्थना करनी चाहिए कि हमें क्रोध से, काम विकारों से चिंताओं से मुक्त करके आत्मशान्ति पाने में गुरू की कृपा पचाने में मदद करें। इस दिन सूर्यनारायण के नामों का जप, उन्हें अर्घ्य-अर्पण और विशिष्ट मंत्र के द्वारा उनका स्तवन किया जाय तो सारे अनिष्ट नष्ट हो जाएंगे, वर्ष भर के पुण्यलाभ प्राप्त होंगे।

Om Hrram Hreem Saha Suryaya Namaha

Chant this holy & divina Mantra on this pious & asupicious holy day of Makar Sankranti as Namskar Mantra, & pray to Lord Surya Narayana to bless us with good health & protection

ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं सः सूर्याय नमः ।

इस मंत्र से सूर्यनारायण की वंदना कर लेना, उनका चिंतन करके प्रणाम कर लेना। इससे सूर्यनारायण प्रसन्न होंगे, नीरोगता देंगे और अनिष्ट से भी रक्षा करेंगे। रोग तथा अनिष्ट का भय फिर आपको नहीं सताएगा। ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं सः सूर्याय नमः । जपते जाओ और मन ही मन सूर्यनारायण का ध्यान करते जाओ, नमन करो।

ॐ सूर्याय नमः ।

मकर राशि में प्रवेश करने वाले भगवान भास्कर को हम नमन करते हैं। मन ही मन उनका ध्यान करते हैं। बुद्धि में सत्त्वगुण, ओज़ और शरीर में आरोग्य देनेवाले सूर्यनारायण को नमस्कार करते हैं।

नमस्ते देवदेवेश सहस्रकिरणोज्जवल।
लोकदीप नमस्तेsस्तु नमस्ते कोणवल्लभ।।
भास्कराय नमो नित्यं खखोल्काय नमो नमः।
विष्णवे कालचक्राय सोमायामातितेजसे।।

हे देवदेवेश! आप सहस्र किरणों से प्रकाशमान हैं। हे कोणवल्लभ! आप संसार के लिए दीपक हैं, आपको हमारा नमस्कार है। विष्णु, कालचक्र, अमित तेजस्वी, सोम आदि नामों से सुशोभित एवं अंतरिक्ष में स्थित होकर सम्पूर्ण विश्व को प्रकाशित करने वाले आप भगवान भास्कर को हमारा नमस्कार है।

(भविष्य पुराण, ब्राह्म पर्वः 153.50.51)

उत्तरायण के दिन भगवान सूर्यनारायण के इन नामों का जप विशेष हितकारी है। ॐ मित्राय नमः। ॐ रवये नमः। ॐ सूर्याय नमः। ॐ भानवे नमः। ॐ खगाय नमः। ॐ पूष्णे नमः। ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः। ॐ मरीचये नमः। ॐ आदित्याय नमः। ॐ सवित्रे नमः। ॐ अर्काय नमः। ॐ भास्कराय नमः। ॐ सवितृ सूर्यनारायणाय नमः।

उत्तरायण देवताओं का प्रभातकाल है। इस दिन तिल के उबटन व तिलमिश्रत जल से स्नान, तिलमिश्रित जल का पान, तिल का हवन, तिल का भोजन तथा तिल का दान सभी पापनाशक प्रयोग हैं।

उत्तरायण का पर्व पुण्य-अर्जन का दिवस है। उत्तरायण का सारा दिन पुण्यमय दिवस है, जो भी करोगे कई गुणा पुण्य हो जाएगा। मौन रखना, जप करना, भोजन आदि का संयम रखना और भगवत्-प्रसाद को पाने का संकल्प करके भगवान को जैसे भीष्म जी कहते हैं कि हे नाथ! मैं तुम्हारी शरण में हूँ। हे अच्युत! हे केशव! हे सर्वेश्वर! हे परमेश्वर! हे विश्वेश्वर! मेरी बुद्धि आप में विलय हो। ऐसे ही प्रार्थना करते-करते, जप करते-करते मन-बुद्धि को उस सर्वेश्वर में विलय कर देना। इन्द्रियाँ मन को सँसार की तरफ खीँचती हैं और मन बुद्धि को घटाकर भटका देता है। बुद्धि में अगर भगवद्-जप, भगवद्-ध्यान, भगवद्-पुकार नहीं है तो बुद्धि बेचारी मन के पीछे-पीछे चलकर भटकाने वाली बन जाएगी। बुद्धि में अगर बुद्धिदात की प्रार्थना, उपासना का बल है तो बुद्धि ठीक परिणाम का विचार करेगी कि यह खा लिया तो क्या हो जाएगा? यह इच्छा करूँ-वह इच्छा करूँ, आखिर क्या? – ऐसा करते-करते बुद्धि मन की दासी नहीं बनेगी। ततः किं ततः किम् ? – ऐसा प्रश्न करके बुद्धि को बलवान बनाओ तो मन के संकल्प-विकल्प कम हो जाएंगे, मन को आराम मिलेगा, बुद्धि को आराम मिलेगा।

सूर्य पूजन विधि :
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light a lamp of gingely oil sesame til oil and show the diya or lamp to Surya Bhagvan
and then put some rice and til sesame seeds with red flower & kumkum in water in a vessel and offer that water to sun god

or just give water mixed with kumkum (vermilion) or simply give water to sun

the ritual of giving water to sun god is called Arghya

do some prayers while giving arghya or just chant Gayatri mantra

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

meaning:-

Om Param Atman, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very ParamAtman, so that the holy Atman may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.

१) सूर्य भगवान को तिल के तेल का दिया जला कर दिखाएँ , आरती करें |

२) जल में थोड़े चावल ,शक्कर , गुड , लाल फूल या लाल कुमकुम मिला कर सूर्य भगवान को अर्घ्य दें |

सूर्य अर्घ्य मंत्र :
1. ॐ मित्राय नमः।  om Mitraaya namaha
2. ॐ रवये नमः।    om ravaye namaha
3. ॐ सूर्याय नमः।  om suryaaya namaha

4. ॐ भानवे नमः। om Bhaanave namaha

5. ॐ खगाय नमः।  om khagaaya namaha
6. ॐ पूष्णे नमः।    om pooshne namaha
7. ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः।  om hiranyagarbhaaya namaha
8. ॐ मरीचये नमः।       om mareechaye  namaha
9. ॐ आदित्याय नमः। om Adityaaya  namaha
10. ॐ सवित्रे नमः।   om savitre namaha
11. ॐ अर्काय नमः । om arkaaya namaha
12. ॐ भास्कराय नमः। om Bhaskaraya namaha
13. ॐ श्रीसवितृ-सूर्यनारायणाय नमः।    Om shri Savitra surya narayanayaa namaha

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Yama Dwitiya

Yama Dwithiya or Bhai Dooj

The second day of Shukla Paksh, the bright forthnight of Kartik is called Bhaiyaduj. There are various names of this Hindu festival. Known by the name of bhai-dooj  Bhai Tika Bhathru Dwithiya Bhatri Ditya yamadwitheya

The festival of Bhai Dooj has a mythological background.

the story of
Yamuna the river Goddess

Sri Yamuna Ji

In various old temples of Northern India,  River GoddessYamuna is shown on her tortoise, a symbol associated with creation in the Vedas. Even today tortoises can be found on the banks of the Yamuna

Story of Brother Yama & dear Sister Yamuna

Yamuna is next only to the Ganga in her sacredness, for the Hindus. According to legend, Yamuna was a great favourite daughter of her father Surya, the Sun god. Her mother Sanjna or Samjana or Sandhya could not bear to look at her bright and dazzling husband. As she looked upon him with “samyama” (meaning restraint in Sanskrit) their son was called Yama. In spite of Surya asking her to keep her eyes open in his presence, they sometimes flickered, and so the daughter was called Yamuna.

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After the children were born, Samjna left her sister Chaaya (shadow) in her place pretending to be her, and returned to her parents’ home as she could not bear the Sun’s intense brightness. Once Chaaya bore children, she was not very compassionate towards Samjna’s children. One day, Yama, unable to tolerate Chaya’s cruelty any longer, stamped her foot hard. Enraged by this, Chaya cursed that him to lose his foot. Yamuna his beloved sister could not bear this injustice. She came to Earth and prayed for the curse to be revoked.

Yama Raja, the Hindu God of Death, visited his twin-sister Yami on the Ditya Day after a long period of separation. Yami gave a warm welcome to his brother. This she did by applying tilak on Yama’s forehead. She performed arti on him and treated him with a very delicious meal. Yama was highly pleased with the welcome meted out to him. He proclaimed that brothers who share a meal with their sisters on the auspicious ‘Dooj’ day will never face trouble in their lives. The tradition continues even today. Bhatri Ditya is religiously carried out by brothers and sisters in India. Brothers take bath in the Yamuna river and visit their sisters place for the Bhatri Ditya ceremony.

In memory of this profound love between brother and sister, bhai dooj is celebrated in various parts of the country. Sisters pray for their brothers to have a long life and brothers vow to look after and protect their sisters. This is when the “rakhi” is also tied.

According to popular legend in Hindu mythology, after slaying the evil demon Narkasur, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers. She also affectionately adorned a tilak on Krishna’s forehead with due respect and love. Some believe this to be the origin of the festival. The auspicious celebrations of Bhai dooj reflects the rich cultural traditions of different region of India. Besides, this as this festival brings the whole family together bringing in prosperity, well being and luck, this festival is considered highly significant.

All the rituals and pooja held on Bhai Dooj is carried out in a festive pooja room or platform that is basically decorated for Diwali pooja. Sisters adorn their pooja thali with sumptuous sweets, mouth-watering ‘batashas’, roli and rice along with the coconut. Igniting the pooja lamp they perform all the rituals that involves applying a tikka made of sandalwood paste accompanied with lawn turf (dubbo) and holi chawal. After applying tikka, the sister pampers her brother with delectable eatables along with the sweets, coconut etc. In return, the brother gratifies his dear sisters with a wide variety of gifts

There are various distinct ways in which this beautiful festival is solemnized. But the features that are common in all rituals is the act of smearing a tilak of roli (vermilion), kesar (saffron) and rice on the brother’s forehead by their sister as a mark of their love and protection.

Bhai Dooj festival is also known by the name of Yamadwitheya. We all know that this festival celebrates the beauty of the eternal bond of love and affection between a brother and a sister. The festival is the last day of the diwali celebrations. This falls on the second day after Diwali and the next day after new moon night. Dhanatrayodashi, Narakchaturdashi, Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan), Balipratipada and Yamadvitiya also called Bhai Dooj are the five days which comprise Diwali. Each day is associated with a religious significance.

Yamadwitheya Legend
One of the most commonly told legend of Bhai Dooj is the tale of Yamaraj, the Hindu mythological god of Death. The reason why the festival is also know as Yamadwitheya is from the legend of god Yama Raja himself. Story says that Yamaraj met his twin-sister Yami or Yamuna after a long period of separation. The day was ‘Dwitheya’ or ‘Dooj Day’ (second day after new moon). When Yami saw her brother after a long period of time, she was very happy and she welcomed Dharam Raj (another name for Yama) wholeheartedly. She applied red tilak on his brother’s forehead and treated him a sumptuous meal. Yamaraj was very happy receiving such a warm reception from his sister. It was due to this he announced that whosoever receives a teeka from his sister on the day of ‘Dooj’ will not be hurled to hell. Hence the day is also referred as Yamadwitheya.

Yamadwitheya Ceremony
Just as Yamaraj and his sister Yami met on that auspicious day, even today brothers, visit their sister on the ‘Dwithiya Day’ and have a meal with her. The custom is called ‘Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam’, which means ‘Having meal by the hands of the sister’. It is a ritual to worship Lord Yama and his record keeper, Chithragupta on this day. Many people consider it important to take a bath in the river Yamuna on this festival. Early in the morning, after taking bath and offering prayer to God, sisters perform arti of their brothers. They apply red teeka made of sindoor, chandan and kesar and give them a sweet to eat. While performing these rituals sisters also pray for their brothers long, healthy and prosperous life. Brothers in turn bless their sisters and as a token of love present them with gifts or some cash.

Yamadwitheya Celebration
Yamadwitheya of Bhai Dooj is quite a popular festival amongst Hindus in India. With full gusto, the festival is celebrated. Brothers and sisters have a get together on Yamadwitheya and strengthen their relationship, sharing childhood memories of togetherness. Gifts are exchanged as a token of love. In a complete harmonious environment, the best of festive food is relished.

Another name of this famous Hindu festival of Bhai Dooj Bhaiyya Dooj is Bhatri Ditya. To strengthen the  pure love & beautiful bond shared between a brother and a sister, the festival Bhatri Ditya is celebrated. This is considered a part of Diwali celebrations. It is the the last day of overall Diwali celebrations in the Hindu month of Kartik, which is usually the month of October or November. ‘Ditya’ in the term ‘Bhatri Ditya’ implies that the festival falls on the second day after new moon. ‘Bhatri’ means brother. Sisters pray for their brothers’ long and happy life on this day and there is a spirit of harmony and bonhomie in the entire family because it is a kind of family get together on the auspicious occasion.