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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
narakchaturdashi tips for happiness2

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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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.

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Kali Chaudas Narak Chaturdashi 12 nov 2012
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.


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Maa Lakshmi Mantra Sadhana on Kali Choudas

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

Shreem Hreem Kleem Aieem Kamalvaasinyai Swaha

The Second Day of most holy festival Deepavali 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  in spiritual form 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  mother goddess Kaali 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

Alternatively, people offer Nivedya to the goddess This goddess is called their ‘Kul Devi’, in order to cast off evil spirits. The 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.

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.

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.

Yama Dwitheya

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.
Yamuna the river Goddess

Sri Yamuna Ji


Story of Brother Yama & 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.

In various old temples of Northern India, Yamuna 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. Raksha Bandhan.

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 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.

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Bali Pratipada Nava varsha or Vikram samvat nootan varsha
(Sanskrit: बालि प्रतिपदा or Kannada: ಬಲಿ ಪಾಡ್ಯಮಿ or Bali Pāḍyami) is the third day of Dipavali (Diwali), the Hindu festival of lights. It is celebrated in honour of the notional return of the king Bali to earth. Mahabali ( Devanagari: महाबली), also known as Bali or Māveli was a benevolent Asura King, and the grandson of Prahlada.

Vikram Samvat (Bikram Sambat, Vikram Samvat Vikram Samwat or Vikram’s Era, Devanagari:विक्रम संवत्, abbreviated “V.S.” or “B.S”) is the calendar established by Indian emperor Vikramaditya. It is a popularly used calendar in India and the official calendar of Nepal.

The Vikrama Samvat was founded by the emperor Vikramaditya of Ujjain following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BCE, it is popularly associated with the Chakravarthy king Chandragupta Vikramaditya. It is a lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition ( Hindu calendar and Vedic time keeping). The Vikram Samvat calendar is 56.7 years ahead (in count) of the solar Gregorian calendar. For example, the year 2056 BS began in CE 1999 and ended in CE 2000. In Northern India the calendar starts with the first day after the new moon in the month Chaitra, which usually falls in March/April in the Gregorian calendar. Again in Western India the same era begins with the first day after the new moon in the month of Kartika which usually falls in October and November in the Gregorian calendar. In Nepal, it begins in mid-April and marks the start of the solar new year.

Bali Padyami falls in the Gregorian calendar months October-November. It is the first day of the Hindu month Kartika and is the first day of the bright lunar fortnight (day after new moon day) in the month. It is also called the Akashadipa (lights of the sky).it is celebrated as the first day of the Vikram Samvat calendar,

According to Hindu mythology, Bali Padyami commemorates the victory of god Vishnu in his Vamana Avtaram, dwarf incarnation Vamana, the fifth incarnation of the Dashavatara (ten major incarnations of Vishnu) defeating Bali, and pushing him to the nether world. But Bali was bestowed a boon by Vishnu to return to earth for one day on this day to be honoured and celebrated for his devotion to the Lord and for his noble deeds to his people.


Rituals

The rituals observed on the Bali Padyami day have variations from state to state. In general, on this sacred festival day, Hindus exchange gifts, as it is considered a way to please Bali and the gods. After the ceremonial Oil Bath
, which denotes that oil is smeared over the body and then washed by soap or shikakai (means “fruit for hair” and is a traditional shampoo used in India), during bath] (considered essential as purification of selfish desires) by all the family members, wearing of new clothes is kind of mandatory. People decorate the main hall of the house with a Rangoli or Kolam drawn with powder of rice in different colours, thereafter Bali and his wife Vindhyavali are worshipped. Symbolically, seven forts are also built out of clay or cow dung to worship Bali. In the evening, as night falls, door sills of every house and temple are lighted with lamps arranged in rows. People remember Bali’s kingdom with the slogan: “Let the ideal kingdom of Bali dawn at the earliest on earth.”

Legend

According to Hindu mythology, Bali, an Daitya king was well known for his bravery, uprightness and dedication to god Vishnu. He was benevolent and his popularity was only marred by the actions of his kinsmen who involved themselves with depredations against the gods who stood for righteousness and justice. But Bali was also considered as arrogant and vainglorious and the godly people did not like him for this. Bali was also considered invincible since he was a great devotee of Vishnu. The gods, upset by the harassment meted out to them by the asuras, and jealous of the popularity of Bali – sometimes glorified as Mahabali (“the great Bali”), approached Vishnu to help them to get rid of Bali.
Vishnu took the form of a dwarf Vamana. Vamana is Vishnu’s fifth Avatar (incarnation), out of his ten avatars that he is believed to have assumed to triumph over evil and usher peace, prosperity and happiness in this world. Vamana, the dwarf Brahmin, then approached Bali seeking reverence and alms. Aware of the generous nature of Bali, Vamana appeared before him and sought a gift of three paces of land from the king. Bali readily agreed. The dwarf then assumed his huge universal form (vishwarupa or “all pervading”) and placed his first step forward, which occupied the entire universal space. With his second step he occupied the earth, except the space where Bali was standing. Since there was no other space available to put Vamana’s third step, Bali readily offered his own head for Vamana to put his third step, fully realising that the person who was asking for such gift was none other than Vishnu himself. Vishnu banished Bali to patalaloka, the nether-world.

Vamana as Tri-vikrama (victor of the three worlds) triumphing over Bali
Pleased with the generosity of Bali, Vishnu grants him a boon that he could return to earth for one day in a year to be with his people and light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. It is this day that is celebrated as the Bali Padyami, the annual return of Bali from the netherworld to earth. However, in Kerala, the Onam festival (August/September) – the Keralite new year – marks the homecoming of the demon-king Bali (Mahabali). It is believed that Mahabali’s kingdom is identified with present day Kerala. Vishnu, while banishing Bali to the netherworld, assured to keep him company as his spiritual mentor and preceptor. Another boon given to Bali was he would be the next Indra (King of gods), Purandara is the current Indra.
Another version of the legend states that after Vamana pushed Bali below ground (patalaloka), at the request of Prahlada (described as a great devotee of Vishnu), the grandfather of Bali, Vishnu pardoned Bali and made him the king of the netherworld. Vishnu also granted the wish of Bali to return to earth for one day for people to worship him. It is this day that is celebrated as Bali Padyami by lighting lamps and bursting crackers

Traditions

The farming community celebrates this festival, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, by performing Kedargauri vratam (worship of goddess Kedar-Gauri – a form of Parvati), Gopuja (worship of cow), and Gouramma puja (worship of Gauri – another form of Parvati). Before worship of cows, on this day, the goushala (cowshed) is also ceremoniously cleaned. On this day, a triangular shaped image of Bali, made out of cow-dung is placed over a wooden plank designed with colourful Kolam decorations and bedecked with marigold flowers and worshipped

The day is celebrated as Govardhan Puja in North India. It is celebrated to observe the lifting of Govardhana hill by god Krishna to save his kinsmen and cattle from rain and floods

Shubha Deepavali

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Shree Maha Lakshmi

॥ ॐ श्री महालक्ष्मीयै नमः ॥

Mahalakshmi Ashtakam mp3 @ omshivashakti.wordpress.com

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MAHA LAKSHMI ASHTAKAM
(The sloka chanted by Indra)

Indra Uvacha:
Namasthesthu Mahamaye Sreepeethe Surapoojithe Sankha Chakra Gada Hasthe Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
Indra speaks: I offer my worship to Maha Lakshmi, who symbolizes the great illusion and who is worshipped by all Devas. I worhip Maha Lakshmi who resides in Sri Peetam and who carries Sanku(Conch), Chakram(Disk) and Gadha(Club) in her hand.

Namasthe Garudaroodhe Kolasura Bhayankari Sarva Papa Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
I offer worship to the one who has Garuda bird as her vehicle and who was feared by even Demon “Kola”. I worship Maha Lakshmi who destroys all sadness.

Sarvagne Sarva Varade Sarva Dushta Bhayankari, Sarva Duhkha Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthute
I offer worship to the one who is all knowing, giver of all boons, remover of all dangerous enemies. I worship Maha Lakshmi who is remover of all afflictions.

Siddhi Buddhi Pradhe Devi Bhukthi Mukthi Pradayini Manthra Moorthe Sada Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe+
Maha Lakshmi confers great powers, desires, good intellect, enjoyment and Liberation (heaven). I worship Maha Lakshmi who is the personification of all mantras and who is ever shining and radiant.

Adyantharahithe Devi Adi Sakthi Mahesvari Yogaje yoga Sambhoothe Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
Maha Lakshmi is the one who is without beginning or end. She is the primordial energy and Maheswari. I worship Maha Lakshmi who was created out of yoga and who sustains yoga sakthi.

Sthoola Sookshma Maharowdhre Mahasakthi Mahodhare Maha Pape Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
Maha Lakshmi represents both the gross and the subtle manifestations of life. She is very scary to the bad. She is the great energy. I worship Maha Lakshmi who destroys the greatest sins.

Padmaasana Sthithe Devi Para Bramha Swaroopini Paramesi Jaganmathar Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
Maha Lakshmi who has lotus as her seat symbolizes the ultimate reality. I worship Maha Lakshmi who is Parameswari and the mother of the universe.

Svethambharadhare Devi Nanalankara Booshithe Jagat Stithe Jaganmathar Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe
Wearing white clothes Devi Maha Lakshmi is adorned completely with jewels. I worship Maha Lakshmi who is the omnipresent Devine Mother.

Palasruthi:

Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam Stotram
Ya: patheth Bhakthiman Naraha
Sarva Siddhi Mavapnothi Rajyam Prapnothi Sarvadha
Yeka Kalam Pathem Nithyam Maha Papa Vinasanam
Dwi Kalam Ya: Pathen Nithyam
Dhana Dhanya Samanvithaha
Thri kalam Ya:Pathen Nithyam
Maha Shathru Vinasanam
Maha Lakshmir Baven Nithyam
Prasanna Varadha Subha

Benefits of Chanting this Sloka: The one who chants the above sloka with devotion will get all desires fulfilled and will inherit great land. Chanting this sloka once daily destros all sins. Chanting this sloka twice daily will bring the devotee wealth and grains. Chanting this sloka three times a day will help destroy powerful enemies. It will always enable to obtain the direct, auspicious grace of Maha Lakshmi.

Maha laxmi ashtak in pdf

Deepavali – The Festival of Lights
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deepo jyotihi param brahma deepo jyotirjanaardana
deepo haratu me paapam deepo jyotirnamostute

‘I salute the pious flame of the ‘deep’ that is the veritable embodiment of Supreme Brahman. May that sacred flame, personifying Lord Vishnu, destroy all my sins.’

How to Celebrate Deepavali ?

from Ashram.org

Bharata’s Rule is Necessary Before Lord Rama’s Rule
It is said that lighting a lamp at the time of Aarti helps contain one’s foes. One can see many ‘deeps’ lit on the night of Diwali. Numerous ‘deeps’ of different sizes and shapes are lighted in houses. One can find both earthen and metallic deeps with different fuels like mustard-oil, sesame-oil, ghee and even wax. Lamps are many, those lighting the lamps are many, the flames are many as well but the fire in all the flames is one and the same. Thus the festival of lights, Deepawali brings home to us the message that our physical forms may be many, our minds and thoughts may be diverse but the eternal witness to all of them is One and only One, the Light of all lights, the Supreme Consciousness. If you become established in that One, only then will you celebrate the Diwali of the highest order, the Supreme Diwali.

There are many varieties of firecrackers but gunpowder is common to all. The one Supreme Power is active behind all actions of the beings. To establish the mind in that One God is Yoga, whereas to consider the diverse forms to be real and chase the mirage of sense-enjoyments is sheer wretchedness. Someone has put it nicely, ‘Those hankering after sense enjoyments repent in the end. But not all are aware of this, as such.’

The citizens of Ayodhya were unhappy, troubled and terribly worried until the dawn of Ramarajya, the rule of Lord Rama. When Lord Rama was in exile, Ayodhya wore a desolate look. Similarly devoid of the nectarine Bliss of the True Self, our body, the city with nine doors, is desolate and miserable, no matter how hard we may try to bring cheer to this physical existence.

It was on this day of Diwali that Lord Rama was to arrive in Ayodhya, and as such all the houses and streets were cleaned and decorated. Sweets were distributed and lamps were lit in celebration of Lord Rama’s homecoming.

These are but external lamps and outward cleanliness. However it is the benign expectation of the Lord, the Holy Scriptures and our glorious culture that we, at the same time, should cleanse our hearts as well and purge it of the venom of animosity. They want us to eliminate all thoughts of fear, tension, worry and sorrow. Only then will Lord Rama, in the form of the Atman, manifest in the Ayodhya of this body, thereby bringing the supreme sense of fulfilment to us.

Rama, in the human form as son of King Dasharatha, had taken incarnation in the city of Ayodhya, but the all-pervading Rama is willing to manifest in the Ayodhya of your body. Just make preparations for this grand event. Remove all negative, complaining tendencies and eliminate all thoughts that lead to grief and sorrow. The solution against misery is to stop thinking about it. The way out of distress is to consider the past as a mere dream and realize the Self, the Supreme Soul, the Light of all lights as your very own.

(Lord Shiva tells His consort Parvati who is also known as Uma) ‘O Uma! Let me tell you my own experience: only the Lord’s name is eternal; everything else is but a passing dream.’

One grieves over the past, is scared of the future and enamoured with the present; and consequently falls in the dark pit of depravity. Before Lord Rama manifests Himself in this Ayodhya of your body, Bharata, the mind, has to gain complete control over it. Ramarajya is not attained so easily. Bharata used to wear the clothes of a recluse, live in a hut, sleep on the ground and rule over Ayodhya with self-restraint awaiting Lord Rama’s arrival. ‘This kingdom is not mine. It belongs to Sri Ramaji; I am just a servant of Lord Rama,’ Bharata would think.

Similarly, your mind, Bharata, should not take this body to be ‘I’ or ‘mine’. It has been bestowed upon you by the Lord Who has supreme ownership over it. You are a mere caretaker to it. Bharata managed Ayodhya for 14 years. You may have charge over this body for 40, 50 or, at the most 100 years, but finally you have to yield this body to the Lord. If you don’t do so willingly, the messengers of Yama will force you to do it. Therefore keep praying, ‘Let the actions of my body, the thoughts of my mind and the decisions of my intellect all be oriented towards the fulfilment of the Lord’s Divine Purpose.’

As soon as the mind, Bharata, removes the garbage of sorrow, grief and anxiety from the mind, the Rama of Divine Love manifests in the heart.

Bharata ruled over Ayodhya with great self-restraint and disciplined the subjects before the advent of Lord Rama. Your mind should likewise pursue the spiritual path with tremendous restraint and discipline before the reins of your self are taken over by the Supreme Consciousness.

If you eat whatever you like, if you have no control over your speech, if you go wherever your mind takes you, then it is simply impossible to have the Lord take over the kingdom of your heart. For that, you have to live a life of complete self-restraint like Bharata and take care of your body like a trustee with no sense of identification with it. Neither be frightened nor scare others. Do not grieve nor cause grief to others. Do not get worried nor be a cause of worry to others. Live a carefree and a fearless life without a trace of sorrow. Who can lead a carefree life’ He whose actions are singularly oriented towards the love of the Lord, the supreme abode of carefreeness. Who can be fearless’ He, who knows himself not as the body, but as the Almighty, the Supreme fearless Being. Who is free from sorrow’ He who understands that he belongs to the Lord, the eradicator of sorrow, and considers the Lord to be his very own. You too can live a life free from worry, fear and sorrow by establishing the rule of Bharata’

In the days of Deepavali festival, we do the following four things:

1. Clean our houses, etc.
2. Buy new things
3. Eat & distribute sweets
4. Light Lamps & do Lakshmi Pooja

So, the first work is – houses, shops, factories, etc. have to be cleaned during the days of Diwali. Similarly the blessed ones, who realize the importance of purifying their heart, keep it thoroughly illuminated by the Light of Knowledge imparted by the Guru. Recollection of God, faith, Jap, meditation and selfless actions clean (purify) one’s heart, thereby putting an end to all his miseries.

The second work is – bringing in new things. To attain God-realization, one should adopt some such divine and pious vow or spiritual discipline as would be a direct means to Self-Realization. We get overwhelmed by trivial matters, and succumb to the fear of pain and desire for pleasure. No! Just as Gandhiji took vows in his life – a vow to observe a day long silence once a week, to observe celibacy, to speak the truth alone, to pray to God – similarly, we too should take some vrat in our life, by sticking to which, we may progress towards our goal with determination, and evolve our divine part.

The third thing is – eating & distributing sweets. Along with external sweets, the sweetness of meditation on the divine inner Self, that of Vedic contemplation, as well as of the knowledge imparted by the Guru is essential. “Vaasudeva is all that is…” – The more the people became ignorant of this Advaita Gyan (Knowledge of the non-dual Self), and the spirit of “All in One and One in All”, the more they got mired in misery. The sweet of the SadGuru’s knowledge is a privilege, a treasure, strictly reserved for the worthy disciple.
Beware of Sweets

Please read below Satsang Vani by Pujya Bapuji

मिठाइयों से सावधान

दीवाली में मिठाइयाँ नपी-तुली खाना….स्वामी विवेकानंद बोलते कि , “मिठाई के दुकान साक्षात यमदूत की दुकान है!!” विवेकानंद की बात से हम सहमत है…. कोई जरुरी नहीं शरीर को मिठाईयों की….. स्वास्थ्य के लिए रोटी, सब्जी , दाल , फल खाते ये पर्याप्त है….. बाकी फालतू है…. रसगुल्ले तो दुश्मन को भी नही खिलाये! …कलकत्ता में छेना ज्यादा चलता तो स्वास्थ्य भी क्षीण है …और इडली डोसा …पेट ख़राब कराने का एकदम सीधा रास्ता….. किसी को slow poisoning देना है ना तो इडली डोसा खिलाये…. और किसी को मीठा जहर देना हो तो “कुरकुरे” दे दो!! ये चीजे स्वास्थ्य के लिए बहुत नुकसान करते ..इन से बचो…
बाजार में बेसन की मिठाई मिलती.. तो बेसन ४० रुपये किलो है और चावल का आटा १८ रुपये किलो ..तो मिठाई दोनों को मिक्स कर के बनाते तो और भी सत्यानाश है…. बाजारू मिठाई से सावधान रहे… नपी-तुली खाना …।
पटाखों से भी परहेज करना..

The fourth work is – to light lamps, i.e. light the lamp of “witness consciousness”, that of the Ultimate Knowledge. If you get sorrow or pleasure, it is bound to pass away, but “Who am ‘I’ that remains constant in past, present & future?” – such practice of Self-enquiry will kindle the lamp of Knowledge. The Real Self, the Supreme Soul is immortal; while the body is destined to die anyway. We are the eternal children of the Bliss-personified Lord, and May we live in the effulgence of the Supreme Self, discarding the wrong identification with the body, and the folly of drowning ourselves in sorrows and pleasures.

Do’s and Dont’s of Diwali

Do’s

* Children should always burst crackers under the supervision of adults.
* Burst crackers in large spaces only.
* Use protective glasses.
* Put potato Slices on the burnt area for immediate relief.
* Wash the burnt area immediately with fresh water and cool with ice packs or cool water.
* Apply antiseptic powder or cream.
* Cover the area with clean sheet or towel.
* Wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers.

Don’ts

* Don’t remove pieces of burnt flesh or dead tissue.
* Don’t prick blisters.
* Don’t apply ghee, haldi, atta or toothpaste.
* Bombs should not be set on fire in hands.

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Meriterious and Sinful darshan on Diwali

Meritorious Darshan
A Virtuous Brahmin, a Place of Pilgrimage, Vaishnavite, Idol of a Deity, Sun-god, Sati, Sanyasi, Ascetic, Brahmachari, Cow, Fire, Guru, Elephant, Lion, White Horse, Parrot, Cuckoo, Khanjrit (khanjan), Swan, Peacock, Magpie, Shankhapakshi, Cow along with its Calf, the Pipal tree, Married Woman with a Son, Pilgrim, Lamp, Gold, Gem, Pearl, Diamond, Ruby, Tulsi, White flower, Fruits, White Grains, Ghee, Curd, Honey, Pot filled with Water, Parched Rice, Mirror, Water, Garland of White flowers, Gorochana, Camphor, Silver, Lake, Flower-garden, Moon in the bright fortnight, Sandalwood, Musk, Kumkum, Flag, Akshayvata (the two famous Banyan Trees of Gaya and prayag), Devavriksha (a pine tree), Temple, a Holy River or Pond, Devotee, Devavat (a holy tree charged with divinity), Conch, Kettle Drum, Oyster, Coral, Crystal, Roots of Kusha grass, Soil of the Ganges, Copper, Scriptures, a genuine Vishnuyantra, along with the Beej-mantra, Jewel, One who does Tapasya, the Sea, Black Deer, Yajna, any Great Festival, Dust of the Cow?s Feet, Cow?s Urine, a Cow Shed, Cow?s Hoof, a Crop-field ready for harvest, a beautiful Lily Flower, a Beautiful Attire, a Virtuous Woman adorned with Divine Ornaments and Clothes, Kshemkari, Gandh, durva, rice, whole rice (Akshat), Cooked grains, Pious grains; the darshan of all these provides great virtues.

Sinful
All character less men and women , men who is
The Killer of a Cow or Brahmin, an Ungrateful Person, Cheater, Iconoclast, One who kills his parents, Sinner, Traitor, One who bears false witness, one who cheats one?s Guests, a Village Priest, one who steals the Wealth meant for the Gods and Brahmins, one who cuts the Pipal tree, the Wicked, Slanderer of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, one Who has not been initiated, an Ill-behaved Person, a Brahmin who doesn?t observe Sandhya, the sight of all these result in the accumulation of sins. who slanders the Gods and Brahmins, devoid of devotion to Lord Vishnu, One who is always angry, Thief, Liar, One who tortures ,a Refugee and one who invests Money to earn interest unlawfully.

(Brahmavaivarta Purana, Sri Krishnajanma Khanda, Chapter:76 & 78)

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saa vidya yaa muktaye

‘The True Knowledge is that which liberates.’

‘Deepavali’, the festival of lights, symbolizes the victory of the light of Knowledge over the darkness of ignorance. This effulgent festival of the Indian culture inspires us all to illuminate our lives with the light of knowledge.

Deepavali is the birthday of Lakshmiji. On this day, we should pray to Her, “O Mother! That Who is dear to You, may also be dear to me”. And it is Lord Narayan, who is dear to Maa Lakshmi. If Lord Narayan becomes dear to us, Lakshmiji will obviously be pleased with us & bestow Her blessings upon us.

Mantra Sadhana for pleasing the Goddess:

Diwali Nightis one of the Mahaaraatris, doing Japa Dhyan on this Night is uncountable times beneficial than on a normal day. So Pujya Bapuji asks sadhak to do Japa with intense love, if one feels sleepy – sleep doing Japa, it will be continued when you wake up.

Diwali Night is incarnation day of Maa Lakshmi, so Lakshmi Prapti Sadhna on this night is much more beneficial than any other day, Following are mantras that can be done on this holy night.

Maa Lakshmi Mantra

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

दीपावली पर लक्ष्मीप्राप्ति की सचोट साधना-विधियाँ

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 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।

दीपावली से आरंभ करें

दीपावली पर लक्ष्मी प्राप्ति के लिए विभिन्न प्रकार की साधनाएँ करते हैं। हम यहाँ अपने पाठकों को लक्ष्मीप्राप्ति की साधना का एक अत्यन्त सरल व मात्र त्रिदिवसीय उपाय बता रहे हैं।

दीपावली के दिन से तीन दिन तक अर्थात् भाईदूज तक एक स्वच्छ कमरे में धूप, दीप व अगरबत्ती जलाकर शरीर पर पीले वस्त्र धारण करके, ललाट पर केसर का तिलक कर, स्फटिक मोतियों से बनी माला नित्य प्रातःकाल निम्न मंत्र की दो-दो मालाएँ जपें।

ॐ नमः भाग्यलक्ष्मी च विद् महे।
अष्टलक्ष्मी च धीमहि।
तन्नोलक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात्।

दीपावली लक्ष्मीजी का जन्मदिवस है। समुद्र मन्थन के दौरान वे क्षीरसागर से प्रकट हुई थीं। अतः घर में लक्ष्मी जी के वास, दरिद्रता के विनाश और आजीविका के उचित निर्वाह हेतु यह साधना करने वाले पर लक्ष्मी जी प्रसन्न होती हैं।

Diwali Tips from Ashram.org

Light Deepak near Tulsi or Ashoka tree

Light a Deepak under Asoka tree or a Tulsi at the time of Sandhya of Deepavali.

Be Happy and Cheerful during Diwali Days

• दिवाली के दिवस , धन तेरस को दीप उत्सव के साथ ध्यान रखे की दिवाली के दिनों में दिनभर प्रसन्न, उल्हासित , आनंदित रहना है …
• उन दिनों में शांत हो के अच्छी तरह से प्राणायाम करे….शाम को सूर्य अस्त के पहले मन में गुरु मन्त्र जप के प्राणायाम करना है ….कुम्भक कर के श्वास अन्दर रोक के गुरुमंत्र जपे और छोड़ते समय बाहर फूंक मारनी है…….ऐसे १० से १५ करो..ऐसा करने से चित्त में भगवत प्रसाद-जा कण बनेंगे.. मन प्रसन्न रहेगा॥
ॐ नमो नारायणाय ..सर्व समर्थ्यम लक्ष्मी नारायण.. ऐसे चिंतन कर के हँसते हँसते नींद में जाना है ॥

दिवाली को रात को सूर्यास्त के समय श्वास अन्दर भर के “ॐ शान्ति” ५ बार जप कर के फूंक मार के बाहर छोड तो रोग, चिंता और कटु स्वभाव को बाहर छोड़ दो….२७ से करो…अभी आज से ही २३ २४ से ही करो … सूरज के किरण हो तब करना…

१० /१५ बार करो दिवाली के शाम को ऐसा करो..और रात को सो जाओ तो लक्ष्मी जी विचरण करती है …इसलिए “लक्ष्मी -नारायण ॐ ॐ” ऐसे जपो…श्वास अन्दर जाए तो “ॐ शान्ति” बाहर आए तो एक…श्वास अन्दर जाए तो “ॐ आनंद” श्वास बाहर आए तो.. “२” ऐसे अपने दिल में भगवान की भक्ति जगाते सो जाना…. ऐसा कर के सोयेंगे , सुबह उठेंगे तो वर्ष का प्रथम दिन सुख-शान्ति में जायेगा …तो वर्ष भर आनंद में जायेगा…॥

During Diwali, Goddess Saraswati is also worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi, so that we may attain learning as well, along with wealth. Not just bread-winning education, but also the Knowledge that makes our life fragrant with the flower of liberation.

Do Laxmi Pooja

Please read below Satsang Vani by Pujya Bapuji

दिवाली की रात लक्ष्मी पूजन करना, धन -संपत्ति रहे..लेकिन लक्ष्मी आए तो धन संपत्ति का उपयोग केवल भोग वासना से पाशवी जीवन में उड़ाने के लिए नही करे,अपने जीवन में संयम , सदाचार, परदुख कातरता हो , अपनी आवश्यकता पूर्ति हो , लोक कल्याण में तन, धन लगे, पुरुषार्थ एवं उद्योग से लक्ष्मी प्राप्त होती है, सत्कर्म और दान-पुण्य से बढ़ती है, तथा संयम से सावधानी से लक्ष्मी स्थायी होती है |

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Akhand Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Jap Yagya

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Jaap Yagya


To Ashram

Hari Om!!

Dear Aatman,

Diwali is one of the four maha ratri’s and Pujya Bapuji advises sadhaks to do japa and meditation (dhyan) on Diwali as it is lakh times more beneficial as compared to doing the same on any other day. Pujya Sri Guru Dev further mentioned that performing japa and meditation would afford high religious merits as doing them on the supremely holy nights of Holi, Maha Shivratri, Janmashtami or during an eclipse.

Ashram.org is pleased to organize 25 hour non-stop Global Jap Yagna of Maha Mritunjya Mantra on the eve of Diwali (Kali Choudas). Each participant can register for minimum of 30 mins and perform the jap in their respective location based on guidelines given below. Jap starts from 25-10-2011, 6.00 AM IST to 26-10-2011 7:00 AM IST.

Sankalp: Let us get together on this year Diwali and participate in this Akhanda Jap for Pujya Bapuji’s long life, world peace, prosperous new year and protection of Hindu Sanskriti. (In Hindi : Pujya Gurudev ki Lambhi Ayu ho , Pure Vishav me Sukh Shanti Bani Rahe Aur Sanskrti ki Raksha ho)

click here To Join & Register ur self to Join this pious Akhand Maharityunjaya Mantra Jap Yagya on the auspicious ocassion of Kaali Chaudas

महा मृत्युंजय मंत्र

ll The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra ll

Om Haum Joom Saha | Om Bhoorbhuvaha Svaha | Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhnam Urvvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamrataat Om | Svaha Bhuvaha Bhooh Om | Saha joom haum om |

Maha Mrityunjaya mantra Mp3

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Jaap Vidhi


Maha mrityunjaya Mantra Mp3 with Beejam

Maha-Mrityumjaya Shloka

Om Haum Joom Saha | Om Bhoorbhuvaha Svaha | Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhnam
Urvvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamrataat Om |
Svaha Bhuvaha Bhooh Om | Saha joom haum om |

Guidelines for participants:

1.Maha Yagna starts from 25-10-2011, 6.00 AM IST to 26-10-2011 7:00 AM IST. . Please use the form on the right hand side and
register your time slot for this Maha Yagna.

2. Every saadhak should start Jap 05 minutes before of the given time, & finish Jap after 05 minutes from the given time to ensure continuity.

3. If more sadhaks want to join the Jap, please start Jap with the specific time mentioned for the specific zone.

4. Please note that you all should follow your registered time, don’t break on that or change your Jap timings.

5. Please spread this divine seva opportunity among your friends and family.

6. Please contact us if you need any assistance at events@ashram.org.