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Bhishma Panchak Vrat 6/11/2011 to 10/11/2011
कार्तिक शुक्ल एकादशी से पूर्णिमा तक भीष्मजी को अर्घ्य देने से वर्ष भर के व्रत – उपवास का पुण्य मन जाता है | निःसंतान को संतान की प्राप्ति होती है ……. * जो अपना प्रभाव बढ़ाना चाहते हैं , इस लोक में सुख और अगले जन्म में वैकुण्ठ चाहते हैं , वे भीष्म पंचक व्रत करें ..

This kind of 5 day fast is prescribed for the last 5 days of Kartika (Damodara) Month and it is known as “Bhisma Pancaka”. During that vrata puja offerings to the Lord are also prescribed. For Bhisma Pancaka, devotees may offer the following to the Deity form of the Lord:

“The last five days of Kartika month are known as Bhisma-Panacaka. Grandfather Bhisma fasted for these five days, preparing to give up his life. However one observes Kartika-vrata, he should intensify it for the last five days. The best way to observe the Kartika-vrata is to abstain from eating grains for the whole month, and to take only milk or water for the last five days. If one eats grains during the month, he should avoid them for the last five days. Also, one should only eat once a day. This is the proper procedure [for strict adherence].”

If someone observes this fast, he is considered to have observed all other fasts, because it is greatly meritorious and frees one from great sins. Therefore, everyone should make a great endeavor to fast on these last five days of Bhismadeva.

“The fast should begin by remembering Bhismadeva on the Ekadasi day and should end on Purnima [the full moon]. One should eat only vegetables or fruits and should worship Lord Krishna. If he needs to eat, he should do so only in the evening. A woman can also observe this fast by the suggestion of a twice-born, and if a widow observes this fast, she can also attain liberation and happiness.”

The exact details about the mahatmaya and the procedure to do the BhishmaPanchak Vrat can be heard in Divine Voice of Pujya GuruDev in the Video CD Ekadashi Mahatmya

To brief :
1. One should get up before Surn rise and take bath with water remembering the Holy Rivers and if possible mixing Til (Sesam).

2. After Bath, give Argya to Bheeshmaji, if possible by mixing Chandan and Til in the water, and saying “Gangaji ke Su-putra, Aajivan Bramhcharya Palan Karnewale Pitamaha Bhishma ko yeah Argya Arpan hain, Hame Bramhacharya mein Sahayta Karna” .

Mahatmya :
Pujya GuruDev says that “Who ever take early bath before sunrise during Kartik month’s trayodashi to Poornima (last 3 days), he/she will get punya of taking Karthik Maas bath of whole month. Those who want to get rid of Swapna Dosh/Dream falls disease should give Arghya to Bhishmaji on these 5 days.

“Bhishmaji ko Argya Dene se PutraHeen ko Putra Prapt hota hai”….Jisko Swapna Dosh ya Bramhacharya Sambandi takleefein hain (celibacy related problems & bad habits), wah in Paanch Dinon mein Bhishmaji ko Argya Dene se, Brahmacharya mein Su-Drudh banta hain. Hum Sabhi Sadhakon ko in Panch Dino mein Bhishmaji ko Argya Jaroor Dena Chahiye, aur Brahmcharya Raksha ke liye prayatna karna chahiye.

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Gop Ashtami


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Story Of Shri Krishna Behind Gop Ashtami(3rd Nov 2011)
On this day lord Sri Krishna became a qualified cowherd. Before this day, he was a keeper of the calves.
“Thus Sri Krishna, along with His elder brother Balarama, passed the childhood age known as kaumara and stepped into the age of pauganda, from the sixth year up to the tenth. At that time, all the cowherd men conferred and agreed to give those boys who had passed their fifth year charge of the cows in the pasturing ground. Given charge of the cows, Krishna and Balarama traversed Vrindavana, purifying the land with Their lotus footprints.”(ch.15, Krsna-Supreme Personality of Godhead)

It is stated in the Karttika-mahatmya section of the Padma Purana: “The eighth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Karttika is known by authorities as Gopastami. From that day, Lord Vasudeva served as a cowherd, whereas previously He had tended the calves.”

Saubhagya Panchami

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Labh Pancham or Saubhagya Panchami 31/10/2011
The final festival during the Diwali period is Labh Pancham on Kartik Sud Shukla paksha Panchami. It is also known as ‘Laakheni Panchmi’ and ‘Saubhaagya Panchmi.’
The final festival during the Diwali period is Labh Pancham on Kartik. Pancham is an auspicious day to commence business. Devotes celebrate Pancham or Panchami by worshiping their books and praying for more knowledge. business men worship Goddess Lakshmi and open their accounts.

Ritual
Those who have not performed Sharda Pujan on Diwali, perform pujan of their new ledgers today and ritually open their shops and businesses. In the days following Diwali including today, people visit friends and relatives, to renew solidarity. Sweets and other items are offered to guests, symbolically ‘sweetening’ relations.

‘Labh’ means benefit. People today usually wish for material ‘labh’ such as: a good job, good in-laws, riches and so forth. Yet the scriptures and Sants or Saints inform us that the greatest Benefit’labh’ is human birth itself. With this one should endeavor for God-realization. glory of associating with Sant Samagam.
‘If one possesses as many ‘Chintamanis’ – wishing gems, as there are stones, and as many ‘Kalpa Vruksh’ – wishing trees,, even then one would be better off burning them in order to do ‘Sant Samagam.’
The scriptures define ‘labh’ as:
Laabhasteshaam jayasteshaam kutasteshaam paraajayaha,
Yeshaam indeevarashyaam hrudayastho janaardanaha.
i.e. He is the true beneficiary and the truly victorious, who has installed the consort of Lakshmi, God, in his heart.

Diwali then, is a festival of inner enlightenment. It is an occasion to eradicate one’s inner darkness, by renouncing any addictions, bad habits and ‘doshas’ – base instincts, by obeying the Shastras and the God-realized One then becomes ‘Brahmarup’ and is subsequently graced with the ultimate enlightenment – Parabrahman.

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.

Govardhana Puja

The Worship of Govardhan Hill Govardhan Puja


Worship of govardhan Govardhan Puja
In few places, Goverdhan puja, also known as Godhan puja is performed on the last day of Diwali celebrations. Observed on the fifth day, Goverdhan puja is an occasion to worship Lord Krishna. According to Vishnu-Puran, the people of Gokul commemorated a festival in honor of Lord Indra and worshiped him after the end of monsoon season every year. In his young years, Lord Krishna once prohibited the people from offering prayers to Lord Indra. Angered Lord Indra sent a torrent to sink Gokul. Lord Krishna lifted the mountain and held it as an umbrella for the people and saved them.
To protect innocent poor villagers and animals from being carried away with flood water, lord Krishna lifted the Goverdhan parvat on his little finger. Since that day young Krishna got another name of Govardhandhari. By sheltering all men and beasts under mount Goverdhan, god Krishna made Indra feel that it is his duty to bless earth with timely rainfall. This legend has initiated the worshipping of goverdhan parvat for more than five thousand years. There are lots of rituals and traditions associated with this day. Some of them are:
People make mountain shape with cow dung and worship it with flowers, rice, roli, moli, sugarcane and other pooja samagri.
Deities are given milk bath, adorned with bright attires and precious ornaments.
Pious and Religious people prepared variety of food also known as Chhappan Bhog to Krishna. With traditional customs and prayers, the variety of sweets and food is raised in the shape of mountain as bhog to deities. Worshippers take this bhog as Prasad after offering it to the god. This ritual is called ‘Annakoot’.

The temples of Mathura and Nathadwara are especially decorated with flowers; lights and tight arrangement are done to manage the crowd of devotees coming for Govardhan puja from different locations.

Other Names of Govardhan Puja

Goverdhan pujan | Bestavarsh | Gudi Padava | Varsha Pratipada/ Pratipad Padwa | Annakoot | Bali Padyam / Bali Pratipada | Muharat Pujan

Govardhan is a small place that lies off the highway to Deeg. The place is situated towards the west of Mathura and at a distance of about 26 kms. The 8 kms sandstone hill is provided with a large masonry tank that lies along the edge of the Govardan. The place is an important pilgrim place for the believers of Hindu faith and is associated with the … of Lord Krishna. The town of Govardhan has been immortalized in the poems of famous princess Mirabai who was a pious devote of Lord Krishna. 

The sandstone hill, popularly known as Giriraj, is believed to have been lifted by Lord Krishna on his finger tip for seven consecutive days and nights so as to shield the people from the rains sent down by Lord Indra. Govardhan and the adjacent town of Mathura is believed to bear impressions of Lord Krishna and therefore makes up a sacred place to Hindus. The place as such witnesses a good number of devotes of Lord Krishna. 

The masonry tank that lies alongside Govardhan is called Mansi Ganga. The tank is believed to have been created by divine will. The tank enclosures and flight of stairs were built by Raja Bhagwan Das and Raja Man Singh respectively. Some five kms north of the place is the famous Radha Kund were Lord Krishna is believed to have stained the bull demon Arishtasura. 

At stone’s throw from Mansi Ganga is the famous temple of Haridev and the Kusum Sarovar

Regional Significance of Govardhan Puja

The celebration of Govardhana-puja or the worship of a special mountain in Vrindavan, Bharatham(the land of Krishna’s birth or appearance) which is considered non-different from Krishna. It is a festival of simple, though simple that teaches us many practical lessons about living in balance with Nature and God. For the festival a hill of sanctified food (prasadum) is created with Krishna on the top to recreate the hill. These festivities commemorate this occasion, and help us meditate on its meaning. We hear about what happened, along with plays reenacting it, worship of the cow, and circumambulating the hill as was done 5,000 years ago. also pray to enter into the deep, yet simple, essential message of this blessed event.

This worship of Govardhana Hill symbolizes the ideal life—both rural and simple—yet opulent in natural gifts, centered on cow protection, Vedic (spiritual) culture, farming and worship of God by showing gratitude for his many natural gifts. We are thus encouraged to live a healthy life centered upon love and service of Krishna in harmony with Nature. This pastime or lila of Krishna covers four chapters in the 10th Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam. Through this and all the adventures or pastimes of Krishna we are given a glimpse of the eternal spiritual world.

It is Krishna’s special mercy that he comes here to teach us how his eternal associates live by loving and relating to him. When Krishna comes to protect his devotees from feeling acute separation in his absence and to reestablish religion he also accomplishes many tasks simultaneously. Krishna is the supreme multitasker, but only he can do this without anything lacking in his many purposes.

Some of the purposes leading up to and during the lifting Govardhan were to demonstrate that Krishna’s devotees don’t need to worship any other divinity or deva (empowered god) for their necessities. Indra, the king of heaven had become proud and conceited with his power (not recognizing that Krishna was God), and he was shown dramatically that his power was dwarfed by Krishnas.

When Indra heard that Krishna had stopped a ceremony to glorify him and was instead worshiping Govardhan hill, Indra tried unsuccessfully to destroy Vrindavana and its inhabitants by intense thunderstorms of wind and rain usually reserved for supreme devastation. It is described by Jiva Goswami that not even a leaf fell from a tree on Mt. Govardhan. Coming to his senses Indra offered praise of Krishna’s power and glory and prayers for forgiveness. This is a lesson for all of us about the possibility of forgetting that whatever we have is by the grace of God, and we should never think we are independently great and powerful.

prayers praising Govardhan hill, some of Indra’s extensive prayers, and Krishna’s reply from Shrimad Bhagavatam 10th Canto:

“Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krsna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities — water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krsna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.” SB 10.21.18

King Indra Prayed: “You are the father and spiritual master of this entire universe, and also its supreme controller. You are insurmountable time, imposing punishment upon the sinful for their own benefit. Indeed, in Your various incarnations, selected by Your own free will, You act decisively to remove the false pride of those who presume themselves masters of this world. Even fools like me, who proudly think themselves universal lords, quickly give up their conceit and directly take to the path of the spiritually progressive when they see You are fearless even in the face of time. Thus You punish the mischievous only to instruct them.” SB 10.27.6 & 7

After hearing Indra’s prayers Shri Krishna replied to him in a voice resonant like the clouds: “My dear Indra, it was out of mercy that I stopped the sacrifice meant for you. You were greatly intoxicated by your opulence as King of heaven, and I wanted you to always remember Me. A man blinded by intoxication with his power and opulence cannot see Me nearby with the rod of punishment in My hand. If I desire his real welfare, I drag him down from his materially fortunate position. Indra, you may now go. Execute My order and remain in your appointed position as King of heaven. But be sober, without false pride.” SB 10.27.15-17

Balipratipada


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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 ॥

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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 ?

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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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