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Shani Jayanti: Here is Why Shani Dev is considered as one of the Prominent Deities in Hindu Mythology!

Shani Jayanti, also known as Shani Amavasya is observed on Amavasya Tithi during Jyeshtha month according to North Indian Purnimant calendar. Shani Jayanti falls on Amavasya Tithi during Vaishakha month as per the south Indian calendar .

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May 25, 2017:

Shani Dev is one of the most prominent deities in the Hinduism. He is the son of “Surya Deva” and “Chhaya”.  This year Shani Jayanti will be celebrated on May 25 to commemorate the birthday of this planetary god. Shani is the ruler of the planet Saturn and the day of the week ‘Saturday’.

Shani is known as “Karam-fal-daata”, the one who gives us the results of our deeds. It is said that Shani benefits the good people and teaches lessons to the ones who have lost their true path.

Shani Jayanti – also known as Shani Amavasya- is observed on Amavasya Tithi during Jyeshtha month according to North Indian Purnimant calendar. Shani Jayanti falls on Amavasya Tithi during Vaishakha month as per South-Indian calendar. However, Shani Jayanti falls on the same day in both the calendars as the difference is only of the lunar month.

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Rituals performed on Shani Jayanti:

  • Devotees observe fast on this auspicious day and visit the temple to seek blessings of Lord Shani.
  • “Peepal” tree has a great significance on this day and the tree is given due regards by offering water.
  • Devotees recite Shani Mantra ‘Om Shanishcharya Namah’ at least 108 times.
  • Lord Hanuman is believed to be the only one who could not be affected by Lord Shani. He is also worshiped on this occasion.
  • The one observing the fast should bath in holy water, pancha amrit, mustard oil, sesame seeds and should make an offering of peanut oil, black pepper, cloves, pickle and basil leaves.
  • All the nine planets of the solar system should also be worshiped.
  • It is also believed that by doing charity and Pooja anusthan, one gets relief from the wrath and the bad effects of the karma.
  • People also repent for their bad deeds and ask for forgiveness from Lord Shani.

It is a day to pay homage to the god who makes sure that we walk on the right path towards truth.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC