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Navratri Day 3, Is Dedicated to ‘Maa Chandraghanta’ the Goddess of Feminine Power

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New Delhi, September 23, 2017: The celebration for Navratri continues for the third day. Tritiya, as it’s named suggest the third day is devoted to Maa Chandraghanta, the married form of Goddess Parvati. The ten day long festival of Sharad Navaratri is the celebration of the feminine divine power Goddess Durga.

Maa Chandraghanta, which means “one whose bell is shaped like half-moon” is worshipped with a belief to be free from any ill effects of Shukra (Venue), one of the nine planets. Shukra is believed to be the controller of our sense organs and empower us to achieve name and fame.

In the religious manuscript the goddess is represented with the deity mounting over a tigress. Chandraghanta is portrayed with ten hands with each carrying mace, trishul (trident), sword, water pot, bow, arrow, rosary, and two hands with the blessing posture of Varadamudra and Abhayamudra. She has her third eye, always open, which symbolise her to be ever ready for war against the evil.

People worship her to get rewarded with her grace, and courage. It is believed that with her grace the evil doing, sins, physical and mental suffering are all destroyed.

What the legend of Maa Chandraghanta says?

When we come to the legend of our Hindu God and Goddess, the tales are never ending. A story tells that Lord shiva, the destroyer, promised Parvati that he will not marry any woman. However, Parvati’s devotion overwhelmed Lord Shiva and so, he agrees to marry her. On the day of their marriage, Shiva march along with other Gods, mortals, ghost, Aghoris, ghouls and Shivaganas to King Himavan’s Palace to take away his daughter, Parvati. The terrorized form of Shiva traumatized Parvati’s mother. This is when Parvati transform into Goddess Chandraghanta to protect her parents.

Chandraghanta persuaded Lord Shiva to reappear in his original form. Shiva appeared as a prince ornamented with jewels, and soon Parvati and Lord Shiva gets married.

The day starts with early morning prayers where devotees chant mantra ‘Om Ayam hreem Chandraghantaya namah’ to worship Maa Chandraghanta. Later, an offering of Goddess favourite jasmine flowers, sindoor (vermilion), kheer (sweet rice), and cow milk is made, followed by prayers to Lord Shiva.

The festival holds immense importance in Hinduism. It is believed from the tales that during the festival, Goddess Durga descends on earth to bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity and bring an end to the evil.

Devotees believe that by fasting for all nine days can bring a change to their physical life and also make their wishes come true.

Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

 

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Saphala Ekadashi: Significance, Celebrations, Rituals, Festival Timings and Dates

Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated on Krishna Paksha in the month of Paush

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Saphala Ekadashi: Significance, Celebration, Rituals, Important Dates and Time, Image Source: wikimedia commons
  • Saphala Ekadasi is one of the most popular festivals observed in India
  • Saphala Ekadasi is a propitious fasting day celebrated on the 11th day of the waning phase of moon also known as “Krishna Paksha”
  • Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated during the month of ‘Paush’ as per the Hindu calendar
  • According to the Gregorian calendar, Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated between the months of December to January
  •  Upcoming Saphala Ekadashi Date and Day: 13th December 2017, Wednesday

About Saphala Ekadashi: The word ‘Saphala’ in Hindi signifies ‘to thrive’ and hence this Ekadashi ought to be seen by any individual who wants achievement and satisfaction in every one of the fields of life. Saphala Ekadashi is along these lines a way to open the entryways of copious, achievement, thriving and fortune. It is praised with incredible energy and eagerness in every one of the edges of the nation. Enormous occasions are sorted out on this day in Lord Krishna sanctuaries as; He is a symbol of Lord Vishnu.

 Significance of Saphala Ekadashi: The significance of Saphala Ekadashi is said as a discussion between Dharamraja Yudhisthira and Lord Krishna in the ‘Brahmanda Purana’. As indicated by the Hindu sacred texts, it is said that even 100 Rajasuya Yagas and 1000 Ashvamedha Yagas are not as advantageous as watching a holy quick upon the arrival of Saphala Ekadashi. The day of Saphala Ekadashi is sacrosanct to Hindus as it is trusted that by fasting earnestly on this day, the fans can wash away their wrongdoings and furthermore appreciate an ecstatic life. Ekadashi is a loved day that happens twice in each lunar Hindu month and is a day committed to worshipping the preserver of this Universe, who is none other than Lord Vishnu.

Saphala Ekadashi celebrations and rituals: Lord Vishnu is the primary idol of the Saphala Ekadashi. Vaishnavas love Lord Vishnu with dedicated hearts to summon His adoration and love. Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is accepted to expel everyone of the wrongdoings of a person. Enthusiasts please Lord Vishnu by offering incense sticks, coconut, betel nut and other fragrant articles. Lighting of diyas amid the night will make it additionally fulfilling.

On Saphala Ekadashi, the devotees who maintain fast, ought not to rest the entire night. They share in different bhajans and kirtan programs in the respect of Lord Vishnu. Aficionados tune in to the popular stories of Lord Vishnu. Toward the end ‘aarti’ is done and later Prasad is circulated among relatives. On Saphala Ekadashi one must give cash, sustenance and different basics to the Brahmins and poor. While keeping the Saphala Ekadashi Vrat, just ‘Saatvik’ sustenance is eaten by the lovers. For individuals who are not proficient to keep the entire quick, can even quick watch halfway quick or quick for simply half day.

Important Timings of Saphala Ekadashi

  • Sunrise: Dec, 07:09 AM
  • Sunset: Dec, 17:43 PM
  • Dwadashi End Moment: Dec, 06:06 AM
  • Ekadashi Tithi Begins: Dec, 00:54 AM
  • Ekadashi Tithi Ends: Dec, 03:32 AM
  • Hari Vasara End Moment: Dec,10:10 AM
  • Parana Time: Dec, 13:30 PM – 15:37 PM

Saphala Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 to 2024

  • 2019: Sunday, 22nd of December
  • 2021: Thursday, 30th of December
  • 2022: Monday, 19th of December
  • 2024: Thursday, 26th of December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chhath Puja 2017: 5 Interesting and Lesser Known Facts about Hindu Festival Chhath Puja

Here are 5 interesting facts that you should know about the most ancient festival of Chhath Puja.

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Chhath Puja Ritual. Wikimedia commons
  • The festival of Chathh Puja is Celebrated for four days where women fast for 36 hours. 
  • On this festival, God Surya is worshipped for sustaining life on earth and granting Health, Prosperity & Abundance.

Chhath Puja 2017: This year Chhath Puja will be Celebrated from 26 October

Chhath is considered to be an ancient Hindu festival.On Chhath Puja various rituals are performed for Thanksgiving Sun God for sustaining life on earth and granting Health, Prosperity & Abundance.

The word “Chhath” symbolizes the number 6 in Hindi language and the festival begins on the sixth day of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik.The festival continues for four days during which people, especially women, follow diligent rituals including fasting for 36 hours.

Here are 5 interesting facts which you need to know about Chhath Puja:

Chhat Puja is the only Vedic Festival of India: Chhath Puja is considered to be one of the most ancient festivals of India surviving on earth.This puja first finds mention in the Rig Veda which contains hymns worshiping the Sun God and describes similar rituals.

The rituals performed during Chhath have scientific reasons: Rituals in Chhath Puja increases absorption and conduction of solar-bio-electricity in a human body. The processes and the rituals of the Chhath puja aim at preparing the body and the mind of the devotee for the process of cosmic solar energy infusion.

Also Read: Hindu Festival Chhath Puja gives great message to Society, says PM Narendra Modi

Four days rituals are designed in such a way that it benefits the health of the devotee: During the Puja, standing in the river Ganges allows the absorption of energy from the sun which moves along the spine and cleanses the body. This helps in better functioning of the body and calms down the mental state of the devotee. It reduces anger and negativity from the life of the devotee.

Worshipping Sun God on Chhath is prevalent in the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian civilizations of the world: Chhath puja has its international significance as it also celebrated in other countries like Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago etc. as a part of their own traditions & customs.

Chhath Puja hails back to the time of the Mahabharata: Draupati is also considered to be the devotee of Sun God apart from Karna. Due to her devotion toward Surya, she was gifted with the unique power to cure even the deadliest diseases. Through this power gifted by her, Pandavas survived and won the Kurukshetra Battle over Kauravas and regained their kingdom back.

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Do You Know there are only two Leaning Temples in The World? Visit the Leaning Temple of Huma in Sambalpur

Huma is about 23 kms towards the southern direction of Sambalpur, Odisha. and is connected with Sambalpur and other cities of Orissa by road. The temple is situated inside the village of Huma.

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The Leaning Temple of Huma. Wikimedia.

The famous Leaning Temple of Huma built in 1670 AD is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the only two leaning temples in the world. It was constructed by the ruler, Baliar Singh, the 5th ruler of the kingdom of Chauhan of Sambalpur, Odisha, India. The speciality of this temple is it’s structure skewed to one direction.

Reason Behind its Tilted Structure:

It is regarded that the reason for its tilted structure could be some interior dismounting of rocky bed at which this temple is positioned, either because of flood current inside the Mahanadi River or earthquake, thereby affecting the position of this original temple.  An interesting fact to be noted is that the other little temples inside the Hamlet are also tilted to various other directions.

The finest time to visit this leaning temple is October to March. Enshrine your spirituality during these months and celebrate the festive season in the town of Sambalpur, Odisha. Shivratri is believed to be the chief festival of this temple. Hence, it advances a huge gathering specially during Shivratri festival during March. You may also find ‘Kudo’ fishes on the bank of river Mahanadi near the temple who are given food by devotees as a part of the worship.

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The Leaning Temple of Huma. Wikimedia.

How to Reach the Leaning Temple of Huma:

By Road – Huma is about 23 kms towards the southern direction of Sambalpur, Odisha. and is connected with Sambalpur and other cities of Orissa by road. The temple is situated inside the village of Huma.

By Rail – Sambalpur railway station is the closest station from Huma. You may find taxis and cabs to drop you 23 kms towards the temple of Huma.

By Air – Bhubaneshwar is the closest airport to Huma which is approximately 290 ms away from Huma. Catch a taxi or cab to drop you at the exact destination.

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Huma Leaning Temple is one of the two leaning temples of the world. Wikimedia.

Where to stay:

There are various hotels nearby the temple at affordable prices presenting the pleasant view of the outside village.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana