The Shraddh which can satisfy all your pitras, the ones whom you might have forgotten- Chaturdashi Shraddh

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Significance of Shradh Chaturdashi Tithi

For ancestors who may have died due to any weapon, poison or accidents, their Shradh is performed on Chaturdashi and for ancestors who died on Chaturdashi, their Shradh is performed on Amavasya

This Shraddh season must be performed with the help of expert Pandits and Acharyas of Gaya who are adept in offering oblations to the forefathers and ancestors.

Gaya is the only place in India where the offerings made to the forefathers directly reach them without being dissipated hither and thither. The chaturdashi tithi is the tithi selected for the best offerings to be made.

Any person about whom we have forgotten and their names are not known to us, one must approach for the Chaturdashi Shraddh and offerings must be made.

Chaturdashi Shraddha Tithi is only suitable for those deceased family members who were killed by some weapon, died in an accident, committed suicide or murdered. Otherwise Chaturdashi Shraddha is not done on this Tithi and is performed on Amavasya Tithi. Chaturdashi Shraddha is also known as Ghat Chaturdashi Shraddha or Ghayala Chaturdashi Shraddha.

Chaturdashi Shraddha is also known as Chaudas Shraddha.

Pitru Paksha Shraddhas are Parvan Shraddhas(पार्वण श्राद्ध) and auspicious time to perform them is either Kutup Muhurat and Rohina etc. Muhurat after that till Aparahna Kala gets over. Tarpan (तर्पण) is done at the end of the Shraddha.

The muhurtam for the Shraddh is as follows:

Kutup (कुतुप) Muhurat = 11:47 to 12:34
Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins
Rohina (रौहिण) Muhurat = 12:34 to 13:21
Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins
Aparahna (अपराह्न) Kaal = 13:21 to 15:43
Duration = 2 Hours 21 Mins

Remembering loved Ancestors on Shradh Days

Unfortunately this important death ceremony(shraadh) is one of the most neglected Hindu rituals in the present day society.vedic phrase ‘jiva jivasya jivanam’ the living entity survives by feeding upon another living entity who in turn survives by feeding on another living entity. . .

Benefit of Ancestor Puja on Pitru Paksha

Performing this pooja for ancestors will bring good fortune to their descendants and thereby receiving positive energies for progress. The descendant also receives blessings from the pitra/forefathers to help him materially. This can greatly help the individual to progress spiritually as the material obstacles or problems are eradicated. This pooja is very powerful and effects on health and curing serious diseases. This is being done for getting recovery from chronic diseases and other body aliments. Those who are invariably suffering from any aliments shall get this pooja done for early recovery. This pooja is specifically suitable for Success in Business or Career , Protection from Evils and Enemies.

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10 easy things which can please your pitras on this chaturdashi- Shradh Chaturdashi

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What are Pind Daan Kriya and Brahmin Bhoj?

When the human beings die, it’s just their body which transforms into dust but the immortal soul remains trapped in the cycle of birth and death. In order to relieve the departed souls of our ancestors from this cycle, Pind Daan is performed. The wandering soul achieves stability in the blissful abode named Pitra lok, after the completion of shradh ceremony. Pind daan kriya is done to achieve ultimate salvation (moksha) of the departed soul, especially who died of unnatural death. When vedic scholars or Brahmins are offered food of the choice of the departed soul, it is referred as Brahmin Bhoj to give a send off to our family members.

Significance of this puja:

For the salvation of our family member, especially who had an unnatural death it is necessary to perform this ritual. Generally the eldest son of the family performs this ceremony and the entire family is blessed with the fruits. Childless couples are blessed with a baby by the grace of Lord Narayan. Any such continuous problems in the family are resolved and stability is maintained in the native’s life when Pind daan kriya is performed for the departed soul.

Legends associated with Pitr Paksh 
As per Hindu mythology, a zone called Pitr loka exists between earth and heaven. All the departed souls or Pitrs dwell at this place. This zone is governed by Lord Yamraj or god of death. In this zone the soul serves out its karmic correction sentences. Here Pitras are not able to get relief from the sensory demands and conditions of the body such as hunger, thirst, heat, cold, fatigue, pain etc. They are waiting to be liberated from their condition so that they can once again get a material body through which they may create positive karma to progress towards their freedom from the karma syndrome.
In search of relief, they are attracted to living entities on the earth   planet that are their descendants from previous and current lifetimes and are karmic debtors to them. The ancestors are fed once a day (once in 24 hours) according to their time zone. This is equivalent to every 12 months on the earth plane. This once-a-year period is recognized as the ‘Shradh’ period.
The Pitra Paksh starts with Sun entering the zodiac sign Virgo. At advent of this Paksh the departed souls or forefathers leave the Yamaloka and descend to earth to acknowledge the rites performed by their descendants and remain here till Sun-Moon conjunction happens in Sign Virgo.
It is believed, that during this period Lord Ganesha’s withdraw certain energies from the planetary surface transferring it to the core of the earth thus permitting the Pitras to approach their descendants very closely. In this context taking note of Symbolic representation of Lord Ganesha, his belly represents the whole cosmos, the seven realms above and below. Further seven oceans are inside Ganesha’s cosmic belly. These are held together by the cosmic energy (kundalini) symbolized by the huge snake around him. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms.
The ‘Ganesha-Visarjan’ Ananta Chaturdashi is an acknowledgment of this event.
As per another legend, Daanveer Karn (supposedly brother-akin to Pandavas) did numerous charity of jewels, currency, land etc during his life span. When he died and ascended to Pitra loka, he received all that he gave in form of charity in multiples. But, he didn’t obtain meal in view of the reality that he did not give food-charity. He starved for days and eventually requested “Yamraj” to find an opportunity to create for this deficiency. Yamraj granted him 14 days return to earth and do the needful charity. These 14 days had been used by Karn to provide numerous meal-charities.When he again returned again, there was plenty of meal obtainable to him.
Things to be done and donated
1. The rituals of Shraddha are generally performed by an eldest son or an eldest male member of the family.
2. While performing Shradh, one should pay special attention to three things – piety, control over anger and avoiding hastiness. Meditation, mantra repetition and prayerare done for the peace and attainment of salvation by departed soul.
3. Bhramins are offered food, new clothes, sweets, fruits and dakshina, for it is believed that whatever is given to the Brahmins reaches the departed souls.
4. In addition one can also do Mahadaan. The Mahadaan offerings give relief to the ancestor, person get freed from curse of Pitra Dosha or did not face hardships on
account of cursed by pitras. In additional this bestows positive luck to descendants. The Blessings by Pitra’s can greatly help the individual to progress in life andhis/her problems are reduced to a Great extent.
The items of Mahadaan consists of Ganga Jal , Mustard Oil , Ghee , Rice ,Wheat , Salt ,
Sugar ,Chana ,Kali Urad Dal ,Umbrella , Shoes/socks or chappals , Steel utensils-
5 (glass,plate,spoon,katori,lota) , Blanket ,White cloth-dhoti+gamcha , Towel ,Fruits,
Mithai, Coconut , Banana ,Cooked food-mathi/sag/poori halwa ,Dals (dry-5) ,Vegetables-
5 , Milk , Yogurt ,Bangles/suhaag things or janau , Comb ,Mehndi ,Nav Ratan , Gold, Silver ,
Jaun , Kale Til , Supari/Paan , Lavang, Ilaichi , Dhoop/aggarbatti (incense stick)
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❄️ Today’s Panchang 28th September ❄️

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The best day to offer Pind-daan to the forefathers -Chaturdashi Shraddh

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This Shraddh season must be performed with the help of expert Pandits and Acharyas of Gaya who are adept in offering oblations to the forefathers and ancestors.

Gaya is the only place in India where the offerings made to the forefathers directly reach them without being dissipated hither and thither. The chaturdashi tithi is the tithi selected for the best offerings to be made.

Any person about whom we have forgotten and their names are not known to us, one must approach for the Chaturdashi Shraddh and offerings must be made.

Chaturdashi Shraddha Tithi is only suitable for those deceased family members who were killed by some weapon, died in an accident, committed suicide or murdered. Otherwise Chaturdashi Shraddha is not done on this Tithi and is performed on Amavasya Tithi. Chaturdashi Shraddha is also known as Ghat Chaturdashi Shraddha or Ghayala Chaturdashi Shraddha.

Chaturdashi Shraddha is also known as Chaudas Shraddha.

Pitru Paksha Shraddhas are Parvan Shraddhas(पार्वण श्राद्ध) and auspicious time to perform them is either Kutup Muhurat and Rohina etc. Muhurat after that till Aparahna Kala gets over. Tarpan (तर्पण) is done at the end of the Shraddha.

The muhurtam for the Shraddh is as follows:

Kutup (कुतुप) Muhurat = 11:47 to 12:34
Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins
Rohina (रौहिण) Muhurat = 12:34 to 13:21
Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins
Aparahna (अपराह्न) Kaal = 13:21 to 15:43
Duration = 2 Hours 21 Mins
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The transgender who led to death of the greatest warrior- Shikhandi

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Family of Shikhandi

Shikhandi  is a character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. He was born as a girl child named ‘Shikhandini’ to Drupada, the king of Panchala. Shikhandi fought in the Kurukshetra war on the side of the Pandavas, along with his father Drupada and brother Dhristadyumna.

Past life of Shikhandi

In the majority of the versions of the Mahabharat,[1] there is the story of Shikhandi being Amba in his previous birth.

Shikhandini or Shikhandi had been born in a previous lifetime as a woman named Amba. 

Vichitravirya married only her sisters, because Amba told Bhishma that she had fallen in love with Salwa, and was not ready to marry anyone else. Hearing this from her, Bhishma sent Amba with grandeur to Saubala. But Salwa rejected her as well, in shame of losing the combat against Bhishma. Amba then returned to Bhishma and demanded that he marry her according to Kshatriya dharma, but Bhishma declined due to his vow celibacy.

Her feeling of revenge

Enraged at her humiliation, she tried to persuade other kings to wage a war with Bhishma and compel him to wed her. None agreed for they were afraid of incurring the wrath of the great warrior. Amba managed to get Parashurama, Bhishma’s guru, to champion her cause. However, not even Parashurama could defeat Bhishma.

She resorted to penance and received a garland of blue lotuses from Lord Kartikeya and it was foretold that anyone wearing the garland would become the cause of Bhishma’s death. She went to the Panchal, as they were a mighty empire known for its military prowess. However, no one was willing to champion her cause, fearful of antagonizing Bhishma. Amba, in anger, hung the garland on the gates of King Drupada and left in agony.

Austerities performed by her

Amba did severe penance to Lord Shiva for a boon to cause Bhishma’s death. Eventually, her prayers were answered. But, being a woman with no military training, she asked Shiva how should would accomplish her task, and he responded that her future incarnation would be the one to actually bring about Bhishma’s demise. Eager to bring this about, Amba killed herself; in some versions of the story (to explain the time gap between the abduction at Kashi and the Kurukshetra war, Amba keeps on killing herself until she is incarnated into satisfactory situation.Amba was reborn as Shikhandini, the daughter of King Drupada

Her role in Mahabharata

In the battle of Kurukshetra, Bhishma recognised him as Amba reborn, and not wanting to fight a “woman” (or an actual woman, depending on the version), avoided battling Shikhandi. On the tenth day, Shikhandi rides in Arjuna’s chariot, and together, they face Bhishma, forcing him to lower his weapons. Knowing that this would happen, Arjuna hid behind Shikhandi and attacked Bhishma with a devastating volley of arrows. Thus, Shikhandi was instrumental in Bhishma’s death.

Shikhandi was finally killed by Ashwatthama on the 18th day of battle. Dazed and confused, Shikhandi is killed in a sword fight with Ashwatthama when Ashwatthama, Kripacharya, and Kritaverma attacked the Pandava camp on the night of the final day of battle.[8] In some versions of the Mahabharat, Ashwatthama kills Shikhandi’s lover (male or female) in front of him; in other versions, it is Shikhandini’s partner (male/female) who is butchered

❄️ Today’s Panchang 27th September ❄️

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The single complete puja for the Nine days of Maa Durga-Navaratri

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About this Navratri puja

  • Since our mother keeps us for nine months in her womb before we are born, we take these nine days of Navratras to go back to our source. Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God.
  • The festival is celebrated for nine nights twice in a year. The first Navratri of the year is known as Chaitra Navratra, as it falls in March-April. The second Navratri is held in October-November, which coincides Durga Puja.
  • Navratras are celebrated to worship different avatars and forms of goddess Durga (Shailaputri, Brahmachari, Chandragha, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri). To please goddess Durga, a 9 day fast period is observed. During Navratri pujan, the Durga Sapsati puja and havan with proper procedures and rituals is conducted where each family member gives aahuti and takes blessings from Durga mata. The Durga puja vidhi and processes need to be properly understood and applied. Therefore, a knowledgeable priest well versed in vedic shastras and process is advised.
  • After 8 or 9 days of fasting, Navratra pujan is concluded by Ram Navami puja where we perform kanya puja. Nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped and they are offered kala chana, halwa and puri with dakshina and red chunari as kanjaks.

Why should you do this puja?
To seek blessings from Mother Durga + achieve fame, success and happiness in daily life.

The puja, when performed with pure intentions to please the eternal consort of Lord Shiva i.e. Durga Devi, it blesses the person with desired results he is demanding for without any delays.

There is nothing impossible for Maa Durga to give to her devotees who desire wealth, followers, a beautiful life partner, fame, name, adoration, prestige etc.

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