Kanya Pujan: Divine concluding ceremony of Navratri

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Goddess Durga is the divya-shakti, which can be a bounty of love and care as well as the source of destruction too. She symbolises the power of divine mother as even the Gods pay homage to her strength. Adoring Ma durga during nine days by keeping fasts and worshipping her is the perfect way to realize our upmost goal and motive of existence, which gets blur in the magical world of materialism.

Kanya Pujan marks the ending ceremony of the auspicious Navratri and is conducted on Ashtami or Navami day of Navratri. It is also known as ‘Kumari puja’, a ritual of worshipping young girls symbolising Goddess Durga. Homage is paid to nine small girls and one boy through this ritual. Special food is prepared according to the varied rituals among family, which is offered to the nine girls in the form of nine devis. Certain dakshina or new utensils are also offered to them. Then the prasadam is consumed by the family to break their fast and mark the completion of auspicious navratri.

Devotees should read the last chapter of Durga Saptashati and chant mantras to welcome the kids. The ceremony should begin by washing their feet and then tying ‘mauli’ (red thread) on their wrists. Special puri, halwa and chana are offered to them along with fruits. People should touch their feet and seek blessings from them by pleasing these young kids.

Worshipping the kanyas helps the devotees to receive wisdom, moksha, strength, wealth and dharma. Mantra for kanya pujan is as follows:

मंत्राक्षरमयीं लक्ष्मीं मातृणां रूपधारिणीम्।
नवदुर्गात्मिकां साक्षात् कन्यामावाहयाम्यहम्।।
जगत्पूज्ये जगद्वन्द्ये सर्वशक्तिस्वरुपिणि।
पूजां गृहाण कौमारि जगन्मातर्नमोस्तु ते।।

 

 

Hindu New Year: Gudi Padwa and Ugadi

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Beginnings are an epitome of hopes, happiness and immense enthusiasm. The Hindu New Year or Gudi Padwa or also called as Ugadi is widely celebrated to inaugurate the Hindu year. This is the first day of the Indian month of Chaita according to the lunar calendar. This day also marks the beginning of new season and end of the Rabi crops. People from all around India perform special rituals on this day and welcome the New Year with immense joy.

Gudi Sthapna:

The preparations for this special day include proper cleansing of the house and decorating the home at its best. The family members install the Gudi at the entrance of their residence by taking a long stick, a sacred cloth which is mainly red or yellow in colour and a Kalash. After placing the kalash it is adorned with mango leaves and flowers. This ceremony is highly sacred and considered to bring happiness, prosperity and success for the family.

Special significance:

The festival is celebrated in honour of Maratha Shivaji Maharaj, a great king who had a kingdom that spread across the entire part of western India. This is the reason people worship the Gudi which is a cloth which flies like a flag that is usually a sign of victory in an army.

This day also represents love and devotion between the wife and husband. On this day newly married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and resents. Thus this is the festival where families and relatives get together to celebrate the joy. Special delicacies are also prepared like Shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli in Maharashtra and a mixture of six tastes called Ugadi Pachhadi or Bevu Bella in South India.

This year Gudi Padwa is on 8th April 2016 and we wish that it brings new ray of hope in everyone’s life.

Holi is not over yet: Rang Panchami

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Rang Panchmi falls on the fifth day of the month of Phalgun and is considered to be an auspicious day among Hindu families. The entire city comes together with enthusiasm and zest to make each Holi memorable. This festival is the extension of the vibrant Holi which keeps the spirit of people alive. Places like Mathura, Vrindavan, Jaipur, and few areas of Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra celebrate Rang Panchami in unique ways and with great enthusiasm.

Rang Panchami is essentially a rural festival. Special significance is given to the festival by the farming and fishing community. In Maharashtra the fisher folks celebrate it in on a large scale and revel in the festivities by singing, dancing and merry-making.

The main attraction of this festival in Indore is faag yatras carried out from the Bada Ganpati area of the city, all the way to Rajwada. People sing and dance, and play with gulal and join the procession. This year four ‘Gairs’ and three ‘Faag yatras’ will be taken out in grand manner amidst shower of gulal and other ‘dry’ colors. Dholaks, DJs and other musical instruments will add colour to the festivity. All traditions and rituals would be observed during the day.

In Rajasthan, Rangpanchami preparations are mainly seen in the temples of Jaisalmer. Folk dances are enjoyed by the local people. The festival is enjoyed with different hues of enthusiasm portrayed through their traditions, customs, food, attire and fun filled activities.

This year Rang panchami is on 28th march, 2016 as per the English calendar and people are all set to spread the message of love, harmony and brotherhood through this festival.

Relevance of Good Friday

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The most solemn day in the Christian calendar or the beginning of God’s plan to save his people from their sins; in which ever context you consider- Good Friday is the holiest day for Christians. It is the day on which Jesus was crucified. It comes on the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. The day is known for the sacrifice of Jesus and His sufferings on account of our sins.

All Christians observe this day with great humility and reverence. People spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. They honour and memorize the event, passion and suffering through which Jesus went through.

Origin of Good Friday:

There are two possible origins for the name “Good Friday”. The first may have come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (modern-day France and Germany). The name “Gute Freitag” is Germanic in origin and literally means “good” or “holy” Friday. The second possibility is a variation on the name “God’s Friday,” where the word “good” was used to replace the word “God,” which was often viewed as too holy to be spoken aloud.

 

From the prayers to ceremonies to official recites services, each one f them may have a different ritual on this day; yet everybody is sorrowly mingled with joy. It’s a day to become aware of our thoughts, words and actions which brought the world in such state; but also to adore the grace and love of God. Each one of us should remember his sacrifice and live up to the expectation of creating a loving world.

Holika Dahan: Celebration and Significance

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The vibrant and colorful festival of Holi is really close and the preparations and celebrations are already at its high pace. With the increased craze and unity of diverse cultures, this festival is not only popular among Hindus but also among non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as in parts of Europe and North America.

Celebrations, however, start with a Holika Pujan on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. This puja is a very significant part of the whole festival. Although it is usually associated with the bon-fire or Holika Dahan in the late pre-evening of Holi, it starts way before.

Focusing at the scientific importance of Holika Dahan, it is vital for cleansing the bacteria and germs generated in the mutation period of winter and spring. The high temperature while burning the woods i.e. almost 145 degrees Fahrenheit removes the harmful germs and bacteria from the atmosphere and also from our bodies when we revolve around it. It is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying themselves thoroughly.

On this occasion, burning the Holika signifies an end to all the evil thoughts and getting rid of all the sins. Thus, at this time, if you ask for any good things while mother Holika is burning then they will come true. Various Indian cultures even consider it to be integral in the form of long-life of the husband and a prosperous married life. Not only this, the left over ashes from the dahan if collected by people on the next day constitutes of the actual holi-prasad and smearing it on limbs of the body purifies and heals them.

Thus apart from colors and fun filled-frolic celebrations, Holi and its traditions hold lot more for us.

Traditions and Customs: Wedding vows

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Wedding puja ceremony ShubhpujaYou may be excited to unravel all the imagination for your special day as the extensive to-do list has already been conceptualised within us by the ‘Great Indian Weddings’ of Yash Raj movies. The fantasies may be rolling in our heads but halt, what about the customs and traditions of your family?

By performing each required ceremony you get a step closer towards your final destination of marriage. When the supreme force decides your fate then his blessings are essential at every point of this journey.

We at Shubhpuja.com work to add glitters on your special day by keeping extra attention about your exclusive cultural traditions and customs. Realizing the diversity of India we cater to the special needs of the diverse variety of wedding ceremonies.

Beginning from the pre to main to the post wedding ceremonies; everything begins after the horoscope matching or Kundali Milan. Shubh Muhurat or perfect timing is decided for executing all the further ceremonies. Some of the different types of hindu weddings are:

North India wedding puja Shubhpuja

The North Indian Hindu weddings begin the wedding preparations after the Roka and engagement ceremony for a promising sanctification beseeching service between two families. Followed by Haldi, chura, tikka or sagan and ghurchari; the 15 vivaah sanskars according to Vedic traditions are performed religiously.

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The fun filled Bengali weddings begin with ‘Ashirbaad’ followed by ‘Holud Kota’ (haldi) and ‘Dodhi Mongol’ (chura) ceremony. Welcoming the groom and his family in ‘Bor boron’ and offering new clothes and gifts to the groom ‘Potto bastra’, the ‘saat paak’ and ‘mala badal’ ceremony are completed. Reciting of Vedic chants in ‘Sampradaan’ and performing the ‘yagna’ and ‘sindoor daan’ ties the bride and groom in the auspicious bond.

Gujrati vivah sanskar puja Shubhpuja

Gujarati wedding ceremonies begin with offering prayers to Lord Ganesha and seeking his blessings. Like any other traditional Indian wedding, Mehndi and Sangeet ceremonies follow it. Special ‘madhuparka’ ceremony in which groom’s feet are washed with milk and water followed by ‘jaimala’, ‘kanya daan’ and ‘hasta milaap’ are performed. Above all the Gujarati weddings are incomplete without Garba ceremony.

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After the ‘Nischitartham’ (engagement) in Southern India customs, the families began the preparation for the final wedding day. Ceremonies like mehendi and haldi are performed, while ‘Janavasam’, where the groom is paraded around the town before wedding is done. The fun filled ceremony of ‘Kashi yatra’ is carried on the morning of wedding day followed by Varamala, Gauri Ganesh puja, kanya daan and Sapthapadi, as per the Vedic rituals.

Realizing the value of each state or religious norms, we should execute all the ceremonies as per the required traditions. Complete importance is provided to the Vedic rituals and mantras, which are also explained in the specific comprehending language to make it easier for the families of bride and groom. Shubhpuja ensure a personalized and customized experience involving the highest degrees of professionalism and commitment. We give a direction to all your efforts in order to bring you closer to the Almighty and make the match truly blessed in heaven.

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Saumya Vardhan on HerSaga!

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Happy Women’s Day!

To celebrate the spirit of women power and defining the unique role irrespective of the gender, Saumya Vardhan (Founder of shubhpuja.com) defines why the world needs more women entrepreneurs.

Read more at: http://hersaga.com/world-needs-women-entrepreneurs/

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