The sacred plant of Tulsi or Ocimum Basilicum is considered as a must have plant in almost all the Indian homes. From holding medicinal to divine values, tulsi is known for its magical traits. Even our holy scriptures gives a special mention to this plant. Significance of Tulsi is as follows:
- It is firmly believed that Vishnu propitiation is incomplete without offering him the sacred Tulsi leaves. During the ritual of ‘Tulsi vivaah’ in kartik month, Tulsi is married to Lord Vishnu.
- The Vedic scriptures say, “Krishna gives Himself to a devotee who offers Him merely a Tulsi leaf and a palm full of water.”
- Tulsi is known for the self-purification value and therefore widely used in holy puja ceremonies. It is also reused in puja without creating any impurity.
- The Tulsi plant is extremely sensitive and aware, and quickly able to register the vibrations around her. Therefore Tulsi fades away in negative or unhygienic surroundings.
- Tulsi is known as the Mother of Ayurveda and is widely used in fever, insomnia, mental tension, skin problems, and the treatment of cancer and diabetes.
- The antibiotic and anti-allergic properties of Tulsi help to cure coughs and colds, sore throats, whooping cough in children etc.
- Tulsi plant releases oxygen all the time i.e. both day and night, which makes it unique from the other plants.
- The dried wood, stem and branches of Tulsi are used to make japa malas, which are considered calm and serene in nature.
- Tulsi is widely worshipped for happiness and prosperity. It is also adored by unmarried girls in virtue of good husbands.
- Keeping Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. It is said that snakes do not dare to go near a Tulsi plant.
The epitome of love and an idol for married couple are Lord Rama and Mata Sita. Their marriage is a live example of love, trust, care, misunderstandings and forgiveness; which are experienced by all the married people. In spite of fights or arguments, the couples celebrate their day of love. Similarly Vivah Panchami is the birth anniversary of this holy couple. It is celebrated on the Shukala Paksha Panchami of the Margashirsha month, as per the Hindu calendar.
The auspicious day is widely cherished by people from India and Nepal. Being the birthplace, as Mata Sita was born in Janakpur (present day on border of Nepal) and Lord Rama in Ayodhya. This day is a sign of remembrance of the holy couple of the Treta yug.
The magnificent event known as Ram Vivah Utsav is celebrated by processions, cultural programmes, devotional songs and other rituals. In Janakpur, the wedding ceremony is also performed and people decorate the idols of Ram and Sita as groom and bride. Devotees also take a holy dip at the famous lakes of Mithilanchal like Gangasagar, Dhanushsagar and Argaza pond to perform the Vivah Panchami rituals.
This year Vivah Panchami is on 16th December, 2015 and we hope all the devotees seek the supreme blessings From Lord Ram and Mata Sita.
Nose rings are one of the ancient jewellery and has been widely worn by females, since 16th century. Some observe that nose stud was not used during ancient times and it was introduced by invaders during the 11th century. So whenever it came to India, it is widely popular even today.
Symbol of Marriage:
Nose ring or stud is worn by married and unmarried girls, yet in few Hindu societies it is a symbol of marriage. It is considered as one of the 16 sringar for married women. Various Indian communities have a tradition of wearing nose ring during marriage ceremonies. Though the position of the nose may vary from culture to culture like left side, right side or septum (between the nostrils).
It is said that the left side of the nostril is associated with the reproductive organs of the females. So the piercing in this side of the nose makes the delivery or child birth easier. It also reduces the menstrual cramps every month.
Apart from the cultural value, the nose piercing is considered as a gesture to adore and honour Goddess Parvati. Being associated with marriage and love towards her spouse, the women wear nose ring to please the Goddess.
Nowadays people have started wearing this ornament as a fashion statement. The acceptability of nose stud is widely increasing among the people of west and also in the work culture. It also makes the women look appealing and beautiful.
The nine auspicious days of navratri are a tribute to Goddess Durga, which provides a devotee the opportunity to express his faith and love for Her. These days are a journey of seeking forgiveness from the Shakti and receiving Her strength to further cross the hurdles. These nine days of navratri can be completely blissful by chanting the following mantras.
||Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha||
Salutations again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all living beings as the power of Lord Vishnu
||Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha||
Oh Devi who resides everywhere in all the living beings in form of intelligence and beauty I salute to you. Take my salutations again and again
||Jagdamb Vichitramatra Kim Paripoorna Karunaasti Chenmayi
Aparadha Parampara Param Na Hi Mata Samupekshate Sutam||
Oh mother of the world, you are the one who looks after her children. Your love and kindness towards me is no surprise O mother Goddess. Being a mother you forget all our sins and correct us without abandoning your children
||Sarvasvaroopey Sarvashey Sarvashakti Samanvietey
Bhayebhyah Traahi Na Durge Devi Namostutey||
Oh Goddess Durga, please protect us from all kinds of fear. Oh omnipotent Durga I pray to you
||Om Sharanaagata Deenaartha paritraana paraayaney
Sarwa syarthi harey devi Naraayani Namostutey||
You who are perpetually endeavouring to protect the weak and the poor and remove their misery. Oh Narayani, I pray to you
Navaratri– the nine days of joy, enthusiasm, fun and celebration to cherish the victory of good over evil is beginning from 13th October 2015. Literally ‘Nav’ refers to nine and ‘Ratri’ is night, so Navratri is the nine nights and ten days period to receive the powerful grace of Ma Durga. 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.
So to perform the puja during these auspicious nine days, Shubhpuja has made your work easier by providing you the puja samagri for Navratri. The list of samagri is as follows:
- Agarbatti/ Incense sticks
- Moli/ red thread
- Roli/ sacred vermillion powder
- Areca nuts (Supari)
- Saffron/ kesar
- Diya and Batti
- Durga Saptashati book
- Green bangles
- Red cloth
The pitru paksha puja performed during the shradh period is a symbol of love and care for our manes. The act of expressing our love through this puja brings the spiritual advancement of a being as well as eradicates all the material and physical discomforts. Adoring and remembering our ancestors is a powerful way of seeking their blessings. And also this puja acts like a source of helping the underprivileged and needy section of the humanity.
The shradh or Pitru paksha puja should be performed fulfilling all the rituals and customs. Thus Shubhpuja has made it easier for you by saving your tedious task of collecting all the puja samagri. We provide you all the services under one roof. List of puja samagri:
- black saseeme seeds
- sandal powder
- incense (agarbatti) sticks
- Camphor/ Karpuram
- beetle leafs
- beetle nuts
- rice flour
- urud dal
- vegetables- 2 types
- panchapatra, uddharina, plate
- cotton wicks, lamps, oil
- harathi, bell
All these samagri are available for our customers along with the pitru paksha puja packages.
The various rituals performed during Shradh or Pitru paksha are a way of seeking forgiveness from the departed souls. This can also be termed as a way to confess our guilt about the inefficiency to serve our elders. Also if knowingly or unknowingly we had performed actions of hurt or pain for them. Shradh is a period of introspection and overcoming our own weaknesses.
Scientifically we may say that our services in the form of food or pind daan may not be received directly by our ancestors; but our noble intentions for them are surely received. Our humility and love is transmitted to the souls and moreover in order to adore them, we feed the needy and poor people.
By offering charity and donations for the happiness of our ancestors, we make an effort to contribute something for the welfare of humanity. Thus this period of shradh is actually an eye opener where people contribute their time, effort, wealth and even love to those who need it, in the reflection of their dead ancestors.
Moreover performing fast during this period is purely a healthy act of rejuvenation. This reveals that shradh is purely an occasion of performing noble and humble acts, in honour of our loving departed souls.