Skanda maata is basically the mother of Kartikey. Skanda is one of the names of Subrahmanya or Lord Muruga or Kartik – the General of the Army of the Devas and the most handsome God. Durga is in her most benevolent and motherly form in this form. She is also known as Padmasana. She is worshipped in this particular form for her power of reproduction, child-bearing and nourishment and vegetation.
Worshipping her brings sukh shaanti smaridhi and nourishment. She shows the directions toward Nirvana or Moksha. In fact, her blessings are boundless that bestows real peace in life.
The mantra jaap for Skanda maata, Na Mantram Na Yantram Tadapi Cha Na Jane Stutimaho Na Chavhanam Dhyanam Tadapi Cha Na Jane Stutikathah, Na Jane Mudraste Tadapi Cha Na Jane Vilapanam Param Jane Matastvadanusaranam Kleshaharanam.
This means, May the renowned Durga Devi Skandamata who is eternally seated on a throne and whose hands are adorned with lotuses, be ever propitious to me.
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Also known as Ashtabhuja for she has eight hands, maa Kushmanda gets her name from three words, ‘Ku’ means ‘a little’, ‘Usma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘the cosmic egg or universe.’ Her smile is believed to have ended the eternal darkness of the era and led a new beginning to the creation. Goddess Shakti is at her happiest best in this reincarnation. In this form Durga creates solar system by liberating her power to Lord Sun.
After you worship all the Gods, Goddesses and Planets in the Kalash and offer prayer to Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Jaya – the family members of Goddess Durga. The pooja should be concluded by worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta followed by a heartfelt prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.
Dhyan Mantra for Maa Khushmanda- Suraa sampoorna kalasham rudhirapalu thwamevacha, Dadhanaa hasthapadmabhyam Kushmanda shubhadhaastu may.
Which means, May Kushmanda Ma Durga who holds two pitchers full of blood in her lotus hands and the universe is created, sustained and drawn within Devi’s own-self in a wink be propitious for me.
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With an imagery of Goddess Shakti roaring in anger this form of Shakti is the more furious one. She is completely different from those earlier forms and shows when provoked she can be the terrible or malevolent. The name Chandraghanta comes from the crescent moon worn by her on the head. She rides a tiger, is endowed with profound anger and violence and is also known as Chandra-Khanda devi.
She helps the worshipper with any sort of Benefit is bhoot-pret badha. According to the legend in this form, Durga uses her divine sound of the temple bells to get rid of all the evil and negative energies.
Chandraghanta Devi Mantra: Prindajapra vararoodha chandakopstha kairyutha, prasadam thanuthe mahyum Chandraghantethi vishrutha
Which means- May that Durga Devi, who rides on Tiger, who is endowed with intense anger and violence and is renowned by the name of Maa Chandraghanta, bestow her grace on me.
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Highly pious and peaceful form or the one who is in meditation, Brahmacharini, literally means, ‘one who constantly meditates on the Supreme Being’. The sufferings Sati and Parvati had to undergo in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as husband are also related to this form of Durga.She is also known as Tapashcharini, Aparna and Uma. She holds a rosary and Kamandal in her hand is the phase of devi before her marriage. Even today some of the most important Vratas observed in different parts of India by women is based on the strict austerities followed by Brahmacharini.
The puja is performed with flowers & especially red flowers is then she is adorned with Panchanmrita, sindur, chawal & kumkum. Her favorite is a garland of Lotus. Attainment of Calm & Peace is guaranteed by her puja & bachelors are guaranteed their suitable partners.
Mantra: Brahmacharini Dhyana mantra is recited on the second day of Durga Navratri.
Dadhanakara Padmabhyam akshamala kamandalam |
Devi prasidathu mayi brahmacharinya nuththama ||
Which means- May the supreme Brahmachari Durga, who holds rosary and kamandalu in her lotus hands and whose nature is to attain Sachchidanandamaya Brahmaswarupa the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss absolute, be propitious on me. Devi is Devi’s that phase when Maa Parvati before marriage was Devi Yogni and Devi Tapsvini.
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Believed to be a rebirth of Sati, daughter of Daksha and wife of Lord Shiva, maa Shailputri is also known as Parvati or Hemavati. In her name- ‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘Putri’ means daughter. She incarnates as the daughter of Himalaya in this particular birth of hers and later becomes a consort of Lord Shiva. She also signifies Shakti in its most raw form and is closely related to Shiva.
She is regarded as the first phase of Durga and is thus worshipped on the first day of the Navratris. Her head is beautifully adorned by a halfmoon, she rides a nandi and carries a sphere.
On the first day of Navratri, devotees place enters in Moolchakra and worship Goddess Shailputri to establish dedication keeping Mooladhar in mind, and commence Durga pooja auspiciously.With Shubhpuja.com, you have experts to rely on and trust them to help you do away with all your problems as well even on a general spiritual level, we connect you to Maa Shailputri in the most profound ways. Be in the context of getting Maata’s blessings and guidance or just her energies and aura.
Shailputri Mantra: Vande vaanchhit laabhaaya chandrardha krita sekharaam, vrishaarudhaam shuladharaam shaila-putrim yashasvinim
Which means: May the illustrious Shailputri Durga whom I salute and whose head is adorned by a halfmoon, who rides nandi, a bull and carries a spear fulfill the desires of my heart. She is known as 1st phase of Durga when she took birth as the daughter of Great Himalayas.
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Primarily observed in India or people of Indian origin, Holi- the festival colors and love is a widely celebrated spring festival. The festival, in recent times, has spread in parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has now become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.
Dulhendi morning is a carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons. Today it doesn’t matter who you are a friend or a stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders, all are equal parties. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings.
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 th Holika dahan in the late pre-evening of Holi, it starts way before.
It was believed that Lord Vishnu killed Hirankashyap’s brother. To take revenge from Lord Vishnu, Hirankashyap asked his sister, Holika, to help him kill his own son, Prahalad, who was Vishnu’s disciple. Holika tried to burn Prahalad but in the process ended up being burnt in fire herself.
On this occasion, we burn holika and it signifies marking 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.
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This puja can be performed in the following ways:
- A log of wood is kept at a prominent public place on the Vasant Panchami day.
- People extend the log centre with twigs, dried leaves, branches of trees and other combustible material.
- On the day of Holika Dahan, an effigy of Holika and Prahlad is placed on the huge heap of woods.
- Effigy of Holika is made of combustible material while Prahlad’s effigy is made of non-combustible material.
- On the eve of Holi, the heap is set alight and the people chant Rakshoghna Mantras of the Rig Veda to cast away the evil spirits.
Holi Puja is essential for married women in many ways. 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.
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