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 zodiacal sign of Scorpio commences on October 21st, but for seven days, being overlapped by the cusp of the previous sign, it does not come into its full power until or about October 28th. From this date onwards it is in full strength until November 20th and is then for seven days gradually losing its strength on account of becoming overlapped by the cusp of the incoming sign- Sagittarius.
- The sign of Scorpio is represented by two symbols, that of the Scorpion and the Eagle.
- People born in this section of the year see to be a mass of contradictions. The best and the worst seem to make this period their chosen battlefield.
- Up to nearly 20 years of age, they are usually extremely pure minded, virtuous, and religious, but once their nature is roused they are often found to swing in the opposite direction. At the same time the greatest saints have been found in this period.
- All remain, however, intensely emotional, which is the keynote of their character in all its phases.
- They have the great magnetic power, and as speakers appeal to the emotions and sentiments of their public more than to logic, but they sway their audiences as they choose.
- They have excellent power in writing, are intensely dramatic in their gift of description, and are unusually versatile in their talents.
- In dangers and in sudden crisis they are cool and very determined, and many of the very best surgeons have been found in this period.
- Their worst fault is that they are too adaptable to the people with whom they come in contact.
- They are often great humanitarians, with great plans for making the world right, and praise will often force them on to do great things in the world fellow-men.
- They nearly always, however, lead double lives- one for the eyes of the world and another for themselves.
- They have clever idea in business and politics, and are best as advisors of others.
- They are mental fighters and are most subtle in arguments. They make good organizers and generals on paper, but detest bloodshed and strife in actual life.
- They are inclined to be selfish and to sacrifice everything to the need of the money; but in contradictions to this, if they succeed there are no more people more generous in paying back tenfold for any help they may have received.
- The most suitable colours for them are all shades of crimson and blue.
- The birth stones for this period are the turquoise, the ruby, and all red stones.
The fourth day of the five day long festivals, followed by Diwali is Govardhan Puja. This festival is another day of celebration holding special tribute to Lord Krishna by his devotees. There is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with flowers and then worship them. They move in a circle around the cow dung hillocks and offer prayers to Lord Govardhan.
This day is also observed as Anna-Koot, which literally means ‘mountain of food’. On this auspicious day the people prepare fifty-six or one hundred and eight different varieties of delicious dishes to offer Lord Krishna as ‘Bhog’. In the temples the deities are given milk bath, dressed in new shining attires and decorated with ornaments. Then they are worshipped, offered prayers and bhajans and also offered delicious sweets, fruits and eatables that are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the idols.
Legend of the festival:
This festival signifies the victory of humility and nobleness of Lord Krishna over the ego of Lord Indra. Due to the strong pride of Lord Indra, he felt insulted when the devotees of Mathura adored Govardhan hill and the cows and bulls. He expressed his rage through heavy and violent rains. Soon lord Krishna came to rescue and he protected the villagers as well as the animals by lifting up the hill on his little finger. The love and faith of the people for Lord Krishna, made lord Indra realize his worth and he had to surrender his ego in the feet of Supreme God.
This festival is a celebration of the love between the being and his supreme creation. Human beings express their gratitude by performing different rituals and also pray for their safety and blessings. It also express our love for the natural habitat and inspires the being to value and conserve the natural resources.
This day is also celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. It is celebrated in regards of the victory of Vamana (incarnation of the Lord Vishnu) over demon King Bali. It also marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya as ‘Vikaram-Samvat’ was started from this Padwa day.
The festive season of 5 days for Hindus comes with happiness and surprises every year. This is the perfect time of celebrations and receiving the positive energies from the Universe. Devotes invoke the Gods and Goddesses during this period, to receive that extra share of blessings and happiness in Diwali season. This festive period begins with ‘Dhanteras’, which is celebrated on the 13th lunar day of the Krishna paksha of the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu calendar.
Dhanteras is also known as Dhanvantari Trayodashi as it is dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari or Father of Ayurveda. It is believed that during the Samundra manthan when a huge battle was going on for the divine nectar or ‘amrit’; He emerged carrying a pot of elixir. Thus from this day the festival of Dhanteras was named after the divine doctor.
Story of Yama Deepam:
On the day of Dhanteras the female members of the house are observed lighting a ghee lamp outside their home, during evening. The reason for this ritual traces back to the tale of 16 year old Prince (son of King Hima). It was forecasted that the prince will die on the fourth day of his wedding, due to which the King tried to abstain his son from girls.
Still the prince decided to marry one day and told his wife about the prediction. His wife dedicatedly planned to save his husband from the death. She laid out all her ornaments and created heaps of gold and silver coins at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. She also sang the beautiful hymns all night to keep the prince awake. As the Lord Yama arrived, disguised as a serpent, his eyes were blinded by the bright dazzle of gold. When he tried to enter after climbing the heap he was mesmerized by the hymns and went away. This plan saved his husband from the danger and from then on the ladies begin to light lamps to glorify Lord Yama (God of death).
Thus this is the day to appease Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber by performing their puja and receiving heaps of blessings in return. This day is also marked by the purchase of valuable ornaments, gold, silver and utensils which are also kept during the puja.
Hope this festival brings tons of happiness and prosperity for all 🙂
The stones and pearls are a magical source of positivity and can transform the entire lives of the people. They have the power to alter the effects of the stars and transform the aura of an individual. Similarly one of the rarest pearl is ‘Sindhur Mani’; which is a yellowish-white, oversized egg shaped stones. It can also be brownish in tone, depending upon the formation of the stone.
Being a rare mani it is widely valued for the divine and healing traits. The Sindhur Mani has a cool and peaceful radiation as the natural pearls have moon dominant qualities. Whoever possesses this unique piece attracts the material as well as spiritual comforts. This mani acts like a divine healer as you feel a change in your inner self. The vibrations of your surroundings transform tremendously and your lost peace is regained by achieving silence. They also have unique feature of curing acute diseases and can even bless the barren women with the ability to conceive. Major problems like arthritis and joint pains have been cured by this extra ordinary pearl.
This auspicious pearl has found its traces in Airavata race and has adjoining sentiments of gaining wealth, fame and curing diseases. The Hindu text believes that this pearl is a symbol of Lord Ganesh’s soul and therefore considered highly fortunate and lucky. Holding immense power, the Sindhur Mani is an important source of welfare for the mind, body and soul of a being.
The number 9 stands in symbolism for the Planet Mars. This number influences all persons born on the 9th, 18th, and 27th of any month, but still more so if their birthday falls in the period between the 21st March and April 19th-26th (called the House of mars positive) or in the period between the 21st October and November 20th-27th (called the House of Mars negative). Traits of number 9 people are as follows:
- Number 9 persons are fighters in all they attempt in life. They usually have difficult times in their early years, but generally they are, in the end, successful by their grit, strong will, and determination.
- In character, they are hasty in temper, impulsive, independent, and desire to be their own masters.
- When number 9 is noticed to be more than usually dominant in the dates and events of their lives they will be found to make great enemies, to cause strife and opposition wherever they may be, and they are often wounded or killed either in warfare or in the battle of life.
- They have great courage and make excellent soldiers or leaders in any cause they espouse.
- Their greatest dangers arise from foolhardiness and impulsiveness in word and action. They are also peculiarly prone to accidents from fire and explosions and rarely get through life without injury from such causes.
- They also go through surgical operations in their life time.
- They usually experience many quarrels and strife in their home, either with their own relations or with the family they marry into.
- They strongly resent criticism, and even when not conceited, they have always a good opinion of themselves, brooking no interference with their plans.
- They are resourceful and excellent in organizations, but they must have the fullest control; if not, they lose heart and stand aside and let things go to pieces.
- For affection and sympathy they almost do anything, and the men of this number can be made the greatest fools of, if clever woman gets pulling at their heartstrings.
- This number is fortunate to be born under, provided one controls it and is not carried away by the temper and violence that it also represents.
- They lucky colours for persons born under the number nine are all shades of crimson or red, also all rose tones and pink.
- The luckiest days for them are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but more especially Tuesday (called Mars Day).
The blissful festival of Deepawali is an occasion to fill our mind, body and soul with the blessings for knowledge, strength, wealth and divinity. The perfect way to adore Mata Lakshmi is by singing her prayers which is mentioned below.
लक्ष्मी जी की आरती
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता, मैया जय लक्ष्मी माता ||
तुमको निशदिन सेवत, हर विष्णु विधाता!!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
उमा, रमा, ब्रह्मणि, तुम ही जग माता ||
मैया तुम ही जग माता ||
सूर्य चंद्रमा ध्यावत, नारद ऋषि गाता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
दुर्गा रूपा निरंजनी, सुख सम्पति दाता ||
मैया सुख सम्पति दाता ||
जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत, रिद्धि सिद्धि धन पाता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
तुम पाताल निवासनी, तुम ही शुभ दाता ||
मैया तुम ही शुभ दाता ||
कर्म प्रभाव प्रकाशनी, भवनिधि की त्राता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
जिस घर में तुम रहती, सब सदगुण आता ||
मैया सब सदगुण आता ||
सब संभव हो जाता, मन नहीं घबराता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
तुम बिन यज्ञ न होते, वस्त्र न हो पाता ||
मैया वस्त्र न हो पाता ||
खान पान का वैभव, सब तुमसे आता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
शुभ गुण मंदिर सुन्दर , क्षीरोदधि जाता ||
मैया क्षीरोदधि जाता ||
रत्ना चतुर्दशा तुम बिन, कोई नहीं पाता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
महा लक्ष्मी जी की आरती, जो कोई जन गाता ||
मैया जो कोई जन गाता ||
उर आनंद समाता, पाप उतर जाता !!
ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता..
The audio of the prayer along with English lyrics by Anuradha Paudwal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyqgAt-T0iQ