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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।।

 

 

Beginning of Festive Season: Dhanteras

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shubhpuja.comThe 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 🙂

Diwali Puja Aarti

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shubhpuja.comThe 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


जय लक्ष्मी माता, मैया जय लक्ष्मी माता ||
तुमको निशदिन सेवत, हर विष्णु विधाता!!

जय लक्ष्मी माता..

उमा, रमा, ब्रह्मणि, तुम ही जग माता ||
मैया तुम ही जग माता ||
सूर्य चंद्रमा ध्यावत, नारद ऋषि गाता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

दुर्गा रूपा निरंजनी, सुख सम्पति दाता ||
मैया सुख सम्पति दाता ||
जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत, रिद्धि सिद्धि धन पाता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

तुम पाताल निवासनी, तुम ही शुभ दाता ||
मैया तुम ही शुभ दाता ||
कर्म प्रभाव प्रकाशनी, भवनिधि की त्राता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

जिस घर में तुम रहती, सब सदगुण आता ||
मैया सब सदगुण आता ||
सब संभव हो जाता, मन नहीं घबराता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

तुम बिन यज्ञ होते, वस्त्र हो पाता ||
मैया वस्त्र हो पाता ||
खान पान का वैभव, सब तुमसे आता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

शुभ गुण मंदिर सुन्दर , क्षीरोदधि जाता ||
मैया क्षीरोदधि जाता ||
रत्ना चतुर्दशा तुम बिन, कोई नहीं पाता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

महा लक्ष्मी जी की आरती, जो कोई जन गाता ||
मैया जो कोई जन गाता ||
उर आनंद समाता, पाप उतर जाता !!
जय लक्ष्मी माता..

The audio of the prayer along with English lyrics by Anuradha Paudwal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyqgAt-T0iQ

Ray of Hope: Shankh or Conch

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shubhpuja.comThe beginning of propitious celebration is incomplete without the soothing tune of the conch or shankh. The trumpet sounds so peaceful to the ears and is purely a sign of brilliant and auspicious beginning. In Indian mythology, God Vishnu, the God of Preservation, is shown with a shankh in one hand and a chakra in the other. The shankh symbolizes positivity over negativity and it is blown as a ray of hope. During puja, shankh is also used as a container of holy water.

  • Shankh is considered as one of the most auspicious objects that emerged from the sea during the Sagara Samudra Manthan.
  • Whenever conch shell is blown, it is said to eliminate the evil effects and purify the environment.
  • The natural vibration or cosmic energy of the Earth gets magnified on entering the conch shell, which can be heard as the gentle humming sound of ocean.
  • When the conch is blown, the sound emanated from it is a symbol of creation, as it contains the five elements of nature
  • The vibration from the conch has the power to heal the ozone hole in the ozone layer, a major cause of global warming.
  • The positive vibrations enhance the positive feelings around like courage, willpower, determination, hope and love.
  • By blowing the shankh the frequencies consisting raja–tama particles are destroyed and at the same time the saviour and destroyer principle of a deity is awakened.
  • Shankh is a sign of good luck, wealth and prosperity for the inmates of the house as it keeps the negative energies away.
  • While performing Lakshmi Puja, conch shell is filled with milk and then it is poured over the idol. Water collected in shankh is offered while worshipping sun.

Vastu for Fame and Financial Strength

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shubhpuja.comFame, recognition and good reputation are essential for success and are required by everyone to survive in this society. To energise the positivity in our lives and attain happiness in the family, follow these easy Vastu tips.

  • Energise the fire element of the south and south-east, the agni zone of every room. Use bright lights, candles or traditional wick lamps in the south east corner with light pointing towards the roof.
  • Red colour is effective in activating the recognition and fame sector, so include soft furnishings, drapes, bedspreads, rugs and carpets with red as its dominant colour.
  • Lights in white, yellow or red signify energy; so prefer lights of these colours usually.
  • Keep all your electronic and electrical gadgets in the south-east corners of your home.
  • An extended north-east is most auspicious and provides abundant wealth and prosperity.
  • Light red candles or hang a painting with red as the dominant colour in the south sector of your home.

 

Rules of Vastu for House Planning

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Home is the place where people spend their maximum time of their life; therefore our home should be the representation of our personality. The happiness and warmth of the inmates transforms the house into home yet a perfect house is also required to keep the inmates happy. So it is like a vice versa process.

For restoring balance and harmony in the home, certain rules of Vastu should be considered, which are quite helpful during the planning and designing process of the house.

  • Rooms should only be square or rectangular shaped, and not irregularly shaped. Kitchen, toilets and puja room should not be next to each other.
  • Kitchen should not be directly in the front of the main door.
  • Study rooms, treasury rooms and living rooms should preferably be in the north side of the house.
  • Bedrooms and store rooms should be in the southern part, avoid bedrooms in the central portion (brahmasthan) of the house.
  • Dining room, children’s bedroom and study room in the western corner of the house is considered appropriate.
  • Bathroom, study room and stores in the eastern corner of the house.shubhpuja.com
  • The stairs should not be made in north-east or brahmasthan, preferred location is in west, south-west or south.
  • Have lofts and attics in the south and west side of the rooms.
  • Puja room should be in the north eastern corner or it can also be inside the study room or dining room in the north-east corner.
  • Rainwater or drainage should have an outlet in north, east or north-east side.
  • Elderly people are more comfortable in the south-west corner of the house.
  • The number of doors and windows should be more on the ground floor and less on the upper floors.
  • Allow plenty of natural light and fresh air within the house, as dark houses collects a lot of negativity.
  • There are certain dates when neither muhuratha nor auspicious time is required, so you can begin your construction or move into your house on Akshaya Tritiya, Phulera Duj, Vijaya Dashmi and Vaisakhi.

 

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The Bright Colour of Wisdom: Yellow and Lord Vishnu

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shubhpuja.comThe beautiful hues in our life play a significant role to describe the exclusive trait of an individual. From darker shades of devilish vamps to brighter shades of the goody protagonist, the colour says it all in our Indian daily soaps. Similarly numerous hues and shades create varying effect in our lives, having their own unique story. The bright and chirpy ‘Yellow’ colour attracts most attention and is one of the three primary colours. This colour connotes varied meanings as per cultures and psychology, and even attributes to Hindu religion.

 Relationship between ‘Yellow’ and Lord Vishnu:   shubhpuja.com

The optimistic yellow colour transmits the wave of spirituality and enlightenment in one’s life. It symbolise the pure flavour of knowledge and learning, and Lord Vishnu being the epitome of limitless knowledge is connected to this colour. It is often said that the yellow attire of Lord Vishnu represents his vast ocean of awareness and spreads the hope of happiness. A yellow flower garland, often witnessed around the Lord’s neck is a symbol of the devotee’s adoration for the Lord and all the genuine desires of His devotees are fulfilled by him. His most popular incarnation as Lord Krishna is also observed wearing yellow attires that clearly portray his optimistic manifestation of cheerfulness and a bit of sensuality.

Other significance of colour Yellow:

Yellow being the most visible colour of the spectrum, has 2.5 times higher peripheral vision than red. The human eye processes yellow first than any other paint. It has a high light reflectance value and therefore it acts as a secondary light source.

Along with the positive side of this beautiful colour it is also associated with cowardice, betrayal, egoism, and madness. Further it is the colour of caution and physical illness (jaundice and malaria). Though most of the nation connotes positive values to this colour, yet Yellow is reserved for ‘Mourning’ in Egypt and Judas wore a Yellow coat when he betrayed Jesus in the Christian tradition.

Holding varied opinion for different individuals, yellow is the bright colour of life signifying happiness. Yellow is mostly worn by people to attract their beloved mate and is usually worn on Thursday to adore Lord Vishnu and receive wealth, success, fame, and happiness as His blessings.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja