Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jivatputrika puja

Jivatputrika Vrat - 8th October 2012

Jivat Putrika vrat or also known as Jitiya is a festival celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand, and UP. Today, Lord Jimutavahana or Vishnu is prayed. This Vrat takes place on Ashwin Krishna Ashtami or eighth day of first half of Ashwin month. This is a 'Nirjala' Vrat or a fast where even water is avoided.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pitr Paksh

Pitr Paksha - 30th September 2012
Acknowledging Indebtedness To Our Ancestors


Consider  this - We are all manifestation of our many-many ancestors, who came and went before us from this world. A part of all of them is carried through in us and makes us what we are today. Just like we have our duties towards ourselves, our next generation (our children), we also have duties towards our gone by previous generations (our ancestors or Pitr).

Anant Chaturdasi

 Anant Chaturdashi - 29th September 2012
Anant Chaturdashi is celebrated on the Chaturdashi that falls on the Shukla Paksha, in the month of Bhadrapad. Anant Chaturdashi is a day with two fold importance.

First, today the 10-day long Ganeshotsav comes to an end and Ganesh Visarjan takes place with great fanfare all over the world by Ganesh devotees. One bids farewell to the beloved 'Ganesh Bappa' and requests him to return again next year and bless our homes, loved ones and us.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Goddess Varalakshmi or Maha Lakshmi Vrat

Maha Lakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrat begins soon for the next sixteen days. It is believed that Shiva recommended this Vrat to his wife Goddess Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity. 

 If you cannot do puja for 16 days, then just observe puja for three days. The first day, the last day, and the day in the middle. 
16th August 2013


Maha Lakshmi (or Great Lakshmi) or VaraLakshmi Vrat is a very special Vrat that gives great wealth fortune, prosperity, fertility, courage, wisdom, success to the devotee. The 'eight roop' or  eight aspects of Goddess Lakshmi is praised in her Ashta Lakshmi form. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lord Ganesh Arrives


Ganesh Chaturthi

Festival of Lord Ganesha that brings faith, belief, luck, good fortune and prosperity is here.

start date - 19th September (Ganesh Chaturthi day)
end date - 29th September 2012 (Anant Chaturdashi day is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Saptavar - Ravivar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:

RAVIVAR (Sunday)

Ravivar or Sunday Vrat is a superior Vrat if one wishes for a life full of name, fame, respect, money, wealth, happiness, peace, and a fit healthy body.

Wake up before sun rise and get ready. Wear clean and fresh clothes. Fast the whole day and eat only once. The food must be either completely vegetarian or comprised of just fruits/milk/yogurt (Fal Ahar). The devotee must try to abstain from food made with oil or food with salt in it. Eating salt is not allowed today.

Saptavar - Shanivar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:

SHANIVAR (Saturday)

Lord Shanidev and Lord Hanuman are prayed to on Shanivar or Saturday. It is believed that Shani or Saturn is a very powerful planet and its influence can bring a lot of distress in one's life. 'Sadhe Sati' period of Shani's 'ku-Drishti' or harmful influence is extremely painful. It is thus important to always keep Shanidev happy and satisfied so that he blesses his devotees. 

Saptavar - Shukravar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:


One can do two types of Vrat on Shukravar or Fridays. One is Santoshi Mata Puja and one is Dhan Lakshmi Puja. Both these Vrats are all wish fulfilling and have immense power to transform a devotee's life from any kind of pain to peace, wealth, success, and happiness.

SANTOSHI MATA: Those who pray to Santoshi Mata, wake up before sunrise and offer their prayers to Mata. Chana and Gur is used for bhog/prasad. One must listen to the Vrat Katha or story. A container filled with water must be kept in front of the Puja place on which one should place the plate with the Bhog/prasad.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saptavar - Brihaspativar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:


 Brihaspativar Vrat and Puja is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Lord Brihaspati is the Guru of the Gods and also prayed to today. He is represented by planet Jupiter (The biggest planet in the Solar System and very powerful). Lord Brihaspati is also considered the avatar of Vishnu.

Brihaspativar Vrat is considered very beneficial for receiving wealth, health, job, children and happiness. This Vrat is very beneficial to the ladies of the household and helps in fulfilling their desires.

Saptavar - Budhvar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:
BUDHVAR (Wednesday)

Budhvar or  Wednesday Vrat is done for the fulfillment of all your wishes, for progress in Business endeavor, and for relief from any bad influence of planet Murcury or 'Budh Dev'.

One prays to Kunj Bihari  or Krishna today. One also prays to Lord Shiva today. A fast is observed the whole day and the devotee can eat once in the evening after all puja has been performed and 'Prasad' or 'Bhog'  has been distributed and eaten.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saptavar - Mangalvar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:

To obtain happiness, peace, prosperity, high position in life, respect, and obedient sons-daughters, one must observe the Mangalvar Vrat. This Vrat is a sure and successful way to receive 'mangal kamna' or auspicious wishes.

This Vrat is very powerful in freeing one from diseases and helps aid recovery in those who are sick.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saptavar - Somvar Vrat

Saptavar - Weekly Vrat and Pooja:
SOMVAR (Monday)

Somvar or Mondays are devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvatiji. Ancient Shashtras detail three types of Somvar Vrat and Pooja. 
  1. Somvar - Shiv Ratri
  2. Solah Somvar - 16 Mondays
  3. Saumya Pradosh - Pradosh Vrat