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Gowri Habba: Swarna Gowri Vratam

Swarna Gowri Vratam or Gauri Vrat as the name indicates is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. In 2016, the date of Swarna Gowri Vratam is September 4. This Vrat is known as Hartalika Vrat in North India. Gowri Habba and its rituals are of South Indian origin and is observed mainly in Karnataka. Swarna means ‘gold’ and in the ritual a golden image of Goddess Parvati is worshipped along with Shivling.

In many places a clay idols of Goddess Gowri and Lord Ganesha is worshipped on this day. It is later immersed in a pond.

There is an interesting legend involving Swarna Gowri Vratam and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is believed that Goddess Parvati comes to earth to answer the prayers of married and unmarried women during Swarna Gauri Vratam. Gowri Vrat day is followed by the Ganesh Chaturthi day. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva sends Ganesha to fetch his mother from earth.
Origin of Swarna Gowri Vratam The important legend associated with Gowri Habba is that of the birth of …

Ganesh Immersion or Visarjan day

The culmination of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is with the most important Ganesh immersion ceremony or Ganesh Visarjan. In 2016, it is on September 15. When to immerse the Ganesh idol? Or when is the Ganesh immersion day? This is a perplexing question for many. Normally, Ganesh Visarjan takes place on Ananta Chaturdashi day. But there are no hard and fast rules for Ganesh Immersion, it usually depends on family tradition.

Ganesha Visarjan 2016 Dates One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – September 6Three days Ganpati Visarjan – September 7Five Days Ganesh Visarjan – September 9Seven Days Ganesh Visarjan – September 11Ten days Ganesh Visarjan – September 14Ananta Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 15 The symbolic meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that Lord Ganesha comes and stays among us. The immersion symbolizes his return from the earth after removing the obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees.

Some families perform the ceremony on the very next day. It is …

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes on Desire

Behind anger is a desire. It is a desire that is the cause of anger.
Unless you root out the desire, you can never be devoid of anger. I'm not saying you shouldn't desire.
Desires arise, and if they arise that's okay.
But hankering to fulfill them, thinking that when they're fulfilled
only then things will happen – ‘only then I'll be happy’ – is an illusion.Desire and distress go together.
Your desire, when it gets fulfilled, gives another desire and another desire.
With each desire, distress is simply postponed.All these different desires for experiences, for living, for knowing,
they arise and they get fulfilled and they move.
Is there anybody who has not fulfilled any desire?
Or is there anybody who has fulfilled all the desires? Is there any end for it?Sri Sri Ravi Shankar(Source: Various discourses of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

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