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Gowri Habba Puja Items – Requirements for Swarna Gouri Vrata or Gowri Ganesh Pooja

Gowri Habba Puja, also known as Gowri-Ganesha Pooja, is observed a day before Ganesh Chaturthi puja in Karnataka and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Also known as Swarna Gouri Puja, it is observed on the third day (Tritiya) of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month. Here is a list of essential things that are needed for Gowri Ganesha Puja. Gowri Ganesha Puja 2013 is on September 8.

This is only a general list of things required for Swarna Gouri Puja. The puja requirements vary from region to region. Clay Gowri and Ganesha idol
Clay
Two threshing pads (marada bagin) (Muram or Moram)
Banana leaf
Coconut
Betel Leaf
Betel nuts
Raw Rice
Bananas
Fruits
Fragrant flowers
Small bundle of red gram
Small bundle of Black gram
Small bundle of green gram
Small bundle of Bengal gram
Small bundle of wheat or Rava
Turmeric powder
Kumkuma
Eye kohl
Comb
Mirror
Bangles
Blouse piece
Other cosmetics
Gifts for women You may also like to read How to perform Gowri Ganesha Puja

Helicopter Services for Manimahesh Yatra

Mani Mahesh Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to ManimaheshLake and KailashPeak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. The yatra begins on Sri Krishna Jayanti and ends on Radha Ashtami. The official yatra is only for a fortnight in August/September. Now the Chamba District administration has started helicopter services to ManimaheshLake for those who would like to avoid the tough 14-km trek.

The Helicopter ferries devotees between Bharmour, the base camp of the Manimahesh pilgrimage, and Gauri Kund, which is one kilometer away from the Lake. The ManimaheshLake is located at an altitude of 13,500 feet.
The water of the ManimaheshLake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the KailashPeak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced Shivalingam installed near the lake.
You can get more details of Manimahesh Yatra in this article.

Videos on How to Make Ganesha Idols at Home – Make Clay Ganapati Idols by Hand

By making clay Ganesh idols for Vinayaka Chaturthi, or Ganesha Puja, at home with one’s own hand we are giving form to the formless Brahman. It does not matter if the Ganapati idols are crude or not beautiful. This form of devotion is unparalleled and there is not substitute to it. Here are few Videos on how to make Ganesha idols at home.
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Making Ganesh Idol Using Only Clay with Hand

Making Ganesha Idol Using Mould

Making of Clay Ganesh Idols by Potters

Making Ganesh Idols From Paper Mache

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Sama Vedi Upakarma 2016 Mantras – Sama Veda Upa Karma Prayoga or procedure

Sama Vedi Upakarma, also referred as Sama Veda Upa Karma, is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed by the Brahmin community that follows the Sama Veda – one of the four Vedas. Sama Vedi Upakarma 2016 is on September 4. The Upakarma prayogam (Sama Vedi Upa Karma 2016 Mantras) of Sama Vedi Brahmins is very extensive and differs from the Upakarma Prayoga of Rig and Yajur Vedis is on September 4, 2016.

The sacred thread changing ceremony known as Yagnopaveetha Dharana or Janeyu Dharana. It is part of the Vedic rituals.

On the same day, Saints and Priests belonging to certain Hindu community in Gujarat change the sacred thread.

You can get details of how to perform Sama Veda Upa Karma - Prayoga or procedure.

Sam Shravani

Sam Shravani is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Bhadrapad month. Sam Shravani 2017 date is August 24. On this day, Samvedi Brahmins change their sacred thread known as Janoi or Yajnopavitam. This particular name for the ritual is more popular in Gujarat.
It must be noted that there are Brahmins who follow Rig Veda or Yajur Veda or Sama Veda or Atharva Veda. And depending on which Veda they are following, they have a special day for changing the sacred thread. This ritual is more popular with South Indian Brahmins. Those that follow Yajur Veda change the thread on Shravan Purnima day and those that follow Rig Veda on the day after Shravan Purnima.
Those who follow the Sama Veda perform the ritual on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month. This ritual is popular with Brahmin community in South and Western parts of India.
The ritual involves chanting of sacred mantras. Saints affiliated to certain sects also change the Janoi on th…

Parivartini Ekadasi

Parivartini Ekadasi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Bhadrapad. In 2016, the date of Parivartini Ekadasi is September 13. Parivarthini Ekadashi is observed during the Chatur Mas and Dakshinayana period. It is the night time of Devas. There is a popular belief that during this Ekadasi, Lord Vishnu changes the position of his sleep.

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu who is taking rest during the period of Dakshinayana, changes his position of sleep – turns from left side to right side on the Ekadasi day in the Shukla Paksha of Bhadra month. Therefore this Ekadashi is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi.

Another legend has it that Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Vamana on this day.

The greatness of Parivartini Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi will be absolved of their sins.

All the usual rituals and rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is obs…

Teachings of Swami Chidananda

Even in the most holy of surroundings, the most sacred of places, right in the tabernacle of God, if your soul is not in Him and is not lifted up to wards Him, then you are not in a spiritual realm at all.A genuine, authentic positivism is an indispensable requisite of successful spiritual striving and ultimate attainment—a keen positivism that looks at the positive aspects of things and exults that God has been so gracious, that rejoicingly moves forward with enthusiasm, with interest, with eagerness, longing for nothing else, wishing for nothing else, caring for nothing else, and, paying attention to nothing else but this central quest. This in deed is the sure guarantor, that which ensures the successful culmination of the spiritual quest, the successful fruition of spiritual Sadhana, the successful attainment of enlightenment and illumination. Be this so in the life of each and every one of you!You may also like to readTruth is Existence and Eternity – Swami ChidanandaSwami Chidan…

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