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Gajalaxmi Puja in Orissa – Gaja Lakshmi Puja in Ashwin Purnima

Gajalaxmi Puja in Orissa is observed for a week from the full moon day (Purnima) in Ashwin month and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Gajalaxmi Puja 2017 in Orissa begins on October 5. The festival is more popular in the Dhenkanal and Kendrapara regions in Orissa. Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped during the period in temporary temples. Gajalakshmi festival begins on the famous Kumar Purnima day.

Gajalaxmi, or Gaja Lakshmi, is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi – as Gajalakshmi she is the Goddess of elephants – symbol of fertility.


Goddess Gajalakshmi symbolically represents power, strength, grace and authority.

In some regions, Gajalaxmi Puja is observed for 11-days. The main rituals involve worshiping of Goddess Gaja Lakshmi. Puja committees make makeshift temples and install idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. The pandals are beautifully decorated and is usually based on a theme.

The week-long festival is used by many puja committees to spread social and envi…

Kaumudi Puja 2017 date – Koumudi Utsav in 2017

Kaumudi Puja, or Koumudi Utsav, is observed during the full moon day in Ashwin month (September – October) in western and eastern parts of India. Kaumudi Puja 2017 date is October 5. The ritual is popularly known as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and Kojagari Poornima.  Koumudi means moon light and the festival and puja is held during the night of Ashwin Purnima.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the night on the day.

There is a popular belief that the moon, or Chandra, is closest to earth during the Ashwin Purnima period. The rays of the moon are believed to have curative properties and it is believed that spending time in the moonlit night on the day will help in curing several diseases.

The day is observed as Sharad Purnima in many regions.

Kedarnath Temple Closing Date in 2009

KedarnathTemple located in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand in India remains closed for six months during the winter period. In 2009, KedarnathTemple will close on October 19. The date for closure of the Kedarnath shrine was decided on Dussehra day (Vijayadasami day).KedarnathTemple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the shrines part of the Chardham yatra to the Himalayas in Uttarakhand in India. The shrine usually opens in April/May and closes in October/November.KedarnathTemple is one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Legend has it that the Pandavas after the 18-day Great Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata felt guilty of having killed their relatives and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for salvation here.Adi Shankaracharya is supposed to have worshipped at KedarnathTemple and fixed the method of puja.
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Bahubeeja Vrata

Bahubeeja Vrata starts from Ashwayuja Dwadashi (12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month) and ends on Karthika Shudda Dashami (12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month). Bahu Beeja ends on the Vijayadasara Aradhana Day, and is the last phase of the Chaturmasa Vrata. Bahubeeja Vrata in 2017 is from October 2 and ends on October 31.

During this period items made of Dwidala or Bahubeeja are to be avoided. Dvidala refers to any seed or vegetable which when broken or fried splits into two halves. Examples of such items are dals (pulses) and green peas.

Bahu Beeja refers to any fruit or vegetable that contains multiple seeds and is covered by an external skin. Examples of such items are apples, grapes, pomegranate, and cucumber.

People observing Bahubeeja Vrata usually consume banana and all banana products like Banana Kai (balekai - plantain), Baledindu, Bale Flower, etc. People also consume during the period Dantu soppu, Doddapatre Soppu, Agase Soppu, Kari…

Kartik Snana 2017 – Holy Bath in Kartik Month in Sacred Rivers

Taking a holy dip in Sacred Rivers associated with Hinduism in the month of Kartik (October – November) is considered highly auspicious. Kartik Snana 2017 begins on October 6 and ends on November 4, 2017. It is believed that taking a holy bath in sacred rivers in the month of Kartik will help in attaining Moksha.

A holy dip is taken in the month in River Ganga and Yamuna. Thousands of people converge at Prayag and Badarikashrama in the Himalayas on the banks of Ganga on auspicious days in Kartik Month to take part in the sacred bathing ritual.

The importance of taking a bath in the holy rivers in Kartik month is mentioned in Puranas and other scriptures.

It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Matsya (fish) to restore the Vedas in this month. Lord Krishna had narrated about the greatness of Kartik mahina to his Satyabhama.

Lord Shiva destroyed demon Tarkasur on the Purnima day in this month.

Inspirational Quotes – Mahatma Gandhi

Today is Gandhi Jayanti. Here are some inspirational quotes from Mahatma Gandhi whose very life is inspiration for the seekers of Truth. All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.It is far easier to conquer others than to conquer oneself, because the former can be attained by recourse to outside means, while the latter can be achieved only with one’s own mind.Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. Proneness to exaggerate, to suppress or modify the truth, wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural weakness of man and silence is necessary in order to surmount it.To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurab…

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