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Chhat Puja 2010 – Vrat Dates of Dala Chhath Festival 2010

Chhat Puja, or Dala Chhath Pooja, is an important ritual observed after Diwali in Bihar and other parts of northern and eastern India. The Chhat Puja 2010 dates are – the main Chhath puja is November 12 and November 13. Sandhya Argh (Chhat Dala Evening puja) is on November 12. Suryodaya Argh (Chhath Dala Morning puja) is on November 13. Nahai Khai is on November 10 and Kharna is on November 11. Chhat Puja is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). The main rituals take place on the sixth and seventh day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon. The important rituals include strict fasting and offerings to Surya Bhagvan (Sun God) on river bank or seashore. Chhath fasting is mainly observed in Bihar, eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. Chhat Puja is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) and Lord Kartikeya or Skanda. People undertake Chhat fasting for the well being of the family. It is belie…

Kartik Vrat – Importance of Kartik Month in North India

Kartik is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India and most of the month-long rituals are dedicated to Lord Krishna. Kartik month is considered highly auspicious by both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva devotees. The importance of Kartik month is mentioned in the Skanda and Padma Purana. The most important ritual in the month is taking bath before sunrise in River Ganga known as Kartik Snan. It must be noted that there is no major monthly fast but women observe certain food restrictions.
In some regions after the ritual bath in the morning, women make idol of Lord Krishna and other gods in Hindu pantheon and worship them.
Women consider themselves as Gopis in Vrindavan and worship Lord Krishna in the month. During the first fortnight of the month women consider Lord Krishna as a child and sing him lullabies and worship Him in His child form. During the second half of the fortnight Lord Krishna is worshipped as a young man and women perform the Tulsi Vivah …

Motivational Thoughts from Sri Aurobindo

Be free in thyself, and therefore free in thy mind, free in thy life and thy body. For the Spirit is freedom.Be one with God and all beings; live in thyself and not in thy little ego. For the Spirit is unity.Be thyself, immortal, and put not thy faith in death; for death is not of thyself, but of thy body. For the Spirit is immortality.To be immortal is to be infinite in being and in consciousness and bliss; for the Spirit is infinite and that which is finite lives only by his infinity.Sri AurobindoSource: Excerpts from essay titled – The Divine SupermanYou may also like to readSri Aurobindo Thoughts on MokshaAurobindo Gosh on HinduismSri Aurobindo on Buddha as an Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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