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Third day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta on October 4, 2016

In the nine-day Navratri festival, the third day is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta. She is worshipped on October 4, 2016 during Navratri. In this form Goddess Durga depicts the angry element of her. The name Chandraghanta or Chandra-Khanda is from the semi-circular moon (Chandra) which appears like a bell (Ghanta) on the forehead of Her. Durga is also worshiped as Ashtamukhi and Shorashi in different parts of India on this day. The first three days of Navaratri puja are mainly dedicated to Goddess Durga in most parts of the country and this is the last day of worship of Durga.



Chandraghanta form of Durga is depicted with 10-arms and she rides a tiger. This form of Durga follows the mild forms of Shailaputri and Brahmacharini. Thus Durga represents all the three aspects of nature.
Goddess Durga is also worshiped as Shorashi in some parts of Western and Northern India on the third day. Another form worshiped on third day is that of Ashtamukhi.
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Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple – Shiva Mahalingeshwara Temple at Puttur in Karnataka

Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, MahalingeshwaraTemple is a popular temple at Puttur near Mangalore in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka. The Shivling worshipped at the temple was brought from Kashi by three Brahmins. They had placed the Shivling at Puttur for worship and then they could not remove it from the spot.

This is the only temple after Kashi Vishwanath Temple which has a cremation ground just opposite to the temple. 

The Brahmins sought the help of several people and the king of the land to remove the Shivling from the spot. The king of the land and his soldiers tried to move the Shivling but they could not. The elephant of the king was used to pull the Shivling. But a miracle happened. The Shivling grew in size and became Mahalingeshwara and the elephant was killed in the process. It is said that the elephant was shattered into pieces and different parts of it fell in different regions in Puttur. Even today the surrounding regions of Puttur have names of different parts …

Bhuvaraha

Bhuvaraha is one of the three different forms of Varaha Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu that one will come across in paintings, murtis and sculptures. Bhuvaraha is also known as Adivaraha and Nrivaraha.
The murti of Bhuvaraha has the face of a boar and the body of a man. The divine murti has four arms. What the arm carries varies from scripture to scripture. The color of the murti should be like the darkness of twilight.
As per Silparatna, his hands hold gada and padma and carry Bhumidevi on the tusk. One of his feet rest on Adisesha and the other on a tortoise. The Silparatna also suggests that instead of the Varaha being half man and half boar, it may be worked out wholly as a boar with a thick snout, broad shoulder blades, long tusks and a big body cover with up-turned bristles.
It must be noted that in all Bhuvaraha murtis, Goddess Bhumidevi is represented as a goddess in human form. Apart from the earth form that Varaha murti carries on His tusk.
For example Silparatna suggests that th…

Tirundudevankudi Temple near Thiruvisanallur – Karkadeswarar Temple at Tirundudevankudi

Karkadeswarar Temple located at Tirundudevankudi is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The temple is around 2 km from Thiruvisanallur in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu.

Shivling worshipped in Tirundudevankudi Temple is Swayambhu or that which appeared on its own. The Shivling worshipped in the temple was buried under sand due to heavy floods for long period. Once a Chola King had paralysis and all the treatments turned futile. The king prayed to Lord Shiva for a remedy. One day an old man and woman appeared in the palace and gave the king water mixed with sacred ash to drink. The king was cured immediately. The king wanted the couple to reside in the palace. However, they did not accept the offer. The king promised he would do anything they wished. The old couple took the king to the spot where the Tirundudevankudi Temple stands and asked the king to build a temple. They then merged in the Shivling here.

The king realized that the couple was Goddess Parvati and Shiva and built a temple in…

Devipaksha

Devipaksha is the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month (September – October) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In 2017, Devipaksha is from September 20 to September 30 – Navratri and Durga Puja are held during this period. The Devi Paksha begins with the Mahalaya Amavasya – it is said that the gods and goddess awake on this day to prepare for Durga Puja.

Devipaksha also marks the end of the Pitru Paksha period which is dedicated to dead forefathers.

It is said that Goddess Durga starts her journey towards the earth of the first day of the Devipaksha period.

It is believed that Goddess Durga was originally worshipped (Durga Puja) in the Chaitra month (March – April) and was also referred as Basanti Puja. It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Puja.

Lord Ram wanted to get the blessings of Goddess Durga before beginning the war with Ravana. Therefore he invoked Goddess Durga during the Devipaksha in Ashwin month (October – November). This is why the Durga Puja during Ash…

Durga Puja Sashti

Durga Puja Sashti, or Sasthi, is observed on the sixth after new moon in the Bengali month Aashin. In 2017, the date of Durga Puja Sashti is September 26. Goddess Durga is welcomed on Sashti day to Puja pandals and households. The important

ritual on the day includes unveiling the face of Durga Idol and Kalparambho. Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas are some of the main rituals on Sashti day.


Kalparambho is the beginning of Pujas. Bodhon is the consecration (invocation) of Goddess Durga Idol. Amontron is inviting the Goddess and Adibas sanctifying the stay of Goddess in the pandal of puja arena.

Durga Puja is mainly a community puja and therefore majority of the rituals associated with it are performed by a group of elderly people or by priests.

Navratri Day 4 Mantra – Fourth Day Prayers for Navratri in Hindi on October 5, 2016

The fourth day Prayers for Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda. It is chanted on October 5, 2016 during Navratri. Navratri Day 4 Mantra in Hindi is given below. There are three mantras. First is Mool Mantra for fourth day of Navratri. Second is Dhyan Shloka dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda.  Third is a Stotra. You can chant also prayers like Lalita Sahasranama on the day.
There is no need to chant all mantras. Most devotees chant just the mool mantra.
Navratri Day 4 Mool Mantra

Navratri Day 4 Dhyan Mantra

Navratri Day 4 Stotra

Short Video on Navratri Bommai Kolu Dolls – Navratri Golu exhibition

The display of dolls during Navratri is an important event in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and for some communities in Kerala. This display of dolls is known as Navratri Kolu or Golu. The dolls symbolically represent the army or assembly (durbar) of Goddess Durga. Here is a short video of Golu Dolls from Navratri Golu exhibition at CP arts centre, no.1, Eldams road, Alwarpet, Chennai-18.

Mantra To Attract Husband

Below is a prayer to attract husband. Anyone can chant this mantra for getting the attraction and love of husband. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

Along with the mantra, you should also offer prayers on Mondays to Shiva. Worshipping Mother Goddess Durga on Tuesday and Friday is also highly meritorious.

The ideal mantra is OM Namah Shivaya.

Mantra To Attract Girl

Below is a prayer to attract girl. Anyone can chant this mantra for getting the attraction the woman they love. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.
All prayers and mantras are powerful and they only work when the mind is pure and the intention is good. If you are thinking of Adharmic activities then it will backfire.


Mantra To Become Rich

Below is a prayer to become rich. Anyone can chant this mantra for amazing wealth. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

Mantra To Control Anger

Below is a prayer to control anger. Mantra can be chanted by those who are having trouble in controlling the temple. The mantra should be chanted whenever you feel you are losing your templer. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

Along with chanting the mantra, daily before going to sleep you should read a simple translation of Bhagavad Gita. Just a single verse or a chapter or any number of verses.

The best mantra to control anger Om Namah Shivaya.
Apart from this, you should also try to analyze your anger. Try to look into the situation. Try to find out the exact reason why you are getting angry – is it desire not being fulfilled or your ego is hurt. When you try to think about your anger, you will see it disappearing slowly. You should also try to see the status of the person on whom you are getting angry – would you have got angry in the same situation had the person been more strong or powerful. Ar…

Mirugasirisham Nakshatra Female Characteristics – Mirugasirisham Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Mirugasirisham Nakshatra born female is that they will be energetic and enthusiastic. Another important character of the birth star is that they will have constant mood swings and change in opinions. Other Mirugasirisham Nakshatra Female Characteristics are given below:

Will be beautiful with good figure. Will be smart in handling money and wealth. Will talk sweetly. Will win over people easily. Will be of peaceful nature. Will follow rules and regulations. Will have good and healthy children. Might commit mistakes knowingly. Will make lot of enemies. Will like to travel a lot.

Uthradam date in 2016 – Uthradam Onam

Onam is the most popular and important festival in Kerala in India and for Malayalis around the world. The first day of onam is known as Uthradam. The name is taken from the Nakshatra or birth star. Uthradam date in 2016 in September 13.

Onnam Onam, or first Onam, is observed on Uthradam day. All the preparation for Thiruonam, which is on the next day, is completed on the day.
‘Uthrada Pachil’ is a famous saying in Kerala which literally means people are in a hurry to complete the last minute purchases for Thiruonam.

Uthradam Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Uthradam Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Uthradam, the 21st star among 27 nakshatra or natchathiram, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Uthradam star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Brahmapureswarar temple located at Keezha Poongodi in Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.

Uthradam Natchathiram born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope. The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Uthradam Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.
Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Sri Brahmapureswarar temple.

Pooradam Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Pooradam Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Pooradam, the 20th star among 27 nakshatra or natchathiram, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Pooradam star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Akashapureeswarar temple located at Kaduveli in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.

Pooradam Natchathiram born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope. The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Pooradam Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.
Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Kaduveli Shiva Temple.

Moolam Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Moola Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Moolam, the 19th star among 27 nakshatra or natchathiram, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana.

Moolam star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Singeeswarar temple located at Mappedu in Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.

Moola Natchathiram born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope. The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Moolam Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.
Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Mappedu Shiva Temple.

Kedareshwar Vrata 2017 – Kedar Gauri Vrat 2017 date

Kedareshwar Vrata, also known as Kedar Gauri Vrat, is observed on the Amavasi day during Diwali. Kedareshwar Vrata 2017 date is October 19. Kedara Gauri Vrat is observed on Kartik Amavasi in North India and the corresponding Amavasya in other regions is Ashwin Amavas. The Vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is based on Goddess Parvati's attempt to merge with Lord Shiva.
Initially Kedareshwar Vrata used to begin on the Ashtami day or eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin or Kartik month and end on Amavasi day during Diwali. But now most people only observe the Vrat on the Amavas day.
Most Shiva devotees observe a fast on Kedareshwara Vrata day. Some people only perform a partial fast.
Kedareshwar Vrata is observed for attaining Moksha and merging with the Supreme Being.
You can read about the legend associated with Kedareshwar Vrata here in an earlier article on the same topic.

Navratri - Importance and Spiritual Significance

Every Hindu festival has a spiritual message for the sadhaka. This nine-day festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In fact the theme of the entire Vedas is reflected in the Navaratri festival: first remove all negativities; then purify the mind and cultivate positive virtues; and finally gain spiritual knowledge and transcend all limitations. Nava means nine and ratri means night. During these nine nights the Mother Goddess is worshipped in her variously manifested forms as Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati.

On the first three nights Durga is invoked for her strength and ferocity which are required to cut out from the mind its strong rooted, deep-seated negative tendencies.

Goddess Laxmi is (then) worshipped on the next three nights. She is invited to bring in her wealth of noble values to nourish and purify the cleansed mind.

Finally Goddess Saraswati is invoked on the last three nights to bestow the Higher Knowledge of the Self possible only after cleansing and purification …

When the heart is content, it comprehends Hari – Sant Kabir

O men and women; seek shelter with the One and Only. Repeat His singular Name, you creatures: for only then will you be able to cross life’s ocean.
My good men, what comes and goes bustling about the world, is Maya.
As a honeybee accumulates its honey, so a man accumulates his wealth. But when he is dead, the others say, take him away, take him away! Why have we let his corpse lie here so long?
Those who break the circuit of the senses aren’t very far from the supreme station, their destination.
When the heart is content, it comprehends Hari.
Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 15, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 15, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the 2nd day during the waxing phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the 2nd day during the waxing phase of the moon till 7:36 AM on October 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the 3rd day during the waxing phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 15, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 6:07 AM on October 15. Then onward it is Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa an…

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