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Chhat Puja – Important festival and Vrat dedicated to Surya in Bihar and Jharkhand - Chath Puja

Chhat or Dala Chath Vrat is an important and popular ritual observed by people of Bihar and Jharkhand in India and in the Terai Region of Nepal after Diwali. Chhat is dedicated to Lord Surya and Lord Kartik. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). Chhat fasting, also known as Surya Sashti, is also observed in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal.

Chhat vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire) and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga. People undertake this Vrat for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled, if they observe Chhat Puja. There is a popular belief that worshiping Surya will help in curing diseases like leprosy and also ensure longevity and prosperity of the family. The fast is mainly kept by women, in many places men also join in the ritual and observe fast.

During the Chhat puja devotees cook food with dry wood on new oven made of brick and soi…

Govardhan Puja - celebration of the lifting of Mount Govardhana by Lord Krishna

Govardhan Puja is celebrated a day after Diwali. GovardanMountain near Mathura, which was lifted by Shri Krishna to save the people of Braj from heavy rains and flood, is worshipped on the day. In 2017, the date of Govardhan Puja is October 20. Devotees offer different types of food on the day to Lord Krishna and this large amount of food forms a mountain. Therefore the festival is also known as Annakut, a mountain of food. Govardhan Parikrama, circumambulating the hill, is an important event on the day. Today, the Pooja is a major event around world and is popularized by ISKCON.

Legend has it that Indra, the god of rain, was the deity to whom people prayed for a favorable climate and for the protection of their crops and cows. Indra was arrogant and punished the people with flood if the offering were inadequate. Krishna thought Govardhan hill which was stopping the clouds and providing rains should be worshipped and not an arrogant Indra. Krishna asked people to stop worshipping Ind…

Skanda Shasti in 2008

Kanda Shasthi, or Skanda Sasti Vratam, is an important Tamil festival dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. It is observed in the month of Aippasi (October-November) and celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda over demon Surapadma. Tamilians, especially Muruga devotees, around world observe fasting for six days before the festival. It is a major event in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa. In 2008, Skanda Shasti fasting begins on October 29. The date of Soorasamharam or Skanda Shasti festival is November 4. The Kanda Shasthi Thiru Kalyana Utsavam is on November 5. (In some Tamil calendars , Skanda Shasti festival is marked on November 3. Therefore please check the exact date in your local temple or local calendar.)Lord Muruga is considered to be the most handsome god in Hindu pantheon and he is also the commander of the army of the Devas. Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Skanda is also known as Kartikeya and Subrahmanya. His birth was primarily to kill the d…

Osho Thoughts on Happiness

Human beings can be tremendously happy and tremendously unhappy – and they are free to choose. This freedom is hazardous, this freedom is very dangerous because you become responsible.Happiness happens when you fit with your life, when you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is your joy. We have been distracted into unnatural preoccupations: money, prestige, power. Listening to the birds is not going to give you money. Watching a butterfly is not going to help you economically, politically, socially. These things are not profitable – but these things make you happy. A real human being takes the courage to move with things that make him happy. Osho

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