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Pratipad Tithi Vrata – The Vrat observed the day after Purnima and Amavas

Pratipada Vrata, or Pratipad Tithi Vrat, is observed on the first during the waxing and waning phase of the moon as per traditional Hindu calendar. Pratipad Tithi Vrata is observed very rarely and the Vrata is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Pratipad Tithi in Kartik and Chaitra month is considered highly auspicious. Pratipad Tithi Vrat observed in Magh month is known as Dhanya Vrata and is dedicated to Agni. People who observe Pratipada Vrata fast for the entire day. Gayatri Mantra is chanted on the day. Another form of Pratipada Vrata observed is known as Shikhi Vrat. A devotee observing this Vrat takes only a single meal on the day. It is believed that one who observes this Vrata will gain material benefits. This Vrata is observed on all the Pratipadas in a year. You may also like to readEach day of a week dedicated to a particular Hindu God

Gandhiji Thoughts on the first mantra of Isha Upanishad

Since God pervades everything, nothing belongs to you, not even your own body. God is the undisputed unchallengeable Master of everything you possess. If it is universal brotherhood – not only brotherhood of all human beings but of all living things – I find in this first Mantra of Isha Upanishad. Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam Yat Kim Cha Jagatyam Jagat
Tena Tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gradha kasyasvid dhanamKnow that all this whatever moves in this moving world is enveloped by God.
Therefore find your enjoyment in renunciation, do not covet what belongs to others. If it is unshakable faith in the Lord and Master – and all the adjectives you can think of – I find it in this mantra.If it is the idea of complete surrender to God and of the faith that he will supply all that I need, then again I say I find it in this mantra.Since he pervades every fiber of my being and of all of you, I derive from it the doctrine of equality of all creatures on earth and it should satisfy the cravings of all philosoph…