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Why is Lord Ganesha prayed to or invoked in the beginning of all religious and auspicious ceremonies?

In Hinduism, all religious and auspicious ceremonies begin with the invocation of Lord Ganesh. The first prayer in all ceremonies, religious or secular, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. But why is Lord Ganesha invoked in the beginning of all auspicious ceremonies? Because He is Vighneshvara, destroyer of obstacles and his blessing is necessary for the smooth conduct and functioning of any activity in the world. There is also an interesting incident mentioned in Hindu scriptures, which explains why the first prayer is always to Ganesha.The answer to why Lord Ganesha is always the first God invoked in all religious ceremonies is linked to his divine birth. Goddess Parvati using her supernatural powers gave birth to Lord Ganesha and assigned him the duty to guard the house while she was bathing inside. Lord Shiva appears and is denied entry by Ganesha as he is unaware that Shiva is Goddess Parvati’s husband. Lord Shiva too is unaware about Ganesha’s birth.After a verbal duel, two engage in …

Chardham Yatra 2009 Spiritual Tour Packages from Indian Railways

Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages and involves visit four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India – these are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Nestled in the lap of majestic Himalayas, these four sites are popular religious destinations North India. Now Indian railway is offering spiritual tour packages to the four shrines from New Delhi.The tour itinerary is New Delhi – Haridwar – Jankichatti – Yamunotri – Jankichatti – Uttarkashi – Harsil – Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Srikot – Kedarnath – Birhi – Badrinath – Joshimath – Kirtinagar – Haridwar – New Delhi. The tour is for 11 days and 12 nights.Chardham Spiritual Tour starts on all Fridays and Sundays in the Month of May and June. Adult double occupancy rate per person in economy package is 19737/- There is also a special package tour which starts from Haridwar. It is available on Mondays and Saturdays from Haridwar. Adult double occupancy rate per person in this package is 17279. You c…

Jyeshta Month in 2010 in Traditional Marathi Calendar

Jyeshtha Mahina is the second month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. Vat Poornima Vrat is observed on the full moon day in Jyeshta month in Marathi culture. Tukaram Maharaj Palki from Dehu to Pandarpur will start in the month. In 2010, Jyeshtha Month in traditional Marathi Calendar begins on (date) June 13 and ends on July 11.Jyeshta Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from June 13 to June 26.Jyeshta Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from June 27 to July 11.Jyeshta Purnima is on June 26 and Jyeshta Amavasi is on July 11.It must be noted that Jyeshta month in the calendar followed in North India is from May 10 to June 26.The Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is similar to the Marathi calendar.

Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat

Vat Savitri Amavas Puja, or Vat Savithri Amavasi Vrat, is observed by married women in North India. In 2018, the date of Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat is May 15. Main rituals include fasting on the day and worshipping the Banyan Tree. Married women observe Vat Savitri puja for the well being of their husbands and for a prosperous and happy family life.

Vat Savitri Vrat is based on the famous Savitri – Satyavan legend in the Mahabharat. In North India, Vat Puja is observed on the Jyeshta Amavasi day (no moon day).

Vat Savitri Vrat fasting is for three days. It begins on the Trayodashi day and ends on Amavasi – the fast is for three nights and ends on the fourth day. Prayers and pujas are dedicated to Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri.

But nowadays most women only fast on the Amavasi day.

It must be noted that in some regions, Vat Savitri Vrat is also observed on the Jyeshta Purnima day (full moon day), especially in Western parts of India – Gujarat.

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Swami Sukhabodhananda Thoughts

At the end of one of my programmes, a lady danced for three hours in sheer celebration. Then she came and sat next to me and told me how happy she was. As she was drinking coffee, the beverage spilt on her beautiful saree. Immediately, she screamed, saying her joy from the three-hour dance was gone.

Looking at this incident, I learnt that three hours of happiness was invalidated by a sorrow lasting for a few seconds. If our mind can work like this, the reverse is also possible. The three hours of sorrow can be invalidated by a few seconds of joy.Swami SukhabodhanandaRelatedSwami Sukhabodhananda on Ego

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