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Showing posts from July 23, 2009

Singhara Teej

Singhara Teej is the first of the three Teej festivals observed in North India. In 2017, the date of Singhara Teej is July 26. It is also known as Hariyali Teej and is observed three days after the Shravan Amavasi or Hariyali Amavasya. Singhara Teej is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Singhara Teej is also dedicated to the monsoon rains and new lush green nature. The festival is mainly observed in Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Goddess Parvati are performed on the day. Women wear green colored dresses and green bangles resembling the lush green nature. Women also paint their hands with new Mehandi or henna designs. It is a sort of thanksgiving to Mother Nature.

Numerous songs praising Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and those praising Mother Nature are sung on the day.

Workshop on How to Make Eco-friendly Ganesh Idols in Mumbai

A large number of Lord Ganesha Idols used for worship during Ganesh Chaturthi festival are made using plaster of Paris and chemical colors having toxic ingredients. During the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony at the end of the festival, the idols are discarded in rivers, seas, ponds and lakes and this leads to water contamination and pollution. The original method of observing Ganesh Chaturthi is by making Ganesh idols using clay and natural colors. Numerous Government departments, organizations and NGOs are working towards an environment friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Rotary Club of Badlapur Industrial area in Mumbai is conducting an Eco-friendly Ganesh Idol workshop in Mumbai to spread the awareness of natural Ganesh idols.Times of India reportsThis workshop will teach participants to make a Ganesh idol without the use of plaster of Paris and colours having toxic ingredients. There are limited number of seats for the workshop. The last date for registration is July 24, 2009.

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Shravan Shukravar Puja – Friday Pujas and Vrat in Shravani Month in Maharashtra and Gujarat

Fridays in Shravan month, Shravani Shukravar, is an auspicious day for many Hindu communities in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In 2018, the dates of Shravani Shukravar puja are August 17, August 24, August 31 and September 7. Special prayers are performed by mothers for the welfare of their children on the day. The puja is also known as Jiviti Pooja, or Jara Jivantika Puja, in some regions and is dedicated to Goddess Jivantika.

Pujas and prayers are held at homes on Shravani Shukrawar. Neighbors, friends and relatives join in the prayers on the day. In some regions, community pujas are performed on all Fridays in Shravan Mahina. Women apply kumkum on each other’s forehead and pray for peaceful and happy married life and for the welfare and health of their children..

In some places, Puran lamps are prepared for placing on puja thali. Special Puran dishes are also prepared on the day. Traditional red kumkum tika is applied on the forehead of the children.

Some Hindu communities observe a f…

Inspirational Hindu Quotes

When two pieces of dry twigs are rubbed, fire is ignited,
If earth is dug, it gives out water,
If there is enthusiasm nothing is impossible,
If you start towards the right direction and keep working, you will reach the goal. When the great ocean was churned (samudra manthanam) by gods, it gave rise to many things. Along with numerous attractive objects, dreadful poison also came out. Poison could not frighten gods nor could precious gems tempt them from their efforts. They continued to churn the ocean till the nectar (amrita) came out.