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Nahai Khai Ritual during Jivitputrika Vrat

Nahai Khai is the first day of three-day Jivitputrika Vrat or Jitiya Fasting observed by mothers for the well being of their children in North India, especially in Bihar. In 2018, Nahai Khai ritual is on October 1. Women eat the last food on Nahai Khai day before the beginning of the Jitiya fasting on the next day. The food is taken after proper purification of the body.
The last food can be taken during any time of the Saptami day (seventh day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin (Bhadrapad in other regions).
Jivitputrika Vrat or Jitiya fasting is observed on the eighth day – Ashtami day (October 2, 2018).

The fast ends with the Paaran ritual, the time of time of Paaran ritual is the beginning of the ninth day – Navami day - Time of Paaran in 2018 is at 12:22 AM on October 3.

For the First Time Women Priests to Perform Pujas during Durga Puja in Bengal

Four women in Bengal have passed the priesthood course conducted by Uttar Pratik Sangashkirita Shuiksha Prachar Shangashtha (North Pratik Agency for Expansion of Sanskrit Education) and qualified to perform pujas and rituals of Hinduism. They have also become members of the Bangiya Purahit Parishad (West Bengal Priests' Association), the largest association of Hindu priests in West Bengal, which nominates priests for Durga Puja rituals.This means daughters of Goddess Shakti will be performing pujas to Mother – Durga Maa during this Durga Puja. Women always perform all the pre-puja arrangements in all important Hindu festivals and rituals. Now they have moved a step ahead and will conduct pujas also.DNA reportsAccording to Somnath Shashtri, the chief instructor of Uttar Pratik Sangashkirita Shuiksha Prachar Shangashtha, the women – Shampa Roy, Aparna Chatterjee, Sujata Mukherjee and Mita Mukherjee – have graduated from the programme with distinction. "This is the time that fou…

Mahalaya Amavasya

Mahalaya Amavasya is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the month of Ashvin or Ashvayuja (September-October). Mahalaya Amavasya 2018 date is on October 8. Mahalaya should be performed in the morning. As it is falling on a Monday the day is highly auspicious and is known as Somavati Amavasya. It is the final and the most important day during the Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight. The popular belief is that performing Mahalaya Shradh is equal to performing Shradh and Tarpan on all days of Pitru Paksha.
Mahalaya Amavasya also marks the beginning of Durga Puja rituals. Goddess Durga descends on to earth on the day.
It is said that those people who failed to observe Shradh rituals on a particular day during Pitru Paksha fortnight can solve it by observing Mahalaya Amavasya Shradh.
Another popular belief suggests that the souls of those people who had unnatural deaths like accident etc are satisfied and rest in peace when their relatives or sons or daughters perform Mahalaya Amavasya Tarp…

Ashta Panchami – Importance of Ashtapanjami

Ashta Panjami, or Achtapanchami, is a highly auspicious day as per traditional Malayalam Panchangam and Kerala Astrology. Ashta Panchami occurs on the ashtami day (eighth day after full moon) in Chingam month. In 2018, Ashta Panchami date is September 3.

Ashta Panchami is something quite similar to Akshaya Tritiya or Pushya Nakshatra. The day is considered highly auspicious to buy new properties and houses.

Ashta Panchami day is presently marketed by real estate agents and flat builders to sell properties and flats.