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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 2017, Nahai Khai ritual is on September 12. 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 (September 23, 2016).

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 2017 is at 10:48 PM on September 13.

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…

Special Trains during Navratri and Dasara 2009 by Indian Railways – Hyderabad and Secunderabad

South Central Railway of Indian Railways has announced special trains for Navratri and Dasara festival in 2009. The special 2009 Navaratri and Dussehra trains are from Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Patna, Guntur, Tirupati, Allahabad, Kakinada, Vishakapatnam and Rajahmundry. This article is to provide some basic information on the special trains during Navratri and Dasara as found in press release of Indian Railway. Please use the train numbers to find the current information at the Reservation counter in Railway Stations Time and date mentioned is as per Indian standard time. Train No 771/772 Secunderabad – Patna Weekly Special Train No.771 Secunderabad – Patna Weekly Special will depart from Secunderabad on every Tuesday (September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13) at 10:00 pm and arrive at Patna at 09:50 am on Thursday. Train No.771 Patna-Secunderabad Weekly Special will depart from Patna at will leave Patna on every Thursday (September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15) at 04:30 pm and reach Secundera…

Ayudha Puja 2017 date during Durga Pooja and Navratri

Ayudha Puja is observed on ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin month. In Tamil Nadu, Ayuda Pooja is in Puratasi month and in Kerala it is in the Kanni month. Ayudha Puja 2017 date is September 29. Literally, Ayudha Puja means the worship of weapons. On the day books, tools and objects used for making a living is worshipped and ritual purification is performed.
The books and objects that are kept for ritual purification are only taken on the next day morning after pujas and rituals. The day is also the last day of Saraswati Puja. In South India, therefore the day is also known as Shastra Puja.
Legend has it that the weapons used by Goddess Durga were worshipped on the day. The day is known as Astra Puja in Bengal and is observed on Durga Ashtami day.
You can find more details of Ayudha Puja in this earlier article.

Mahalaya Amavasya

Mahalaya Amavasya is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the month of Ashvin or Ashvayuja (September-October). Mahalaya Amavasya 2017 date is on September 19. 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 T…

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 2011, Ashta Panchami date is September 21. 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.

Puratasi Saturdays – Worship of Lord Venkateswara in Tamil Month Puratassi

Saturdays, or Sani kilamai, in the Tamil Month Puratasi is considered highly auspicious for propitiating and worshipping Lord Venkateswara, Lord Shani and Navagrahas. It is believed that Lord Balaji will help those devotees observing Purattasi worship and fasting overcome difficulties created by Sani Bhagvan. 

It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Balaji on earth in Puratasi month and He also returned to Vaikunata in the month. There is also a popular belief that Shani Bhagavan loses his powers in Puratassi month and therefore cannot create any trouble.

Most devotees observe a partial fast on Puratasi Saturdays – only a single meal is eaten on the day.

Devotees also offer Ghee Lamp or Ellu Lamp to Lord Shani in the month. You can find more details regarding Puratasi Saturdays in this earlier article.

Thirukural Teachings

Thirukural composed by Sage Tiruvalluvar contains worldly wisdom and universal truth.There is no greater wealth one can acquire than Dharma and no misfortune greater than the forgetting of it. Go as far as your strength and resources permit without swerving from the path of Dharma. Keep the mind free from evil thoughts. This is what Dharma is all about. External observances of Dharma are only sound and show.Only the joy that comes from right conduct is true happiness. Other pleasures are really sources of pain and causes of shame.