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Gajalaxmi Puja in Orissa – Gaja Lakshmi Puja in Ashwin Purnima

Gajalaxmi Puja in Orissa is observed for a week from the full moon day (Purnima) in Ashwin month and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Gajalaxmi Puja 2018 in Orissa begins on October 24. The festival is more popular in the Dhenkanal and Kendrapara regions in Orissa. Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped during the period in temporary temples. Gajalakshmi festival begins on the famous Kumar Purnima day.

Gajalaxmi, or Gaja Lakshmi, is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi – as Gajalakshmi she is the Goddess of elephants – symbol of fertility.

Goddess Gajalakshmi symbolically represents power, strength, grace and authority.

In some regions, Gajalaxmi Puja is observed for 11-days. The main rituals involve worshiping of Goddess Gaja Lakshmi. Puja committees make makeshift temples and install idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. The pandals are beautifully decorated and is usually based on a theme.

The week-long festival is used by many puja committees to spread social and envir…

Kaumudi Puja 2018 date – Koumudi Utsav in 2018

Kaumudi Puja, or Koumudi Utsav, is observed during the full moon day in Ashwin month (September – October) in western and eastern parts of India. Kaumudi Puja 2018 date is October 24. The ritual is popularly known as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and Kojagari Poornima.  Koumudi means moon light and the festival and puja is held during the night of Ashwin Purnima.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the night on the day.

There is a popular belief that the moon, or Chandra, is closest to earth during the Ashwin Purnima period. The rays of the moon are believed to have curative properties and it is believed that spending time in the moonlit night on the day will help in curing several diseases.

The day is observed as Sharad Purnima in many regions.

Bahubeeja Vrata

Bahubeeja Vrata starts from Ashwayuja Dwadashi (12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month) and ends on Karthika Shudda Dashami (12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month). Bahu Beeja ends on the Vijayadasara Aradhana Day, and is the last phase of the Chaturmasa Vrata. Bahubeeja Vrata in 2017 is from October 2 and ends on October 31.

During this period items made of Dwidala or Bahubeeja are to be avoided. Dvidala refers to any seed or vegetable which when broken or fried splits into two halves. Examples of such items are dals (pulses) and green peas.

Bahu Beeja refers to any fruit or vegetable that contains multiple seeds and is covered by an external skin. Examples of such items are apples, grapes, pomegranate, and cucumber.

People observing Bahubeeja Vrata usually consume banana and all banana products like Banana Kai (balekai - plantain), Baledindu, Bale Flower, etc. People also consume during the period Dantu soppu, Doddapatre Soppu, Agase Soppu, Kari…

Inspirational Quotes – Mahatma Gandhi

Today is Gandhi Jayanti. Here are some inspirational quotes from Mahatma Gandhi whose very life is inspiration for the seekers of Truth. All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
It is far easier to conquer others than to conquer oneself, because the former can be attained by recourse to outside means, while the latter can be achieved only with one’s own mind.
Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. Proneness to exaggerate, to suppress or modify the truth, wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural weakness of man and silence is necessary in order to surmount it.
To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immea…