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Anla Navami – Anla Nabami in Orissa

Anla Navami is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon (Kartik Shukla Nabami) during the Kartik month (October – November). This Nabami ritual is mainly followed in Orissa. Anla Navami 2017 date is October 29. On this day pujas and rituals are offered to Anla Plant.

Anla Navami ritual is mainly performed by women in Orissa. The day is of great significance at the SakhigopalTemple near Puri. On this day devotees get the darshan of the feet of the idol of Radha in the temple.

Anla Nabami Mela is also organized during the period in Puri.

Importance and Significance of Bali Pratipada - Why Giving Gifts Is Important On Bali Padyami Day

There is a tradition of performing Dhana Dharma and giving gifts on Bali Pratipada day in Karnataka. Giving of gifts is of great significance and importance on Bali Padyami day and is based on the legend of King Bali offering all he had to Lord Vamana.
Lord Vishnu was immensely pleased with devotion and Dhaana Dharma of King Bali. Lord Vishnu as Vamana blessed Him that any gift or Daana given on the day will have more power than that of other days. He also said that those who perform Dhana Dharma on the day will be blessed with more prosperity and wealth.
King Bali also asked that after his departure his citizens should not suffer and therefore whoever performs the deepa daana on the Bali Padyami day shall have Sri Mahalakshmi stay in their house – they will be blessed with wealth and prosperity.
It is also said that those who does not wear new Vastra, and does not have abhyanjana on Bali Pratipada day will have sorrow for the full year.
Such was the devotion of King Bali that Vishn…

Why do we perform Lakshmi Puja on Diwali?

The most important puja performed on Diwali is the Lakshmi Puja dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, luck and wealth. But why do we perform Lakshmi Puja especially on Diwali day. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi incarnated on Diwali day during the legendary churning of ocean (samudra-manthan) in the Puranas. This is the main reason why Lakshmi Puja is performed on Diwali. Another legend has it that on Diwali day, Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman Avatar rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali. People perform Lakshmi Puja on the day for peace, prosperity, material wealth and spiritual wealth.The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes on the day and she is welcomed by keeping the premises clean and neat.
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