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While Praying or Doing Puja Pray with a Single Aim – A story from Puranas

Lord Surya, or Sun God, had a son named Shradhadeva. He did not have any children after several years of marriage. So he took the advice of Sage Vasishta and performed the Puthrakameshti Yajna to get a child. Shradhadeva asked the sage conducting the yajna to pray for a boy child. But during the course of the yajna the queen asked the sage to pray for a girl child. A year after the yajna the queen gave birth to a girl child. The king was disappointed as it was not a boy child.So the king asked the sage who conducted the yajna where he had made the mistake. The sage said that he did not make any mistake but during the course of yajna the aim of the prayer and puja was changed on queen’s request.Shradhadeva then prayed to Lord Shiva for a boy child and he was blessed with a male child later.This story illustrates that while praying or doing puja there should be only a single aim. When there are numerous wishes and desires none will be fulfilled. This is one reason why most prayers and p…

Sashti Fasting in November 2011 – Shasti Vratam

Shasti Vratam is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon as per a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. Shasti fasting date in November 2011 is November 1 and November 30. The Skanda Shasti Vratam which begins on November 1 concludes on the day with the Soorasamharam. Muruga devotees observe a fast on the day. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples.

There are two Sashti fasting dates in a month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling during waxing phase of moon.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. You may also like to read Shasti fasting – How t…

Dev Deepavali in Maharashtra

Dev Deepavali is observed on the first day of the Margashirsh month as per the traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra. Dev Deepavali 2018 date is December 8. It must be noted that Dev Deepavali is also observed on the Kartik Purnima day in many regions - this is on November 23.

Please note that in many regions Dev Diwali is observed on Kartik Purnima. That is around 15 days earlier.

Dev Deepavali as the name suggests is dedicated to the Devas or Demi Gods. It is observed to commemorate the victory over demons and their return to heaven or Devaloka.

The most popular dev Deepavali is the one observed during the Kartik Purnima day which is the first Purnima after the Diwali celebrations.

Teachings from Atma Bodha of Adi Shankaracharya

Just as the fire is the direct cause for cooking, so without Knowledge no emancipation can be had. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for liberation.Action cannot destroy ignorance, for it is not in conflict with or opposed to ignorance. Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness.The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. When ignorance is destroyed the Self which does not admit of any multiplicity truly reveals itself by itself: like the Sun when the clouds pass away.Constant practice of knowledge purifies the Self (‘Jivatman’), stained by ignorance and then disappears itself – as the powder of the ‘Kataka-nut’ settles down after it has cleansed the muddy water.Atma Bodha of Adi Shankaracharya