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Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja – Gurubar or Thursday Puja Dedicated Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Thursdays during Margashirsh Month (November – December) in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This puja is performed to get Sukh, Shanti and Aishwarya – comfort, peace and prosperity. In 2018, the Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja beginning date in Margashrish month is December 13, Thursday. The other dates are December 20, December 27 and January 4, 2019.

Some people observe the Mahalakshmi Puja for four Thursdays of the Margashirsh month. Some people observe it for eight Thursdays (including the Thursdays in Poush month) People observe a fast on the day. The fasting is from Sunrise to sunset.

People eat fruits, banana and milk while observing the fast on the day. In the evening, after Lakshmi puja vegetarian food is eaten usually the Prasad offered to Goddess Lakshmi.

The vrat is performed by both men and women. Married couples perform it together.

Those observing the Margashirsh Lakshmi puja invite seven married and seven young girls …

Lord Shiva and Tiger Skin

Lord Shiva is usually depicted as sitting or meditating on a tiger skin. Lord Shiva is usually portrayed as wearing a tiger skin as garment. Tiger symbolically represents power. Shiva sitting on tiger skin and wearing it symbolically means that He is beyond all power and dominates over all the powers. There is an interesting story in the Shiva Purana which narrates about how Lord Shiva got the tiger skin.Once Lord Shiva was roaming around the world like an Avadhuta. He was completely naked and was so merged in this meditation that he was unaware of any other existence. During His roaming, once He reached a forest inhabited by a group of saints. The saints lived along with their family and the arrival of a naked mendicant created flutter in their small and confined society. The women in the community were attracted by Shiva and there was disturbance in the daily routines of the Ashram.The saints became furious after they realized that it is the new mendicant that is responsible for the…

Daily Puja Timing at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in November, December and January

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala remains open continuously for 41 days only during the Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage season from Mid-November to December end. The temple then remains open from December end to Mid-January for the Makaravilakku pilgrimage. The puja timings remain almost the same on all days except when there is a special puja.
Here are the puja timings at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in November, December and January

Temple opens at 0400 hrs (4:00 AM) Nirmalya Darshan is at 0405 hrs Mahaganapati homam is at 0415 hrs Neyabhishekam is from 04:20 hrs to 11:30 hrs
Usha Puja (Morning puja) is at 07:30 hrs Uccha Puja (Afternoon Puja) is at 12:30 hrs
The Temple closes afternoon at 13:00 hrs (01:00 PM) In the evening Temple opens at 16:00 hrs (4: 00 PM) Deeparadhana (Evening puja) is at 18:30 hrs Pushpabhishekam - 19:00 hrs (On some days it is Padi Puja – puja of the eighteen holy steps.)
Athazha Puja is at 22:30 hrs Harivarasanam – at 22:50 hrs
The Temple closes for the day at 23:00 hrs (1…

Budhvar Vrat Katha – Story of Wednesday Fasting in Hindu Religion

Budhvar Vrat, or Wednesday fasting, in Hindu religion is dedicated to Budha or Mercury. In some regions, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Lord Krishna are also worshipped on the day. Those observing the Budhvar Vrat read or listen to the story associated with Wednesday fasting. There are several versions of the Budhvar Vrat Katha and this is one of them.Once a newly married couple was on their first visit to the bride’s home after marriage. The couple was welcomed happily by the in-law’s. The brothers and sisters of the bride took care of the newlywed couple. Two days passed in joy and then the husband realized that it was time to return. But it was a Wednesday and the in-law’s were not ready to send the girl as Mercury, or Budha, is not in favour of sending married girls to their husband’s house on Wednesdays. The young husband said that he was not worried about Mercury and he did not believe in such things and want to return today itself. He was a businessman and he is of the view that …