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Panchagavya

Panchagavya is a combination of five products – milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung.  Panch means five and Gavya means product obtained from cow. Panchagavya is the five elements obtained from cow and it is considered sacred and has medicinal properties. Panchagavya is used to break certain Hindu fasting by certain communities. Panchagavya is also a used by Ayurveda practitioners to cure various diseases. A small amount Panchagavya is consumed on certain fasting days. This is usually to end the fast like Chandrayana Vrat.

Gauri Teej in Magh Month – Magha Mahina Gouri Teej

Gauri Teej in Magh month is observed mainly in North India. The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Shakti (Goddess Parvati who is also known as Gowri). Gauri Teej 2018 date is January 20. Teej refers to the third day of the lunar fortnight in a Hindu calendar. Gouri Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magha Mahina.

The rituals on the day are observed for prosperity and peace. The divine couple of Shiva and Parvati are worshipped on the day.

An important Gauri Teej is observed in Chaitra month this is believed to be the marriage day of Shiva and Parvati.

Gouri Teej is also observed in the month of Vaishakha (May) and Bhadrapad (September).

Sayings and Thoughts of Swami Sivananda

Mind is a mysterious something which is really nothing but does everything. All evil qualities proceed from anger. If you control anger all evil qualities will vanish by themselves. You can annihilate anger by looking at the brighter side of persons. Ignore the dark aspect. In unity lies not only strength, but peace and bliss. Worship should always be simple and performed with feeling and devotion, unhindered by unnecessary rules, rituals and formalities. It should be such that one could perform it after a mere wash of the hands and feet. Swami Sivananda