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How to observe Gauri Tritiya Vrat? – Rules and Procedure of observing Gauri Tritiya Vrat

Gauri Tritiya Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Gauri and is observed on the third day of the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi. It can be observed on all the shukla paksha Tritiya tithi in a Hindu month. Nowadays it is most popularly observed on the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month. In 2018, Gauri Tritiya Vrat is on March 20, 2018. Rules and procedure and how to observe the Vrat is given below:
The fast is from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
Goddess Gauri murti or picture should be worshipped with water, flowers and fruits. Sweet made from milk or honey is also offered as part of the puja. Red color flowers or lotus flower is offered as part of the puja.
Doing food donation to poor people and distributing clothes are considered highly meritorious.
Those observing fast can eat fruits. Salt is to be completely avoided.

Origin of the name Mallikarjana – Why is Shiva known as Mallikarjana at the Srisaila Jyothirlinga Temple

Mallikarjana is name used to refer to the Shivling worshipped at the SrisailaJyothirlingaTemple in India. The temple is also known as SrisailamShivaTemple. The origin of the term ‘Mallikarjana’ is associated with a flower and a tree.
It is believed that the original Shivling worshipped in temple was found by a girl under an Arjuna tree. The Shivling was worshipped with jasmine flowers plucked from a creeper on the Arjuna Tree.
Jasmine flowers flower is known as Malle Poolu or Malle Poo in local language. The name of the flower and the tree was combined to give the name to the Shivling – Mallikarjana.

Uma Vratam – How to observe Uma Vrat dedicated to Goddess Parvati

Uma Vratam is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed on the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu months Chaitra (March – April) and Magha (January – February). It is performed to gain peace and prosperity in life. Detail procedure and how to observe Uma Vrat is given below:
Image of Goddess Durga or Parvati (Uma) is worshipped on the day.
White flowers, dhoop, fragrance and Chandan are offered to Goddess Uma on the day.
Salt is completely avoided.
Jaggery is offered as sweet on the day. You can also prepare sweets made using jaggery.
This vrat is also known as Gur Vrat, Guda Vrat, Maha Vratam and Jaya Durga Vratam.

Rasa Kalyanini Vrata – Dedicated to Goddess Lalita

Rasa Kalyanini Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Lalita. The vrat is observed for desire fulfillment and is observed on the Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Tritiya or Bhadrapad or the Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Tritiya. In 2018, the Vrata is on April 18, September 12 and December 10.
The fast on the day is from sunrise to next day morning sunrise. All normal puja methods are followed.
Goddess Lalita is offered tila, rice, white flowers and fruits on the day. Sweet made of milk or honey is offered as Prasad. Clothes are donation to poor people on the day.
The Vrata can be also observed on all the Shukla Paksha Tritiya in a Hindu month.
On the Vrat day, one has to forgo salt and sugar.

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