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Vyahanti Vrat to Get Rich and Famous

Vyahanti Vrat is observed on the first day of the waxing phase of moon in every month starting from Chaitra month. It is performed to lead a king size life – become rich and famous. The vrat starts in the morning with bath in a river or pond. The person then offers prayer to Surya and Ganesha. He then donates clothes. He also plants trees. The person should also feed animals. A partial fast is kept on the day. You can offer prayers on the day to Goddess Lakshmi and Kubera. This routine should be observed on the first day of the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha Pratipada in every month in a Hindu lunar calendar.

Vibhuti Dwadasi Vrat Dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu

Vibhuti Dwadasi Vrat is observed for getting the blessings of Bhagvan Vishnu. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadasi day in the months of Vaishakh, Kartik, Margashirsh and Phalgun as per Hindu calendar followed in North India . The Vrat begins on Shukla Paksha Dasami or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. On the day pure vegetarian food is eaten. Complete fasting is observed on Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. Grains are totally avoided. One can have fruits. The vrat ends on Shukla Paksha Dwadasi day or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. On the day morning after prayers, one has to perform annadanam or food donation. Person performing the vrat should read Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Vishnu Purana or Bhagavad Gita on all three days. 

Importance of Pasha or Rope carried by Hindu Gods

Pasha is the noose or rope carried by Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It can mainly be found in the hands of Ganesha and Yama. When Ganesha uses Pasha it means he is tying and carrying away all the obstacles. But when dealing with a person following Adharma, the noose in the hands of Ganesha is loosened and he releases all the obstacles and creates problems. Yama carries the noose to capture souls from the body at the time of death. Pasha is represented in Hindu Sculptures as consisting of two or even three ropes made into a single or a double loop. (Quote from Elements of Hindu Iconography page 8 Volume 1 Part 1) In the Shaiva Siddhanta, pasha is also the name given to Shiva’s power of illusion through which he entraps and enthralls unenlightened people. Pasha is also one among the one thousand names of Lord Shiva. Pashasana is also an important posture in Yoga. The position of the arms like a noose around the legs is referred as Pashasana.

Lalitha Darshan Yatra in Kashi in Bhadrapad Month

Lalitha Darshan Yatra is annually held in Kashi in the Bhadrapad month. This annual ritual is performed on the Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi. Lalitha Darshan Yatra 2024 date in Kashi is on August 22. Darshan yatra is an important ritual in Kashi. There is one or another yatra in each Hindu lunar month. Goddess Lalitha is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. There is a popular ghat named after Goddess Lalitha. Temple dedicated to her is located along the ghat. Lalitha Darshan Yatra is observed during the third day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month – Bhadon Krishna Paksha Tritiya. 

Vijaya Saptami Vrat dedicated to Surya

Vijaya Saptami Vrat is observed when Shukla Paksha Saptami or seventh day during the waxing phase of moon falls on Sunday. The vrat is dedicated to Surya, the sun god. Performing holy bath in rivers and performing donation and other philanthropic activities on the day helps in removal of all sins. Prayers are offered in the morning and evening to Surya. Gayatri Mantra is chanted in the morning and other Surya mantras are chanted in the evening. A fast is observed on the day from sunrise to sunset. It is also a good day to offer prayers to deceased ancestors and relatives. The day is also apt for performing Shradh for ancestors.

Varun Vrat in Bhadrapad Month

Varan Vrat is observed for the entire Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India . Bhadrapad in North India in 2024 is from August 19 to September 18. The pujas and prayers on the day are dedicated to Varuna, the Vedic deity. Today, Varuna also is the god of rains and seas. The vrat begins on the first day of Bhadrapad month and ends on the Bhadrapad Purnima. Daily prayers are offered to Varuna for welfare. Only vegetarian food is consumed for the entire month. The devotee donates clothes and food to the poor and needy as per his financial strength. 

Vishnu Vrat on Shukla Paksha Dwadashi

Vishnu Vrat as the name indicates is dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu and is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadasi day for a year. The popular belief is that the person observing the vrat will attain Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu. The devotee will also be blessed with peace and wealth. The vrat can be started from the Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the 12 th day during the waxing phase of moon in any month. Most devotees usually start if from the Paush shukla paksha Dwadasi. The devotees observe a partial fast on the day. He avoids all non vegetarian food and does not eat any grains. Vishnu puja is performed in the morning and evening by offering Tulsi leaves. It is very important to donate food and clothes on all the 12 dwadashi in a year. Vishnu Vrat is also observed for relief from sins committed.

Arjun Ka Beta – Play Based on Abhimanyu’s Fight inside Chakravyuh in Mahabharata

Arjun Ka Beta is a play (drama) based on Abhimanyu’s fight inside the Chakravyuh in the Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata. The play is directed by Atul Satya Koushik and was staged on June 15, 2014. The drama symbolically represents the seven Kaurava warriors, who fought against Abhimanyu, as seven vices. Authintmail writes  "The story is very much relevant in today's time as 'Chakravyuh' has many lessons for us. This life that we are living is itself is a Chakravyuh and we are all Abhimanyu's of our battles. "Those seven warriors that he fought against are seven vices that mankind has to always strive against," Atul Satya Koushik added.  Abhimanyu, the courageous and valiant son of Arjuna agreed to enter the complex, spiral multi tier defensive formation after six days of the Kurukshetra war. Even though, he knew how to get into the seven layered system, he did not know how to get out of it. And lost his life in the fight.  So using poet