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Agni Vrat for Peace and Prosperity

Agni Vrat is observed from the Phalgun month and is dedicated to Agni – Hindu fire god and Vasudeva – Krishna . Agni Vrat starting date in 2023 is from February 9. The vrat is observed for a year. The Vrat should be followed for 12 months on the Krishna paksha Chaturthi or the 4 th day after full moon day. The vrat is observed for obtaining peace and prosperity. Symbolically a person purifies himself with the vrat. The person undertaking the vrat should offer prayers to Krishna and Agni. He should read Holy Scriptures on the day. Donate food. He should only eat once on the day.  Agni vrat begins on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India .

Ananta Vrata Mantra – Prayer Chanted on Ananta Chaturdashi Day While Tying Thread

Ananta Vrata is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu and is observed on Ananta Chaturdashi day. A mantra is chanted while tying thread known as Ananta Daram. The mantra is given in English and Hindi below: Ananta Vrata Mantra in Hindi Anantasamsaramhasamudree Magraan Samayabhyudhar Vasudeva Anantarupe Viniyojitatma Hananataroopaya Namo Namaste.

Goddess Kalijai - Worshipped on an Island in Chilika Lake in Orissa

Goddess Kalijai is worshipped in the rocky island of Kalijai in the Chilika Lake in Orissa. She is worshipped by the local boatmen, fishermen and by all those people who make living in and around the lake. The belief is that she protects people who venture into the lake. She helps people who are caught in storm, rain and bad weather. Goddess Kalijai is not an incarnation of any Hindu Goddess. Worship of her started after an accident involving a woman of the region. Kalijai, a girl in a nearby village, was newly married and was being taken by boat across the lake to her husband's home in the Parikuda-Maluda Islands in the eastern shore towards the sea. It was the spring season and the lake is known to produce sudden storm. One such sudden storm dashed the boat carrying Kalijai against a rock. All the people were saved except Kalijai. Since then people have seen her ghost in the island. Boatmen pray to her for their safety. There is a temple on the

Anantarya Vrat Dedicated to Uma Form of Goddess Parvati

Anantarya Vrat is dedicated to the Uma form of Goddess Parvati. It begins in the Margashirsha month in Hindu lunar calendar. The vrat is performed for the welfare of children and peace in family. Anantarya Vrat in 2023 begins on December 15. The vrat is performed on all Tritiya or third day of a fortnight in Hindu calendar. The vrat can be performed by both men and women. The devotee performing the vrat should opt for a vegetarian food on the previous day of the vrat. On the day of the vrat after early morning bath, prayers are performed to Goddess Uma. You can read Lalita Sahasranama. Food without salt is eaten on the day. Food made using oil is also avoided on the day. The vrat should be performed for a year on both the fortnights. To perform Annadanam or food donation to poor children on the day of the vrat is highly meritorious. Anantarya Vrat begins on Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Tritiya – third day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh mon

Siddhanath Temple – Shiva Mandir at Ghanta Ghar Chowk in Baharaich in Uttar Pradesh

Siddhanath Temple is a popular Shiva Temple in Baharaich in Uttar Pradesh and is located in Ghanta Ghar Chowk area. Shiva is worshipped here as Baba Siddhanath. The temple was established by Yudhishtira of the Mahabharat during the Dwaparyuga. The temple is under the supervision of the Panchdashnam Joona Akdhada. Famous Sage Aughadnath Baba is believed to have meditated here. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is considerably big and is swayambhu – formed on its own. The upper portion of the Shivling is 2ft high. A bronze five-headed naga forms a canopy over the Shivling. A rare rudraksha mala is placed on the hood of the naga. Other deities worshipped in the temple include Ganesha, Kartik, Maa Parvati, Nandi and Surya. There are also murtis of Bhagvan Sri Rama and Radha Krishna in the temple complex. Special darshan and puja are held during the Shravan month. Rudra abhishek, Mahamritunjaya, Mundan and Anushthan are performed in the month by devotees. Baba Siddh