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How to Do or Perform Navratri Puja – The South Indian Way of Observing Navaratri

Navratri, the nine-night festival, honors Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswathi in South India. It is known as Bommla Koluvu in Andhra Pradesh, Bathukamma in Telangana and Navarathri in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Below is a brief idea on how to perform Navratri puja as per South India method.

In 2018, the date of Navratri is from October 10 to October 18. Chaitra month rituals are observed from March 18 to March 25. Navratri is observed as Dusshera in Karnataka, where it is observed for ten days. The main event during Navrathri in South India is the display of dolls and idols – Kolu and the placing of Kalash, which represents Goddess. 
Navratri puja might seem a huge complicated event for many. You can always perform a simple puja by worshipping the Goddess on nine days by lighting a lamp and offering a fruit as prasadam. Rituals are not important but devotion is important.
Here is a step by step method on how to perform Navratri Puja. Getting Ready Get the house cleaned …

Demon Tarakasura – Story of the birth of Tarakasur

Tarakasura was a fierce demon who was killed by Kartik or Muruga. The story of the birth of Tarakasur is a lesson in itself. Legend has it that Sage Kashyapa married 13 daughters of Daksha Prajapati. Of the daughters, Diti was evil minded and Aditi followed Dharma. Diti gave birth to demons and Aditi gave birth to Devas or demi gods.
Diti once demanded from her husband a son who would defeat the Devas. Sage Kashyapa knew it was futile to reason with Diti. So he blessed her with a son named Vajranga, whose legs and hands were hard as diamond.
Diti then asked Vajranga to capture Indra and other devas.
Aditi the mother of Devas prayed to Brahma for help. Brahma approached Vajranga and asked to release the Devas.
Vajranga was a devotee of Shiva and he was against violence. He told Brahma that he had captured Indra and other Devas only to please his mother. Brahma was happy with Vajranga. He then created a beautiful woman named Varangi and she became the wife of Vajranga.
Varangi served …

Avidhava Navami 2018 Date – Avidava Navmi Shradh

Avidhava Navami Shradh is observed on the ninth day of the annual Pitru Paksha fortnight and is dedicated to women who died before her husband. Avidhava Navami Shradh 2018 date is October 3. Avidawa Navmi Shradh rituals and rites are strictly followed by widowers.
The rituals performed on the day vary from region to region and from community to community. In the rituals, instead of gods from Hindu pantheon, demigods like Dhurilochan whose eyes remain half closed are invoked. Dhuri means smoke and lochan means eyes; their eyes remain half closed due to smoke.
In some regions, the Shradh rituals are not performed on the day. Instead food or meal is offered to the married woman’s soul. Some people also feed a Sumangali (married women) on the day. You can find details of how the ritual is performed in Karnataka in this article.

3D printed Durga Murti (Idol) to be the Main Murti during Durga Puja Festival

The Durga Puja festival in 2014 in Kolkata will be unique as for the first time 3D printed Durga Murti (Idol) will be used as the main murti during the festival. Goddess Durga and her family will be created using the 3D printing technology on paper.
The JodhpurPark puja committee is South Kolakata will be installing the 3D model of Goddess Durga. The 3D printed murti stands tall at 8.5 inches and 14 inches wide. Business Standard reports As 3D printing diversifies across the world in fields of medical science, films, art, aerospace, architecture and design and even in organ regeneration, a Durga puja committee in south Kolkata has paved the way for introduction of hi-tech features in sculpting idols instead of the traditional, manually-crafted process using clay.  "We have digitally created a Durga idol, designed by sculpting apps and using 3D printer, which uses standard office stationery (A4 size paper) to make the models from the design. "So you may say that this is a co…