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The Sixteen Sanskars in Hinduism in Hindi with meaning in English

There are sixteen sanskars in Hinduism. They are the important functions during a life time of Hindus. The sixteen sanskars are given in Hindi with their meaning in English: Grabhadhan: Conception, Punsavana: Fetus protection, Simanta: Satisfying wishes of the pregnant Mother, Jaat-Karma: Child Birth, Naam Karma: Naming Child, Nishkramana: Taking the child outdoors, Annaprashana: Giving the child solid food, Mundan or Choula: Hair cutting, Karna Vedh: Ear piercing, Yagyopaveet: Sacred thread, Vedarambh: Study of Vedas and Scriptures, Samaavartana: Completing education, Vivaah: Marriage, Sarvasanskaar: Preparing for Renouncing, Sanyas (Awasthadhyan): Renouncing, Antyeshti: Last rite, or funeral rites.

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Tarabalam – Good Tarabalam for Uttara Phalguni Birth Star Born People

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra (birth star) born people will have good Tarabalam generally with following Nakshatra born people: Uttara Phalguni Tarabalam is used for looking marriage compatibility, business partnership and other deals. Uttaraphalguni Good Nakshatra Tarabalam with: Ashwini Bharani Nakshtra Rohini Arudra Aslesha Magha Nakshtra Purvaphalguni Hasta Swati Jyeshta Nakshtra Moola Nakshtra Purvashada Sravanam Shatabhisha Revati Nakshtra Please note that this is only a general list. Please note that in some regions Tarabalam is calculated daily based on the day’s Nakshatra. In such cases the general list should be ignored.

Darpan during Durga Puja – Mirror offered to Goddess Durga during Pooja

Puranas and Hindu Holy Scriptures are filled with instructions regarding various aspects of Durga Puja. On the third day of the puja – the third day from Mahalaya – a mirror, vermilion and thin cotton dipped in dye are offered. Usually only a silver coated looking glass is offered as a mirror. But in some instances Darpan – a speculum mirror is also offered. The darpan mirror is used while bathing the murti of Goddess Durga – whenever there is a ritual bathing of Goddess Durga, it is the reflection on the darpan mirror that is bathed not the original murti. The darpan is also immersed in a pot of water on the morning of Dasami day when the murtis bid farewell. It must be noted that many Puranas talk about pujas and rituals that are performed from the Mahalaya day to Dasami day but most of them are not followed today. Today the puja only starts from the sixth day after Mahalaya and the important days are seventh, eighth and ninth.