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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.

Durga Puja Story in Bengal – Uma Visiting Her Parents

The murti (idol) of Durga in Bengal during Durga Puja is sometimes flanked by Ganesh, Kartik (Muruga), Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. But what are these four important gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon doing with Mahishasuramardini during Durga Puja? The popular story of Durga Puja and Navratri is that of Goddess Durga slaying demon Mahishasura. But in Bengal and in Eastern India, there is another story too and that is Goddess Durga along with her children coming to the earth to visit her parents. Confused?... Well, in Bengali story Goddess Durga is Uma or Sati the consort of Lord Shiva. The legend goes like this.
Uma or Sati Marrying Lord Shiva Uma, also known as Sati, was the beautiful daughter of Daksha, the king of Himalayas, and Menaka. Uma was in love with Lord Shiva and she worshipped and prayed to him to make her his wife. Pleased with Uma’s devotion, Lord Shiva accepted to marry Uma or Sati.
But Daksha was not ready to give her daughter to Lord Shiva who wore ti…

Kumari Puja 2018 date – Kanya Pooja during Navratri and Durga Puja

Kumari Puja is the worship of young girls (girl child) during Navratri and Durga Puja. Kumari Puja 2018 date is October 17 and October 18. Also known as Kanya Pooja or Kanjak Ashtami Puja, it is observed on Durga Ashtami day (September 28) in some regions and on Mahanavami (September 29) in some regions. Young girls who are considered to be the living incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the day.

Chaitra Navratri Kanya Puja 2018 is on March 25. Most people perform it on Ashtami.

Kumari Puja means ‘Virgin Worship.’ The details of age and rituals of Kumari Puja are mentioned in the Nila Tantra.
How to Perform Kumari Puja? On the each day of Navrati, puja and worship of a girl child is performed by some communities. On Ashtami (eighth) and Navami (ninth) tithi, nine girl child are worshiped.

On Kumari Pooja day, young girls aged between two and eight are invited to homes and their feet are washed.

Two-year-old girl child is known as Kumari; she is worshiped for attaining peac…

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.