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Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

In Hinduism, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. Apart from the special Vratas and Upvaas, many Hindus also fast on a particular day in a week. Each day in a week has a specialty and there are numerous folklores associated with the fasting observed on the days of a week.
Sunday is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Those who undertake fast (upvaas) on the day only take a single meal. Oil and salt is avoided. Red is the color of the day and red flowers are offered to Surya. (more details)
Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva is easily pleased. Therefore many people observe Upvaas on Monday. Those devotees observing fast only eat food once. People visit Lord Shiva shrines and conduct pujas, especially, Ardhanarishwara puja. The mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is chanted continuously. Siva devotees also read Shiva Purana. Unmarried women observe the Vrat to get good husbands. Others observe it for a happy and prosper…

How to do Ratha Saptami Puja?

Ratha Saptami Pooja, or Rath Saptami, is observed on the seventh day during Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Magha Month in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In Tamil Nadu, it falls on the Thai or Masi month. Rath Saptami, also known as Surya Jayanti and Surya Saptami, is dedicated to Lord Surya. Here is a brief description on how to perform or observed Ratha Saptami.
Requirements for Rath Saptami Puja Image or Painting or Idol of Lord SuryaEasily available fragrant flowers and leaves that are usually used for PujaUncooked RiceGreen BananasBananas and other local fruitsSesame seedsCoconutBetel leavesBetel nutsJaggery (Sugar)Turmeric powder The house is cleaned and festoons of mango leaves are installed in all the important places on the evening of the previous day of the Puja or early morning ofthe Puja day.
Ritual Bathing of Ratha Saptami with Erukku leaves Washing hair on the day with leaves of Giant milkweed (Erukku Plant) on head is done by many people. There is a be…

Vasant Panchami Thoughts and Quotes

Vasant Panchami announces the arrival of Vasant Ritu or the Spring Season. The biting cold of the winter disappears and sunshine appears. It is a period of regeneration. Flowers, green leaves and fresh fragrance signal, prosperity, hope and love. The festival gets its name from ‘Vasanti’ (yellow) – the color of the fields of mustard crop.
It is also the period when mango trees start flowering. It is also the period when numerous other fruit trees start flowering and puts a fresh coat of green leaves.
The period also heralds the season of love – because it marks the return of vitality and vigor after the harsh and lethargic winter.
Vasant Panchami is also an occasion for worshiping the Hindu God of Love, Kamadeva, and his companion Rati.
Goddess Saraswati — the deity of knowledge – is worshiped on the day. It is an auspicious occasion for the learners of music and other art forms. The period also marks the songs of the returning birds.
Yellow is the color of the period as it stands f…

Soundarya Lahari Teachings

Shiva is capable of action only when He is united with Shakti. Otherwise He is not capable of any movement. How can anyone, who has not accumulated enough punya, sing your praises or prostrate before you who is the object of worship even for the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva? (Verse 1)
Brahma collects the fine dust from your lotus feet and performs the act of creation. Vishnu supports all the worlds thus created with his thousand heads (in the form of Adi Sesha) with great effort.  During the dissolution, Shiva converts the universe into fine ash and smears his body with it. (Verse 2)
You are the sun that illumines the inner darkness. To the ignorant, you are a blossoming flower, oozing streams of honey. To the poor, you are the jewel that grants everything one desires. And to those drowning in the ocean of death and rebirth, you are the tusk of the wild boar. (Verse 3)

O Devi! All the other gods, except you, show the ‘abhaya’ (palm raised up to indicate ‘no-fear’) and ‘varada’…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 24, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 24, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the light phase of moon till 10:33 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or PooruruttathiNakshatra till 8:09 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or UthirattathiNakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 2:34 PM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vasant Panchami. Shri Panchami
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ch…