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How to perform Lakshmi Puja at home during Diwali?

Lakshmi Puja is an important ritual during Diwali or Deepavali. There were numerous queries on how to do Lakshmi Puja at home? There is no straightforward answer to this question as the ritual varies from region to region. But here is a simple guide to perform Lakshmi Puja during Diwali. In 2017, Diwali Lakshmi Puja is on October 19.

First and foremost step is to clean the house. Through the puja we are inviting Goddess Lakshmi to our house and she likes everything to be neat and clean. In some communities, even the broom is worshipped on the Lakshmi Puja day. This symbolically represents the need for cleanliness.

Three forms of Shakti – Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Durga –Lord Ganesh and Lord Kubera are worshipped on the day. No puja is performed without paying customary tributes to Lord Ganesha. Lord Kubera, represents wealth, and he is the treasurer of Gods. In homes, usually the locker or safe in which gold and cash is kept symbolically represents the seat of …

Bhau Beej 2017 date – The celebration of Brother-Sister Relationship during Diwali 2017 - Bhaubeej

Bhaubeej is observed on the second day of Kartik Month in Maharashtra and Goa and it is one of the important observances during Diwali. Bhau Beej 2017 date is October 21. Also known as Bhai Beej, on the day sisters invites brothers to their home and offers a sumptuous meal. The festival is also known as Yama Dwitiya and is more popularly known as Bhai Dooj in North India.

Bhau Beej celebrates brother-sister relationship and in Hindu culture brothers are regarded as the protectors of sisters. On the day, sisters pray for the welfare of their brothers and perform Aarti. Sisters prepare sweets and other favorite delicacies of their brothers on the day.

Those women who have no brothers offer puja to Lord Chandra – the moon god.

On Bhau Beej day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters…

Neem Leaves and Diwali – Prasad or Offering Prepared Using Neem Leaves During Diwali

In some regions, a special offering, or prasad, is prepared using neem leaves on Dhantrayodashi or Dhanteras, two days before Diwali. The offering is made to all deities. It is believed that this offering will help in having a disease free and healthy year.

For preparing the offering, 10 to 15 tender leaves of neem, 4 spoons of soaked channa dal, 1 spoon honey, 1 spoon jeera and a pinch of asafetida is mixed and grinded to a paste.

The paste is first offered as offering to the deities worshiped at home in the morning or evening.

It is then distributed among family members.
This offering is famous in certain areas in western parts of India.

Onam Pookalam 2010 – Photos of Pookkalam in 2010 Onam

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2010. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2010 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 

Related Onam Pookalam 2009

Story of Kadru – Mother of Nagas or Snakes

Kadru was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati. She was one of the wives of Sage Kashyapa. She gave birth to a thousand nagas or snakes including Sesha and Vasuki. The snakes she gave birth are considered to be the ancestors of the Snakes on earth.
How Kadru became the mother of Thousand Serpents? Legend has it that pleased with her service, Sage Kashyapa asked her what boon she wanted. She asked for a thousand sons. Sage Kashyapa blessed her. After some time Kadru delivered a thousand eggs. She kept them in a warm pot for 500 years and the the thousand eggs Kadru burst letting out a thousand serpents.
Kadru Causing Eternal Rivalry between Garuda and Snakes Sage Kashyapa had another wife named Vinita. She gave birth to the powerful Garuda – the vehicle or vahana of Vishnu.
Once Kadru and Vinita put a bet on the color of the tail of the horse Uchaishravas – a seven-headed flying horse that was obtained during the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan.
Kadru claimed the color was black and V…

Yama Tarpanam during Diwali and Naraka Chaturdashi

Yama Tarpanam is an important ritual performed on Naraka Chaturdasi day by many Hindu communities in South India. Yama Tarpanam 2017 date is October 18, 2017. The ritual is dedicated to dead ancestors, dead parents and dead relatives.

The Tarpan is performed on the morning of Narak Chaturdasi day. The person who is performing the ritual sits facing south and offers Tarpan to the dead.

When the ritual is dedicated to dead parents, the Tarpan is made using Til (Black Sesame seeds).

If parents of the person performing Yama Tarpanam is alive and he is performing it for other relatives or ancestors then cooked rice is offered as Tarpan.

Inspirational Quotes on Diwali

Here are few quotes on Diwali from scriptures and by Swamijis

Fill the Heart with the oil of love.
Place in it the wick of single-pointed mind.
Light it with the Knowledge of Truth and remove
the darkness of ignorance around you.
Just as one lamp can light many lamps; let each
youth kindle this Light in many hearts.’ Swami Swaroopananda

May the lamps of love and devotion burn brightly in your hearts
May the light of understanding shine in your minds,
May the light of harmony glow in your home
May the bright rays of service shine forth ceaselessly from your hands.
May your smile, your words, and your actions be as sweet as the sweets of this festive season.
May Maha Lakshmi bring you the true wealth of peace, health, happiness, and love Swami Chidanand Saraswati

"Give. Give with faith. Do not give without faith. Give with sensitivity. Give with a feeling of abundance. Give with right understanding." Taittiriya Upanishad

Words to Ponder – U G Krishnamurti

You see that is the trouble; you dare not question the basic thing, because that is going to destroy something there which is very precious to you; the continuity of yourself as you know yourself and as you experience yourself.
Man has created God out of fear. So the problem is fear and not God.
But this individual is neither a theist, nor an atheist, nor an agnostic; he is what he is.

What you are looking for does not exist. You would rather tread an enchanted ground with beatific visions of a radical transformation of that non-existent self of yours into a state of being which his conjured up by some bewitching phrases. U G Krishnamurti

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 4, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha AshtamiTithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of the moon till 9:29 AM on November 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 4, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 11:13 PM on November 4. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 11:13 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punj…