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How to perform Skanda Shasti Puja at home?

Here is a simple method to perform Skanda Shasti Puja at home. You can do this Puja on all six days of the Skanda Shasti Vratam or on the Soorasamharam day.

Before beginning any Hindu puja try to create a calm and pleasant atmosphere. Try to keep all the puja items near you.

Puja Items Needed Small murti (idol) or picture of GaneshaA vel or picture of Lord SubrahmanyaSandal Paste, water, turmeric, kumkum, flowers and usual puja items After bath, clean the puja area. First pray to Lord Ganesha for removing all obstacles. Now the main Puja begins First meditate on Lord Muruga – You can do this silently or by chanting Om vali devasena samedha Shri Subrahmanya Swaamine namaha dhyaayaamiiNow invoke Lord Muruga – Take the idol or picture or Vel and keep it near you or hold it in your hands. You can silently pray to Muruga or chant Om Vali devasena… swaamine namaha aavaahayaamiiNow you can place the idol in the appropriate place chosen by you in the puja area – you can chant – Om aasanam s…

Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Fortune

In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, auspiciousness, fortune, power, luxury, beauty and fertility. Also known as Mahalakshmi, or Laxmi, she is the consort of Lord Vishnu. In Hindu religion, each deity also has a symbolic meaning. Thus the Wealth represented by Goddess Lakshmi is not limited to material wealth or money but also includes noble values, concentration power of the mind and the intellect, moral and ethical wealth which is needed to tread the path of realization.

Form of Goddess Lakshmi Goddess Lakshmi is depicted with four arms or two. She is draped in a red saree and is bedecked with gold ornaments. She is seated on a lotus or sometimes standing. She always holds a lotus in her hand and one hand is in blessing form.

Origin of Lakshmi Goddess Lakshmi is mentioned in Shri Suktha in the Rig Veda, the oldest text. The popular legend associated with her origin is traced to the churning of the ocean of milk – Samudra Manthan. It is believed that Goddes…

Shankar Swami Punyatithi at Shivoor in Aurangabad

Shankar Swami Punyatithi is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is the death anniversary of the great saint and philosopher who lived at Shivoor village in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of Truth and Dharma. Shankar Swami Punyatithi 2018 date is December 29.

A Temple and Samadhi sthal dedicated to Shankar Swami is located at Shivoor. Followers of the pious soul participate in the various spiritual programs held on the day. Charity and numerous philanthropic activities are held during the period.
Shankar Swami Punyatithi is annually observed on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Thoughts on Importance of Lakshmi Puja on Diwali - Swami Chidanand Saraswati

One of the important aspects of Diwali is the worship of Maha Lakshmi. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, bestowing these abundantly upon her devotees – pujas and rituals dedicated to her are performed in many Hindu and in business establishments on the day.

On Diwali we pray to her for prosperity; we ask her to lavish us with her blessings. However, what sort of prosperity are we praying for? All too often, we infer wealth to mean money, possessions, material pleasures. This is NOT the true wealth in life; this is not what makes us prosperous. There is almost no correlation between the amount of money we earn, the number of possessions we buy and our sense of inner bliss and prosperity. It is only God's presence in our lives which makes us rich.

On Diwali, we must pray to Goddess Lakshmi to bestow real prosperity upon us, the prosperity that brings light to our lives and sparkle to our eyes. We must pray for an abundance of faith, not money; we must pra…

Why is a new broom bought during Diwali?

During Diwali many Hindu homes in India buy a new broom – a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi. There is a tradition of Goddess Lakshmi visiting homes on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to reside only in places which are neat and clean. Therefore people buy a new broom.
It is not just homes and surroundings that are to be cleaned but it also an opportunity to clear the mind of all greed, ego and anger. Thus the buying of a broom symbolizes both cleanliness and spiritual rejuvenation after removal of dirt from mind.
In many regions, on Diwali day, the broom is worshipped and is decorated with turmeric and vermilion powder.

Goddess Dakshina

Goddess Dakshina is identified with Goddess Lakshmi in some Hindu traditions. Dakshina is the act of giving and it is believed that Goddess Shri (Lakshmi) will always bless a person who performs charity without any desires. She symbolically represents sacrifice and protects those devotees who sacrifice without expecting any favors in return.
As per several Puranas, Dakshina was the daughter of Prajapati Ruchi and Akuti. She married Yajna (sacrifice) and they had twelve sons who were known as Yamas.
Another legend has it that Dakshina was born when Sri Krishna was on earth. She was called Sushila. She lived in Vrindavan and loved Krishna just like Radha. It is said that a jealous Radha cursed her. Sushila then mediated on Goddess Lakshmi and got absorbed in her.
But when Dakshina became a part of Goddess Lakshmi, gods and humans did not get results for their sacrifice.
Therefore, Devas asked Goddess Lakshmi to withdraw Dakshina from her. Goddess Dakshina then married Yajnapurusha. The…

Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti – Goddess Kamla

Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Kamla one of the 10 Mahavidyas incarnated on earth. Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti 2018 date is November 7.  It is observed on Diwali day as Kamala Mahavidya is believed to be the companion of Srihari Vishnu. She is propitiated for wealth in Tantric worship.

The form of Goddess Kamla is similar to Goddess Lakshmi. She is mainly worshipped for attaining prosperity – material wealth. Some people worship her with the sole aim of becoming rich.

It must be noted that the rituals dedicated to Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti are observed on the Diwali day - when Lakshmi Puja is held in Hindu homes.

Approach Road Planned for Viralimalai Temple to help old people avoid 407 steps

Dedicated to Muruga, SriSubramnanyaswamyTemple is located atop Viralimalai — a hillock on the Tiruchi — Madurai National Highway. One has to climb 407 steps to reach the shrine and there is no approach road. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment board of Tamil Nadu is now planning to build a road to help old people and the disabled reach the shrine easily.
The temple is located at an altitude of 110 feet. The Hindu writes  The temple with 407 steps is located at an altitude of about 110 feet from ground level. “It is difficult for the pilgrims, especially the aged, to reach the temple,” says the source explaining the need for the formation of road. The road facility would be provided only till the three-fourth of the altitude, as it would not be possible for laying it too close to the entrance.

Deepavali – Thoughts and Quotes on Diwali

The significance of Deepavali is the removal of darkness and ignorance from the mind and filling it with goodness. – Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi

Swami Sivananda says …all the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of inner light of the self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the bliss of the brightest of lights. God.

Sri Sri Ravishankar on the four aspects of Diwali: Lights: symbolizing the spreading of Knowledge.Firecrackers: Watching the firecrackers gives a relief to the explosive tendencies inside. When the explosion happens outside, the explosion inside is diffused.Gift exchange and distribution of sweets: Sweets dispel the bitterness and renew the friendship.Feeling abundance: Feeling a sense of abundance brings awareness and gratefulness for what one has. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami on the Significance of Diwali: The inner significance of Diwali is that it is a joyful celebration of the victory of good over evil, of our spiritual qualities dom…