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How to observe Margashirsha Laxmi Puja? – How to do Fasting on Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja

Margashirsha Lakshmi Puja is observed on Thursdays in the month of Margashirsh (November – December). This puja is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Hindu Goddess of fortune and prosperity. Fasting from sunrise to sunset Thursday in the month is considered highly meritorious. Here is a simple explanation on how to observe Margashirsha Laxmi Puja. The Lakshmi puja and fasting (Vrat) is performed by both men and women. Married couples perform it together. The most important aspect on the day is cleanliness. Home and premises should be kept neat and clean. The fast begins after morning bath. Prayers are offered to Ganesha and Lakshmi in the morning hours after bath. Fasting is from  Sunrise  to sunset. People eat fruits, banana and milk while observing the fast on the day. Those observing the Margashirsh Lakshmi puja invite seven married and seven young girls on the first day of the puja offer them fruits, haldi kumkum and a book containing the Mahalakshmi Vra

Pezhum Thuruthu Devi Temple Festival – Pezhum Thuruthu Bhadra Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Pezhum Thuruthu Devi Temple festival is observed annually in Makaram month. Pezhum Thuruthu Bhadra Bhagavathy Temple is located near Kollam in Kerala. The annual festival is observed on the Thiruvathira nakshatra in Makaram month.  The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Vaniyambadi Temple – Athitheeswarar Temple at Vaniyambadi

Athitheeswarar Temple at Vaniyambadi is dedicated to Shiva. The shrine is located on the Vellore – Ambur – Krishnagiri road and is around 62 km east of Vellore in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is believed to be more than 1000 years old. Shiva is worshipped here as Athitheeswarar. Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Perianayaki. Vilwa or Bilwa is the tree associated with the shrine. The sacred pond in the shrine is Shiva Tirtha. The murti worshipped in the shrine sits atop Nandi Bull . One of the hands of the murti is in Chinmudra. The most important festivals in the temple are Shivratri and Thiruvathirai Nakshatra in Margazhi month . The annual temple festival, or Brahmotsavam, is held in Chithirai month. The temple is also associated with Punarpoosam Nakshatra born people. Those born in the birth star will get wishes fulfilled after offering prayers here.  Those people born in Punarpoosam star having trouble in horoscope will get relief after doing pujas here. Athitheeswarar

Shirdi Sai Baba on Purva Karma

Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba on Purva Karma. If you care for child or (some other desire) and come to me for that, you are mistaken. You need not come to me for these. These are not in my power. These (that is, birth of child and death of relatives) are dependent on Purva Karma. Even the great god, who has created the world, cannot alter these. Do you think He can tell the sun or the moon: rise some 2 yards farther away from your usual or appointed place? No, He cannot and will not do that. That would produce disorder, chaos. What you can account for, as the result of your present effort, is the result of present Karma. What you cannot trace, is due to your past Karma. Results accrue differently to two person doing the same acts; that difference may be put down to the difference in their Purva Karma. Inexplicability of unforeseen and unforeseeable results may disappear in view of purva karma. So do not go on exulting or being dejected; nor should you blame others. Recogn