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Durga Puja Shashti – Kalparambho Rituals on Sixth Day

Durga Puja Shashti is observed on the sixth after Amavasya (no moon) in the Bengali month Aashin (September – October). Durga Puja Shashti 2018 date is October 15. Goddess Durga is welcomed on Shashti day to Puja pandals. Kalparambho is the beginning of Durga Puja and on the Shashti day, the face of the Goddess Durga Murti (Idol) is unveiled.

Other rituals observed on the day include – Bodhon, Amontron and Adibas.

Bodhon is the consecration (invocation) of Goddess Durga Murti (Idol).

Amontron is inviting Goddess Durga.

Adibas is sanctifying the stay of Goddess Durga in the pandal or puja arena.
Importance of Durga Puja Shashti The main function of Durga Puja begins on the Maha Sashthi or Sasthi day. It is considered as the unofficial first day of Durga Puja. On this day, the idols of Goddess Durga along with her four children, Ganesha, Kartik (Muruga), Lakshmi and Saraswathi are installed in the Durga Puja Pandals. Bodhan and special pujas are done on the day

It must be noted here that…

Nabapatrika or Navapatrika – Nine leaves of plants used during Durga Puja

Navapatrika, or Navpatrika, are the leaves of nine plants used during Durga Puja rituals in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India. ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Patrika’ means plants in Sanskrit and this is installed in the Durga Puja pandal on the Maha Saptami day. The nine plants (Nabapatrika) are wrapped in a white or red sari and symbolically represent Durga. Nine plants represent nine forms of Durga - Mother Nature.
Most people who are not aware of Durga puja rituals might have noticed banana leaf or plantain being carried to nearby river and pujas performed on Maha Saptami. The plantain and eight other plants are wrapped in the white sari and this is the Navpatrika. This is part of the Ghata sthapana ceremony.
The nine plants that are used include plantain (Banana), Kachvi or Kacci or Kachu, Turmeric, Barley, wood apple (Bilva), pomegranate, Asoka, manaka or Mana and rice paddy or Dhanya. Banana with stem and leaves or plantain symbolically represents Brahmani.Kachvi repre…

Story of Palace of Wax in the Mahabharat

Story of the palace of wax is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharat. It is an important turning point in the relationship between the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata.

Both Kaurava and Pandava princes lived in Hastinapura. Pandavas was liked by the citizens due to their conduct and exemplary character. This evoked jealousy in Duryodhana and the other Kaurava brothers. They saw the five Pandava brothers as a threat to their ambitions.

Kauravas decided to kill the Pandavas through deceit. With the consent of Dhritarashtra, they built a place at Varanavata. Dhritarashtra asked Kunti and the Pandavas to attend a festival dedicated to Shiva at Varanavata and stay in the newly built palace.

Purochana, minister of Duryodhana, went along with the Pandavas.

Vidura, uncle of Pandavas, came to know that the palace was built of wax and the aim of the Kauravas was to burn the palace and kill the Pandavas and their mother.

Pandavas pretended they had no knowledge of what was happening.…

Anjan Dham at Gumla – Anjani Mandir at Gumla in Jharkhand – Temple Dedicated to Mother of Hanuman

Anjan Dham, also known as Anjani Mandir, is a temple dedicated to Anjani or Anjana, mother of Hanuman. The murti or idol of Anjani worshipped in the temple is of Mother Anjani sitting with Bal Hanuman in her lap. The temple is located on the banks of Khatwa River amid the hills of Netarhat.

As per the legend in the area, Hanuman was born to Anjana, a female Vanara or monkey, and Kesari, a male monkey, in Anjana Giri mountains. Ma Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth due to a curse.

Ma Anjani did tapasya at Anjan Dham to get back her lost status. She then gave birth to Hanuman. The main murti of Anjani worshipped in the shrine is 3 ft tall. On the left side of Ma Anjani is the statue of Radha Krishna. On the right side of Ma are the murtis of Ram, Sita and Lakshman.

The Shivling worshipped in the shrine is known as Chakradhari Linga.
There are two caves near the shrine known as Chandgupha and Kundari Bodagupha. The caves constantly emit fragrance of scented agarbatti.

Swami Chinmayananda on Seeking and Searching

These are the two words always used in all texts dealing with the spiritual path – seeking truth and searching the reality. The seeker is ever seeking or searching – carefully think it over.

Seeking is when I don’t know what it is or where it is. Searching is when I know and am certain that it is only table or handbag – and I am searching for it.

Searching is for a thing which I know is there, but is now covered by other things.

We are seeking the Truth while studying the scriptures and, with the help of the teacher, trying to grasp what it is and what is its nature.

In the seat of meditation, we are searching.
We know now that there is this mysterious power called Life in our bosom. We are searching to reach it. What you are searching for is not a thought. You are searching for a new dimension of Consciousness.

Source - Art Of Contemplation By Swami Chinmayananda