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When can we perform Satyanarayan Puja?

Satyanarayan Puja is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The puja leads to destruction of sorrow and ushering in of peace and prosperity. So when can we perform Satyanarayan Puja? Satyanarayan Puja can performed on Purnima (full moon day) or on Sankranti which falls on 14 or 15 of every month. Today people perform Satyanarayan Puja on all days – whenever there is some auspicious happenings at home, people perform Satyanarayan Puja around that date. Related What is Satyanarayana Pooja?

Foreigners Who Take Kavadi At The Batu Caves

The Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves in Malaysia attracts more than a million people each year. The greatest offering to Lord Muruga is Kavadi. And don’t be surprised if you find foreigners taking Kavadi here. Australian Carl Vedivella Belle has been taking Kavadi for more than a decade. This year he will be joined by German Rainer Krieg, who took his first Kavadi in the 70s. Carl Vedivella Belle has a doctorate in Hindu religion and the topic is ‘ Thaipusam in Malaysia : A Hindu Festival Misunderstood?’ Carl Vedivella Belle is the vice-president of the Hindu Society of South Australia. He was also appointed Hindu Chaplain at Flinders University in Adelaide . So how was their experience while taking Kavadi? New Straits Times Malaysia reports Belle has carried the kavadi 15 times since 1982 and described the experience as "very spiritually transforming". For Krieg the experience "was out of this world". "When you’re in a

Kavadi with Milk Pots to Muruga Temple – Paal Kavadi

Paal Kavadi is one among the different types of Kavadi taken to hill temples of Lord Muruga. Paal or Pal means milk. Kavadi is two baskets or vessels suspended from a bamboo pole, decorated with peacock feathers. In Pal Kavadi the vessels containing milk will be tied one either end of the stick. The stick is decorated artistically and vermilion and turmeric are applied on the vessels with milk. Smalls bells are also tied to the kavadi stick. It is also decorated with peacock feathers. During Thaipusam and important festivals associated with Muruga, people carry Paal Kavadi.

Story - Curse - Not Performing Satyanarayana Pooja - Vrat After Promised

Satyanarayan Puja and Vrat is performed for prosperity and auspiciousness. Legend has it that a trader named Sadhu Vani came to know about the greatness of Satyanarayan Vrat. He promised to perform the Vrata at the time of the marriage of his daughter Kalavati. But during the marriage of his daughter, the trader forgot to worship Satyanarayan. As a result the trader incurred the curse of the deity and he suffered terribly. He incurred huge loss in his business. He was also put in prison on charges of theft. Later, the trader’s daughter, Kalavati, and his wife, Lilavati, performed Satyanarayana Puja and Vrata. The trader was freed from the prison and he got all his lost wealth back.

Moola Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Moolam birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Moola Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Moolam Nakshatra Born People is Indian Olibanum or Boswellia serrata. Hindi name of the Moola Nakshatra Tree is shallaki Telugu name is guggilamu Malayalam name is kungilyam Tamil Name is kumancam Kannada name is guggula mara In Marathi it is known as dhupali Bengali name is   Moola Nakshatra born people should plant the Indian Olibanum. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Neelavara Temple – Sri Mahishamardini Temple at Neelavara near Udupi in Karnataka

Neelavara Temple, or Sri Mahishamardini Temple, is located around 18 km from Udupi at Neelavara village in Karnataka. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga – she is worshipped here in the form of Mahishasuramardini – killing demon Mahisha. The murti of Goddess Mahishamardini worshipped in the temple is a fierce one. She has four hands. She is depicted as slit openin the throat of Mahishasura with a sphere in one of her hands. She also stamps on the demon with her right leg. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Lord Subrahmanya, and Lord Veerabhadra. Navratri – Durga Puja (September – October) is the most important festival observed here. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Chaitra Pournami. Neelavara Temple Timings 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM