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Maa Tara Jayanti – Goddess Tara Devi Jayanti

Maa Tara Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is believed that Goddess Tara Devi appeared on the day on earth. She is one of the Mahavidyas – 10 goddesses who are forms of Goddess Shakti. Maa Tara Jayanti 2023 date is September 1. The information about her appearance is mentioned in the Jayadratha Yamala, a tantric text. In some scriptures, Goddess Tara is known as Ugra Tara, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. Goddess Tara is equated with Goddess Kali in eastern parts of India. Maa Tara Jayanti is annually observed on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

Satudi Teej

Satudi Teej is observed on the third day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India . Satudi Teej 2023 date is September 2. This is one among the three Teej festivals and is popularly known as Kajali Teej. Satudi Teej is dedicated to Lord Krishna and special pujas are also performed to the neem tree. The festival is mainly celebrated in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar . Women and girls wear colorful new clothes and dance and enjoy on the day. Special Swings are prepared for the day and women take turns in swinging while other women sing and dance. Songs sung on the day welcome monsoons and praise the love of Krishna and Radha. A community puja is performed around a neem tree in the village. Specific rituals are performed by elderly women and young women learn the tradition and perform it.

Importance of Japa Mala Counters in Hinduism While Chanting Mantras

Japa Mala is essential while chanting mantras in Hinduism. It helps in keeping the count of the mantras. They also transmit positive energy. A Japa mala counter can be highly efficient if there is compatibility between the mantra chanted and the material used in making the japa mala. Rudraksha Mala should be used while chanting mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva. For attaining Siddhi, the use of the right mala is essential. Sphatik Mala or Japa mala made using crystal, glass beads etc should be used to chant the mantra dedicated to Shiva, Chandra Navgraha and Shukra Navgraha. The mala radiates positive energy and is meant for peaceful purpose. Tulsi bead mala should be used to chant mantras dedicated to Vishnu, avatars of Vishnu, Sri Krishna, Bhagavan Ram, Mata Sita, Maa Lakshmi etc. Chandan Mala should be used to chant the mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga, Ganesha and Muruga. Usually a Japamala consists of 108 beads – the number  108 is of great significance in H