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Pathar Chauth – Pathar Chath Moon

Pathar Chauth is observed on the fourth day of the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapad month. Pathar Chauth 2018 date is September 13. Pathar Chath is observed on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. One should not look at the moon on the day and the moon on Vinayaka Chaturthi day is known as Pathar Chauth Moon.
One of the popular legends associated with Pathar Chauth is that if one sees moon on Ganesh Chaturthi day it will bring bad luck. To avoid the bad luck, people throw stones on one’s own house and use abusive words. This tradition is also known as Pathar Chauth.
In some North Indian regions, there is a belief that Lord Shiva as an answer to the prayers of his devotees killed demons that were creating havoc on earth on the day.
There are numerous different reasons for observing Pathar Chauth and it varies from region to region.

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Why one should not look at the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi day?

How to perform Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at Home?

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the most colorful and widely celebrated festivals in India. Large number of people observe Ganesha Chaturthi poojas at home. Here is an explanation on how to perform Ganesha puja at home as mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

Ganesha puja on the Chaturthi day is usually performed at noon but nowadays people perform it when all the family members are present.

Requirements A Clay image of Lord Ganesha.Red flowersDruva Grass bladesModak (jaggery filled sweet)CoconutRed chandan (Sandalwood paste)Incense and agarbathisThe Puja First clean the house and take a bath.A Clay image of Lord Ganesha is installed in a raised platform.Pray to Lord Ganesh and you can recite mantras or bhajans dedicated to Lord Ganesha.Next step is to invoke Ganesha into the image. This is known as pran-prathishta. The Pran Prathista mantra in Sanskrit to be invoked is found in the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha. ganananh tva ganapatim havamahe kavim kavinam - upamash…

Bail Pola 2018 date – Pola Festival dedicated to Cow and Ox in Maharashtra

Bail Pola festival is dedicated to the cows and ox and is observed mainly in Maharashtra and surrounding regions on the Shravan Amavasi (no moon day in Sawan month). Bail Pola 2018 date is September 9. Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows on the day as cattle is their main source of livelihood. Bail in Marathi means 'Bull.'

Note - the Festival is also observed on Bhadrapad Purnima in some regions in Maharashtra.

The ritual is also known as Vrishabha Pujan.
The day before Bail Pola Amavasi, the rope (Vesan)  tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied to the body of cow, ox and bullocks. Special care is given to oxen by farmers as it is their main source of livelihood. Some people replace the rope or Vesan on the day with a fresh one.
On the Bail Pola day, cattle are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are provided to them.

The animals are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coa…

Lalhi Chhath 2018 date - Lalahi Chhat Puja Vidhi - Importance of Hal Chhath

Lalhi Chhath Vrat, also known as Hal Chhath, is observed in Bhadrapad month (August - September) in North India and the ritual is dedicated to Balarama, the elder brother of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Lalhi Chhath 2018 date is September 1. The vrat is observed on the sixth day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Bhadra month in North India - Bhadrapad Shashthi tithi. As it is observed on the sixth day the Vrat is also known as Lalhi Shashti Vrat.
Lalahi Chhat Puja VidhiA fast is kept on the day by women in North India. In some regions, the devotees who observe the fast do not even drink water.Grains produced as a result of ploughing (use of Hal) the ground is not eaten on the day. Milk of buffalo is used on the day.Another highlight of the festival is the use of Mahua Twig to brush the teeth on the day.Branches of kash, palash and jharberi are worshipped on the day.An offering of seven grains are also made – wheat, rice, maize, gram, moong, arhar and jawar.Lalhi Chhath Vr…

Worship Lakshmi Narayana not Lakshmi Alone

In Kali Yuga, wealth is everything for many people. So Goddess Lakshmi is widely worshipped, as she is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. But Goddess Lakshmi is Chanchala – volatile and unstable. She does not reside in a place for long period. If we want to have constant blessings of the Goddess then we need to worship her along with Narayana.

Worship Lakshmi Narayana not Lakshmi Alone.

Narayana, Lord Vishnu, is the embodiment of virtues. Wealth without values is like being on a boat with a hole in the middle of sea. Virtues, values ad inner goodness is what keeps our lifeboat steady in the rough sea of life.

Lakshmi feels lonely when Narayana is not around and is sure to leave and go in search of her consort.

But if a person follows Dharma, then Narayana is always present with him. He himself has told in the Bhagavad Gita that he takes numerous avatars to protect those that follow the Dharma.

The problem of Kali Yuga is that we try to imprison Goddess Lakshmi forcibly through …

Hindu Calendar Today – August 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi and Trayodasi Tithi or the twelfth and thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:47 AM on August 19. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:33 AM on August 20.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 19, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 7:01 PM on August 19. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:42 PM on August 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 7:09 PM on August 19. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:23 PM on August 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mi…