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Go Ghrita – Cow Ghee Offering to Ganesha

Go Ghrita is an important offering in almost all pujas in Hinduism. Offering pure cow ghee to Ganpati during Visarjan helps in alleviating all the problems in life. गौघृत (cow ghee) is an important offering because it is believed in Hindu religion that all the gods and goddesses have their abode in the cow.

Some of the Cow Ghee offering to Ganesha include:
Lamp lit using ghee,Bhog or Prasad (divine food) prepared using ghee andAbhishekam or anointment with ghee It is believed in some regions that offering ghee mixed with sindhoor to Ganesha helps in getting his blessings. This mixture is then consumed. It helps in increasing strength and luster.

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Shami Patra as Offering to Ganesha

Shami Patra is the leaf of Shami tree (Indian Mesoquite) and is a holy tree in Hinduism and it is considered highly auspicious. Shami patra is also offered to Ganesha. It is offered in some regions during Ganapati Visarjan. The leaf used during visarjan, or immersion, puja is taken out and kept in puja room.


The popular belief is that keeping Shami Patra that was offered to Ganesha at home help in increase of wealth.
Shami tree is known asJammi chettu in TeluguJund in PunjabiSamadi in GujaratiVanni or kalisam in TamilParampu or Thavi Vanni in MalayalamKhejri in RajasthaniKandi in SindhIt is popularly known as Shami in North India and Maharashtra.
The plant is now sold by many nurseries, as there is a belief that having the tree in the compound keeps out negative energy and acts a protection to the house.
Special Shami Puja is performed on Dasara – Vijaya Dasami day.

Ganesh Visarjan Mantras and Procedure – How to immerse Ganesha after Chaturthi Puja?

Is there any special Ganesh Visarjan mantras or procedure? Any specific ritual while performing immersion of Ganesha after Chaturthi Pujas. These are some of the common doubts that many devotees have? The concept of Ganesh Chaturthi is that Ganesha comes to the home of his devotees on Ganesh Chaturthi day. He brings auspiciousness, hope, success and happiness to all homes. During his brief stay, He removes all obstacles. While returning He takes with him all problems and unhappiness.

Ganesh Visarjan Mantras There are no specific Ganesh Visarjan mantras. The only chant that is done is Ganapati Bappa Moriya...
You can also chant this prayer

Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe O Vinayaka! The remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet…

Ananta Vrata – Ritual dedicated to Lord Vishnu

Ananta Vrata, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is observed on the fourteenth day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapad month. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared on this day as Anantapadmanabha – Lord Vishnu’s Ananta Sayana form – reclining on Snake Ananta. The Vratam is also known as Anantachaturdasi Vrata and Anandapadmanabha Vrata and in 2017 it is on September 5.

The observance of Ananta Vrata is believed to secure freedom from all sorrows. The word ‘Ananta’ means endless and devotees believe that Lord Narayana will clear all the difficulties in one’s life, if the Ananta Vrata is observed with utmost devotion. Some people observe this Vrata continuously for 14 years. The Ananta Shayna form of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. The reclining posture represents the state of inactivity and is the form of Narayana prior to the evolution of the worlds and creation of the living beings.

The main ritual on the day is the tying of a sacred thread. The thread is first sanctified by pl…

What is holiness? – Vedanta Kesari Answers

What is holiness? Does one become holy by externally giving up all worldly ties and objects, dressing in a particular way, having a specific name, eating sanctified food, living in an ashrama and following a specific style of living? Of course, these traits do indicate that a person is different from others; he is living differently and is perhaps holy. These are external marks and, in a larger scheme of life, they have role to play. They indicate something sublime is in the offing. And person endowed with these is likely to be on his way to holiness. These marks can protect him from many temptations, safeguarding him from the dangers of certain demands of the world. They may also be a reminder to him that he is treading a holy path.

A holy person ‘belongs’ to God. His dress and other traits tell others that he should be given all the liberty and opportunity to practice his spiritual ideal. A bell is rung when one sees him—that one should also try to live a holy life. But holiness is…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:57 AM on September 5. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon till 12:06 PM on September 6.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 5, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 12:40 PM. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 12:55 PM on September 5. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 1:43 PM on September 6.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 12:24 PM on September 5. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 12:57 PM on September 6.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 12:14 AM on…