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First Day Navratri Bhog – Food Offering on the First Day of Navratri

Bhog, prasad, or naivedya is the food offering to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism. The first day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Shailputri. The food that is offered on day one of Navratri should be prepared using ghee and white in color. A devotee can also offer simple cow ghee or food prepared using ghee which is white in color.

If the food is prepared using cow ghee then the person offering the bhog will get relief from illness with the blessing of Maa Shailputri.

White colored food like kheer, chaval should be mixed with Ghee and offered to Goddess Shailputri.

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Navratri at Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir

Navratri at Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is huge. Thousands of devotees arrive during nine days and nights to the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple to have darshan of the powerful Mother Goddess. The temple and the premises are decorated with fresh flowers, which are brought from various states of India and from foreign countries.


The pindi of the Mother Goddess, the entrance of the old cave, and pathway leading the cave are aesthetically decorated.

Shath Chandi Mahayajna is performed during the period.

Nine forms of Mother Goddess are worshipped during the period. The first day is dedicated to Maa Shialaputri.
Special haven, pujas and rituals are held on Saptami, Ashtami and Navami – the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Navratri.

On an average more than 50,000 devotees have darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi on the Trikuta Mountain. The number increases on Ashtami and Navami. During the 9-day Navratri period, more than 500,000 devotees have darshan of Mother Goddess here.

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10 Things to Remember During Navratri Puja at Home

Puja of Mother Goddess can be performed on any day during the year. But it is considered highly meritorious to perform it during the Navratri. Here are 10 things to remember during Navratri puja at home.
You need to wake up early in the morning. Clean the house. Take Bath and then perform the puja.Smoking, chewing pan, drinking alcohol, having sexual intercourse and getting a massage should be avoided during the nine days.Before beginning the puja write swastika symbol using haldi or kumkum in the designated puja area.Puja should be performed daily in the morning and evening.Puja should be performed facing south. It is believed that Maa arrives from the south.Puja should be performed with complete attention. Unwanted thoughts and talks should be avoided during puja. Anger, hatred and intolerance should not be present while performing puja. Before starting the puja family members should resolve all the problems.Devi Mahatmya and stories…

Bring These Plants to Home during Navratri for Peace and Prosperity

In Kali Yuga, just by chanting the name of Gods and Goddesses, one can attain peace. But people are not satisfied with peace as they want wealth, property and money. Tantra Shastra texts gives certain hints and procedures for desire fulfillment in Kali Yuga. It is believed that bring certain plants home during Navratri helps in desire fulfillment and ushers in prosperity.

Plantain – Bring banana plant during Navratri is believed to help in having peace and prosperity at home. Childless couples will be blessed with children. The banana plant has to be planted in the house and it should be watered daily.

Shankhpushpi – Bringing the root of Shankhpushpi plant and keeping it in money locker helps in avoiding financial crisis.

Banyan Tree Leaves – Bringing fresh leaves of Banyan Tree during Navratri and drawing Swastik symbol on it using Sindhoor helps in keeping out wealth related problems.

Bahera Tree – Keeping the root and leaf of Bahera tree in the locker helps in financial prosperity.

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Symbolism in Arjuna’s name Gudakesha

Gudakesha means ‘the conqueror of sleep’. All beings fall victim to sleep when it overtakes them. Such is the power of this factor in life. But this ‘bull among men’ (Arjuna) has disciplined himself in such a way that sleep would come to him only when he made a decision to sleep.
When, where are and how long to sleep were all at his will.
In addition to the self-mastery of this type, he is always a terror to the foes; he is the subduer of baseness within and without.
A man of his caliber is not likely to beat a retreat.
The name was used by Sanjay to describe Arjuna in Chapter II verse 9.
After addressing the Lord of the senses (Hrishikesha – Bhagavan Sri Krishna) thus, Gudakesha, the terror of the foes, submitted to Govinda, ‘I shall not fight; and held silence.

Source - The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, September 19, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:15 AM on September 19.Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 10:22 AM on September 20.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 19, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra on 11:31 PM on September 19. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 11:35 PM on September 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 11:01 PM on September 19. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 11:03 PM on September 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 5:32 AM on September 21.
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