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Ayudha Pooja 2018 date during Durga Puja and Navratri

Ayudha Puja is observed on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin month during Durga Puja and Navratri. In Tamil Nadu, Ayuda Pooja is in Puratasi month and in Kerala it is in the Kanni month. Ayudha Pooja 2018 date is October 18. Literally, Ayudha Puja means the worship of weapons. On the day, books, tools, and objects used for making a living are worshipped and ritual purification is performed. The day is also known as Shastra Puja.
Legend has it that the weapons used by Goddess Durga were worshipped on the day. The day is known as Astra Puja in Bengal and is observed on Durga Ashtami day.

Goddess Durga carries numerous weapons which were given to her by various male deities. Therefore there is a belief that the weapons carried by Durga represent the various forces in Nature – Durga’s energy rests in these weapons.
Symbolism Ayudha Pooja is a worship of whatever implements, one may use in our day to day life. If one can make a conscious effort to see the div…

Jwalaji Temple in Himachal Pradesh – Nine Flames Burning In Jwalamukhi Temple

Jwalaji Temple, located in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh, is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths. This unique temple is known as Jwalaji as it does not have an idol instead there are nine flames burning continuously from the fissures in the temple. Since the Goddess is worshipped in the form of celestial flame, she is known as Jwalamukhi or Jwalaji. Nobody has been able to recognize the fuel source of the sacred flame. Story of Jwalaji Temple The main belief is that the eternal flame present in the shrine is the one created by Goddess Sati to perform self-immolation at Daksha Yajna.

Legend has it that the tongue of Sati (Shakti) fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the dead body of Sati into pieces to pacify Lord Shiva. Thus it is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths.

Another legend has Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva concentrated at a point on earth and from it appeared a huge flame. A young girl appeared from the flame and she then destroyed the demons that were spreading Adharma. History of Jwalaji T…

Samak Rice as Vrat Food during Navratri – Health Benefits of Sama Ke Chaval - Moriyo or Vari Cha Tandul

Khicadi prepared using Samak Rice during Navratri is considered a good vrat food with high nutrition and good health benefits. The rice is known as sama ke chaval, mordhan or sava chaval in North India, samo or moriyo in Gujarati and bhagar or vari cha tandul in Marathi. The rice is procured from a wild grass and is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals.

It is considered as a fruit and an ideal substitute to rice. Rice and other grains are not consumed by many people who undertake Navratri fasting.

Health benefits of Samak Rice High fiber content.Easily digestableSimilar to rice in taste.Rich source of minerals and vitamins.High in potassiumGood source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin CGood source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, iron, folate and copper.Food prepared using Samak include Samak PulaoSamak kheerKhichadiPlain rice

Third Day Navratri Food Offering – Third Day Navratri Festival Bhog or Prasad

Food offering, known as bhog, prasad, or naivedya, is an essential part of Navratri vrat and festival. The third day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Chandraghanta. The food that is offered on day three of Navratri should be prepared using milk.

If the food is prepared using milk, then the person will be blessed with happiness by Maa Chandraghanta.

Kheer and chaval cooked in rice are offered to Goddess Chandraghanta on the third day.

Related Navratri Day 3 Mantra Third day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta

Tallest Goddess Durga Idol Made During Durga Puja

The tallest Goddess Durga Idol (Sculpture) was made during Durga Puja 2015 by Deshapriya Park Durga Puja Committee in Kolkata in West Bengal. The Durga Idol was 88 feet tall. The sculpture was made using iron and fiber.

An attempt was made in 2017 by Guwahati's Bishnupur Durga Puja Committee to break the record by making a 100-feet idol using bamboo. But unfortunately the structure collapsed in a storm.

Navratri Thoughts from Hindu Blog

Navratri is an opportunity for us to remove the demons of ego, anger, jealousy, greed and whole lot of negative emotions from us with the help of Mother Goddess Durga. The demons that Goddess Durga appeared to slay are present in all of us in one form or another. Apart from the above mentioned demons, lack of energy, fear, surrendering to disappointments, depression and failures are enemies that we pamper.

Mother Durga provides us with the opportunity to eliminate all sort of negativity in our life. She provides the energy but are we ready to receive the energy. She is ready to slay the demons of fear, anger, frustration, jealousy and greed. But are we ready to surrender them before her.
Quite often instead of praying to remove the darkness in us, we pray for fulfillment of our desires. Each desire fulfilled unknowingly adds to the darkness. Our desires never end and thus we are never able to receive the light provided by Mother Goddess.
Use this Navratri to contemplate. Surrender al…

Why Dhyan is of Greatest Importance Today?

Dhyan means to think or to contemplate. It also means to drop all the thoughts and sit in meditation by focusing between the eyebrows. Dhyan is of greatest importance today because we are surrounded by lot of misinformation. We can get swayed and cheated and surrender our soul and body.

Dhyan is important to a believer and non-believer.

You need to be mindful about the information that you hear, read and watch. There is lot of propaganda going on. We are constantly bombarded with breaking news. There is a constant attempt of one-upmanship.

Stop following, reading and listening to the verbal diarrhea of news anchors, politicians, fake gurus, preachers, liberals and other people who have an hidden agenda.

Think before you reply and never get involved in unwanted arguments. Never be a follower of people, political party, ideology or a sect. When you are a follower, you are forced to defend what you are following even if it is wrong.

Dhyan should be used to stay away from all those fa…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 21, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:58 AM on September 21.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:06 AM on September 22.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 21, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra on the entire day on Sept 21 and till 12:08 AM on September 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 11:34 PM on September 21. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram on the entire day on Sept 22 and till 12:38 AM on September 23.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 5:32 AM on Septembe…