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Manas Puja Vidhi of Goddess Durga – No Rituals Worshipping Durga in the Mind

Manas Puja of Goddess Durga means worshipping Durga in the mind. She is given a place in the heart of the devotee. The devotee then meditates on Her. Puja Vishi and all rituals that you wish to do are performed in imagination.

This is considered by many people as the finest form of Durga worship. There is a close contact with the Goddess in Manas Puja. There is no intermediator.

How to do Manas Puja? After taking bath, sit in Padmasana posture in a quiet place. It is now time to quieten the mind by shutting out all forms of thoughts. Then start to meditate on the Goddess. Close the eyes and think of Goddess sitting on the lotus of your heart.

Once you realize the presence of Mother Goddess, converse with Her mentally. Next if you wish, you can make your offerings, perform rituals and pujas mentally. Some devotees hum the mool mantra of Goddess Durga.

The mantra is Aum Hreem Shreem.

The puja ends when you are content. You then engage in daily chorus but with a firm conviction that M…

Weapons Held By Durga in Her Ten Arms

Durga with 10-arms is a very popular form of Goddess Durga. This form is widely seen during Durga Puja and Navratri. Here is a list of 10 weapons held by Durga in her 10 arms.

TridentDiscusScimitar (Kharga)SnakeConchMaceBow/arrowHookLotusThunderbolt The overall image of Goddess Durga annihilating demon Mahishasura does not change. But sometimes instead of a human head, the demon is depicted as having a buffalo head.

Majority of times two hands of Goddess Durga will be in blessing posture. Then two weapons are not depicted.

It must be noted that there is no rule regarding the number of arms. It depends on the artist who is making the murti. The hands are in even in numbers.

Earlier on the same topic Symbolism of the Weapons in the Hands of Goddess Durga

Dhunuchi Dance at Durga Puja and During Visarjan

Dhunuchi Dance is a ritualistic dance performed during Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Jagadhatri Puja. It is an important part of Navami and Durga Visarjan rituals. The dance is performed by both men and women.

The main dancer carries a lamp with smoldering incense. The dance is accompanied by chanting of mantras and traditional musical instruments. The dance usually happens after the nightfall in sacred places, Durga Puja pandals and in ancestral homes that perform Durga Puja. Dhunuchi – The Earthen Container The dance form takes its name from the earthen container with a handle (or a long base) and an open top, which the dancer holds. The earthen container is known as Dhunuchi. It is filled with aromatic resins and coconut fiber. It is then burned to produce a fragrant smoke.

The smoke creates patterns in air based on the movements of the dancer. A Frenzied Dance The dance is performed in front of Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali.

This is a frenzied dance. The dance is well animated with…

Story – Child, who are you

Madhavaselva, king of Madhavapuri, had once gone to the forest for hunting. He lost his way and was hungry and to his luck, he came across a saint.

The rishi asked him: ‘Child, who are you?

The king replied: ‘Sir, I am the king of this country.’ The rishi replied: ‘Son, I only asked who you are. I did not ask your relation with your country. Further, “king” denotes a position. If the king of another country conquers your country, your position of the king would go away. Hence, please tell me who you really are.’’

The king’s hunger increased and he asked the rishi: ‘Sir, I am hungry. Please give me something to eat.’

The rishi asked again: ‘You did not answer my question! First, you said that you are the king. Now, you say that you are hungry. In truth, who are you?’

He told the rishi: ‘Sir, first let me appease my hunger. Then I would give you a reply.’

The food was served but the king then received information of enemy soldiers marching towards his kingdom. He decided to proceed imm…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:22 PM on September 27.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:27 PM on September 28.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Not a good date. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:40 AM on September 27. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:17 PM on September 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 9:58 AM on September 27. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:57 PM on September 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 9:40 AM on September 27. Then onward it i…