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Shiva Sayana Vrat and Chaturdasi

Shiva Sayana Vrata, or Shiva Sayana Chaturdasi, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada Month. In 2023, Shiva Sayana Chaturdashi and Vrata begins on July 2. Some Hindu communities believe that Lord Shiva goes into yoga nidra (sleep) during the Chaturmas period, the four holy months in Hinduism, on Shiva Sayana Chaturdashi day. The Shravan month begins two days after Shiva Sayana Chaturdasi and this is one of the most auspicious periods to perform rituals and pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva. The popular belief is that Shiva during the period of four months destroys all sins and helps devotees in the path of Moksha. It is believed that Shiva ushers in peace and prosperity. A legend suggests that the Lord ties all sins with Jada (hair) and sleeps on a tiger skin. In some regions, Shiva Shaynotsav and Shiv Dolotsav are organized during the period. Shiva Sayana Chaturdashi is quite similar to th

Hareli Festival in Chhattisgarh

Hareli festival is an agrarian festival observed in Shravan month in Chhattisgarh. It is the day when farmers worship their farm equipment, cows and other livestock. Hareli Festival 2023 date is July 17. On the Hareli festival day, farmers place branches and leaves of Bhelwa tree in their farm and pray for a good harvest in the coming season. People also hang neem branches in front of their home to prevent diseases as it is the peak monsoon season. Walking on bamboo known as gedi is held during the period. Children also participate in the gedi race. Hareli Festival is annually observed on Shravan Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Chhattisgarh. 

Nagashwer Mahadev Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Nageshwar Form of Shiva

Nagashwer Mahadev Mantra is chanted to achieve all forms of pleasure in life. The prayer is also chanted to achieve immeasurable wealth. Nagashwer Mahadev is one among the Jyotirling form of Shiva. In this form, Shiva is associated with Nagas or snakes. Nageshwar form of Shiva is worshipped widely in western parts of India especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra.   Nagashwer Mahadev Mantra ह्रीं नागेश्वराय नमः शिवाय ह्रीं॥ Hreem Nageshwaraya Namah Shivaya Hreem When to Chant the Nagashwer Mahadev Mantra? Panchami Tithi – Fifth day of a lunar fortnight as per Hindu calendar. Highly auspicious when Panchami Tithi falls on Tuesday. How to chant Nagashwer Mahadev Mantra? Chant the mantra during pradosh period – an hour before sunset. Chant the mantra facing south. Wear white or blue color clothes. Light lamp us chameli oil. Perform dhoop using Gugal. Offer red color flowers. Offer Sindhoor. Offer sweet made using milk. – Later share it with family memb