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Shani Amavasya 2022 dates – Pujas - Rituals - Importance of No Moon Day on Saturday

Shani Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Saturday or Shanivar in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2022, Shani Amavasya date is August 27. Amavasya is considered inauspicious by many Hindu communities and the fear of Lord Shani is well known as he is believed to create havoc in the life of people. So Amavasya falling on Saturday is considered highly inauspicious by some people. Shani Amavasya is keenly followed by people who believe in astrology. People suffering from Pitra Dosh and Kaal Sarp Dosh conduct remedial pujas on the day. Various other rituals dedicated to Lord Shani are performed on the day. The day is also considered ideal for performing Shradh and Tarpan for dead ancestors. Famous Lord Shani temples like Shani Shingnapur and Thirunallar Shani Temple attracts a large number of devotees on the day. Various Donation on Shani Amavasya -  Donation on the day earns merits that never diminishes Donating black things on the day is considered goo

Goddess Bhadrakali

Goddess Bhadrakali is a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is popularly worshipped in this form in Kerala and some parts of South India. Bhadrakali appeared from the forehead of Shiva to annihilate demon Darika. The story of Bhadrakali and Goddess Kali is different. The character and ferociousness of both the deities are the same but the story of origin is different. Bhadrakali is ferocious to those who practice Adharma. She is merciless to them. To those who practice Dharma, she is the kind mother. She is the protective mother who will never let any harm happen to her children. Story of Goddess Bhadrakali  Legend has it that once Asuras, or demons, were defeated by Devas and they had to retreat to the netherworld. Two Asura women then did intense penance and propitiated Brahma who gave them the boon that they would give birth to two powerful sons. In due course of time, the women had two sons named Danavendra and Darika. Danavendra and Darika then

Navratri Offering of Sari and Coconut to Goddess Durga

Offering of Sari, Blouse Piece and coconut to Goddess during Navratri is considered highly auspicious. Saree, coconut and Blouse piece (cloth) is offered at the end of Mother Goddess worship during Navratri. It is the final offering made to any of the Goddess worshiped during Navratri. Goddess Shakti is formless and is beyond human imagination and thought. But this energy which is the creative force behind all living and nonliving takes a form which Her devotee prefers. By offering Sari and Blouse Piece to Goddess a devotee is invoking her in the form of Mother. The Mother who fulfills the wishes of her daughters and sons. The Saree that is offered to Goddess Durga is red in color and is made of cotton or silk. Blouse piece is placed on top of the Saree and the coconut is placed on top of the blouse piece. Some rice is sprinkled on the saree and blouse piece. The three eyes or the tuft of the coconut faces the image of Goddess. Stand in front of God