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What are the offerings and pujas offered to Goddess Saraswati?

Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of art, music, literature and learning. To master any Vidya (knowledge) one needs the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Devout Hindus perform many pujas and rituals to please Goddess Saraswati. The flower that is offered to the goddess of learning is lotus. An important flower offered to Goddess Saraswati is orange and yellow marigold flower. Panchamrut, bananas and Trimaduram are the main food items or Nivedya offered to Goddess Saraswati. Panchamrut or Panchamritham is made from bananas, dates, raisins, sugar, ghee, cardamom and sugar candy. Thrimadurama consists of banana, honey and sugar or ghee. Saraswati Suktha Pushpanjali is a main offering performed in temples. A popular prayer is Saraswati Vandana . Other prayers include Sharada Stuti and Saraswati Gayatri.

Mrigasira Nakshatra date and time 2020 – Makayiram or Mrigashirsha Birth Star dates and time in 2020

Mrigasira Nakshatra 2020 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Makayiram or Mrigasira Birth Star, also read as Mrigashirsha, is the fifth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Mrigasira Nakshatra dates in 2020.The astrological prediction of the Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Vrishabha Rashi and Mithuna Rasi. As per Hindu astrology birth star Mrigasira Nakshatra, falls under Vrishabha Rashi or Taurus Zodiac and also Mithuna Rasi or Gemini Zodiac. The first half of Mrigasira is in Vrishabha Rashi and the next half is in Mithuna Rashi. Mangal is the Lord of the first half and Mercury or Budh is the lord the next half. The lucky color of Mrigashirsha is silver grey. Mrigasira Nakshatra Time - North - East - South of India This time is applicable in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, A

Story of Daksha Prajapati

Daksha Prajapati was the first legendary king in Hinduism and he is also one of the ten patriarchs of creation. He ruled over Mayavati, modern Kankhal near Haridwar in Uttarakhand, India. He had many sons and daughters. Sati, one of his daughters, was an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she married Lord Shiva. After the marriage of Sati, Daksha Prajapati performed a yajna and did not invite Shiva, since he did not approve of Sati’s marriage to Shiva. Sati who went to ask about this slight, was insulted by Daksha Prajapati. Unable to bear the insult, Sati ended her life by jumping into the sacrificial fire. Upset and enraged, Shiva caused havoc in the universe through his ganas and Virabhadra. Virabhadra and the ganas put an end to the yajna. There were utter chaos and destruction everywhere. Virabhadra severed the head off Daksha Prajapati. Later Shiva repented his action and transplanted a goat’s head in place of the severed head of Daksha. A beautiful t

Phulpati during Dashain Navratri in Nepal

Phulpati is observed on the Saptami or the seventh day of the Navratri in Nepal . Navratri in Nepal is known as Dashain. It is known as Phulpati as flowers, shrubs and herbs are offered to Goddess Durga on the day. Phulpati in 2023 is on October 21. Families collect flowers, herbs, and shrubs from forests and bring to home and are offered to Durga. For the main event in temples, priests go in search of the sacred herbs and flowers and bring it to the Dashain Ghar at Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu from the Gorkha Durbar on foot and are offered to Goddess Durga. Nepal Army organizes a special parade at Kathmandu on the occasion of Phulpati.

What Gifts Are Given to Young Girls During Navratri?

Giving presents to young girls during Navratri is considered highly meritorious. Inviting young girls to home and feeding them and giving gifts are known as Kanya Puja. Some people give gifts on all nine days of Navratri. Here are gifts that can be given to young girls during Navratri. First day – Flowers. Makeup items. Second day – Red and yellow color fruits. Another offering is coconut. Third day – Kheer, Halwa and rice mixed with kesar. Fourth day – Colorful dress. Fifth day – Five different types of makeup like bindi, bangle, mehandi, clip for hair, kajal etc should be offered. Sixth day – Toys Seventh day – Study materials. Eighth day – makeup items or study materials or toys. The feet of the young girl should be worshipped with uncooked rice, flowers and kumkum. The girl should be given a good meal. She should also be given a token amount of money. Ninth day – Study materials. The feet of the young girl should be worshipped with uncooked rice, flowers and kumkum. T

Guha Lekh – Inscription Inside A Cave Or Cave Temple In Ancient India

Guha Lekh is an inscription inside a cave or a cave temple. The earliest inscriptions in India were those of Emperor Asoka, dated to the 3rd century BC. The practice of carving inscriptions on rock surfaces found favor with the later kings and ministers. Thus we have a number of epigraphs carved in rock-cut chaityas and viharas of the Buddhists and other religious sects. The guha lekhs are better preserved from other inscriptions because they are shielded from sun and rain, and so they form an extremely valuable source of information on ancient India. Important Guha Lekh In India The earliest Guha Lekh or cave inscription is that of King Dasaratha of the Maurya dynasty, recording the excavation of caves for the use of monks in the Barabara hills of Bihar. Then there is the Hathlgurhpha cave inscription of King Kharavela of Orissa, narrating the important events of his career. The earliest record in western India is to be found in the Naneghat caves near Junnar in Pu

Durga Puja Quotes - Thoughts

A few quotes and thoughts on Durga Puja Man, the imperfect, the bound, the sorrowful, has a thousand enemies within. He is riddled with negative thoughts, fears, yearnings. These are selfishness, jealousy, meanness, prejudice and hatred – just to mention but a few. The Sadhak must get rid of these lawless villains within. With Mother Durga’s kripa, these destructive masters are to be annihilated. Invoke the Mother Terrible to help us annihilate within ourselves all negative forces; all weaknesses, - all littleness. – Swami Chinmayananda Durga (Devi) is synonymous with Shakti or the Divine Power that manifests, sustains and transforms the universe as the one unifying Force of Existence. …Shakti is the very possibility of the Absolute’s appearing as many, of God’s causing this universe. God creates this world through Srishti-Shakti (creative power), preserves through Sthiti-Shakti (preservative power), and destroys through Samhara-Shakti (destructive power). Shakti and

Swami Sivananda Quotes on Peace and Concentration of Mind

Swami Sivananda (8 September 1887 – 14 July 1963) was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. He is the founder of Divine Life Society. Below is a collection of quotes of Swami Sivananda on Peace and Concentration of Mind. Peace is not in the heart of the carnal man. Peace is in the heart of a desireless man, who has controlled his senses and the mind. Greed, lust, jealousy, envy, anger, pride and egoism are the enemies of peace. Slay these enemies by the sword of dispassion, discrimination, and non-attachment. You will enjoy perpetual peace. Peace is not in money, estate, bungalows and possessions. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul. Withdraw yourself from external objects. Meditate and rest in your soul. You will realize everlasting peace now. Nothing can bring you peace, but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace, but the victory over your lower self, triumph over your senses and mind, desires and cravings.