In the year 2015 Nav Samvatsar will start date from 21st March Saturday. It is on this day that the Chaitra Shukla Paksha will start. On this day the Kalash Sthapna ritual is performed. Just like the Sharadiya Navratri, the nine different forms of Mother Goddess are also worshipped during this time.if a person worships and chants mantras during this time, he will get virtues. The puja, yagya, meditation, fast and donation are all parts of the worshipping. The Navratri festival for the navratri season will be on 28 March 2015, Saturday.
According to Hinduism, Lord Ganesh or Rddhidata and Siddhidata is to be worshipped at first of any puja. In the Navaratri puja also, on the day of Pratipada or the first day, there is the Kalash stapana ceremony. And it is believed the Lord Ganesha resides in it. And then the puja of Lord Ganesha is performed. Once the puja starts, people and devotees and worshippers must follow a strict routine for fasting. On the last day that is on the Navami tithi 9 girls below the age of ten years are worshipped as it is believed that they are the forms of Mother Goddess.
Nine Incarnation of Goddess
Throughout the nine days of the Navratri season, the nine different forms or incarnation of her are worshipped. They are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Ma Gauri and Siddhidatri.
Goddess Statue Establishment
Placing and establishing the idol of Goddess Durga is very important. She is placed in the middle of the worshipping place. On her right side there is Devi Mahalakshmi and Lord GAnesha and a Yogini named Vijaya stays. And on the left side, Maa Saraswati and Karthikeyan and another Yogini named Jaya are placed.
Lord Shiva is also worshipped on this occasion. On the first day, Devi Shailputri is worshipped with Akshat, flowers, sandalwood and Roli. The arti is performed by the devotees where they chant mantras in the form of songs.
Nav garaha puja
The nine planets are also worshipped during this time. In these nine days, they are invoked on their specific schedules. Pratipada the planet of Mars is pacified. On the day of Dwetiya, Rahu planet is pacified. On the day of Tritiya Jupiter planet is pacified. On Chaturthi, Saturn is pacified to avoid inauspicious effects of the planet Saturn. On Panchami, the planet of Mercury and on Shashthi, the planet of Ketu are pacified. On Ashtami it is associated to pacify Sun and on the last day, that is Navami, it is associated with the Moon to be pacified, through mantras and puja. Once all these nine Graha pujan is complete, the Garahas become pacified, imparting effects to pacify the rest of the world.
Other Gods who are worshipped in Navratri
Although worshipping the Mother Goddess is the most significant part of the Navratri celebration, there are other Gods also who are worshipped. Lord Ram and Hanuman are the most common ones. Reading Sundarkand, Ramayan and Ram Charitra Manas in this time is very beneficial.
Rahu Ketu Transit Effect – Astrology Prediction for 2016
On 31 January 2016 , Rahu will enter Leo and Ketu will enter Aquarius . Their movements will affect each sign in different manner. Let us look the impact of Rahu and Ketu Transit on various zodiac sign.
Rahu will be in the 5th house, which signifies education, stock market and children. Students will encounter obstacles on the academic front and lose their concentration. It is advised that you work hard and stay focused. The ones who are newly married and planning to start a family may suffer miscarriage due to Rahu’s position in the 5th house. But with the medical help and blessings of Lord Shiva they may receive positive results too. Stock market investors will take wrong decisions and invest money in non-profitable shares.
Rahu will be in the 2nd house and Ketu will reside in the house of Karma. You may take few actions but they will result into negative consequences. There may be chances of change in the job under negative influences. Those associated with real estate sector need to be extra careful as there are possibilities of incurring losses.
Rahu will be in your 3rd house, which is the house of apprenticeship. However, it will not create any unfavorable situation for you due to the favorable transit of Jupiter. However, if you are associated with hospitality sector like travelling and tourism, you may face some challenges during this transit. You may even feel you are not getting the results as per the efforts put on by you.
Rahu will be transiting through the 2nd house, which is the house of money and material. As per the predictions, this is not positive sign. Your family life is also affected by Rahu’s placement in this house. Your harsh comments can spoil the relation with loved ones. Decision regarding the monetary investments may turn out to be wrong. You will face issues with your income. Old age people can face problem in their eyes. Situations arising from nowhere will surprise and shock you.
Rahu will transit over the Natal Moon. This will cause problems on many levels. Rahu will be transiting through the ascendant and will disturb you health as well as mental balance. You will feel disappointed sometimes and dissatisfied sue to several unknown reasons. To achieve the desired results you need to work harder than expected. Worship Lord Shiva to eradicate problems from your life.
Life is changing for better. However, the months ahead shall not bring extraordinary results for you. Rahu will be in the Loss House and post November Saturn will enter the Money house. There will be rise in the expenditure and your budget may go haywire. Wasteful expenditures are foreseen. Stay away from government related matters and legal disputes. Chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and worship Lord Shiva to save yourself from financial loss.
Rahu will be transiting the profit house and as per the astrological predictions, this will not bring any major negative results. You may feel that you are not getting results as per your hard work whereas other will find the success with very minimal efforts. Students need to be more careful and concentrate on studies to get good marks. Pregnant women need to take extra care of their health.
Rahu will be transiting through the House of Karma and Ketu will be transiting the House of comforts and pleasure. As a result you will emerge as a stronger individual. However, your business, profession, job, reputation will get disturbed under the influence of these planets. Ketu will make you agitated and quite negative in thoughts. You should worship Ketu Yantra to guard yourself against ill effects of Ketu.
Rahu will transit through your house of destiny and Ketu through your house of Apprenticeship. You will encounter some difficulties while travelling due to the position of Rahu and Ketu. Health issues related to your loved ones will keep you tensed. Matters associated with foreign lands and export-import issues will go through downfall. In summarized manner, Rahu will decrease your luck. Consult an astrologer to know which gemstone will suit you the most.
Rahu will transit through your 8th house and Ketu through the finance house. You will have difficult time in the inflow and outflow of cash. You will have to struggle a lot to have possession of inherited property. On health front, it is advised to avoid any operations if possible. During this transit, you will get blunt and harsh in your comments and end up in disputes with family. Worship Shiva Yantra.
Rahu will move through 7th house. Take each step carefully especially if it’s about partnership. There may be difference in opinion with your business partner. Avoid being aggressive in marital situations. Avoid legal issues and try to be cooperative. Get ready to tackle your enemies and their actions.
Rahu will be situated in the 6th house from your Natal Moon. This house reflects illness, enemy and job. While Rahu is in your 6th house, there are possibilities of growth in the enemies that too without any reason. However, you will be able to defeat them. You may face some health issues but in health checkups there will be nothing major concern. You will certainly have difference in opinion with your superiors.
Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja
The Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over the India and is the Hindu festival. People celebrate this day in a grand manner so that they can seek blessings from the Lord Ganesha. The day of Ganesh Chaturthi is considered to be the birthday of Lord Ganesha and it falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of the month Bhadrapada. All the Hindus celebrate this day with great enthusiasm as this day is very popular among the Hindus. The Ganesha Puja is considered to be the most sacred pooja and all the problems of life are being removed on this day. According, to Hindu mythology it is also believed that Ganesha Puja performed at least once in a month brings the prosperity, wealth, peace and health in the life of the individual. People who start the new ventures should perform this Puja so that no problem occurs in their ventures. If anyone is already facing a problem should also perform this Puja.
Ganesh Atharvashirsha (Abhishekam)
The Lord Ganpati Abhishekam is being written by the Atharva Rishi who had the Lord Ganpati Darshan. On this day people generally invoke the name of Lord Ganesha before starting anything. The start of the day is done by the name of Lord Ganesha. The Abhishekam of the Lord Ganesha is considered to be originated with division called Ganapatya which worshipped the Lord Ganesha with Supreme Loyalty and Reality. There is also the most difficult way to worship Lord Ganesha which involves the chanting of the 108 names of the Lord Ganesha or the “Shri Ganesha Ashtottara Sata Namavali”. It is believed that if the 108 names of the Lord Ganesha is recited while offering the red flowers than all the eight types of difficulties are overcome. The puja of the Lord Ganesha is generally done by the Raw Milk and the Ganesha Atharvashirsha Path is being repeated 21 times.
The Ganesha Chaturthi this year will be celebrated from 17 September 2015 to 27 September 2015. The Lord Ganesha is considered to be the deity of knowledge and is always invoked first at the commencement of any of the function. Lord ganesha always protects his devotees from all the evil energies and obstacles. We provide you the benefits still if you were not able to do the Puja on these 11 days. We will do the Puja form your side, by purchasing the clay idol of Lord Ganesha and establishing it for 11 days. On all these 11 days we will do the complete Puja of Lord Ganesha and will do the Abhishekam daily. The Puja will be done on Live telecast so that you can also get the darshan of the Lord Ganesha.
The concept of Adhik Maas is unique in the traditional Hindu Lunar Calendars. In 2015 Hindu calendar, there is an extra month or Adhika Maas. In the upcoming year 2015, this extra month will start date from June 17, 2015 and will end on July 16, 2015 as per the North Indian calendar. In the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Adhik Maas will be observed from the same date i.e. from June 17, 2015 and will end on July 16, 2015. This extra month is dedicated to Shri Krishna.
So in the year 2015, there are thirteen months in the Hindu Lunar calendar. Apart from 12 normal months which are –
- Margshirsha ( Agrahayana )
- Phalgun ( Fagun )
- Jyaishtha ( Jeth )
- Bhadrapad (Bhaadra or Bhadarvo)
- Ashwin (Asho)
There will be an Adhik Shravan maas.
It must be noted that there is no Adhik Maas in the calendars of Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Orissa and Tamil Nadu as they follow Solar Calendar.
Why Adhik Maas Occurs?
The Hindu calendar is a lunar calendar and it is based on the cycles of the Moon. A lunar month is around 29.5 days long. However, a Solar month is 30 or 31 days long.
The lunar year consists of 354 solar days and solar year consists of 365 days. So, as the years passes by the lunar month starts earlier than the corresponding Solar Month. In both the lunar and solar year there is a difference of 11 days. This difference increases to 29 or 30 days in every upcoming 2 or 3 years and becomes a full month. To compensate and make the two calendars similar an extra month is added in the lunar calendar.
Vasistha Siddhanta says that the Adhik Maas occurs after every 32 months, 16 days and 8 Ghadis (1 Ghadi equals 24 minutes).
In Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh lundar month starts and ends with the new moon or no moon i.e. amavasya. In North India, the lunar month begins and ends with full moon i.e. purnima.
Navratra / Navratri (Festival)
Navratra is made of two words, ‘Nav’ which means nine and ‘Ratri’ which means night. Thus, the meaning of word Navrtra is a festival that goes on for nine days and it is considered highly auspicious. This is the period where a devotee perform Upasana, Aradhana and worship nine forms of goddess durga, namely:
1. Shailputri 2. Brahmacharini 3. Chadraghanta 4. Kushmanda 5. Skandmata 6. Katyayani 7. Kalratri 8. Mahagauri 9. Sidddhidatri.
As per the Hindu calendar, Navratra is celebrated 4 times in a year. The first two are celebrated with great show and pomp and they are known as PrakatNavratra.
- Chaitra or BasantNavratra
- Ashavin or ShardiyaNavratara.
The other two are called Gupta or secret Navratra. They are:
- AshaadhNavratra or VarshaRituNavratra
- Magh or ShishirNavratra.
Process of worshiping in Navratra:
Navratra provides great moral and spiritual strength. The devotees of Maadurga who worship with complete dedication get enlighten, prosperity and wealth. The grace of MaaDurga removes all sufferings from their life.
NavratraStaphana / Ghat:
On the first day, KalashStaphana or GhatStaphana is done. The meaning of word Ghat or Kalas is pot which is made of copper or clay, and Staphana means establishment. In the process of GhatStaphana, the Ghat is filled with water and is placed over Vedi of Sand. Also, in the sand seeds of Barley are sown which grows into Jaware by the end of Navratra. They would grow up to four of five inches in height. Jaware are also the Prasad for the devotees and his family members. On the Kalash, Mango leaves and coconut are covered with a piece of cloth. The main purpose of Ghat is to pray.
Whom to Worship or Chant in Navratra:
During thedays of Navratra, worship of Goddess Durga is done and Path of DurgaSaptsahtis. Other paths that could be done are:
- Chant Ram Rakshastotra
- Gayatri Mantra or Chalisa
The Jaap of Mantra could be on the basis of your choice. You may jaap Mantra for wealth, for removing problems from your life, for power, for getting suitable life partner or for protection.
KumariPujan is done on the Eighth day of Navtratra or on the Ninth day. On this day, nine girls not more than nine years old are fed and given dakshnana.
The puja material established during NavratraStaphana are immersed in the nearby pod or lake. The Prasad of Jaware are given to the family members. With the Utthapan, the worship of Navratra comes to an end.
Dhan Teras/ Dhan Trayodashi 2014
In the year of 2014 the Dhanteras is going to fall on 21st October, 2014. This festival usually falls in the Kartik Krishna Paksh Trayodashi. This festival is considered to be the first day of the Dipawali festival which is a five day long festival. On this auspicious day, the Goddess Dhanvantri- which is the physician of the Gods, Lord Kuber- the god of wealth and the Lord Yamraj – god of death are being worshipped and the blessings are taken from them. People consider this day to be very auspicious in terms of buying new things like gold/silver. It is believed that if gold/silver is bought on this day than the wealth comes in the house of the devotees and takes out all the worries of the life.
The Pooja of the Dhan Teras needs to be done on the auspicious time so that the proper blessings are being received from the Gods.
- Pradosh Kal Mahurat: 06:01 P.M. to 08:25 P.M. for the Yam deep Dan and the Shree Pooja.
- Abhijit Mahurat: 12:00 to 12:45 Noon
- Chaughadiya Mahurat:
Labh + Amrit Chaughadiya – 10:58 to 01:47 P.M.
Shubh Chaughadiya - 03:12 to 04:37 P.M.
Labh Chaughadiya – 07:37 P.M. to 09:12 P.M.
The Legend of the Dhanteras:
There was a legend that there was a son of king Hima and it was predicted that his death would be due to the snake bite on the fourth day after the marriage. So, on that his wife did not allow his husband to sleep and lit the lamps in the house so that there can be lights everywhere. Afterwards, she tried a lot not to make her husband fall asleep therefore; she sang songs for him and then recited the stories for him also. At that night, when the Lord Yama came to the princess doorstep in the form of serpent it was surprised and got blinded and dazzled due to the lamps and jewelry. Due to this the serpent was not able to enter the chamber, so he climbed over the jewelry and sat over there for the whole night silently and during the morning it went away. Therefore, due to clever princess the prince was saved and his life was forgiven.
There is one more legend associated with this day and that was there was a fight between the devils and the Gods. When the ocean was churned by them , Dhanvantri emerged from it carrying the pot of nectar.
People generally do the puja of Lord Kuber- God of wealth so that all the wealth and prosperity can be maintained in their life. The mantras need to be recited on this day so that the Lord Yamraj can get happy.
RoopChaturdasi and Narak Chaturdashi 2014
The Narak Chaturdashi or the Roop Chaturdashi will be celebrated on 22nd October 2014 in the Kartik Krishna 14 samwat 2071. The Roop Chaturdashi is also known as Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi. According, to Hindu mythology it is believed that on this day the Narkashur was killed by Lord Krishna and the feeling of fear was removed from the mind and life of people. It is also believed that on this day devotees should get up early in the morning and smear the body with flour, turmeric and oil and then should take a bath. During this day, fourteen earthen lamps should be lit at different places for example in the temple of Vishnu, Brahma, Mahesh, street and garden. This pleases the God Yamraj – the god of death.
Annakoot or GovardhanPooja
The AnnakootPooja this year will be held on 24th October, 2014. This festival is also among the five day festival of Dipawali.
This festival is observed in the Kartik Shukla PratipadaSamwat 2071. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that on this day Lord Krishna has lifted the GovardhanParvat on his finger and has saved the people living in Braj from the heavy rain fall caused due to the Lord Indra. To memorize this day people get up early in the morning and make the mounds of the cow dung and decorate it with flowers and then worship it. The mound that they prepare is the symbol of the GovardhanParvat. On this day people usually make the different types of Bhog and then offer to the Lord and afterwards distribute that Bhog among the devotees as the Prasad.
In some parts of the India, the Goverdhan is considered to be the New Year day. People refer to this day by SwayamSiddhMuhurat. Therefore, people on this day can start their new work if till date they are not able to find the proper Muhurat.
Bhai Dooj or Yam Dwitiya
This year the festival of Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on 25th October, 2015 i.e. on Saturday and is one of the festival among the five day festival of Dipawali. This festival is celebrated on the day of Kartik Shukla Dwitiya. This festival is for the sisters who pray for their brothers health and good fortune. On this day, the sister puts the Tilak on the forehead of their brother and performs the Aarti and offer him the sweets.
The Yam is also worshipped on this day therefore this day is also known as Yam Dwitiya. The Bhai Dooj is the last day festival of the Diwali. This festival can be celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. But at every place it is the affection and love between the brother and sisters. According to the tradition, brother’s go to their sister’s house and sister needs to welcome him and need to put the Tilak on their forehead and need to perform puja. After doing the Aarti, they pray for the long life, healthy life and successful life for their brother. In return, brother gives them the gifts so that she can be happy. On this day, sister’s also prepares the dishes for their brother which is liked by him and enjoy the whole day with the family members.
Legend of the Bhai Dooj
There was a wife of Lord Surya Narayan named Chhaya. She gave birth to two children – Yamuna and Yamraj. The daughter Yamuna had the great affection for his brother Yamraj. On the day of Kartik Shukla Dwitiya Yamraj went to the house of Yamuna and Yamuna put the Tilak on the forehead of his brother and did the pooja and in return Yamraj gave him the blessings that the fear of the ultimate death will be removed.
There is one more legend related to this day. On this Lord Krishna killed the demon Narkaasur and after that he went to his sister’s house Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed his brother with great affection and love and therefore from this day people celebrate the day of Bhai Dooj.
auspicious time for navratri Puja
The Shardiya Navratri this year will be celebrated from 25th September, 2014 i.e. on Thursday on the Ashwin Shukla Pratipada. The GhatSthapanaMuhurat based on the S.T. of Jodhpur is
Kanya Lagan – 6:31 A.M. to 8:10 A.M.
Shubh Chaughadiya – 6:31 A.M. to 08:01 A.M.
Abhijit Muhurat – 12:06 P.M. to 12:54 P.M.
The Ghat Sthapana Muhurat based on the S.T. of Jaipur is
Kanya Lagan – 6:20 A.M. to 7:59 A.M.
Shubh Chaughadiya – 6:20 A.M. to 07:50 A.M.
Abhijit Muhurat – 11:55 P.M. to 12:42 P.M.
Festival of MahaShivratri Shiva Rudra Abhishekam date 17 February 2015
The festival of Shivratri is celebrated every year on the Trayodashi of Falgun Krishna Paksha. In 2015, this festival will be observed on 17th February and people will keep fasts on this day. The important thing or specialty of this fast is that the people of every age group can observe this fast. On this day, many people travel just to have the vision of Shivlinga, because the vision of Lord Shiva on this day is considered to be very auspicious. This day is celebrated as the MahaUtsav because on this day god Bolenath got married to MaaParvati.
People believe that on this day only the goddess Ganga got the shelter in the hairs of the Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the god who created the three worlds for the people: heaven, hell and mrityu. People keeping fasts on this day are considered to be very auspicious because devotees can attain salvation. The individual welfare is done by keeping the fast. All sorts of problems and doshas are being removed from the life of an individual and the life is spent with peace and happiness. The ancestral dosha is also removed from the life of an individual and all the sins are being reduced by keeping this fast. All the desires and wishes of the devotees are fulfilled by the Lord Shiva. Fasts kept on this day with full of devotion and dedication brings the prosperity, wealth and all materialistic comforts in the life.
The sages say that the Lord Shiva should be worshipped with clean mind and soul so that all the desires and wishes can be reached to the Lord Shiva. The lord Shiva is also refereed with the name Neelkanth and Vishwanathan. People who are suffering from the problem of money or food are being removed and they attain the food and wealth so that they can live their life. The life is motivated for the good work and the true wisdom is achieved from the Lord Shiva.
The PradoshKaal on this day is considered to be very auspicious because on this Kaal only the Lord Shiva got married and he danced happily in this period. The time of PradoshKaal is of 2 hours and 24 minutes after the sunset. People who worship the Lord Shiva during this Kaalare considered to be very beneficial because all the wishes and desires come true. The ShivratriJagran is also considered to be very beneficial on this day and on this day only the evolution of the 12 Jyotirlinga took place. The proper rituals are also followed on this day so that the Lord Shaiva can be pleased and can impart his blessings to the devotees. All the health problems are also removed on this day and the effect of Rahu and Ketu on the horoscope is also diminished to a great extent.
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