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Diwali Puja
Nov 10th, 2012 by Sowmya


What Puja is when during the Diwali Season

 

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Trayodashi: 13th day 

Also known as Dhantrayodashi; Dhanwantari(who appeared from sagar manthan) jayanthi; Evening we do jala puja, decorating pots containing water(now taps);
Night oil bath for children. Adults take oilbath early morning before sunrise

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Chaturdashi: 

Navaratri Devi Puja
Oct 13th, 2012 by Sowmya

The Sharad Navaratri Puja, or Devi puuja in Navaratri falls in the month of Ashwiyuja (generally Oct. ) over a 10 day period. The 10th day is called Vijayadashami, which is auspicious for starting any new venture, initiating the alphabets for children, learning new languages, music or for developing new (improved) relationship with one’s spouse or children or office colleagues.
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Gowri Vrata
Sep 18th, 2012 by Sowmya

Gowri Vrata/Puja which is also known as Swarna Gowri Vrata or Gowri Habba is observed/performed in various parts of India on the third day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of bhaadrapada. It is the day preceding Ganesha Chaturthi day. It is believed that this is the day Goddess Parvati comes to her maternal house and the next day her son Ganesha comes to take her back to their home in Kailasa.

The Swarna Gowri Puja is dedicated to Goddess Gowri or Parvati and done with the intention that Goddess Gowri will bless the house with auspiciousness,  material prosperity, health and long life. 
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Mangala Gowri Puja – Update
Jul 30th, 2012 by Sowmya

Please note that the Mangala Gowri Puja is now available at our site in Kannada as well.

Please check the Puja page at http://www.mantraaonline.com/mangala-gowri-puja//

The Panchang details are available at the Puja Calendar page http://www.mantraaonline.com/satsangh-calendar/ – Please update your files accordingly.

Learn to Chant – Gowri Aarti
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

Gowri Arathi

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LYRICS:

ENGLISH
SANSKRIT
TAMIL
TELUGU
MALAYALAM
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Mangala Gowri Puja – Katha
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

This is the story underlying the Mangala Gowri Vrata and can be read along with the puja. The Katha has also been included as part of the full Puja text that can be downloaded in various Indian languages HERE.
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One of the ways in which the Pandavas spent their time during Vanavasa was listening to Lord Krishna’s narration of various Poojas and Vrathas to be performed by mankind for the fulfillment of desires. On one such occasion Dharma Raja asks Lord Krishna to narrate a Vratha that will increase the “Aayu”– the life Span. Lord Krishna replies ‘Listen to me Yamanandana I will narrate a
Unique Vratha, which not only increases the life span of Sons, but also removes the Vaidavyya – \Widowhood of a daughter. Listen to me with single minded devotion. In the olden times there was a city named Kundanipura, there lived a very good and famous merchant called Dharmapala. He was very rich. However his only problem was he had no children.
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Learn to Chant – Lakshmi Aarti
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

Lakshmi Arathi

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LYRICS:
ENGLISH
SANSKRIT/HINDI
TAMIL
TELUGU
MALAYALAM
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Vara Mahalakshmi Puja – Katha
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

This is the story behind the celebration of the Varalakshmi Vrata and can be read along with the puja. The Katha has also been included as part of the full Puja text that can be downloaded in various Indian languages HERE.
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Suta Puranika addresses Shaunaka and other rishis thus: “Let me tell you a story about a Vrita which gives all the benefits and pleasure of this world to women. This Vrita was once narrated by Lord Parameshwara to Parvathi”.
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Mangala Gowri Puja
Jul 18th, 2012 by Sowmya

Mangala Gowri Vrata/Puja is observed/performed during the Tuesdays in the month of Shravana and also referred to as Shravana Mangala Gowri  Puja.

Mangala Gowri Puja is dedicated to Goddess Gowri or Parvati and done with the intention that Goddess Gowri will bless the house with auspiciousness,  material prosperity, health and long life. This vrata  is mentioned in the Bhavishyoththara Purana / Hindu religious texts and is traditionally performed by women for the first five years of their married life. It is also observed by married women desiring  the good health and long lives of their spouses and for the welfare of their families.
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Sarasvati Puja
Feb 5th, 2011 by Sowmya

In Hinduism, Saraswathi is the Goddess of Learning and Knowledge. She is the wife of the Creator Brahma and is often picturised dressed in white symbolising purity of knowledge.

She is also often picturised with four arms which represent the four vedas (rig, yajur, sama and atharvana). In her four arms, she is show carrying the following:

The veena, a musical instrument that represents that she is also the Goddess of all arts and sciences.
A book representing the Vedas and knowledge.
A mālā / garland with crystal beads, representing the power of meditation and spirituality.
A pot of sacred water, representing creative and purification powers.

It is believed that praying to the Goddess Saraswathi will provide her blessings for excellence in academics, arts and sciences.

The 9th day of Navarathri is celebrated to pray to Goddess Saraswathi. In the South of India, on this day, people place books, musical instruments etc at altar after praying to the Goddess. These are covered by cloth and the custom is to not read anything after the prayers are done. Again on the Vijayadasami day, the Goddess is worshipped again and propitiated and then the books are removed and each person in the household refreshes their knowledge of various subjects. It is also an auspicious day to start learning a new art or craft or have very young children start school. It is also a sacred day for teaching children to write for the first time.

Sarasvati Namastubhyam Varade Kaamarupini
Vidyarambam Karishyami Siddhir Bhavatu Me Sadaa

Oh Goddess Sarasvati, I Salute you, please grant me all boons as your very form represents fulfilment of wishes. I would like to start my learning today. Please let me be successful in all such ventures.

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