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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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Satyanarayana Puja – Katha
Aug 7th, 2012 by Sowmya

This is the story underlying the Satyanarayana 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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INTRODUCTION

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (Ch4.9) \\\\\\\” Janma Karma cha may divyam yevam yo veththi tha-thwathah….\\\\\\\” \\\\\\\” One who knows My divine birth and activities will not be born again\\\\\\\”. Sri Sathyanarayana katha is one such activity of the Lord, by studying which we have every chance of being liberated. Sri Sathyanarayana katha forms a vital and integral part of this pooja. Not listening to the katha will be a major loss. Repeatedly hearing this story and meditating on its different aspects will make us more and more interested in the Lord and His activities. As the Lord Himself says further in
Gita (Ch9.14) \\\\\\\”Sathatham keerthayantho maam yathanthascha dradhavrathaah: \\\\\\\”The mahaatmaas among devotees, always speak and sing My glories, and try with determination, to realize Me\\\\\\\”

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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.

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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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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