Shivaratri is not just an ordinary festival, but a way to please Lord Shiva. Though the major Shivaratri comes once a year, but Masik (monthly) Shivaratri is being observed every month. Read this article to unfold the answers.
Masik Shivaratri or monthly Shivaratri falls in every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. Like Mahashivratri, Masik Shivaratri also holds immense importance for the Shiva devotees. This day is exclusively meant for worshiping and pleasing Lord Shiva. Here, in this article, we have come up with all information i.e. dates of each Masik Shivaratri for the year 2016..
Each Hindu festival is associated with many beliefs and mythologies, so is the holy day of Shivaratri. One belief says that Shivaratri is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison, which came out during Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) Whereas, according to another belief, it is the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.
Let’s know the legend of Samudra Manthan in detail.
The legend of Samudra Manthan is the reason as to why Shivaratri is celebrated. It is said that once the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils) were churning the ocean of milk. During the churning process, several things came out of the ocean. Among all those things were a pot of poison. The poison had the potential to destroy the universe, which frightened the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils). To seek help, they ran to Lord Shiva, the Lord of destruction. Lord Shiva, in order to save the universe from the deadly effect of poison, swallowed it but held it in His throat. This act resulted in Lord Shiva’s throat turning blue, for which he earned the name ‘Nilkantha’. To celebrate this event of Lord Shiva, Shivaratri is celebrated.
Masik Shivaratri Significance For Women
Throughout the country, the occasion of Shivaratri holds prime importance for the married women as well as young girls. On this day, women observe fast and worship Lord Shiva for the welfare of their husband and sons. Unmarried girls on the other hand observe fast and pray to Lord Shiva for a right match.
Amalaki Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day ,celebrated on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the waxing moon, in the lunar month of Phalgun (February–March). It is a celebration of the amalaka or amla tree known as the Indian gooseberry.
Prernamurti Bharti Shriji in these excrept of discourse has let us know the,Significance , Vrat Katha and Fasting Bebefits Of Amlaki Ekadashi.Shriji said ” Do you know what it is? It’s Amla (Indian gooseberry).It is known as Aamalki. How did it originate?Lord Vishnu once spat.That drop fell on earth and from that one white dot was formed from which Aamalki tree originated.This tree is known as Vaishnav tree.On earth, amla is considered to be like elixir.The juice of Amla like elixir nourishes and gratifies the human body.
During the season of amla, any person who eats 3 amlas does not have to face any disease or hardships.For heart diseases, amla is like a boon.Eating amla jam, drinking amla juice along with honey, worshipping amla tree, using amla in various forms; it’s similar to a treasure of health for human beings.Hence you should worship Aamalki tree, eat amla without fail.
Amlaki Ekadashi Vrat katha and Mahatmay (Importance of Amlaki Ekadashi and story)
Deities had seen many types of trees before like Ashwath tree, but they were surprised after looking at this new tree and they started thinking – which tree is this, what fruit it gives and how did it originate?Then there was celestial announcement from sky.It said – Oh Deities, Lord Vishnu loves this Aamalki tree.In its roots – Lord Vishnu, on top of that – Lord Brahma and in its stem – Lord Rudra resides.In its branches – Deities and Rishis reside, in leaves – Vasu resides and in its flowers – Marudgan resides.Hence, this tree will be considered as the most holy tree.
Deities asked – Who are you, doing celestial announcement from sky?Then celestial announcement was made from sky – Oh deities, I am Lord Narayan, Lord Vishnu.This Aamalki tree which originated on earth, is a boon for human beings which destroys all the sins, will be considered as a holy tree.It’s chanting gives the fruit which is attained by donating cow.By touching it – fruit is doubled, and by eating it – fruit is tripled.Hence, human beings should consume amla.
Deities asked Lord Narayana – Oh Achyut, please tell us, by observing which fast the souls living in the mortal world will be benefited?The most kind lord said,” in falgun month , shukla paksh, pushya nakshatra dwadashi is considered to be the most auspicious date . A day before is Ekadashi and whosoever observes this fast near amla tree by awakening for the whole night , gets rid off all the sins.
Rituals ( vidhi ) and fasting method (vrat vidhi )
Deities asked Lord Vishnu”,How to observe and end this fast” . Lord said.. O’ Sages and deities, in the morning, clean your teeth with Neem stick, and take bath(in earlier times there used to be ponds or lakes to bathe) now in houses. Pray to lord Vishnu, O’ lord, I’ m observing this fast, you are the Supreme lord, you are Eternal, who will eliminate all my sins and I am totally surrendered in your lotus feet. Today, I will not eat anything, please shower your grace on me. Take amla or soil of basil tree , put it all over you body, and chant
Ashwakrante Rathrante Vishnu krante vasundhare
Bhutike har main paapam janmkotyaam samarjitam
O’ Goddess earth, countless horses and chariots run over you. Lord Vishnu in ‘Vamana’ incarnation had covered you in a single step, I have been purifying myself by bathing with your soil, kindly get me rid off from all the sins, worries and distress.
Then put the soil over your body and bathe. There is a mantra for bathing too. I will tell you the meaning of that mantra. While bathing, do pray to the goddess of water, O’ Goddess of water, you are the life line of all the creatures on the earth, you feed all types of creatures. Everywhere whether its well, river, pond, spring or lakes, bathing in every pilgrimage or temple or deity’s place, with this bath I will be getting the merit of bathing in all such pious places.
After bath, near the amla tree, purify the place under it by cleaning , place a pitcher near it and worship it. Considered as the abode of all deities, touching, eating its fruit, remembering, having darshnas of this tree is known to be very beneficial for the entire mankind. Therefore, on this ekadashi, we should worship this tree by chanting
OM VISHNAVE NAMAH, OM VISHNAVE NAMAH, OM VISHNAVE NAMAH. This is the tilak of Lord Vishnu. Apply this Vaishnav Tilak on Amla Tree, we should worship this tree with flowers.. OM VISHWAKAY NAMAH, OM VISHWARUPINEE NAMHA, OM UKRAKAYE NAMAH, OM DAMODARAY NAMAH, OM PADMANABAHAY NAMAH, SHRI VADSADHARAE NAMAH…
.If you cant remember these names, then chant OM VISHNAVE NAMAH,OM ANANATAYE NAMAH, OM ACHUTAYE NAMAH, OM GOVINDAYE NAMAH and worship this tree with kumkum, abir & gulal.
OFFER SALUTATION TO Amla tree by chanting’ Om vishnave namah, om govindaye namah’ and lit a diya ,do aarti and imagine you are personally worshipping the Lord. After this say, “dhoopam darshyami, deepam darshyami”..after that do 28 or 108 circumambulation(pradakshina) of this tree .
Benefits of Amlaki Ekadashi Fast
What do u get as the fruit of waking up for the whole night on this day & worshipping is like a bumper offer from Supreme Lord since present time is the time of bumper offers. One gets the fruits of all yajnas , charities, pilgrimages by worshipping this tree and observing Ekadashi fast. Lord Krishna said to yudhishtra, O’ king, I have told u the friuts of observing this fast which Supreme lord Vishnu had told to deities, this eliminates all the sins. Everyone must observe it. Do not forget to worship this tree and consuming its fruit on this day.
What food is to be consumed on Ekadashi ?
As this ekadashi signifies the Amla, one should eat and worship amla on this day. Generally fruits, nuts, potato, sweet potato, olives, milk, ghee, sugar, coconut, ginger and black pepper.
Prernatirth Yatra–The inspirational journey of life
Somnath temple stands at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent in Gujarat State. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finds its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavd Gita, Shivpurana etc. The hymn from Rig-Veda quoted below mentions the Lord Someshwar along with the great pilgrimage like Holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Eastward Saraswati. This signifies the ancient value of this pilgrimage.
Prernamurti Bharti Shriji’s glorified journey was carried out in Somnath temple, Organised by the temple trust , where devotees from all over India got privilege of her divine darshanas and spiritual discourse.
North of Somnath, en route to Veraval, is the famous Lord Krishna temple, Bhalka Tirtha,
Nearby is Dehotsarg, where He succumbed to His mortal wound. The temple at Bhalka Tirth is known as Mahaprabhuji’s Bethak, and a basil tree has been planted in Lord Krishna’s memory. At the Dehotsarg Tirth, in the 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute.
The Geetamandir has been built here where the divine message of Shrimad Bhagavat Gita is carved on eighteen marble pillars. Shri Lakshminarayan temple is located close by. The Balramjiki Gufa is the place from where Lord Shrikrishna’s elder brother Balaramji took journey to His final abode.
Triveni Ghat in Somnath is the meeting point of three holy rivers – Kapil, Hiran and a mystical River Saraswati, which are believed to be flowing to their ultimate destination – Arabian Sea. These stages of rivers where they meet and then flow together to the sea symbolises human birth, life and death.
Rajputa Vaja clan was in charge of Somnath during the Muslim desecrations. The devotional episode of the princess Veni is said to have been depicted in the novel by Shri K.M. Munshi. The temple was outside of the fort wall of Prabhas Pattan at the time of holy war with Gazani. The soldiers of Gazani attempted an abduction of the princess Veni, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva who used to regularly visit the temple to offer her services to the Lord Shiva. The traditions maintain that the Shiva linga spontaneously got divided and the princess got buried into it. The Shiva temple here is known as Veneshwar temple after the fond memory of the divine episode of Veni.
The glorified carried onto place where Pujya Lilashshji Maharaj did penance and attended Nirvana. after that Dakshinmukhi Ganpati Mandir and behind that Swayambhu Shivlinga, there were many Shiv Lnga but the one appeared only once in month else covered with Sea water.
To be continued………………………..
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Koliyak, Bhavnagar–Nishkalank Mahadeva Temple — Gujarat is full of wonders and awe. This temple is buried inside the sea. On a heavy tide day, all that can be seen are just the flag and a pillar. It is beyond one’s comprehension that there is a Lord Shiva Temple just under the fierce sea. This temple still exists, and people visit this place on foot! The temple has 5 distinct Swayumbu Shiva lingams inside. This is certainly one of the best spiritual destinations!
The following temple story dates back to Mahabaratha era… Pandavas killed all the Kuravas and won the battle. Pandavas were grief stricken, knowing they acquired sins for killing their own relatives. In order to find redemption for their sins, Pandavas met Lord Krishna. To remove the sins, Krishna hands over a black Flag and a Black COW. He asks the Pandavas to follow it, when both Cow and flag turns white, they all will be pardoned. Krishna also advises them to do penance to lord Shiva, after that. The angst stricken brothers followed the cow wherever it went and carried the flag. They walked for days, to different places and the color did not change. Finally, when they arrived at the Koliyak Beach, both cow’s and the flag’s color turned to white. Pandavas were exalted. And all the 5 brothers sat for deep penance, meditated on lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva, pleased by all the brothers, appeared in lingam form in front of each brother. In total there were 5 (Swayumbu) lingams which appeared on their own. Pandavas were delighted to see this and they worshiped all the five lingams with great devotion. Lord Shiva here is known as Nishkalan Mahadeva. ‘Nishkalank’ has many meanings, they are clean, pure, guiltless, to cleanse, to purify, etc…….
To be continued……………………..
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… govind hare gopal hare, jai keshav madhav shyam hare…
There are different type of colours, different type of designs growing over there. That is just wild grass and flowers,but while chanting “ govind hare”kirtana(devotional song) plucked them and tied them a bhaava (divine emotions for Lord) emerged, and a bouquet was made out of it. Now, its looking beautiful rather than just being unwanted grass on the ground. Now its together and beautiful and full of bhaava & they can be offered to Guru or God.
govind hare gopal hare, jai keshav madhav shyam hare…
Now you will start liking this wild grass, because your bhaava is mixed into it. Similarly, in this materialistic world, the unwanted wild grass germinate in human mind in disguise of good or bad deeds,thoughts & vritti(a wave in the calm waters of mind lake) etc. Then, each one too should be plucked, make garland out of it, make bunch of it and offer your bhaava to you Guru or God.
govind hare gopal hare, jai keshav madhav shyam hare…
You will find that vritti of mind more calm and peaceful as bhaava for God is mixed into it. Therefore, each and every thought of your mind whether good or bad should be turned into a bunch and mix within it the bhaava for that Supreme…..
Bhai dooj is a festival of mutual love and affection between brother & sister. It is also known as Yamaa dvitiya. There is one tale related to it :- Once, on the day of kartik shukla dvitiya, Yamraja reached his sister Yamuna’s(the holy river) house. Yamuna did a hearty & warm welcome of her brother. She prepared various delicious dishes for her brother and applied a tilak on his forehead. Yamraja was overwhelmed by his sisters welcome and he gifted many things to his sister. When He was leaving, He requested Yamuna to ask for a wish. Yamuna on seeing him requesting ,said: ‘Brother ! If you really want me to ask for a wish, then bless me with the wish that every year on this day you will come to my house and will accept my welcome. Similarly, every brother who will to his sister’s house on this day and accepts her welcome and gives her gifts and all, he never has to face the fear from you.
Yama accepted Yamuna’s request and from that day on, this festival of Bhai dooj is being celebrated. The main objective behind this festival is, that strong bond of love & affection between brother & sister remains forever.
Rituals of the Day
The sister on this day, while applying tilak to her brother must think with strong determination that ‘May my brother’s wisdom arise’. Pray to God Yamraja for your brother’s longer life and pray to your Guru & God for your brother’s welfare and progress. Then remember eight immortals- Markandey, Bali, Vyasa, Hanumana, Vibhishina, krupacharya, Ashwathama, Parshurama, and sprinkle rice over your brother and with soulful feeling ”May my brother become strong and immortal.” The brother should too sprinkle some rice and pray ‘ May my sister have a strong character, She should be fully secured from all evils, she should spend her life with fearlessness and not under some pressures or fears’.
– Wake up before sunrises, One who keps sleeping after sunrise is responsible for the destruction of his own wealth.
– Everyday offer salutatiom to Sun God. This helps in developing one’s health, mind and radiance.
– Offer food to mother cow. This helps in eliminating domestic evils. So everyday keep aside first byte of food for Cow.
– Offer grains to birds everyday for prosperity in your house.
– Do as much service as one can to the poor along with God’s Naam Japa and listening to the mythological stories.
– Worship the Peeple and Basil tree and light a diya near them.
– Keep aside 1/10th part of your income for charitable deeds. This gives you happiness while in this world and after the world and makes one wealthy too.
– While cooking roti (wheat bread), don’t throw the flour spilled near by. Mix some sugar into it and offer it to the ants. This way, you will make best use of it and would prove to be meritorious.
– The human body has been designed to intake vegetarian food only. When we kill & eat innocent animals ,we eat the fear, pain, sorrow within them which entered into them at the time of killing them, so one must eat vegetarian food only.
– Tea, Coffee is harmful for the health. Instead of that, have cow’s milk .
– All the drugs like Gutka, Tabacco, Liquor etc. are the causes of life taking diseases like cancer. Therefore, stay away from the addictions and motivate others too for this.
Sacred Diwali Message
Lighten up yourself internally alongwith external light!
Its important to clean your internal self besides cleaning up your house. As long as there is the darkness in the disguise of evils and lack of knowledge, the man is considered to be blind inspite of having eyes.
The way you decorate your house with new and attractive things on the day of diwali, buy new clothes and colour your house, same way throw out your weakness, evil thoughts and vices and get virtues like happiness, peace, satisfaction, forgiveness and decorate your inner self.
At some places sweets are being taken during the whole year, not only this, but the eatables etc. get rotten without even using them and at the same time there are places where the children crave for one piece of sweet on diwali day. There can be seen plates full of different dishes in some houses and there are places too where children sleep empty stomach. Somewhere new clothes are being bought and some don’t even have enough clothes to cover their bodies.
So start your Diwali by lightning a diya at some house where there is not a single diya is being lit. Your heart will glitter too and the happiness you will get will definitely be more than celebrating diwali at your own house.
You must follow the tips given to gain wealth but be careful that Goddess laxmi in disguise of wealth will arrive & leave as per your destiny but Goddess laxmi which belongs to Lord Vishnu is the giver of Divine virtues. If one achieves that, then material wealth will hardly matter if it stays or leaves. If you actually want a happy, healthy and contented life, then follow spiritualism. Diwali conveys message that wealth is unstable, people die for wealth but the wealth doesn’t even ask once while it leaves “Shall I go?” Therefore, considering wealth as unpredictable and unreliable, take God’s name, do Japa , listen to Spiritual discourses and decorate your inner self with peace, satisfaction & live at par.
May the inner light glitter and eliminates inner darkness
The second day of Diwali, meaning ,the auspicious beginning of new year..Almost all Indians celebrate new year on the night of 31st Dec following the western culture but according to Hindu calendar, New year begins from the second day of Diwali. It is believed that, if the first day of new year passes happily then the whole year passes through happily & peacefully. Therefore, on the very first day of new year, one should wake early in the morning and do God’s Naam Japa while sitting on the bed so that the whole year ahead passes happily.
‘May we see good and listen good in the New Year, welcome new & pure thoughts …May our every day is a New Day!
Rituals of the Day
Take any resolution on the day of new year. whatever flaws or faults are there within your personality , only you can judge nobody else can know that, be it your parents, friends & relatives. Burn & destroy all your drawbacks or flaws into the Diwali crackers and the flames of diyas and resolve not to repeat those mistakes again in your life time & say – God’s divine power is with me …Om OmOm I’m healthy…Om Om Om.. I will leave all old bad habits and start a new and freshlife.
Seek blessings from your parents, Grand Parents, Your Guru(Master) and saints on this day. After bath see your face in a bowl full of Ghee. On the day of new year the darshana(sight) of white flowers, fruits, seven grains, water pot, mother cow, cow urine, rice, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Shiva Celibate, Sage, Guru Chaste (Of married woman), Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Peacock Feather, Cow ghee, Cow dust, White salt, Peepal tree, Tulsi, and Amla tree….is considered to be auspicious and meritorious. Out of the above said things, must do darshanas of as many as possible. Hang a Toran(festoon) made up of neem leaves or Ashoka tree leaves on your main door. Ashoka is considered to be auspicious and neem is considered to be healthy . When we move around and this toran leaves touches our head, our health remains good and our immunity power improves.
– May the renaissance(Navchetna) of new year takes us to our spiritual elevation.
– May the truth, love, humanity keep enhancing.
– May we don’t repeat our mistakes of past in the new year.
– May the divine motivtation of God always be there with you…
May your Diwali become special with the tips for happiness, prosperity, health, getting rid of domestic problems and for stable wealth….
May the whole world glitter….
……………………..Prernamurti Bharti shriji
Lightning of diyas in the darkest night of new moon (Amavasya) is the festival of Diwali. Diwali is the most important of all the festivals of India.
‘Our Scriptures Skandapurana , Padmapurana and Bhavishyapurana’ have different beliefs with regard to celebrating the festival of Diwali.
A series of diyas had been lit to welcome Lord Rama for his victory over Demon Ravana. From that day onwards, this festival is being celebrated.
According to Puranas, Churning of Sea took place on this day and Goddess Laxmi had appeared. The incarnation day of Goddess Laxmi is celebrated as ‘Deep utsav’. The great epic ‘Mahabharata’ says that the safe return of Pandavas from exile was being celebrated with the series of diyas to welcome them. Diwali has been related to this episode too. It is also believed that king Prithvi did ‘Prithvi Dohar’ and had made the country prosperous, Diwali is being celebrated from that day. Whatever the reason may be, it is clear that the objective behind celebrating Diwali is prosperity, happiness, victory, wealth , health and development.
Rituals of the Day
Wake up early in the morning and take bath with seven grains scrub paste(ubtan) i.e. wheat, Jau, rice, gram, moong, udad & sesame. This benefits you with both health & virtues. Put some of this paste and sunflower oil in a bowl of water and give salutation of Sun God. Then worship mother cow and apply a tilak of this paste. In the evening, make a ‘Swastik’ sign with turmeric near the main door of your house, office, shop etc. Worship this Swastik with flowers and rice and place 2 diyas of Ghee and 2 diyas of oil facing four directions.
Worshipping Goddess Laxmi on Diwali has special significance. On this day rich or poor, everybody worships Goddess Laxmi for wealth and tries to please Her.
To gain wealth, follow these steps
Clean your house and yourself first and keep the idol of Ganesha on the right side & Goddess Saraswati on the left side of Goddess laxmi. In the evening light diyas, wear yellow coloured clothes, apply kesar tilak and pour milk on the Goddess Laxmi’s silver coin with the feeling of bathing it. Therafter chant the mantra “Om shreem kleem Mahalakshmaya NamoNamah” for 108 times, offer 108 rose flowers and light 4 faced diya.
Make sure that this diya lightens for the whole night. After puja worshipping, chant the mantra “Om Namah Bhagyalaxmi chavidmaheyAshta laxmi cha dhimahi , Tanno Laxmi prachodyat”. On Swatik beed string do atleast 2 rounds of japa. This will eliminate poverty. Follow this procedure from the day of Diwali to Bhai dooj.
Where Does Goddess Laxmi Reside?
Once there was an old man who happened to be very rich. He was very well off, had all luxuries under the sun, but everybody knows the nature of Laxmiji.. its unstable, mobile and frivolous. One night the old rich man had a dream that one woman is going out of his house.
He asked her ‘O Goddess who are you? When did you come to my house and Why are you leaving this house and where are you going now?
Goddess said:- I’m the wealth of your house. I’ve been staying here for the past many generations but now the time has come for me to leave, that’s why I’m going back. I’m very happy with you as during my stay in your house you did best use of mine. You invited saints to your house and served them, provided food to the poor, did works like you made well & good ponds, Cow shelters and water systems. You did a lot of charitable works. Now since I’m going, I want to bless you with a wish, you can seek whatever you want.”
The old rich man said “I’ve got four daughter in laws, I will discuss with them and tell you. You please come tomorrow. The old man discussed with all of his daughter in Laws one of them told him to ask for food godowns, the other one suggested to ask for the lockers full of gold and silver. But the youngest daughter in law had come from a religious & cultured family. She used to attend the religious discourses since her childhood. She said to her father in Law: “Father if Laxmiji has decided to leave she will definitely leave and what ever we will ask from her, that is materialistic and will definitely leave us one day. If we’ll ask for Gold, silver, money etc. then our coming generations will spoil their lives in ego and lethargy. Therefore, you please tell Goddess laxmi that if SHE wishes to leave, must leave but bless us with the wish to serve saints , sages , devotion for God and that religious discourses always keep happening in our house and the mutual love & affection always remain present amongst our family members. So that the tough days passes through smoothly.
Next day, the rich man dreamt of Laxmiji and Laxmiji asked :- “Have you discussed with your daughter in laws? What do you want?
The rich man said “O Goddess Laxmi ! If you wish to leave , please leave happily but bless me with the boon that religious discourses and serving & worshipping of God & saints keep happiness in our house and there be present the mutual love and affection amongst our family members.”
Goddess Laxmi got surprised on hearing this and said, “What have you asked for ! The house where saints, sages are being respected and served, where religious discourses keep happening and there remains present mutual love & affection amongst family members, there resides the ‘Lord Narayna’ himself and where ‘Lord Vishnu’ resides, there I serve HIS lotus feet & I cannot leave that place even if, I wish to. You have forced me to stay here.
How to Keep Wealth Stable?
Everyone worships Goddess Laxmi for its stability but when wealth arrives, many evils like greed, anger, ego, lack of kindness etc takes place in man’s nature. And when these evils become stable within man’s personality, the unstable natured ‘Laxmi’ becomes more unstable. It has been said too that wealth has 16 virtues but 64 vices. But one who does good deeds, serve others, charity and does Naam Japa and uses his money for religious purposes, Lord Naraina remains happy with him and where Lord Vishnu is happy, Laxmiji becomes happy and stable.
‘Narak Chaturdashi’(14th day of lunar fortnight of the Hindu month of Kartika)) is also known as kali chaudas’. According to ‘Puranas’ (Hindu Scriptures), on this day, Lord Krishna killed the demon ‘Narakasura’ and made the world overcome its fear from the demons. This festival is celebrated in remembrance of their victory.
Another tale says that in ‘Vamana Avtar’( incarnation ), Lord Vishnu measured the whole universe with one foot. Lord Vamana became very happy with the sacrifice and devotion of king Bali and asked for a boon.
Bali then prayed to God that ‘If any of the citizens of my kingdom worships ‘Yamraja ‘ on the three days i.e. ‘Kartik Krishna Tryodashi, Narak chaturdashi and Dipawali, he would not get any suffering by Yama and Goddess Laxmi would never leave his house.
Lord blessed him with the same, that whosoever will light diyas on these three days, Goddess Laxmi would never leave him.
Rituals of the Day
On this day , Goddess Laxmi resides in oil and Goddess Ganga resides in water. Therefore, one who gets up before the sun rises and does oil massage and thereafter have bath, does not have the sight of ‘Yamloka (the hell)’. One who takes bath after sunrise and doesn’t offer diyas for Yamaraja after sunset has to suffer badly.
After taking bath wear fresh clothes, apply tilak on your forehead put some sesame seeds in a bowl full of water and stand facing south direction, chant the following mantra thrice and offer the water filled in your palm thrice and light a four cornered diya. This process is called auspicious Yama- Tarpan (offering to Yama). This destroys all the sins happened by you during the whole year.
Om Yamaye namah, Om Dharmarajae namah, Om mrutave namah
Om antkaye namah, Om vaivswataye namah, Om kaalaye namah
Om sarvbhukshaye namah, Om audumbarae namah,
Om dadhnaye namah, Om neelaye namah, Om parameshtine namah, Om vrakkodrae namah, ,Om chitrae namah, Om chitraguptae namah,
On this day, light diyas everywhere like temples, kitchen, bathroom, and other auspicious trees like Basil, Banyan, Peepal, Amla, Mango etc, river banks, Garde & Cowsheds etc…
To please Goddess Laxmi chant “Om Shreem Hreem KleemKamalvasinye Swaha.” In the night make ‘kajal’(kohl) using mustard oil and pure ghee in a diya and apply it into your eyes. This improves eye sight and saves from evil eyes.