RISHI PANCHAMI – 6th September,2016

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Significance:-

                    India is a country famous for its culture, customs, rituals, festivals, religious practices and above all its strong  spiritual foundation laid by Saints & Sages(rishis). Hindus considered their Saints and Sages as their forefathers and that these Saints  and Sages were  head of their families. That is where the Hindus got their Gotras and the Gotras were named after these Sages. Even today Hindus believe that these Sages protect their families from all evils  so in order to show respect and honour to these sages, this day is celebrated as Rishi Panchami.

                    Rishi Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha(waxing period of moon) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada(mid Aug-mid sept) . On this day Hindus pay homage to these Seven Sages – Sapt Rishis- Kashyap, Atri, Bhardwaj, Vishwamitra, gautam, Jamdagni & Vashishtha.
                    Men and women observe fast on this day to get rid of their sins done knowingly or unknowingly. Women celebrate  Rishi Panchami Fast  with great devotion. There are certain rules & regulations which women are supposed to follow during their menstrual periods failing which they have to observe this fast of Rishi Panchami to get rid of from the’ Dosha’ they acquire.
                   Rituals :-
                   On this day, one should get up early in the morning and take bath in holy river. Then, the Sapt Rishi along with Arundhati are installed and worshipped with full devotion and rituals. One who is observing fast must listen to the tale signifying its glory as written in the scriptures. The things which can be consumed are Curd and Sathi rice. Salt and the edibles grown under ground like potatoes etc. should be avoided. Try to have food only once in the day.
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Shanichari Amavasya – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

4th June 2016, Shanichari Amavasya

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Shanichari Amavasya – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Shani Amavasya in year 2016 is on June 04. Shani is a Hindi word for the name of Saturn. In Hindu culture, Amavasya Day is not considered auspicious for initiating any good or important work or performing any sacred pooja function. However, this particular ‘Shani Amavasya’ is the only day that is regarded auspicious for performing any custom, rituals of fair traditions; except the other ones. This sacred day often comes one, two or very few times in a year. In both, Vedic Astrology and Hindu Mythology, planet Saturn is one the very powerful celestial body in Universe. For Hindu people, Saturn is Lord Shani who is depicted with black complexion. In many places of India, it can be noticed that people donate mustard oil to please Lord Shani. The person under influence of Shani Dasha or Saturn period must worship Lord Shani especially during Shani Amavasya. It is acknowledged that worshiping Lord Shani during Saturdays or on the day of Shani Amavasya help natives to reduce evil effects of planet Saturn. Saturn is very powerful and influencing planet. It can be both ‘malefic’ and ‘benefic’. If this planet is benefic then the native will definitely receive abundant prosperity and fortune in life. Many difficult tasks automatically be accomplished by the grace of Lord Shani. But, if this planet is not favourable in one’s horoscope, the native will certainly experience delays, difficulties, and types of different problems. Such person should not avoid worshipping Lord Shani on Saturday or especially on the day of Shani Amavasya. Remedies for Saturn can also be applied to reduce malefic effect of this planet.

What is Shani Amavasya?

It has already been mentioned above that ‘shani amavasya’ is a sacred day that comes when new- moon day is noticed particularly on Saturday. It is the only day that is considered favorable for bringing fortune and prosperity. However, Amavasya of all months are only considered for Shradh pooja or trapan to offer to dead ancestors and forefathers. But, Shani Amavasya is considered very favorable to perform sharadh pooja for forefathers. People who are facing obstacles or many difficulties in life and are not finding proper remedies can follow rituals and customs to delight Lord Shani on the day of Shani Amavasya. Therefore, Shani Amavasya 2016 is an auspicious day for Shradh 2016.

What can be done on Shani Amavasya?

However Shani Amavasya is said to be a propitious day for Hindu devotees, especially to perform ‘shradh’ or ‘trapan’ to dead ancestors, this day is also not auspicious to begin other auspicious work like expansion of new venture of business and so on. But it is sure that worshiping Lord Shani on this day certainly bestows the devotee immense blessings of this deity.

World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

World No Tobacco Day

The World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for governments across the world to enact policies for plain packaging of tobacco products.

 

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World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

WHO’s slogan for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “Get ready for plain packaging” and in a statement released Tuesday, it said: “Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. Plain packaging of tobacco products refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.”

According to WHO, about 6 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. About 5 million die from direct tobacco use, and more than 600,000 deaths are caused by second-hand smoke.

 

Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri)

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..

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Masik Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Why is Shivaratri Celebrated?

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.

 

Ravivari Saptami (Sun’s Worship) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 

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Ravivari Saptami (Sun’s Worship) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Benefits of Ravivari Saptami Puja

There are various benefits being involved if Ravivari Saptami Puja is being performed…

Worshipping to god Sun with pure mind, soul and heart makes the human beings to remain healthy for the lifetime. Brahmins worshipping to Sun become celestials. Ravivari Saptami Puja forgives the humans who slanged the Brahmins. Ravivari Saptami Puja being done by women make them to achieve knowledge and good fortunes in their present life.

Mantra on Ravivari Saptami Puja

Mantra to recite during worshipping of god Sun.

Om Mitraya NamahOm Ravya NamahOm surya namahOm Bhanve NamahOm Khagaye NamahOm Pushde NamahOm HrniyagrbhayaOm Marichay NamahOm Adityay NamahOm Savitre NamahOm Akarya NamahOm Bhaskraya NamahOm Shriswit Suryanarayana Namah

Ravivari Saptami – Mythological Basis

According to Shastras, Sun cures all kinds of diseases. It is believed that if a person worships Lord Sun, all kinds of diseases are cured. A lot of stories have been explained about Ravivari Saptami in mythological scriptures. According to such a story, Lord Krishna’s son, Shamb, was filled with pride because of his physical strength. Shamb disrespected Saint Durvasa because of his pride. Saint Durvasa cursed Shamb to suffer from leprosy.

Lord Krishna asked Shamb to worship Lord Sun. Shamb worshipped Lord Sun and his illness was cured. Due to this, it is believed that a person worshipping Lord Sun on this day is cured of all kinds of diseases. Moreover, such a person is blessed with a son and wealth.

Ravivari Saptami – Sun’s Worship

Lord Sun is believed to cure all kinds of diseases. Devotees keep a fast on this day and worship Lord Sun. There is nothing in this world without Sun’s light. On this day, a person worshipping Lord Sun is cured of all kinds of diseases. Presently, Sun’s worship is associated with Ayurvedic remedies.

Lord Sun’s worship is believed to cure diseases related to physical weakness, joint pains and weak bones. A person should face the Sun and offer prayers to get some relief from skin diseases. This fast is also considered to be important if you want to be blessed with a son. This fast maintain a good relationship between father and son..

Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Significance of Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadashi fast will be observed on 1st June, 2016 i.e Krishna Paksha of Jyeshtha month (which falls in june of Hindu calendar) This fast is believed to give auspicious and divine results. It also frees you from all kinds of sins. By observing this fast, a person becomes rich and wealthy. Such a person is also appreciated and receives fame…

According to the Hindu Scriptures, a person gets the same merits by observing Apara Ekadashi fast as he receives by taking a bath in the Ganges during the Kartik month. The importance of Apara ekadashi is the same as taking a bath in holy river Gomti, visiting Sri Kedarnath, staying in Badri Ashram or taking a holy dip in Kurukshetra during the solar eclipse.

The merits which one gets by observing Apara ekadashi fast are equivalent to those blessed by Yajnas or donating horses, elephants, gold etc. Even donating cows gives the same merits as fasting on Apara ekadashi. Apara ekadashi fast is a ray of light amidst the darkness of your sins. Therefore, a person observing this fast is blessed in life..

 

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Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 Story Behind Apara Ekadashi 

A story has been mentioned about Apara Ekadashi in the religious scriptures. According to this story, there was a King named Mahidhwaj. His younger brother, Bajradhwaj, was not religious and was cunning. Bajradhwaj did not like his elder brother and was jealous of him. One night, he killed the King and buried his body beneath a Pipal tree..
The spirit of the King started residing on the Pipal tree.  The people in the surrounding places were terrified of this. One day, a saint named Dhaumya was passing by and talked to the restless spirit. He preached the spirit by his wisdom talk  and the spirit got down from the tree. The saint asked the King’s spirit to observe a fast on Apara Ekadashi in order to rest in peace. Hence, the King fasted and  as a result, attained liberation…

Apara Ekadashi Mahatmya – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 

 

 

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance)

The Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Vaishakha month is called Mohini Ekadashi. There is a tradition of worshipping Lord Ram, on this day. Jala Abhishek is performed and white clothes are put on the idol of God, on the day of fast. The fast of Mohini Ekadashi will be observed on 17th May 2106. On the day of fast, person should sit on hassock (Asan of Puja) and perform Aarti with incense stick and lamp. And, sweet fruits should be offered…

 

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Mohini Ekadashi Fast Importance

Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi is believed to eliminate all sins and help in leading a happy and prosperous life. Also, a person undergoing sadness is effectively able to overcome this sickness. Devotees believe that observing a fast on Mohini Ekadashi is more fruitful than performing ritual baths in the holy rivers or performing sacrifices..

Importance of Mohini Ekadashi is mentioned in the Surya Purana. The greatness of it was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. 

It is said that Lord Vashishta advised Lord Ram to observe Mohini Ekadashi to get over the phantasm and sins to achieve ultimate state…

All the regular practices associated with Ekadasi are followed during Mohini Ekadasi. Those observing partial fast avoid rice..

 

Mohini Ekadashi Fast Method

 

 Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi helps devotees to get moksha from the past sins. Preparations of the fast actually begins a day prior on Dashami where the devotees wake up, bathe with chandan and water and prepare their mind for fast.

People observing fast should only have one meal and avoid salt on Dashami. On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, devotees get dressed in clean clothes after bathing, offer puja to Lord Vishnu and Lord Parshuram and meditate their names in their prayers.

Few people fast even without drinking water while others do eat fruits and observe Jagraan singing devotional songs. The fast continues till the second half of the next day Dwashmi (twelveth day) after which one can eat a home cooked meal. Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi rid our souls from all the ill effects of our past misdoings, frees us from all worldly distractions and helps bringing peace and happiness to our lives.

Inspirational Bhagvad Geeta–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Insiratinal bhagvadgeeta (1)The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest Religious Spiritual Book. Considered to be a doctrine of universal truth, it has long been influencing people not only of India but also overseas. Bhagavd Gita shows path to the lost, answer to the confused and wisdom to all. It is considered to be one of the greatest spritual books the world has ever known. The primary purpose of the Bhagavad- Gita is to illuminate for all of humanity the realization of the true nature of divinity; for the highest spiritual conception and the greatest material perfection is to attain love of God ! (sc)

Some of the most popular and important teachings are listed below:-

Thoughts about big or small, your or mine should be kept out:We should not think about how big or small can we really make things. All this is materialistic and engagespeople in tensions and greedy activities. It makes one profit oriented. Thinking about yours or mine also does the same. All the life we make and collect things for ourselves. This really dosen’t make a difference when we leave this world. We all are turned into ashes after death.(sc)

Money mind can not meditate:Bhagavad Gita talks a lot about meditation and it’s importance. Meditation is considered extremely helpful for inner peace and ‘sadhna’. Moreover, a person who thinks about making money all the time can not really engage in meditation. When a person’s mind is not stable and he or she thinks only about money, then meditation would be a failed effort for such a person.(sc)

Desires come and go:Desires come and go, but you should remain a dispassionate witness, simply watching and enjoying the show. Everyone experiences, desires but one should not be moved by them. They should not bother a person. People sometimes undertake really evil actions because of their desires. So one should not come under the chains of desires(sc)

 Krishna is the supreme:Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead. He is the original cause of all causes. He starts everything and ends everything too. He is there everywhere. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. We are just puppets whom he controls. He is divine and transcendental.(sc)

One should devote himself or herself to Krishna:The supreme personality of godhead is the ultimate support of any human being. Our fellow humans may not care for us or support as or may even leave us in our bad times but Krishna is always there for us. The person who knows this truth is never really troubled by sadness or grief.(sc)

Every action and deed of ours should be dedicated to Krishna:Whatever we do in the course of our lifetime should be dedicated to the supreme personality of Godhead. This will always result in giving us peace and satisfaction. One should consider remembering Krishna during their actions. This makes us feel that God would be there with us and our actions would turn out to be positive.(sc)

We did not bring anything to this world, neither are we going to take anything:We came to this world empty handed. We have made everything over here, be it relations, money, love or respect. Wecannot take anything with us when we die. Everything would be left over here. So we should not really do evil things when it comes to the question of our respect. Nor should we be really concerned about making as much money as possible. We should be satisfied with what we have as everything would be left over here in this material world, we won’t be able to take anything with us.(sc)

Progress and development are the rules of this universe:Things may not be the same, the way they used to be. Things and circumstances change. We should neither expect people, nor surroundings, not even society to be same. They all change with time. We move ahead. Universe forgets old things and moves forwars, so do we. We should not stick on one point, this willmake our existence much more problematic in this world(sc)

Whatever happened was good, whatever is happening is good and what all will happen in the future will be good:We should not repent about our past or worry about the future as the present is going on. We should know that God has planned everything for us. He will not let anything bad happen to us. Whatever happens is for our good only. We should be optimistic and should not stress our self with these baseless worries of past and future. If things are not favourable, they surely would be. Just have faith in the supreme personality of Godhead.(sc)

 World is perishable and whoever comes to this world surely has to go one day:This world is not immortal. One who takes birth dies one day and that is the ultimate truth of this world. Nothing exists permanently. One has to leave this world, even though he wishes not to. No magic can actually help a person to stay forever. Everyone has their set life periods. They vanish after completing them. No matter how great one is or how power one posses, all have to die one day.(sc)

Soul is immortal and our body is perishable Our soul never dies:Our soul never dies. Even after our death, it exists. It is immortal. It just changes bodies after the death of a person. Moreover, our body is made up of ‘Agni’ (fire), ‘Jal’ (water) ,’Vayu’ (wind), ‘Prithvi’ (earth) and it combines with them after the death. So we should not pay a lot of attention towards our outer body, butinstead should work for the inner soul, it’s satisfaction.(sc)

We should do our work without worrying about it’s result:When we work for getting fruits or the result from a particular action, we can’t really be our best in it. It also gives us a lot of worries about the result. We may also feel disheartened if our task or action does not yieldgood outputs. Therefore, just doing our work without really thinking about it’s result should be our motive..(sc).

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