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.
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.
Once upon a time, King Mahijeet was benevolently and dutifully ruling in Mahishmati Nagari (City). People were very happy in his kingdom. Even then the king was not happy because he didn’t have any son. Once he told his people – “You are similar to my children but still I don’t have any child of my own. This fact makes me sad. I gave alms to deities and Brahmans. I never ever took money which someone else deserves.
King told his people that – “I have neither committed any sin nor did I earn wealth by injustice. I have always nurtured my people like my own children. I have followed all the rules of etiquettes. Then for which deed am I getting this punishment of not having any offspring?” After listening to this, everyone including the king’s Purohits (family priests) andwell-wishers, started looking for a solution to this. While chasing for a solution, luckily they met rishi Lomash in some forest.
Looking at the people, rishi Lomash asked them the reason for approaching. Theysaid – “Our King is very Kind. He nourished us like his own children. He is very sad due to Childlessness. Thus, it is our duty to make our king happy. Maharaja, please provide some solution through which our King can get a son.” Lomash rishi was Trikal Gyani (omniscient). He meditated for a while , saw the past of King and told them –“Your King was a Vaishya in past who used to exploit human beings, drink their blood. This Vaishya used to do business by wandering from one town to another. On the day of Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami tithi (10 th day of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month), he was thirsty and went near a lake to drink water where a calf also came along with her mother cow to drink water. But to quench his own thirst, he ignored thirst of the calf and threw the calf out of lake along with mother cow. Because of this sin, King was suffering from the pain of childlessness in this birth and due to some Punya (Good deeds) in the past, he got an empire.
Now people asked Lomash rishi – “Prabhu, you are omnipresent. Please tell us what shall we do so that our King gets a son.” Lomash rishi said – “Putrada Ekadashi of Shravana Shukla Paksha helps to get a son. One who desires a child, should duly observe fast on Putrada Ekadashi. All of you, on behalf of your king, observe fast, do Jagran (all-night vigil), do Kirtan of name of Lord Narayan. Then due to this Punya (all the good deeds done on Putrada Ekadashi), your king will get a son." People duly observed fast on Putrada Ekadashi as guided by rishi Lomash and consecrated the Punya to their King. After a few days , Queen became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy child.
That’s why, You all observe fast on all the Ekadashi’s and also motivate others to do it.
Out of all the 24 Ekadashis in a year, Nirjala Ekadashi is considered to be the most sacred this holiest Hindu fast is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th lunar day (or Ekadashi) of the waxing fortnight in the month of Jyeshtha, as per traditional Hindu calendar.
Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji
Nir-jala means water-less or without water and the fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi is observed without water or any type of food. Due to its strict fasting rules, Nirjala Ekadashi fast is the toughest amongst all Ekadashi fasts. However if observed religiously, it is one of the most rewarding occasion. Staunch Vishnu devotees undertake this fast, and they do not drink water or consume any food while fasting on this day. The fast begins on Ekadasi sunrise and ends on next day (Dwadasi) sunrise. It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi is also equal to going on pilgrimage. People believe that observers of this fast, after death, are received by messengers from Vaikunta, abode of Vishnu and not by Yama, the god of death.Those who are not able to follow the other twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year must observe a fast on Nirjala Ekadashi. It is believed that observing a single fast on Nirjala Ekadashi bestows the blessings and benefits of all twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.
When is Nirjala Ekadashi 2016? & The Legend of Nirjala Ekadashi
In the year 2016, Nirajala Ekadashi falls on 16th June. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Bhima Ekadashi or Bhimseni or Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi, based on the legend of Bhima, the second and strongest of the five Pandava brothers. Based on the story from Brahma Vaivarta Purana, it is said that Bhima wanted to keep all ekadashi fasts, but being a lover of food, he could control his hunger. His entire family of four brothers, Yudhishthir, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadeva, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti, used to observe the Ekadashi fast without fail. He was scared of dishonoring Lord Vishnu, for whom the fast is observed, hence, he approached sage Vyasa for a solution. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi, once a year and this way he can attain the virtue of all 24 ekadashis. As per this Nirjala ekadasi story, one is able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing one Nirjala Ekadasi. Benefits – Devotees who are unable to observe all twenty fours Ekadashi fasting in a year should observe single Nirjala Ekadashi fast as fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi brings all benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.
On the eve of Shani Amavasya i.e 4th June 2016, cultural feast program was organised under the devine presence of Prernamurti Bharti Shriji… Clothes grains, sweets were distributed to the needy people. The discourse of Shriji also benefited them spiritually…
In Her satsang (spiritual discourse), Shriji told villagers how to get rid of addictions and also motivated them to be cautious against these deadly habits; many people took a solemn vow in Her presence after Her divine speech and graciousness . There seemed to be drastic changes within villagers and they wished to quit addiction from their lives such as smoking, chewing tobacco etc. Their boundless joy and satisfied eyes were the proof of what they got from Shriji’s presence as there had been no one in their village like Shriji who had visited them to know their well being. They carried the things got in charity on their heads and left for their homes with extremely contented hearts. Shriji too took the farewell from villagers by showering grace through Her sight…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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..
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…
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…
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.