Saturday, September 23, 2017

NAVARATRI, 9 MANTRAS, 9 DISHES, 9 BENEFITS & MORE

Navarathri Day 1
Devi : Shailputri
Devi is manifestation of Green Light with her and reduces ANGER and also cures diseases and illness
Flower : Jasmine
Naivedya : Any sweet made from PURE GHEE / Halwa/ Rice Kheer
Colour : YELLOW
Mantra : देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥ Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah.

Devi Shailaputri is the Lord of Moon (hence the reduction in Anger when we do the Devi Shailaputri Pooja)
In Some parts of India, (my family does it), it a practice to do GHATASTHAPANA.
Seeds of 1,3,5,7 or 9 are sown on a SOIL BED created and watered daily. These seeds grow over the 9 days.


Navarathri  Day 2
Devi: Bramacharni (unmarried form of Mata Parvati)
Devi Bramacharni dispels DEEPEST sorrows by removing all mental afflictions of her devotees.
Devi Brahamacharini is the ruler of MARS
Devi is store house of Wisdom personifies Loyalty and empowers ACTUAL REALISATION OF GOALS.
Worshipping Devi Bramacharni also helps you in getting your OWN HOUSE early.

Flower:Sevanthi  (as she is associated with Pious Strictness)
Neivedhya:  Sweet Bondhi / Puliyora/Simple Sugar and Fruit of Bowl/ Rice Kheer
Goddess Brahmacharini is also known as Tapasyacharini and hence simple food which is easily digestable is offered.
Colour : GREEN
 Mantra : Om Hreem Shri Brahamacharini Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Brahmcharinyai Namah
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Brahmacharini Rupena Samsthita 
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah


Dadhaanaa Kar Padmaabhyaamakshmala Kamandaloo | Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmcharinyanuttamaa




Navarathri  Day 3
Devi: Chandraghanta
Devi is giver of Peace and Purpose of LIfe. 

Flower: Lotus

Neivedhya: Kheer / Sweet pongal / Medu Vada


Colour : Grey/Orange
Mantra :
Om Hreem Shri Chandra Ghanta Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah
Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta | Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa ||
ह्रीम श्री चंद्र घंटे दुर्गायै नमः |
देवी चंद्रघंटयई नमः |
पिंडज प्रव्रुद्ध चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता |
प्रसादं तनुते माध्यम चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता ||
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Chandraghanta Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Devi Chandraghanta is the ruler of Planet SHUKRA.  Thus she gives Pleasures of Life and gives Wealth & Prosperity to all her devotees.

Navarathri  Day 4
Devi:   Kushmanda
Devi Kushmanda is the ruler of Planet SUN.
She blesses her devotees with GOOD HEALTH and blesses with Good Social Image / High Social Status and enhances SELF RESPECT.

Flower: RED COLOUR FLOWERS / Jaji / Jasmine
Neivedhya: Kara Pongal / Malpua / Kadhamba Saadham
Colour : Orange / yellow
Mantra : 
Om Hreem Shri Kushmanda Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Kushmandayayi Namah
Suraasampoorna Kalasham Rudhiraaplutamev Cha | Dadhaanaa Hastpadmaabhyaam Kushmanda Shubhdaastu Me ||
ह्रीम श्री कुष्मांडा दुर्गायै नमः |
देवी कुष्मांडायई नमः |
सुरासंपूर्ण कलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव |
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कुष्मांडा शुभदास्तु में ||
||OM HREEM SHRI KUSHMANDA DURGAAYE NAMAHA||
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita 
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah


Navarathri  Day 5
Devi:  Skanda mata
Devi Skandamata is mother of Karthikeya,  who bestows PURITY OF MIND in us. By worshipping Devi Skandamata, devotees also get the blessings of Lord Kartikeya too.
Devi SkandaMata is ruler of Planet BUDHA (Mercury). Worshipping the Devi Skandamata will make you attain IMMENCE PEACE in both Soul and Mind.
ALSO CALLED AS LALITHA PANCHAMI

Flower: Rose / Paarijaatha & Mallige
Neivedhya: Lenthil Vada / Compulsory BANANAS / Pulihora /  Curd Rice
Colour : White
Mantra :
Om Hreem Shri Skanda Mata Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Skandmatayayi Namah
Sinhaasangataam Nityam Padmaanchit Kardwayaa | Shubhdaastu Sadaa Devi Skandmata Yashaswini ||
देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
Om Devi Skandamatayay Namah
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ स्कन्दमाता रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Skandamata Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah

||OM HREEM SHRI SKANDA MATA DURGAAYE NAMAHA||

Navarathri  Day 6
Devi : Katyayani/ Saraswathi

Devi Saraswathi instills knowledge even in the MOST ILLITERATE person.
Devi Katyayani is the ruler of GURU (Jupiter).
Worshipping Devi Katyayani gives her devotees immense prosperity, success and satisfaction in their life.
She instills SELF CONFIDENCE.
Devi Katyayani grants her devotees BOUNTEOUS WEALTH that does not fade away. She gives STIRA AASTI.
She also blesses her devotees to have a HARMONIOUS and peaceful relationship with Life Partner with good understanding.
Devi Katyayani Pooja is also helpful to those whose marriage is delayed.
Devi Kayayani Pooja removes obstacles for a Blissful Fruitful Married Life.

Maa Katyayani Mantras are very effective in eradicating all problems, obstacles such as Manglik Dosha in Kundli or malefic influence of planets in the girl’s horoscope.

Flower: Any Red Flower especially ROSE
Neivedhya: Sweet Pongal /Honey / Coconut rice
Colour : Royal Blue
Mantra :
O im Hreem Kleem Aam Kam Katyayaneya Namah"
Om Hreem Shri Katyayani Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Katyayanyayi Namah
Chandrahaasojjval Karaa Shaardoolvarvaahanaa | Katyayani Shubham Dadyaad Devi Daanavghatini ||
Stuti –
या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कात्यायनी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Katyayani Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

||OM HREEM SHRI KATYAYANI DURGAAYE NAMAHA||
Om Kajathvajaayai vidhmahe Vajra Hasthaaya Dheemahi*Thanno Iyndree Prachodayaath




Navarathri  Day 7
Devi: Maa Kalarathri 
Devi Kaalratri destroys FEAR and IGNORANCE.
Devi kalaratri rules over Planet SHANI (Saturn).
Devi Kalaratri blesses with goodness and removes all the SINS of her devotees, thus leading them towards the RIGHT PATH in Life
Flower: Krishna kamal / Mallige
Neivedhya: Payasa / Sweet made from Jaggery / Lemon rice
Colour : Royal Blue
Mantra
Om Hreem Shri Kaala Ratri Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Kalratryayi Namah
Ma Kalratri Stuti on Navratri 7th Day

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kalaratri Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ekveni Japakarnpoora Nagna Kharaasthita | Lamboshthi Karnika karni Tailaabhyaktshariirini ||Vaam Paadollasallohlata Kantakbhushanaa | Bardhan Moordham Dhwajaa Krishnaa Kalratrirbhayankari ||
ॐ ह्रीम श्री काल रात्रि दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यायी नमः|
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्न खरास्थिता |
लम्बोष्ठी कार्णिक करनी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी ||
वाम पादोल्लसल्लोहलता कान्ताक्भुषणा |
बर्धन मूर्धामे ध्वजा कृश्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी ||

||OM HREEM SHRI KAALA RATRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA||
Om Vaakdevyai  vidhmahe
Vrinji pathnyai sa Dheemahi Thanno Vaani Prachodayaath

 


Navarathri  Day 8
Devi: Durga
Devi Durga is the ruler of Planet RAHU. She blesses her devotees with Material Prosperity and Spiritual Attainments.
Worshipping MAA DURGA removes Confusions from mind and instills hope to lead a successful life.

Devi destroys ALL SINS and purifies her devotees. Blesses childless couple with a child
Flower: Mogra / Roja
Neivedhya:  Coconut / Paayasaannam
Colour : RED

Mantra :
Om Hreem Shri Maha Gauri Durgaaye Namaha Om Devi Mahagauryayi Namah Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetaambardhara Shuchih | Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadev Pramodadaa || Sarava Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha SadhikeSharanyei Trymbake Gauri Narayani Namosthute
ॐ ह्रीम श्री महा गौरी दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी महागौरयाई नमः |
श्वेते वृषेसमारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिह |
महागौरी शुभम दद्यान्महादेव प्रमोददा ||
स्राव मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्थुते ||

Om Magisha mardhinyai vidhmaheDurga devyai Dheemahi Thanno Devi Prachodayaath



Navarathri  Day 9
Devi: Chamundaa
Devi Chamudi is the ruler of Planet KETU.
She is creator of all SIDDHIS and blesses her devotees with Ultimate PERFECTION and gives them Spiritual Splendor, Power and  Glory.
Devi Chamundi motivates her devotees towards a disciplined & spiritual Life and leads them to a Higher Spritual Knowledge and Self-Exploration.
Flower: Champa / Kanakambra
Neivedhya: Sweet Pongal / any dish with Compulsory use TIL(Sesame Seed)Akaaravadisil
Also offer HAYAGREEVA (a sweet made of Bengal gram dal) and OBBATTU (Stuffed Pancakes)
Colour : Purple
MANTRA :
Om Hreem Shri Ram Navmi Durgaaye Namaha
Om Devi Siddhidatryayi Namah
Siddha Gandharva Yakshdyairasurairamarairapi | Sevyamaanaa Sadabhuyaat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||
STUTI :
Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu Siddhidatri Rupena Samsthita!
Namestasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namoh Namah I
Om Krishna varnaayai vidhmahe Soola Hasthaayai Dheemahi Thanno Saamundaa Prachodayaath




Vijaya dasami
Devi: Vijaya
Flower: Mallige/Roja
Neivedhya: MAHANAIVEDYA including sakkarepongal,sweets
Fruits : Any
Colour : Sky Blue / Green
MANTRA : 
Om Vijayaa devyai vidhmahe Mahaa Nithyaayai*Dheemahi
Thanno DEVI Prachodayath

SHAMI PUJA is compulsory.
Dressin in NEW clothes and get the leaves of SHAMMI TREE.





Monday, August 14, 2017

UNKNOWN STORY : Draupadi Donating a Piece of Her Saree and....



Image result for draupadi  sage
Once Draupadi was going to take bath in a river near her palace. She was accompanied by other girls working for her in the palace. This was their daily routine. But on that day she saw a sage (rishi) taking bath in the same river. She along with other girls decided to wait till the sage comes out. The sage spotted her and other girls standing under the shade of a tree. She waited for a while for the sage to come out but she couldn't wait more as it was a hot day. She requested the sage to come out.

The sage replied, ‘ My clothes, which I had kept near the banks of river, have been stolen and so I can not come out’.

All girls except Draupadi started giggling.

Draupadi said, 'I'll tear a part of my saree and throw it towards you so that you catch it, wrap it around yourself and come out'.
The sage agreed. Draupadi tore a part of her saree and threw it towards the sage. The sage was not able to get hold of it and that piece of cloth was washed away with the current of the river. She tore another part of her saree and again threw it towards the sage. Again the sage was not able to catch it. When she was going to tear a piece from her saree for the third time, the sage stopped her.
He said, 'If you tear another part of your saree you will hardly have anything left to cover yourself. But still you want help me. You could have asked for a piece of cloth from one of the girls accompanying you but neither did you ask them nor did any of them offer to help. Instead all were finding amusement out of my situation.’
All girls stopped giggling and started feeling sorry.
The sage continued, 'Draupadi I grant you a boon that if anyone tries to take away your pride by stripping you off, he will never be successful'.


And the rest is history.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Temple to Hell!!

This Is The Temple Where Indians Are 'Hell' Scared To Go. Here's The Reason Why. Would You Visit It?

There is one temple in this world where every person on this Earth has to visit, if not in life, then after death. This temple is of Yamraj, situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is called Bharmour.

The temple here looks more like a home. Many people fear to go inside it, and just pray from outside and leave. The reason is, according to legend, the god of death, Yamraj, lives in this temple. And this is also the only place in the world dedicated to this god!

One room inside this temple is dedicated to Chitragupta, who is considered the secretary of Yamraj, and keeps an account of all the good and bad karmas of a person. It is said that after death, every soul is first brought to this place, before proceeding its journey further. People believe that the temple has four invisible doors made of gold, silver, bronze and iron. Yamraj decides which soul should pass through which door.The religious text of Garud Puran also talks about such 4 doors through which every soul has to pass post death.To decide that, the soul is presented before Chitragupta, who gives a description of a person's sins and good deeds. For this job, Chitragupta takes the help of God Shravan, the son of Lord Brahma. It is believed that Shravan knows everything about heaven, hell and Earth as he can hear and see people clearly living on Earth.

His wives are famous by the name of Shravani. They understand a woman’s nature very well.

Friday, March 10, 2017

MARRIAGE OF LORD BALARAMA & DEVI REVATHI


Do not wait for the PERFECT partner.......you may have to wait forever.

Everyone is not as lucky as Devi Revathi...

Devi Revathi??

What's her story??



Revati was born when human beings on earth were of huge size. Reva, father of Revati, wanted the best groom for his daughter. For this purpose, both father and daughter went to Brahma, the creator. 



The journey, the meeting and the return journey took thousand years. It must be noted here that one human year is one day for the Devas.

When they arrived, Brahma was listening to a musical performance by the Gandharvas, so they waited patiently until the performance was finished. Then, Kakudmi bowed humbly, made his request and presented his shortlist of candidates.

After hearing his words, Lord Brahmā, who is most powerful, laughed loudly and said to Kakudmī: O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time.Twenty-seven catur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names.


King Kakudmi was overcome with astonishment and alarm at this news

Reva and Revati returned to earth and found that the earth has undergone sea change.


 Human beings were no longer of giant size. The father and daughter found themselves odd amongst human beings of shorter stature.

No man was ready to marry Revati. 


This made the father and daughter unhappy. The father and daughter moved away from civilization and started leading a rustic life. It is said that Revati used to wrestle with animals and drink large amount of wine.

Balarama too was a huge figure and he was also not happy to marry any ordinary woman. He was also on the look out for a woman who could match his strength and figure.

Balarama once happened to see Revati and he was impressed by her height and strength. She was a match to the rustic Balaram.

They both decided to get married. 


YET ANOTHER VERSION SAYS : 

Kakudmi and Revati found Balarama and proposed the marriage. Because she was from an earlier yuga, Revati was far taller and larger than her husband-to-be, but Balarama, tapped his plough(his characteristic weapon) on her head or shoulder and she shrunk to the normal height of people in Balarama's age. The marriage was then duly celebrated.



Monday, August 29, 2016

Karma & its effects

Karma and Retribution.😊🙏🏼😊

Once there was a king who distributed food to the brahmanas.
One day, as he was giving out food to the priests, an eagle flew above holding a dead snake in his claws.
Out of the mouth of the dead snake fell a drop of poison into the food that the king was distributing.
No one knew or saw that this had happened, so the king continued distributing the food.
The Brahmin who accidentally got the poisoned food from king died, and the king was feeling very sad about it.

Chitragupta, one of the assistants of Yamaraj (the god of death) who had the job of assigning retribution for karmas to the living beings had a problem.
When this incident with the king and the poisoned food happened, he did not know who to give the karma to.After all, it was not the eagle's fault that it had carried the dead snake in its claws (since this was its food), nor was it the dead's snake fault, nor was it the king's fault because he did not know that the poison fell into the food.
So Chitragupta went to Yamaraj for a solution. Yamaraj told him to wait patiently. Soon a solution would present itself, the lord of death assured him.

One day, few other brahmanas entered the kingdom in order to meet the king.A woman was sitting next to the road, selling wares and they asked her: "Do you know where the king's palace is and how we can get there?"She said: "Yes," and pointed at the right direction. "But, be very careful," she said, "the king is known to kill brahmanas!"
The moment she said that and criticized the king unrightfully, Chitragupta got his answer.He decided to give HER the karma for the death of the brahmana!

Moral of the story:
If you criticize anyone and you are right about their deeds, you will get half of their bad karma.But, if you criticize someone and you are not right about their deeds, then you will get 100% of their karma.So be careful about what you think or say about other people.- Srimad Bhagavatam (5.10.17)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

As you Sow, so shall you Reap

A  small  story which beautifully illustrates that what you sow, you reap.

"Once  upon  a  time  there  was  a  small time  business  man  from  a  small  village who  used  to  sell butter  in  the  nearby town. 
A  big  shop  owner  in  the  town  was his  regular  customer.

The  villager  used  to  deliver  every  month the  shop  owner  the  required  butter  in  1 Kg. 
Blocks  and  in turn  he  used  to  get grocery  items  like  sugar,  pulses  etc  from the  big  shop  owner.

Once  the  shop  owner  decided  to  weigh the  butter  and  to  his  surprise  every  block of  butter weighed  900  gms.  instead  of  1kg.

Next  month  when  the  villager  came  to supply   Butter,  the  shop  owner  was  very angry  at  him  and told  to  leave  the  shop, to  this  the  villager  replied  him  courteously

"Sir,  I  am  a  very  poor  villager,
I  don't  have  enough  money to 
even  buy the required weights for  weighing  the butter, I usually put the  1Kg  sugar  you give me on one side of  Weighing scale and weigh butter on  another side"

This beautifully illustrates that what  we give to others comes back to us👍

Amazing Circle of life

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Significance of NIRJALA EKADASI

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the most popular and toughest Ekadashi Fasting days. In 2016, the date of Nirjala Ekadashi date is Thursday, June 16, 2016. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadasi fast. The difference from other Ekadasis and Nirjala is that devotees do not drink water on the day. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.

Legend has it that Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers, wanted to observe Ekadasi fasting but still eat food. But fasting and eating was not possible. So Sage Vyasa advised Bhim to observe Nirjala Ekadasi fasting which falls during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) in Jyeshta month as it has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis. Thus Bhim was able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing Nirjala Ekadasi.

Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis.

Nirjala means ‘without water.’ Staunch Vishnu devotees who undertake this fast does not drink water while fasting on the day. No food is also consumed on the day. The fast begins on Ekadasi sunrise and ends on next day (Dwadasi) sunrise. 

It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi provides the benefit of all the other Ekadashis observed in a year. Observing it is also equal to going on pilgrimage. It is believed that after death people who have observed Nirjala Ekadashi are received by messengers from Vaikunta, abode of Vishnu, and not by Yama, the god of death.