Archive for August, 2009

Vinayaka Chaturthi

August 30, 2009

“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a great festival of Lord Ganesha which is celebrated by Hindus all over the world especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, the celebration of this festival last 10 days and ends on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’

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This day is celebrated as the Birthday calibration of Lord Ganesha, it’s also said that Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son f Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. This festival is observed in the lunar month of bhadrapada shukla paksha chathurthi madhyahana vyapini purvaviddha.

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According to the legend, Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of resolution, was away at a war. His wife Parvati, wanted to bathe and having no-one to guard the door to her house, conceived of the idea of creating a son who could guard her. Parvati created Ganesha and She then set him to stand guard at her door and instructed him not to let anyone enter.

In the meantime, Lord Shiva returned from the battle but as Ganesha did not know him, stopped Shiva from entering Parvati’s chamber. Shiva, enraged by Ganesh’s impudence, drew his trident and cut off Ganesha’s head. Parvati emerged to find Ganesha decapitated and flew into a rage. She took on the form of the Goddess Kali and threatened destruction to the three worlds of Heaven, Earth and Subterranean earth.

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Seeing Parvati in a dangerous mood. The other Gods were afraid and Shiva, in an attempt to pacify Parvati, sent out his ganas, or hordes, to find a child whose mother is facing another direction in negligence, cut off his head and bring it quickly. The first living thing they came across was an elephant. That elephant was facing north (the auspicious direction associated with wisdom). So they brought the head of this elephant and Shiva placed it on the trunk of Parvati’s son and breathed life into him. Parvati was overjoyed and embraced her son, the elephant-headed boy whom Shiva named Ganesha, the lord of his ganas. Parvati was still upset so Lord Shiva announced that everyone who worships Ganesha before any other form of God is favoured. So Ganesh is worshipped first in all Hindu occasions and festivals.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped, as the God of wisdom and Ganesha Chaturthi is a festival celebrated in the honor of Lord Ganesha.

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Krishna Janmashtami

August 18, 2009
Krishna Janmashtami , is also known as “Krishnashtami  “,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of hindu deity Vishnu.
Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami. tithi  of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra (called Aldebaran in the West) is ascendant. Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura   and  Vrindavan and regions following  Vaishnavism in Manipur.
Krishna Janmashtami always falls between August mid and September mid months of the Gregorian calendarand in 2009 for example the festival was held on the 14th of August.
The ritual is to fast the previous day (Saptami, sevnth day), which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at night, and his immediate removal by his father Vsudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping.
At midnight, the deity of the infant Krishna is bated placed in a cradle and worshipped.The fast is completed after aarti, a special prayer.

Krishna Janmashtami , is also known as “Krishnashtami “,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of hindu deity Vishnu.

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Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami. tithi  of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra (called Aldebaran in the West) is ascendant. Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura   and  Vrindavan and regions following  Vaishnavism in Manipur.

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Krishna Janmashtami always falls between August mid and September mid months of the Gregorian calendarand in 2009 for example the festival was held on the 14th of August.

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The ritual is to fast the previous day (Saptami, sevnth day), which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at night, and his immediate removal by his father Vsudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping.

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At midnight, the deity of the infant Krishna is bated placed in a cradle and worshipped.The fast is completed after aarti, a special prayer.