Saptamatrika & Ashtamatrika Puja during Durga Navratri 2017

During Durga Navratri Navadurga, Dus Mahavidya along with Saptamatrika and Ashtamatrikas are also worshipped. Ashtamatrikas are the eight divine Mother Goddesses who are worshipped in rare occasions. Saptamatrikas, Ashtamatrikas and their Dwarapalaka devatas are worshipped during Durga Navratri in some places of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and some other parts of North India. Dates and […]

Basanti Puja 2017, Basanti Pooja in Bengal

Basanti Puja or Basant Navratri Durga Pooja is observed during Basant Navratri mainly in Bengal. Basant Navratri is the nine-day festival dedicated to Goddess Durga and in Bengal it is observed for last 3-5 days of Navratri. In 2017, Basanti Puja starts on April 3 and ends on April 5. In some areas, this festival is […]

Ashoka Sashti Vrata

Ashoka Sashti Vrata is observed on the sixth day in bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Chaitra Month. In 2017, Ashoka Sashti date is April 2. As the name indicates ‘Ashoka Tree’ (botanical name: Saraca asoca) is worshipped on this day. Ashoka Sashti is also associated with Lord Kamadev (Manmatha). This vrata is also celebrated as […]

Ganesha Damana Puja | Damanak Chaturthi

Ganesha Damana Puja (Damanak Chaturthi) is observed on the fourth day of Chaitra month in Amavasyant calendars. In 2017, Damanak Chaturthi or Ganesha Damana Puja date is March 31 (Chaitra Shukla Chaturthi). It is mainly observed in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka & Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Damana (Dhavanam: botanical name – […]

Damanak Chaturdashi 2017, Damanaka Chaturdashi

Damanak Chaturdashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Jagannath of Puri. It is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi in Chaitra month. In 2017, Damanak Chaturdasi date is April 10. This festival is celebrated with fervor in Puri Jagannath temple. As per the legend, Lord Jagannath worn Dayana leaves to his hand by forcibly taking […]

Arundhati Vrat | Arundhati Vratham

Arundhati Vrat is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month. In 2017, Arundhati Vrata date is March 30. But in some places, this vratham is observed for first three days of Chaitra month, beginning on the Chaitra Pratipada. The third day of Chaitra Shukla Paksha is also observed as Manorath Tritiya, […]

Kartikeya Damanotsav, Skanda Damanak Sashti

Kartikeya Damanotsava (Skanda Damanak Sashti) is observed on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha in Chaitra Month. In 2017, Skanda Damanak Sashti date is April 2. On this day, Lord Skanda (Kartikeya, Subramanya, Murugan / Shanmukha) is worshipped with Dhavanam leaves (botanical name: Artemisia pallens). As Sashti is an auspicious day to perform Skanda Puja, […]

Uma Shivagni Damana Pooja

Uma Shivagni Damana Pooja (Uma Shivagni Puja) is an auspicious vrata dedicated the divine couple of Lord Shiva and Parvati Mata. In 2017, Uma Shivagni Damana Pooja date is March 30. It falls on the third day of bright half of Chaitra Month, the first month in Hindu calendar (Chaitra Shukla Tritiya). On this day, […]

Shiva Shakti Poojan

Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati

Shiva Shakti Poojan is observed in Chaitra Month. In 2017, Shiva Shakti Poojan date is March 30. It falls on the third day of bright half of Chaitra Month, the first month in Hindu calendar (Chaitra Shukla Tritiya). On this day, the divine couple – Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped with Shodashopachar Puja Vidhi. […]

Shiva Dolotsavam, a ritual of Gauri Tritiya Vrata

Sowbhagya Gauri Vrata is also performed by childless women who want to be blessed with children. Shiva Dolotsavam is the ritual to perform by childless women. In 2017, Shiva Dolotsavam date is March 30. Shiva Dolotsavam or Sri Ram Dolotsav is observed on the day of Gauri Tritiya (Chaitra Shudda Thadiya). What is Shiva Dolotsav? In the […]