Shailaputri, Goddess Shailputri Navdurga

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Goddess Shailaputri is the first Navadurga Mata among the nine Goddesses worshipped during Durga Navratra festival. Maa Sailaputri is worshipped on the first day or on the Kalash Sthapana or Ghatshtapana day. In 2017, Shailaputri puja date in Durga Navaratra festival is September 21. In Chaitra Navratri, Shailaputri Puja date was March 28, 2017.  Shailaputri […]

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 […]

Nava Graha Shanti Puja during Navratri

Graha Shanti is an important ritual performed during Navratri Durga Puja. As a part of both Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Durga Navratri, Graha shanti puja is observed. Each day of Navratri, puja is offered to Navagraha and on particular day of specific graham is dedicated to that Graha shanti puja. After performing Kalash Sthapana ritual […]

Ayudha Puja 2017 during Navratri Durga Puja

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Ayudha Puja or Astra Pooja is one of the main rituals observed during Durga Navratri. In 2017, Ayudha Puja date is September 30. Ayudha Puja is celebrated on Vijaya Dashami in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Kerala Ayudha Puja is performed on Mahanavami day (September 29). In some other […]

Navaratri Vratha Mahatmyam, Why Navratri Vrat is observed in Chaitra Month & Ashwin Month

What is Navaratri Vratha mahatmyam or mahima? Why Navratri vrat is observed in Chaitra month and Ashwin month (Ashwayuja Navaratri)? Similar to Ugadi and Sankranti, Sharan Navaratri festival celebration is also emerged from the latent knowledge of ancient times. In a scripture, Sage Veda Vyasa exemplifies the Navratri vrat mahima as below: Shrunu raha spravakshami […]

Paush Navratri 2017

Paush Navratri, also spelt as Poush Navratras, is a nine-day festival celebrated from first day to ninth day during Paush month or Pushya masam. In 2017, Paush Navratri begins on 6 January and ends on 12 January. Pushya masa Navratras are also called as Shakambari Navratri in some areas. In Shakambari mata temples, Navratri utsav is celebrated […]

Theppotsavam: Vijayadashami Utsavam during Navaratras in Kanakadurga Temple Vijayawada

Theppotsavam is the main ritual performed on Vijayadasami or Dasara during Navaratras in Kanakadurga temple, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. It is the concluding event of Durga Navaratras in Durga Malleshwara Swamy Devasthanam. In 2016, Teppotsavam date is October 11. The presiding Deity of the temple, Kanakadurga Ammavasru along with Malleshwara Swamyvaru, is taken for a sail […]

Simollanghan: Dasara ritual in Maharashtra

Simollanghan is a ritual performed on Dasara or Viajaya Dashami day in Maharashtra. Dasara is the final day during Durga Navaratri. Simollanghan 2016 date is October 11.. Simollanghan is crossing the border or frontier of a village or a place. In ancient times, kings used to cross the frontier of their kingdom to fight against their rivals […]

Ravan Vadh or Ravana vadha – Burning large effigies of Ravan on Vijaya Dashami

Ravan Vadh or Ravana Vadha is a ritual and tradition performed on Vijaya Dashami or Dussara. Ravana, who is also called as Dashakanta, was killed by Lord Rama on this day. To commemorate the defeat of Ravana and the victory of good over evil, people started celebrating ‘Dush-hara’ (the defeat of Dashakanta – Ravana). In […]

Vijayadashami & Shami Puja, Legend & Significance

Vijayadashami is the final day of Durga Navaratri. On this day Durga Visarjan or Udvasan is performed. There is a popular legend associated with Vijaya Dashami tells us about another ritual ‘Shami Puja. Legend of Vijayadashami and Shami Puja Apart from the story of Lord Ram and Ravan about Vijayadashami, another legend is mentioned in […]