Vijayadashami 2017 | Vijaya Dashami

Vijayadashami is the tenth and last day of Durga Navratri. In Bengal it is the culmination day of Durga Puja. In 2017, Vijayadashami date is September 30. Vijaya Dashami, known with various names – Dussehra or Dasara – signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated with much gusto in every region of India […]

Vijaya Dashami celebrations in North India

Vijaya Dashami is observed on Ashwin shukla paksha Dashami and it is celebrated all over North India. Ramlila Utsav, Kota Dussehra Mela and Kullu Dussehra celebrations make the festival huger. Ramleela Utsav: In North India people celebrate the festival Vijayadashami as the victory of Lord Ram over the demon Ravan. On this day, Ram killed […]

Mahalaya Durga Puja 2017 | Beginning of Devipaksha

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Mahalaya, Mahalaya Amavasya is the last day of Pitru Paksha. In 2017, Mahalaya date is September 19. On this day, In Bengal, Durga Puja is started. Devotees welcome Goddess Durga or Mahishasura Mardhini to their homes on this day. The six-day long Durga Puja celebrations will be started on Mahalaya. In other parts of India, people observe […]

Shakambari Navratri, Ashada Navaratra in Bhadrakali Temple, Hanamkonda

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Shakambari Navratri, nine festive nights dedicated to Shakambari devi, is observed in Ashada masam at Bhadrakali Temple in Hanamkonda (Warangal), Andhra Pradesh. Bhadrakali Ammavaru at Hanamkonda is a Shakti Peetha, dedicated to Mother Goddess. Goddess Bhadrakali is the ferocious form of Goddess Shakti. Bhadra kali is the consort of Lord Veerabhadreshwara Swamy. Bhadrakali is worshipped […]

Kushmanda Navdurga: Dhyana Mantra & Spiritual importance

Kushmanda

Kushmanda Navdurga is the fourth aspect of Navadurga Goddesses worshipped during Durga Navratri pooja. In 2017, Maa Kushmanda pooja date is September 24 in Sharad Navratri and on March 31 in Vasant Navratri. Spiritual importance of Maa Kushmanda: Kushmanda Devi is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratra pooja. On this day, Yogis or other dedicated devotees […]

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 […]