Jagadhatri Puja or Jagdhatri Puja is a very popular Puja that finds its roots in West Bengal. Jagadhatri is the form of Devi, who is considered as the Protector of the world and worshipped by every native in West Bengal, big and small. Amongst all the districts and small towns of West Bengal, the Jagadhatri Puja is reverently celebrated in the Hooghly district along with many Puja madals spread across Rishra, Howrah, Konnagar, and Chandannagar.
Jagadhatri Puja is a very famous puja in West Bengal and other parts of India after Durga Puja and Kali Puja. This puja was initiated by Sharda Devi, the wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The two most popular names associated with this puja are Maharaja Krishna Chandra of Nadia and Indranarayan Roy Choudhury of Chandan Nagar. We have evidences to show that this puja has a long history from as early as 1713.
/ by Dr. A. Sathya Narayanan
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Govardhan Puja is celebrated a day after Diwali. This auspicious day is an initiative of Lord Krishna in which a small hillock called Govardhan is worshipped. This year, this legendary day falls on October 20th. To be precise, this day is celebrated on the Pratipada Tithi in the month of Kartik. On most occasions, this Puja coincides with the Gujarati New Year.
Annakuta- Mahotsava which is celebrated on the ‘Pratipada’ of ‘Shuklapaksha’ in ‘Kartik’ month falls on 20th October, 2017. On this auspicious day, Govardhan is worshipped as per the rituals of this festival. By offering ‘puja’ to Govardhan, Lord Vishnu is appeased. Let us know about the rituals that should be observed on the Annakuta –Mahotsava.
Gowardhan Puja is one of the most popular pujas performed in Hindu households especially in the Braj region. With a very long history, Gowardhan puja has its roots in the Bhagavata, the life story of Lord Krishna. This puja is also built on one of the most interesting leelas or miracles of Lord Krishna.
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Diwali Among the most cherished festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Actively enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity all around.
With Diwali around the corner, there is a fervor of excitement in the air accompanied by the sweet smells of mithais and of course, the crazy ‘shop till you drop’ paranoia among the people. Each year Diwali is celebrated with complete happiness and devotion. It is a festival that marks the onset of new beginnings, represents joy and welcomes a fresh start.
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Diwali is the most important festival for Hindus across the world. This day marks the return of Lord Rama along with Mata Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya after their 14 years of exile. It takes place on the 15th day of Kartik maas as per the Hindu Lunar calendar. In 2017, Diwali occurs on 19th October 2017.
Let us invoke Ma Lakshmi with the help of space cleaning and self-purification - The Chaturdashi of Krishna paksha in Kartik month is celebrated as Roop Chaturdashi. It is believed to be the day when Shree Krishna had killed the cruel demon Narkasur and saved the world from his torment. Hence, the day is celebrated by the name of Narak Chaturdashi too. Roop Chaturdashi is also celebrated as ‘Choti Deepavali’. This year, Roop Chaturdashi falls on 18th of October.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated, one day prior to Deepavali, and falls on 18th October this year. It is believed that Hanuman Ji took birth on this day. Narak Chaturdashi is so named because Lord Krishna had killed demon Narakasur on this very day and this also falls on 18th October. Read on to know more…
Dhanteras or Dhana Trayodashi falls this year on Monday, 9th Novemeber 2015. This day, according to Skanda Purana, is called the day of Yama Deepam. The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshiped on this day to provide prosperity and well being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word 'Dhan' literally means wealth and 'Tera' comes from the date 13th.
One of the sacred rituals followed by mothers for well being and longevity of their sons is Ahoi Ashtami or Ahoi Ashtami Vrat. As per Hindu Almanac, It falls on the eighth day of dark fortnight (Krishna Paksh) in Kartik month. On this occasion mothers keep fast through out the day.
Ahoi Ashtami is a festival celebrated on 8th day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. This festival is celebrated mostly in North India and falls approximately 4 days after Karwa Chauth and 8 days before Deepawali. This year this festival will be celebrated on 22nd of October, 2016. Read on to know more about this festival…
Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated mostly in North India. This festival falls on the 4th day of Krishna Paksha of the Kartik Month. Married women (Suhagans) fast on this day for the wellbeing and longevity of their husbands. Know about the rituals, ceremonies and traditions of the festival here...
Puranas give a detailed description of Sharad Purnima; each and every divine act right from the birth of Ma Lakshmi to Maha Rasleela performed by Shree Krishna is related with the Purnima. The full moon or Purnima in Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month is also known as Sharad Purnima, Raas Purnima or Kojaagar Purnima. In some Puranas, this Purnima is also known by the name of Kumaar Purnima. This year, the auspicious occasion of Sharad Purnima falls on 15th October.
With Navratri around the corner, everyone is gearing up to celebrate the nine days long festival to propitiate Maa Durga. This festival is a celebration of Shakti – nine days, nine different avatars of Maa Durga. Durgaashtami or Ashtami in Navratri is the eighth day of the festival.
On the ninth day of Navratri, Ma Siddhidatri is worshipped with a great fanfare and fervor. It is said this manifestation happened when Ma Durga entered the body of Lord Shiva and assumed the left half of it. Ma Siddhidatri is shown seated on a red lotus. She is also riding a lion at times. She has a conch, mace and a lotus in her four hands.