Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Vinayaka Chavithi



Lord Vinayaka:
                                Lord Vinayaka is said to be the most powerful gods in Hindu Mythology. He is also known as Siddhi Vinayaka, Ganesha. He is the lovely son of  Mighty Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. He is the brother of Kumaraswamy/Karthikeya. Lord Ganesha have 2 wife's siddhi and buddhi. Lord is most identified because of his elephant head.



            He is the remover of Obstacles in any new Beginnings and hence Hindu's before starting any new work make the Puja of Shri Siddhi Vinayaka with a bless to have "Avignamasthu".  This is even before performing any other Puja's too. This is performed with making Vinayaka with some turmeric powder.



Lord Ganesha, has written “ Mahabharatha” when sage ‘vyasa’ asked him to transcribe as he dictated it to him. Lord agreed with a condition that it should be uninterrupted and never be paused till complete. When the lord was writing uninterruptedly his feather pen broke. To write without interruption lord broke his tusk and used it as pen so that the transcription could proceed.



Myth Behind the Birth of Lord:

Once there lived a demon king Gajasura ( An Asura with elephant characteristics), he performed a deep penance to get boon from the mighty god Shiva. Pleased with the penance of the demon, lord appeared before him and asked his wish. Demon wished that he could generate fire continually from his body so that no one can come near him. Lord gave the boon and fulfilled his wish.
But, the demon Gajasura didn’t stop performing the penance. When Lord re-appeared to ask his wish one more time. He asked lord shiva to live in his stomach. Lord agreed.



                Goddess Parvathi, wife of lord shiva in a worry approaches lord Vishnu on knowing the grant of this wish. Lord Vishnu, assures her of bringing the Mighty lord back. He initiates a cosmic game by transforming the bull of shiva, Nandi into a dancing bull and himself as a flutist. Together they impress the demon. Demon asks them to make a wish when lord Vishnu asks to liberate Lord shiva from his stomach.

                 Demon Gajasura, understanding that the flutist is Lord Vishnu himself asks him for satisfying two of his wished before he die. One among is “Everyone should remember me adoring my head” and the other is “You should wear my skin”.



On accepting the wishes of demon, lord is liberated from his stomach and demon dies.

Birth of Lord Vinayaka:

Knowing about the return of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi wishes to give a warm welcome to her husband. To get ready she was preparing for bath. She didn’t wish to be disturbed by anyone while getting ready. So, she takes the turmeric paste from her body and moulds to a statue. She breathes life into that statue and names him as Ganesha, her loyal son. Doing so goddess went away for bath.

Lord Shiva returns at the same time. Seeing at the new charming face of the kid at his place surprises him. When he wishes to go inside he get interrupted from Ganesha . Lord explains himself as husband of the goddess. Ganesha takes his blessings but still doesn’t allow the mighty lord inside.

Lord Shiva in Anger orders his army to destroy the kid. When the kid defeats the entire army of lord shiva. Being the son of devi herself he remains undefeated.

Lord Shiva stands surprised for his courage and strength. Deciding that Ganesha is no ordinary kid he decided to fight himself. Lord Shiva in his fury of fight cuts the head of Ganesha and kills him.



Goddess Parvathi, knowing the destruction of her husband moves in anger and takes the form of DEVI Kalika. She decides to destroy the entire creation as her son was killed. God Brahma, who is the creator stops her and asks to re-consider.

She wishes two boons to the creator-
1.       Ganesha to be brought back to life.
2.       Ganesha to be worshipped before any other god.

             Her boons were accepted by Lord Brahma and her husband. Lord SHIVA sends his army to bring the head of the first creature which is laying with its head facing north. Shiva’s army bring the head of Gajasura who layed dead as first creature in their way.


Lord Shiva places the head of Gajasura and Lord Brahma breathes the life into him. Lord shiva declares him as his own son and leader of all ganas ( classes of beings), Ganapati.

Story of Moon and Vinayaka

One day, lord Shiva was offered for a feast from Kubera. Lord Shiva asked him to serve Lord Vinayaka instead of him. Kubera served Lord Vinayaka with great devotion and respect. Lord Vinayaka had his appetite more than required and reached mount kailash. Lord Vinayaka was short, with his elephant head and big stomach. He was not able to walk and his stomach broke open. Goddess Parvathi ties his stomach with snakes. when the Moon god looks at him and laughs. Looking at this in anger, lord curses moon,” whoever sees you will be not believed by anyone and unknowingly gets screwed on unknown issues”.

Listening to this moon starts pleading for mercy and remedy near Lord Vinayaka. Pleased Lord, forgives him and withdraws his curse saying,” whoever sees you on my birthday i.e., “Badrapadha sukla chavithi” without performing Vinayaka Chavithi vratham will be applicable for this curse. 



Moon god with a happy heart performs the puja and gets all the benefits.

In dwapara yuga, Lord Krishna have seen the face of moon in milk and gets blamed for killing the Prasena. Understanding his mistake Lord Krishna performs the Vinayaka Chavithi puja and proves himself innocent. He married Jambavathi while proving his innocence and Satyabhama later to proving his innocence. He is also given with Samanthakamani which is the cause of this blame.



During this festival, lord vinayaka’s idol made of clay, gold, silver etc., based on our effort needs to be used. He has to be devoted with his favorite Lotus flowers and served with different types of sweets and food items. This festival is celebrated for 10 days starting from his birthday. The last day with more celebrations the idol is immersed in a nearby river or sea with all respect.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Pushkara

Everyone has the knowledge of how many years a Pushkaram takes to come back to a river and how long it stays. But, there are more reasons behind this tradition and custom.



Pushkar is the name of a famous pilgrim center known as Pushkara Kshethra located in Rajasthan about 17 km from Ajmer city.  It is said and believed that the lake here known as Pushkara Lake was the creation of Lord Brahma on the banks of which He performed penance for several thousands of years.  You will find here one of the very few temples where Lord Brahma is worshiped.



Pushkara or Pushkar is a Sanskrit word derived from the element of Push (Pushti) meaning nourishment and Kara means one who does it. Pushkara is the energy that nourishes. Yes, The Pushkaram for each river come once every 12 years and lasts so long as the Jupiter remains in the corresponding zodiac sign. Pushkar along with three and half crore thirthas and Maharshis join him and make the water holy. Pushkara schedule for a particular river will be for one year, however, the first 12 days known as ‘Adi Pushkara’ and the last 12 days known as ‘Anthya Pushkara’ are held to be highly sacred.. Each Year it changes to different river as shown below. Based on the planet Jupiter movement in Zodiac sign Lord Pushkar enters 12 sacred rivers in India.



Depending on Jupiter movement in Zodiac signs, sacred rivers get energies and nourishes the place.

Jupiter in Aries river Ganga gets Pushkara.

In Taurus      - Narmada River. – April 22 to May 5th of 2024.
In Gemini      - Sarasvati River. – May 15th to May 26th of 2025.
In Cancer      - Yamuna River. – June 2nd to 13th of 2026.
In Leo            - Godavari River. – 2027.
In Virgo          - Krishna River. – August 12 to 23rd of 2016.
In Libra          - Kaveri River. – September 12 to 23rd of 2017.
In Scorpio      - Bheema River—September 12 to 23rd of 2018.
In Sagittarius - Pushkara-Vaahini River.—March 29 to April 9th of 2019.
In Capricorn  - Thunga -Bhadra River.—March 30th to April 10 of 2020.
In Aquarius   - Sindhu (Indus) River. – April 6th to 17th of 2021.
In Pisces      -  Pranhita River – April 13 to 24th of 2022.

The bath at Pushkara river must be taken early in the morning before sunrise during Brahma Muhurtha which is highly meritorious time. There is a belief that this bath (Pushkara Snana) will also cure all chronic ill health.



Myth Behind:

A popular story behind Pushkaram was Sages at ancient times requested Lord Varun (the king of all water bodies) to stay in 12 rivers every year. As per their request, he promised to stay in 12 rivers as per the planet Jupiter movements around sun. Whenever planet Jupiter enters in to a zodiac sign, each river gets Pushkar.


          As per the scripts, Lord Pushkara is the son of Lord Varuna. Pushkar prayed Lord Brahma and acquired a boon to live in sacred waters to purify them. He also prayed Lord Shiva and attain 'Jala Tattva Siddhi’(Physics of waters) and became king of all sacred waters and named as 'Theerdhapalaka' (Ruler of Sacred waters). Later to this Lord Jupiter prayed Lord Brahma to keep Pushkara along with him but, Pushkar refused it and Lord Brahma resolved conflict by requesting pushkar to stay with Jupiter for 24 days (12 days at beginning + 12 days at ending) when Lord Jupiter enters each Zodiac Sign.
It is said that during Pushkaram all Deities, Lord Brahma, Sages and Ancestors (Pithru Devathalu) will be residing in the river along with Jupiter (Brihaspati) and Pushkara.



Belief:

According to brahmanda purana, what ever sins committed in this life and past life will be vanished and attain virtues by doing bath in river at the time of Pushkara. Pushkara snan will give equal benefits which are equivalent to doing of Ashvamedha Yag. Meditation at Narmadha river,Charity at Kurukshetra place, death in Kasi town are consider as the most auspicious but doing bath at the time of Pushkar will give all the three benefits. Ancient texts such as Rig veda 1.23 also explained the powers of water.



Facts:
  • Before doing bath at the time of Pushkara we need to make small mud balls and leave them in the river as a request or permission to take bath in that place.
  • After bathing, Tharpan (act of giving water) has to be given to River,Lord Varuna, Planet Jupiter, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva ,Lord Brahma and all the Gods and Goddesses, 7 Sages, Sacred rivers at last to Lord Surya(Sun).
  • After giving tharpan, water should be released for 3 times with hands at the banks of river and drain the water from the edges cloths for 3 times before changing the dress.
  • After the above acts, Gayatri Japa has to be done or recite mantras related to Lord Surya.
  • People believe that tonsuring of head, staying, Fasting, Meditation, Donation, reciting mantras, Tharpanas for ancestors at the river in pushkara time is highly auspicious.
  • Watching, touching, bathing, drinking of sacred water at the time of pushkar is consider as highly auspicious and soul cleansing.



Science Behind:
  • The enhanced Electromagnetic field of earth due to sun spot cycle or solar magnetic activity cycle at the time pushkar magnetizes water in the river and enhances healing properties in water. It is observed that entire body system raised to condition where it is equal to the effect of meditation.
  • Water will acquire magnetic power from earth and stored until early hours of sun rise. Whenever a person perform bathing ritual at that time will be relieved from several health disorders.