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Saturday, October 26, 2013

(6.2.12) Nadi Dosh

Nadi Dosh , What is Nadi dosh , How Nadi dosh is formed 

The birth charts of the boy and a girl are matched before their marriage takes place to know whether these charts have all the characteristics of a successful marriage or not .  This match making of the birth charts is called Ashtakoot Milan or Gun matching or Kundli Milan or Kundli matching .While Kundli matching the following 8 factors are considered and checked .These factors are :- Varn ,Vashya , Tara , Yoni ,Grah Maitri , Gan , Bhakoot and Nadi . Each factor is assigned one to eight points . The total number of points is 36 . Out of 36 points minimum 18 points are required for matching the Kundali or birth charts .In the marital match making Nadi Koot is regarded the most important factor. Out of 36 points, 8 points are given to Nadi.
How and when is Nadi Dosh  formed  :- 
According to Vedic astrology , there are three different Nadis. They are Aadi or Adhya ( start), Madhya (middle ) and Antya ( end .)
Nadi dosh is formed when both the boy and the girl have the same Nadi.
( Note - marriage is recommended if the boy and the girl have different Nadis i.e. the boy and the girl should be born in different Nadi).
The result of the Nadi Dosh  :- 
(A) If both the Var and Kanya ( the boy and the girl) have Aadhya Nadi , it may have  bad effect on the husband.
(B) If both the boy and the girl have Madhya Nadi , it may have  bad effect on both husband and wife .
(C) If the boy and the girl have the Antya Nadi , it may have  bad  effect on wife.
(D) If Nadi dodh is persent , it may cause  health problems to the husband and the wife and to their children. Remedial measures can help remove all these troubles.
Parihaar or exception to Nadi dosh - 
(Reference- Jyotish Tatv Prakash and Sugam Jyotish Praveshika.)
As it has been mentioned above that for a happy married life ,the marriage partners should be born in different Nadis . But there are a few exceptions when the marriage can take place even if the boy and the girl have the same Nadis i. e. if Nadi  dosh is present there. Here under are given the exceptions -
1. If the birth sign of the boy and the girl is the same but Janm Nakshatra ( the birth constellations) are different , it is the exception to Nadi dosh.
2. If the Janm Nakshatra of the boy and the girl is the same but their birth signs are different , it is the exception to the Nadi dosh.
3. If Janm Nakshatra and the Janm Rashis of the boy and the girl are the same but the Nakshatra charan or the pad is different , it is the exception to Nadi dosh.
Remedial measures for Nadi dosh - 
If the Nadi dosh exists and one wants to marry the same person , to avoid the ill and negative effects of Nadi dosh , the following measures can be adopted :-
1. Mahamrityunjay Mantra jap should be done in a proper way.
2. Some grains , clothes , a cow with its calf , etc. should be given in charity to some eligible Brahman.
Other Related Posts :- 
(1) Mangal Dosh / Kuj Dosh 
(2) Sadhe Sati  of Shani 
(3) Dhaiya of Shani 
(4) Kumbh Vivah / Ghat Vivah 
(5) Vishnu Vivah 
(6.2.19) Gan Dosh
(6.2.12) Nadi Dosh



Thursday, October 24, 2013

(8.2.26) Namokar Mantra / Navkar Mantra / Namokaar Mantra

Namokaar Mantra for getting Peace , for destroying Sins , for removing obstacles

Namokar Mantra is a great Mantra in Janism. It is also known as Navkar Mantra or Namskaar Mantra. It is  a prayer Mantra . In this Mantra there is no mention of the name of any Tirthaankar. In this prayer Mantra  the virtues  are worshiped rather than worshiping any  particular person or Tirthaankar. The Mantra is as follows:-
Namo Arihantaanam 
Namo Sidhaanam   
Namo Aayariyaanam
Namo Uvajjhayaanam
Namo Loe Savva saahoonam.
Eso Panch Namokkaaro, Savvapaavappanaasano 
Mangalaanam cha Savvesim, Padhamam Havai Mangalam .
णमो अरिहंताणं
णमो सिद्धाणं
णमो आयरियाणं
णमो उवज्झयाणं  
णमो लोएसव्व साहूणं।
एसो पंच णमोक्कारो , सव्वपावप्प णासणो।
मंगलाणं च सव्वेसिं , पढमं हवई मंगलं।
Meaning of the Mantra:-
I bow to the  Arihantas,
I bow to the Sidhaas,
I bow to the Achaaryaas,
I bow to the teachers, 
I bow to the Saadhus.
This five fold Mantra destroys all the sins and the obstacles, and this Mantra is the first and the foremost of all auspicious Mantras.
Other Related Post :- 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

(10.1.11) Hanuman Jayanti 2017

Hanuman Jayanti 2017 (the birth day of Hanuman ji)

Hanuman Jayanti / Hanuman Vrat

When is Hanuman Jayanti in 2017
In the year 2017 Hanuman Jayanti is on Tuesday, 11 April,2017.
Important  things about Hanuman Jayanti :-
1. Hanuman Jayanti is celebraed on Chaitra Shukla Purmina which is the birth day of monkey god hanuman .(There is  also other view about the birth of Hanuman . According to this view Kartik  Krishna Chaturdashi is the birthday of Hanuman . So some people celebrate this day as Hanuman Jayanti .)
2. It is an important festival of  the Hindus which is celebrated with joy and  zeal .
3. Hanuman ji is considered  as the incarnation of Lord Shiva.
4. Hanuman ji is the most faithful follower and devotee of lord Ram .He helped Ram in every difficult situation .
5.Hanuman ji is the symbol of  strength  and energy .He is also known as the Sankat mochan (one who removes the troubles and saves the person from hurdles and obstacles in life or reliever of all sufferings .) So people remember him in  good and bad times equally .
Celebrations :-
The devotees perform special puja of Hanuman ji on Hanuman Jayanti .They sing prayers and hymns related to Hanuman ji .In Hanuman temples some people do the Path of Sundar kand.Devoteed go to the Hanuman temples and apply tilak of sindur  to their foreheads. Some people observe Vrat on Hanuman Jayanti . 

Friday, October 18, 2013

(5.3.19) Rahu Kaal / Rahu Kal / Rahukalam

Rahu Kal /  Rhu Kaal 

What is Rahu Kal :-
Rahu Kal is a period of about one and a half hour which is ruled by the planet Rahu. As Rahu is a malefic planet so this period of Rahu is considered as inauspicious. It is the 1/8 part of each day and occurs at different times everyday.
Important  things about Rahukal :-
1. As Rahukal is considered as inauspicious period so one must not start any new work during this period and  should be avoided for all important things like rituals related to marriage,Grah Pravesh,purchasing any new vehicle ,starting any new business etc. But if the work which has already been started at the auspicious time in the subh muhurat , should be continued even in  the Rahu  Kal period i.e. one does not need to stop that work during the Rahu kal .
2. Rahu kal is given more importance in the southern part than it is given in the northern part of India .
3. It is one  of the eighth parts of the day between sunrise and sunset.
4. Rahukal period is not the same for all days of the week .Everyday of the week it occurs at different time. Usually the duration of Rahu kal is about one and a half hour but it differs from place to place because it depends upon the  time of sunrise and sunset of that particular place .
How to calculate Rahu Kal :-
Rahukal is the one eighth  part of  each day between  sunrise and sunset. The duration of Rahukal is not always the same . It differs  from one place to another and from day to day .It is so because the sunrise and sunset time does not remain always the same and it  changes everyday . So for the calculation of the Rahukal we must know the sunrise time  and sunset time of the particular place then  divide the duration of the day from sunrise to sunset into eight parts .The following is the simple way of calculating the Rahukal :-
Here we have imagined  that the sunrise time is 6 a.m. and sunset time is 6 p.m.The  total duration of the day  is 12 hours .If we turn these 12 hours into minutes ,it will be 720 minutes .If we divide 720 minute into eight equal parts ,it will be ninety minutes . It means that day the Rahu kal duration will be 90 minutes as follows :-  
Week day - Rahu Kal (from - to)
Sunday - from  4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Monday - from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
Tuesday- from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday - from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. 
Thursday - from 1:30  3:00 p.m. 
Friday - from  10:30 a.m. to 12 noon 
Saturday - from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The other example :- 
If the sun  rises at 7:18 a.m.  and the sun sets at 5:42 p.m. , the total duration of day time is 624 minutes. Its eighth part will be 78 minutes .) It means that day Rahu kal duration will be 78 minutes.
Week day - Rahu Kal (from - to)
Monday- from 8:36 to 9:54 a.m. 
Saturday - from 9:54 to 11:12 a.m. 
Friday- from 11:12 to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday- from 12:30 to 1:48 p.m.
Thursday-  from  1:48 to 3:06 p.m.
Tuesday - from 3:06 to 4:24  p.m.
Sunday - from  4:24 to 5:42  p.m.
Other Related Posts :- 
1. Mrityu Yog 
2. Holashtak 
3. Jwalamukhi Yog  
(5.3.21) Hora Muhurat
5. Thirteen Days Paksh

(10.3.17) Ram Navami Vrat 2017 / Ram Navami Festival 2017

Ram Navami Vrat / Ram Navami Festival 2017 

When is Ram Navami :-
In the year 2017 Ram Navami is on Tuesday, 04 April, 2017.
Auspicious time for Vrat pujan -
Labh + Amrit Chaughadiya - From 11:08 to 14:13
Abhijit Muhurat - From 12:16 to 13:05
Important things about Rama Navami :- 
1. Ram Navami falls on the Chaitra shukla Navami. It is Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ram who is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.Ram was the eldest son of Dasharath, the king of Ayodhya.
2. Ram's life was full of ideals. He had no malice against any person.He was gentle and never used any harsh words.He was an ideal son,ideal brother,ideal husband and ideal king.
3. Ram Navami is the day when we can remember Ram's ideals and try to adopt them in our lives.
4.This day is to remember that Ram Naam has the great power to burn the ignorance, passion and sin of the devotee.In this context,Lord Shiva tells Parvati,
"Raam Raameti Rame Raame Manorame. 
Sahastranaam tattulyam Raam Naam Varaanane."
Meaning :- Lord Shiva says to Parvati, "O,Varanane(O dear, with beautiful face) I chant the holy name of Ram, Ram, Ram constantly which is enjoyable and pleasing to the mind. The holy name of  Ram is equal to one thousand holy names (of Lord Vishnu).
5. His incarnation on this earth was to kill Ravan, the king of Lanka and the symbol of evil ,and to establish righteousness and to protect His devotees.
6. On this day the temples of Ram are decorated and the images of Ram, Sita and Laxman are beautifully adorned.
7. The devotees read the Ramcharitmanas or other stories related to Lord Ram.
8. People Observe fast on this day.The vrati (the person who keeps fast)who observe this fast with devotion, he /she is sure to get the blessings of Lord Ram and his wishes are fulfilled by the grace of Lord Ram .
Related Posts :-  
(5.2.13) Janaki Navami / Sita Navami
(14) Useful Mantra, Stotras, Prayers and articles 
( List of the different Mantras, Stotras, Prayers etc. )
(A hymn dedicated to lord Ram for getting protection)
( A powerful mantra)
(A mantra for wealth and prosperity)
(A short but powerful Mantra)
( The birthday of Lord Ram)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

(10.3.16) Kartik Poornima / Kartik Purnima 2016

When is Kartik Purnima :-
In the year 2016 Karthik Poornima is on Monday, 14.11.2016. Karthik Shukla Poornima Samwat 2073.
Kartik Shukla Poornima is known as Kartik Poorinma or Karthiki or Tripuri Poornima.
Important things about Kartik Purnima :-
1. Brahama Vishnu ,Angira and Aadity have recoganised this Purnima as Mahapunit Parva. So on this day bathing ,donation ,Hom, Yagya and Upassana etc give fruitful results.(Vrat Parichay 152)
2.When Karthik Nakshatra falls on this Punima, it is called Maha kartiki. If there is Bharni Nakshatra on this Poorima, it gives special results. Combination of Rohini Nakshatra makes this Poornima more significant.(Vrat Parichay page 152).
3. Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu also took place on this day. So the donations given on this day is considered equal to the yagyas.
4. It is believed that the person who takes bath in the Pushkar lake(Pushkar, is a holy city for the Hindus) on Karthik Poornima, his sins are washed off.
5. Keeping fast on this day leads the person to salvation.
6. Kartik Poornima is also the birthday of Gurunanak, the founder of Sikh religion.So it is celebrated as Gurunanak Jayanti.
7. In the honour of Lord Brahama,the Pushkar fair is held at Pushkar (which is the religious place of the Hindus).This fair begins on kartik Shukla Ekadashi (which is also known as Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi)and comes to an end on Kartik shukla Poornima .
8.The Hindus believe that the person who takes a bath in the holy lake of Pushkar,is free from the cycle of life and birth and gets salvation.
Religious importance of Parikrama of Pushkar :-
It is also very auspicious to take a Parikrama (round )of  three Pushakars i.e. senior Pushkar, middle Pushkar and junior Pushkar on Kartik Poornima.It is believed that the person who does the Parikrama of three Pushkars  on Poornima of Kartik month gets liberation and the sinner becomes free from sins.
The story related to Parikrama is as follows:-
Vrahdrath, the king of Gaur kingdom came to Pushkar every year and went around all the three Pushkars on the night of Kartik Purnima. On one such Purnima night as usual while he was going around Pushkars, some Munis asked him the reason and importance of the Parikrama. At this he told them the following story :-
"In my previous life , I was a dumb and poor man. I used to take the cows of the people to the jungle where they went on grazing. In the evening I brought them back home.One day unfortunately a cow of a Brahaman strayed and went away. I looked for it here and there.In this way I went around all the three Pushkars to look for the cow. At last I found the cow and took it to its owner.As it was almost morning so I took bath in the Pushkar lake,had Darshan of Brahamaji's statue and then I had my meals.Thus on the night of Purnima of the month of Kartik,I unknowingly went around three Pushkars.After some years of this event I was dead.In this  birth I have became the king of Gaur kingdom as a result of that Parikrama. Remembering that thing I go around all the three Pushkars on Poornima of kartik."
The Munis were happy to listen to this story.
Therefore, the person who does the Parikrama of three Pushkars on Kartik Purnima, gets liberation and the sinners become free from sins.
Other related Posts :- 
1.Kartik Maas / Kartik Snan 
2.Religious place Pushkar             

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

(6.2.11) Vishnu Vivah - A Remedial Measure for Marital Problems & Widowhood

Vishnu Vivah (Remedial Measure for marriage related problems)

What is a Vishnu Vivah
Vishnu Vivah is a symbolic marriage which is solemnized as a remedial measure for marital problems and particularly for widowhood.
When to solemnize Vishnu Vivah :- 
In the birth chart of a girl, there may be such a placement of planets which may cause delay in the marriage, unpleasant married life and widowhood (Vaidhavya dosh).
If in the birth chart of a girl, the lord of the seventh house is malefic or receiving the Drashti from a malefic planet or is posited with a malefic planet in the sixth or eighth  or twelfth house or it is in the sign of the enemy planet, it causes delay in the marriage or causes widowhood or can deprive the girl of her Pati Sukh or can disrupt the marital bliss.
In the same way if a Kroor planet is in Lagna and Mars is in the seventh house from the Lagna or moon is in the Lagna and Mars is in the seventh house or mars is in the first/ fourth / seventh / eighth / twelfth house , it may also lessen marital bliss.
What are the remedial measures for marital problems or widowhood 
In the astrological scriptures some remedial measures have been suggested for marital maladies or widowhood. They are Vat savitri Vrat, Ashavatth Vrat, Karkati Vrat. Besides these Vratas, there is also the mention of Kumbh Vivah, Ashavath Vivah and Vishnu Vivah in the Markandey Puan.
Procedure of Vishnu Vivah :-
Before the Lokik marriage (actual marriage) , the Vishnu Vivah should be solemnized in the auspicious marriage Muhurat. For it a separate room should be chosen. In this room there should be the parents of the girl, the girl in the bridal and the priest or the Pandit.  The Vishnu image made of gold should be placed on a Pata. The girl should sit facing east to the right side of the Pata (on which the Vishnu image is placed).The girl's parents should sit facing north. After Ganpati poojan, Matrika Poojan, Nandi Shradh, the vishnu Pratima (Image) is properly worshipped. Then Kanyadan is done. Thus all the rituals are briefly fulfilled.
Related Posts :-
1. Kumbh Vivah /Ghat Vivah
(10.3.19) Vat Savitri Vrat  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

(10.3.15) Kartik Maas / Kartik Snan / Kartik Vrat 2016

The significance of Kartik month , Kartik Snan and Kartik Vrat

Kartik, an auspicious month :-
In the year 2016 Kartik Snan  begins on Sunday, 16.10.2016.
Kartik month is considered very auspicious . It is said that - 
"Naa Kaartik samo maaso , Naa Satyug samam yugam.
Naa Ved sadrisham shastram, Naa tirtham  gangayaa samam ."
It means is that there is no other month is as the month of Kartik , no other era is as Satyug , no other scriptures are as the Vedas and no other pilgrimage is as the Ganga . 
This month is very dear to Lord Vishnu . This is the month of Dan , Punya and snan .The rituals performed during this month give result equal to going to all the pilgrimages .
Significance of bath in the month of Kartik :-
In the Hindu calendar there are twelve months . Among these twelve months three months are considered sacred and auspicious . These three months are - Vaisakh,Kartik and Maagh .If a person takes a bath in these three months with the feeling of devotion , humility and belief , his sins are are washed away . 
According to the Madan Paarijat , " Kaartikam sakalam maasam nityasnaayee jitendriya: ,
Japan havishyabhukchhant: sarva paapai pramuchyate ."
Meaning :- "In the month of Kartik , the person who keeps his senses under control , takes a bath and Havishya food ( i. e. barley, wheat , green gram, milk , curds and ghee) and keeps fast , his / her sins are removed ."
Taking a bath in the Brahma Muhurat early in he morning in some river , stream, pond, or at a well is considered auspicious . After taking a bath the person should worship Radha - Krishna, Peepal tree and Tulasi plant . In the evening he should worship Lord vishnu and light a Deepak near the Tulsi plant. He should tell or listen to the religious stories related to Kartik month and Kartik Snan .
When does Kartik snan and Vrat begin :-
Kartik Vrat begins from Ashvin shukla Purnima and ends on Kartik shukla Poornima .The people who observe Kartik fasts should get up early in the morning take a bath. All through the month of Kartik the people, particularly women, get up early in the monning and go to a river or a pond or a well in groups singing Bhajans. They take their bath then they go to the nearby temple for worshiping.
Worshiping Tulsi plant :-  
Tulsi plant considered to be a sacred plant. It is believed that this plant is very dear to Lord Vishnu. It is also considered to be the wife of Lord Vishnu .  So during the month of Kartik this plant is worshiped with devotion and shown due respect to it .  

Monday, October 7, 2013

(13.2.6) Diwali / Deepawali greetings , Good wishes & S M S

Diwali Greetings / Deepawali good wishes / Diwali S M S

Festivals bring a positive change in the daily routine and dull life of ours. They bring joy, happiness and new hope to all. They are of great rejoicing and fill in us the spirit of joy  and gaiety.   Happiness of the Festivals can be  doubled if it is shared  with others. Deepawali is also one of the festivals when we can share our happiness  and moments of rejoicings with others.The best way of sharing our happiness with other is to send them our good wishes, greetings and messages on these festivals. The wishes and greeting refresh the memories of the sender as well as the receiver. They fill both the sender and receiver with the feeling of closeness as the receiver  feels that the sender lovingly remembers and cares for him/her. Here under are some of the greetings, good wishes and messages. We hope they will certainly double your joy and strengthen your love, affection and relationship with your friends, relatives and dear ones :-

(1) All the nine Planets play an important role in the life of the individual. On this occasion of Diwali festival I wish and hope that they will remain favourable to you all through the year.
(A) May the planet Sun, the Karak of
soul, strengthen your self confidence and give you good health.
(B) May Moon, the Karak of mind,keep your mind stable and give you peace and presence of mind and keep you mentally fit.
(C) May Mars, the karak of courage, valour and patience, give you courage to do the right and the patience to accept the things as they are.
(D) May Mercury give you intelligence, learning, wisdom and power of speech to get the success in every field of life.
(E)  May Jupiter, the most benefic planet, give you wealth, good progeny, glory, reputation, religious mentality and contentment.
(F)  May Venus, the benefic planet, give you good vehicles,  happiness and worldly pleasure,and familial harmony.
(G)May  Saturn, the planet of justice, give you the reasoning power (To make the difference between good and bad), longevity and good health.

(2) While everything of future remains enveloped in the cloudy veil of mystery, I wish you the happiest and prosperous new year on this propitious day of Diwali.

(3) Accept my heartiest wishes on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

(4) Best wishes for you on this day of joy and pleasure.

(5) May this Diwali fulfill all your expectations and dreams.

(6) In this age of anxiety and restlessness may you have solace and peace of mind by the grace of goddess laxmi.

(7) May the lights of Diwali bless your family with joy and familial harmony.

(8) May all the heavenly joys be showered upon you on this auspicious occasion of Diwali.

(9) May, Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth, Shower her blessings upon you on this day of Diwali.

(10) Diwali is the festival of Lights. May this light show you the right path to the destination you want to reach.

(11) I Pray to Goddess Laxmi to give you health, wealth and contentment.

(12) Diwali is a symbol of the victory of good over the evil. May this Diwali fill you with good and wise things.

(13) Hope is immortal and it makes the life worth living. Contentment relieves the anxieties and fills one with positive feelings. Love makes everything beautiful in one's life. May all the three be yours.

(14) May this auspicious occasion bring prosperity and good luck for you and your family.

Other related posts :-
(1) Diwali 
(2) Diwali Puja Muhurat 
(3) Precautions while bursting crackers
(13.4.1) List of Lakshmi Puja Samagri

Friday, October 4, 2013

(13.2.5) Precautions while bursting crackers

Safety measures while bursting crackers.
(or) Precautions to prevent any unpleasant incident during Deepawali.
(or) Tips to enjoy a safe Diwali.
(or) How to enjoy a safe Deepawali.

Deepawali or Diwali  is a festival of joy, hope and victory of good over the evil. Throwing coloured water on one another is the inevitable part of celebrating Holi, in the same way bursting crackers is also the part and parcel of the festival of Depawali, particularly for the young ones. They explode crackers and let off fire works. Fire Works and bursting crackers are the source of great attraction to them. But the moments of joy and pleasure can become the moments of tragedy if some precautionary measures are not observed while bursting crackers.
Here under are given the safety tips and precautions while bursting crackers so that you may enjoy a safe Deepawali/Diwali :-

What to do while bursting crackers :-
- Read the instructions written on the cracker box and follow them strictly.
Always burst the crackers in an open area outside the house.
- Keep the small children away from the place of bursting the crackers.
- You had better keep a first aid box, a bucket full of sand or water ready to face any unpleasant incident or mishap of fire .
- Keep a Proper distance from the cracker while lighting it. It is better to use a long fire wood stick or an agarbatti to light a cracker.
- Wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers.
- It is better to wear shoes while bursting crackers .
-  Light a fire cracker and quickly move away from it.
-You must know the phone numbers of fire brigade station or other emergency services to use them in case of any unpleasant things happen.
- While using any aerial fire works, face it towards the open  sky.
- Always burst crackers under the supervision of the adult.
- One person should light the cracker at a time and the others should have a patience of watching and enjoying bursting the cracker from a proper distance.

What should not be done while bursting crackers:-
  • Do not burn the crackers inside the house.
  • Do not burst the crackers in narrow streets or lanes.
  • Never throw the burning crackers at any other person. It may cause unpleasant thing.
  • Do not point the rockets or other aerial fire works towards the buildings.
  • Do not light the cracker more than one at a time.
  • Do not light the cracker holding it in your hand.
  • Do not bend over the cracker after lighting it to examine why it has not burst.
  • Do not keep the crackers and fire works in your pocket.
  • Do not wear loose nylon or synthetic clothes  while lighting crackers as they may catch fire.
  • Do not keep the lit  match stick or a burning candle near the stock of your crackers.
Keep the above mentioned 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' in mind and enjoy the festival with gaiety in a true sense.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

(10.1.10 ) Bhai Dooj / Yam Dwitiya 2016

Bhai Dooj / Yam Dwitiya 

When is Bhai Dooj in 2016

In the year 2016 Bhai Dooj or Yam Dwitiya is on Tuesday, 01.11.2016 Kartik Shukla Dwitiya , Samwat 2073. 
This festival is celebrated on Kartik Shukla Dwitiya. On this day sisters pray for the good fortune and good health for their borther. A sister puts Tilak on the forehead of her borther, performs Aarti or her brother and offers him sweets.
On this day Yam is also worshipped. So this day is also known as Yam Dwitiya.
Different names of Bhai Dooj :-
Bhai Dooj is the last day of the five day festival of Deepawali. The names and ways of celebrating this festival may be different from one place to another or one state to another state but everywhere it is the symbol of affection between brothers and sisters . 
The other names of Bhai Dooj are Bhai Doj, Bhai Beej, Yam Dwitiya or Bhai Phota etc. 
Celebration of Bhai Dooj :-
On this day brother goes to his sister's house. The sister welcomes him and puts a Tilak on his forehead and performs his Aarti. Then she prays to God for a long, prosperous and successful life of his brother. The brother, in return, gives her garments and some cash as a gift. The sister prepares the dishes of the choice of her brother. Thus they enjoy the day with the other members of the sister's family.
Legend of Bhai Dooj :-
Chhaya was the name of god Surya Narayan's wife. Chhaya gave birth to two children. Their names were Yamraj and Yamuna. Yamuna had great affection for his brother Yamraj. On the Kaartik Shukla dwitiya Yam, who is known as the Lord of death, went to his sister Yamuna's house. Yamuna very affectionately welcomed her brother. She put a Tilak on his forehead and performed his Aarti. Yam, in return ,gave Yamuna gifts of different kinds and granted her a boon also that anyone who goes to her sister's house on Kaartik Shukla Dwitya will be free from the fear of untimely death. So Bhai Dooj is also known as Yam Dwitiya and brothers visit their sister's houses.
Here under is one more legend related to this festival :- 
Lord Krishna killed the demon whose name was Narkaasur. After killing the demon Lord Krishna went to  meet his sister Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna very affectionately. She put a Tilak on his forehead and performed his Aarti. Since than this day has been known as Bhai Dooj and the symbol of affection between brothers and sisters.
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