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Happy Karva Chauth

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A very Happy Karva Chauth to Everyone.

I wish your bond with your soul mate be always like that of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. images

On this beautiful day that celebrates vows of togetherness, love and prayers for long life and good health of the spouse, i pray that this bond goes on forever and for agle saat janam tak.

Here’s what happens on Karva chauth , we keep the fast all day and break it only after seeing the moon through a sieve and then our husband through that sieve  after which the hubby ends the wife’s day long fast by offering her water and sweets. Women apply menhndi on their hands and feet and do all the saaj shringar like i have applied mehndi today on my OWN for simple budget reasons, and would wear my wedding lehnga as its my first karva chauth after marriage so typically ill be dressed and decked up like a bride today as well. Wow.

In the afternoon i will do the puja with karva filled with water and some rice ( earthern small pot that has a little opening which is closed by cotton ) and another pot of metal filled with water (pital ka lota) as i live alone so ill move the two of them side by side in circular direction without touching their surface. over that ill keep some rice , wheat and sweets, and also stick the calender of karva chauth katha where the vrat katha is written and decorate it with garlands and do the tilak and puja of karva by decorating it with red thread and red vermilion with a swastik. Ill put a bright saree and suhaag samgri along with it as the daughter in law offers some presents and sweets for their mother in law on the occasion of karva chauth. I will preserve them for her till the time i meet her , the puja thali is decorated with diya , roli, chawal, haldi, heena, some makeup, bangles, and everything .

After the puja i will prepare some dishes like alu gobi , halwa, puri, raita, dal, chawal for the evening , though these dishes are prepared by mother in law ,as am living alone ill prepare them myself and will wait for my husband to return from work then after the moonrise i will do the puja again and put tilak on my husbands forehead and see him through the seive in which i will keep a lit diya, after that i will offer the karva water to the moon and pray for my hubbys good health and long life. then i will touch his feet and seek his blessings and end my fast by eating sweets and water from his hands.

 

Mata Ke Nau Roop

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Day 8 Maa Durga

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देवी दुर्गा के नौ रूपों में महागौरी आठवीं शक्ति स्वरूपा हैं. दुर्गापूजा के आठवें दिन महागौरी की पूजा अर्चना की जाती है.दुर्गा सप्तशती में शुभ निशुम्भ से पराजित होकर गंगा के तट पर जिस देवी की प्रार्थना देवतागण कर रहे थे वह महागौरी हैं. देवी गौरी के अंश से ही कौशिकी का जन्म हुआ जिसने शुम्भ निशुम्भ के प्रकोप से देवताओं को मुक्त कराया . यह देवी गौरी शिव की पत्नी हैं यही शिवा और शाम्भवी के नाम से भी पूजित होती हैं.

देवी पार्वती रूप में इन्होंने भगवान शिव को पति-रूप में प्राप्त करने के लिए कठोर तपस्या की थी, एक बार भगवान भोलेनाथ ने पार्वती जी को देखकर कुछ कह देते हैं. जिससे देवी के मन का आहत होता है और पार्वती जी तपस्या में लीन हो जाती हैं. 

इस प्रकार वषों तक कठोर तपस्या करने पर जब पार्वती नहीं आती तो पार्वती को खोजते हुए भगवान…

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Day 7 Maa Kalratri

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मां कालरात्रि ::

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

आज नवरात्र का सातवां दिन है और सातवें दिन पूजा होती है मां कालरात्रि की। कालरात्रि मां  ,जो भी उनकी पूजा करता है उसको हमेशा फल प्राप्त होता है, तेज बढ़ता है, दुश्मनों का नाश होता है, पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है और साथ ही दूर भागने लगते हैं भय।
लौकिक स्वरुप में माता के शरीर का रंग अमावस्या रात की तरह एकदम काला है मां कालरात्रि के सिर के बाल बिखरे हुए हैं। कालरात्रि देवी के तीन नेत्र और चार भुजाएं हैं। ब्रह्मांड के समान गोल नेत्रों से चमकीली किरणें फूटती रहती हैं। मां कालरात्रि जब सांस लेती हैं या सांस छोड़ती हैं, तो उनकी नासिका से आग की भयानक लपटें निकलती रहती हैं। लेकिन जो भी उनकी पूजा करता है वो जिंदगी में कभी भी विफल नहीं होता।मां का सातवां रूप बड़ी ही…

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Day 6 Maa Katyani

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माँ कात्यानी::

आज का परम पवन दिन श्री माँ कात्यानी की उपासना के नाम से जाना जाता है पूर्व काल में माँ कत नमक ऋषि के पुत्र कात्यायन की अपार भक्ति से प्रसन्न हो कर प्रगट हुई इसी कारन श्री माँ को कत्यानी के नाम से जाना गया, महिषासुर मर्दिनी माँ कात्यानी सदेव ही दीन हीन व् सत्य निष्ठ प्राणियों की रक्षा करती है श्री माँ परम फल दायनी व् मोक्ष सुख कारिणी है.
आज के दिन भक्त श्री माँ की उपासना कर मन की परिपूर्ण गति को प्राप्त करते है जो जीव के कल्याण की परिपूर्ण सीमा है. श्री माँ कात्यानी के श्री चरणों में पुनः पुनः नमन

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कात्यानी रूपेण संस्थिता।

नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

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Day 5. Maa Skandmata

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पांचवा स्वरूप स्कन्दमाता::शेर पर सवार होकर माता दुर्गा अपने पांचवें स्वरुप स्कन्दमाता के रुप में भक्तजनों के कल्याण के लिए सदैव तत्पर रहती हैं. कल्याणकारी शक्ति की अधिष्ठात्री देवी स्कन्दमाता की नवरात्र में पूजा अर्चना करने का विशेष विधान है. देवी भगवती का यह स्वरूप देवताओं की सेना के मुखिया स्कन्द कुमार (कार्तिकेय) की माता का स्वरूप है, इसलिए उन्हें स्कन्दमाता कहा जाता है.स्कन्दमाता शेर की सवारी पर विराजमान हैं और उनकी चार भुजाएं हैं.

इन चतुर्भुजी और त्रिनेत्री माता ने अपने दो हाथों में कमलदल लिए हैं और एक हाथ से अपनी गोद में
ब्रह्मस्वरूप स्कन्द कुमार को थामा हुआ है. चौथा हाथ आशीर्वाद की मुद्रा में है.

इनका वर्ण पूर्णतः श्वेत है और ये कमल के आसन पर विराजमान रहती हैं, जिस कारण माता को पद्मासना देवी भी कहा जाता है.

शास्त्रों के अनुसारा माता स्कन्दमाता की पूजा करने से सारी मनोकामनाएं पूर्ण हो जाती है और उसे…

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Day 4. Maa Kushmanda

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Sorry friends for posting late today, as we had A special Kirtan at home on the occasion of Navratri where the ladies from our  neighborhood sang mata rani’s bhajans, lankuriyas, and arti geets. it was a fantastic, aesthetic, divine spiritual experience and fun filled with dance and masti. will post some pics of that shortly …

Jai Mata Di

 

वैसे तो मां दुर्गा का हर रूप बहुत सरस होता है। लेकिन मां का कूष्माण्डा रूप बहुत मोहक और मधुर है। नवरात्र के चौथे दिन मां के इस रूप की पूजा होती है। कहते हैं नवरात्र के चौथे दिन साधक का मन ‘अदाहत’ चक्र में अवस्थित होता है। अतः इस दिन उसे अत्यंत पवित्र और अचंचल मन से कूष्माण्डा देवी के स्वरूप को ध्यान में रखकर पूजा करनी चाहिए।

“कुत्सित: कूष्मा कूष्मा-त्रिविधतापयुत: संसार:, स अण्डे मांसपेश्यामुदररूपायां यस्या: सा कूष्मांडा”

माँ कुष्मांडा जिनका मुखमंड सैकड़ों सूर्य की प्रभा से प्रदिप्त है उस समय प्रकट हुई उनके…

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Day 3 Maa Chandrghanta

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आज आदि-शक्ति दुर्गा के तृतीय स्वरूप माँ चंद्रघंटा की पूजा होती है.माँ का यह स्वरूप परम शांतिदायक और कल्याणकारी है.इनके मस्तक में घंटे का आकार का अर्धचंद्र है इसलिए इन्हें चंद्रघंटा देवी कहा जाता है. इनके शरीर का रंग सोने के समान चमकीला है. इनके दस हाथ हैं. इनके दसों हाथों में खड्ग आदि शस्त्र तथा बाण आदि अस्त्र विभूषित हैं. इनका वाहन सिंह है. इनकी मुद्रा युद्ध के लिए उद्यत रहने की होती है.

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ चंद्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

पिण्डज प्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता।
प्रसादं तनुते महयं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता।। 

देवी चन्द्रघण्टा भक्त को सभी प्रकार की बाधाओं एवं संकटों से उबारने वाली हैं. इस दिन का दुर्गा पूजा में विशेष महत्व बताया गया है तथा इस दिन इन्हीं के विग्रह का पूजन किया जाता है. माँ चंद्रघंटा की कृपा से अलौकिक एवं दिव्य सुगंधित वस्तुओं के दर्शन तथा अनुभव होते हैं, इस दिन साधक…

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Day 2 Maa Brahmacharani

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नवरात्र के दूसरे दिन नवशक्ति के दुसरे स्वरुप मां ब्रह्मचारिणी का है:

ब्रह्म का अर्थ हैं तप। मां ब्रह्मचारिणी तप का आचरण करने वाली भगवती हैं इसी कारण उन्हें ब्रह्मचारिणी कहा गया। मां के इस रूप की आराधना से मनचाहे फल की प्राप्ति होती है। तप, त्याग, वैराग्य, सदाचार व संयम जैसे गुणों वृद्धि होती है।

मां ब्रह्मचारिणी श्वेत वस्त्र पहने उनके दाहिने हाथ में अष्टदल कि जप माला एवं बायें हाथ में कमंडल सुशोभित रहता हैं।शक्ति स्वरुपा देवी ने भगवान शिवको प्राप्त करने के लिए 1000 साल तक सिर्फ फल खाकर तपस्या रत रहीं और 3000 साल तक शिव कि तपस्या सिर्फ पेड़ों से गिरी पत्तियां खाकर कि, उनकी इसी कठिन तपस्या के कारण उन्हें ब्रह्मचारिणी नाम से जाना गया।

इस देवी की कथा का सार यह है की जीवन के कठिन परिस्थितियों में भी विचलित नहीं होना चाहिए माँ ब्रह्मचारिणी देवी की कृपा से शर्व शिधि की प्राप्ति…

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Happy Navratri Mata Ke Nau Roop

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Happy Navratri to all my dear Friends . Lets Welcome Maa Durga in all her Nau Roop (nine avatars ) with all our heart and devotion to seek her blessings.

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May This Navratri be as bright as ever.
May this Navratri bring joy, health and wealth to you.

आप सभी को नवरात्री के शुभ अवसर पर हार्दिक बधाई. आज मां दुर्गा शक्ति की उपासना का प्रथम दिन है ,माँ दुर्गा पहले स्वरूप में ‘शैलपुत्री’ के नाम से जानी जाती हैं। ये ही नवदुर्गाओं में प्रथम दुर्गा हैं। आज के दिन शैलराज हिमालय की कन्या माँ शैलपुत्री जी का पूजन होता है, माँ शैलपुत्री दाहिने हाथ में त्रिशूल और बाएँ हाथ में कमल का पुष्प लिए अपने वाहन वृषभ पर विराजमान होतीं हैं. नवरात्र के इस प्रथम दिन की उपासना में साधक अपने मन को ‘मूलाधार’ चक्र में स्थित करते हैं, शैलपुत्री का पूजन करने से ‘मूलाधार चक्र’ जागृत होता है और यहीं से योग साधना आरंभ होती है जिससे अनेक प्रकार की शक्तियां प्राप्त होती हैं।
अपने पूर्व जन्म में ये प्रजापति दक्ष की कन्या के रूप में उत्पन्न हुई…

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Lost ‘My’ Material Identity

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So i was more or less devastated, tensed, felt raw and lost some few hours back ..

Last Thursday me along with my hubby and in laws went to puri in orissa for Jagannath darshan ( Lord Krishna). Since I believed that after marriage and before honeymoon i should go and seek blessings of Maa Vaishno devi at jammu but since my hubby wasn’t able to get enough leave from his office, then everyone decided to go Jagannath as it was not too far and its an overnight journey by train from kolkata.

So we went ahead knowing that it was the time of Rath Yatra and lord Jagannath visits his maternal aunt for few days in a chariot and comes back into the temple where till that time his replica is placed.

Puri Beach :awesome weather and water

Puri Beach :awesome weather and water

So Puri this time is a hot spot for tourists ( mostly Hindus from other states) who flock there to see lord Jagannath and enjoy the Puri Beach, which is an epic beautiful place with all the sea water gushing to and fro and sea waves making sounds.

Here i Must confess that am not a whole hearted bhakt of Lord Krishna , though my hubby loves reading his geeta and currently he is reading Osho’s Geeta Darshan and from his readings he speaks to me of his many teachings and life skills which are very enlightening and realistic. I love listening the bhagwat katha of Krishna and his various Lila’s (maya) but unable to replace the love i have for shiva to him. So still not seriously like i would do when i am to see shiva i went jagannath puri , thinking of shiva as the jagannath unknowingly.

During the  morning we were not able to see  lord Jagannath, there being a huge crowd of  people jostling , fighting and pushing others just to climb on the chariot of lord jagannath, and even the other two chariots of subhadra ( Krishna’s sister ) and Balaram ( Krishna ‘s elder brother) that had equal share of people fighting to reach atop.  As if this ordeal was less in grace there were many pandits who snatched away the hands of the people who thought could shell out loads of cash to see the lord , they clutch the hand so tightly swearing by god that they will make you see and do the puja of lord jagnannth even in this endless sea of people standing and pushing in the invisible ques where the pandits were not spared the policemen s lathi ( wooden stick ).

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All this time i was being pushed and twitched in the crowd but thanks to my hubby he never left my ‘body’ alone And between all this time i kept comforting my mother in law, as she was unable to bear the heat, sun and reckless people who shoved her and pulled her spectacles out of her sight, i kept soothing her saying its just for once and if not possible we will go back to the hotel. Finally we were not able to make it and upon a pandits advice we decided to come back in afternoon as he said that is the time when there are less people and we can do the puja and darshan.

So before the afternoon we bathed in the rain and sea water on the beach and went back for darshan, it seemed the crowd was less but then all of a sudden the people in the que grew more and more there were not one or two or three lines rather no lines at all it was again a crowd  that grew more and more around us and we began to feel the heat. Again the same pushing , pulling begun and this time it was more humiliating since the the police personnel’s who were trying to control the crowds actually hit the people anywhere they felt right in a fit of rage, actually they were also helpless controlling so many people was a tough task. so we still managed and struggled for about 2 hours or more just to see lord jagannath once ,but to no avail we went back to the tea stalls nearby for some water and refreshments.

View of Lord jagannath from a stall taken just before the loss.

View of Lord jagannath from a stall taken just before the loss.

As soon i opened my handbag for keeping my mobile phone after taking pictures of lord jagannath, i was shocked to see my handbag  ripped open , cut from behind and my brown wallet was gone, it had all the identity proofs like voter Id card , driving license, pan card, debit card with good cash amount , my gold chain and engagement ring and even my hubby’s engagement ring, that i had kept safely in it before going to the beach as i feared losing them while bathing because water softens the hand and rings may lose their grip.

I was stupefied and helpless for some time maybe an hour or so, but inside i was thinking that i had this intuition before, that i was about to lose my brown wallet in this the trip and as if i was wanting it to go. I don’t know why but i never put my little earrings in that wallet i put them into the small chains of my handbag, and it was that day i did not do so.

To narrate what i felt at that moment is something very bold and complicated because there was sense of loss but there was actually not that much of pain , i had to forgo almost things worth 2 lac and more and its a huge amount for me really huge, but why i did not feel so so sad as to have almost a week full of guilt, pain anger, cursing the thief , or just going berserk.

To this day even, I haven’t spoken of any ill for the thief though i just imagine the look on his face when he would see how fool i was to keep all that for him and how he would dance with joy and happiness on getting such a good deal, even though its not as if his whole life would change, but its more than enough to keep him high on spirits. anyhow we registered the FIR and had to devalue the value of the gold and cash that was stolen since we had to immediately procure the receipt of those ornaments in order to get the FIR lodged, but who had all that ,at that point of time, so we just thought of getting the FIR so as to apply for identity cards as soon as possible and more because we were not in our home town and for me i was even more far from my mother’s home.

Ever since this incident I haven’t told my mom about it, and thank god she is not aware of my blog nor the Internet. She took so much pains to make that gold ring for my hubby by giving her own gold ornaments of her marriage for making that ring. I feel doomed at some point of time for being so careless and guilty for losing her hard earned money which she gave for us to keep as we still need a lot of  financial support from both the families and along with this my savings had gone too that i had been doing for so long time .

Now i wish i had bought that Suit or that watch for my hubby and spent the

money at least from my savings , Anyhow if it had to go it had to go no matter what it was, the time that took it away and of course lord jagannath ( Krishna) he is complete mystique a psychologist and the most cleverest and intelligent of all the gods we have, whatever he does is for the good as i know of him.

And now its over i have to pursue for getting all this material identity again which will keep me busy for days to come and its test of my belief and spiritual consciousness and i cannot give all credits to Kanha ( krishna the jagannath)  for enlightening me on this i would give it more to Shiva the Supreme , peaceful, simple and an ascetic with ashes who let’s me be nor happy nor sad in every state. Even after losing all the materialistic things and material identity, i still believe in Shiva, and today its my first Sawan Somvaar Fast as the Fasting Sawan begins today on Poornima, from this day to next 4 Mondays will be somvaar sawan vrat.

And with this firm belief in my lord shiva i know ill be able to break this time as well into pieces and move out of the clutches of loss, which is actually a material loss that was never mine as it would have never gone along with me when i will die. It would only how something i gathered helped the other and thank the lord for he has given me enough potential to gather and give always.