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Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej

9/23/2014 2:29:00 AM

On Bhaiya Dooj, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters. Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya. Bhai Dooj, one of the main festivals of India is known by various names in different parts of the country. It is popularly known as Bhai Phota, Bhav Bij, Bhai Tika, Bhatri Dwitiya, Yama Dwitiya, etc. The traditional customs and rituals vary a little due to the cultural diversity in the various parts of India, but the essence of the festivities remains unchanged. Its significance too remains equally the same among the brothers and sisters. Every sister prays for the long life of her brother whereas the brother promises to always take care of her. Similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj strengthens the bond of love and care between the brothers and sisters. Read to know more about Bhai Dooj celebration in various parts of India.

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History of Diwali

9/24/2014 12:29:00 AM

Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Karthikai. The festival is mentioned in Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana, and other Sanskrit Hindu scriptures the divas (lamps) are mentioned in Skanda Purana to symbolically represent parts of sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life, who seasonally transitions in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival of Diwali is celebrated for five days in India and each day holds its own importance. The first day of Diwali festivities is known as Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi, which is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Ashwin. The second day of Diwali festivities is also quite interesting. It is said that on this day, Lord Krishna along with his wife Satyabhama, vanquished a demon named Narakasura. This demon after attaining a boon from the gods had become so powerful that both heaven and earth had become defenseless against him. The third day

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Diwali-The Tradition of Gambling

9/24/2014 12:38:00 AM

It is believed that millions of years ago, Shiva`s consort, Goddess Parvati was playing the game of dice with her lord. In fact, it was this divine couple who invented the game of dice. Elated with her win, the Mother Goddess Parvati announced that whoever gambled on the Diwali night, would mint wealth throughout the year. Then onwards, this game that has been bestowed with a boon, became a part of the Diwali fun and frolic and continues to be so even till date. The word gambling has different connotations for different cultures. In Indian context, it was the game of playing cards is considered to be a royal one and thus was played by Hindu Gods and Goddesses to pass their leisurely time. But the context takes new twists and turns with the changing eras. Today, the division based on the financial status is common to all cultures and regions. The plight lies in the fact that people with limited financial resources too indulge in this game and lose even the little they possess in

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9/24/2014 12:48:00 AM

Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays in India, with significant preparations. People clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities. Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons in India; people buy new clothes for themselves and their families, gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, small to big ticket items such as cars and gold jewelry.People also buy gifts for family members and friends which typically includes sweets, dry fruits and seasonal specialities depending on regional harvest and customs. It is also the period when little kids hear ancient stories, legends, myths and battle between good and evil, light and darkness from their parents and elders. Girls and women go shopping, and create rangoli and other creative patterns on floors, near doors and walkways. Youth and grown ups graduate to helping with lighting and preparing for patakhe (fireworks). There is significant variation in regional practices and rituals. Depending on the region, prayers are offered b

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Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali

9/24/2014 3:51:00 AM

Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali. Laxmi Puja, or the worship of the goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visit everyone during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all. It is s extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason why the broom is worshipped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up Her path. The third day of Diwali[4] is believed to be the most auspicious day as this is when Lakshmi Puja is performed. With pomp and ceremony, she is invited into the homes of devotees to partake of the gifts that are a part of the puja. The auspicious time for the puja is decided when amavasya tithi prevails during pradosh kaal or the evening time . On this very

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Lakshmi Pooja-Steps

9/24/2014 3:56:00 AM

Lakshmi Puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes. Some sources propose Mahanishita Kaal also to perform Lakshmi Puja. In our opinion Mahanishita Kaal is best suited for Tantrik community and practicing Pandits who know the best about Lakshmi Puja during this special time. For common people we propose Pradosh Kaal Muhurat. Steps 1 Purify your house. Clean your house properly. Sprinkle gomutra to purify the surrounding. Steps2 Set up the platform.Spread the red cloth on a raised platform and keep a handful of grains in the center. Steps3 Place the kalash. Place the kalash in the middle. Fill it with 75% of water and put one supari, one marigold flower, a coin and some rice grains. Put 5 mango leaves in the kalash and arrange them in a circular design on the neck of the kalash. Steps4 Place Goddess Lakshmi. Keep a small Puja thali on the kalash and make a small flat mountain of rice grains. D

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