Friday, July 13, 2007

Explanation of some terms

Ashadi Beej = birthday of Khodiyaar mata.

Ganpati's Chaturthi is observed by his devotees. This Chaturthi is very dear to Ganpati. Ganapati Atharvashirsha describes this Chaturthi as ‘Chaturthyamanshnan Japati’. Chaturthi means fourth stage. Ganapati is beyond three stages of human body i.e. awakened stage, dreaming stage & a middle stage between these two stages. When Ganpati is in his Turia Means fourth stage, one can have his darshan. As Such Chaturthi has special importance.

SANKASHTI CHATURTHI : This vow is done by devotees on 4th day of second fortnight of every month. On this day devotees fast for whole day & break their fast after having darshan of the moon & worshipping Ganpati. This vow is observed strictly by devotees to get rid of problems in there life. On this day in the evening after having bath first, worship Ganpati, offer 21 Durvas, do Aarti, show Naivedyam & pray for fulfilling your desires. Then have moon’s darshan, offer his Naivedyam, give meal to Brahman & break your fast. In this way if vow is observed all your desires are fulfilled.

VINAYAKAI CHATURTHI : Fourth day in the first fortnight of every month is called as Vinayaki Chaturthi. This vow is to be observed for full day.

ANGARAKI CHATURTHI : If Sankashti Chaturthi comes on Tuesday, it is call Angaraki. The vow is completed on the same day. Devotees have their meal in the night after having darshan of the moon.

Devpodhi Ekadashi = when Vishnu bhagwan goes for yog-nindra (rest) in the Patal (underworld) at the doorstep of Bali Raja.

Chaturmas is the four month period of the monsoon in India. The period begins on Ashadh sud 11, known as Devpodhi Ekadashi, when Bhagwan Vishnu goes for rest (yog-nidra) in Patal (underworld) at the doorstep of Bali Raja. The period ends after four months on Kartik sud 11, known as Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi – awakening of Parmatma.