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Navarathri Festival

All Hindu festivals have a sacred purpose. Unfortunately, nowadays the festivals are observed only with external rituals without understanding their inner meaning. Sakthi is all. She can do anything. She can make or mar. She can mend or end. You can worship Her in any form. The very creation of this universe is solely due to Her. We are all spring-dolls in Her hand. Kriya, Iccha, Jnana are the three forms of Power by which this world is ruled. Worship of Sakthi gives not only prosperity but liberation from all bondages. Devi declares: “I am of the nature of Brahman, I am of the nature of Prakritim, Purusha, I am Knowledge and ignorance. I am the Self-power. I am the eternal Truth. I am the non-dual power of Brahman.”

May you all celebrate this Navarathri  with full faith and sincere devotion. May the choicest blessings of Goddess Sakthi be upon you all!

Navarathri or Navratri also called  Dasara is the important nine days festival to celebrate in all the Hindu  Houses.  Nava meas “Nine” and Rathri means “Night”. The goddess is worshipped in three different aspects. On the first three nights of the festival, Durga  is worshipped, the next three nights Lakshmi is worshipped and the last three days Sarasawthi is worshipped. Saraswathi Pooja is important day of this festival. In olden days the children are admit in the school and start education.from this day. ie vidyaarambam to the children..The following tenth day is called “Vijaya dasami”.  In all the Amman Temples this is the important festival and in each day the Amman is decorated with different alangaram  in the festival mandapam.

Navarathri Golu

Navarathri Golu in Tamil, also known as Kolu, is a unique display of various dolls in tamil Bommai, in odd numbered of steps also called padi in tamil  during the Navarathri festival in the southern part of India like Tamil nadu. In olden days, we use only clay dolls but now all type of dolls are used to display in the Golu.

Navarathri Pooja

During the Navarathri days, the  sundal naivedyam is the important recipes.  After  poojas are perform in the houses during this navarathri,  this sundal is distrubued as a prasadam to the children.  It is very tasty and nutritious to our health also. 

Navarathri Sundal Recipes

  1. Peanuts (verkadalai)
  2. White channa (white kondai kadalai)
  3. Brown channa (brown kondai kadalai)
  4. Green peas (pachai pattani)
  5. Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu)
  6. Green gram (pasi paruppu)
  7. Brown black eyed pea (brown karamani)
  8. White black eyed pea (white karamani)
  9. Horse gram (kollu)

Recipe Incident  

Peanuts (verkadalai)                             1 cup 
Green chilli                                           3  pieces
Grated coconut                                     1 tsp
Coconut oil (optional)                           as needed
Ginger, finely chopped              1 tsp
Salt                                                      as needed
Mustard seeds                                      1/2 tsp         
Curry leaves                                         few
Asafoetida                                    

Instead of Peanuts we can replace any one of the other Chenna, Gram  and so on…

 

August Month Calender

Auspicious Day
Date of the Month
1
Ammavasai
 
2
Pournami
 
3
Sankatakasathurthi
 
4
Ekadasi
 
5
SivaRathri
 
6
Karthigai
 
7
Pradosham
 
8
Shasti
 
9
Panchami
 
10
Sravanam
 

Tamil Month Calender

Tamil Month
English Month
Festival of the Month
1
Chithirai
April - May
Chithirai Tamil Varusha pirappu Tamil New Year Chitra Pournami.
2
Vaikaasi
May - June
Vaikaasi Visaakam
3
Aani
June - July
Aani Thirumanjanam or Aani Uttaram for Lord Nataraja  Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai
4
Aadi
July - August
Aadi Fridays and Tuesdays  Aadi Velli and Aadi Chevvai Aadi Amavasya. Aadi Pooram Aadi Perukku  18th day of adi Month 
5
Aavani
August - September
Aavani Avittam. Aavani Gnayiru. (Sunday)
6
Purattaasi
September -  October
Purattaasi Sani(Saturday) is an auspicious day for Lord Vishnu. Navarathri & Saraswathi Pooja Vijayadhashami or Ayutha Pooja
7
Aippasi
October - November
Annaabishekam for Lord Shiva The most famous Hindu festival "Deepavali"   Kantha sasthi Festival for Lord Murugan
8
Karthikai
November - December
Thirukaarthigai. The Krithikaa Pournami  Karthikai Somavaaram (Monday). 108 or 1008 sangabhishekam
9
Maargazhi
December -  January
Vaikunda Ekadasi for Lord  Vishnu Arudra Darshan for Lord Nataraja Thiruvathirai or Thiruvadurai Tiruvembaavai and Thirupaavai fast takes place in this month.
10
Thai
January – February
Pongal -  harvest festival,  first day of this month  Thai Friday Thai Velli Thaipusam 
11
Maasi
February -  March
Maasi Magam   Shivaratri .
12
Panguni
March -April
Panguni Uthiram,

 

GAYATRI MANTRA AND ITS SCIENTIFIC INTERPRETATION
Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma.  This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Ved-Mata, the mother of the Vedas.
Om bhur bhuvah swah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat


The literal meaning of the mantra is: O God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty, You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear, You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon Your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction. The mantra, however, has a great scientific importance too, which somehow got lost in the literary tradition. The modern astrophysics and astronomy tell us that our Galaxy called Milky Way or Akash-Ganga contains approximately 100,000 million of stars. Each star is like our sun having its own planet system. We know that the moon moves round the earth and the earth moves round the sun along with the moon. All planets round the sun. Each of the above bodies revolves round at its own axis as well. Our sun along with its family takes one round of the galactic center in 22.5 crore years. All galaxies including ours are moving away at a terrific velocity of 20,000 miles per second.

An alternative scientific meaning of the mantra, line by line is provided below.

  Line 1:
OM BHUR BHUVAH SWAH:
Bhur the earth, bhuvah the planets (solar family), swah the Galaxy.  We observe
that when an ordinary fan with a speed of 900 RPM (rotations Per minute) moves,
it makes noise. Then, one can imagine, what great noise would be created when
the galaxies move with a speed of 20,000 miles per second. This is what this
portion of the mantra explains that the sound produced due to the fast-moving
earth, planets and galaxies is Om. The sound was heard during meditation by
Rishi Vishvamitra, who mentioned it to other colleagues. All of them, then
unanimously decided to call this sound Om the name of God, because this sound is
available in all the three periods of time, hence it is set (permanent).
Therefore, it was the first ever revolutionary idea to identify formless God
with a specific title (form) called upadhi. Until that time, everybody
recognized God as formless and nobody was prepared to accept this new idea. In
the Gita also, it is said, "Om-iti ekaksharam brahma", meaning that the name of
the Supreme is Om , which contains only one syllable (8/12). This sound Om heard
during samadhi was called by all the seers nada-brahma a very great noise), but
not a noise that is normally heard beyond a specific amplitude and limits of
decibels suited to human hearing. Hence the rishis called this
sound Udgith musical sound of the above, i.e., heaven. They also noticed that
the infinite mass of galaxies moving with a velocity of 20,000 miles/second was
generating a kinetic energy = 1/2 MV2 and this was balancing the total energy
consumption of the cosmos. Hence they named it Pranavah, which means the body
(vapu) or store house of energy (prana).

Line 2: TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM:
Tat that (God), savitur the sun (star), varenyam worthy of bowing or respect.
Once the form of a person along with the name is known to us, we may locate the
specific person.Hence the two titles (upadhi) provide the solid ground to
identify the formless God, Vishvamitra suggested. He told us that we could know
(realize) the unknowable formless God through the known factors, viz., sound Om
and light of suns (stars). A mathematician can solve an equation x2+y2=4; if
x=2; then y can be known and so on. An engineer can measure the width of a river
even by standing at the riverbank just by drawing a triangle. So was the
scientific method suggested by Vishvamitra in the mantra in the next portion as
under:-

Line 3:
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI:
Bhargo the light, devasya of the deity, dheemahi we should meditate.  The rishi
instructs us to meditate upon the available form (light of suns) to discover the
formless Creator (God). Also he wants us to do japa of the word Om (this is
understood in the Mantra). This is how the sage wants us to proceed, but there
is a great problem to realize it, as the human mind is so shaky and restless
that without the grace of the Supreme (Brahma) it cannot be controlled. Hence
Vishvamitra suggests the way to pray Him as under:

Line 4:
DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT
Dhiyo (intellect), yo (who), nah (we all), prachodayat (guide to right
Direction). O God! Deploy our intellect on the right path. Full scientific
interpretation of the Mantra: The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the
galaxies (swah) are moving at a very great velocity, the sound produced is Om ,
(the name of formless God.) That God (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of
light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing/respect (varenyam). We all,
therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) upon the light (bhargo) of that deity
(devasya) and also do chanting of Om. May He (yo) guide in right direction
(prachodayat) our(nah) intellect dhiyo.

The important points hinted in the mantra are

1) The total kinetic energy generated by the movement of galaxies acts as an
umbrella and balances the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence it was
named as the Pranavah (body of energy). This is equal to 1/2 mv2
(Mass of galaxies x square of velocity.)
2) Realizing the great importance of the syllable OM , the other later date
religions adopted this word with a slight change in accent,  viz., Amen and Ameen.
So Memorize and Chant Mantra everyday

Courtesy :Thanks Sampath Iyengar : USA

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