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Vasanth Panchami – The Day to worship Goddess Saraswati – The Goddess of Knowledge


‘Vasanth’ in Hindi means ‘Spring Season’ and Spring is considered to be the best of all seasons, specially in India. ‘Panchami’ means the fifth day. In Hinduism, it is beleived that Goddess Saraswati was born on this day. Goddess Saraswati is considered to be the Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, Music, Fine Arts and all the related fields.

Idol of Goddess Saraswati

Idol of Goddess Saraswati

The day is celebrated in Bengal and by Bengali speaking people residing, all over the world. People offer their prayers to Goddess Saraswati. Special rituals are held since early morning. Idols of Goddess Saraswati is worshiped with flowers, garlands, lamps, incense sticks amidst holy chants in Sanskrit.

Fruits, sweets  of different kinds and Khichari (traditional dish made with rice, pulses, vegetables and spices) are offered to Goddess as Naivedya or Bhoga. It is a very special day for students and educational institutions. As the season is spring, there is a tradition of wearing clothes of yellow colour. Students pray with devotion and one of the most ommon prayers in Sanskrit language is:

Saraswati Namasthubhyam

Varade Kamarupini

Vidhyarambam Karishyami

Siddhir Bavathume Sadha

May Goddess Saraswati bless us all with wisdom, knowledge, positive thoughts, and also the ability to differentiate between God and bad.




Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights, celebrated in India and by all India with grandeur and jubilation. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. People celebrate by offering prayers to Almighty God and by lighting lamps all around the house. Lamps are believed to bring Divine Energy and auspiciousness home driving negative energy. People greet each other, share gifts and sweets.

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It was a moment of joy for me, when I found a hand-made Diwali greeting card in my daughter’s School Bag where she returned from School. I thank her Teacher for this initiative. This made me so happy and feel so special. Happy Diwali Everyone.


Do also my post on the Importance of lighting lamps in Bubblews:


Vaikuntha Ekadashi – A very significant day for the devotees of Lord Vishnu


Today is Vaikuntha Ekadashi.

Ekadashi means the eleventh day. In Hindu Calender, the eleventh day from the either the full moon or the no moon night, is known as Ekadashi.  This eleventh day is considered to be an auspicious day in Hinduism.

The day has special significance for the Vaishnavas or the devotees of Lord Vishnu. It is believed to be very auspicious to observe fast on an Ekadashi day. Many devotees eat fruits and drink milk and spend the entire day in worshiping Lord Vishnu.

Of all the Ekadashi days, some has special significance.

Vaikuntha Ekadashi is one such special day.  ‘Vaikuntha’ is a sanskrit word which means’ the abode of Lord Vishnu’ or where the Lord dwells. It is believed that on this day, the gates of ‘Vaikuntha’ opens for the pious devotees.

Special arrangements are made in famous temples like Balaji Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India and in ISKCON Temple located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. People queue up in huge numbers to have a glimpse of the Lord during the mid-night and wait until the main door of sanctum sanatorium is opened during dawn which can be anywhere between 3.30 am to 4.30 am.

Pious devotees fast on this day and chant the holy name of God. It is considered to be highly beneficial to read or chant sacred texts like the Bhagwad Gita and the Vishnu Sahasranama.

A sincere prayer and remembrance of the holy name of God is all that the Lord wants from us, Human Beings.

Glory to Lord Venkateshwara. Glory to Lord Vishnu.



Today is Mahalaya which is the first day of the 10 days festival of Devi Navaratri in India. The tenth day is celebrated as Dushera. The day is also known as Vijaya Dashami. The day has special significance in Hinduism as it marks the victory of Good or Divine power over evil forces. It wasMother Goddess who faught and rescued people on earth from the demons. This is one of the major festivals of Hindus. These 10 days and 9 nights [Navaratri] are considered highly auspicious by people who follow Hinduism.

Goddess Durga is considered to be the Mother of this Universe and she represents the limitless power of the Woman as a Mother. These 10 days are dedicated to worship the divine mother. It is celebrated in a very grand manner in West Bengal and all over India.

Mahalaya is the beginning of this auspicious festival. The auspicious day of Mahalaya starts with early morning chants offered to invoke the blessings of Mother Goddess. This day has special significance in the life of the people of Bengal. The early morning chants on the day of Mahalaya are hymns known as Mahishasur Mardini which describes the power of Goddess who becomes the supreme power and destroys evil whenever evil trieS to harm her children.

The day marks the arrival of Mother Goddess on earth. Bengalees all over the World, feel a sense of emotional bonding with this day and with the festival of Durga Puja. The fresh breeze of early morning  on the day of Mahalaya brings along with it the season of festivals. Durga Puja is the biggest and the grandest festivals of Bengalees.

The festival of Mother Goddess also signifies the celebration of the infinite power of Woman. Women when provoked can over-power all the powers of negativity in thi world. When her children are in danger, a mother becomes supremely strong and  gains all the capacity needned to fight against all odds. She has the ability to overcome all obstacles with the power of her mind. Every woman is a mother and deserves to be treated with affection, dignity and honour.


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Vinayak Chaturthi – The festival of Lord Ganesha



Today 19th September 2012 is a very special day in India. Today the festival of ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ begins. The festival of  Vinayak or Ganesh Chaturthi has special significance in the life of Hindus. This festival is celebrated for 10 days with great enthusiasm in India. Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of the Lord’s birth anniversary The festival is celebrated in a very grand manner in the city of Mumbai. It is celebrated all over the states of Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnatake and Goa in India.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is considered to be the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is the most beloved and adorable son of Goddess Parvati. He is also known as Vinayaka, Ganapati, Ekadanta, Gajanana, Mangalmurti, Vakratunda and Vigneshwarya. These names are in Sanskrit Language which is the ancient language of India. It is believed that Lord Shiva announced to the entire Universe that Lord Ganesha is superior to all other Gods in Hinduism and should be worshipped before worshipping any other God.

In India, it is customary to invoke theblessings of Lord Ganesha before starting any activity like a journey, an exam, a job interview or even any worship or ceremony. Marraiges according to Hindu rituals strictly begin with a prayer to Lord Ganesha to make the marriage a successful one without any disturbance. House warming ceremonies also begin with Lord Ganesha’s blessings.

Hindus believe that Lord Ganesha symbolizes auspiciousness, calmness and supreme bliss.

1. He is the remover of obstacles. People worship him for faith, devotion, success, happiness and prosperity. 

2. He is the Lord of Education, Knowledge and Wisdom.

3. He represents Intelligence, presence of mind and also purity of mind.

Preparations of the festival can be seen a month before onwards. Markets are full of Ganesha idols and all other things required to worship Lord Ganesha. People bring idols of Lord Ganesha at an auspicious time on the day or one day before Ganesh Chaturthi and worship the idol at home with devotion for 10 days. After 10 days of worship, the idol of God is taken in a colourful procession ad is immersed into water.

Ganesha is famous all over the World and his idols are very poplar much in demand. I wish everyone a happy and auspicious Vinayak Chaturthi. May we all seek  calmness of mind, Intelligence, Knowledge and Pure devotion as blessings from Lord Ganesha.


Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the Architect of the Universe


 Every year 17th September marks the day to celebrate Vishwakarma Puja. Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the God of Architecture and Engineering in  Hinduism. It is grandly celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. This day, all technical professionals take a day off to worship Lord Vishwakarma and their tools.

 Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the presiding deity of all technicians, craftsmen, architects and mechanics. On this day, he is worshipped by all professionals who consider their tools to be their source of bread and butter. They worship their tools and seek the blessings of Lord Vishwakarma. They seek divine blessings for increasing their creativity and productivity which will lead them to attain perfection and prosperity

 Hastinapur, Indraprastha and Dwarka: In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Vishwakarma is the designer and architect of this whole Universe. In the great epic poem Mahabharata, Lord Vishwakarma is credited for building the mythological cities of Hastinapur and Indraprastha,. The mythological city of ‘Dwarka’, [in the state of Gujarat in India] which is the abode of Lord Krishna, is also believed to be built by Lord Vishwakarma.

 The GoldenPalace of Lanka: In the epic poem Ramayana, we come across King Ravana and his palace made of Gold in Lanka [Sri Lanka]. There is a mythological story behind the Golden Palace of Lanka. In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Shiva had requested Lord Vishwakarma to construct a Palace for him and his wife, Goddess Parvati. After the construction was complete, Lord Shiva invited King Ravana to perform the rituals of house warming.After the completion of rituals, Lord Shiva was pleased with King Ravana’s performance and asked him to demand anything as gift. The very wise King Ravana was so mesmerized with the beauty of the GoldenPalace that he asked Lord Shiva to give him the GoldenPalace as a gift. This is how; King Ravana got possession of the GoldenTemple at Lanka.