Indian Culture and Celebration

VASUBARAS
(25 October 2019)

The festival of Diwali is started with the day called Vasubaras which falls on 12th day of dark fortnight of Hindu lunar month Aashwin. The festival of Diwali is started with the day called Vasubaras. Vasu Baras also known as ‘Go-watsa Dwadashi’, which celebrated to express our gratitude toward cows, regarded as the holy mother by Hindu. Cow is a symbol of compassion and affection, so through this ritual devotee tries to grasp these qualities which play important role in the spiritual advancement. Cows with calf are worshipped & offered Naivedyam. From this day onwards, the festival of lights kicks off and oil lamps are getting seen at entrance and near Tulasi plant. Beautiful Rangolis are also attractions at the doorsteps.

GURUDWADASHI
(25 October 2019)

Lord Dattatreya took an incarnation as Shreepad Shree Vallabh in AD1378 at Pithapur, Andhra Pradesh and removed misconceptions about faith in God and guided people towards self-realization. Shreepad Shree Vallabha Maharaj had given initiation to Shree Pithale Maharaj, the Spiritual founder of Seva Marg. On this day i.e.12th day of dark fortnight of month Ashwin, Shreepad Shree Vallabh Maharaj disappeared his present incarnation and reincarnated himself in the form of Shree Nrusinh Sarsawati Maharaj. This day is celebrated in Shree Swami Samarth SevaMarg with great reverence. Please visit nearest Seva Kendra.

 

Celebration:

  • Before Bhupali Aarti, in the morning a photo of Shreepad Shree Vallabh Maharaj is kept besides that of Shree Datta Maharaj.
  • Post Aarti (Prayer), every Sevekari chants a rosary of 108 beads 11 times with the unique Mantra “Shree Swami Samarth”.
  • Then one Sevekari reads the 9th chapter of Holy Scripture ‘Shree Gurucharitra’ where other listens. Naivedya Aarti is offered at sharp at 10:30a.m and Prasadam is distributed.

DHANTERAS
(25 October 2019)

According to Hindu calender Dhanteras is celebrated on 13thday of bright fortnight of Ashwin month. This day is also celebrated as a Dhanwantari Jayanti. In the word ‘Dhanteras’ the ‘Dhan’ refers to wealth while ‘teras’ refers to 13th day. This signifies the popular saying “Health is Wealth!” Hence, on this day, worship of Lord Dhanwantari, the founder of Ayurveda, is done with devotion for getting healthy life. God Dhanwantari is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who believed to be appeared from ‘Samudra-Manthana’. One should chant rosary of 108 beads one time with Mahamrutunjay Mantra and Dhanwantari Mantra, Shree Vishnu Sahastranam Stotram, Shree Ramraksha, 15th chapter of Shree Bhagwad Geeta, Kalbhairawashtakam Stotram etc.

NARAKCHATURDASHI
(27 October 2019)

The fourteenth day of dark fornight of Aashwin month is celebrated as a Narak Chaturdashi. On this day Lord Krishna killed the devil, Narkasura & made the imprisoned 16 thousands women free from the grid of the devil and given them the dignified life. In the remembrance of this event, women offer their devotion in gratitude toward Lord Krishna.

In other words this day is World’s first Women’s Independence Day! One can recite Shree Vishnu Sahastranaam Stotram, 15th chapter of Bhagwad Geeta, Shree Lakshmi Nrusinh Stotram etc.

LAKSHMI PUJAN
(27 October 2019)

Diwali is most important festival for all Hindus. In this context, Lakshmi Pujan is most important ritual performed during Diwali to get blessing from Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. The businessmen as well as all householders worship Goddess Lakshmi to welcome her in the house & send away Alakshmi from the house. The Diwali means the row of lightened lamps. This symbolizes ‘Tamaso Maa Jotirgamaya’ means victory of light over darkness. Hey Lord! Please lead us to the light of Knowledge from the ignorance of darkness. For detailed information about the ritual, please visit nearest Seva Kendra or one can obtain detailed procedure from exclusive book of Gurupeeth publication – ‘The Science of Festivals’.

BALIPRATIPADA
(28 October 2019)

On this day Lord Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, sent the King Bali in Patal Lok. The King Bali was a very big donor. He never let needy person go without any donation. Due to which, immoral people were getting abundant wealth & thereby causing the imbalance of wealth in society as well as dutiful persons were getting into troublesome situations. Lord Vamana asked the king Bali for three steps land. After Bali’s consent, Lord Vamana covered the whole Earth & the sky in two footsteps. On the question of where to keep the third footstep, Bali requested Lord to keep the third step on his head. Lord Vamana kept his feet on Bali’s head & asked him

his last wish while sending him to Patal Lok. King Bali requested Lord that his monarchy should be followed on the earth for three days in every year. These three days are called as Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali & Bali Pratipada.

During these days, it is believed to be kingdom of emperor Bali. The behavior of everyone should be as per the Holy Scriptures during Bali’s kingdom. Consuming Alcohol & meat, etc. are the forbidden acts & should not be followed. At some places of India, worship of King Bali along with his wife Vindhyawati is performed, whereas at some places “Gowardhan Puja” is getting conduced.

YAM DWITIYA – BHAI DOOJ
(29 October 2019)

On this day every Sister offers her prayers for the health & prosperity of her Brother. It is said that brother who accepts the invitation of his sister & visits his sister, gets blessings from Lord Yamaraj for not part of unnatural death. On this day sister offers Aarati & prays for the health of her brother and brother provides gifts to her as a token of love & affection.

PRABODHINI EKADASHI
(8 November 2019)

  "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" Lord Maha-Vishnu sleeps on Ashad Shuddha Ekadashi & wakes-up on Kartik Shuddha Ekadashi, so this Ekadashi is also known as “Dev-Uthan Ekadashi” or “Dev Uthavani Ekadashi”. As per the Vedic Scriptures, when Lord Maha-Vishnu takes rest during these four months, the propitious works like weddings, etc. are not done.

  By keeping fa

st & doing Vrat on this Ekadashi, one can get rid of all sins of previous seven births and the things which seem impossible to achieve can be achieved. One can get rid from all kinds of big sins simply by doing Vrat on this Ekadashi. The devotee, who keeps fast on this Ekadashi, follows all regulative principles & concentrates on Seva throughout this night gets blessed.

  It is believed that after this Vrat, his/her ancestors who are still in pain & all ancestors of last ten generations go to Vishnu-Lok, in the dynasty of Lord Hari. On this auspicious day offer worship to lord Vishnu and chant the rosary of 108 beads

 with following

Mantra:

“Shree Watsan Dharayan |
Wakshe Muktamala Shadaksharam||”

TULASI VIVAH
(9-12 November 2019)

  Tulasi-Vivah” is a spiritual event. When Lord Krishna was weigh-balanced with wealth, it was balanced only after keeping the leaves of Tulasi and thereafter Lord Krishna accepted Tulasi as his wife giving a boon that whoever organises wedding ceremony of Tulasi & me every year, he/she will be liberated after death.

  Tulasi Vivah festival signifies the ideal of marriage system in society. This festival also teaches the society how the ideal marriage ceremony should be done. So when Tulasi Vivah is done, the wedding ceremonies in the society get started. Tulasi Vivah festival is celebrated every year in Shree Swami Samarth Seva Centers. All brides to be & grooms to be should participate in thi

s festival. It is believed that by participating in the Tulasi Vivah, the problems & hurdles coming in the match-making for weddings can be sorted out.

TRIPURI PURNIMA
(12 November 2019)

  The Hindu month, Kartik is very auspicious for doing Seva of Lord. The holy dip in any river, austerity & pursuing principles of Seva in this month lead one to liberation. On this day, Kartik Pournima, Lord Shiv killed the cruel devil Tripurasur. Thereby all the Devata happily celebrated ‘Dev-Dipawali’ & praised Lord Shiv. As the Devata got rid from all of the illusion, we should also get out of the clutches of Maya & happily devote our life at the lotus feet of Lord. So, on this occasion, Sevekari can participate in
lightening 750 lamps in SevaKendra or in the temple of Lord Shiv.

KARTIK SWAMI UTSAV
(13 November 2019)

  Shree Kartik Swami is the son of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. He attributes the qualities such as ethics, intelligence, wisdom and politeness. In south India, he is also known by name ‘Murgan’. Taking Darshan of Lord Kartik Swami in Kartik month in Kruttika Nakshatra is considered as very auspicious. The photo of Lord Kartikey is installed in Shree Swami Samarth Seva Kendra and Sevekari can take Darshan by offering coconut, garland of flowers, essence sticks. Six Kruttikas cherished Lord Kartikeya after his birth. Hence to convey gratitude towards them, one can offer worship by remembering these six Kruttikas namely Parvati, Sambhuti, Priti, Santati, Anasuya and Kshama at the time of moonrise. Then write following names of Kartik Swami on the back side of Entrance door of house with Ashtagandha and worship with Panchopchar Pujan method. According to Bramhanda Purana this worship helps to enrich devotees with the qualities like ethics, intelligence & patience etc. For detailed information, please visit nearest Seva Centers.

KALBHAIRAV JAYANTI (BHAIRAVASHTAMI)
(19 November 2019 )

  Bhairav means the one who destroys worries. Kalbhairav Nath is considered as the law regulator of the holy place Kashi as he maintains the safety of Kashi. In the Holy Scripture Purana, it is said that Bhirava was created from the chest of Lord Shiva. Later it was separated in two parts, one is Kalbhairav and another is Batuk Bhairav. Bhirav is the fifth incarnation out of 11 incarnations of Lord Shiva.

  Kalbhairavnath is the courageous youth form of Lord Shiva’s incarnation. On this day, Sevekari should offer coconut, flowers, donations & essence sticks to Kalbhairavnath at Shree Swami Samarth Seva Kendra and recite Kalbhairav Ashtak & chant Shree Swami Samarth Mantra. This worship makes one brave, courageous and gets rid from all worries, illusion. One can get rid of enemies & victory in righteous acts by this worship.


MARTAND BHAIRAV (MALHARI SHADRATROTSAV)

(27 November – 2 December 2019)

  This festival is celebrated in most parts of Maharashtra state. Lord Shiva is the ‘Kuladaivat’ of India. Lord Khandoba is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. In Brahmand Purana, the purpose of incarnation of Lord Khandoba is illustrated. The devils namely Mani & Malla were cruelly hurting the people, so Lord Shiva took incarnation in the form of Khandoba & fight a war against them in these six days. The devil Malla was killed & Mani surrendered. So Lord Khandoba as also called as ‘Malhari”.

  Sevekari should recite Malhari Saptashati & do the Kulachar as per his family traditions. By following Kulachar & doing Seva of Kuladevat, child gets developed as respectful, sincere & obedient. For detailed information about the ritual, please visit nearest Seva Kendra or one can obtain detailed procedure from SevaMarg’s exclusive book ‘The Science of Our Festivals’

SHREE DATTA JAYANTI
(5 – 12 December 2019)

  Lord Dattatreya, the incarnation of Lord Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesha, is called as Jagat-Guru. The story of incarnation of Shree Dattatreya comes from Shree Gurucharitra. On the occasion of Shree Datta Jayanti, a holy week is observed in Shree Swami Samarth Seva Marg. During this holy week the holy sacrifices (Yadnya) are done – Ganesha Yag, Geeta Yag, Chandi Yag, Rudra Yag, Shree Swami Yag, etc.
  The reading of Holy Scriptures Shree Gurucharitra, Shreemad Bhagavatam, Shree Navanath Bhakisar, Shree Durga Saptashati, Shree Swami Charitra Saramrut and chanting of Shree Swami Samarth Mantra, Navarnava Mantra, Mahamrutunjaya Mantra, and Gayatri Mantra is done. Shree Gurucharitra is considered as the fifth Veda of Guru-Bhakti. For detailed information & participate in this holy Saptah, please visit nearest Seva Kendra.

CHRISTMAS
(25 December 2019)

  Christmas is the biggest festival of The Christian religion. This day is celebrated on December 25 every year. Christmas Day is the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. It is said that this festival starts on the evening of previous day i.e. December 24. People around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.
  Christians celebrate Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.