Kuldevi of ALL Kuldevis

Great to receive blessings

 

                                                                         

                                                                  "Vakratunda Mahakaaya, Suryakoti Samaprabha
                                                            Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva, Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada"

 

   

November 2020

Festivals

4 Wednesday

Karva Chauth

13 Friday

Dhanteras /Kali Chaudas  

 

14 Saturday

Diwali , Narak Chaturdashi , Children's Day

15 Sunday

Govardhan Puja / New Year  - 2077

16 Monday

Bhai Dooj

20 Friday

21Saturday 

25 Wednesday

30 Monday

Chhath Puja

Jalaram Jayanti

Devuthi Ekadashi

Dev Diwali

 

       

Whilst we may worship a Kurdevi, it is always good to receive blessings from as many.  We have so many powerful Devis and they all play a significant role in our lives.

                                                                      

                            Jagdamba Mata  - Supreme Goddess and key Devi of all Kurdevis or Kuldevis 

Jagdamba translates to "Universe Mother" and she is considered to be the mother of the entire universe - this is one reason to put aside any 'Devi differences' which detract and distract from the real reality of our Kuldevi Worship !  Whichever ancestral Kuldevi we have faith in, is the one for us to worship !

 

Gita Mata   - knowledge and fountain of life

 

 

 

                                  

                                  Ganga Mata  - powerful, pure and forgiving

 

 

                                                                       

                                                   You haven't understood this 'Shakti' until you view below in full

                                          Ashapura  - enriching, protective and fulfilling   < CLICK TO VIEW

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

                                                        

 

                                                                                         Swarasati mata

 

 

With profound inspiration from Swarasati mata and support and direction from our elders, we have managed to put together this very simple website for all to enjoy.  

                                                                  

Festivals and Events  - July to December 2020

Make sure you fully engage and enjoy these special Hindu Festivals.  More about their significance is explained below.

 

 

July 2020

Festivals

1 Wednesday

Ashadhi Ekadashi

5 Sunday

Guru Purnima

23 Thursday

Hariyali Teej

25 Saturday

Nag Panchami

August 2020

Festivals

3 Monday

Raksha Bandhan

6 Thursday

Kajari Teej

12 Wednesday

Janmashtami

15 Saturday

Independence Day

21 Friday

Hartalika Teej

22 Saturday

Ganesh Chaturthi

31 Monday

Onam/Thiruvonam

 

September 2020

Festivals

1 Tuesday

Anant Chaturdashi

October 2020

Festivals

2 Friday

Gandhi Jayanti

17 Saturday

Sharad Navratri

24 Saturday

Durga Maha Navami Puja , Durga Puja Ashtami

25 Sunday

Dussehra , Sharad Navratri Parana

 

November 2020

Festivals

4 Wednesday

Karva Chauth

13 Friday

Dhanteras /Kali Chaudas  

 

14 Saturday

Diwali , Narak Chaturdashi , Children's Day

15 Sunday

Govardhan Puja / New Year  - 2077

16 Monday

Bhai Dooj

20 Friday

21Saturday 

25 Wednesday

30 Monday

Chhath Puja

Jalaram Jayanti

Devuthi Ekadashi

Dev Diwali

 

       

   

Our Hindu calender is based on the moon  - it is a lunisolar Vikram Samvat calendar and is 57.7 years ahead (in count) of the solar Gregorian calendar !

e.g. our New Year now is the year 2077 Vikram Samvat which  began in 2019CE and will end in 2020 CE.

        

              

 

નવા વર્ષમાં આપની તથા આપના પરિવારની સુખ, શાંતિ,  સમૃધ્ધિ માં ઉત્તરો ઉત્તર વધારો થાય, દરેક ક્ષેત્ર માં પ્રગતિ  થાય  એવી *શુભકામના....*

 

                               

       Decorating our homes 

 

     

 

 

            Bringing light into our life

 

                         

 

 

                         Rangoli - our art and a tradition

 

                                                 

 

                 

 

 

                        Matajis' Nived Blessings   

                                                                        

 

                                                                                      

                                    Jay Ashapura mataji, Balvi mataji and Gatral mataji ki Jay

                                                                 

 

 

 

Some of our Hindu Festivals, Traditions & significances 

 

Navaratri and its significance

Navaratri when literally translated to English means nine nights. Night is the time for relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and the body. If we don't rest at night, it becomes hard to carry on with our activities the next day, isn't it? Similarly, Navratri is the resting time for the spirit in you. It is the time when you withdraw yourself from all sense activities (eating, talking, watching, touching, listening, smelling), and rest in yourself. This withdrawal from all sense activities takes you deeper within yourself which is the actual source of bliss, joy and enthusiasm in our lives.

 

Most of us don't get to experience this because we are constantly engaged in some activity or another. We are constantly engaged with the mind. Navratri is the time to withdraw from the mind, and rest in the spirit, or soul. It's the time to feel your soul!

So this Navratri, take the opportunity to transition from the gross material world to the subtle spiritual world. To put it simply, take some time off from your day-to-day activities and entanglements and focus on yourself. Think of your origin, of who you are and where you have come from. Go within, and rest in the remembrance of the love of the Divine Mother.

 

                                                          

We are connected to this universe, to some power that makes this whole creation happen. This power is filled with love. The whole creation is filled with love. Navratri is the time for you to realize that you are loved, and rest in this feeling of love. When you do this, you come out feeling stronger, wiser, rejuvenated, refreshed and harmonious.

 

 

Vyas Purnima  

                                                    Guru Purnima

 

                                               
 

 
 

Raksha Bandan     रक्षा बन्धन

Tagore's poem about the meaning and love on Raksha Bandan Day

The love in my body and heart
For the earth's shadow and light
Has stayed over years.

With its cares and its hope it has thrown
A language of its own
Into blue skies.

It lives in my joys and glooms
In the spring night's buds and blooms
Like a Rakhi-band
On the Future's hand.

 

 
 

     Sri Krishna Janmashtami 
 

              

 
 
 

                             Ganesh Chaturthi

                                                            

                    You can ask for your wish to come true? - by whispering  in Ganesh Dada's big ears!

 

Holi 

 

Holi Festival   - did you find out the real meaning of 'Holi' ?

 

                

 

 

Makar Sankranti

                                       ..........................  and flying the kites  - why?

 

                               

 

                           

 

Pitru Paksha Shradh  - as we enter September

 

 

पितृ पक्ष

Day to remember not only the dear departed but also the Rishis who gave us the way of 'life and living'
 

What is Shradh and its Significance?

According to Hindu beliefs, the souls of our three preceding generations reside in Pitru-Loka, which is considered to be a realm between heaven and earth. This realm is led by the god of death, Yama. It is believed that when a person from the next generation dies, the first generation is taken to heaven bringing them closer to God. Only the last three generations in Pitru-Loka are given shradha rites.

According to Hindu scriptures, during the Mahabharata, when Karna died his soul was taken to heaven where he was offered lots of gold and jewels. However, Karna was looking for food to eat and asked Indra, who is considered as the lord of heaven, the reason for serving gold as food. That's when Indra told Karna that he donated gold all his life, but never donated food to his ancestors during Shradh. Realising what Indra claimed, Karna answered that he never knew who his ancestors were, so he couldn't donate anything in their memory. However, Karna was given a chance to amend his mistake and was permitted to return to earth for 15 days, so that he could perform shradh rites and donate food and water in their memory. This 15-day period was then named as Pitru Paksha  - last day is Sarva Pitru Amavasya

 

Shradhha: Pooja Rituals

The rituals of the shradh are generally performed by the eldest son or the eldest male member of the family. While performing shradh one should be careful about three things that include- piety, hastiness and anger. Nothing 'ashubh' should come in between the prayers observed for the peace of the departed souls. Two Brahmins are offered food, new clothes, fruits, sweets and dakshina, for it is believed that whatever is given to them reaches the ancestors. It is also imperative to feed the poor after making an offering to the Brahmins. It is believed that the more 'daan' you give, the more it will reach your ancestors. It is also believed that shradh rites and Pitru Paksha puja are important for attaining happiness in the family and for receiving blessings from the ancestors.

 

Panchang

Panchang enlists a record of important, auspicious dates and astrological data.  Based on the position of planets, stars and other celestial bodies, a panchang is developed. Derived from Sanskrit, it consists of two words, 'Panch' which means 'Five' and 'Ang' which means 'Limbs', i.e. 'Five Limbs'. It is considered before initiating any auspicious task such as marriage, celebration, puja, starting any business etc. to analyse a favorable date and time.

Hindu Panchang has a lot of importance in Vedic Astrology. In the Hindu religion, it is believed to be impossible to carry out a feast, festival, celebration and work without consulting panchang, because it's only with the help of panchang that we could find out the Tithi and Muhurat.

On the basis of the calculations of five parts of the Hindu Panchang, the Muhurat is noted down.  Day, Tithi, Nakshatra, Yoga, Karana, Sunrise-Sunset, and Moonrise-Moonset related information is gathered.

 

Five Elements Of Hindu Panchang

 

Hindu Panchang comprises of five distinguished sources of energy, which are as follows:

 

Vaar (Day of the Week): Panchang follows a seven-day week and modulates auspicious events, dates and occasions based on it.

Tithi (The Lunar Day): It refers to the status and position of Moon in Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) or Krishna Paksha (waning phase). In either cases, Tithi is named after the condition of Moon. This makes up for one main reason that there are 14 tithis in both cycles between Amavasya and Purnima.

Nakshatra (Lunar Mansion): The universe is divided into 12 constellations or zodiacs according to Vedic Astrology. As defined, Nakshatras are group of 27 stars forming a zodiac sign.

Karana (Half Lunar Day): The half of a Yog is called Karana. 2 Karanas make a Date or Tithi, totalling to 11 Karanas in all. 4 of them are fixed, and remaining 7 are movable.

Yoga (Luni-Solar Day): A yoga is calculated by summing the Longitude of Moon and Sun and divided into 27 parts in 13°20'.

 

Jivanbhai's saying regarding palmistry:

Do not show your palm to any palm readers, fakirs and fakes !  They cannot read their own let alone others' palms.  They will introduce false hopes, doubts and discord in your mind for the rest of your life. 

One is born with a closed fist and arrives to a journey of destined self discovery!

 

Jivanbhai's saying regarding unqualified belief:

Do not be led astray by these shadus, shadvis, fakirs and fakes - can they really see Gods and Godesses ?  Bowing to these individuals encourages them further. 

Bow to your God or your diety - you cannot go wrong, even if you can't see them! 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gadher Parivar / Gadher Community has moved on from ignorance to reality without loosing faith !