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Moon!! The naughty guest of Karwachauth

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A one-day festival celebrated by Hindu people in northern India which forms a major part in a married women’s life is Karva Chauth. In this festival married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. This fast is traditionally celebrated in the Rajasthan, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab. The beginning of Rabi crop coincides with this festival. Sometimes, unmarried women join the fast for their fiancee or desired husband. Reason of celebrating Karva Chauth: Karva is another word for 'pot' and chauth means 'fourth' in Hindi. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the...

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Day 6 Navratri : Maa Katyayani

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Day 6 Navratri : Maa Katyayani The 6th day of Navratri festival is dedicated to Maa Katyayani, the 6th manifestation of Goddess Durga. Once there was a great sage named Katya and it was his wish that Maa Durga should be born his daughter. He did many things for several years to please the Gods. The trinity of Gods " Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva" got enraged and they designed Goddess Durga, who was an end result of the abilities of all deities. Since she was born to Katya, she was called Katyayani. Maa Katyayani has 3 eyes and 4 hands. She...

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Day 5 Navratri : Maa Skandmata

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Day 5 Navratri : Maa Skandmata The 5th day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Skandamata, the 5th manifestation of Goddess Durga and the mother of Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by the devatas as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. The image of Goddess Skandamata portrays holding Lord Skanda in his infant stage and a lotus in her right hand. She has four arms, three eyes and a bright complexion. She is also called as Padamasani since she is often depicted seated on a lotus flower in a her idol. She is also worshiped in...

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Day 4 Navratri : Glory of Adishakti or Maa Kushmanda

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Day 4 Navratri : Glory of Maa Kushmanda 4th day of Navratri is devoted to Maa Kushmanda, the fourth Avatar of Goddess Durga. Her name means 'the cosmic egg' and she is considered the creator of the universe. As the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu was able to start creating the universe when Maa Kushmanda smiled like a flower which blossomed with a bud. She created the world from nothing. This Swarup of Maa Durga is the source of all. Since she created the universe, she is called Adiswarup and Adishakti. She has eights hands in which she holds Kamandul, bow, arrow, a jar of nectar (Amrit), discus, mace...

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Navratri Day 3 : Symbolizing Maa Chandraghanta

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Navratri Day 3 : Symbolizing Maa Chandraghanta Maa Chandraghanta is the third manifestation of Devi Durga, worshipped on the 3rd of Navratri. Since she has a Chandra or half moon, in the shape of a bell, on her forehead, she is addressed as Chandraghanta. A symbol of peace, serenity and prosperity, Maa Chandraghanta has three eyes and ten hands holding ten types of swords, weapons and arrows. She establishes justice and gives the devotees courage and strength to fight challenges. Her appearance may be of a source of power which is always busy killing and suppressing the bad and wicked. However, for her...

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