Hindu tradition observes a number of festivals which usually marks the occurrence of an auspicious event. As per Vedas, such events are considered very fruitful to conduct Pujas and seek the blessings of the lord. Explore this section further to find out the ideal Puja and Pandits as per your need.
Rudra Abhishek puja is an ancient practice that has been followed in india since time immemorial. 'RUDRA' means 'SHIVA', the benevolent, the destroyer of evil and 'ABHISHEK' means ceremonious of holy bath given to a deity and 'PUJA' means that which is born out of fullness. Through this puja one can aim for inner peace and fulfillment.
Lord shiva is worshiped in this puja in his Rudra form. Rudra Abhishek is considered as one of the greatest puja's to eradicate all the evils and to attain all the prosperity and peace.
In this puja Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Linga or Lingam and Abhishek is performed with different articles such as flowers, belpatra, milk, coconut water, honey, curd, sugarcane juice etc.
Relevance of Rudra Abhishek:
Everything surrounding us is either in the form of an energy or a mass. Energy form is either positive or negative. When we pray to Lord Shiva - the lord of transformation, the entire negative energy around us in the form of diseases, depression and misery gets transformed into peace, prosperity and happiness... Learn More
Rudra Abhishek is done in the name of individual with his / her sankalpa i.e. the specific pupose for which they are getting the puja performed.
This puja is performed with a crystal 'Linga' and chanted by the ancient mantras which gets absorbed in specific materials like curd, milk, ghee, honey etc. This is then offered to Lord Shiva with reverence, love and gratitude.
Sun begins its Northward movement in Makar Rashi (Capricorn) on Makar Sankranti. On this day Sun moves from Sagitarius sign to Capricorn sign which marks the auspicios time for new beginings. Makar Sankranti is also a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun.
Makar Sankranti Story:
As per Hindu belief, Surya Dev (Lord Sun) visited his son Lord Shani on this day. Lord Shani is the lord of Capricorn sign. Surya Dev and Lord Shani maintained an enimity because Surya Dev did not liked the dark complexion of Lord Shani. This day is regarded as the day of new beginings by burying the past bitterness.
As per Mahabharat, Bhishma Pitama chose to leave his body on this day only to attain heavenly abode.
On this day Surya Devta is worshipped.
Lakshmi puja is one of the main pujas done on the main day of Diwali i.e. 3rd day of Diwali. As per legend, Lakshmiji visits the cleanest house / work place first hence people do rigorous cleaning of their houses and work places. This puja is usually conducted in the evening hours. Once the puja is concluded, lamps are lit all over the house. Since this puja is done on the biggest Hindu festival (Diwali) and this puja is considered a great puja for attracting wealth many households take an expert Pandit's solicitation by booking them well in advance... Learn More
Story behind the festival of Holi:
The main legend behind the celebration of Holi is the Holika and Prahlad story. Though Prahlad was the son of a demon king Hiranyakashyapu, he was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu was egoist who commanded everone in the kingdom to worship him. Hiranyakashyapu did not like the devotion of Prahlad towards Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu tried to kill Prahalad many times but everytime Prahlad got saved by Lord Vishnu. Finally Hiranyakashyapu asked his sister Holika to sit in the fire with Prahlad on her lap. Knowing that Holika had a boon that she can come out of the fire unscathed he wanted Prahlad to be burnt alive. Holika cajoled Prahlad to sit on her lap and she took her seat in the fire. Holika was unaware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. While sitting on the lap of Holika Prahlad started chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. Prahlad came out of the fire unharmed, Holika burnt to death and the day is marked as the victory of good over the evil... Learn More
One of the ancient Sanskrit mantras, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a verse of Yajurveda. It is the great death-conquering mantra, which is popularly referred to as Tryambakam Mantra, as it is identified with the three-eyed Hindu deity - Lord Shiva.
The Mantra has many names and forms. It is sometimes called the Rudra Mantra, with reference to the furious face of Lord Shiva. On the other hand, when it is called the Tryambakam Mantra, then it is referred to the alluding three eyes of Lord Shiva. When it comes to life, Mrityunjaya Mantra is called the Mrita-Sanjivini Mantra. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to have been found by Rishi Markandeya. It was a secret mantra, and Rishi Markandeya was the only one in the world who knew this mantra.
The Moon was once in trouble, cursed by King Daksha. Rishi Markandeya gave the Mahamritryunjaya Mantra to Sati, Daksha's daughter, for the Moon. According to another version this is the Bija mantra as revealed to Rishi Kahola that was given by Lord Shiva to sage Sukracharya, who taught it to Rishi Dadhichi, who gave it to King Kshuva, through whom it reached the Shiva Purana. It is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Sukracharya after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. Its Devata is Rudra or Lord Shiva in his fiercest and most destructive roopa or aspect.
Meaning of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in English:- OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd if freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality... Learn More
Lord Vishwakarma is described as the celestial architect who gave shape to the whole universe by his own hands. Lord Vishwakarma's name in Sanskrit means "Everything that Makes" and as per Vedic accounts many notable architectural marvels are attributed to his name. As a sign of reverence he is worshiped as the patron of all engineers, architects, craftsmen, artisans, weavers, mechanics, blacksmiths, welders, industrial workers and factory workers. Some of the notable architectural works by Lord Vishwakarma are Lanka, City of Dwarka, Indraprastha, Hastinapur, Flying Chariots of Gods and Swarga (Heaven). Padyami fall into the first day of Kartika Masa, Vishwakarma Puja is observed on the fourth day of Diwali, i.e. the day after Diwali. In some parts of the country including Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa Vishwakarma Puja is observed on 17 September each year and does not change according to the lunar calendar... Learn More