Ganesha Story behind fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi

Linkedlin Post For Sankashti Chaturthi.Many people believe that praying to Lord Ganesha (Vighnaharta being another name) on Sankashti ends all your difficulties. But, very few know how this Chaturthi came to be known as Sankashti and why does one pray to Lord Ganesha. In the old scriptures, the story holds good even till today, as it had a special significance due to a monumental incident that occurred.

Once Lord Indra was travelling through Earth in his plane (Indra Vahan) after visiting Sage Brushundi, who was a great practitioner of Indian meditation. Whilst passing through King Shursen’s kingdom, one of the subjects, who was a great sinner, eyed the plane and made Lord Indra land on the spot. Whilst on a routine tour, King Shursen espied Lord Indra and was surprised to see him in his kingdom. Welcoming him, King Shursen asked the reason for Lord Indra’s visit. Lord Indra told the king, “O Great King, you have a great sinner amongst your subjects. While passing through your kingdom that great sinner looked upon my plane and that made my plane stop. Therefore, my plane has malfunctioned and hence I cannot return back to Indra-Loka.”

Hearing this King Shursen was upset. Everyone in the kingdom was looking for a way to end Lord Indra’s difficulties. As nobody had any solution, Sage Brushundi was called upon to resolve the issue. Having realized the situation, Sage Brushundi said that only the most pious and pure at heart, who has prayed to Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi would be able to save Lord Indra from this mess. Sage Brushundi further detailed the Sankashti Vrat routine. “The Ganesh bhakt who meditates in an aromatic atmosphere with camphor and Kevda scent is one true worshipper. He should fast by eating sago khichdi (sabudana khichdi), potato, fruits, cucumber etc.  At the end of the day i.e. after the moon rises, the devotee who prays to Vighnaharta by chanting Ganesh Strotram, antharvashirsh mantra and arti song will find himself of great virtue.”

However, in the kingdom of King Shursen, there was no one who had worshipped in the manner as described by Sage Brushundi. While everyone was trying to find solution, Lord Indra noticed some Ganesh-Duta (messengers of Lord Ganesh) carrying an old lady back to Ganesh-Loka (the place where Lord Ganesha resides). Lord Indra asked the kind Dutas why they were taking the old lady to Ganesh Loka? The Duta replied, “Yesterday was chaturthi and this old lady has fasted and prayed to  Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha was impressed and has given her a wish “The Moksha” by which she had attained her place in Ganesh Loka.

After hearing this, Lord Indra humbly asked the old lady to share her virtue so that he could continue his journey back to Indra-Loka. However, the Ganesh Duta did not agree to this as they had strict orders to bring the old lady in Ganesh Loka. Meanwhile in Ganesh Loka, Lord Ganesha was keenly observing the happenings. Still concerned about his difficult situation, Lord Indra prayed to Lord Ganesha with atharvashirsh mantra but to no avail. Seeing this, finally, The Ganesh Duta and the old lady moved along through the place where Lord Indra’s plane had stopped; and to their surprise, with just the aura of the virtue of the old lady, the plane started again. Seeing the mystical power of Sankashti Punya, King Shursen declared Sankashti Chaturthi as the most virtuous fast of the month. Therefore, from that day on, people have started following Sankashti Chaturthi in the name of Lord Ganesha who eradicates all the obstacles forever. 

In the Hindu calendar, the fourth day of the month is termed as Chaturthi. Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankathara Chaturthi which is dedicated to Lord Vighnaharta is the auspicious day that falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in every lunar month. Of these, the Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is known as Angarika Chaturthi.

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Brahmotsav 2018 The grand founding day of Mahalaxmi Mandir

 

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Enjoy an euphoria of blissful blessings and pure happiness

Pune is all set to welcome the king of all celebrations apart from Diwali. The stage is being set, the courtyard is being lit and the atmosphere is gleaming with pure energy and bliss. Along the busy traffic and heavy by-lanes of Swargate, The Heavenly Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir near Sarasbaug is getting ready for its annual festival-‘Brahmotsav’. The spick-and-span temple with its glistening white architecture, etching pillars and the presence of Almighty is looking all ready for its divine celebration.

The word ‘Brahmotsav’ means Utsav celebrated by Lord Brahma(The creator of the world). The festival is structured as a grand celebration that is so special such that it compels The Almighty Creator-Lord Brahma to come down on earth and pay a visit to this celebration. Usually, Brahmotsav is a festive celebration that lasts up to 9 days and is conducted annually. However, it does not have any specific muhurt or ritual and is flexible in its activities. As per our convenience, it can be celebrated for three days, six days or even nine days. The festival starts with Kalash Pujan and Garud Pujan. Mahalaxmi Mandir year by year on its founding day specifically organizes this grand celebration for three whole days. Mahasaraswati, the beloved daughter of Lord Brahma blesses everyone with impending knowledge, good intentions, philosophy and creativity. With devotion towards her and the holy visit of her father, devotees get good vibes, blessings and peace for an eternity.

Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir on this occasion of Brahmotsav will commence from 22nd January, 2018 with Garud Pujan, Kalash pujan and then lighting of the holy fire ‘The Yadnya or The Yag.’ This holy fire is lit in the main square of the temple where all the dexterous maharajas will recite powerful and holy mantras inviting all the gods and demigods to bless all the devotees. The devotees will also witness the grandest of activities of Brahmotsav 2018 which is ‘Palkhi’ and ‘Fulon Ki Holi’. As narrated earlier the celebration is blessed with the visit of Lord Brahma. Therefore, in the palkhi ritual, one palkhi is left vacant for there happens to be a virtual seating of Lord Brahma in it. Following this Palkhi, all the gods and goddesses idols are put in second Palkhi  and a procession is carried out encircling a walk-by around the temple. The celebration will end with all devotees playing ‘Fulon ki Holi’ wherein in everybody plays holi with scented natural flowers instead of colours and water.

With such bliss and happiness, like every year Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir will celebrate their annual founding day of 2018 in grand style and an euphoria of blessings.

Celebrating Makar Sankranti 2018

One of the most important and surprisingly never-changing day in the Hindu calendar of festivals is that of Makar Sankranti falling unerringly on the 14th and 15th of every Jaunuary. It is the day when the Sun reappears predominantly in the northern
hemisphere (Uttarayana) with all its glory and might, given the slight tilt to the Earth’s axis which sends it into the southern hemisphere (during the winters.
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For India, a sun-blessed/ baked country, Makar Sankranti is an auspicious day given the relative gloom that precedes it. For us, the Sun symbolizes everything positive in strength, character, looks and attitudes and is said to drive away negativity, despondence and evil. The day coincides with harvest times and most of India celebrates it with gaiety while thanking the almighty for all the bounties around.

The Punjab also calls it Maghi, the day of martyrdom of 40 Sikhs for their last Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The next day, “Lohri” symbolizes the arrival bountiful harvests and represents the harvest aspect of Makar Sankranti. Huge bonfires light up the night sky and sweets made of sesame seeds (til, tilli etc for Indians) are passed around while swaying to Bhangra.

The entire North India has to have a dip in the Ganges, Yamuna and other rivers while paying obeisance to the Sun God during uttarayana and Makar Sankranti Muhurat. Later in the day sweets are distributed and people fly kites as it is quite windy during these times.

Maharashtra celebrates the day with visits to near and dear ones over “Til-gul” and other sesame delights. The festival here can be summed up in one line: “Til-gul ghya, god, god bola”! Eat sweet & talk sweeter! And yes, fly kites given that winters are windy in these parts too.

The South celebrates this as Pongal in Tamil Nadu when the new harvest of rice is prepared in a traditional way with tamarind and turmeric. In Kerala, the Makar Sankranti Punyakaal has special significance for the devotees of Ayyappa Swami at Sabarimala who get to see the Makara Jyoti marking the end of the 40 days of “Anusthana” or penance observed by the devout.

The North-East celebrates it as Poush Sankranti for the month in which it falls. A harvest festival, people prepare sweets of rice, milk and plam jaggery, the last, a local delicacy. The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is propitiated and so too God Shiva.

Makar Sankranti is then is yearly-occurring geographic incidence which besides being geographically significant is also viewed as a harvest festival when people come out of their houses, pray to the sun and hope for another year of prosperity and bounties! Most thankfully do get it!

 

Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Sarasbaug Pune Dhanurmas Festival 2017-18

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For Hindus, the middle of December to the middle of January every year is a time when celestial positions change. It is a time for ostentations to be shunned including big-ticket purchases and sales. It is the time to be one with the Almighty. In the south of India, this period called the “Dhanurmasa” is meant to appease the God of Life, Lord Vishu. The month ends with the Lord’s marriage to Goddess Laxmi and coincides with Makar Sankranti i.e., the day the sun returns to the northern hemisphere.

The highlight of the marriage of the gods is that on the day of the marriage i.e, 11 January 2018, a grand procession with Lord Vishu’s idol takes place from the temple replete with people dancing, playing dandia and general merriment- almost like a real marriage. Goddess Laxmi is not part of this procession as she is in the temple getting ready for the marriage! With the procession winding back to the temple, it is time for the actual marriage celebrations. The goddess is said to have rejected the marriage offer 5 times owning to which “mala parivartan” takes place. Before that, devotees from the Lord’s side go the Goddess’s side with “Shrungar” i.e., items which signify an offer for marriage. With the marriage concluding, it is time for the “Prasad” which is a mix of both sweets and namkeen. The sweet offering is a “Kheer” which is thicker than our normal kheer with plenty of garnishing of dry fruits!

The next day, Makarsankranti, is equally auspicious! For Hindus, every year begins with a marriage of the Gods!

The  Shree Mahalaxhmi Temple, Sarasbaug, Pune celebrates this month with a full day of devotion.

The day-wise list of activities is mentioned below:

  • From 16 Dec 2017 to 14 Jan 2018:
  • 30 to 9.00 AM, bhajans (hymns) would be conducted which would conclude with the distribution of Prasad
  • From 16 Dec to 31 Dec 2017:
  • 00 to 7.00 AM “Prabhat Feri” (an early morning religious walk) would take place daily
  • On the 10th Jaunuary 2018:
  • 00 PM and 9.00 PM “Mehandi” (a cultural event preceding the day of marriage) would take place for the marriage to take place on the next day.
  • On the 11th Jaunuary 2018
  • 00 AM and 11.00 AM, the auspicious marriage of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishu takes place!

श्री महालक्ष्मी मंदिर दीपोत्सव २०१७

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दीपोत्सव, दिवेचा उत्सव म्हणूनही ओळखला जातो, कार्तिक महिन्यामध्ये साजरा केला जातो (ऑक्टोबर ते नोव्हेंबर) दरवर्षी हा एक महिनाभर चाललेला सण आहे दमोदोरा-लीला, बाळ कृष्णाचा गोड उपशमन लोणी चोरण्यासाठी आणि परिणामी त्याच्या प्रिय माता यशोदा यांनी मोर्टार बांधला होता.

संस्कृतमध्ये “दाम” म्हणजे दोरी आणि “उडारा” म्हणजे पोट. दामोदर म्हणतात कृष्णा एक दोर बांधला होता त्याच्या आई यशोदा यांनीकार्तिक महिन्याच्या महिमाचे वर्णन करणे शक्य नाही. या महिन्यात भक्त कठोर शपथ घ्या (दामोदर वृता) आणि अर्पण करून भगवान दामोदर यांची पूजा करा तूप दिवा प्रत्येक दिवस. असे म्हटले जाते की महिन्याच्या पहिल्या महिन्यात भगवान हरिला दिवा अर्पण करून कार्तिकला अमर्याद समृद्धी, सौंदर्य आणि संपत्ती मिळते यात सर्व पाप केले आहेत हजारो आणि लाखो जन्मा नष्ट होतात; आणि अनंतकाळचे आध्यात्मिक जग प्राप्त होते जिथे दुःख नसते या महिन्यात दररोज मंदिरात हजारो दिवे सुशोभित केले जातात. यातील प्रकाश वेदीसमोर ठेवलेल्या शेकडो दिवे ओलांडून उज्ज्वल प्रकाशात पसरले आहेत भक्ताची भावना वाढवणारे मुख्य मंदिर कक्ष. जे भव्यता उत्सव प्रत्येकजण भक्ती च्या क्षेत्र  चालते आहेत. संध्याकाळी वेदी थोडक्यात बंद केली जाते आणि त्यावर एक घोषणापत्र चालू होते.

दीपेशोत्सव महोत्सव एकत्रित भाविकांना महत्त्वपूर्ण माहिती दिली जाते या उत्सवाचा. घोषणेनंतर, भक्तांनी गोड गोड बोलण्यास सुरुवात केली कीर्तन आणि वेदी उघडते. आदी शक्तीच्या तीन रूपांचे तेजस्वी दृश्य धूर तळाशी सगळीकडे मंत्रमुग्ध होतात. एक भव्य आरती भक्त म्हणून सुरू आहे आदी शक्तीचे तीन रूप गा. आरतीनंतर सर्व जमलेल्या भक्त आदी शक्तीला तूप लावण्याची संधी मिळवा. यावर्षी आम्ही नोव्हेंबर 03, 2017 रोजी दीपोत्सव साजरी करीत आहोत. या शुभ प्रसंगी तुम्ही खालील सेवा देऊ शकता आणि शोधून काढू शकता आदी शक्ती किंवा दैवी माता या तीनही स्वरांना आशीर्वाद. श्री महासरसवती शिक्षणाची देवी, श्रीमहालक्ष्मी, समृद्धी देवी आणि श्री महाकाली, देवी जी वेळ आणि मृत्युपासून मृतांना मुक्त करते.
दीपालंकार सेवा तूप व तेल यांमध्ये योगदान द्या जे शेकडो दिवे प्रकाशासाठी वापरतात वेदीजवळच्या सभोवती भांडे असतात.

आज नवरात्रोत्सवाच्या अष्टमी निमित्त महालक्ष्मी मंदिर, सारसबाग नवरात्रोत्सव तर्फेअभिनेते अजय पुरकर , अभिनेत्री अश्विनी कुलकर्णी , मंदिराच्या प्रमुख विश्व्स्त सौ . अमिता अगरवाल यांच्या हस्ते २०० परिचारिकांचा साडी चोळी देऊन ओटी भरून त्यांच्या सेवेबद्दल कृतन्नता व्यक्त करण्यात आली

पुणे- दिनांक २८ सप्टेंबर २०१७-  परिचारिका रुग्णांची अहोरात्र सेवा करत असतात. त्याच समाजाच्या खऱ्या सेलिब्रेटी आहेत. असे उद्गार प्रसिद्ध कलावंत अजय पुरकर यांनी आज गुरुवारी सायंकाळी सारसबागेसमोरील महालक्ष्मी मंदिरात  ससून रुग्णालय, डॉक्टर पाटणकर नर्सिंग होमी, संजीवनी हॉस्पिटल मधील २०० परिचारिकांचा सत्कार करताना काढले.
आज नवरात्रोत्सवाच्या अष्टमी निमित्त महालक्ष्मी मंदिर, सारसबाग नवरात्रोत्सव तर्फेअभिनेते अजय पुरकर , अभिनेत्री अश्विनी कुलकर्णी , मंदिराच्या प्रमुख विश्व्स्त सौ . अमिता अगरवाल  यांच्या हस्ते  २०० परिचारिकांचा साडी चोळी देऊन ओटी भरून त्यांच्या सेवेबद्दल कृतन्नता व्यक्त करण्यात आली . याप्रसंगी ससून रुग्णालयाच्या नर्सिंग सुपरिंटेंडेन्ट श्रीमती शंकुतला नागरगोजे , संजीवनी हॉस्पिटलच्या गौरी डिंगणकर, पाटणकर रुग्णालयाच्या नेहा वैद्य , मंदिराच्या विश्वस्त तृप्ती अगरवाल , ऍड  . प्रताप परदेशी , हेमंत अर्नाळकर , माजी नगरसेवक शिवा  मंत्री , नगरसेवक प्रवीण चोरबेले , नगरसेविका मनीषा वाबळे  आदी उपस्थित होते.
याप्रसंगी बोलताना अभिनेते पुरकर म्हणाले कि, परिचारिका स्वतःचे कुटुंब विसरून अहोरात्र कष्ट करत असतात . रुग्णाची सेवा करून त्यांना बरे करून ते पुन्हा घरी पाठवतात . हि त्यांची त्याग मयी सेवा समाजापुढे एक मोठा आदर्श आहे. आपण सर्व सामान्य लोक आहोत.  परंतु परिचारिका मात्र असामान्य व्यक्ती आहेत .
अभिनेत्री अश्विनी कुलकर्णी यांनी आपल्या अल्पशा भाषणात परिचारिकांच्या सेवेला वन्दन केले.
ससून रुग्णालयाच्या नर्सिंग सुपरिंटेंडेन्ट नागरगोजे म्हणाल्या कि, रुग्णांची सेवा करणे हे आमचे कर्तव्य आहे. पूर्वीचा काळ वेगळा होता. आताचा वेगळा आहे . परिचारिका या कुटुंबवत्सल असून , त्या आपापल्या कुटुंब , मुलाबाळांना विसरून रुग्णाच्या सेवेला प्रथम महत्व देतात. ते आपलं कर्तव्य मानतात. याप्रसंगी नेहा  वैद्य , गौरी डिंगणकर , आदी परिचारिकांची भाषणे झाली . मंदिराच्या विश्व्स्त प्रमुख सौ अमिता अगरवाल, विश्वस्त तृप्ती अगरवाल  यांचेही यावेळी भाषण झाले. माजी नगरसेवक शिवा मंत्री यांनी सूत्रसंचालन केले. प्रवीण चोरबेले यांनी उपस्थितांचे आभार मानले.