Maha Lakshmi Bless You with Money, Wealth and Prosperity

Vara Maha Lakshmi vrata is one of the auspicious vrata or fasting for women in India. “Vara” means boon and maha lakshmi is goddess of wealth who bless her devotee with wealth, prosperity, health and happiness. In one sense, Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. In another, she is the Goddess who is invited into the home and honored.Vara maha lakshmi vrata is the vrata or fasting observed by women on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of Sravan.

According to legend, maha lakshmi incarnates in eight forms and those who perform the vratam or fasting, goddess blesses them and their family with money, wealth, health, success and prosperity. This year vara maha lakshmi vrata is observed on July 31, 2009, Friday, all over the country.

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Legend

According to Skanda purana, Goddess Parvati has once asked Lord Siva about a vratam, performing which would render the women on the earth blessed with all kinds of wealth and happiness. Then did Lord Siva preach of “Vara Lakshmi Vratam” to be performed on a Friday that comes just before the full moon day in the month of Sravanam. Illustrating the sanctity of the vratam, Lord Siva narrated the story of Charumati of Maratha desa,

Charumati lived in the Maratha kingdom. Pious lady, she indulged in whole hearted worship of the Goddess and took good care of her family- respectful to her in-laws, loving and caring her husband and children. One day she dreamt about Goddess Lakshmi telling her to perform the puja. She, with the consent of her family performed this Vratam and informs other ladies too. With the blessings of the Goddess she, her family and friends will be bestowed with success and wealth. Hence forth they shared their luck many more people.

Festival

The Vrata is observed on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of Sravan. After a purificatory bath, the lady should put on a clean, fresh cloth and make a mandala with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha filled with rice and topped with fresh mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein. Fresh grains are used in the worship as they convey the idea of growth and prosperity.

After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the raksha or the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the raksha is worshiped a second time. It is then tied to the right hand of the lady. After the worship various auspicious articles are given as charity to some deserving lady whose husband is alive. This lady is also fed with dainties.

Ashta Lakshmi

Lakshmi is goddess of wealth and bless her devotees with wealth, prosperity and happiness. According to legend, maha lakshmi incarnates in eight forms.

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Adi Lakshmi (Protector & beginning), Dhana Lakshmi (Wealth),

Dhanya Lakshmi( Food and Grains) ,Vijaya Lakshmi(Victory) ,

Vidhya Lakshmi(Knowledge) ,Santana Lakshmi(Offspring’s) ,

Dhairya Lakshmi(Bravery and Strength), Soubhagya Lakshmi(Sumangali- Long life of husband)

Worshiping each goddess will bless you with respective boons. Worshiping dhana lakshmi bless you with money or wealth, vijaya lakshmi with victory, Santana lakshmi with offspring. According to legend, devotees performing fasting on “Vara maha lakshmi vrata”, you and your family will be blessed with all kinds of wealth, health, prosperity and happiness.

  • Vara Maha Lakshmi Vrata observed on July 31, 2009, Friday, all over the country

Nag Panchami one of the auspicious days of the entire year

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Nag panchami is one of the festivals in India. It is celebrated on fifth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Shravan (July-August). Snake worship, no doubt, owes its origin to man’s natural fear of these reptiles. In India, snakes are so revered that temples have also been erected in their honor.

According to the Bhavishya Purana, when devotee bathe the snakes Vasuki, Takshaka, Kaliya, Manibhadra, Airavata, Dhritarashtra, Karkotaka and Dhananjaya with milk, on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of Shravan, they ensure freedom from danger for their families.

The temples dedicated snakes (sarpa) are flocked by devotees, who carry milk and turmeric powder as offerings for the deity. In fact, in some part of the country, Nag Panchami is called ‘snake day’.

There are a number of legends associated with Naga pancahmi. One legend says   Lord Krishna was playing with the other cow boys near river Yamuna, when the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. Below the tree, a terrible snake Kaliya used to live in the river. Suddenly Krishna fell from the tree into the water. The terrible snake came up with anger, but Krishna started jumping on its head. Finally, Kaliya said sorry to Lord Krishna and He forgave the snake and let it go free. Since then, on Nag Panchami day, the victory of Krishna over the Kaliya snake is commemorated.

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In some regions, live cobras are given a ceremonious bath in milk and offered rice, because it is believed that by treating them properly, one could get immunity from their bites. Women also take part in the celebrations. They would get up early in the morning, take bath and head to the nearest Snake temple, carrying pots of milk and flowers to the deity. According to the legends, if a snake drinks milk, then it is a symbol of good luck.

There is a Sanskrit shloka(verses) to remember important nine Nāgas as under:

  • Anantam Vāsukim Shesham Padmanābham cha Kambalam

Shankhapālam Dhārtarāshtram Taxakam Kāliyam tathā

Etāni navanāmāni cha mahātmanām

which means

  • Anantha, vasuki, Shesham, padmanabh, kambala, shankhapaal, dhartaraashtra, takshak and kaaliya- these nine are the great ones.

Wish You A Happy Nag Panchami…….. Nag Panchami (July 26,2009)

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Reference:

http://www.festivalsofindia.in/nagpanchami/

http://www.khandro.net/mysterious_naga.htm

http://festivals.iloveindia.com/naag-panchami/index.html

Ramanujan Awards for mathematical talents

R. Keertan of D.A.V. Boys School, Gopalapuram, has bagged the first prize of the Ramanujan Awards for 2009. Aravind Vairavan of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, B. Vignesh of Chinmaya Vidyalaya and R. Pradeep Kumar of National Public School won the second prizes. Boy gets prize for mathematical talent where nearly-50 students participated and selected by a panel headed by P. Balasubramanian, professor of mathematics.

The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st century

A long wait by sky gazers to look at a rare celestial event will end tomorrow when the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century will be seen.In Bangalore, the eclipse will begin at 5.38 am and will commence even before sunrise, reach its maximum at 6.21 am and end at 7.17 am.

Solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. Solar eclipse is  natural celestial event

  • Avoid looking sun with naked eye: Don’t look at the Sun with naked eyes during the eclipse as during the transition period it may burn the retina and one may lose eyesight
  • Welding Glass: Welding glass is safe to view sun during eclipse. Don’t use binocluars or sunglass to look at the sun.
  • Do not eat: Do not eat any foods or drink water during solar eclipse, having food or drinking water or other liquid items during solar eclipse is bad fo health.

Safest method is to project Sun’s image on wall with a pinhole camera and look at it on the wall. Take precaution steps to avoid accident or contact direct sunlight during solar eclipse. Adopt safe methods and enjoy the beauty of the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century

A team of four Indian students bag medals in International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

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Indian students bag 4 medals — one gold, two silvers and a bronze — at the 20th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) that concluded in Japan on Sunday.

A team of four Indian students, who participated in the week-long IBO held at Tsukuba, were among the 220 students across the globe from 56 countries, national coordinator, Science Olympiads, Vijay Singh, told PTI here.

Vidhi Hathi, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) won a gold medal; S. Chetan from Bangalore (Karnataka) and Usnish Adhikari Haldia (West Bengal) won a silver medal each; while Amit Gupta, Patiala (Punjab) won a bronze medal.

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Green Supermarket

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Supermarkets usually offer products at low prices by reducing their economic margins. Certain products (typically staple foods such as bread, milk and sugar) are occasionally sold as loss leaders, that is, with negative profit margins. There are various offers and saving schemes for its consumers which attracts them towards the store. Green supermarket offers its consumer eco friendly products and services. Here are some tips for making your supermarket green supermarket.

Green Living tips: Supermarkets can display attractive posters and green living tips to create awareness to its consumers. Attractive posters will enable children to know the need and importance of green living.

imagesCloth bags: Instead of giving plastic covers or paper covers, supermarket can provide its consumers cloth bag which is eco friendly and convenient for their customers. Plastic covers and paper bags increase global warming.

Buy one and get Green Products free: Supermarkets can give fruits or eco friendly products free for each purchase made. For example, Buy 1 kg sugar and get a banana free. Buy milk and get tomato free etc.

Alternative energy for lighting: Supermarket can produce energy from alternative energy such as solar energy, wind etc for lighting in supermarket.

Support local farmers: Buying organic products from your local farmer’s market helps both the environment and is better for your health all at the same time.

Green Gift: Enable your customer to choose gifts that support eco living such as fruit trees, herb plants, native plants, a bicycle, refillable pens, paper making kits, solar power gadgets or a worm farm.

Books for kids: Offer books to kids that encourage them to live green. Provide history on earth and tips for saving water, fuel and energy.

Reuse, recycle and reduce: Encourage your customers to reuse, recycle and reduce.