The word vratham is derived from the root ‘vr’ (“will, rule, restrain, conduct, choose, select”), and is cited over 200 times in the Rigveda. The word is used in conjunction with ṛta and dharma, in the sense of inner principles and universal laws that keep order in the cosmos. Every man’s vocation, as in hymn 9.112.1 of the Rigveda, is called his Vrata. Thus, whatever profession one is devoted to, resolves to do his best in, is deemed Vrata in the Vedic literature. The act of sacrifice, in another context such as in hymn 1.93.8 of the Rigveda, is also called a Vrata. Therefore, any vocation or karma we do must be done with a sense of sacrifice.
Thus, Vratham is, restraining one’s senses in conducting dharma and goes to the extent of doing one’s vocation as per dharma. Therefore, in today’s context we can very well appreciate the importance of vratham.
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Lord Ram is considered an epitome of sanathana dharma. Ramayan – initially written by Maharshi Valmiki – also called “seetayah charitam mahat” (great history of Maa Sita) by Maharshi himself – is regarded not just as a story or epic by sanatanis worldwide but as a divine gift to showcase righteous path for mankind treaded by Lord Vishnu in Avatar of Lord Ram. The sixteen qualities mentioned by Maharshi Valmiki as possessed by Lord Ram epitomise dharmic lakshan of a man that can take him to level of being God Himself. In one of his lectures Mahatma Gandhi mentioned that Lord Ram greatness is showcased tothe world by behaviour of Matha Sita. When Hanuman asked Her to come with Him from Her capture in Lanka, She refuses and prefers to take harassment in Ashoka Vana in Lanka because She prefers Lord Ram’s bravery to be displayed to the world by killing Ravan and then take Her with all glory and pomp. Not by theft from Lanka by Hanuman like the way Ravan did from Panchavati. Her exemplary character epitomizes and reflects Lord Ram’s lakshan – like the way Hanuman says in Sundara Kanda –
अस्या देव्या यथा रूपम् अन्ग
प्रत्यन्ग सौष्ठवम् | रामस्य च यथा रूपम् तस्य इयम् असित ईक्षणा || ५-१५-५१ – meaning
In whatever way is this lady's appearance, elegance of major and minor limbs, in the same way is Rama's. In whatever way His appearance, in the same way is this black-eyed one's appearance.
Such is the glory of The Couple who stood as examples of Wife and Husband for sanatanis for ages. It obviously is apt that sanatanis anywhere in the world regard janmadin of Lord Ram as most auspicious. Pujas for Sitaram and Sitaram Kalyanam are celebrated on the occasion of janmadin of Lord Ram which falls on Chaitra sudhha Navami.
ततश्च द्वादशे मासे चैत्रे नावमिके तिथौ || १-१८-८
नक्षत्रेऽदितिदैवत्ये स्वोच्चसंस्थेषु पंचसु |
ग्रहेषु कर्कटे लग्ने वाक्पताविंदुना सह || १-१८-९
प्रोद्यमाने जगन्नाथं सर्वलोकनमस्कृतम् |
कौसल्याजनयद्रामं सर्वलक्षणसंयुतम् || १-१८-१०
विष्णोरर्धं महाभागं पुत्रमैक्ष्वाकुनंदनम् |
लोहिताक्षं महाबाहुं रक्तौष्ठं दुंदुभिस्वनम् || १-१८-११
Skanda Shashti Puja$60.00
Subrahmanya or Skanda Shshati is about Skanda janan as described in the Mahabharatha, Shiva Purana, Valmiki Ramayan and is retold in Kalidasa’s Kumara Sambhavam. Chandogya Upanishad identifies Skanda as Sanat Kumara. Tormented by the asura Tarakasura, the devas with Indra at their head went to Lord Brahma and the Creator said only the spark of Shiva can produce the hero who will defeat the powers of the evil. Unfortunately, Shiva, The king of yogis was lost in a deep state of meditation and samadhi. None of the Devas dared to disturb him, least of all convince him to create a progeny.
Upon Brahma’s suggestion, they sought the help of Parvati and Kama (the god of love). Parvati agreed to help and engaged herself in severe penance to attract Shiva’s attention. Kama also agreed to help and engaged himself in the suicidal mission of arousing Shiva from His state of Samadhi. Kama shot his arrows of love at Shiva who was eventually disturbed and the fire of anger from Shiva’s third eye burnt Kama into ashes.
The penance of Parvati and the sacrifice of Kama paid off. Shiva was aroused from his Samadhi. However, none could bear the sparks of His fiery seed. It fell into the mouth of Agni, and afterwards was received by Ganges, who in turn threw it into Sara Vana (forest of arrow like grass). Thus, Saravanabava was born. He was also Skanda – Shiva’s power of chastity preserved through penance.
Skanda was raised by the six mothers of the divine constellation of Krithika. Hence the name Karthikeya who divided himself into six babies to be nursed by six mothers. When Parvati came and gathered all the six babies, He became Shanmukha – the one with the six faces and one body.
Puja of Skanda or Subrahmanya is to beget progeny and also for prospecrity of children.
Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali. This ritual is performed to invite Goddess Lakshmi at home. Laxmi Puja on Diwali should be done during Pradosh Kaal that begins with sunset and last for 1 hours and 56 minutes approximately. It is believed that Lakshmi visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them on this evening. To welcome the Goddess, devotees clean their houses, decorate them with finery and lights, and prepare sweet treats and delicacies as offerings. In the South, people celebrate the festivity during chathurdasi, before amavasya day. They wake up early in the morning and have a holy bath using ‘ubtan’ (a paste of natural ingredients), they then apply a mix of ‘kumkum’ and oil over their foreheads, before proceeding for prayers to Lord Krishna. It is believed that worshipping Lord Krishna on this day brings immense good luck, prosperity, and wards off any evil presence in life. And on Deewali day, crackers are fired to celebrate Victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura. In Bengal Lokkhi Pujo or Laxmi puja is performed on Sharada Purnima day, the full moon day following Vijaya Dashami. This puja is also known as Kojagori Lokkhi pujo. Women worship Maa Laxmi in the evening after cleaning their house and decorating the floor of their houses with alpona.
Mother Katyayaani is the sixth form amongst Navadurga or the nine forms of Durga Devi who are worshipped especially on the 6th lunar day and during the Navaratri (9 nights) celebrations. One of the best remedies for early marriage or for marriage problems is observing the Katyayaani Devi Vrat. The Katyayaani vrat katha has been mentioned in Brahma¬Vaivarta purana in the Krishna Janma Khanda Chapter 27. Lord Narayan Himself narrates the katha behind this to Shree Narada Muni. This vrat was also observed by Sita Devi who was blessed by Durga Devi and was able to marry Shree Ram. This vrat benefits females who want to get married or who want to come out of marriage related problems, it also benefits men. This remedy is also a very powerful tool to fulfil all your desires pertaining to health, wealth and happiness in marriage as suggested by Lord Narayan Himself. One can achieve maximum benefits of this puja when it is observed in the month of Marghashirsha because there is a great importance of Lord Krishna in this month.
Sri Maha Kameswari Devi is Kuladevatha for many Brahmin families. Kuladevatha aradhana is an exclusive Pooja Vidhanam (ritual) called Koluvu performed by devotees periodically. This function was hitherto performed in the house where the the Kuladevata Peetham was brought by and kept from their ancestral home temple.
Managla Gowri Vratham$60.00
Mangala Gowri Puja, or Shravana Mangala Gowri Puja, is an important Vrata observed by married women. It is performed for a happy married life and for the long life of the husband. It is observed on Tuesdays in the Shravan. Mangala gouri pooja is done by newly married women for 5 years.
in Bhrigu Nadi Astrology Mars is considered as the Significator of Husband. Now a days as the number of Love Marriages has increased to a great extent, the importance of Mars has increased. So, the Placement of Mars and Jupiter is important for future husband prediction in astrology. Placement of Venus is important for beautiful wife prediction in vedic astrology. Venus is the Love and Mars is the Energy. That is why when Mars and Venus are connected in a Chart, it makes the Person deeply Passionate. Venus and Mars are the most important planets when considering Conjugal Life in Marriage astrology.
This is reason why for a married woman, Mangal var is very important to get blessings of Maa Gowri who is symbol of eternal Punya Sthree and Sukra var to get blessings of Maa Lakshmi for Sowbhagy.
Vara Lakshmi Vratham$60.00
Vara Lakshmi Vratham is performed by married woman for the wellbeing of all the family members, especially husband, to get progeny etc. It is believed that worshiping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidhya Lakshmi, Dhaanya Lakshmi, Shoubhagya Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Aadi Lakshmi and Dhairya Lakshmi.
Sri Satyanarayana Vratham$35.00
Satyanarayana vratham is to be vratha of Lord Narayana. As the stories of this vratham indicate – satyam jnanam anantham brahma – the emphasis is on sat or Reality or unfailing truth or keeping one’s commitments. The – vr – in this vratham is to think carefully before making a commitment and once made – rta – to keep it at any cost without negligence or taking it easy.
According to Hindu scriptures, Ekadasi and movement of the moon have a direct correlation with the human mind. It is believed that during Ekadasi, our mind attains maximum efficiency giving the brain a better capacity to concentrate. Spiritual seekers are said to devote the two monthly days of Ekadasi in extreme worship and meditation owing to its favorable influence on the mind. It also checks the emotions and senses. From this 11th day till 5th day after new moon or full moon day, moon is supposed to influence our mind maximum. Even in astrology Moon is karaka for mind!!!
Therefore, Satyanaryana Vratham or for that matter any ritual related to Lord Vishnu – the chaitanya shakthi within us – gives extreme importance to ekadasi and/or Purnima.
“chatarvarsham vratham krtva adimadhya mathah param
Udayapanam rtham ena sampoorna phalaayakam”
Meaning that a person who performs Satyanarayana vratham for four full years on a full Moon day will be endowed with wealth, progeny, prosperity and gets liberated in the end.
One can well imagine that if the person makes and keeps commitments with diligence will surely be respected in all walks of life and will become a yogi at the end.
It is to remind us of such importance of keeping commitments, this vratham is performed at every important phase of our life – especially after marriage to ensure that whatever promises bride and groom made to each other with agni as witness, will keep those commitments without fail throughout their lives.