Saturday, 29 October 2016

Diwali Puja Muhurat and Lal Kitab Astrological Remedies to be done on Diwali - HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Date of Diwali in 2016 - 30th October 2016

The word "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali", originating from the Sanskrit word Dipavali (दीपावली) which can be translated to "Row of Lights". Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the "Festival of Lights". Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called "Deepavali".
This year Diwali will be celebrated on Sunday, 30th of October 2016.
Legends behind celebration of Diwali
Diwali celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. Is has a major religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike - not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad. The day of Diwali falls on Kartik Amavasya and many businesses in India start a new accounting year on this day. Diwali is actually celebrated in honor of Lord Rama and His wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after defeating demon King Ravana.
Diwali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses dependent on the agrarian cycle, and is the last major celebration before winter. Maa Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead. There are two legends that associate the worship of Lakshmi on this day. According to the first legend, on this day, Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagar, the Ocean of Milk, during the great churning of the oceans, Samudra manthan. The second legend (more popular in western India) relates to the Vamana avatar of the Lord Vishnu, the incarnation he assumed to kill the demon king Bali. On this day, Vishnu came back to his abode the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped along with Maa Lakshmi because he is treated as remover of all obstacles and worshipped before all the Gods.
Diwali Puja Muhurat
Lakshmi Puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset. The most auspicious time for Diwali Poojan in 2016 is given below:
Maa Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 18:27 (6:27 pm) to 20:09 (8:09 pm)- on 30th October 2016
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes during Diwali time so everyone likes to clean and decorate their homes in the best way possible. From whitewashing to buying new furnishings, people love to work on their homes during Diwali. You can use your creativity and decorate your home with flowers and rangoli patterns this Diwali and you will feel the presence of nature in your home. The sweet fragrance of flowers enhances the aesthetic appeal on the rangoli patterns and the combination looks magnificent on the front door of a home. Besides flowers and rangoli patterns, place electric lights in appropriate places in your home as well. Be careful with the placement of candles and diyas and ensure that they are kept away from curtains and other flammable things.
On Diwali evening, it is customary to start the celebrations with a Lakshmi Puja. Decorate the puja thali and clean the temple beforehand. Start with Ganesh Puja and move on to Lakshmi Puja. Distribute the puja prasad to all family members after the puja is complete.
Important points to be kept in mind for Diwali Puja & Lal Kitab Tips/Remedies for Diwali
1. On the night of Diwali, listen or read Vishnu Sahasra Naam and Shree Sukta. They are available at You Tube.
2. Purchase a new broom on Diwali and use it to clean the place where pooja has to be done. You can use it regularly from next day onwards. It will help in improving prosperity.
3. Try to offer homemade Rice Kheer to Maa Lakshmi instead of offering sweets available in market.
4. Have 11 Abhimantri “Gomti Chakra” and keep them in a red cloth bag. Treat these Gomati Chakra as Maa Lakshmi and worship them in your pooja. After doing pooja, you can keep these Gomati Chakras in your locker or almirah or the place where you keep your money. This will help you in gaining wealth and prosperity. People whose business is not growing must do this to gain benefit.
5. If possible while doing Diwali Pooja wear Sphatik Bead mala. It will increase the effect of Diwali Pooja many times. Alternatively wear Lakshmi Narain Pendant which is a combination of Seven Mukhi and Ten Mukhi Rudraksha denoting Maa Lakshmi and Vishnu Ji respectively.
6. On all days starting from Dhan Teras till Bhaiya Dhuj, try to light a diya near the Tulsi plant. Pushkar Puran states, “The person who lights the lamp of sesame (til) oil in the name of Lord Shri Hari in the month of Kartik (during Sandhya) gets unlimited prosperity, beauty, blessedness and wealth”. So try to lit lamp of sesame (til) oil in evening during the whole month of Kartik.
Hari Om Tat Sat
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

Friday, 28 October 2016


Narak Chaturdashi, which falls on the second day of Diwali after Dhanteras, is celebrated as an important day in all Maharashtrian families. Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated for the victory of Lord Krishna against Narakasur and hence the name. According to Hindu mythology, Narakasur, the son of Mother Earth, becomes an evil asur who ruled several kingdoms brought under his rule by force. Narakasur comes to rule Heaven and Earth. Lord Indra pleads with Lord Vishnu who promises to deal with the matter in his incarnation as Krishna. In his incarnation as Krishna, he attacks Narakasur while riding his mount Garuda with his wife Satyabhama and beheads him with the Sudarshan Chakra. it is said that Narkasur is granted a boon by Lord Brahma that he will only die at the hands of a woman. So in the battle, it is Lord Krishna's wife Satyabhama who beheads him with Krishna as her saarthi. As a symbol of the victory Lord Krishna smeared his own forehead with the demon’s blood. On his return, the womenfolk massaged his body with scented oils and gave him a good bath to wash away the filth.
The rituals for this day include breaking a bitter fruit. The bitter fruit symbolises the defeat of Narakasur. Like Dussehra, the defeat of Narakasur reminds us that good always win over the evil.
In Maharashtra, families celebrate this day by getting up early in the morning and having an abhyanga snan with 'ubtan'. This ubtan is a mixture of chandan, ambe haldi, multani mitti, khus, Rose, besan etc. People worship the Lord by visiting temple early in the morning and bursting crackers. The muhurt for the ​Abhyang Snan this year is 5:05 am to 6:34 am.
In southern India, people wake up early and take a holy bath. Then they make a paste of kumkum and oil and apply it on their foreheads. Some communities in Tamil Nadu do Lakshmi Puja on this day.
In West Bengal, one will find the idols of Goddess installed in various pandals across the state.
In Goa, the day is celebrated like Dusshera. The only difference is that here effigies of Narakasur are made and destroyed instead of Ravana.
So if possible have Abhyang Snan as advised to you in the muhurat prescribed and get benefits of good health.
Hari Om Tat Sat
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

HAPPY DHANTERAS 2016 - Dhan Triyodashi, Yamdeep Daan, Kuber Puja, Dhanwantri Puja/Dhanwantri Jayanti - Right way to worship, shubh muhurat for gaining thirteen times benefit

I would like to wish our readers Happy Dhanteras in advance. Dhanteras in 2016 is going to be celebrated on 28th October 2016. In this post I would extensively deal with astrological and spiritual significance of this festival along with the right method of doing pooja and most suitable muhurat for pooja.
Significance of this festival and manner of celebrating it
Dhanteras the festival of wealth and prosperity is celebrated two days before Diwali festival in India. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi, and takes place two days before Diwali, in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu. Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali festival. Dhan means “wealth” and Teras denotes “trayodashi”. The festival is observed on the 13th lunar day of dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Kartik.
On this day, the main doors of houses and offices are decorated with flowers lights and rangolis. An extensive pooja is organized in all households where people worship Goddess Laxmi with their purchase of the day (utensil/Jewellery).
Legends Associated with Dhan Teras
1. Yamadeep Daan
There are two legends associated with this festival. The first is that there was a 16 year old son of King Hima whose horoscope predicted his early death by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his wedding. On that particular fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs. When Yam, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the prince’s chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of "YAMADEEPDAAN" and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of death.
2. Legend of Samudramanthan or Sea Churning
Another legend of Samudramanthan shows that at the time of sea churning or samudramanthan, Lord Dhanwantri appeared in sea with an urn, hence, there is a tradition of buying utensils of this day. It is believed buying utensils or silver increases their count by 13 times. Also, buying seeds of dried coriander and keeping them in house increases wealth. On the day of Diwali, these seeds are sown in garden or farms. These seeds are the symbol of growth and wealth increment in a person’s life.
What to purchase on Dhanteras/Simple remedies that can be done on Dhan Teras
In the past few years, the tradition of purchasing utensils and jewellery has become popular on this day. The real significance of Dhan Teras lies in worshipping Lord Dhanvantri so that good health is bestowed on the worshipper and ultimately “Health is Wealth.” The best way to celebrate Dhan Teras apart from worshipping Maa Lakshmi, Kuber Ji, Lord Yama and Lord Dhanvantri is to give any gift to your family doctor or physician.
In addition you can purchase small utensil/s of silver/steel/copper as per your need and budget. Please remember that do not purchase a utensil with holes like tea filter. You can purchase a copper/silver bowl and after puja you can use it for drinking water. If it is a copper utensil you can dip five mukhi rudraksha in it in night and early morning have this water and it will solve your diabetes and blood pressure problem. Alternatively you can bring home the silver idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha which increases wealth, success and growth at house, offices and business organisation.
You can also install 11 Abhimantrit Gomati Chakras on this day and keep them in your locker. You can visit Yantra Link in our website to know about Gomati Chakras
Dhanteras Pujan
The worship on Dhanteras should be done in Subh Muhurat. First of all 13 lamps should be lighted and Lord Kuber in the Locker should be worshipped. Lord Kuber is worshipped and offered flowers and it is said that “I worship you Lord Kuber who sits on the best plane similar to Garudamani, holding Gadha in both the hands and wearing crown on head, dear friend of lord Shiva”. After this worship with incense sticks, lamps, Nevedha (sweets) and chant the following mantra
'यक्षाय कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय धन-धान्य अधिपतये
धन-धान्य समृद्धि मे देहि दापय स्वाहा ।'
Auspicious Muhurat for Puja in the Evening
5.35 pm to 6.20 pm (best muhurat)
If the above time is not possible for you due to office work or any other reason then alternative best time
5.35 pm to 8.11 p.m. (Pradhosh kaal)
Method of Deep Daan
In the evening have 13 mitti ke Deepak (mud lamp) and fill it with Til oil. Have new cotton in it and lit it. Lit an incense stick also and recite following mantra looking at South Direction:
‘मृत्युना दण्डपाशाभ्यां कालेन श्यामया सह ।
त्रयोदश्यां दीपदानात्‌ सूर्यजः प्रीयतां मम ॥’
Now do deep daan and release diyas into water or leave them at pipal tree.
Hari Om Tat Sat
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

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