Vivah Panchami is celebrated by devotees all across the world today, i.e. the 5th day of Shukla Paksha or the bright lunar fortnight in the Margashirsha month. The festival commemorates the wedding of Lord Rama and Sita Devi.
Story Behind Vivah Panchami:
Legend has it that the great Sage Vishwamitra once called upon King Dasharatha and told him that his yagnas and other sacred rituals were being disturbed by demons who poured blood and bones on the sacred fires. He requested the King to send Lord Rama and Lakshmana to his ashram as only they can kill the demons and help him in conducting the yagnas smoothly. After several fierce battles, Lord Rama and Lakshmana killed all the demons and helped Sage Vishwamitra in conducting the yagnas.
The story behind the birth of Lord Hanuman or Anjaneya is very engrossing. An Apsara by name Anjana attended to Lord Brahmadev in His abode. Pleased with her services, the Lord asked her if she needed His help in any manner. Anjana then asked Him to deliver her from a curse that was pronounced on her by a sage. On the request of Brahmadev, Anjana narrated her story...
When Anjana was a child, she was playing on earth with her friends. While playing, she saw a monkey meditating like a human sage. Amused at this peculiar sight, she threw some fruits at the monkey, which was actually a sage who was meditating in the form of a monkey.
Let’s start this week recollecting tales of Bhola Shankar. The story of Markandeya tells us why Mahadev is also known as Kalantaka, the One who ends death. As per Hindu mythology, there lived a great sage known as Mrikandu. However, the sage and his wife, Marudvati, were not blessed with any children. In order to beget children, the sage prayed to Lord Shiva. Appeased with Mrikandu’s prayers, Lord Shiva blessed the sage and asked him to choose between 100 foolish sons who would have a very long life and one very intelligent son who would live only for 16 years. The sage chose the latter and was eventually blessed with an intelligent son who was named Markandeya.
Amavasya (New Moon or No Moon day) falls on 22nd November. This Amavasya is also known as Shani Amavasya or Shanishchari Amavasya. On this day, people offer Tel Abhishekam and perform Shani shanti puja to lessen the malefic effects of Shani Saadesaati and Shani Dasha. It is believed that people would overcome mental disturbances, become prosperous and regain their health and vitality by praying to Shani Dev on this day.
Laxmi Devi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped by millions of devotees around the world for prosperity, fortune and fertility. Devotees believe that She would protect them from financial problems and misery. She embodies charm, grace and beauty. Goddess Laxmi Devi is depicted in illustrations with four arms. The arms represent Moksha, Artha, Kama and Dharma. The Goddess is also known as Thirumagal or Shri as She is bestowed with six divine and auspicious qualities or Gunas and is the source of strength to Lord Vishnu. Sita, Radha and Rukmini are the different incarnations of Laxmi Devi.
Thursday is also known as Vrihaspativar, Brihaspativar or Guruvar as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brihaspati (Planet Jupiter), the Guru of all Devas. People observe a fast on Thursday with a belief that they would be blessed with happiness, success and prosperity. Yellow is the most auspicious color for Thursday
Pradosh Vrat is observed by devotees on the Trayodashi day (the 13th day) of both Shukla Paksha (the bright half) and Krishna Paksha (the dark half) fortnights. Pradosh means dusk and vrat means fast. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are extremely generous and happy on Pradosh Vrat day and fulfill all the wishes of devotees. People who observe Pradosh Vrat sincerely will be blessed with happiness, health and wealth.