One day and several legends! The significance of this day was lauded by great personalities in Mahabharata and Garuda Purana too! Some devotees celebrate it as the wedding day of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati while some devotees consider it to be the day when Lord Shiva manifested Himself in the form of a Linga (Lingodbhava) and there are a few more devotees who consider it to be the day on which Lord Shiva performed the “Tandava Nritya” (the dance of creation, preservation and destruction.)
Makar Sankranthi, the harvest festival, is celebrated today all across India. The festival is known by different names in different parts of India (the most popular name being Sankranthi). In Tamil Nadu the festival is known as Pongal, in Gujarat it is known as Uttarayan, in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana it is known as Maghi, in Assam it is known as Bhogali Bihu, in Kashmir valley it is known as Shishur Saenkraat, in western Bihar it is known as Khichdi and in Karnataka it is known as Makara Sankramana.
What is Dharma? This is the question which revolves in almost everybody’s mind. Dharma is more a culture and set of rules and regulations which one should follow as per Hindu holy books and scriptures. According to Hinduism, dharma is a natural and universal set of law whose observance leads to happy and contented life. It helps in saving ourselves from various sufferings both mental and physical. Dharma should be the foundation of everyone’s life.
The main shrine that houses Sai Baba’s Samadhi and statue today was originally a large private house that was constructed during his last years. The construction was done over the garden that Baba had tended over a dumping ground. The original house was built to serve as a resting house as well as a Mandir. In his dream a wealthy devotee of Baba named Gopalrao Booty from Nagur and his friend Shama received the instructions of Baba to build the temple. The first round of work began around the year 1915 and it was built of stone. While passing by Baba would sometimes offer his suggestions.
Lord Hanuman or Hanuman ji is the most revered deity in hindu mythology. Hanuman ji is the monkey God and said to be the incarnation of God Shiva. Hanuman Ji is the devotee of Lord Rama, the eldest son of king Dasratha. Hanuman ji is also known as “Vayu Putra” and is blessed with various powers. The famous “Hanuman Chalisa” is said to be very powerful and reciting it daily given inner peace and strength. The most auspicious day to worship Lord Hanuman is Tuesday of every week. There are many names of Lord Hanuman as Vayu putra, Anjani Putra, Maruti, Pawan Putra.
From the ancient era, you can find signs of worshipping Shiva. Shiva has many forms. In the age of Indus Valley Civilization, Shiva was worshipped as Yogi. People worshiped him as Agni, the fire. Another Form, Rudra, who is the storm God, is also a form of Shiva. Shiva resides in the mountain of Kailas. People worship Shiva in the form of Lingam. Shiva is mainly Worshipped not only in India, but also in Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Friday is the most auspicious day to worship Goddess Laxmi Devi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Today, devotees welcome the Goddess home with puja and invoke Her blessings. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi enters homes that are clean and tidy; hence, devotees clean their houses before conducting Laxmi puja. Few devotees also worship the broom as it is a symbolic representation of cleanliness.