Thursday, 25 September 2014

Dussehra Navarathri celebrations in India

Navratri (Nine day celebrations) and its importance:

There are nine forms of Goddess Durga matha. Below mentioned are list of goddess forms.

Dussehra Dassera Dusera Durga

Ekam - First day : This day is dedicated to Goddess  Shailputri (daughter of Himalaya)
Mata Shailputri – First Avatara of Durga :

Mata Shailputri is a daughter of ‘Parvata raju’ (mountain king) – Himalaya / Himvanth. She is the first among nine avatars of Durga and worshiped on the First day of Navaratri . In her previous birth, she was ‘Sati Bhavani Mata’, the daughter of King Daksha. Mata Shailputri, also known as Parvati got married with Lord Shiva. On the first day of Durga Navratri,  Paravathi Devi she is worshipped. Mata Shailputri holds a ‘Trishul’, a weapon, in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. She rides on bull. She has pleasant smile and blissful looks.
Duj - Second day : This day is dedicated to  Goddess Bramcharini (peaceful form of Durga)
Mata Brahmacharini – Second Avatara of Durga :

Mata Brahmacharini is worshipped on second day of Navarathri.  Brahmacharini is the goddess who performed ‘Tapa’ (penance) (Brahma – Tapa , Charini - Performer ). Mata personifies love and loyalty. She holds  japa mala in her right hand and Kamandal in left hand. She is also called as ‘Uma’ and ‘Tapacharini’ and provides knowledge and wisdom to her devotees.
Tritiya - Third day : This day is dedicated to  goddess Chandra ghanta (Anger form of Durga)
Mata Chandraghanta – Third Durga :

Mata Chadraghanta is worshipped on the thrid day of Navratri. She is very bright and charming. DurgaMaa is astride a tiger, displays a golden hue to HER skin, possesses ten hands and 3 eyes. Eight of HER hands display weapons while the remaining two are respectively in the mudras of gestures of boon giving and stopping harm. Chandra + Ghanta, meaning supreme bliss and knowledge, showering peace and serenity, like cool breeze in a moonlit night.
Chaturthi - Fourth day : This day is dedicated to goddess Kushmanda (Happy form of Durga)
Mata Kushmanda – Fourth Durga :

Mata Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Navrathri. . She shines brightly with a laughing face in all ten directions as the Sun. She controls whole Solar system. In her eight hands, she holds several types of weapons in six hands and a rosary and a lotus in remaining hands. She rides on Lion. She likes offerings of ‘Kumhde’, hence her name ‘Kushmanda’ has become popular.
Panchmi - Fifth day : This day is dedicated to  goddess Skand mata (Blessing form of Durga)
Ma Skanda Mata – Fifth Durga :

Skanda Mata is worshipped on the fifth Day of Navratri.  She had a son ‘Skandaa and holds him on her lap . She has  three eyes and  four hands; two hands hold lotuses while the other 2 hands respectively display defending and granting gestures. Its said, by the mercy of Skandmata, even the idiot becomes an ocean of knowledge. The great and legendary Sanskrit Scholar Kalidas created his two masterpieces works  “Raghuvansh Maha Kavya” and “Meghdoot” by the grace of  Skandmata. Mata is considered as a deity of fire. She rides on Lion.
Shasthi - Six day : This day is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani(Daughter form of Durga)
Mata Katyayani – Sixth Durga :

Mata Katyayani is worshippedon the the Sixth Day of Navratri. Rishi Katyayan observed a penance to get Jaganmata as his daughter. She blessed him and took birth as his daughter on the bank of river Jamuna for getting Lord Krishna as a husband. She is considered as prime deity of Vraj mandal. Ma Katyayani has three eyes and four hands. . One left hand holds a weapon and the other a lotus She rides on Lion.
Saptami - Seven day : This day is dedicated to Goddess Kalratri (Cruel and violent form of Durga)
Mata Kalratri – Seventh Durga :

Mata Kalaratri is worshipped on the Seventh Day of Navratri .  She is dark and black like night, hence she is called as ‘Kalratri’. Her hairs are unlocked and has three eyes and four hands.while the remaining 2 are in the mudras of “giving” and “protecting”. HER vahana is a faithful donkey. The destroyer of darkness and ignorance.  She spills out fire from her nostrils. She holds a sharp Sword in her right hand and blesses her devotees with her lower hand. As she blesses her devotees with prosperity, she is also called as ‘Shubhamkari’.
Astami - Eight day : This day is dedicated to Goddess Maha gauri (form of mata parvati and symbol of purity)
Mata Maha Gauri – Eighth Durga :

Mata Maha Gowri is worshipped on the Eight Day of Navratri. Maha Gauri looks as white as moon and jasmine. She has three Eyes and four hands. Peace and compassion radiate from HER being and SHE is often dressed in a white or green sari. SHE holds a drum and a trident and is often depicted riding a bull . Her above left hand is in fearless pose and she holds ‘Trishul’ in her lower left hand. Her above right hand has tambourine and lower right hand is in blessing mudra.
Navmi - Ninth day : This day is dedicated to the goddess Siddhidatri(knowledge form of Durga)
 Mata Siddhidatri – Ninth Durga :

Mata Siddhidatri is the worshipped on the Ninth Day of Navratri. Maha Shakti gives all the eight siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Iishitva and Vashitva. According to ‘Devi Puran’, the supreme God Shiva got all these siddhis by worshipping the supreme Goddess Maha Shakti. With her gratitude, his half body has become of Goddess, hence Lord Shiva’s name ‘Ardhanarishvar’ has become famous. According to some sources she drives on Lion. Other sources say, she is seated on lotus. Siddhidatri Devi is worshipped by all Gods, Rushis, Muniswaras, Siddha yogis, and all common devotees who want to attain the religious asset.
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara 2014

Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara: Sammakka Sarakka is a tribal festival and also a mela, held at Medaram village of Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh, India. This mela is popularly called as Sammakka Jatara, Medaram Jatara, Sammakka Sarakka Festival & Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara.

Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara
Sammakka Sarakka is a huge festival of Telangana people that marks the fight of Sammakka and Saralamma (a mother and daughter) with the powerful rulers against an unfair law. It is a 3 days festival starts at Medaram in Tadvai mandal that held once in 2 years. It is a major festival/Jatara after kumbh mela that attracts millions of people all over the country. As per the records, the previous Jatara which was held in 2012 had 10 million devotees visited/attended this Jatara.

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara dates 2014: This Year Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara/Festival will be held from February 12 - 15 2014 (Magha Sudha Pournami Days).

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara 2014

Nearby Accommodation: During Sammakka Sarakka fair temple offers accommodation facilities for the tourists in a small Dharma Sathram & number of temporary huts, tent accommodation (paid) are raised by the locals, for the benefit of the devotees. One can also stay in the hotels of the nearest big town Warangal.

Medaram Jatara dates 2014

How to Go/Reach Sammakka Sarakka: Sammakka Sarakka temple is located in Medaram village of Warangal District in A.P. It is located at a distance of about 95 kms from Warangal and 240 kms from its state capital city, Hyderabad. APSRTC runs number of special buses from all the major towns of Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. 

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