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Happy Bihu 2022: Mouthwatering traditional dishes to must try at home

Bihu festival has knocked on the door and people from all around the country have started preparing for the festival. When it comes to the festivals, different cuisines are the first thing that comes to our minds, for enjoying delicious food during any festival or occasion.

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Happy Bihu 2022: Mouthwatering traditional dishes to must try at home

The Bihu festival has come, and people from all around the country have begun to prepare for the occasion. When it comes to festivals, the first thing that springs to mind is diverse cuisines to enjoy delicious food during any festival or occasion.

Bihu is also known as the festival of Bohag Bihu. The festival is celebrated on April 14 every year, and it lasts for almost seven days. There is a total of three types of Bihu festivals in a year that is celebrated by the people, especially the Assamese community.

Each one commemorates one unique season in the agricultural calendar. These are Rongaali Bihu or Bohag Bihu in April, Kati Bihu or Kongaali Bihu in October, and Magh Bihu or Bhogaali Bihu in November. However, Bohag Bihu is the most important which falls in April.

We have curated some of the famous Dishes that must try at this Bohag Bihu festival:

Gila Pitha:

Gila Pitha is one of the primary dishes that is served at the Bihu celebration, and it is cooked in nearly every home. For this recipe, start making the dough wet, combine rice flour, jaggery, sticky rice, and orange peel, and set it overnight. The next day, add baking powder to the batter and form little oval-shaped balls, which you will deep fry in mustard oil.

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Laai Xaak Khar Pitha Guri Di:

In a small amount of oil, fry the garlic until it turns light brown. Stir in the chopped Rai herbs, chili powder, and ginger-garlic paste. Wait for the water to evaporate. Add alkaline Khar, salt, and chopped Arbi that has been cooked. Stir everything together thoroughly. Toss in the rice and mustard pastes. To make gravy, add water as needed. Add some raw mustard oil before turning off the heat for a spicy flavor.

Bora Saulor Aroiya Pitha:

To make Bora Saulor Aroiya Pitha, first, wash and dry the Bora Saul or Thai Sticky rice, then drain the water and grind the wet rice. Combine the shredded coconut and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the coconut binds and the sugar melts. Spread the rice powder in a circular pattern on a Tawa and top with the coconut. Fold the pitha and press one side with a clean towel to prevent the fold from opening.

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Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus.

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Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

India is known as the land of festivals due to its rich combination of diverse cultures, ethnic backgrounds, languages, and religious beliefs. The country celebrates each and every festival with zeal and passion.

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus. The first week of the month will begin with Navratri and Durgotsava and end at Dussehra.

The second week of the festival will see Karva Chauth, a festival performed by married Hindu women in which they observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands.

From Dhanteras to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, the last week of the month is full of celebrations.

Here is the complete list of festivals of October 2022.

  • October 2, 2022 (Sunday) – Gandhi Jayanti
  • October 3, 2022 (Monday) – Shardiya Navratri Mahaashtami (Durga Ashtami) and Kanya Puja
  • October 4, 2022 (Tuesday) –  Mahanavami, Navratri fasting
  • October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) – Dussehra (Vijayadashmi), Durga idol immersion
  • October 6, 2022 (Thursday) – Papankusha Ekadashi fast
  • October 7, 2022 (Friday) – Ashwin Shukra Pradosh Vrat
  • October 9, 2022 (Sunday) – Ashwin Purnima, Sharad Purnima, Kojagar Purnima Vrat
  • October 13, 2022 (Thursday) – Karva Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi fast
  • October 15, 2022 (Saturday) – Skanda Shashthi fast
  • October 17, 2022 (Monday) – Tula Sankranti, Ahoi Ashtami
  • October 21, 2022 (Friday) – Rambha Ekadashi fast
  • October 22, 2022 (Saturday) – Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Jayanti, Kartik Pradosh Vrat
  • October 24, 2022 (Monday) – Diwali, Narak Chaturdashi
  • October 25, 2022 (Tuesday) – Kartik Amavasya
  • October 26, 2022 (Wednesday) – Bhai Dooj, Annakoot, Govardhan Puja, Yama Dwitiya, Chitragupta Puja
  • October 28, 2022 (Friday) – Kartik Vinayak Chaturthi
  • October 30, 2022 – Chhath Puja
  • October 31, 2022- Halloween
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Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1: Know about Maa Shailputri, puja significance, and mantras

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri.

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Maa Shailputri

Shardiya Navratri 2022 kick-started on September 26. The 9-day festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The first day of Navratri begins with Kalashasthapna or Ghatasthapana and devotees worship Maa Shailputri on this day.

As per Hindu mythology, Maa Shailputri is a form of Goddess Parvati and a reincarnation of Sati. Her name is formed with two words Shail which means mountain and Putri which means daughter. Collectively, Shailputri means daughter of the mountains.

Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1 shubh muhurat

  • According to Drik Panchang, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi. The Ghatasthapana Muhurat will begin at 06:11 am and end at 07:51 am.
  • The Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat is at 11:48 am and will end at 12:36 pm. Additionally, the Pratipada Tithi begins at 03:23 am on September 26 and ends at 03:08 am on September 27.

Maa Shailputri significance

Lord Shiva’s wife Goddess Parvati took birth as Lord Himalaya’s daughter after Sati’s self-immolation. She was then called Maa Shailputri, Hemavati, or Parvati.

Maa Shailputri has two hands. While in the right hand she carries Trishul and in the left hand she carries a lotus flower. She represents the white colour and is synonymous with innocence, peace, purity, and calmness. Devotees worship her for good fortune and prosperity.

Maa Shailputri puja vidhi

Devotees establish a Kalash at their homes which are followed by Panchopachara Puja. Maa Shailputri is worshipped with flowers, incense sticks, oil lamps, fruits, and sweets such as bhog.

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be prevented by worshipping Hemavati, the daughter of mountains.

Maa Shailputri mantras

  • Om devi Shailputryai namah
  • Vande vanchhit laabhaay, chandrardhkritshekharaal
    Vrisharudham shooldharam shailputril yashaswinil

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

  • Day 1: Maa Shailputri
  • Day 2: Maa Brahmcharini
  • Day 3: Maa Chandraghanta
  • Day 4: Maa Kushmanda
  • Day 5: Maa Skandmata
  • Day 6: Maa Katyayani
  • Day 7: Maa Kaalratri
  • Day 8: Maa Mahagauri
  • Day 9: Maa Siddhidatri
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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Know the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of goddess Durga

Here are nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.

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Shardiya Navratri 2022

The auspicious Hindu festival honoring Goddess Durga, Shardiya Navratri is round the corner. And this year Sharad Navratri will be celebrated on September 26 till October 5 with Vijay Dashami and Durga Visarjan.

For the unversed, the Shardiya Navratri in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which is the most important of all Navratris (Magha, Chaitra and Ashadha). And for these 9 days, devotees will practice fasting as each day will be dedicated to the celebration of goddess Durga’s all 9 avatars (Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Durga).

And we bring to you the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.

Navratri Day 1: Shailputri Devi Mantra

Goddess Shailputri is the first form of Maa Durga. Shailputri was the Daughter of Himalaya and she is also known as Parvatiand and Hemvati. And the Dhyan mantra devoted to her is:

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। वृषारुढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

Vande Vanchhitlabhay Chandrardhkritshekhram. Vrisharudham Shuldharam Shailputri Yashswinim.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship Goddess Shailputri to fulfil my wishes, who is adorned with a half-moon on her head, rides on a bull, carrying a trident and is illustrious.”

Navratri Day 2: Brahmacharini Devi Mantra

Goddess Brahmacharini is the second form of Durga. In this incarnation Goddess did penance (Tapasya) to get Lord Shiva as her husband. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू। देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥

Dadhanakara Padmabhyam akshamala kamandalam, Devi prasidathu mayi rahmacharinya nuththama.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Devi, Please shower Your Grace on me; O Devi Brahmacharini, You are Incomparable.”

Navratri Day 3: Chandraghanta Devi Mantra

Goddess Chandraghanta is the third form of goddess Durga. This is said to be the married form of Parvati. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

पिण्डज प्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता। प्रसीदम तनुते महयं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता।।

Pindaj Pravrarudha Chandkpasrkaryuta . Prasidam Tanute Mahyam Chandrghnteti Vishruta.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on tiger, angry on enemies, holds many weapons in 10 hands, please on me.”

Navratri Day 4: Kushmanda Devi Mantra

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Maa Kushmanda is the Fourth form of Maa Durga. The holy scripts suggest that goddess Kushmanda resides inside the sun and enlightens the whole world with her ultimate energy. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

वन्दे वांछित कामार्थे चंद्रार्घ्कृत शेखराम, सिंहरुढ़ा अष्टभुजा कुष्मांडा यशस्वनिम||

Vande Vance hit Kamarthe Chandrarghkrit Shekhram, Singhrudha Ashtbhuja Kushmanda Yashswini.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship the moon-worshipped Shekrama, the lion-riding eight-armed Kushmanda, the illustrious one, for the fulfillment of desired desires”

Navratri Day 5: Skanda Devi Mantra

Sanka Devi is the fifth form of goddess Durga. It is said that when maa Parvati gave birth to Skanda also known as Kartikeya, hence, she came to be known as Skanda Mata. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

“सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया| शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी||”

Sinhasangata nityam padmashritkardvya , Shubhdastu sada Devi Skandmata Yashswini.

The meaning of his mantra is, “She is always seated on the throne with her two hands resting on the lotus May Goddess Skanda mata, the illustrious, always bestow auspiciousness.”

Navratri Day 6: Katyayani Devi Mantra

Maa Katyayani is the Sixth form of goddess Durga and her name is driven from her father Katyayan Rishi. This incarnation is said to be the angry form of Durga in which she destroyed demon Mahishasura. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

स्वर्णाआज्ञा चक्र स्थितां षष्टम दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्। वराभीत करां षगपदधरां कात्यायनसुतां भजामि॥

Swarnagya chakra sthitam shashtam Durga Trinetram. Varabhit Karam shadgpadmdharam katyayansutam Bhajami.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The sixth Durga with three eyes standing on the golden command wheel. I worship that daughter of Katyayana whose hands are fearless and who holds six feet.”

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Navratri Day 7: Kalratri Devi Mantra

Goddess Kalratri is the seventh form of Durga. This is also a furious form of Maa Durga in which she destroyed the dangerous demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

करालवंदना धोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्। कालरात्रिं करालिंका दिव्यां विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम॥

Karalvadnam ghoram muktkeshi chaturbhjam. Kaal Ratrim karalikaam divyam vidyutmala vibhushitam.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The goddess with trishule with loose hair and four arms. The night of darkness was fearsome as the divine adorned with garlands of lightning is here.”

Navratri Day 8: Gauri Devi Mantra

Maha Gauri is the 8th form of goddess Durga. Holy scripts read that at the age of 16, Parvati had extremely fair complexion, hence, she received this name Gauri which means Ultimate fair. On this day, we should also worship young girls. Gauri Mata’s Dhyan Mantra is:

पूर्णन्दु निभां गौरी सोमचक्रस्थितां अष्टमं महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।
वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥

Purnandu nibhaana Gauri Somachakrastitam Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram. Varabhitikaran Trishul Damrudharam Mahagauri Bhajem.

Meaning: “Gauri, shining like the full moon, seated in the moon wheel, is the eighth Mahagauri, with three eyes. I worship that great Gauri who is fearless of the best and who holds a trident and a tambourine.”

Navratri Day 9: Siddhidhatri Devi Mantra
Maa Siddhidhatri is the 9th and last form of Durga. It is said that before the universe was even created, Lord Shiva worshiped Para Shakti to get energy and to create the universe. The goddess is also known as the other half of Lord Shiva as she gave her powers to him and came to be known as Siddhi Datri. Here mantra is:

स्वर्णावर्णा निर्वाणचक्रस्थितां नवम् दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।शख, चक्र, गदा, पदम, धरां सिद्धीदात्री भजेम्॥

Swarnavarna Nirvanachakrasthitham Navam Durga Trinetram. Shakh, Chakra, Gada, Padam, Dhara Siddhidatri Bhajem.

Meaning of this Dhyan Mantra is, “I worship that golden-coloured, new Durga, three-eyed, situated in the wheel of Nirvana, the bearer of perfection, the earth with the wing, the wheel, the club and the lotus feet.”

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