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Durga Ashtami 2022: Shubh muhurat, significance, why do we worship girls on this day? All you need to know

The auspicious nine-day festival of Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga. Ashtami is celebrated on April 9 this year, whereas Ram Navami is observed on April 10.

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Durga Ashtami 2022

The nine forms of Goddess Durga are honored during the fortunate nine-day celebration of Navratri. For Hindus, the last two days of Navratri are immensely important, and they are celebrated with great zeal. Kanya Puja, a popular rite held on Ashtami or Navami, is the centerpiece of these two days. Maa Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri are honored on the eighth and ninth days of the festival. This year, Ashtami falls on April 9, while Ram Navami falls on April 10.

During Navratri, little girls are revered since it is believed that Goddess Durga resides within them. According to tradition, Goddess Durga took on the form of a young girl in order to fight the demon Kalasura. As a result, little girls are idolized since they are thought to be universal creative forces. Kanya Puja, also known as Kanjak Puja, is a Navaratri ritual in which nine girls are worshipped as nine different forms of Goddess Durga, known as Navadurga.

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Durga Ashtami 2022: Date and Shubh Muhurat

According to the Hindu calendar, Durga Ashtami will be observed on April 9.

Starting time: 11:05 pm, April 8
Ending time: 1:23 am April 9

Why do we worship girls on this day?

Kanya Pujan is a prominent Navratri ceremony. According to the Devi Bhagwat Purana, worshipping girls on the ninth day of Navratri blesses worshippers with the real merit of prayers. At the end of Navratri, those who have fasted for nine days are supposed to worship a girl child.

Significance of Kanya Puja?

Devotees welcome the girls into their homes and are made to sit on a pedestal after washing their feet.   Following that, a holy thread called Kalawa is knotted across their wrists, and red kumkum is applied to their foreheads. Puri, kala chana, coconut, and halwa are part of a special bhog served to them. Devotees give presents like as red dupattas, new clothes, bangles, and money after the bhoj. The Kanya Pujan ceremony is completed by touching the feet of young girls and asking for their blessings.

It is also believed that worshipping one girl child bestows good luck, two girls bestow perception and salvation, and three girls bestow merit. Worshiping four and five girls, bestows authority and knowledge respectively, while nine Kanya Puja is believed to bestow supremacy.

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Happy Vasant Panchami 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes

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Happy Vasant Panchami 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes

This year, the festival of Vasant Panchami is being celebrated on January 26, Thursday.

Vasant Panchami has great importance in Hinduism. It is also known as Saraswati Puja. This day also marks the beginning of the spring season. On this day, Goddess Saraswati is worshiped by rituals. It is believed that Mother Saraswati appeared on this day. People wear yellow clothes on this day and worship Maa Saraswati. Also, they send messages to their loved ones, friends and relatives to wish them a happy Vasant Panchami. With these special messages, you should also congratulate your loved ones on this day.

Happy Vasant Panchami messages 2023

  • The freezing winter season is over, and spring has finally arrived. This spring, may your homes be blessed with prosperity and good fortune. Greetings for Happy Vasant Panchami Messages 2023.
  • Power and money come from knowledge. I send you Goddess Saraswati’s best wishes for joy and success. Greetings on Vasant Panchami 2023.
  • There are many reasons to be happy and hopeful as spring approaches. I hope this spring will stand out among all the others in your life. Greetings on Vasant Panchami.
  • In honour of Vasant Panchami, may Goddess Saraswati bestow upon you her immeasurable blessings. Wishing you a very happy Vasant Panchami in 2023.

Saraswati Puja wishes

  • Knowledge is power and knowledge is wealth. May Goddess Saraswati shower prosperity and peace on you. Happy Vasant Panchami!
  • The power of knowledge resides in all of us. May Ma Saraswati illuminate the glow and strive for more knowledge in us forever.
  • Wishing you good fortune, happiness, peace, success, and progress on the auspicious occasion of Vasant Panchami.
  • The creative power is within all of us. May Goddess Saraswati keep lighting this flame and bless you greatly.
  • May this auspicious day of Vasant Panchami bring a huge wealth of knowledge to you and your loved ones. Happy Saraswati Puja.
  • Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and prosperous Vasant Panchami.
  • May you be blessed with Goddess Saraswati’s lovely blessings, happy Vasant Panchami. 
  • May you be untouched by ignorance and darkness. I wish you a very blissful Vasant Panchami.
  • At the end of a dark road of all the ills of the world, there’s the soothing amber glow of knowledge. Happy Saraswati Puja.
  • Let us pray to Goddess Saraswati for knowledge and the removal of ignorance. Happy Vasant Panchami.

Vasant Panchami Puja time

This year Vasant Panchami is being observed from 12:34 pm on January 25 to 12:35 pm on January 26. According to Drik Panchang, the auspicious muhurat for Puja falls on January 26 from 7:12 am to 12:34 pm.

Saraswati Puja is performed at homes, schools, and colleges on Vasant Panchami. People dress up in white and yellow and fly kites.

Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Vasant Panchami Puja time 2023, and she is offered of mustard, marigold flowers, and other yellow items. People dress in yellow because it represents wealth, vitality, and hope.

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Makar Sankranti 2023: Wishes, quotes, greetings to share on WhatsApp and Facebook

In the Northern states, the festival is celebrated on January 14 every year with great exuberance.

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Makar Sankranti wishes

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that is celebrated across India under different names. In the Northern states, the festival is celebrated on January 14 every year with great exuberance.

The festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of Uttarayan as it is an annual event which depends on the movement of the Sun referred to as Uttarayan. This year, the Sun’s transit from Dhanu to Makar will take place on January 15. Therefore, Makar Sankranti will fall on January 15.

India is rich in culture and tradition and with the social media generation, one cannot stop sharing good wishes to their friends and families, especially on a festival. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, we have brought to you wishes, quotes, and greetings you can share with your loved ones on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Makar Sankranti 2023 wishes

  • May your success fly this Makar Sankranti like your kites. Salutations to Uttarayan
  • I wish you pleasure, happiness, and love on this Makar Sankranti. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Makar Sankranti
  • As the sun starts its northward journey, let’s come together and celebrate this season of opulence with love, peace, and joy. Wish you a very Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Enjoy the first festival of the year at this time. I hope you have a healthy and fruitful Makar Sankranti!
  • May the warmth of til and the sweetness of gur fill your life with peace. Greetings on Makar Sankranti!A beautiful, bright and delightful day, the sun entered Makar to intense the ray. Crop harvested to cheer the smiles, come together and enjoy life.
  • Sending you warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and wishing you life’s best now and in all the days to come. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • May this festival fulfil all your life’s wishes, It’s my prayer and wish that the cool warmth of bonfire, delicious sweetness of gur and rewri, remain with you forever. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Bajare ki roti, nimbu ka achar, suraj ki kirne, chand ki chandani aur apno ka pyaar. Har jeevan ho khushal mubarak ho aapko Sankranti ka tyohar

Makar Sankranti 2023 quotes

  • “May happiness come to your home every day, and may you get success every moment, with this hope. Happy Makar sankranti.”
  • “Life is a path, if you do not walk carelessly on this path then difficulties will definitely come. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “The kite also came out like you, even a slight gust of wind flew away immediately. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “Life is the name of living, live it with harmony and love. Let’s spread love and harmony on this festival of Makar Sankranti. ”
  • “Joy in the body, enthusiasm in the mind, So now let’s paint the sky. Now everyone flew together. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “With dreams in mind, let’s fly a kite that fills the engine of happiness in life. Happy Makar Sankranti 2023.”
  • “May no kite ever cut you, may the string of faith never break, may you touch all the success in life, like a kite touches the heights of the sky. Best wishes for Makar Sankranti!”
  • “A New Beginning, A New Destination, With Happiness or Sorrow, With Pain or Pleasure.” Wishing You A Very Happy Makar Sankranti
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Lohri 2023: Best wishes, quotes to share with your friends and family

People pray to God for a good harvest on this day

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Lohri 2023: Best wishes, quotes to share with your friends and family

In North India, particularly in Haryana and Punjab, the Hindu and Sikh populations widely observe the auspicious festival of Lohri. The celebration is held to mark the beginning of a new harvesting season as well as the ripening of winter crops. Lohri will be celebrated on January 14, 2023.

People pray to God for a good harvest on this day. Around a bonfire, neighbours, friends, and family members congregate to roast peanuts, popcorn, and jaggery-sweetened treats. These things are thereafter given out and eaten as “prasad.”

For the celebration of joy, harvest, and fertility, here are some greetings, messages, and quotes that you can send to your friends and family.

Lohri 2023 Best Wishes, Messages:

  • Warmth of bonfire Lohri jaggery. May the fragrance and revri always be with you, this is our heartfelt wish Happy Lohri
  • May this Lohri bring positivity and glory to you and your entire family in the divine light of happiness, may you always shine like this Happy Lohri
  • May you enjoy Lohri with lots of singing and dancing, enjoyment and merriment…. Wishing you lots of smiles and success this Lohri.
  • Meethe gur mein mil gaya til,Udi patang aur khil gaya dil,Aapke jeevan mein aaye har din sukh aur shanti,Wish you a very Happy Lohri!
  • Isse pehle ki Lohri ki shaam ho jaye, Mera SMS auron ki tarha aam ho jaye, Aapko Lohri ki bahut bahut shubhkamnayein. Happy Lohri!
  • I pray that the fire of Lohri burns your sorrows to ashes. May your coming new year be filled with happiness and prosperity. Wishing you a delightful Lohri Happy Lohri
  • May the pious fire of Lohri end all the negativities around you and bring purity and positivity in your life…. Best wishes on Lohri to you and your family.
  • Sardi ki thartharahat mein,moongfali, rewari aur gur ki mithas ke saath,Lohri mubaarak ho aapko..dosti aur rishtey ki garmahat ke saath.
  • Lohri ki aag mein dehan ho saare gam, Khushiyaan aayein aap ke jeevan mein hardam. Happy Lohri !!
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