The Mother Annapurna is worshipped for a good harvest and food

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The food is essential for all mortals to survive even for the gods. The mother Annapurna is the creation of the Hindu mythology as a material proof that the world survives on food. The legend is once the Shiva was explaining the meaning of creation and the Maya. In the discussion, the Shiva explained to Parvati the world is nothing, but a big illusion. And everything here is the part of the trick played by Maya, even the food. Hearing this, the Mother who is the manifestation of the material world became angry and left. It landed the world in a unique situation and earth became barren and void of any food material. Then Shiva unable to manage food for his child started begging for food. The mother Annapurna hearing this met Shiva at Kashi and given her food. The Shiva realised his fault and erected a temple at Kashi.

Beliefs of worship

It has a relation to the advent of agriculture when growing and preserving food became very important. The mother Annapurna is worshipped for a good harvest and food for the mankind. It will be evident from the other names of the mother Annapurna like Shristihetukavardhani and Durbhiksahansanaya. She is the protector against poverty.

How to worship Annapurna

The mother Annapurna is worshipped by chanting her one hundred and eight names before taking the food and presenting it to her. There is believe that the idol should be kept over a bowl of rice

Festivals based on Annapurna

The main temple of mother Annapurna is at Varanasi. Here Navaratri festival is celebrated thrice in a year. This is the main festival. However, another important festival is held in the eastern India during the Shukla Paksha of the Bengali month of Chaitra. And it is done by the women folks only. Another major festival is observed on the Akshyatritia, which is the day the mother Annapurna born.

Benefits of Worshipping Annapurna

The benefit of worshipping Mother Annapurna is to get out of poverty. The mother Annapurna is the provider of food and all earthly belonging and is also worshipped for prosperity.

Regions where Annapurna is worshipped

The main temple of mother Annapurna is the holy shrine at Varanasi. Apart from that mother Annapurna is worshipped in almost all the states of India.

Reasons for Worshipping The Lord Kartikeya

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The Lord Kartikeya has several names. He is known as Skanda, Subrahmanya, Shanmugam, Kumaran, Seyon, Saravaṇa, Guhan, Murugan, Dandapani and many other names. He is the eldest son if Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati and born to slay the asuras. The legend says that the Tarakasura and Surapadma received the blessing of Lord Shiva that none other than the Lord Shiva’s can kill them. The asura thus became invincible and attacked devas and made them slaves. Hearing this enraged Lord Shiva frowned and six sparks emerge from his third eye. The six sparks are the six heads of the Lord Kartikeya. The six heads of Lord Kartikeya represents six attributes those are wisdom, quietism, fame, strength, wealth and divine power. The six heads also mean the five senses or temptations he conquered; those are, lust, anger, avarice, passion and jealousy and the sixth one is the mind.

Reasons for worship

He is worshipped for eternal youth and his knowledge. He taught the Lord Shiva the meaning of OM. Those who worship the Lord believe that Lord will free them from the five vices and give them eternal youth. In eastern India, Lord Kartikeya is also worshipped by the childless couple to get a child.

How to worship

Devotion is what you need to worship Kartikeya. The arrangement is very simple. You will need incense stick, camphor, sandal paste, kumkum, holy water of the Ganges or any clean water. At first you light a lamp and incense stick and meditate before the idol. Once you feel your mind is free from other thoughts chant the mantra and sprinkle holy water, and then offer the deity sandal paste, chant the mantra and then offer kumkum. Now you can perform archana. You can do it like your daily puja. Offer flowers and fruits to the deity and keep the camphor burning. In India, Tuesday is dedicated to the war god Mars and is considered auspicious to worship Kartikeya.

Festivals based on Lord Kartikey

In the eastern India including Orissa and West Bengal the Kartikeya festival is on the last day of the month of Kartik. In parts of West Bengal it is done with much festivity and it goes on for four days, Bansberia is one such place. In South India Kartikeya is called Murugan and every town has Murugan temple and is worshipped as god of the Nature. The full moon day in the month of Karthik is an auspicious day and on this day the Karthikeya has received his Vel from goddess mother Parvati and is celebrated. In South India and also in other parts of the world Kartlkeya festival is celebrated, in the Tamil month of Thai. The Lord Kartikeya is worshipped in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore and there are temples in UK and USA.

Beliefs and benefits of worship Lord of the Universe Jagannatha

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Jagannatha or the Lord of the Universe is considered as a form or incarnation of Lord Vishnu, one of the Hindu triad. Since he is the cause of all incarnations and everything emanates from him, Jagannatha does not have a life story unlike other deities of the Hindu pantheon.

Brief history about deity

The Lunar dynasty King Indradyuma had set out in search of the Nil Madhava or the Blue Vishnu at the Nilachal mountains. However, the great God disappeared even before the King could reach the mountains and refused to manifest in that particular form. Instead, the God instructed Indradyuma to carve out Jagannatha, Balabhadra, Subhadra and the Sudarshan Charkra from a single log of scented wood. the signs of the sankha, chakra , gada and the Padma would be manifest on the log for identification.

Following this God Vishwakarma embarked on the mission of carving the idols on the condition that the work would be carried out behind closed doors and no one would see it before completion. However, the King or his wife could not contain the curiosity and tried to steal a peak at which Viswakarma disappeared without finishing the work of carving and thus the incomplete form. Scholars however opine that the deity is a tribal God who was worshiped on the mountains and turned into a Vedic God much later.

Time and way of worship
Worship of Lord Jagannatha involves elaborate rituals that begin from 5 am and ends at midnight. Doors open with Mangal arati, followed by inspection and taking off of previous day’s clothes, putting on the towel and the Abhishek or cleaning and the dressing. The deities again change their clothes and an offering is made in the kitchen that is followed by several pujas. The deities retire after the night bhog or the offering of food.

Beliefs and benefits of worship
Worship of Jagannatha is the worship of the creator and sustainer who immediately preserves the human who chants his name by removing her or his sins. The faithful is emancipated from all her or his earthly bindings of evil and ready to meet the Ultimate in the next world.

Religious festivals associate with the deity

The Ratha Yatra or the Car Festival is the most famous festival associated with Lord Jagannatha all over the country but especially Puri Temple that is the primary dwelling place. The Lord goes for a change of air for a fortnight after which during Ulta Ratha or return festival, he returns to the Temple.

Region where deity is worshipped most

The primary festival of the Lord is of course conducted in Puri, Orissa, but the festival is celebrated with much fervor all over Eastern India. Large chariots are brought out on the city streets with the deities that is followed with much devotion. Kolkata, Mayapur and several other places where the ISKON have Temples celebrate the festival with much fanfare.

The benefit of worshipping The Eternity Lord Krishna

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Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and the central character of the epic Mahabharata. His maternal uncle imprisoned her sister and killed her seven babies as the eighth one will be his destructor; however the king failed to kill the eighth baby as he was smuggled out of the prison and that baby was Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is portrayed as the greatest diplomat and the omnipotent power. He narrated the Gita the revered text of the Hindu religion. The Gita is a depiction of Lord Krishna’s power and it also narrates the Hindi concept of life and death. The cult of Vaishnavism spread through the whole of India and in modern times the bhakti-movement has gained strength and made a global impact.

Reason for worshiping Lord Krishna


The Krishna is the reincarnation of Vishnu, he who preserves and nurtures creation. He is the model of love and devotion. By worshipping lord Krishna releases the soul from further reincarnation and it is absolved from further torments. The free soul then gets enshrined in the universal soul.

How to worship Lord Krishna


Lord Krishna is worshipped in two forms. In one form, the deity is a kid and called Balagovinda. In this form, the deity of lord Krishna is normally a metal idol. The ritual starts with bathing the metal idol in pure and clean water, drying and dressing up the idol. The tulsi leaf with sandalwood paste is offered and fruits and laddoos are offered; incense sticks and dias or oil lamps are a must. The items for pujas are same. The devotional songs are a part and parcel of Krishna worship and bhajans are an essential part of the pujas in the evening. The households where Balgovinda form is worshipped, the lord is worshipped in the morning in the midday and in the eveningFestivals of Lord Krishna


The main festival of Lord Krishna is the Janmashtami and is celebrated all over India. The Mathura city was once in the central attraction as Mathura is lord’s births place. However, the Janmastsmi festival is celebrated over the whole of India. Chanting hymns from the Gita and bhajans are part of the celebration. Incidentally, the bhakti movement has encouraged music in a great way. The bhajans of Mira is an example and Mira’s bhajan is also among the evening essentials.

Benefits of Worshipping Lord Krishna

Radhakrishna is to have harmony, peace of mind and a happy married life. The Krishna is another form if the Vishnu the second of the trinity and is worship frees the soul from further sufferings and rebirth and mingles with the eternal soul.

Regions where the Lord Krishna is worshipped

The lord Krishna is worshipped whole of India and outside India also. A few famous Krishna Temples are : Krishna Jianma Bhoomi Mandir, Mathura; Banke Behari Mandir, Vrindavan; Dwarakadhish Temple Gujarat; GuruVayur Temple, Kerala; Srtnath Temple, Rajasthan; Udupi Sri Krtshna Temple, Karnataka and ISKCON temple at Mayapur West Bengal

Worshipping the Goddess Of Purity Ganga

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In Hinduism and especially in India, river Ganges is considered the holiest of all rivers. Originating from the Gangotri glacier in the Gaumukh in the Greater Himalayas, the river has enriched the life of millions of Hindus over the centuries. Ganga is mentioned twice as a goddess in the Hindu mythology. Once in the “Visnu Purana”, as “Vishmupadi” as she was created from the sweat of Lord Vishnu and in the mythological tales where she is regarded as the daughter of Parvataraja, Devi Parvati’s sister and Lord Shiva’s consort.

Specifications of worship

The river is worshipped as a deity and respectfully referred to as “Ganga Maiya” or Gangaji”. The water of the holy river is called “Gingival” and is regarded pious and the most sacred water on earth. The water, therefore, is stored in every Hindu household as it is used in all Hindu ceremonies and festivals. Hindus lie along the Ganga Ghats or banks of the Ganges, lie Gangotri, Allahabad Varanasi and Haridwar, as these places are considered to be sacred to the Hindus.

Popular beliefs and benefits

In Hindu mythology, the river is worshipped as a goddess. It is believed that she descended from the heaven to rinse away the sins of mankind and, therefore, thousands of Hindus dip in the holy water on auspicious occasions like during “Makar Sankranti” to wash away their sin and bestow her special blessings. The bath is believed to facilitate the realization of salvation. Hindus immerse the ashes of their family in the holy waters of Ganga, with popular faith that the ashes travel to heaven.

Popular Ganga festivals

Every summer, the festival Ganga Dashami or Ganga Dusshera is celebrated. The auspicious occasion marks the descent of the river on earth. Devotees dip in the holy river seeking her blessings and worships by lighting a lamp, offers flowers, sandalwood, and milk.

Benefits of Worshipping Lord Ganesha

The worshipping of the God leads to destroying of the evils and gives success to his devotees. He is worshipped as the God of knowledge, wisdom, wealth and education.

Centers of worship

Thousand of devotees, across India, perform the “Ganga aarti” every evening, along the banks of the river like in cities like Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanpur, Patna, Allahabad among others regions. The “Ganga aarti” is an act of respect for the deity seeking her blessings.