Bhadrapada purnima

This one’s celebrated in 4 different ways. you can choose and pick ur favourite!

1) Also known as Anantha purnima cos it comes one day after the much celebrated ganpati visarjan on anantha chaturdashi. Anantha means infinite. This day is thus dedicated to celebrate infinity. if we sit back and think in the realm of time and space how minuscule our life is w.r.t this infinite creation, then nothing will be able to shake us. dissolving the ganpathi idol into the ocean is a gentle reminder that everything is created, sustained for a little while and then metamorphised back into where it come from. that the world is a cute little, well planned game with no real purpose πŸ˜›
(also, the day after this purnima is reserved for thanking our pithrus’/ ancestry whose blood runs through our veins.)

2) bhadra poonam is celebrated with much fan-fare in gujrat as ‘amba bhavani’ day with a mela & dance celebration where all farmers gather to pray to maa ambaji at ambaji village. interesting tidbit: there is no idol of maa amba inside the temple!! instead there is a triangle with shree inscribed in it and this representation of ambaji is called the ‘vishwa yantra’. it is said that when sati’s lifeless body was dismembered by vishnu’s sudarshana chakra, her heart fell in that particular temple. this is one among the total of 51 places her body parts fell, each spot known & prayed to fervorously as a shakti peeth.

3) today, the uma maheshwara vradham is done in prayer to lord shiva and his consort, parvati; yet again for martial bliss! no wonder the divorce rates in india are so less. half the time we are reinstating our vows only!

4) this Purnima among so many other things, is also dedicated to Lord Satyanarayana. it is considered highly auspicious to do Satyanarayana Puja during Bhadrapada Purnima. Satyanarayana is an avatar of Lord Vishnu is considered as the epitome of truth and all that is pure. Satyanarayana fast is considered to be very effective, conducting a Satyanarayana swamy Puja during house warming ceremony will purify the house from all negativity, if any!
(but guruji has given a super short cut method. he said chanting ‘om namah shivaya’ 108 times daily will ward away anything negative in our minds/surroundings. no fast, no nothing. easy peasy! πŸ™‚ )

2 Responses to “Bhadrapada purnima”

  1. karpagavalli November 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    πŸ™‚ That 3rd point is so cute. πŸ™‚ Thanks for summarising!

  2. aseemtaneja November 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    So many pujas. Such little time.

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