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Shudh Roli Tika – For all Auspicious Occasions

Shudh Roli Tika

Shudh Roli Tika or Tilak is a comprehensive tika or tilak pack which is ready to use. Having Shuddhi’s Roli Tika means one need not to roam in order to collect various household items for auspicious tika or tilak. It has all the auspicious herbal items put together naming:

  • Haldi
  • Gangajal
  • Rose Petals

Benefits:
-When Roli Tika is applied on the forehead it energies us
– Connects Body, Mind and Soul
– Skin Friendly

Usage:
– Can be used on all Religious Occasions and Festivals

Also check Shudh Chandan Tika for Peace of Mind

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Shraad: Meaning, Tithi & Significance

Definition:
The word Shraad have orginated from Sanskrit language, which signifies “anything finished with earnestness and confidence? . Shraad in simpler terms symbolizes our ancestors. The entire thought of it is to recall our predecessors with appreciation. “Shraad” likewise signifies “Shraddha” which implies genuine adoration. It?is performed upon the commemoration of the deceased relative according to the Panchang (The Hindu Calendar) or amid the time of dark fortnight called Pitra Paksha. Pitra Paksha is considered the best time to pay gratitude to the ancestors . Only after completion of this time period all the auspicious activities start taking place and ?the Hindu festivals start getting celebrated.

Tithi:
Month: Krishna Paksha of Ashwin Month (?Hindu month )
Begin: From Fullmoon i.e. Purnima
End: Dark Night i.e. Amavasya
Dates for 2015: 28 September to 12 October

?Objective:
1. Deceased Ancestors who are present in the Pitru region by performing Shraad are given momentum with the goal that they can advance to a higher sub-plane of existence.

2. Fulfilling wishes and longings of the demised ancestors from ones’ family who are caught in the negative locales because of unfulfilled yearnings and giving energy for their further advance.

Significance and Benefit:
The custom of Shraddha repays our obligations towards ancestors, as well as it is a way to repay debts towards God and Sages. For all what we have received from our ancestors is repaid?by virtue of our actions. Shraad creates a link between God & Sages and we try to please them by performing such noble gestures and rituals. With this we are basically helping our ancestors in attaining the final freedom. By performing the custom of Shraad, we are getting support ?from Vasu, Rudra and Aditya (Vasu implies goals, Rudra implies disintegration and Aditya implies brilliance or activity) and hence can give momentum to our deceased forefathers and can get blessing from the God in return.

?Mythology:
According to the Mahabharata, Karna?s soul was sent to heaven upon his death.? But over there he was offered only gold and silver ornaments in place of food. He went to the Lord Indra, where he asked the reason for this. Lord Indra said that in his life on Earth he only donated gold and silver ornaments to the people in need but food was never donated by him for his ancestors. In response Karna said he was not aware of his ancestos so Lord Indra gave him 15 days to go back to Earth to offer food for his ancestors. In order to fulfill his desire Karna performed Shraadh rituals for his ancestors on Earth.

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Raksha Bandhan Muhurta 2015

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Poornima : A festival dedicated to Sisters & Brothers

Literal Meaning : What is Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the combination of two words – ” Raksha” & “Bandhan” celebrated once a year on Poornima Day of Hindu Calendar Month – Sravana. ?It is a day when sisters tie (bandhan) up a holi thread on the wrist of brothers and remind them for their commitment to protect (raksha) sisters from all evils.

Muhurta for Raksha Badhan in the year 2015
Afternoon or Aparahan is very auspicious muhurat for this day.? Rakhi ceremony can be celebrated in Pradosh time when the Aprahan Muhurat is not available, with a caution to not perform the rituals in the Bhadra Muhurat as that is considered inauspicious.
Date?:?August 29
Auspicious Muhurta?: From?1:50 pm?onwards till?8:58 pm
Aparahan?
: From?1:50?in the afternoon to?4:10?in the same afternoon
Bhadra Time
:?10:15 am to 1:50 pm
Pradosh Kaal?: From?6:42?in the evening to?8:58?at night
Purnima Tithi
: Begins from?3:35 am?on?August 29
Purnima Tithi
😕 Finishes at?12:05 am?on?August 30

Religious Stories ? Pauranik Katha
Story 1
The festival of Raksha Bandhan has a lot of history attached to it and many different stories that are linked with the Hindu mythology. Amongst the many popular stories one states that once there was a war between the devils and Gods, in which unfortunately the devils were winning. Right then and there, Lord Indra called Lord Brihaspati for some counsel and amid that time, while his wife Indrani was already there.? Before Brihaspati could recommend something, Indrani said to them that in order for the Gods to win the fight she knows what needs to be done. Indrani arranged a talisman in Shravan’s Shukl Purnima following day and got that special necklace tied on her spouse’s wrist by Brahmins. As an after effect of which, the Gods won the fight and Indra stayed unscathed. Since that day, the ornament came to be known as Raksha Sutra and from that point onwards, Rakhi is praised on full moon in the Shravan month.

Story 2
Raksha Bandhan story is also identified with the epic Mahabharata. According to that story, Lord Krishna?s index finger was injured while he was executing ShishuPal. Seeing this Draupadi tore a bit of her sari and tied it on his hurt finger in order to stop the blood. That bit of piece of clothing worked as a Raksha Sutra for Shri Krishna and as a token of gratitude Shri Krishna chose to shield her from that day on wards. As a result of the same Shri Krishna saved Draupati in King Dhritarashra’s court when she was being disrobed.

Story 3
Another mainstream story is that King Bali once reached out to Lord Vishnu to shield his kingdom from foes. Vishnu chose to help Bali and for that, he was prepared to leave his home. But this was not what Goddess Lakshmi wished, hence she came to Bali’s home in mask of a Brahmin lady and requested a place to stay. Upon the arrival of Shravan Purnima, she tied a string on Bali’s wrist and told him the reason for her arrival. By this gesture of the Goddess Bali got touched and asked Lord Vishnu not to leave his home. Therefore Raksha Bandhan is also known as “Baleva” which depicts the commitment of King Bali towards Lord Vishnu.

?Relevance and Ritual
The relationship of a brother and sister is very unique, we fight, shout at each other but at the same time we adore one another at the end of the day. Every single moment spent with him or her is cherished for life time. Rakhsha bandhan is the day to relive all those beautiful days gone by and built some more memories of same compassion with our brothers and sisters.

As per the Hindu maas/month it falls in Shravan maas. On this day in the morning everyone gets ready in the best their attire to celebrate Raksha Bandhan also known as Rakhi Poornima or Rakhi. Sisters perform tilak ?or tika ceremony, tie rakhi on the wrists of their brothers and pray to God for their good health and fortune. In return brothers give a promise to protect them and take care of them. They also gift chocolates and other treats to their sisters as a token of affection.


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