Lalitha Sapthami

Lalitha Sapthami
Lalitha Sapthami

Lalitha Sapthami

This is the festival ascribed to Sri Lalitha Devi, one of the eight Gopikas who were the close friends of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna.

Lalitha Sapthami marks the day of the emergence of Sri Lalitha Devi as the close friend of Sri Radha Rani. The festival occurs on the Shukla Paksha Sapthami of Bhadra Padha month. For the Year 2022, it occurs on Saturday, 3rd September 2022. The exact duration of the Sapthami Tithi has to be ascertained from the respective regional calendars. The Shukla Paksha Ashtami of the Bhadra Padha month is celebrated as Sri Radha Ashtami.

Sri Lalitha Sapthami
Sri Krishna and Sri Radha playing

Sri Lalitha Devi was born in Karhela Village. Her parents brought her to Uccgoan. She used to be the closest friend of Sri Radha Rani and Sri Krishna. She used to prepare food for them. She was most devout and loving towards them.

Sri Lalitha Devi is one of the eight Gopikas who were the ardent devotees of Sri Krishna and Sri Radha. The other seven Gopikas are Vishaka, Thunga Vidya, Chitra Lekha, Indu Lekha, Champaka Latha, Sudevi and Ranga Devi. Together, the eight Varishta Gopikas are called as Ashta Sakhi.

As an honor to Sri Lalitha Devi, there is a water body named Lalitha Kund at Vridhavan. It is believed that taking the holy dip in the Kund alleviates the sins.

On Lalitha Sapthami day, married couple devoutly worship Sri Lalitha Devi along with Sri Radha and Sri Krishna. They observe fasting on this day in her honor. It is believed that the Vrat was suggested by Sri Krishna Himself.

The devotees raise early in the morning and after the bath, they prepare for the Vrat. The Puja place at the house is cleaned and decked up with rangoli and flowers. After praying to Lord Ganesh, prayers are done to other Deities. Slokams in praise of Sri Krishna and Sri Radha are recited.

Special prayers are offered at all Sri Krishna temples.

Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. The fruits offered as Neivedyam are partaken. A red thread is kept in puja. The women devotees tie the thread around their right wrist.

It is believed that observation of fasting on Lalitha Sapthami day results in the healthy and long-life of their children.

Santhan Sapthami

Santhan Sapthami occurs on the Shukla Paksha Sapthami of Bhadra Padha month. For the Year 2022, it occurs on Saturday, 3rd September 2022. The exact duration of the Sapthami Tithi has to be ascertained from the respective regional calendar.

Santhan Sapthami
Bhagwan Shiv and Family

This Vrat is observed by the parents for the welfare of their children. The picture of Bhagwan Shiv with Sri Parvathi Devi, Sri Ganesh and Sri Subramanya is kept at the puja place at home and prayers are recited.

The parents observe fasting for their children on this day. It is believed that the observation of this Vrat blesses and bestows their kids with health and long life. The Vrat is also called as Aparajitha Sapthami and Mukthabharan Sapthami.

Mahalakshmi Vrat

This Vrat occurs four days after Ganesh Chathurthi and is observed for sixteen days. For the Year 2022, it commences on the Shukla Paksha Sapthami of Bhadra Padha month on Saturday, 3rd September 2022 and ends on Krishna Paksha Ashtami of Ashwin month on Saturday, 17th September 2022.

Mahalakshmi Vrat
Sri Ashta Lakshmi

The Vrat is mostly observed in North India. All the eight forms of Sri Mahalakshmi are worshipped during the observation of this Vrat.

It is believed that the devotees make a string of sixteen dhurva grasses and tie it up with sixteen knots on their left hand. At the end of the Vrat period, a kalash puja is done. The Kalash is filled up with water, coins and turmeric soaked rice. The neck of the Kalash is wound with mango or betel leaves.

The Slokams / hymns in praise of Sri Mahalakshmi are recited with devotion. On the sixteenth day, nine types are sweet are prepared and offered as Neivedyam. The same is then distributed to family and friends.

During the period, the practice of worshipping Bhagwan Surya is also followed.

Devotees observe fasting on these days and do special puja and prayers to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi. It is believed that the observation of this Vrat results in bestowing and blessing of wealth and prosperity from Sri Mahalakshmi.

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