After a little long gap , settled in Atlanta in a new home , i am back to blogging , Since from yesterday (as per atlanta calender) Shravana masam begins for us. This was my 2nd year after marriage to perform the mangala gauri pooja, Yesterday , was such a day i am too busy in performing pooja and running here and there to get the things done on time for R.
Taking this opportunity , i thought of sharing some information regarding the shravana masam and teh gauri pooja and also would like share my pooja photos too...
Source adapted from : hindu pad and other internet sources.
Shravana Masam or Shravan month or Shravana masam, also known as Sawan mahina, is very auspicious Hindu month. Each and everyday during the Shravana Mas has some significance. In 2010, Shravan month begins on 26th July and ends on 24th August in North Indian Hindi calendars. In Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Telugu Panchangam, Shravan mahina starts on 11th August and ends on 8th September.
Mangala Gouri Vratam is done by newly married ladies on Tuesdays in Sravana Masam. Normally newly married ladies do it for 5 years. At the end, there will some Udyapan mentioned in the story, that needs to be performed. The unique aspect in this vratam is getting the Kaajal on the steel spatula while reading/listening the story. The blouse pieces used in the Alankar is to be folded in a triangle shape. The Procedure of doing the Vratam depends on your family's traditions. Hence please speak to the elders in the family too.
Mangala Gouri Puja or Mangal Gowri Vratam, also known as Shravan Mangalvar Vrat, is the most observed austerity falls on Mangalvar in Shravan month (August). Mangala Gowri vrata is dedicated to Goddess Mangala Gauri who is also known as Goddess Parvathi. Mangala Gouri Vratam 2010 dates are – 17 August, 24 August, 31 August, and 7 September in 2010 as per Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati calendars. Mangal Gauri Vrat in 2010 dates in Hindi Hindu lunar calendar followed in North Indian states such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, etc. are – 27 July, 3 August, 10 August, 17 August, and 24 August. In 2010, as per North Indian calendars there are 5 Mangalvar in Shravan month and 4 Mangalvar in calendars of Maharashtra,
Goddess Gauri is one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvati. She is the divine energy, Mother Goddess. She is considered as a perfect wife for her husband, Lord Shiva. After the conclusion of her ferocious form Goddess Kali (the black Goddess, man-eating manifestation of Goddess Parvati), observed a severe penance to get rid of her black complexion. And she returned as Goddess Gowri, the very pretty young woman with a golden complexion. Goddess Gowri is the most acceptable consort of Lord Shiva.
Being a princess Goddess Gowri accepted her ascetic husband and turned herself into her husband’s way. Goddess Gowri is a clear representation of purity and austerity. She is the Kanya (Kumari or unmarried girl) who has performed severe tapas (penance) to marry Lord Shiva.