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Significance of Kedara (gauri) Vratam - Deepavali
History of deepavali
KedhAra Gowri vradham familiarly known as dIpAvaLi (Diwali) is
celebrated throughout India in a grand manner. Without Caste creed, rich
- poor differences people obeserve this festival. Infact very few people
know that it is one of the important Saivite vratas. Brungi rishi is
a great Shiva bhaktha. When he prays to Lord, he prays only to Lord
Shiva and ignores Shakti. Angered by his act Shakti devi removed the
energy from his body. He was not able to stand. He prayed to Lord
Shiva. God gave him a stick to support his body. Shakti wanted to
become part of Lord's body. She observed the kEdhAra vrata, one of
Gods favorite vratas. Pleased by Her austerities God gave the left
part of His body to shakti and became ardha nArIshwara(1). The vrata
is then called kEdhAra gaurI vrata since Gowri observed it.
This kedhara vratam is observed for twenty one days starting
from shukla paxa aShTami (Eighth moonday in its growing phase)
in the month of purattAchi (mid Sep to mid Oct). The final day
(dIpAvaLi) also should be observed in great devotion.
How to observe this vratam
Install Lord kedhArIshvara svAmi in a filled pot (kalasham).
Make a roof (manTapa) above the kalasham. Make vrata threads - 21
fibers having 21 knots. The 16 courtesy worship has to be done for 21
days starting from the purattAchi shukla paxa dasami to
aipachi amarapaxa chaturdashi (dIpAvaLi) or amAvAsya.
On the culmination day (21st) in a clean decorated area devotionally
install the kalasham over the grains spread in a banana leaf and offer
various food and fruits to the Lord as offering and donate to others.
The glory of this vratam is very splendid as shri gauri devi
observed this vratam in full devotion and got to be in half the body
of Lord Shiva !! viShNu became Lord of vaikunta observing this vratam.
braHma got hamsa vehicle, the guards of the eight directions
got rid of the bane they got from braHma, bhagyavati and puNyavati got
lots of wealth all due to the glory of this vratam. One who observes
this vratam with devotion pleases Lord shiva.
1. kEdhAra vradha pUja - in Tamil
2. pUja procedure for kEdhAra gauri vratam
4. kEdhAram padhikam - cambandhar
5. kEdhAram padhikam - cundharar
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