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umA maheshvara vratam
This is one of the aShTa mahA vartams told in
ska.ndha purANam. It is observed on the full moon day when the
sun is shining in the vruchchika rAsi that is in the month of
kArthikai(Mid Nov to Mid Dec).
Way of observing
Getting up early in the morning on that full moon day, finishing
the daily duties, one worships the form of shri umA maheshvara made of
gold or silver, with various sacrad materials of worship and offerings.
Later going to a temple one anoints the pArvati-paramEshvara with
panychAmrutam (fruits mixed with sugar) and other substances,
salute with offerings and tAmbUlam, pray the Lord making the
gestures of salutations. Coming back home donating to the love hearted
devotees of Lord shiva, one eats with them only once that day or may
eat fruits and sweets along with them. The idol of the Lord umA
maheshvara is given to a shivanyAni.
One who observes this vrata sincerely, would get the material
benefits of the world. Afterwards would get the liberation too. A
sightless muni called dhiraNabin^dhu observing this vrata
got beautiful eyes. A lady by the glory of this vratam revived her dead
husband, gave birth to a child and got to reach shivalOka. viShNu
following this vratam in kR^iShNAvatAram got many children.
braHmA got married to gAyatri, sAvitri, indra got the son
jayantan, vaShiShTar received kAmadEnu for doing his
yagnya, gautamar got the son sadAnanta mahaR^iShi, janaka got
the daughter sIta. A dumb minded person called sudharman, mocked by the
people about his stupidity, observed this vratam in devotion. By the
Lord's blessing he got the grace of goddess sarasvati and he became a
pundit. The king sindhusenan was chased away by the enemies. He observed
this vratam as per the advise of saint agastiyar. On the Lord's order
kubera won back the kingdom for him and handed over to him. This vratam
gets to the observer the wealths and takes to the path of liberation.
1. umAmahEswara vradha pUja - in Tamil script
2. Thiruk kArtikai Observed on the parunami of kAthikai month
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