Holi/Phagwa Chowtaal Practice


The festive Holi / Phagwa season is upon us!

For those of you that would like to join our SLNM Chowtaal group for Chowtaal practice we invite you to come on:

 Saturday, February 14th 2015                                      from  12:00- 12:30pm

Sundays from 12:30- 1:00p.m.

No experience is required! Come join us and get into the celebratory  mood!

We welcome volunteers to help clean your Mandir on Saturday Feb 14th                                 from 10:00am- 12:00pm                                          (this is being done in preparation for the 24-hour Shivraatri celebration)

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What is Ekadasi? Why Should I Observe This Fast?


Ekadasi in Sanskrit means eleven. ‘Eka’ means “one” and ‘dasi’ is the feminine form of the word “dasa”, which means “ten”. Ekadasi is thus the eleventh day of both the dark and light fortnight of each month (usually occurring twice a Julian calendar month*). On these special days, devotees fast from grains and beans and make an extra effort to be in service to the Divine.

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Shubh Saraswati Jayanti!


saraswati-goddess-of-music-CJ27_lOm Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jai Jai Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||

May Goddess Saraswati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.
May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance.

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Why Fast on Purnima & Amaavasya?

“Amavasya is [new] moon day and Purnima is full moon day in Hindu calendars. Both Amavasya and Purnima are considered equally strong in Hindu beliefs. In the olden days people would always fast on Amavasya. It is said that if one can fast on an Amavasya that is on a Monday then all their wishes will be fulfilled.”

Amavasya Poornima

Please note:  All of the information was obtained from the various cited articles.

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