N A V A R A T H R I .FROM 5-10-2013 TO 13-10-2013.FOR THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST NINE DAYS AFTER THE NEW MOON IN THE MONTH OF PURATASSI ARE THE HOLY NAVARATHRIES. FOR ALL THE NINE DAYS MOTHER GODDESS IN THE FORM OF DURGA, LAKSHMI SARASWATHY

SHOULD BE WORSHIPPED. DAILY GIRLS BETWEEN AGES 2 AND 10 SHOULD BE GIVEN NEW CLOTHES, ORNAMENTS, MEALS AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPPED.KUMARI, THRIMURTHY, KALYANI, ROHINI, KALI,

CHANDIKA. SAMBAVI,DURGA, SUBADRA WOULD BE THE PREFERABLE ORDER OF WORSHIP. THE MANTRA IS DURGE DURGE RAKSHINISWAHA . THOSE WHO CANNOT DO ON ALL THE NINE DAYS CAN DO IT 3 DAYS OR

ONE DAY.

ON THE 9TH DAY MAHA POOJA SHOULD BE PERFORMED WITH GOOD THINGS, EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR CAPACITY. BY THE PERFORMANCE OF DURGA, LAKSHMI, SARASWATHY POOJA THE DISAPPEARANCE

OF THE FEAR OF ENEMIES, GROWTH OF WEALTH, AND INCREASE OF LEARNING ARE RESPECTIVELY OBTAINED.ON THE TENTH DAY KNOWN AS VIJAYA DASAMI , MOTHER GODDESS KNOWN AS VIJAYA SHOULD BE

WORSHIPPED. ON THE EVENING ON THIS DAY TRAVEL OUTSIDE WIL BRING VICTORY.

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THE HOUSE AND FRONTAGE WILL BE THROUGHLY WASHED AND CLEANED AND KOLAM PATTERNS DRAWN RED OXIDE. GIRLS AND SMANGALI LADIES WILL HAVE OIL BATH ON THAT DAY. FOR COOKING,

PAYASAM AND AAMAVADAI AND FRIED APPLAMS ARE THE MUST. SWEET ETC; CAN BE PREPARED TO SUIT ONE"S OWN CONVENIENCE.PACHADI, PORIAL, KOOTU, MORE KULAMBU. DHALL, RASAM ETC;

IF "KOLU" IS TO BE KEPT, THE STEPS CAN BE SET ON "AMAVASAI" DAY AND THE DOLLS ARRANGED SUITABLY. FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL TILL THE LAST DAY, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO

INVITE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, EVERY EVENING. SOME SWEETS, SNACKS, SUNDAL AND FRUITS CAN BE OFFERED AS NEIVEDHYAM TO THE KOLU AMMAN AND THE INVITEES WILL BE GIVEN THE ABOVE

ITEMS, WITH THAAMBOOLAM AND TURMERIC AND KUMKUMAM. ELDERLY SUMANGALIS CAN BE GIVEN IN ADDITION, MATTAI THENGAI EITHER DAILY OR ON FRIDAY AND BLOUSE BIT. OPTIONAL.

iN SOME HOUSES ON AMAVASAI DAY BEING THE AUSPICIOUS DAY A PAIR OF WOODEN TOYS WILL BE PLACED ON KOLU STEPS AND THE OTHER DOLLS ARRANGED ON THE NEXT DAY. IN SOME HOUSES

ONE BRASS SOMBU WILL BE SMEARED WITH LIME AND RICE IN IT. MANGO LEAVES AND A COCONUT( SMEARED WITH TURMERIC POWDER) WILL BE KEPT AT ITS MOUTH AND THE KALASAM ON THE STEPS

INVOKING KOLU AMMAN IN THE KALASAM. THEN ONLY THE OTHER DOLLS WILL BE PLACED ON THE KOLU STEPS AND ARRANGED SUITABLY.

SARASWATHY POOJA WILL BE CELEBRATED BY ALL EVEN THOUGH, HAVING "KOLU" IN THE HOUSE IS OPTIONAL, AS IT DEPENDS ON FAMILY TRADITION. . ON THAT DAY ALSO ,SUMANGALI LADIES,

GIRLS, AND CHILDREN WILL TAKE OIL BATH. FOR ADORNING THE PICTURE OF GODDESS SARASWATHY , HAVE A NEW CHOLI BIT WHICH IS A MUST. WITHOUT BLACK COLOUR. OR A WHITE BLOUSE BIT WITH

FLOWERS PRINTED ON IT. IT IS CUSTOMARY TO PURCHASE NEW CLOTHES ADORN THE PICURE OF SARASWATHI WITH THE SAME AND GIFT IT TO SOME YOUNG GIRLS IN THE HOUSE

SARASWATHI POOJA MUST BE STARTED ON 10TH OCTOBER THIS YEAR IN MOOLAM STAR AND MUST DO POOJA FOR SARASWATHY FOR THREE DAYS AND ON 13TH OCT. SARASWATHY PUNAR POOJA MUST BE

DONE. ON 12TH DURGASHTAMI DO DURGA POOJA/BADHRA KAALI POOJA, CHANT DURGA STHOTHRAM.MAY DO CHANDI HOMAM. SOME PEOPLE SAY ON AVITTAM STAR DAY PUNAR POJA FOR SARASWATHY MUST BE

DONE.

FOR POOJA KEEP THESE ARTICLES READY: COCONUT, PLANTAINS, THAAMBOOLAM, LOOSE FLOWERS, STRINGED FLOWER OR GARLAND, SANDAL WOOD PASTE, KUMKUMAM, LOTUS FLOWER WHITE OR RED.

CAMPHOR, SCENTED STICKS, SAMBRANI, KUTHUVILAKU, OIL, THIRI, MATCH BOX. MANJAL RAW RICE.NEXT DAY PUNAR POOJA MUST BE DONE.

CLEAN AND WASH THE HOUSE. DECORATE WITH KOLAM AND KAAVI. BOTH IN THE POOJA ROOM AND ON ONE WOODEN PLANK.ARRANGE SCHOOL BOOKS, ACCOUNT NOTES, PEN ETC; ON THE PLANK. ARRANGE

ALSO MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IF ANY.

FOE NEIVEDHYAM: WHITE COLOUR NEIVEDHYAM IS PREFERRABLE TO SARASWATHY. SO RAW RICE IDLI, KOLUKATTAI, APPAM, VADAI, PAYASAM, MAHA NEIVEDHYAM, PACHADI, KOSUMALLI, PORIAL,

KOOTU, MORE KULAMBU, FRIED APPLAM. KONDAI KADALAI=MOONG DHALL=MOOKU KADALAI SUNDAL IS A MUST ON THIS DAY. SUMANGALIES WILL BE INVITED AND OFFERED THAMBOOLAM, MANJAL

.,KUMKUMAM, AND A POCKET OF SUNDAL. OPTIONAL; BLOUSE BIT, COMB, MIRROR, BANGLES, EYETEX, MARUDHANI,POWDER.

AFTER PERFORMING THE PO0OJA , APPLY SANDAL WOOD PASTE AND KUMKUMAM ON THE PICTURES OF GODS, DOORS, FRIDGE, OVEN, WASHING MACHINE, CALCULATOR, LAPTOP, COMPUTOR, BEUREAU, CASH

BOX. NAME BOARD.TELEVISION, PHONE, MOBILE. TWO WHEELERS, FOUR WHEELERS.MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. AFTER SARASWATHY POJA IS OVER ON THAT DAY ONLY YOU SHOULD NOT READ BOOKS, DO NOT

LEARN ANYTHING FROM OTHERS, DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING, DO NOT SPEAK LIE ON THAT ONLY ATLEAST. SPEAK ONLY TRUTH. UTTER THE FOLLOWING SLOKAM FOR 108 TIMES.

CHATHURDASU VIDHYAASU RAMATHEY YAA SARASWATHI SAW DEVI KRUPAYAA MAHYAM JIHWAA SIDDHIM KAROTHU CHA."AND " PAASUNGUSA DHRAA VAANI VEENA PUSTAKA DHAARINI MAMA VAKTHREY VASEN

NITHYAM SANTHUSHTASTHU CHA SARVADHA"


VIJAYA DASAMI. THIS YEAR IT COMES ON 13-10-2013.

IT IS CUSTOMARY TO DO PUNAR POOJA ON THE NEXT DAY. FOR GODDESS SARASWATHI IN THE MORNING WITH THE TRADITIONAL OFFERING OF MAHA NEIVEDHYAM,.THAAMBOOLAM AND FRUITS. THE BOOKS

ETC, ARRANGED ON THE PREVIOUS DAY "S POOJA WILL BE TAKEN OUT AND SOME PORTIONS READ OUT FROM IT. PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IF ANY. iN THANJAVUR DISTRICT , ON THE NIGHT OF VIJAYA

DASAMI DAY , 2 WOODEN DOLLS WILL BE KEPT ON THE KOLU STEPS IN A SLEEPING POSITION ANDE THEN THE THE KOLU DOLLS WILL BE REMOVED ON THE NEXT DAY.

IN MADURAI DISTRICT ., IT IS USUAL TO TAKE OUT TWO WOODEN DOLLS AS ABOVE , GIVE THEM OIL BATH, SING GOWRI KIALYANAM AND THEN DRAPE THEM WITH FRESH CLOTHES AND APPLY SANDAL

PASTE AND KUMKUMAM..THEN THE DOLLS WILL BE ARRANGED IN A SLEEPING POSITION AS ABOVE ACCOMPANIED BY SINGING AND AARATHY. THE KOLU AND DOLLS WILL BE REMOVED ON THE NEXT DAY.


ON VIJAYA DASAMI DAY : THIS IS CALLED DASARA IN MYSORE . KILLED MAHISAASURAN AFTER 9 DAYS WAR. ON THIS DAY YOU MAY START NEW BUSUINESS, YOU MAY START EDUCATION FOR

CHILDREN. IT IS A BELIEF THAT STARTING ON THIS DAY WILL GIVE VICTORY. ON THIS DAY EVENING THE SUN SETS AND STARS CAN BE SEEN SLIGHTLY THIS TIME IS CALLED VIJAYA. YOU HAVE TO

DO POOJA AT THIS EVENING TIME TO VAHNI TREE OR TO THE LEAVES OF VAHNI TREE. BRING VAHNI LEAVES TO YOUR HOUSE AND DO POOJA IN THE EVENING TIME. AND DO PRAYER SAYING THIS SLOKAM

" SHAMI SHAMAYATHEY PAAPAM SHAMI SHATHRU VINAASINI ARJUNASYA DHANUR DHAATHREE RAAMASYA PRIYA VAADHINI KARISHYA MAANAA YATHRA YAA YATHAA KAALAM SUKAM MAYA THATHRA NIR VIGNA

KARTHREE THWAM BHAVA SRI RAMA POOJITHEY." IF VANNI TREE IS NOT AVAILABLE YOU MAY DO POOJA ON AALA MARAM, ARASA MARAM, ATHI MARAM, PURASA MARAM. ANY ONE. AFTER POOJA IS OVER

YOU MAY BRING SOME WET MUD FROM THE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE TREE AND HAVE IT IN YOUR HOUSE. WHEN EVER YOU ARE GOING ON YAATHRA YOU MAY TAKRE THIS MUD (SMALL PORTION)YOUR YATHRA

WILL BE SUCCESSFUL, WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM.