What is Vasu Baras Puja?

What is Vasu Baras Puja?

Govatsa Dwadashi is a Hindu cultural and religious festival which marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations especially in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where it is known as Vasu Baras. In Hinduism cows are considered very sacred and equivalent to mothers for providing nourishment to mankind.

What should be done on Vasu Baras?

In southern India, where this day is celebrated as Nandini Vrat, the family worships cows and calves and serve them various preparations made of wheat. It is a belief that on this day, one should not consume milk, ghee or any other milk products and have preparations made of wheat only.

What comes after Vasu Baras?

It is followed by Naraka Chaturdashi, commonly known as Diwali and the next day is reserved for Bhai-Dooj. Read on to know more.

Why is Vasu Baras celebrated?

Kolhapur: The traditional rituals of the Diwali festival started on Monday with Vasu-Baras celebrations, where cow and calf are worshipped in Kolhapur city. Vasu-Baras is considered to be the first day of Diwali.

What should we do on Dhanteras?

What should be done on Dhanteras? On the night of Dhanteras, diyas (lamps) should be lit in honour of Lakshmi and Dhanvantari. Buying gold or silver articles or even steel utensils (ensure it is not empty, fill it with water or some grain when taking it home) is considered very auspicious.

Why do we celebrate Dhanteras?

It is believed that new “Dhan” (wealth) or some item made of precious metal is a sign of good luck. In modern times, Dhanteras has come to be known as the most auspicious occasion for buying gold, silver, and other metals, especially kitchenware. This day is a celebration aimed at increasing wealth and prosperity.

Why do we celebrate Lakshmi Puja?

People worship her for spiritual prosperity and material abundance. It is believed that she helps remove the troubles that prevent people from moving on spiritual path or carry on their businesses. On Diwali, Laxmi is worshipped along with Lord Ganesh, who symbolizes auspiciousness and wisdom.

What is difference between Dhanteras and Laxmi puja?

The festival is celebrated as Lakshmi Puja which is performed in the evenings when lamps of clay (Diyas) are lit. On Dhanteras, homes that have not yet been cleaned in preparation for Diwali are thoroughly cleansed and whitewashed, and Lord Dhanvantari, the god of health and Ayurveda, is worshiped in the evening.

What Puja is done on Dhanteras?

Lakshmi Puja
The festival is celebrated as Lakshmi Puja which is performed in the evenings when lamps of clay (Diyas) are lit. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, are sung and Naivedhya of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess.