Kedar Gauri Vrat - A Famous Festival of Southern India
Kedara Gauri Vrat, also known as Kedara Vratam, is a fast observed mainly by the people of Tamil Nadu. It is observed on the day of Diwali, the similar day when LakshmiLakshmi
Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth... puja takes place in most of the Northern Indian families. People observe a fast on the no moon day in the month of Kartik, which corresponds to October-November in Gregorian calendar. The day is celebrated by the devotees of ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... and Parvati, also known as Gauri and hence the name of the festival.
According to a legend, there was a great devotee of Shiva. He always showed his dedication to Shiva and ignored ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... because of which she got hurt and upset. She asked the devotee as to why he didn’t worship her. He replied that the whole universe resided in Shiva and there was no reason to circumambulate around Parvati. She got furious and left the place in anger and went to a forest. She then encountered Sage Gautama He was one of the seven great sages who were the mind-born sons of Brahma. He was the discoverer of various mantras. He was married to a mind-daughter of Brahma named Ahalya.and asked him a way to obtain the half body of Shiva. He suggested her to observe the fast for twenty one days and perform a severe penance. Finally, Shiva gave her the right and opportunity to merge with his left side of the body and be one with him. Hence the fast is also known as Kedareshwar vrat.
One who is observing the fast should wake up before the sunrise and take a ritualistic bath. He should then worship an idol of Shiva, along with Parvati. He can also visit a temple dedicated to them. The form of ‘Ardhanareshwar’ is also worshipped and people observe a complete or semi-fast to please this form. People can consume water and fruits. The fast should be observed with a clear and pure mind. People who observe the fast should wear a 21 layered threads on their hand.
Offerings of fruits, flowers, vermillion, turmeric powder, incense sticks and sandalwood paste can be made. Leaves of wood apple tree are also offered. All the activities must be done while chanting mantras like ‘Om Namah Shivaya” and “Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat”.
In many families it is considered auspicious to observe fasts for 21 days which finally end on the day of Diwali. It starts on the eighth day of the waxing phase of moon in the month of Ashwin, (September-October), according to the Hindu calendar.
Devotees who observe this fast with utmost dedication are blessed with a peaceful and happy life. Sorrows, troubles, pain and hurdles stay at bay. It will also provide wealth and prosperity to the devotees and bring the closer to Shiva as it brought Parvati closer to him. One can also gain salvation and merge with the Supreme Being.