On Tuesday, 7th August 2012, we celebrated Dhrutiveera’s Mangalagaur. Handed down by tradition, this ceremony is performed by a newly married woman on any of the Tuesdays’ of the month of Shravana. This is a vrat and she offers it as a prayer for the long and healthy life of her husband as also for the well being of her family. This poojan essentially includes
- The Panchopchare Ganesh Poojan
- The Panchvakya Punyahavaachan
- The Annapurna Poojan
- The Abhishek, Patri Archan, Grah Yadnya and Havan.
Along with her women friends the one offering the poojan, performs the aarti thrice in the day.
The day before Dhrutiveera’s Mangalagauri poojan the ladies of the house came together for the preparations. With flowers, garlands and lights they decorated the hall on 7th floor of Happy Home. They made puran (dough made from gram flour) out of which they made diyas (lamps) for the aarti on the following day. For the naivedya (food offered with love to the bhagavanta and then eaten as prasad), Nandaai herself made the panchapakwanna (pancha = five; pakwanna = delicacies or special sweets meant for a special occasion). The ladies even painted and decorated the sup (sifting fan) for the oti bharan sanskar next day. Shakambhariveera, Nishthaveera and Dhrutiveera applied mehendi on their hands.
Dressed in traditional sarees and ornaments like the kolhapuri saaj, belpaantik, vajratik, pohe haar, mohan maala, lakshmi haar, thushi, bugdi, nath, zubaa etc., the women were all set for the occasion. The poojan began around 11:00 am and was performed in presence of four purohits.
Dhrutiveera and Pradyumnasinh sat for the poojan. To begin with they offered the Ganesh poojan that included the Ganpati Padya Poojan, Panchamruta Snaan, Chandan Lepan and Abhishek. After offering flowers and the naivedya they took the blessings of Mothi aai, Dattabappa, Bapu (Aniruddhasinh), Aai, Dada and all the elders in the family. This was followed by the Panchvakya Punyahavaachan Vidhi. Dhrutiveera and Nishthaveera performed the Mukhyadevata Poojan i.e. the Annapurna Poojan which included the Panchamruta Snaan, the Dughda Snaan, the Ghrita Snaan, the Dadhi Snaan, the Sharkara Snaan, the Madhu Snaan, the Chandan-gandha Snaan, the Sugandhit Jala Snaan, the Ganga Jala Snaan, the Phala Rasa Snaan, the Haridra Lepan, The Shuddhodaka Snaan, Chandan Lepan and lastly the Abhishek. The Shree Sukta accompanied the Abhishek. Flowers were offered and then the naivedya following which were offered 16 types of leaves (jai, jui, mogra, parijatak, tagar, kaner, ananta, shami, aghada, durva, dhotra, kamal, rui, palas, chafa and maaka) as also flowers to the Shiva Linga.
Pradyumnasinh and Dhrutiveera performed the Havan. A continuous offering of ghee, rice (akshata), til and bilva leaves was made in the Havan as the following mantra was chanted 108 times along with it; “Hrim gaurimimaya namah swaha”
Now it was time to offer the Mahanaivedya to the Pradhan Devata. Dhrutiveera and Nishthaveera did the aarti, thus completing the poojan ceremony.
The Vaayandaan Vidhi :- This vidhi (sacred ritual) was performed by Pradyumansinh, Dhrutiveera and Nishthaveera. This includes giving daan to the purohits and Oti Bharan Sanskar of their wives. This oti includes 4 items viz. anna(food), vastra(clothing), phal(fruits) and dakshina (money).
Nandaai did the oti bharan sanskar of Shakambhariveera, Nishthaveera and Dhrutiveera. Dhrutiveera and Nishthaveera then served food to the purohits and their family after which all the family members had their lunch.
The Yajmaan’s Diet :- The Yajmaan is the one who performs the pooja. The Yajmaan’s diet essentially consists of cow milk, milk products, sweets and fruits.That was where the afternoon session ended.
After a short nap of 10 minutes the ladies geared up for the evening session that began around 7:30. To begin with, Nandaai did the Katha Vaachan. The katha was of course about the Mangalagauri Vrat and poojan. The Katha Vaachan was followed by Haldikunku ceremony and gifts were then given to ladies. The session that followed was marked by traditional Mangalagauri games like various types of fugdi (normal fugdi, eka hatachi fugdi, trifula fugdi, chaufula fugdi, danda fugdi, kersuni fugdi, bas fugdi), jhimma, gathoda, hodi, gof, savticha bhandan, kandan musal fugdi, jata fugdi, kamal chakra etc. The ladies sang traditional songs and recited ukhanas (a poetic verse that weaves in the husband’s name). Ladies of all age groups participated in the games. This session went on until the early hours of the morning – right up to 3:00 a.m.
The Visarjan Vidhi, offering the naivedya (curd rice) and the aarti followed. All the ladies chanted Shubhankara Stavanam, Ashubhanashini Stavanam and Devi Apradh Kshamapan Stotra. All the ladies then had dinner together and took the Prasad (curd rice and diyas made of puran).
Hari om Dada.. kharach khupach chan information aahe vachun khupanand zala.. kadhi ase vachavayas milale aste… ani amhala hi vidhi pan mahit navhati kharach khupach chan.. shree ram. from Reena Malusare
Hariom ! Shreeram dada for haring such beautiful information with us ! We feel so proud to be a part of this pious tradition .We really enjoyed the whole ''Sohala'' through your post and lovely pictures !It's our fortune to see Nandai,celebrating ,blessing ,participating with all the ladies.My heartiest congratulations to Dhrutiveera on her first Mangalagaur pujan !She is looking so beautiful ! Shreeram
Hari Om Dada and Shree Ram for sharing this beautiful events to us.Its very, very nice we like it very much. Thanks again Shree Ram
Shree ram dada,
Today we can understand about our culture because of Aai, Bapu and Dada….
shree ram Aai, bapu and dada…
You are our parents u teach us all about our culture and festivals..
Shri Ram Dada for sharing the information in exquisite detail. The Mangalagauri pics posted by Shakambariveera and Nishthaveera on FB are a treat to the eye. P.P.Nandai’s active participation in the programme teaches us how such small or big festivals/traditional events should be celebrated in their essence with equal importance to the poojan vidhi and fun activities. Truly the onus of celebrating such cultural events lies on the women in the household and her attitude towards it determines the atmosphere at home. Shri Ram and Thank you P.P.AAi for teaching us -especially the younger generation who are mostly unaware of such traditions – the spirit of celebrating them. P.p.Bapu once mentioned about “Aukshan” in a recent discourse and confusion amongst women about how exactly it is to be done. P.P.Bapu advised us, that we should ask elders about it/such ceremonies and write it down in a small diary for future use.
Dada your blog is a reader’s delight that enriches the reader with information on diverse subjects and we eagerly wait for the next post. One can keep a print out of the information in one’s collection for a ready reference in future.
Shreeram Dada for sharing such an important and detailed information…
Hair Om Dada! It's a beautiful celebration, Shree Ram for sharing all the details with us.
हरि ॐ दादा,
मला या आधी ‘मंगळागौर’ या विधी बाबत काही जास्त माहीती नव्हते. अर्थात तेही मला आता तुमची पोस्ट वाचली तेव्हा लक्षात आले. एकतर आमच्या नातेवाईकांकडे कधी ‘मंगळागौर’ केली जात नाही आणि दुसर्या कोणी ‘मंगळागौर’ चे आमंत्रण दिले तरी थोड्यावेळ जाऊन परत येणे इतकेच केले. त्यामुळे पूर्ण ‘मंगळागौर’ आणि त्याच्या विधी काय असतात ते कधी कळलेच नाही. तुम्ही तुमच्या लाडक्या ध्रुतिवीराच्या ’मंगळागौर’ च्या निमित्ताने ही पोस्ट टाकली व त्यात सविस्तर सर्व माहीती दिली त्यामुळे आमच्या सारख्यांना या ‘मंगळागौर’चे महत्व आणि त्यातील विधींची माहीती मिळाली…..ही पोस्ट शेअर केल्याबद्द्ल श्रीराम………..
Hari Om Dada Thanks for sharing such wonderful information of Mangalagauri Poojan. While reading this Snaps were rolling in mind which Shakambariveera has uploaded. This information is going to help all ladies bcoz with the Poojan Samagri you have explained the importance and information regarding Poojan Vidhi too which is amazing. Me myself had many doughts regarding this poojan which has been cleared.Thank you so much Dada for sharing such wonderful information. Shreeram Aaibabamama..
Thx 4 sharing beautiful information shree ram. Priyankaveera Sawant
Hari Om Dada,
Shreeram for sharing this beautiful and auspicious event with us. The description of the event projects how rich are we in our tradition.
हरि ओम दादा. आपण मंगळागौर या पारंपारिक आणि वैशिष्ठ्यपूर्ण मराठमोळ्या सणाची करून दिलेली ओळख मनाला अतिशय भावली….मंगळागौर म्हणजे काय, त्याचे महत्व, त्यातली मज्जा हे सर्व अतिशय सुंदर आणि शास्त्रशुद्ध पद्धतीने बापूंचा परिवार किती धुमधडाक्यात पार पाडतो, याचं सुंदर उदाहरण आमच्या पर्यंत पोहोचवले याबद्धल श्रीराम.. आम्हाला बापू आणि त्यांचे कुटुंबीय यांचेविषयी नेहमीच कुतूहल असते. बापू आणि त्यांचे कुटुंबीय सण कसे साजरे करतात, कशी धम्माल करतात याविषयी आम्हास अतिशय आकर्षण असते. आपण लिहिलेल्या या लेखामुळे आणि या माहितीच्या अनुषंगाने या मंगळागौरीच्या या मंगल प्रसंगी नंदाईने तिच्या तिन्ही लाडक्या लेकींची पुरवलेली हौस बघून आम्हाला खूप छान वाटले. आपले बापू 'मी तुमच्यातलाच आहे, कोणी वेगळा नाही' ,हे जे वारंवार सांगतात त्याचा पावलोपावली अनुभव या अश्या मंगल प्रसंगातून आम्हास मिळत आहे. खरच बापू 'आपलाच' आहे आणि तो 'आपल्यातलाच एक' आहे हे माझ्यासारख्या अनेकांचे मत असेल यात शंका नाही. इतके सुंदर सोनेरी क्षण आमच्यापर्यंत शेअर केल्याबद्धल खूप श्रीराम….
shree ram for sharing the importance of Mangalagaur's Poojan..myself coming from Gujarati Family..don't know about this kind of Maharashtrian Tradition which is so sacred and divine..really it helps a lot to make this tradition alive and through your blog..we all came to know about this poojan..the minute details on the steps of poojan and how they are performed and which types of games are played during this poojan is amazing..we are really grateful to you for sharing this traditional information..this way we can come to know the different caste and their traditions as our nation is Vibrant so..shree ram dada..
It is only our beloved Nandaai who can perform this and narrate us the story of Mangalagaur's poojan..really only
a Mother can build her children with the rituals and traditions of our Indian Nation..
Nanda ramana Aniruddha Aniruddha,
Hari Om Dada, Shree Ram for sharing the details. Till we had very little idea of Mangala Gauri pujan and that too in bits and pieces. You have given us the complete information with minute details. Shree Ram. Your blog is not only have just the updates from your side but treasure of information that we need to preserve, circulate, follow for next generations. We need to device a system out of your blog and such treasures need to keep accessible very easily. Shree Ram.
Shree Ram Dada….. Even I did not know about Mangala Gauri other than that this is a ladies event. SHree Ram for all the information. Isnt ladies games and other fun activities also a part of this celebration?
Had seen the fabulous pics posted by Nishthaveera and Shakambhariveera. Parampujya Nandai's active participation really is amazing. In today's glitzy world there is no dearth of superficial chamak-damak but here is Nandai who exudes inner radiance…. Am slowly comprehending the meaning of Alhadini….
Lotsa Shree Rams Dada!
And yes Aniruddha Shubheccha to all Bapu Parivaar on this pious Janmashtami day today!
Eagerly looking forward to your post……
sameer dada ..i read your all blogs…really most excitement feel while reading …it 's just like ..we r experiencing the whole programme ..thnx for sharing such nice poojan with us ..shree ram
Shreeram Samirdada for giving us the information on how THE MANGALAAGAURI ceremony of your newly married daughter Dhrutiveera was performed at HappyHome. This post explains in simple language the importance of this ceremony in the life of a newly married woman. Shreeram dada once again for sharing this unique and beautiful tradition of ours which is slowly losing its importance among the new generation Ofcourse Shreeram to our beloved Nandaai for keeping this unique tradition alive.
Shreeram P.Dada for sharing with us the importance of this beautiful and traditional Vrat “Mangalagauri Poojan” which is observed by married women especially Newly weds…for conjugal bliss
it gives me immense pleasure that in todays world spclly the 21st century where inculcating such old traditional values has almost reached extinction…our Dearest P.P.Nandai,P.P Bapu and P.P.Suchit Dada are still following these values and traditions which definitely will keep our culture alive. In Shakambhariveera's and Nishthaveera's Mangalagauri Poojan where i personally got to experience and learn some very important cultural values…like how the pre-preparation of thepooja is,the colouring and decoration of the sup,the various traditional games of which i had never heard and the beautiful katha vaachan which was the USP as Nandai herself read the story out to us
it was indeed a blissful experience and because of Aai,Bapu and Dada…these traditional values will be inculcated in the Gen-next…Shreeram, Hari om
Hair Om! What a beautiful celebration Samir Dada, Shree Ram for sharing all the details with us.