Free Press Journal
  • Sheetala Ashtami 2018: Significance, tithi, legend and all you need to know

    Sheetala Ashtami or Basoda is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in Chaitra month (April-May), which comes eight days after Holi festival. While some celebrate the festival on the first Monday or Friday after Holi. The festival is celebrated to please Goddess Shitala, an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is popular in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan, the festival is celebrated with great

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    Mumbai’s oldest Durga puja goes all green this festive season

    Mumbai: Mumbai’s oldest Durga samiti, the Bombay Durga Bari Samiti, which has been organising Durga puja for the past 88 years, for the first time has kept an eco-friendly idol of goddess Durga. Although this is not the first time that the samiti tried to go green, this time they have made a concerted effort to make every material for the idol eco-friendly.

  • Bhopal: Celebrations at cost of other’s inconvenience, not ok

    Bhopal: The city is all decked up to celebrate Navratri festival and welcoming the Goddess Durga, pandals of all sizes big and small have come up in every nook and corner of the city. These marquees are suitably decked up to surprise and amaze the visitors, there are some pandals which are causing a lot of inconvenience to people and have deranged the traffic.

  • Indore: Navratri Celebrating feminine energy, Navratri begins in city

    Indore: With colours, prayers, music and dance, the Navratri festival commenced in the city on Thursday. Indoreans began celebrating the 9-day festival of Goddess Durga in their own ways. While some choose to observe fast and pray for 9 days, others prefer celebrating it with colourful attire and bout of ‘garba’. From prayers, food, dance and spirituality, most people quoted these days to be among the most powerful days of the year.

  • Ujjain: Navratri begins today, temples all set to receive devotees

    Ujjain: Navratri will begin on Thursday with ‘ghat sthapana’ in the morning, in all temples dedicated to Goddess Durga. Chamunda Mata temple which sees heavy influx of devotees on all nine days has been decorated attractively for the festival. Harsiddhi Shaktipeeth, Chaubis Khamba Mata, Nagarkot ki Rani and Gadhkalika temples have also been adorned with lighting and flowers. Devotees from all over India visit these ancient temples during Navratri. Many temples will

  • Sharadiya Navratri: Ujjain city dwellers get ready to worship Goddess Durga

    Ujjain: The 9-day festival of ‘Sharadiy Navratri’ dedicated to Goddess Durga will begin this Thursday, and city dwellers have geared themselves up to welcome the Goddess with great fervour and pomp. Artisans in different parts of the city are busy giving final touches to idols of the Goddess, while youngsters are in waiting in anticipation for the much awaited ‘garba’ events to be organised throughout the city.

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    Chaitra Navratri 2017: Significance, Why do we celebrate, Reasons, Do’s and Don’ts

    Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival which is solely dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. The festival holds a lot of importance for the entire Gujarati, Bengali and Maharashtrian communities. Navratri itself symbolizes victory over evil. The occasion begins with Ghatasthapana whihch is traditional ritual and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and faith. Some people fast during the nine days of the festival.

  • Ujjain: Black money offered to temple

    Ujjain: An unknown devotee offered Rs 50, 000 to goddess Durga at Shitalamata temple, Nizatpura, here on early Wednesday.

  • Bhutanese group to perform in World Ramayan Mela today in Bhopal

    BHOPAL: Bhutan Ramayan Group would give its performance in the International Ramayan Mela-2016, going to be organised under the aegis of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), regional office, Bhopal, on Wednesday. The presentation would be given at State Museum, Shyamala Hills.

  • Devotees throng Goddess temples on Mahanavami in Ujjain

    Ujjain: Mahanavami has its great importance to complete Navratri festival. Goddess Siddhidatri is worshiped on the day of Navami. The goddess temples of the city were crowded on Monday.

  • Garbage containers hit public transport system in Bhopal

    Bhopal: The operation of BRTS public transport buses has been hit because of garbage containers placed just at the BRTS bus terminals at Hamidia Hospital and Royal Market. The containers have been creating problems for the commuters.

  • ‘Surgical strikes’ will reap Modi rich political benefits

    During the Kargil conflict in 1999, India did not cross the Line of Control (LoC). If it has behaved differently this time, the reason is that Pakistan’s reputation has nosedived in the last decade and a half.

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    Navratri 2016: what ‘bhog’ to offer each day and why

    Navratri is nine nights of festivities dedicated to the nine forms of goddess Durga. During these nine nights, nine manifestations of the goddess are worshipped. And as we all know that all the fasts and festivals are incomplete without offering Bhog. During the nine days of Navratra, different Bhog are offered everyday to the nine Goddesses.

  • Busting the resurfaced Mahishasura myth

    Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani was all fire and brimstone while condemning the praise for Mahishasura, the demon who was slain by Goddess Durga, by the “anti-national” JNU students. The minister wanted to know how the people of Kolkata will react to the eulogies to Durga’s enemy.

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    Opposition demands Smriti’s apology over RS remark

    New Delhi: The opposition parties on Friday said Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani must apologize for her remark in the Rajya Sabha about Goddess Durga.

  • City all set with decked up temples and Garba stages

    Ujjain : With the culmination of Shraddh paksha, festivity is in the air, devotees of Goddess Durga are all prepared to celebrate Navratris. SP MS Verma made it clear that DJ sounds will be completely banned from the Garba pandals and only a 2 speakers set will be permissible.