Sant Jalaram Jayanti

Sant Jalaram Bapa’s Jayanti is a big celebration at Virpur, Gujarat, where Jalaram Bapa’s main mandir is situated.

Shree Jalaram Bapa was born in the year 1799 (i.e. 4-11-1799) in the village Virpur, Gujarat. His mother, Rajbai was very fond serving sadhus and saints.  No sadhu and saint could go from Virpur without receiving the hospitality Rajbai.  Shree Jalaram Bapa’s father’s name was Pradhan Thakkar, who was engaged in business.  At the tender age of 16, Jalaram Bapa married Virbai, daughter of Thakkar Pragji Somajia.  Jalaram Bapa was however not inclined to live household life and to continue to do business with his father.  He is mostly engaged in serving sadhus and saints.  He separated himself from his father’s business and stayed with his uncle.  Valjibhai, who was very fond of Jalaram.

It was obvious that Jalaram Bapa was inclined to completely withdraw from marital life. Fortunately his wife, Virbaima decided to follow the path if Jalaram.  So, when Jalaram decided to go for a pilgrimage for holy places, Virbaima followed him.  At the age of 18, Jalaram Bapa accepted Shree Bhojalram from Fatehpur as guru and was given a “Guru Maha and Mantra” in the name of Shree Ram.  With blessings of his guru, he started “Sadavrat” a feeding centre, a place where all sadhus and saints as well as the needy could have food any time during 24 hours.  Nobody returned from that place without having food.  All this he did single handed with Virbaima assisting him.  Soon his fame spread as an incarnation of the divine.  Whoever come to Virpur, whether Hindu or Muslim was fed by Bapa.

Mahalakshmi Vrata

Mahalaskshmi Vrata is a puja performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Yatra (Rath Yatra)

Yatra / Rath Yatra (also Zatra and Jatra) refers to the pilgrimage festivals celebrated at Hindu Temples.  Greatest temple festival in honour of Lord Jagannath (Lord of the Universe).  Idols and Murtis are taken out on special procession in a Palkhi(a palanquin) or a Chariot called the Rath. Every temple observes this festival once a year on the traditional day.  Three colossal chariots drawn from Puri temple by thousands of pilgrims.  Similar festivals, on a samaller scale, take place at Ramnagar (near Varanasi), Serampre (near Calcutta) and Jangannathpur (near Ranchi).  

Karthikai Deepam

Karthikai deepam is an ancient festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai Month (November/December).  This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and Purnima.  It is the same as Kartik Purnima;  since tamils follow the Hindu Solar calendar with correction for precession of the equinoxes, the Tamil date matches the actual constellation.

Vat Purnima

Vat Pournima is observed in Maharashtra.  Pournima means “full moon”. Women pray for the prosperity of their husbands by tying threads around a Banyan Tree.

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