Padwa - Govardhan
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Black Kaudi | Kaali Kowdi
Kaudi or Kaalili Kowdi or Black Cowrie shell is of great
significance in the worship of Goddess Maha Kaali ji and Lord
It protect from negative
energies of black magic and relieves the native from the clutches of
tantra.In Astrology, Black Kaudi is used to balance the planetary
effect of Saturn and the malefic effects of Ketu and Rahu.It ensures
protection from spirits and blck magic.
Yellow Kaudi | Peeli Kowdi
Yellow Kaudi or Peeli Kowdi or Yellow Cowrie shell is of great
significance in the worship of Goddess Mahalaxmi and Lord Vishnu.
Yellow Kaudi is used to balance the planetary effect of
Jupiter and the malefic effects of Ketu and Rahu. When kept on Dhanteras and Akshay Triteeya, Yellow Kaudi ensures
a smooth flow of money.
The day following the Amavasya
is "Kartik Shuddh Padwa" and it is only on this day that the King Bali
would come out of Pathal Loka and rule Bhulok as per the boon given by
Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as "Bali Padyami". This day also
marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat was started
from this Padwa day.
Gudi Padwa is symbolic of love and devotion between the wife and
husband. On this day newly-married daughters with their husbands are
invited for special meals and given presents. In olden days brothers
went to fetch their sisters from their in-laws home for this important
Govardhan-Puja is also performed in the
North on this day. Govardhan is a small hillock in Braj, near Mathura and on
this day of Diwali people of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar build
cowdung, hillocks, decorate them with flowers and then worship them. This
festival is in commemoration of the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Krishna. As
per Vishnu-Puran the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honor of
Lord Indra and worshiped him after the end of every monsoon season but one
particular year the young Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord
Indra who in terrific anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul.
People were afraid that the downpour was a result of their neglect of Indra. But
Krishna assured them that no harm would befall them. He lifted Mount Govardhan
with his little finger and sheltered men and beasts from the rain. This gave him
the epithet Govardhandhari. After this, Indra accepted the supremacy of Krishna.
This day is also observed as Annakoot meaning mountain of food. Pious people
keep awake the whole night and cook fifty-six or 108 different types of food for
the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. In temples specially in Mathura and
Nathadwara, the deities are given milkbath, dressed in shining attires with
ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and other precious stones. After
the prayers and traditional worship innumerable varieties of delicious sweets
are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the deities as "Bhog"
and then the devotees approach the Mountain of Food and take Prasad from it.
Bhayiduj (also Bhayyaduj, Bhaubeej or
Bhayitika) — on this day, brothers and sisters meet to express their love and
affection for each other (Gujarati: Bhai Bij, Bengali: Bhai Phota). Most Indian
festivals bring together families, Bhaiduj brings together married sisters and
brothers, and is a significant festive day for them. This festival is ancient,
and pre-dates 'Raksha Bandhan' another brother-sister festival being celebrated