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Rishi Panchami

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Tuesday September 3, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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The rishi panchami is the day to respect, gratitude and remembrance of the deeds of those ancient Rishis who devoted their life for the cause of society. If performed by women it is believed, that any ill deeds which they might have committed and the mistakes done, could be washed out by doing this Vrata.

It is told to remember the Rishis like Kashyap, Atri, Bharadwaj, Vishwamitra, Gautam, Jamadagni and Vashishtha.

Our Hindu culture has a rich tradition of Vedas, which were written by Rishis. Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda, are these four Vedas. The writing work of these Vedas was in progress for nearly 500 years.

All the sages of ancient time as well as the present time are respected on the day of Rishi Panchami. The festival of Rishi Panchami came into existence due to the pious efforts of Saptarishi that made the human life better. The term rishi denotes Sage and the term Panchami signifies the fifth day. Therefore the name Rishi Panchami denotes the commemoration of great sages on the fifth day of Shukla paksha in the month of Bhadrapad. Sapt rishi is a combination of seven learned sages, who devoted their lives for the betterment of humankind. They taught people the basic principles of taking goodness to a higher level and were very determined as far as their principles of living life were concerned. It is believed that they passed down their wisdom to the people so that people are able of follow the path of knowledge and become enlightened.

As the part of celebration of this day a special mixed vegetable [ rishi panchami bhaji] is eaten this day . This dish is cooked without oil and very "satvik" in nature. The receipe of Rishi Panchmi bhaji is on the culture desk.

The Great Legend behind the Festival Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami is such an auspicious day that if the fast is observed and rituals are performed, a person is relieved from all the sins of his or her present or past life. Lord Brahma himself is the one who narrated the story of Rishi Panchami. According to him there was a simple Brahmin named Uttank who used to live with his wife sushila. Their daughter also lived with them who was a widow. One night several ants covered the body of the daughter and the parents were astonished to see this. They became extremely worried and immediately called a Sage so that he could mend up the situation. The Rishi whom they called was a learned sage and he explained the reason behind their trouble. He made them aware of the sin that their daughter committed in her previous life. He told them that their daughter entered in the kitchen in the days of her menstruation. The rishi advised the daughter to perform certain rituals on the day of Rishi Panchami that will purify her body and soul and this way she will be relieved of the sin that she committed. Following the instructions given by the sage the daughter performed all the customs with absolute devotion. This set her soul free from the dosha. Therefore, this little yet powerful story is a platform that explains the significance of the Rishi Panchami. Rishi panchami is road to peace and sanctification od soul, mind and body.

These sages put all their efforts only in the direction of making human life better. Therefore, these sages must not only be worshipped but also to be honored with complete dedication and piousness of heart.

ऋषी पंचमी माहिती

फक्त आपल्या भारतातच नव्हे तर संपूर्ण विश्वात आपल्या ऋषीमुनींबद्दल आकर्षण आहे. अतीव आदर आहे. अशा या श्रेष्ठ, जेष्ठ, ज्ञानी ऋषींबद्दल आपणास वाटणारा आदर, निष्ठा, भक्ती व्यक्त करणे हेच ऋषीपंचमीचे प्रयोजन आहे.

गणपतीचे आगमन झाल्यानंतर दुसऱ्या दिवशी म्हणजेच भाद्रपद शुद्ध पंचमीला ऋषीपंचमीचे व्रत करतात. या दिवशी स्त्रिया रजस्वला अवस्थेत असताना अजगातेपणी केलेल्या स्पर्शाचा दोष दूर करण्याकरीता अरुंधती, कश्यपादि ऋषींना प्रसन्न करण्यासाठी सप्तर्शीचे पूजन करतात. पूजा केल्यानंतर बैलांच्या श्रमाचे कोणतेही पदार्थ खात नाहीत. कंदमुळे खातात. ऋषीमुनी अरण्यात राहतात. अरण्यात उगवणारी कंदमुळे खाऊन ते आपले पोट भरतात. त्याची आठवण म्हणून आपण एक दिवस तरी नैसर्गिकरित्या तयार झालेले अन्न खावे व हा दिन साजरा करावा असा प्रघात आहे.

आपल्या हिंदू संस्कृतीत कश्यप, अत्रि, भारद्वाज, विश्वामित्र, गौतम, जमदग्नी व वशिष्ठ ह्या ऋषीसप्तकाने म्हणजेच सप्तश्रींनी आपल्यासाठी ज्ञानाचे घडे भरून ठेवले आहेत. अशा या थोर विभूतींनी दाखविलेल्या मार्गावरून आचरण करण्याची कृतज्ञतापूर्वक प्रतिज्ञा करणे हाच ऋषीपंचमीचा उद्देश व संदेश आहे.

ह्या दिवशी ऋषी पंचमी भाजी करायची पद्धत आहे . ही भाजी एकदम सात्विक असते . ह्याची रेसिपी ऋषी भाजी .

Rishi Panchami Bhaji

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