Festivals bring joy to mundane human life. It knits the community together in a tight bun. Since the Indian society survives on the unity of familial life, festivals which help to unite people are hundreds in number and very important. The types of festivals all over the world are basically of three types: national, regional and seasonal. National festivals are those which the entire country celebrates. Regional ones are those which are area specific, that area can be as large as a state or as small as a colony. The seasonal festivals however mark the transition of seasons.
Meaning and significance of Bhadlya Navami
Bhadlya Navami or Bhatali Navami falls under the seasonal festival category. It marks the day following which the Lord goes to sleep for a period of four months. Observed in the monsoon month of Ashada, this day is considered as the last day for marriages in the Hindu community.
In the on-going year of 2013BhadlyaNavami will be celebrated on the 17th of July.
Thousands of marriages happen in the Hindu community on this day and hence it naturally becomes a day to be celebrated for many families. Even a few other orthodox Hindu families get together to celebrate the day as a last chance to pray to the Lord for four whole months. This day is also known as Ashara Shukla Paksha as well as Khandarp Navami.
The day is observed under the bright moon of Shukla Paksha in the aforementioned month of Ashada which is followed by the Krishna Paksha, the dark half of the lunar cycle. Shukla Paksha is generally the more auspicious time and most of the Indian festivals are celebrated during this time. This day is also the ninth lunar day in the lunar cycle and hence the name Khandarpa.
People have evolved over the past decades and now they refuse to adhere to any strict guidelines about religion. But no matter how modern you have managed to transform yourself to be, this is one day every single Hindu has to follow provided that it is a traditional Hindu marriage they want. No Brahmin, no Pundit in the world will agree to marry people for a period of four months after this day. The customs which people follow on this day varies from place to place but mainly fasts are done and the Lord is worshipped in any small or big way that a family may find convenient.
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