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Worship of Shree Shaligrama Shilas
"striyo va yadi va sudra brahmanah ksatriyadayah pujayitva sila cakra labhante sasvatam padam
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KALKI-DWADASHI VRATA
      A devotee should commence this austerity by observing a fast on the eleventh day of the bright half of the hindu month-bhadrapad and break it on the following day-dwadashi. He should worship lord Kalki with appropriate rituals. As per the norms of the rituals, the idol of lord Kalki is placed on a pot which is filled with water. This idol is donated to a learned brahmin on the following day-trayodashi.
SHANTI-VRATA
      This austerity commences on the fifth day of the bright half of the hindu month-kartik and lasts for a year whereby a devotee observes fast on the fifth day (bright half) of the every month that follows. It is related with the worship of lord Vishnu and Sheshnag. A devotee should abstain from hot and spicy food during the course of this austerity. Lord Vishnu's idol is purified by chanting mantras and by performing ablution with milk. Offerings of sesame seeds and milk are made in the sacrificial fire. After the ccomplishment of the rituals at the year end,brahmins are invited and fed. Finally,the idol of Sheshnag is donated to one of them. A devotee who performs this austerity becomes free from all kinds of turbulence in his life and experiences peace and tranquility. 
SHAURYA AND SARVA
BHAUM VRATA
      Shaurya and Sarva Bhaum vrata is related with the worship of goddess Durga and is observed on the nineth day of the bright half of the hindu month-ashvin. The rituals commence by taking a 'sankalp' as well as observing a fast on the preceding day(saptami). The fast is broken on the next day(ashtami) by having fruits. Cereals are excluded from the diet. One important aspect of this austerity is the worship of virgin girls along with goddess Durga. One who observes the rituals of this austerity attains power valour and strength. Sarva bhaum vrata is related with the worship of all the ten directions, considered as goddesses. A fast is observed on the tenth day of the bright half of the hindu month-kartik and lasts for a year whereby a devotee observes fast on the tenth day(bright half) of every month that follows. One important charecteristic of this fast is that it is broken at the end of the day by having rice and curd. Making sacrifices in the name of all the ten directions are the inseparable part of this austerity. A devotee,who observes this austerity lasting for a year remains invincible in whatever he does.
SAUBHAGYA-VRATA
      This austerity commences on the third day of the bright half of the hindu month-falgun and lasts for a year whereby a devotee observes fast on the third day(bright half) of every month that follows. According to the tradition a devotee can either worship 'Shiva-Parvati' or 'Sri Hari-Laxmi on this auspicious day. While worshipping,the devotee should chant the following mantras-om gambhiray namah, om saubhagyay namah,om devdevay namah,om trinetray namah,om vachaspataye namah,om rudray namah,etc. One important feature of the rituals is making offerings of honey and ghee to the sacrificial fire. During the course of the rituals,a devotee should have food prepared from pure cereals preferably wheat. After the rituals are accomplished at the end of the year,the idols should be donated to brahmins. One who observes this austerity is blessed with good fortune in his successive seven births.
AVIGHNA-VRATA
      As the name implies,this austerity clears all the obstacles faced by a man. It commences on the fourth day of the bright half of the hindu month-falgun and lasts for four months whereby a devotee observes fast on the fourth day(bright half) of every month that follows. One important characteristic of this austerity is the importance and use of sesame seeds in it's rituals. It is not only the chief constituent of the diet but it is also offered in the sacrificial fire and donated to the brahmins as well. After observing this austerity for four months,a devotee should conclude it by worshipping lord Ganesh in the fifth month and donating the Ganesh-idol to a brahmin longwith five pots filled with sesame seeds. While worshipping lord Ganesh,he should chant the following mantras-om shooray namah, om dhiray namah,om gajananay namah,om lambodaray namah,om ekdanshtray namah,etc. A devotee thus becomes free from all kind of obstacles and all his wishes are fulfilled.
KAAM-VRATA
      This austerity is related with the worship of lord Kartikeya and is observed in the bright half of the hindu month-pausha. On the sixth day of this month,a devotee is expected to live on nothing else but fruits. Lord Kartikeya is also known by several other names-Shadanan,Senani,Kritikasut,Kumar,Skand,etc. The austerity concludes by feeding the brahmins at the year end and making donations to them. A devotee who observes this austerity gets all his wishes fulfilled.
AAROGYA-VRATA
      This austerity is related with the worship of lord Surya Narayan who is also known by several other names like Aaditya,Bhaskar,Ravi,Bhanu,Diwakar, Prabhakar,etc. A devotee should observe a fast on the seventh day of any month and worship lord Suryanarayan. The fast should be broken on the next day-ashtami. A devotee can continue this ritual for one year following the above mentioned rituals. A devotee who observes the rituals of this austerity becomes free from all kind of diseases and enjoys a healthy life
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