Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Friday or Shukravar is dedicated to Shakti, the Mother Goddess, and Santoshi Mata, an incarnation of Shakti. Goddesses Durga and Kali are worshipped with utmost devotion and devotees flock to the Shakti temples on this day. Devotees listen to Durga Aarti, Kali Aarti and Santoshi Mata Aarti on this day.
Shukravar fasting begins at sunrise and ends with sunset and devotees wear white dress and partakes in the evening meal that consists of white-colored food like 'kheer' or 'payasam' a dessert made og milk and rice. Great importance is attached to the 'Solah Shukravar Vrats' or the 16 Friday fasts for Santoshi Mata, where a devotee fasts for 16 consecutive Fridays. It is mandatory on the devotee to avoid any sour food items during this sixteen-week long Friday fasting and offer the goddess 'chana' (Bengal gram) and 'gur' (jaggery or solid molasses). Goddess Santoshi Mata grants devotees any wish or desire if she is amply satisfied with the purity of their devotion. Lord Shukra provides happiness and material wealth and the period of Shukra in the devotees' astrological chart is considered to be most productive and lucky.
According to one story, a devotee dishonors Lord Shukra, and later when he faces several untoward incidents, he realizes his mistake, and then begins rigorous fasting to propitiate the god. He is finally amply rewarded.
Color & Gem:
White, Indigo, orange, violet, purple and burgundy colors are preferred on Friday. Diamond is the preferred gem.
Venus or Shukra rules Friday.
Fridays are auspicious days. This increases coinciding with the first, second, sixth, seventh, eleventh or twelfth lunar days (Thithi) ruled by asterisms (nakshatra) of Aswini, Bharani, Aridra, Uttara, Chitra, Swati, Poorvashada, or Revati are auspicious. we say it in venus. Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. The planet is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Fridays are important for married ladies of hinduism. They do poojas, worshipping God on that day because Fridays are related to Goddess. we celebrate Aadi velli in a grand manner.
Though all days are important, the friday occupies more importance in all religions.
Islam accords great importance to Friday. While all days of the week belong to Allah, Friday stands out for its significance. Friday Prayers are obligatory upon every male adult having normal health and sensibility and not in journey. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said, " People should not neglect Friday Prayers under any circumstances, otherwise their hearts will be sealed, (the will be deprived of Divine Guidance); they will become one with those who are forgetful (of Religion)." (Muslim)
christians celebrate good friday, and jains too part of hinduism. we generally consider fridays as auspicious one.