Bhisma Pancak Vrata

Bhisma Pancaka Fasting================The fasting starts on Ekadasi Day which is 29th tomorrow and will continueuntil the 2nd, Rasa purnima Day. The fasting is broken at sunset (or at moonrise) on Rasa Purnima day. Generally it is recommended to do full fast onEkadasi and then the following four days fruits and roots fasting. Or onecan do five day fruits and roots fasting.Levels of fasting:-----------------Devotees can choose whichever level of fasting as is convenient to them. Itshould not disturb their normal devotional service(s) and daily sadhana.Level 1:One can consume products of the cow (pancha-gavya) each for each day:First day: Cow dung (Gomaya)Second day: Cow urine (Go-muutra)Third day: Cow milk (Kshiira)Fourth day: Cow yoghurt (Dadhi)Fifth day: All products of the ccow mixed (Pancha-gavya)Level 2 (this is what Guru Maharaja has been following):If one can't follow level 1, one can take fruits and rootsfruits with many seeds should be avoided like guava, pomegranate, papaya,cucumber etc. Boiled potatoes, raw banana and sweet potato can be takenboiled or baked. We can use sea salt for taste. Cashewnuts, raisins, datescan be taken. We shouldn't take milk and milk products in this level offasting. Coconut water and grated coconut can be taken.Level 3:If one can't follow level 2, one can take "Havishya."References: Padma Puraana, Brahma-khanda, Chapter 23; Skanda Puraana, VishnuKhanda, Kaartika Maahaatmya section, Chapter 32; Garuda Puraana, PuurvaKhanda, Chapter 123.Ingredients for Havishya as mentioned in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (13.10-13)--------------------------------------------------------------------------The following are ingredients that can be used in making Havishya, which islike a khichari made with these items.* Aatap rice* Ghee from cow* 'Saindhava' salt (salt from ocean)* Milk from cow* Milk with cream* Ripe banana* Kaala-shaaka* Wheat* Fruits (Skanda Puraana, Naagara Khanda says they must be with a small seedor with few seeds only)* Mango* Jackfruit* Labali fruit* Roots except 'keaa' (a type of grass or root)* Pippalii* Haritakii* Naagaranga* Ikshu-dravya or sugarcane derivatives (other than gur or mollasses)* No oilThe following ingredients are normally part of Havishya but have to beavoided in the month of Kaartika:* Mung dal* Til oil* Beta-shaaka* Shashtikaa-shaaka* Radish* Jeeraa* TamarindOne should take bath in Ganges or a holy river every day and should offertarpana 3 times for Bhismadeva by saying the following mantra:Tarpanaom vaiyaghra padya gotrayasamkrti pravaraya caaputraya dadamyetatsalilam bhismavarmaneArghyavasunamavatarayasantanoratmajaya caarghyam dadami bhismayaajanma brahmacarinePranamom bhismah santanavo birahsatyavadi jitendriyahabhiradbhiravapnatuputrapautrocitam kriyamOfferings to the Lord:---------------------Devotees may offer the following flowers to the Deity:On the first day, one must offer padma (lotus) flowers to the feet of theLordOn the second day, one must offer bilva (wood-apple) leaves of the thigh ofthe LordOn the third day, one must offer gandha (scents) to the navel of the LordOn the fourth day, one must offer java flower to the shoulders of the LordOn the fifth day, one must offer malati flower to the head (siro-desa) ofthe LordWhen there is a overlap of days then the flowers for both days can beoffered in the same day.Reference: Garuda Puraana (op cit.)Your humble servant,Ratnavali dd
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  • hare krsna ... dandavats .... pamho agtsp agtsg&sg ..... prabhu please can you give details what is the relation of this vrata with bhismadeva ? .... thanks for the explanation for following the vrata ... your servant .... kalyani

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