In Hinduism, each day is dedicated to one supreme deity.
By Pankaj Khanna
In Hinduism, each day is dedicated to one supreme deity. We make a list of Gods and Goddesses that are worshiped day wise.
Monday is the day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped with White Flowers, Dhoop, deep Akshat and Milk. He is the 'destroyer of the evil and the transformer'. Lord Shiva is the easiest to please among all the deities. This is the reason why he is also known as Bhole Shankar.
Offering milk to Shiva Linga brings good fortune.
Reciting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra brings brings good health.
Hindus believe that if they Keep fast on Monday they will be granted with wisdom and that the Lord will satisfy all their required desire
16 Monday fasts are prescribed for getting a husband as wonderful as Lord Shiva Himself.
An incarnation of Lord Shiva, Lord Hanumaan is the one who had helped Shri Ram defeat Ravana. He is the one who had burnt the whole of Lanka. He is also the one known for his devotion to his master Lord Ram. Therefore if you want to please this deity, chanting the name of Shri Rama is the best way to do so.
Lord Hanuman is offered Sindur, red cloth, red flowers, dhoop, deep, red sandalwood and laddoo.
The Mangalvar fast, which is usually followed by some, continues as a fast that is observed for 21 Tuesdays. The fast involves consuming foods only made of wheat and jaggery. Those who observe a fast on Tuesday are to abstain from eating salt in any form.
It is also said that couples who desire for a 'son' tend to keep this fast.
There is no puja that can begin without invoking Lord Ganesha first, there is no household among the Hindus which does not worship this deity. So all the days in one way or the other are auspicious to worship Lord Ganesha, but the day dedicated to Lord Ganesha is that of a Wednesday.
Lord Ganesha who blesses the devotees by removing all the hurdles from their life is offered sandalwood, red sandalwood, sindur, durva and Laddu as a sweetdish.
To this deity laddus are the dearest which he can be seen offered always.
Thursday is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. He is worshiped under a banana tree. Lord Vishnu, who blesses his devotees with fortune and prosperity, is worshiped with sandalwood, yellow flowers, yellow food, or yellow colored sweets and seasonal fruits especially banana.
Vishnu Sahastranaam can be chanted to please this deaty.
For those who fast on this day, they consume food only once, which consists of chana daal & ghee. The devotee who observes a fast is not supposed to consume salt in any form.
If you fast on this day, the devotees will be blessed with wealth, success and fame.
Goddess Durga and all her avatars are worshiped on a Friday. Goddess Durga has nine main avatars. Among them Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Santoshi are mainly worshiped on this day.
Santoshi Mata is the daughter of Lord Ganaesha. This deity is worshiped to get peace and prosperity. However the devotee can observe fasts if he wants to get some wish fulfilled. The observer of the fast must keep in mind that he does not either take or even serve sour materials for eating.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped with ghee, molasses, jaggery, roasted chickpeas and sweets. Red flowers and seasonal fruits are also offered. Goddess Lakshmi as we know the deity governing the wealth that we earn, is offered aksaht, dhoop, deep, ghee, honey, rice, kesar, sindoor, meva, panchamrit, seasonal fruits, red flowers and red cloth.
Saturday is dedicated to Lord Shani, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Mahakali. Lord Shani is worshiped with a lamp lighted in mustard oil. Mustard seeds, black sesame seeds, mustrad oil, urad daal, black cloth are offered to Shani Dev.
Goddess Kaali is worshiped with mustard oil, black cloth and red flowers, along with akshat, dhoop, deep, panchamrit and meva.
Sunday is dedicated to Surya Dev. This deity is worshiped to earn respect in the society and to remove Graha Dosha. Surya Dev blesses the devotees with good health, removes skin problems and improves eyesight as well.
Devotees offer red flowers to the Lord and will apply red sandalwood paste as 'tilak' on their forehead Surya Dev is worshiped by offering him rice, jaggery, red flowers and vermillion (sindoor).
Doing Surya Namaskar at sunrise is the most important while worshiping this deity. If the devotee decides to observe a fast he must abstain from taking salt in any form.