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Rishi Panchami (02-09-2011)

G8Rishi Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the waxing moon fortnight of Bhadrapada month (August – September). It is celebrated on the next day of Ganesh chaturti.


In Maheshwari Community this day is also observed as “Bhai Panchami”. On this day women who belong to this community tie rakhi on their brother’s hand and pray for their long life and prosperity and happiness in their life. That rakhi must be in Red, Yellow or Orange colour. On that day women observe fast and breaks the fast after tieing rakhi at their brother’s wrist.


In morning they do Bhai Panchami puja. They make Seven brothers with seven small sticks and white cloth and a white thread to tie clothes to the stcks. And then they make one sister with a small stick and a red cloth and moli to tie it. Then they put them together on a small wodden platform with the sister in middle. Now they do their puja by putting Kumkum and Rice to their foreheads and offer sweets and rakhi or moli to them. And then they begin their Bhai Panchami Vrat Katha accompanied with a Ganeshji’s Kahani. After finishing this they bow down to them and pray for their brrother’s long life, prosperity and happiness. While listening or reading the Bhai Panchami Vrat Katha they have to keep some cotton in their hand and have to make thread from it. While doing this they should be very careful about the thread should not break from the middle. And then this thread is offered to them.

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