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Chapter CXX - The Rambha Trtiya Vratam

Brahma said:—Now I shall deal with the inode of practising1 the Rambhā-Tritiyā-Vratam which brings good luck, and opulence to the votary and blesses him with the pleasures of fatherhood, etc. The votary shall fast on the third day of the moon’s increase in the month of Mārgaśira, procure Water and the blades of the sacred Kusha grass, and worship the goddess Gauri with the offerings of Vilva leaves ānd toothbrushes made of Kadmavā twigs. In the month of Pausha be shall take nothing but camphor on the day of the Vratam and worship the goddess Girisutā (the mountain-daughter) With the offerings of Kuruvaka flowers, Krisharas and toothbrushes of Mallikā twigs. In the month of Māgha, the votary shall live on a butter regimen on the day of the penance and worship the goddess Subhadrā with the offerings of Kalhāra flowers, Māndas, and imaginary tooth-brushes formed of the spirit of song and harmony (Gitimayi). In the month of Phālguna, the votary shall take nothing but barley gruel after the Puja on the day of the vow, and Worship the goddess Gomati with the offerings of Śaskulis and tooth-brushes of Kunda stems. The goddess Viśālākshi should be Worshipped with the offerings of Mādhavi flowers and Krishras, and the votary shall take curd after that and dedicate toothbrushes of Tagara twigs to the goddess. The Śrimukhi manifestation of the deity should be worshipped with Karavikara flowers in the month of Vaiśāka, the votary eating nothing but the polens of Aśoka flowers and dedicating tooth-brushes of Aśoka twigs to her, therafter. The Nārayani manifestation of the goddess should be worshipped in the month of Jaishtha with the offerings of treacle (khanda) and lotus lilies; and the votary shall take nothing but cloves after the Puja on the day. The goddess Mādhavi should be worshipped with the offerings of Vilva leaves in the month of Ashada (Āshadā/Aśadā?). The goddess Śri should be Worshipped in the month of Śrāvana with the offerings of Kshirānnam and tooth-brushes of Audumvara twigs. The Votary shall take nothing but sesame seeds and offer tooth-brushes of Tagara twigs, after that, to the goddess. The goddess Uttamā should be worshipped in the month of Bhādra with the offerings of tooth-brushes of Mallikā twigs. The votary shall take nothing but Śringada after the Puja on the day. The goddess Rājaputri should be worshipped in the month of Āśvina with the offerings of Javā flowers; and the votary shall eat nothing, but Jiraka on the night of the Vratam. The goddess Padmajā should be worshipped in the month of Kārtika with the offerings of Jāti flowers, fruits, viands, and Krisharās and the votary shall take nothing but the Panchagavyam, that day. The Vratam should be thus celebrated for a year and closed by feasting a Brahmana pair and distributing confections made of clarified butter to the Brāhmanas. After that, Umā and Maheśvara should be worshipped with the usual ceremonial rites; and gold, silver, confectionaries, clothes, and umbrellas should be given to the Brāhmanas, the night of the final celebration being spent in songs and revelry.

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