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QUESTION: Dear Brother William

Hindus Fast on all weekdays according to their worship on each day
as Monday - Lord Shiva, Tuesday - Lord Ganesha, Wednesday - Goddess Durga, Thursday - Datta (Brahma,Vishnu, Mahesh), Friday - Goddess Lakshmi, Saturday - Hanuman.

Where can i get the references for these weekdays fasting for specific Hindu Gods worship and fasting ?.
i.e Vedas, Hindu Calendar, literature/books etc

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Dear Prashant S Akerkar,

Thank you for your question.

You can get detailed information about vratas related to days of the week here.

Best wishes,

Brother William


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QUESTION: Dear Brother William

Thank you for the references provided.

References
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http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/ss/sevendays.htm
http://hinduism.about.com/od/astrology/a/what_is_vedic_astrology.htm
http://hinduism.about.com/cs/vedasvedanta/a/aa120103a.htm
http://hinduism.about.com/cs/vedasvedanta/a/aa120103a_2.htm

Ref :

The Rig-Veda, the Sama Veda, the Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda, the Rig Veda being the main. The four Vedas are collectively known as “Chathurveda, ” of which the first three Vedas viz., Rig Veda, Sama Veda and Yajur Veda agree in form, language and content.


Out of these four Vedas, which vedas will give reference to Hindus fasting
and worship on week days for  Monday - Lord Shiva, Tuesday - Lord Ganesha, Wednesday - Goddess Durga, Thursday - Datta (Brahma,Vishnu, Mahesh), Friday - Goddess Lakshmi, Saturday - Hanuman ?.


Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Dear Prashant S Akerkar,

Thank you for your follow-up question.

The deities you reference either do not occur in Veda at all, or they are only mentioned in a way that would be mostly unrecognizable to the later Pauranic writers and to us. Likewise, Varuna, Mitra, Aryama, and other Vedic deities have passed out of fashion in Hindu practice except for mention in a Shanti Mantra.

The religion of Veda was homa on ritual altars or in the home. Various devotional practices focused on a Chosen Deity, icons, temples, and puja developed later, as far as we know. Even the Avatara is unknown in Veda.

Although we like to point to Veda as the origin of our faith, actual Hindu practice has changed much since Vedic times. Some passages in Veda are so obscure, it is doubtful anyone now still understands them. We do not even know for sure what Soma was, even though it was so very important in Veda. When we speak of the authority of the Vedas we refer primarily to the Vedanta philosophy found in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Brahma Sutras.

Best wishes,

Brother William  

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