Holi Puja on the eve of Holi

Holi is the most auspicious and enthusiastic festival in the Hindu tradition. The arrival of the Holi is set to make people of all ages in a festive mood as it includes many wonderful practices and customs which is done in Holi Puja. However, the celebration of Holi is taking...

Kalabhairav Jayanti

Kalabhairav Jayanti

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Kalabhairav Jayanti is also called ‘Mahakaal Bhairavashtami’ or ‘Kala Bhairav Ashtami’ is a Hindu celebration devoted to Lord Kaal Bhairav, the terrifying form of Lord Shiva. It is observed on the ‘ashtami’ (eighth day) of the ‘Krishna Paksha’ amid the Hindu lunar month of ‘Kartik’. In the Gregorian chart, this...

mandala puja

Mandala puja: A Holy Festival of Kerela

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Mandala Puja is a vital custom performed at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. It is starts from the first day of the ‘Vrishchikam’ month till the eleventh or twelfth day of the ‘Dhanu’ Masam according to the customary Malayalam schedule. The day of Mandala Puja marks the finish of...

Diwali

Diwali – Festival of Lights

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Diwali is the biggest and brightest festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. Its literal meaning comes as deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights. However, there are various other stories associated with the festival. Some people believe it to be the celebration of the...

Dhanteras- Festival of Wealth

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Because there are many regions in India, there are many manifestations of the Diwali celebration. The festival begins with Dhanteras, a day set aside to worship the goddess of prosperity, Shri Lakshmi. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi which is the first day of five days long Diwali festivities. It is...

Should Men too fast on Karva Chauth?

Should Men too fast on Karva Chauth?

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Karva Chauth is a festival of Hindus celebrated mostly in the northern part of India. It is a festival in which married women fast (Nirjala fast) for the long life, prosperity and happiness of their husband. Unlike any other fast, women donot even have a drop of water. The festival...

Tritiya Shraddh

Tritiya Shraddh: Rituals for Deceased Ancestors

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Tritiya shradh is meant for performing shradh for the departed ancestors on the Tritiya tithi irrespective of whether they died during Shukla paksha or Krishna paksha. Teej Shradh is the other popular name of Tritiya shradh. Hinduism has made performing of shradh ceremonies a compulsory obligation. Failing to perform shradh...

Dwitiya Shradh

Dwitiya Shradh: An Auspicious Time for Pitru Paksha

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Shastras give extraordinary significance to the shradh ceremonies that are performed during the Pitru Paksha. It is a significant theme for the Hindus from the perspective of performing out the Dwitiya Shradh services of their ancestors soul. Consistently, Pitru Paksha starts out from the day of Purnima of the Bhadrapada...

onam

Onam Festival: The Harvest Festival of Kerela

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India is a culturally rich nation and a hub of various festivals and celebrations.  Almost every month is filled with various celebrations and individuals enthusiastically wait for them and make one excited about arrival. Onam is one must-see celebration of Kerala and a sight worth experiencing once in life. Onam...

Maha Laxmi Vrat

Maha Laxmi Vrat

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Sri Maha laxmi vrat starts on Ashtami of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad month. This vrat is celebrated upon the arrival of Radha Ashtami. Goddess Laxmi is prayed on this day.  As per our age-old Hindu sacred writings and folklore, there is a major importance of the Mahalakshmi Vrat and the day...

Masik Durgashtami festival

Masik Durgashtami Festival: Praying to Maa Durga

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Durgashtami is a very auspicious day in Hinduism and is celebrated every month in dedication to goddess Durga. Durga is a very powerful goddess in Hinduism. She was created by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva together.  Masik Durgashtami festival is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha, Ashtami Tithi of every month. The...

skanda sashti

Skanda Sashti

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On the sixth day of the bright fortnight of the Tamil month of Aippasi (October & November). On this day Skanda Sashti is observed. This day is dedicated to the second son of Lord Shiva known as Lord Subramanya. Also known as Kartikeya, Kumaresa, Guha, Murugan, Shanmukha, and Velayudhan. Who...

darsha amavasya

Darsha Amavasya: No-Moon Night for Devotees

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Darsha Amavasi or the Darsha Amavasya, as per the Hindu Panchang is the no moon night. At the point when the moon is totally missing, we can consider it the Darsha Amavasya. The different periods of the moon have uncommon importance in every one of the observances according to Hindu...

Bhadrapada Amavasya

Bhadrapada Amavasya: Praying to God for Harmony

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Amavasya is a Sanskrit word which implies the “dark moon” Amavasya which falls in the Bhadrapada month (August to September) is seen as Bhadrapada Amavasya in Hindu calendar. The sacred day is celebrated in different areas of India. The day is seen as Avani Amavasya in the region of Tamil...