Gudi Padwa Introduction Gudhi Padwa(Marathi: गुढी पाडवा) is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus, but is also celebrated by other Hindus as well.[2] It is celebrated in and around Maharashtra, Goa, and the union territory of Damaon on the first day of the Chaitra month, to mark the beginning of the new year according toRead More →

Holi

Holi INTRODUCTION Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “Festival of Love“, the “Festival of Colours” and the “Festival of Spring”.  The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil, as it celebrates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu. It originated and is predominantly celebratedRead More →

Maha-Shivratri

Maha Shivaratri INTRODUCTION Maha Shivaratri (IAST: Mahāśivarātri) is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance called Tandava. In every month of the luni-solar Hindu calendar, there is a Shivaratri – “night of Shiva” – on the day before new moon. ButRead More →

MAKAR SANKRANTI

INTRODUCTION India is the land of festivals. Makar Sankranti is one of the important festivals of Hindu religion that they celebrate with great joy and happiness. The festival is celebrated every year on 14 or 15 January depending upon the solar cycle. They celebrate by taking an early morning holyRead More →

Chhath Pooja

  CHHATH POOJA Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent, more specifically, the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and the southern parts of Nepal. It has become popular with the Nepali hilly community in the recent years, thanks to the influence of the southern immigrants. Prayers during Chhath puja are dedicated to the solar deity, Surya, toRead More →

Bhai Dooj

BHAI DOOJ INTRODUCTION Bhai Dooj, Bhaubeej, Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika. It is celebrated during the Diwali or Tihar festival and Holi festival. The celebrations of this day are similar to the festival of RakshaRead More →

GOVARDHAN POOJA INTRODUCTION The festival of Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the next day of Diwali and on the first day of full moon. It commemorates the day when Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to save the people of Vrindavan from storm and rain. The festival holds much significance forRead More →

Happy Diwali

HAPPY DIWALI INTRODUCTION Diwali (also called Divali or Deepavali) is a “festival of lights” that celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrantsRead More →

Naraka Chaturdashi

I NARAKA CHATURDASHI NTRODUCTION Naraka Chaturdashi (also known as Kali Chaudas, Roop Chaudas, Choti Diwali, Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi or Bhoot Chaturdashi) is a Hindu festival, which falls on Chaturdashi  (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha in the Shalivahan Shaka Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. It is the second day of the five-day-long festival of  Deepavali/Diwali. The Hindu literature narratesRead More →

Dhanteras

  DHANTERAS INTRODUCTION Dhanteras marks the official beginning of Diwali, the festival of lights. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Kartika Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Dhanteras 2021 will be celebrated on 2 November 2021. It is also widely known as Dhantrayodashi and is aRead More →

Navdurga

Introduction: It is post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is the most observed in the honour of the divine feminine Devi. The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.   Significance: Navadurga – TheRead More →

Shraadh

Introduction: Shraadh known as Pitrapaksh or Kanaagath, Shraadh is performed over a period of fifteen days. The date or tithi of death, as per the Hindu calendar, is considered as the day of Shraadh. The other fifteen days are known as the Pitrapaksh. Shraadhs usually fall somewhere between the monthsRead More →

Ganpati Bappa

Introduction: This festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and prosperity. It falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which falls in August-September. It is 10-day festival marking the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom.   Significance: GaneshRead More →

Raksha Bandhan

Introduction Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on Purnima or full moon day in the month of Shravan also known as Saawan. It is a day brother and sister re-affirm their sacred bond of love & affection. The beauty of this festival is that it is not observed by justRead More →