Chatt (called Dala Chatt) is an ancient Hindu Vedic Festival dedicated to the Sun God Surya, also known as Surya Shashti. There is no vratta (fasting) as severe as Chatt. It is one of the most rewarding fasts. Lord Kartikeya or Skanda the first Son of Shiv and ParvatiRead More →

BhaiDooj is a Hindu family festival which strengthens the brother-sister relationship adding all the more flavor of affection to it. The word ‘Bhai’ means brother while ‘Dooj’ represents the second day of the month in which the festival is celebrated. BhaiDooj or BhaiTika or BhaiPhota is celebrated on the lastRead More →

The festival Diwali or Dipawali is the biggest and the brightest among all Hindu festivals. It is the festival of lights and brightness. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm not only in India but also all over the world. Name of the festival The title of the festival has twoRead More →

On the occasion of KarvaChauth, Hindu wives observe fasting for the well being of their husbands. As per Indian traditions, the husband is considered as the custodian of his wife and he is committed to providing food, clothing, shelter, comfort and dignity to his wife. Hence, the festival is celebratedRead More →

  The festival of Sharad Pournima is celebrated with great joy and excitement all over India in varied forms and names such as Kojagiri, KoumudiMahotsava, NavannaPournima, Rasa Pournima and Kumar Pournima. Traditionally, it is considered as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi in all parts of India. Alternatively, the celebration ofRead More →

Navratri

Navratri: In the first half of the month of Asvij, Hindus observe a nine day ceremony of fast, rituals and celebrations to honor various forms of Shakti. This nine day ceremony is called Navaratri and it ends with Dasara, on the tenth day. Usually Navaratri and Dasara are celebrated togetherRead More →

In the first half of the month of Asvij, Hindus observe a nine day ceremony of fast, rituals and celebrations to honor various forms of Shakti. This nine day ceremony is called Navaratri and it ends with Dasara, on the tenth day. Usually Navaratri and Dasara are celebrated together throughout the country, with greatRead More →

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India stateRead More →

Onam is not just the biggest and the most important festival of Kerala, but also a reminder of a “good old Past”. It is considered as a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. Name of the festival TheRead More →

The name of the festival is Janam Ashtami or Janmashtami. Introduction Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. On this occasion, a special pooja is dedicated to child Krishna and a lot of delicious delicacies are prepared. Hindus celebrate this occasion with a lot of zeal andRead More →

Paryushana Introduction Paryushana or Paryusan Parva is one of the two important festivals celebrated by Jains, the other festival being Diwali. The festival is known as Paryushana by Swetambaras sect, while the Digambaras celebrate the festival as Das Lakshana. The meaning of Paryushana is “abiding” or “coming together”. When is the festival celebrated? ParyushanaRead More →

Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu who descended on earth during the Treta yuga. He was born on the ninth day of the waxing phase of the Hindu month of Chaitra. The day is famously celebrated as Ram Naomi. Lord Rama was born in the Sun DynastyRead More →

Ugadi is an important festival for people from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is the New Year according to the Hindu calendar. The first month of the year is called Chaitra and Ugadi is the first day of Chaitra. The festival is called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra. The festivalRead More →

The first day of Chaitra is celebrated in large parts of the country as New Year known variously as Ugadi or Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, GudiPadwa in Maharashtra, Thappan in Rajasthan, Cheti Chand in Sind and Navreh (Kashmiri New Year). Ugadi is an important festival for people fromRead More →

Om parthaya pratibodhitam bhagavata narayanena svayam vyasena grathitam purana-munina madhye mahabharatam advaitamruta-varshanim bhagavatim astadasadhyayinim amba tvam anusandadhami bhagavad-gite bhava-dvesinim Oh mother Bhagavad-gita! I meditate upon you. Because of you, Partha was enlightened by the Lord Narayana Himself in the middle of the great Mahabharata war. The ancient sage Vyasa setRead More →