About Held once in every 4 years, the KumbhMela is one of the biggest events for the Hindus. The exact origin of the KumbhMela is very hard to pinpoint. The fair is an ancient one and the reason it is held can be traced back to the ancient episode of ‘SagarManthan’.KumbhMelaRead More →

Introduction The birth of Lord Narasimha is celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti. Lord Narasimha is the 4th avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. On the day of Narasimha Jayanti, Lord Vishnu came as Narasimha – half man and half animal- lion form to kill the demon king Hiranyakashipu. Rituals Narasimha Jayanti is celebratedRead More →

Introduction Navpad Oli is one of the important Jain festivals. This festival is celebrated twice in a year, the first time from Ashwija Shukla Saptami to Poornima (Sep- Oct) and the second time from Chaitra Shukla Saptami to Poornima (March- April). During the period of festival, Jains observe a fastRead More →

Introduction 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 festivalRead More →

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? Paryushana isRead More →

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 when brothers and sisters re-affirm their sacred bond of love and affection and the beauty of this festival is that it is not observedRead 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 →

This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Magha (Jan/Feb). It is celebrated as Surya Jayanti as it marks the birth of the Sun God Surya. It follows the sun’s northerly movement of vernal equinox from Capricorn (Makara). In many temples, LordRead 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 →

Introduction After the sweltering heat of summer, the overheated plains of the country look forward to the welcome showers of the monsoon to bring in much needed relief. Thus from literature to religion the fifth month of the Hindu Calendar Shraavan is celebrated through poetry, song, dance and ritual. Kalidasa’s Meghdoot,Read More →

Introduction Swarna Gauri Vratha is a festival when goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva and the mother of Lord Ganesha is worshipped. This festival is celebrated predominantly in South India on Bhadrapada Shukla Trithiya (3rd day of Bhadrapada Masa, Aug- Sep). The festival is celebrated as Hartalika Teej in StatesRead More →