Introduction Roughly 71% of the earth’s surface consists of water. It has been so since man was born on this planet. The average human being has around 55-60% water. This then is the significance of water in our lives. If we lose more than a couple of percentage in waterRead More →

Introduction Rains must have seemed like magic to the ancient man. This mystical wonder attached to the rains is still true today. However, during the time of the Vedas, awe and reverence was also attached to every element of nature. This included not only the sun, moon and the starsRead More →

Introduction One of the greatest strengths of the ancient Hindus has been their love and reverence for all things natural. According to A Tribute to Hinduism The Book (http://www.hinduwisdom.info/Nature_Worship.htm) “No religion, perhaps, lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as Hinduism”. Nature has therefore never been considered as a foeRead More →

Introduction In the Indian context we get mixed signals. On the one hand people, especially women worship the tulsi plant while we can see the reverence with which Indians treat the vat and the banyan tree. On the other hand trees are mercilessly cut down to make roads, construct buildingsRead More →

Vara Lakshmi Vratha also known as Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha is a festival where Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Sri Vishnu is worshipped. The festival is celebrated chiefly in States such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and in some parts of Odisha. The festival is observed on the secondRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

Contents Introduction Hindu Sanskaras Vivaha in Smrutigrantha Marriage Rituals References Introduction Indian society strongly believes in the institution of marriage and lifetime commitment. Most Indian marriage forms are based on the ancient philosophies of Vedas and Upanishads. The symbolic union of two persons in holy matrimony has remained virtually unblemishedRead More →

Contents Invitations Invitations The Gifts received by the married couple, on their marriage, are opened on or a few days after the Chowthari day. All the close members of the family are invited on this occasion and the gifts are opened and displayed in front of them. The gifts offeredRead More →