Maha Shivratri
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Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is an auspicious and great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Masik Shivratri which is celebrated every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha, is known as Maha Shivaratri (which is observed once a year) in the month of Magha, according to Amavasyant School. Again, according to Purnimant School Masik Shivaratri […]

Chaitra Navratri 2017 - Date Rituals Puja Vidhi
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Chaitra Navratri 2017

The word ‘Navratri’ comes from from ‘Nav’ meaning ‘nine’ and ‘Ratri’ meaning ‘night’ in Sanskrit and, therefore, ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’ of celebration, during which nine forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped. Navaratri is celebrated primarily twice a year, one during the onset of summer (Chaitra Navratri) and the other during the onset of […]

Navratri 2017 Dates
Festivals

Navratri 2017 Date and Time, Puja, Details, History

Believed as the root cause of creation, sustenance and annihilation, Durga is the principal form of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The name ‘Durga’ in Sanskrit means ‘invincible’. The syllable ‘du’ is synonymous with the 4 devils namely poverty, sufferings, famine and evil habits. The ‘r’ refers to diseases and the ‘ga’ is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, […]

Magha Maasam - Importance of Magha Snan, Puja and Mantras
Festivals, Vedic Practices

Magha Maasam: Importance of Magha Snana, Puja, Mantras and Festivals

Magham is a Sanskrit word Ma+Agham. Ma means not present and Agham means sin, evil, suffering, grief and Magha maasam is the month which is highly meritorious, auspicious and free from any sin or suffering. Lord Maha Vishnu in the name of Maadhava is the presiding deity who governs Magha Maasam and to be worshiped. […]

vat savitri vrat katha savitri vrat puja vidhi
Festivals, Mahabharata

Vat Savitri Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi

Vat Savitri Vrat in North India and Sabitri Brata in Orissa is a fasting observed by married women for the well-being of their husbands and for a happy married life on Amavasya, the new moon day in the Bikram Sambat month of Jyestha. It is also known as Sabitri Uwaans in Western Odisha region or Savitri Amavasya. On this day, women performing the puja observe […]

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5 Days of Diwali 2016

The scintillating festival of Diwali stretches beyond cultures and religions, embracing and enveloping all. That is the sole reason why Diwali or Deepawali is the most popular Indian festival. From detailed, long poojas for the religion enthusiasts to the night long card parties and haute Diwali do’s for the younger chic lot, from ebullient, fiery […]

Why Lakshmi Ganesha Worshipped Together
Festivals, Hindu Gods, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

Why is Lakshmi and Ganesha Worshipped Together?

On the day of Diwali, it is a custom to worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha together. It is well-known that Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury and prosperity (both material and spiritual) while Lord Ganesha is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom. […]

Navratri 2016 Dates
Festivals, Hinduism

Navratri 2016 Date and Time, Puja, Details, History

Believed as the root cause of creation, sustenance and annihilation, Durga is the principal form of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The name ‘Durga’ in Sanskrit means ‘invincible’. The syllable ‘du’ is synonymous with the 4 devils namely poverty, sufferings, famine and evil habits. The ‘r’ refers to diseases and the ‘ga’ is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, […]