Andal Jayanti is a significant festival observed in Tamil Nadu, India. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Andal, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. The day is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Andal. The festival goes on for 10 days and is also known as Aadi Pooram. The festival is celebrated during the Aadi month. This is one of the months according to the Tamil calendar.
Rohini Vrat is one of the important festivals observed by the people belonging to the Jain community. In a year, there are a total of 12 Rohini Vrat but only a few of them are considered to be extremely important. It is believed that observing this festival can bring blessings from Goddess Rohini.
When the Sun transits into the Cancer sign, people belonging to the Hindu community observe the Karka Sankranti. In Hinduism, Karka means Cancer sign. This will mark the end of the six months of the Uttarayana Period and the onset of Dakshinayan, Lord Sun's southern journey. The Dakshinayana will end on Makar Sankranti next year.
The arrival of monsoon in India brings a number of festivals. People in India indulge in celebrating various festivals during this time. One of those festivals is the Devshayani Ekadashi. This is a festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is quite important like any other Ekadashis.
In Hinduism, Ekadashi holds great importance. Ekadashi occurs twice a month. It is observed on the 11th day of both waning and waxing phases of the moon. Among the 24 Ekadashi in a year, Nirjala Ekadashi is quite important. Every year the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month is observed as Nirjala Ekadashi.
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy Islamic month. This is most commonly known as Eid which means 'breaking of the fast'. Eid is the day, when the month-long fasting of people belonging to the Muslim community come to an end.
In the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, people belonging to the Muslim community observe fasts (also known as Roza) and pray to the Almighty. This is said to be the month of austerity, worship, abstinence and fasting. People observe fasts for the entire month and avoid consuming food and water except during Suhoor and Iftar. Suhoor is the meal consumed before the sunrise whereas Iftar is the meal consumed after the sunset.
Vat Savitri Puja is a festival celebrated by Hindu women across the country. The festival symbolises the true and eternal love between a husband and wife. It is a festival that is dedicated entirely to a married couple and on this day, Hindu women observe a fast to pray for their husband's long and happy life.
Bail Pola or the Bullock Pola is the festival of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. On this day, the farmers pay respect to cows and bullocks as the cattle is their main source of livelihood. Bail in Marathi means 'bull'. The farmers from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra worship bulls and even decorate them.
Vesak is also known as Buddha Purnima, Buddha Jayanti and Buddha Day. It is considered as an auspicious day which generally falls in April or May. The date varies year to year as per the lunar calendar, and is celebrated on the first full moon day.
Lord Krishna's devotees include not only the people from the Hindu tradition but those from other religions as well as regions. Born in the Dwapar Yuga, not everybody knew that he was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
While the entire month of Shravana is no less than a festival because of the huge number of events falling in this month, Raksha Bandhan, the festival of brothers and sisters, gives the month a beautiful happy ending. There is probably nothing as beautiful as the relationship between a brother and a sister.
According to the Hindu calendar, the month of Shravana is the most auspicious month of the year, and it is a month of festivals throughout India. Sawan Somvrat vrat, nag panchami, raksha bandhan etc., are celebrated with joy and vigour in many Indian households.
A teacher is the 'light' who removes the darkness of ignorance from the life of his disciple. He lights the path, corrects mistakes and leads his students on to righteousness. Guru Purnima is a day during which one can thank one's past and present teachers and get their blessings for a bright future ahead.
There is certain positivity about spring that is difficult to pin down in words. After the long and difficult months of winter, spring ushers in a new ray of hope in all our lives. That is why, in the Indian context, there are a number of festivals celebrating the same.
Every Hindu month has two Ekadashis, one falling during the Krishna Paksha or the dark fortnight and the other during Shukla Paksha or the bright fortnight. Thus, there are twenty four Ekadashis in a year. Every Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered to be the most auspicious day to worship him.
Narsimha Dwadashi refers to the day when we worship Narsimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival falls on a Dwadashi, the twelfth day of the fortnight during Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalgun. While one form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped on each Dwadashi, Lord Narsimha, the man-lion avatar is offered prayers to on this day.
Phulera Dooj falls on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Phalgun as per the Hindu calendar. It corresponds to March - April as per the Gregorian calendar. Lord Krishna is the prime deity on this day. This festival is also known as the festival of flowers.
Lord Rama is one of the most revered Gods for the Hindu community. Lord Rama is considered the seventh Avatar of Lord Maha Vishnu. it is said that Lord Rama was born in the Treta Yuga to rid the world of the menace of the demon King Ravana and to establish righteousness among the human beings.
Probably, the most beautiful in the entire epic of Lord Krishna is the kind of relationship that he shares with Yashoda Mata. The love and the bond is an example of the unmatched emotions that a mother has for her child. From the littlest mischiefs to the grief of separation that was bound to happen when Krishna left Gokul for Mathura, there have been numerous instances that would melt the heart of the reader.
Attukal festival is one of the most popular festivals that observes a day when all the womenfolk gather together for worshipping Goddess Bhagavati, the temple deity at Attukal Bhagavati Temple in Kerala. It is believed to be the largest gathering and has even been recorded in the Guinness World Records.
Magh Purnima falls on the Purnima Tithi in the Hindu month of Magh. It is the fifteenth day during the bright fortnight. Taking bath in the river Ganga and making donations are the two very important rituals performed on this day. The day also holds significance because it is believed to be the first day when the universe was formed. In the month of Magh, people observe fast during the entire month.
There are 24 Ekadashis in a year with two Ekadashis in each month. The Ekadashi that falls during the Shukla Paksha in the month of Magh is known as Jaya Ekadashi. Every Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. However, all these Ekadashis are given different names. Let us explore how Jaya Ekadashi is different and the Puja Vidhi and other rituals on this day. Since the month of Magh is dedicated to Lord Shiva, he is also worshipped on this Ekadashi.
Ashtami Tithi of every month is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The belief comes more from the nine days of Navratri festival where many people observe a grand celebration of the day and celebrate. While the main Ashtami festival falls during Navratri, the Ashtami Tithi of every month is also observed due to the same significance.
A great warrior, a man of his words and an inspiring leader, Bhishma Pitamah was not just a great character in the Mahabharata, but also became a historical figure who will continue to be remembered for ages and forever. The uncle of the Pandava and Kaurava brothers, Bhishma Pitamah was the son of king Shantanu and Ganga. He is mainly remembered for the great role he played in the Mahabharata.
Masik Karthigai falls on the eighth day during Paush month. This is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the Deepam festival. Lord Subramanya is the primary deity of this festival.
The day is also associated with the worship of Lord Subramanya, also known as Lord Murugan by some and Lord Karthikeya by others. Lord Subramanya is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the brother of Lord Ganesha.
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