Festivals

Andal Jayanti: Significance of this Festival
Andal Jayanti: Significance of this Festival

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.

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Vinayaka Chaturthi: Significance of the Day
Vinayaka Chaturthi: Significance of the Day

Vinayaka Chaturthi is a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom and Fortune. Devotees of Lord Ganesha worship on this day to seek his blessings and get rid of all sorts of problems in their lives.

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Rohini Vrat: Rituals and Significance
Rohini Vrat: Rituals and Significance

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.

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Karka Sankranti: Muhurta, Rituals and Significance
Karka Sankranti: Muhurta, Rituals and Significance

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.

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Devshayani Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance
Devshayani Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance

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.

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Nirjala Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance
Nirjala Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance

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.

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Eid-Al-Fitr: History and Significance of this Day
Eid-Al-Fitr: History and Significance of this Day

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.

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Ramadan: Things to Do and Avoid During Fasts
Ramadan: Things to Do and Avoid During Fasts

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.

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Vat Savitri Puja
Vat Savitri Puja

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.

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Bail Pola Festival: Significance and How It is Celebrated
Bail Pola Festival: Significance and How It is Celebrated

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.

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Buddha Purnima: Importance and Significance
Buddha Purnima: Importance and Significance

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.

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Krishna Janmashtami: Lord Krishna Mantras for All Problems in Life
Krishna Janmashtami: Lord Krishna Mantras for All Problems in Life

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.

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Items to Include on Your Rakhi Tray
Items to Include on Your Rakhi Tray

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.

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Hariyali Teej - A Festival for Women
Hariyali Teej - A Festival for Women

Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the Shukla Paksh in the month of Shravana and is a major festival for the women. They pray for the long life of their husbands on this day.

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Mangala Gauri Vrat Procedure and its Importance
Mangala Gauri Vrat Procedure and its Importance

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.

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Guru Purnima Puja Vidhi
Guru Purnima Puja Vidhi

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.

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How is Ugadi Celebrated in Different States?
How is Ugadi Celebrated in Different States?

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.

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Papmochani Ekadashi: Vrat and Pooja Vidhi
Papmochani Ekadashi: Vrat and Pooja Vidhi

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.

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Narsimha Dwadashi: Significance and Story
Narsimha Dwadashi: Significance and Story

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.

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Phulera Dooj: Festival Dedicated to Lord Krishna
Phulera Dooj: Festival Dedicated to Lord Krishna

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

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Ganga Dussehra
Ganga Dussehra

Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Shukla Paksh in the month of Jyeshtha, as the day when Goddess Ganga, incarnated on the Earth. Goddess Ganga is the personified form of the river Ganga.

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Stories from the Ramayana on Rama Navami
Stories from the Ramayana on Rama Navami

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.

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The Significance of Janaki Jayanti
The Significance of Janaki Jayanti

Janaki Jayanti falls on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha in the month of Falgun as per the Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian, it corresponds to the months of February and March. This day marks the birth of Goddess Sita.

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Yashoda Jayanti: Story, Rituals and Benefits
Yashoda Jayanti: Story, Rituals and Benefits

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.

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Attukal Pongala Festival: The Story Associated
Attukal Pongala Festival: The Story Associated

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.

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Magha Purnima Vrat, Rituals, Story and Benefits
Magha Purnima Vrat, Rituals, Story and Benefits

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.

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Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi, Puja Vidhi, Rules and Benefits
Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi, Puja Vidhi, Rules and Benefits

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.

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Masik Durgashtami, When Goddess Mahagauri Showers Her Blessings
Masik Durgashtami, When Goddess Mahagauri Showers Her Blessings

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.

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Bhishma Ashtami, The Death Anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah
Bhishma Ashtami, The Death Anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah

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.

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Masik Karthigai Vrat Story, Puja Vidhi, Fasting Rules and Benefits
Masik Karthigai Vrat Story, Puja Vidhi, Fasting Rules and Benefits

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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