Festivals

Vinayaka Chaturthi Vrat: Benefits and Vrat Vidhi
Vinayaka Chaturthi Vrat: Benefits and Vrat Vidhi

Vinayaka Chaturthi Vrat falls on the fourth day of the fortnight. There are two Chaturthis in every month as per Hindu calendar. While the one falling during Krishna Paksha is known as Sankashti Chaturthi, the other falling during Shukla Paksha is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed as a fasting day.

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Never Do These Five Things on Mauni Amavasya
Never Do These Five Things on Mauni Amavasya

Mauni Amavasya is considered to be an auspicious occurrence. It is said that observing a fast on this day is considered to bring lots of benefits to the devotees. It is a highly auspicious day for making donations as well. However, there are some things that we should never do on a Mauni Amavasya.

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Shattila Ekadashi: Benefits, Fasting Procedure & Vrat Katha
Shattila Ekadashi: Benefits, Fasting Procedure & Vrat Katha

The eleventh day of a fortnight in the Hindu calendar is known as Ekadashi. There being two Ekadashis in each month, twenty-four Ekadashis fall in a year. Of these, the Ekadashi that falls during the Krishna Paksha in the month of Magh is known as Shattila Ekadashi. Shattila Ekadashi is also known as Tilda Ekadashi.

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5 Reasons Why Makar Sankranti is Celebrated
5 Reasons Why Makar Sankranti is Celebrated

Makar Sankranti is, of course, the most awaited Hindu festival during winters. It marks the time when people gather together to have fun dancing, singing and eating peanuts and seasonal sweets together. People take a holy bath on this day and make donations. Thus, along with the fun-filled activities, such rituals are also performed on this day.

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Ganesha Chaturthi
Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Primarily observed as the main festival in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and some parts of Tamil Nadu, the festival is now observed as a grand celebration in other parts of the country as well. Ganesha is believed to be the establisher of perfection.

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Janmashtami: Unknown and Incredible Facts about Krishna
Janmashtami: Unknown and Incredible Facts about Krishna

Whenever the evil has risen on the Earth, God has taken birth to restore the balance and establish righteousness. He has freed the world from the clutches of demons several times, as our scripture and holy books tell us. He has incarnated on the Earth and proved to the world, the eternal truth of his existence.

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How is Bakr Eid Celebrated?
How is Bakr Eid Celebrated?

Throughout the year, a number of festivals are celebrated in India, and more so in the month of August. From Ekadashi and the Shivratri for the Hindus, to Onam for the Kerala Hindus and now Bakr Eid for the Muslims, the month has brought a number of festivals our way.

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Naag Panchami
Naag Panchami

The festival of Naga Panchami falls on the fifth day of the Shravana month during Shukla Paksha. This festival, dedicated wholly to the serpents, is celebrated as one of the most popular festivals in the month of Shravana.

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List of Festivals in Shravana Month
List of Festivals in Shravana Month

The celebrations, the utter divinity, the auspiciousness and the huge religious fervour will make this Shravana month really beautiful. There are so many festivals to celebrate that the presence of God can be felt everywhere during the month.

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Gupt Navratri: How a Lion Became Vahana of Goddess
Gupt Navratri: How a Lion Became Vahana of Goddess

Gupt Navratri is the most auspicious time to worship Goddess Durga, a time when the goddess will fulfil all your wishes. Goddess Durga is worshipped in various avatars, she is worshipped as the incarnation of Parvati, she is worshipped as Mahakali, as Saraswati and in various other forms.

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Yogini Ekadashi Fast and its Importance
Yogini Ekadashi Fast and its Importance

Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are twenty four Ekadashis in every year. In case there is an extra month in the year, known as Adhika masa according to Hindu calender, then there are twenty six Ekadashis in the year.

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Shruti Panchami
Shruti Panchami

With non-violence and non-attachment being the main premises, Jainism is one of the youngest and popular religions of the world. Started by the Jain Teerthankaras (Jain monks), it is followed by millions across the world today.

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Which Deity to Worship on Which Tithi
Which Deity to Worship on Which Tithi

Every month in the Hindu calender, it is divided into two fortnights, known as Paksha in Hinduism - also known the Shukla Paksha and the Krishna Paksha. Every fortnight consisting of fifteen days, ends with either a new moon or a full moon. When Lord Brahma created the universe, he had made the Kaalchakra.

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Adhika Masa Purnima
Adhika Masa Purnima

Jyeshtha Purnima is the full moon day, falling on the fifteenth day of the Shukla Paksh in the month of June. It is considered highly auspicious for Satya Narayan Puja. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped on this day. Jyeshtha Purnima day is also considered for worshipping Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi.

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Significance of Padmini Ekadashi
Significance of Padmini Ekadashi

Ekadashi is the eleventh day, falling both under the Shukla Paksh as well as Krishna Paksh. There are two Ekadashis in a month and hence, twenty four every year. When there is an extra month in a year based on the Hindu calender, that month is known as the Mal Maha or Adhik Maha or Purushottam Maha. 'Maha' which means month in Sanskrit and Hindi, is also known as Masa.

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Apara Ekadashi: All You Need to Know
Apara Ekadashi: All You Need to Know

Apara Ekadashi falls on eleventh day during the Krishna Paksh in the month of Jyeshtha. Also known as Achala Ekadashi in some places, it is celebrated as Bhadrakali Ekadashi or Bhadrakali Jayanti in some states including Punjab, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir.

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Bond Between Lord Rama and Hanuman
Bond Between Lord Rama and Hanuman

Talking of the Ramayana, one cannot ignore the relationship between Lord Rama and his able disciple Lord Hanuman. In fact, it will be fair on our part to say that the battles that Lord Rama won effortlessly had a major role that was played by Lord Hanuman.

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Significance of Skanda Shashti
Significance of Skanda Shashti

India is a land of festivals. Every month or season there is some festival or the other. While some of these festivals are celebrated all over the country (or, in some cases, some particular states), there are some festivals that are central to a particular state or region.

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Significance of Matsya Jayanthi
Significance of Matsya Jayanthi

One of the oldest religions in the world, what sets Hinduism apart from that of all others is the fact that it does not believe in the supremely of one single God. For the Hindus, there are 33 million Gods and all of them are important.

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Significance of Chaitra Navratri
Significance of Chaitra Navratri

India is indeed the land of festivals. From a logical point of view, this was pretty much expected, since a number of religions come together to make the democracy of India. Every other month, there is one festival or the other in our calendar. While there are some festivals that are more significant than the other, the essence of festivity that engulfs all of it is pretty much the same.

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Tips to Invite Good Luck this Holi
Tips to Invite Good Luck this Holi

Holi is one of the most important festivals of India. Though mainly a festival celebrated by the Hindu population, the people of other faiths join in on the fun too. Holi is perhaps among the most popular celebrations in India, second only to Diwali. If Diwali is the festival of lights, Holi is the day that colours are the star.

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Importance of Worshipping Shaligram
Importance of Worshipping Shaligram

Our country is a land of many gods who are widely worshipped and celebrated in the whole of the country. These gods have taken various forms over the course of humanity. These forms are as important as the gods themselves and hold a special place in the hearts of the people who worship them.

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Kartik Purnima: Vrat Vidhi, Deepdaan and Vrat Katha
Kartik Purnima: Vrat Vidhi, Deepdaan and Vrat Katha

Kartik Purnima, the Purnima falling in the month of Kartik, is one of the significant days of this sacred month. While it is known as Ganga Purnima by the Hindus, for the Sikhs it is Guru Nanak Jayanthi. All the Sikhs celebrate it as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. They also call it Gurpurab.

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Eid-e-Milad: Dedicated To Prophet Muhammad's Teachings
Eid-e-Milad: Dedicated To Prophet Muhammad's Teachings

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is a day dedicated to Prophet Muhammad and his teachings. Born on the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal (the third month of Islamic calendar) in Mecca, Prophet Muhammad is seen as an idol by many who want to adopt his virtues as a way of life.

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Navratri Festival: Things You Need To Avoid
Navratri Festival: Things You Need To Avoid

Navratri is around the corner and the preparations are in full swing. One of the most popular festivals of the Hindus, these nine days are celebrated with huge religious vigour.

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Chhath Puja Tips to Become More Prosperous
Chhath Puja Tips to Become More Prosperous

Surya Dev blesses his devotees with both name and fame. Be it hurdles in achieving success, or when social dignity is at stake due to some reason, or even when you do not achieve success despite your best efforts, worshipping Surya Dev will help in all the cases. Chhath Puja is one such festival when we can please Surya Dev by offering him prayers.

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Devutthani Ekadashi: Vrat Vidhi and Significance
Devutthani Ekadashi: Vrat Vidhi and Significance

Devutthani Ekadashi is a day when Lord Vishnu wakes up from sleep after a period of 4 months. This period, also known as Chaturmasa, is generally believed to be inauspicious for conducting any type of sacred or holy events, such as Puja, marriage, etc.

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