Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivaratri Festival

Maha Shivaratri means the Great Night of Shiva. It is an annual festival dedicated to the Lord. Unlike most Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night. Also, unlike most Hindu festivals which include expression of cultural revelry, the Maha Shivaratri is a solemn event notable for its

Govardhan Puja – 4th Day of Diwali

The Fourth day is of Diwali festival is Padwa or Govardhan Puja or Bali Pratipada. This day is also known as Varshapratipada which marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya. Vikaram-Samvat(Hindu Calendar) started from this Padwa day. Govardhan Puja Govardhan Puja is celebrated on this day. Govardhan is a small hillock in Braj, near Mathura and

Dhanteras – Day 1 of Diwali

Dhanteras is the first day of celebration of the five-day long festival of Diwali. On Dhanteras, Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth, is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word ‘Dhan’ literally means wealth and ‘Tera’ comes from the date 13th. The festival of

Maa Siddhidatri – Navratri Day 9

Devi Siddhidatri is the ninth form of Goddess Durga. She is worshiped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. In the beginning of the universe Lord Rudra worshiped Adi-Parashakti for creation. It is believed that Goddess Adi-Parashakti had no form. The supreme Goddess of Power, Adi-Parashakti, appeared in the form of

Maa Maha Gauri – Navratri Day 8

Spellbinding, mesmerizing whitish look of Durga is Maha Gauri. Goddess Maha Gauri is the eighth form of Devi Durga and one of the graceful Goddesses among Nav Durga. She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. Her beauty glows like gleam of white Pearl. She denotes peace

Maa Kaalratri – Navratri Day 7

  The most ferocious appearance of Durga is in the form of Kaalratri. Devi Kaalratri is the seventh aspect of Durga and Worshiped among Navdurga. She is worshiped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She is believed to be the most violent Devi among Navdurga. She has dark Krishna (black) complexion and her appearance is extremely

Maa Kushmanda – Navratri Day 4

Maa Kushmanda is the fourth form of the mother goddess and is worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’. Mother Goddess created the whole universe in shape of an egg called “Anda” with her

Maa Brahmacharini – Navratri Day 2

Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri and is the second form of Mother Goddess. Brahmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She enlightens us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace. In one hand she carries a Rudraksha mala and in the other hand she carries