Griha Pravesh Puja (North)


“Om Ganesaya Namah Avahayami” The first mantra chanted by the pandit as the Griha Pravesh Puja commences as you embark on the divine experience which is the hindu equivalent of a housewarming ceremony. But why do we perform Griha Pravesh Puja ? What rituals are performed as a part of it? And how do you

Bhai Dooj : 5th Day of Diwali


Every relationship possesses its own value, but the brother-sister relationship is quite unique and unmatched. Indian culture has manifested the greatness and glory of this relationship in many forms, out of which Bhai Dooj festival is an eminent form. This auspicious occasion also reveals the importance of siblings in someone’s life. Bhai Dooj is celebrated

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Lakshmi Puja : 3rd Day of Diwali


Asato ma sat gamaya | (असतो मा सद्गमय ।) Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya | (तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।) Mṛtyor ma amṛtam gamaya | (मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।) Om shanti shanti shantihi || (ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥) Translation: From untruth lead us to Truth. From darkness lead us to Light. From death lead us to

Karwa Chauth Festival


‘Karwa Chauth’ is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the long-life, well-being and prosperity of their husbands. The festival and fast of Karwa Chauth is celebrated with much exuberance and fanfare mostly in the states of North and North-West of India. This year Karwa Chauth is on October 8th 2017. It

Maa Katyayani – Navratri Day 6


The sixth form of Mother Durga is known as ‘Katyayani’, who is worshiped on the sixth day of Navaratri. To destroy demon Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati took the form of Goddess Katyayani. It was the most violent form of Goddess Parvati. In this form Goddess Parvati is also known as Warrior Goddess. Goddess Katyayani rides on

Navratri – Celebration of Good over Evil


सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ Most auspicious of all auspicious, Parvati, Who fulfills all desires| Refuge of everything, Three-eyed, Devi(Parvati), Lakshmi, We salute you || This sloka from the scripture Devi Mahatmyam describes the powers of Great Mother Durga. Shri Devi Durga is mother of all powers and represents the

Vara MahaLakshmi Puja


Vara MahaLakshmi Puja and Vrath is a popular ritual observed by married women in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Vara MahaLakshmi Vrath is a festival celebrated to appease goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. This festival falls in the holy month of Shravan on the first Friday before the Pournami