Pitru Paksha – Expressing Gratitude

Pitru Paksha is a 16 day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs) through food offerings. Pitru Paksha literally means “fortnight of the ancestors” and follows the fortnight immediately after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It begins on the first day of the fortnight (Padyami) ending with the new moon day

Ganesha Chaturthi 2017

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. The festival is yearly celebrated over a period of two weeks across the nation. During this festival, an idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped by following all the rituals. The duration of the festival may vary from one and half day to five

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

Puri Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) is one of the most awaited and celebrated festivals in India. This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha dwitiya tithi in Puri, Orrisa. The festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath i.e. Lord Krishna, his sister Goddess Subhadra and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra. It is commonly known as

Ram Navami 2017

Ram Navami

Ram Navami  is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord Shri Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The 9th day (Navami) in the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra and is referred to as Ram Navami. It is marked by the devotees performing puja such as bhajan and kirtan, fasting and reading passages about Rama’s life. Rath

Vikram Samvat 2074

Vikram Samvat 2074

CHAITRA SHUKLA PAKSHA PRATIPADA VIKRAM SAMVAT Happy New Year Vikram Samvat 2074 to you all!! Vikram Samvat (abbreviated as V.S.) is an era used in India and Nepal, just like the Christian era started in 1 CE. The Vikram Samvat started in 58/57 BCE in southern (purnimanta) and 57/56 BCE in northern (amanta) systems of

Lohri – The Harvest Festival

Lohri is a fun-filled festival full of life and energy and is mainly celebrated as a harvest festival. The festival marks the end of winter and the upcoming spring. Bonfires are lit, traditional songs and dances accompany the fire in the evening. Lohri is celebrated mostly in Northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal

Bandi Chhor Diwas – The Day of Liberation

“(When) the lamp is lit, darkness is dispelled. Where there is light of knowledge, ignorance is dispelled.” (Guru Granth Sahib p.791) Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over India to signify Lord Rama’s return home from 14 years in exile after destroying the demon god Ravana. However, in the Sikh tradition Diwali has

Dussehra – victory of Good over Evil

Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra is one of the most important & fascinating festivals of India, which is celebrated on the tenth day of the lunar month of Ashwin. The word Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit words “Dasha” & “hara” meaning removing the ten (10). In Sanskrit, ‘Vijaya’ means Victory and ‘Dashami’ means 10th day. Thus ‘Vijaya

Kanya Puja – Navratri

Kanya Puja or Kumari Puja is a significant ritual during Navratri and Durga Puja.  It is held during the most important days of Navratri i.e. Ashtami and Navmi. This ritual involves worshiping girls aged between 6 and 12, symbolizing the Kanya Kumari. Kanya Puja is an integral part of Devi Durga Puja and perhaps this