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हरियाली तीज

6/28/2022 1:59:00 PM

हरियाली तीज के दिन भगवान शिव और माता पार्वती की पूजा की जाती है। यह पर्व करवा चौथ के बराबर होता है। इस दिन महिलाएं पूरे दिन भोजन और जल ग्रहण नहीं किए बिना दूसरे दिन स्नान-पूजा के बाद व्रत का पारण करती हैं। इस व्रत को करने पर सौभाग्य की प्राप्ति होती है। मां पार्वती के कठोर तप और उनके 108वें जन्म में भगवान शिव ने देवी पार्वती को अपनी पत्नी के रूप में स्वीकार किया। तभी से इस व्रत की शुरुआत हुई। इस दिन जो सुहागन महिलाएं सोलह श्रृंगार करके भगवान शिव और देवी पार्वती की पूजा करती हैं, उनका सुहाग लंबे समय तक बना रहता है। इसके पीछे आशय यह होता है कि जिस प्रकार तपस्‍या करने से माता पार्वती को भगवान शिव जैसे पति की प्राप्ति हुई, वैसे ही व्रत करके और शिव-पार्वती की पूजा करके उन्‍हें भी भविष्‍य में अच्‍छा जीवनसाथी मिले। इसलिए कुछ घरों में कुंवारी कन्‍याओं को भी यह व्र‍त करवाया जाता है सौभाग्यवती स्त्रियां अपने सुहाग को अखण्ड बनाए रखने और अविवाहित युवतियां मन मुताबिक वर पाने के लिए हरितालिका तीज का व्रत करती हैं। सर्वप्रथम इस व्रत को माता पार्वती ने भगवान शिव शंकर के लिए रखा था। इस दिन विशेष रूप

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Half Saree Function

7/11/2018 4:02:00 AM

Half Saree Function Coming of age is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition. It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual, as practiced by many societies. In Hinduism coming of age generally signifies that a boy or girl is mature enough to understand his responsibility towards family and society. In South India Coming of age ceremony or rites of passage (Langa Voni Telugu: లంగా వోని), is celebrated when a girl reaches 9, 11 or 13 years (Odd years). She wears Langa Voni ( Half saree ) given by her maternal grandparents, which is worn during the first part of the ceremony and then she is gifted her first Sari by her paternal grandparents, which she wears during the second half of the ceremony. This marks her transition into womanhood. The tradition of giving Langa Voni by maternal grandparents b

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7/18/2017 6:04:00 AM

Teej is a fasting festival for Hindu women. It takes place on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of the Sawaan month of the Hindu calendar, which normally falls between late July to early September. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and celebrates her return to Lord Shiva. Teej is in praise of marital bliss and the well-being of spouse and children. Falling in the Hindu month of Bhado, Teej also celebrates the arrival of the long awaited monsoon after a brutally hot summer. The festival is a three day celebration which includes both rigid fasting and scrumptious feasting. Teej - 'the festival of swings' is celebrated with gusto and fervor in various parts of India. The festival of Teej commemorates the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women and young girls celebrate the festival with earnest devotion. Teej falls in the month of Sawan and brings great relax from the scorching summers. Many religious activities takes place at the time of Teej. Such ritua

Mata ki chowki

6/19/2017 2:00:00 PM

Chowki is devotional program, can be kept any time or done on happy occasions such as Engagements, Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or during Ganpati and Navratri festivals during the year. It is a devotional program done during the evening time, for 3 hours on any day from 7pm onwards to 10pm. We start Chowki with Ganpati, Navgrah and Mataji’s Pooja Abhishekh. First we light the Mataji’s Akhand Jyot with chanting of Langar Vira , Then we start Mataji’s Bhents (Devotional songs) one by one those who like to sing. Then comes an offering of Garlands and Matajis Bhet (Colored Chunni, coconut, fruits, and Shingar Matirail along with some Bheta (in Cash). Then we do Ardass done by a devotee who has kept this Mata KI Chowki, what Ever he has to offer in cash or in kind and sangat (Gathering on Chowki), Then we offer Bhog Prasad to Mataji of Kheer, or whatever offered by devotee, Then follows Amrit Varkha and Phoolon ki varkha of Flowers & Petals, At last Ma

Iftar Party

6/16/2017 9:06:00 AM

Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day's fast. Ramadan is considered to be the holiest month in the entire year according to Islamic tradition. Literally, it means "breakfast."Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast. The other meal during Ramadan, which is taken in the morning (pre-dawn), is called suhoor. People who keep roza eat before sunrise (Suhoor or Sehri) and then refrain from eating or drinking anything throughout the day. In the evening, people break their fasts after sunset with a meal called 'Iftar'. Iftar is a feast which people look forward to after the day's long restrain. Traditionally, one is supposed to eat dates along with juice, milk or water. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad  ate three dates when he broke his roza. Iftar meals bristle with varied delicacies. From rich mutton curries to lovely desserts and cooling sherbets, it is interesting to

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How to create customize Invitation card

6/6/2017 1:50:00 PM

With Desievite you can choose hundreds of free invitation card's. Planning your party in advance helps you to make all the necessary arrangements well in advance. It is best to send free online invitations as the cards do not cost you a penny and they are so much more convenient and reliable. When you send free online invitations for any occasion, your job is done in less than a few minutes time. All you have to do is select your favorite Engagement invitation card template, Create the perfect invitation for any occasion.   Step 1:-  Open Step 2:- Choose the category for your function or occasion     Step 3:-  Choose  language to create your invitation in your mothertounge, also you can filter your invitation with Related tag, Other features.   Step4:-  Now you can choose your design from professionally design layout.   Step 5:-  Click on Personalize card. Enter in all the details like time

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5/18/2017 12:35:00 PM

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, when Muslims do not eat between the rising and setting of the sun. During Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the fact that it was in this month that God first revealed the words of the Quran to Mohammed. The month-long fast involves abstinence from food, liquids, smoking,  between the hours of sunrise and sunset, but at night the holiday has turned into a feast in many Arab countries, each of which has its favorite special Ramadan foods and recipes. Moreover, fasting must be undertaken with spiritual intent (niyyah ),  and this intent must be renewed each day before dawn. Mean-spirited words, and thoughts and deeds such as slander, lying, and covetousness negate the value of fasting. The fast commences each day at dawn, immediately prior to which an early morning meal, suhoor, should be eaten.  It usually includes a special bread called mushtah and a sweet cream-filled pastry called kilaj, which are served only during Ramada

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Mothers Day

5/11/2017 10:12:00 AM

Mothers Day is a day when every child celebrates it especially for their mothers. It is celebrated annually as an important event of the year on second Sunday of the May month. Now-a-days, it has been a trend to celebrate mother’s day in the schools in the presence of their kids. Mother gets greeting cards, wishing cards or other special gifts by their kids. At this day, family members go outside to have some delicious dinner and get more enjoy. Mothers also give some gifts and lots of love and care to their kids. Mothers are especially invited by their kids to the school where teachers, kids and mother enjoy celebrating the mother’s day. Both mothers and kids do some activities to fully enjoy this day. Mothers prepare some special dishes like macaroni, chawmin, sweets, biscuits, etc for their kids according to their interest. Mothers also participate in some other activities like dancing, singing, speech, etc. Kids take part in the rhyme recitation, oral convers

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Buddha Purnima

5/8/2017 7:38:00 AM

Buddha Purnima festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Buddha. Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with traditional religious fervor. Buddha Purnima falls on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Vaisakh (April/May). Lord Buddha was born on the Full Moon day in the month of Vaisakh in 563 BC. Here, it is interesting to note that Buddha achieved enlightenment and nirvana (salvation) on the same day (the Full Moon day). Thus, Buddha Purnima also marks the death anniversary of Gautam Buddha. Sarnath holds an important place in Buddhism as Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. On the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, a large fair is held at Sarnath and the relics of the Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession. Besides Sarnath, the Buddha Purnima is also celebrated with religious fervor at Gaya and Kushinagar and other parts of India and the world. The Buddha Purnima celebrations at Sarnath attract large Buddhist crowds as Buddhists offer pray

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5/5/2017 11:56:00 AM

Seemantham: Seemantham is a pregnant women’s ceremony performed during the seventh month of pregnancy. The ceremony is mainly followed in south India. It is an ancient ritual celebrated by the pregnant woman’s parents to take blessings from elders for safe delivery. This function marks as a celebration for her fertility. Pregnant woman’s desires will be fulfilled by family on this day.   Cultural Beliefs: The ceremony is performed to keep the evil spirits away and to have good health. People believe that pregnant lady should listen to “Vishnu Sahasranam”, because the music makes the mind of the pregnant lady mentally relaxed.   Sreemantham Procedure: ·                     On an auspicious day all the women (friends, relatives) are invited to the seemantham occasion. ·       

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A Poem For Mom

5/3/2017 8:41:00 AM

For all the times you've been there from the day I was born You've always gave me courage to do as I perform You call to say hello you send me notes to say you care And when we are together a special momentisshared Forthe many things you've done for all the times ou were there Helps me to know deep down how much you really care Even though I might not say it, I really appreciate all you do So powerfully blessed is how I feel for having a mother like you.

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Maharashtra day

4/25/2017 7:07:00 AM

अंतरराष्ट्रीय श्रमिक दिवस अर्थात् मई दिवस (May Day) 1886 में शिकागो में आरंभ हुआ। श्रमिक मांग कर रहे थे कि काम की अवधि आठ घंटे हो और सप्ताह में एक दिन का अवकाश हो। इस दिन श्रमिक हड़ताल 

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Labour Day

4/24/2017 8:22:00 AM

Labour Day In India, Labour Day is a public holiday held on every 1 May. It is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas. The holiday is tied to labour movements for communist and socialist political parties. Labour Day is known as "Kamgar Din" in Hindi, "Kamgar Divas" in Marathi and "Uzhaipalar dhinam" in Tamil. In North India, Labour Day is mostly not given its previous importance as a holiday now. The first May Day celebration in India was organised in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923.This was also the first time the red flag was used in India. The party leader Singaravelu Chettiar made arrangements to celebrate May Day in two places in 1923. One meeting was held at the beach opposite to the Madras High Court; the other meeting was held at the Triplicane beach. The Hindu newspaper, published from Madras reported, The Labour Kisan party has introduced May Day celebrations in Madras. Comrade Singaravelar pr

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अक्षत तृतीया व्रत एवं पूजा | Fast and rituals

4/21/2017 7:45:00 AM

अक्षत तृतीया व्रत एवं पूजा | Fast and rituals for Akshaya Tritya अक्षय तृ्तीया का यह उतम दिन उपवास के लिए भी उतम माना गया है. इस दिन को व्रत-उत्सव और त्यौहार तीनों ही श्रेणी में शामिल किया जाता है. इसलिए इस दिन जो भी धर्म कार्य किए वे उतने ही उतम रहते है. इस दिन ब्रह्म मुहूर्त में स्नान इत्यादि नित्य कर्मों से निवृत होकर व्रत या उपवास का संकल्प करें. पूजा स्थान पर विष्णु भगवान की मूर्ति या चित्र स्थापित कर पूजन आरंभ करें भगवान विष्णु को पंचामृत से स्नान कराएं, तत्पश्चात उन्हें चंदन, पुष्पमाला अर्पित करें. पूजा में में जौ या जौ का सत्तू, चावल, ककडी और चने की दाल अर्पित करें तथा इनसे भगवान विष्णु की पूजा करें. इसके साथ ही विष्णु की कथा एवं उनके विष्णु सस्त्रनाम का पाठ करें.  पूजा समाप्त होने के पश्चात भगवान को भोग लाएं ओर प्रसाद को सभी भक्त जनों में बांटे और स्वयं भी ग्रहण करें. सुख शांति तथा सौभाग्य समृद्धि हेतु इस दिन भगवान शिव और माता पार्वती जी का पूजन भी किया जाता है. लोकाचारे में इस दिन चावल, मूंग की खिचडी खाने का बडा रिवाज है. यह व्यंजन बनाने के लिये इमली के फल और ग

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अक्षय तृतीया

4/20/2017 8:21:00 AM

अक्षय तृतीया हा दिवस म्हणजे हिंदू दिनदर्शिकेप्रमाणे वैशाख शुद्ध तृतीया आहे. अक्षय तृतीया साडेतीन मुहूर्तांपैकी एक शुभमुहूर्त आहे. आपल्या पूर्वजांच्या स्मृतींना उज

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Akshay trutiya

4/19/2017 7:52:00 AM

Akshay trutiya Akshaya Tritiya is a very popular festival that the Hindus and Jains celebrate every year. It is considered as one of the most important days for Hindu community as it is the day of the birth of the Lord Parasurama. The Hindu community considers this day as a lucky day and believes that any venture such as a business or the construction of a building started on that day will follow betterment and prosperity. Akshaya Tritiya is a one day event celebrated in late April or early May. Hindus celebrate this day because, according to them, Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the great God of Wisdom, God Ganesha, started writing the epic work called "Mahabharata". It is believed that when the Pandavas were in exile the Lord presented them a bowl which was named Akshaya Tritiya. That bowl was never empty and produces an unlimited amount of food on demand. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of

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Easter Sunday

4/14/2017 6:34:00 AM

Easter Sunday is a happy day for Christians because they believe that Jesus rose from the dead on this day. They believe that Jesus' resurrection or coming alive shows that death is not the end of everything. Many go to church to thank God for Jesus' life. Church bells are rung and churches are decorated with flowers such as white lilies which are associated with Easter. The colours in the church change to white or gold which are thought to be the best colours. There are many customs associated with Easter Day which involve eggs. For this reason Easter Day used to be known as Egg Sunday. For the last two hundred years in Britain the custom of giving children chocolate eggs has been popular while in Europe and America parents hide chocolate eggs in the garden for children to find. In many countries children are given hard boiled eggs and it is also a custom for children to decorate these by painting or dyeing them in bright colours. Eggs were always thought to be special even

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Babasaheb Ambedkar

4/13/2017 2:24:00 PM

Bhimrao Ambedkar was born to Bhimabai and Ramji on 14 April 1891 in Mhow Army Cantonment, Central Provinces (Madhya Pradesh). Ambedkar’s father was a Subedar in the Indian Army and after his retirement in 1894, the family moved to Satara, also in Central Provinces. Shortly after this, Bhimrao’s mother passed away. Four years later, his father remarried and the family shifted to Bombay. In 1906, 15 year old Bhimrao married Ramabai, a 9 year old girl. His father Ramji Sakpal died in Bombay, in 1912. Throughout his childhood, Ambedkar faced the stigmas of caste discrimination. Hailing from the Hindu Mahar caste, his family was viewed as “untouchable” by the upper classes. The discrimination and humiliation haunted Ambedkar at the Army school. Fearing social outcry, the teachers would segregate the students of lower class from that of Brahmins and other upper classes. The untouchable students were often asked by the teacher to sit outside the class. After shi

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Good Friday

4/12/2017 7:51:00 AM

Good Friday Good Friday, also known as "Holy Friday," is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. The liturgical calendar of the Christians is marked with the four special days of the Easter Week - the Holy Thursday, the Good Friday, the Holy Saturday, and ending with the celebrations on Easter Sunday. Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday is observed by the followers of Jesus Christ to recall the sufferings and sacrifices of the central figure of Christianity. The day includes activities of thanksgiving, or repentance. The passion of the Lord is celebrated on this day by offering prayers and services. The holy water fronts in

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4/12/2017 7:32:00 AM

Bihu Bihu (Assamese: বিহু) is the chief festival in the Assam state of India. It refers to a set of three different festivals: Rangali or Bohag Bihu observed in April, Kangali or Kati Bihu observed in October, and Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January.The Rangali Bihu is the most important of the three celebrating the Assamese new year and the spring festival. The Bhogali Bihu or the Magh Bihu is the one that is all about food. The Kongali Bihu or the Kati Bihu is the sombre, thrifty one reflecting a season of short supplies. The Rangali Bihu coincides with Vaisakhi in north India observed by Sikhs and Hindus, and Hindu festivals with similar significance are known by many other names in different parts of India, such as Vishu in Kerala. The other two Bihu festivals every year are unique to Assamese people. Like some other Indian festivals, Bihu is associated with agriculture, and rice in particular. it has eventually become a very popular urban fes

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4/12/2017 7:05:00 AM

Baisakhi is a festival of harvest celebrated by the Sikh community of India. It also indicates the merriment of the beginning of new solar year as well as the new harvest season also. It is one of the most significant festivals of Sikhs and they consider this day as the commencement of the Sikh New Year. Baisakhi is celebrated with a great deal of feasting, bhangra dancing, folk music, and fairs. The area surrounding the Golden Temple in Amritsar becomes carnival-like. The auspicious festival of Baisakhi is celebrated on first day of Vaisakh month (April-May) according to the Nanakshahi calendar. Hence, the festival of Baisakhi is also popularly known as Vaisakhi. Significance of Baisakhi Baisakhi is celebrated because it is on this day that the Khalsa Panth was established. It is considered as the community of the pure ones and was started on the day of Baisakhi by the last Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. Long before that, the third Guru of the Sikhs had started celebra

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Mahavir Jayanti

4/6/2017 12:46:00 PM

Mahavir Jayanti is the most important Jain festival. It celebrates the birth of Saint Mahavir.The importance of the festival owes to the fact that Saint Mahavir was the founder of Jainism as a religion. It is a peaceful religion that cherishes simplicity. Their core values are such that they do not believe in killing even an insect. The mood of this festival is also without any kind of drama, just a quite celebration with respect to their saint. Mahavir Jain was born in the 5th century B.C. He was born in a palace of Vaishali to King Siddhartha and Queen Trisala. During the pregnancy, the queen is said to have had dreams of auspicious nature. The number of dreams varies in belief of each sect. After running his kingdom faithfully till 30 years of his age, the great saint gave up all luxuries and comforts of palace for penance. For twelve long years the saint had been under penance. At this time he was enlightened. He was known to be the 24th and the last tirthankara to have receive

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Ram Navami

3/30/2017 9:05:00 AM

Ram Navami Ram Navami is a Hindu Traditional festival that falls in the month of Chaitra of Hindu Calendar. It is observed exactly on the 9t day of bright fortnight of Chaitra.Ram Navami is the birthday of Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took the human form “Rama” in the great epic Ramayana.Lord Rama is the son of Dhasaratha, King of Ayodhya. Lord Rama took birth to kill the mighty king of Lanka, Ravana. Ravana was an asura, a demon of evil.

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Ramnavmi information in Marathi

3/28/2017 2:37:00 PM

  श्रीराम हे हिंदू धर्मीयांचे आदर्श अन्‌ लाडक दैवत. जगकल्याणासाठी, धर्म रक्षणासाठी, दुष्टांच्या र्निदालनासाठी, भगवान महविष्णूंनी जे दशावतार घेतले,त्यामध्ये श्रीराम

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गुढी उभारण्याची पद्धत:

3/9/2017 7:32:00 AM

चैत्र शुद्ध प्रतिपदा म्हणजे गुढीपाडवा हा हिंदु धर्मियांचा वर्षातील पहिला सण व नूतन वर्षाचा पहिला दिवस. अभ्यंगस्नान करणे, दाराला तोरणे लावणे व पूजा यांबरोबरच घरोघरी गुढी उभारून हा सण साजरा केला जातो. दुष्ट प्रवृत्तींच्या राक्षसांचा व रावणाचा वध करून भगवान श्रीराम अयोध्येत परत आले, तो हाच दिवस. ब्रह्मदेवाने सृष्टीची निर्मिती याच दिवशी केली. अशा या सणाला हिंदूंच्या जीवनात विशेष महत्त्व आहे. सूर्योदयाच्या वेळी प्रक्षेपित होणारे चैतन्य खूप वेळ टिकणारे असल्यामुळे सूर्योदयानंतर ५ ते १० मिनिटांत गुढीची पूजा करावी ! गुढीपाडव्याच्या दिवशी तेज व प्रजापति लहरी मोठ्या प्रमाणात कार्यरत असतात. सूर्योदयाच्या वेळी या लहरींतून प्रक्षेपित होणारे चैतन्य खूप वेळ टिकणारे असते. ते जिवाच्या पेशींत साठवून ठेवले जाते व आवश्यकतेनुसार त्या जिवाकडून ते वापरले जाते. त्यामुळे सूर्योदयानंतर ५ ते १० मिनिटांत गुढीची पूजा करावी. गुढीचे स्थान : गुढी उभी करतांना ती दरवाजाच्या बाहेर; परंतु उंबरठ्यालगत (घरातून पाहिल्यास) उजव्या बाजूला उभी करावी. पद्धत : अ. गुढी उभी करतांना सर्वप्रथम सडासंमार्जन करून अंगण रांगोळीने स

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3/9/2017 7:09:00 AM

ब्रह्मादेवाने हे जग चैत्र शुल्क प्रतिपदेच्या दिवशी निर्माण केले असे पुराणात सांगितलेले आहे. त्यामुळे विश्वाचा वाढदिवस या गुढीपाडव्याला साजरा केला जातो. गुढीपाडवा ì

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3/2/2017 9:12:00 AM

होळी   फाल्गुन शुद्ध पौर्णिमा म्हणजेच होळी पौर्णिमा. होळीच दुसरं नांव म्हणजे हुताशनी पौर्णिमा. होळी हा सण शहरात तसेच खेड्या-पाड्यातून मोठ्या आनंद आणि उत्साहाने साजरा è

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2/28/2017 12:33:00 PM

 होली   होली एक रंगों से भरा और महत्वपूर्ण उत्सव है । इसे हर साल हिन्दु धर्म के लोगों द्वारा मार्च (फागुन) महीने के पूर्णिंमा या पूर्णमासी के दिन मनाया जाता है। लोग इस पर्व क&

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2/21/2017 12:12:00 PM

Holi The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, do religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil should be destroyed as the bonfire starts. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi - a free-for-all carnival of colours,[9] where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, the

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2/13/2017 7:52:00 AM

  महाशिवरात्रि ऐसा माना जाता है कि सृष्टि के प्रारंभ में इसी दिन मध्यरात्रि को भगवान शंकर रूद्र के रूप में प्रजापिता ब्रह्मा के शरीर से प्रकट हुए थे और इसी महाशिवरात्रि  को भगवान शिव तांडव नृत्य करते हुए इस सृष्टि को अपने तीसरे नेत्र की ज्वाला से भष्म कर देंगे | कई स्थानों पर यह भी माना जाता है कि इसी दिन भगवान शिव का विवाह हुआ था | इन सब कारणों से महाशिवरात्रि की रात हिंदू धर्मग्रंथों में अतिमहत्त्वपूर्ण है | महाशिवरात्रि के दिन सुबह से ही शिवमंदिर में कतारें लग जाती हैं | लोग जल से तथा दूध से भगवान शिव का अभिषेक करते हैं | जहाँ तक हो सके लोग गंगाजल से शिवलिंग को स्नान कराते हैं | कुछ लोग दूध, दही, घी, शहद और शक्कर के मिश्रण से भी स्नान कराते हैं | फिर उन पर चंदन लगाकर उन्हें फूल, बेल के पत्ते अर्पित किये जाते हैं |  धूप और दीप से भगवान शिव का पूजन किया जाता है | भगवान शिव को बेल के पत्ते अतिप्रिय है | इसलिए लोग उन्हें बेलपत्र अर्पण करते हैं | महाशिवरात्रि को रात्री जागरण का भी विधान है | लोग शिवमंदिरों में अथवा घरों में पूरी-पूरी रात जागकर भगवान शिव की आराधना करते ह

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2/10/2017 1:06:00 PM

महाशिवरात्री माघ महिना उगावला, शिवरात्र येऊ लागली की घरातली मोठी माणसं शिवलिलामृत, काशीखंड ह्या सारख्या ग्रंथांच वाचन सुरू करतात. कुणी ‘ॐ नमः शिवाय’ ह्या पंचाक्षरी मंत्राचा जप सुरू करतात, तर कुणी हौशी मंडळी ह्या महाशिवरात्रीची पर्वणी साधून बारा ज्योतीर्लिंगे किंवा पुरातन शिव मंदिरांना आवर्जून दर्शन भेट देतात. ह्या पवित्र दिवशी शिवशंकराला रुद्राभिषेक करणे, जप करणे, बेल पत्र वाहणे, उपास करणे इ. गोष्टी आवर्जून केल्या जातात. शिव म्हणजे कल्याण, शिव म्हणजे ज्ञान, महाशिवरात्रीच्या उपासनेमुळे उपासकाचे निश्चितच कल्याण होते. त्याला ज्ञान प्राप्त होते. त्याला उत्कर्षाचा, मुक्तीचा विकासाचा मार्ग सापडतो. शिव उपासनेमुळे माणसाच्या दृष्ट प्रवृत्ती कशा बदलतात, सदाचार, विवेक खऱ्या अर्थाने कसा जागा होतो, ह्या बद्दल ‘शिवलिलामृत’ मध्ये एक कथा आहे ती अशी की : असाच एक महाशिवरात्रीचा दिवस. एक पारधी शिकार करायची म्हणून जंगलात गेला. जलाशयाच्या एका वृक्षावर जाऊन बसला. पाणी पिण्यासाठी म्हणून एखादं सावज आलं, एखादा प्राणी आला की त्याची शिकार करायची हा हेतू. दुपारपासून धनुष्य बाण

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Valentine's Day

2/8/2017 6:40:00 AM

Valentine's Day Valentine's Day celebrations did not catch on in India until around 1992. It was spread due to the programs in commercial TV channels, such as MTV, dedicated radio programs and love letter competitions, in addition to an economical liberalization that allowed the explosion of the valentine card industry. Economic liberalization also helped the Valentine card industry.The celebration has caused a sharp change on how people have been displaying their affection in public since the Middle Ages. India is well known as a culture filled with ancient traditions. The Hindu culture contradicts many of the western world’s ideals. Valentine’s Day celebrations are known to clash with India’s conservative religious background. It has only been in the most recent years that Valentine’s Day has become widely recognized in India. Just like most people in the world, many men and women of India, particularly young couples, celebrate Valentine’s Day i

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Thai poosam

2/6/2017 12:01:00 PM

Thai Poosam A festival  occurring in the Tamil month Thai (January - February), on the day of the star Poosam around Pournami (Full Moon) is celebrated as Thaipusam [Thai Poosam]. There are several legends about the festival Thaipusam. Here are a few of them There was a demon named Tharakasuran who gave a lot of trouble to the rishis and saints. Lord Muruga was called by his parents Lord Shiva and Parvati and given the job of destroying the Asuran. Lord Muruga set off with the blessings of his parents to destroy the demon. He took with him twelve weapons, eleven of which were given by his father Lord Shiva and the 'Vel' given by his mother Parvati. Lord Muruga destroyed Tharakasuran on the Poosam Nakshatra day in the Tamil month of Thai and hence Thai Poosam is celebrated in all Murugan temples. According to another legend, as Shiva was imparting a mantra to Parvati, Lord Muruga eavesdropped on them. For that error, Parvati laid a curse on him, in line with the rule that

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2/2/2017 8:24:00 AM

Mundan There are many customs and traditions which are prevalent since times immemorial. Specifically in the Hindu culture there is a long list of ceremonies which begin with birth right upto the last rites of the person thus covering this entire journey from being born to being dissolved in the panchmahabhutas. One such ceremony is the mundan ceremony. What Is Mundan Ceremony? The mundan ceremony is also called chudakarana and basically it represents the first time shaving of the baby hair after the child is born. It is said that one cannot do the shaving of baby hair in any random year. Though it could be carried out in the latter years also but experts suggest that it is better done in the first year itself. There is also a logic behind it that if the first time shaving is done early, it would lead to better hair growth of the baby as he or she grows up. Symbolically the carrying out of the mundan ceremony or the first time shaving of baby hair signifies that the undesirab

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वसंत पंचमी

1/30/2017 7:06:00 AM

वसंत पंचमी शिशिर ऋतूत येणार्‍या माघ शुद्ध पंचमीला वसंतपंचमी म्हणतात. भारतात साधारणतः मकर संक्रांतीनंतर सूर्याचे उत्तरायण सुरू होतानाच्या काळात येणारा हा सण आहे. भारतात वेगवेगळ्या प्रदेशात वेगवेगळ्या पद्धतीने साजरा होत असला तरी खास करून या दिवशी, नृत्यादि कला शिकवणार्‍या संस्थांत, विद्येची देवता - सरस्वतीची पूजा करण्याची प्रथा आहे. हा दिवस सरस्वतीचा जन्मदिवस आहे. वसंत पंचमी ही कामदेवाच्या पूजेसाठीही ओळखली जात असे. भारतातीलच नव्हे तर फाळणीनंतर पाकिस्तानात गेलेल्या पश्चिम पंजाबात सुद्धा वसंतपंचमी ही पतंगोत्सवाच्या स्वरूपात साजरी केली जाते.   माघ शुद्ध पंचमीला वसंत पंचमी म्हणतात. वसंताचा उत्सव हा निसर्गाचा उत्सव आहे. तो ह्या दिवसापासून सुरू होतो. सतत सुंदर भासणारा निसर्ग वसंत ऋतूत सोळा कलांनी फुलून उठतो. यौवन हा जर आपल्या जीवनातील वसंत असेल तर वसंत हे सृष्टीचे यौवन आहे. महर्षी वाल्मिकींनी रामायणात वसंत ऋतूचे अतिशय सुन्दर व मनोहारी चित्रण केले आहे. भगवान श्रीकृष्णानेही गीतेत ऋतूनां कुसुमाकर असे म्हणून ऋतुराज वसन्ताची बिरुदावली गायली आहे.   सतत आकर्षक वाट

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प्रजासत्ताक दिवस

1/25/2017 7:46:00 AM

प्रजासत्ताक दिवस भारतीय प्रजासत्ताक दिवस हा दरवर्षी जानेवारी २६ रोजी पाळला जाणारा राष्ट्रीय दिन आहे. भारताची राज्यघटना समितीने २६ नोव्हेंबर, इ.स. १९४९ रोजी स्वीकारली व ती २६ जानेवारी इ.स. १९५० रोजी अंमलात आली. जवाहरलाल नेहरूंनी २६ जानेवारी इ.स. १९३० रोजी लाहोर अधिवेशनात तिरंगा फडकावून पूर्ण स्वराज्याची घोषणा केली होती. त्याची आठवण म्हणून २६ जानेवारी हा दिवस राज्यघटना अंमला आणण्यासाठी निवडण्यात आला. २६ जानेवारी, इ.स. १९५० रोजी नव्याने स्वातंत्र्य मिळालेल्या भारत देशाने संविधान अंमलात आणून लोकशाहीतील एका नव्या पर्वाची सुरुवात केली होती. प्रजासत्ताक दिवस भारतातील तीन राष्ट्रीय सुट्ट्यांच्या दिवसांपैकी एक आहे. ह्या दिवशी भारताची राजधानी, नवी दिल्ली येथे एक मोठी परेड (संचलन) राजपथ मार्गावरून निघते.भारतीय फौजांचे (नौदल, पायदल, वायुसेना) वेगवेगळे सेनाविभाग, घोडदळ, पायदळ, तोफखाना आणि इतर अद्ययावत शस्त्रे/ क्षेपणास्त्रे (जसे पृथ्वी, अग्नी)समवेत संचलन करतात. भारतीय राष्ट्रपती या फौजांची मानवंदना स्वीकारतात. या संचलनाबरोबरच भारतातील विविध संस्कृतींची झलक प्रस्तुत केली जाते. त्यासाठी भ

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गणतंत्र दिवस

1/18/2017 6:38:00 AM

गणतंत्र दिवस आकाश में तिरंगे गुब्बारे और सफेद कबूतर छोड़े जाते हैं। जल, थल, वायु तीनों सेनाओं की टुकडि़यां, बैंडो की धुनों पर मार्च करती हैं। पुलिस के जवान, विभिन्न प्रकार के अस्त्र-षस्त्रों, मिसाइलों, टैंको, वायुयानो आदि का प्रदर्षन करते हुए देश के राष्ट्रपति को सलामी देते हैं। सैनिकों का सीना तानकर अपनी साफ-सुथरी वेषभूषा में कदम से कदम मिलाकर चलने का दृष्य बड़ा मनोहारी होता है। यह भव्य दृष्य को देखकर मन में राष्ट्र के प्रति भक्ति तथा ह्रदय में उत्साह का संचार होता है। स्कूल, कॉलेज की छात्र-छात्राएं, एन.सी.सी. की वेशभूषा में सुसज्जित कदम से कदम मिलाकर चलते हुए यह विश्वास उत्पन्न करते हैं कि हमारी दूसरी सुरक्षा पंक्ति अपने कर्तव्य से भलीभांति परिचित हैं। मिलेट्री तथा स्कूलों के अनेक बैंड सारे वातावरण को देशभक्ति तथा राष्ट्र-प्रेम की भावना से गुंजायमान करते हैं। विभिन्न राज्यों की झांकियां वहाँ के सांस्कृतिक जीवन, वेषभूषा, रीति-रिवाजों, औद्योगिक तथा सामाजिक क्षेत्र में आये परिवर्तनों का चित्र प्रस्तुत करती हैं। अनेकता में एकता का ये परिदृष्य अति प्रेरणादायी होता है। गणतन्त्र दिवस

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1/12/2017 7:35:00 AM

पोंगल   'पोंगल' दक्षिण भारत, मुख्य रूप से तमिलनाडु के सबसे लोकप्रिय व प्रमुख त्यौहारों में से एक है। पोंगल शब्द के दो अर्थ हैं। पहला यह कि इस दिन सूर्य देव को जो प्रसाद अर्पित किया जाता है वह पोंगल कहलाता है। दूसरा यह कि तमिल भाषा में पोंगल का एक अन्य अर्थ निकलता है अच्छी तरह उबालना। पोंगल एक फसली त्योहार है। यह त्यौहार हर साल जनवरी के मध्य में पड़ता है। जिस प्रकार ओणम् केरलवासियों का महत्त्वपूर्ण त्योहार है । उसी प्रकार पोंगल तमिलनाडु के लोगों का महत्त्वपूर्ण पर्व है । उत्तरभारत में जिन दिनों मकर सक्रान्ति का पर्व मनाया जाता है, उन्हीं दिनों दक्षिण भारत में पोंगल का त्यौहार मनाया जाता है। भारत एक कृषि प्रधान देश है । यहाँ की अधिकांश जनता कृषि के द्वारा आजीविका अर्जित करती है । आजकल तो उद्योगिकरण के साथ-साथ कृषि कार्य भी मशीनों से किया जाने लगा है । परन्तु पहले कृषि मुख्यत: बैलों पर आधारित थी । बैल और गाय इसी कारण हमारी संस्कृति में महत्त्वपूर्ण स्थान रखते हैं । भगवान शिव का वाहन यदि बैल है तो भगवान श्रीकृष्ण गोपालक के नाम से जाने जाते हैं । गायों की हमारे देश में माता के

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1/4/2017 2:03:00 PM

Pongal Pongal  is one of the most popular harvest festivals of South India, mainly in Tamil Nadu. It is a four- day long festival that falls in the month of 'Thai'( January- February) every year and marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - the sun's journey northwards for a six-month period. The festival gets its name from a Tamil word which means 'to boil' and is held during the season when rice, cereals, sugar-cane and turmeric are harvested. 'Ponga' literally means overflowing and is named so because of the tradition of cooking the new rice in pots until they overflow, which is symbolic of abundance and prosperity. Thai Pongal is a harvest festival equivalent to a thanksgiving event celebrated by Tamils across the world. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over." Thai Pongal is celebrated on January 14th every year. The month of Thai (January) is the harvest season in the Thamil homeland spanning from Thamil Nadu to Thamil Eelam. Pongal refe

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12/8/2016 7:41:00 AM

लोहड़ी लोहड़ी पौष के अंतिम दिन, सूर्यास्त के बाद (माघ संक्रांति से पहली रात) यह पर्व मनाया जाता है। यह प्राय: १२ या १३ जनवरी को पड़ता है। यह मुख्यत: पंजाब का पर्व है, लोहड़ी से संबद्ध परंपराओं एवं रीति-रिवाजों से ज्ञात होता है कि प्रागैतिहासिक गाथाएँ भी इससे जुड़ गई हैं। दक्ष प्रजापति की पुत्री सती के योगाग्नि-दहन की याद में ही यह अग्नि जलाई जाती है। इस अवसर पर विवाहिता पुत्रियों को माँ के घर से 'त्योहार' (वस्त्र, मिठाई, रेवड़ी, फलादि) भेजा जाता है। यज्ञ के समय अपने जामाता शिव का भाग न निकालने का दक्ष प्रजापति का प्रायश्चित्त ही इसमें दिखाई पड़ता है। लोहड़ी से २०-२५ दिन पहले ही बालक एवं बालिकाएँ 'लोहड़ी' के लोकगीत गाकर लकड़ी और उपले इकट्ठे करते हैं। संचित सामग्री से चौराहे या मुहल्ले के किसी खुले स्थान पर आग जलाई जाती है। मुहल्ले या गाँव भर के लोग अग्नि के चारों ओर आसन जमा लेते हैं। घर और व्यवसाय के कामकाज से निपटकर प्रत्येक परिवार अग्नि की परिक्रमा करता है। रेवड़ी (और कहीं कहीं मक्की के भुने दाने) अग्नि की भेंट किए जाते हैं तथा ये ही चीजें प्रसाद के रूप में सभी उपस्थित लो

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12/6/2016 7:01:00 AM

Lohri Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival, celebrated by people from the Punjab region of South Asia.The origins of Lohri are many and link the festival to Punjab region.Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day,being the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Lohri marks the end of winter on the last day of Paush, and beginning of Magha (around January 12 and 13), when the sun changes its course. It is associated with the worship of the sun and fire and is observed by all communities with different names, as Lohri is an exclusively Punjabi festival. Some believe that Lohri has derived its name from Loi, the wife of Sant Kabir, for in rural Punjab Lohri is pronounced as Lohi. Others believe that Lohri comes from the word 'loh', a thick iron sheet tawa used for baking chapattis for community feasts. Another legend says that Holika and Lohri were sisters. While the former p

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Konark Festival

11/29/2016 6:41:00 AM

Konark Festival Konark Dance & Music Festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap by its Founder-Director Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. In a sense it can be called the harbinger of the contemporary festivals of Orissa. The sole aim behind this festival is to bring in many artistes into its cultural family and creating of international cultural amity and brotherhood. This festival has established its own unique identity in the sense that eminent artistes of national and international repute participate and perform Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk & tribal dances/music of our country on the enchanting stage of the Natyashala in the monumental Sun Temple, Konark. The stage and the atmosphere is magnified by the spiritual and aesthetic flavor, in the natural ambience of casuarinas and cashew trees. This festival is held every year from 19th to 23rd February. Konark Dance Festival is a dance festival held

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Bikaner camel festival

11/21/2016 7:10:00 AM

Bikaner camel festival   Bikaner camel festival Camel Fair, Bikaner is a sought after event in Rajasthan. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that Bikaner celebrates in honor of the ship of the desert, Camel. The festivities are at par with the other celebrations of Rajasthan. The event mainly includes spectacular camel performances like camel dances, camel races, neck shaking camel rides etc. The Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two day affair. The festivities starts off with a colorful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the backdrop of majestic Junagarh Fort. Enjoy the spectacular displays of camels dressed in vibrant bridles, traditional necklace and heavy anklets showing off wonderful footwork to the lovely tunes on desert sands. Also witness the array of camel race events, camel games and other cultural performances. Hundreds and thousands of tourists and locals revel in this tradi

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Chhath Puja

11/9/2016 8:13:00 PM

  कहते हैं दुनिया उगते सूर्य को ही प्रणाम करती है, परन्तु छठ की पूजा-विधि में पहले डूबते सूर्य की वंदना होती है जो इस पूजा को और खास बना देती है। इसके पीछे का दर्शन यह है कि "जो झुकता है, वही उठता है", अर्थात् झुके हुओं की वंदना अवश्य होनी चाहिए। अनादिकाल से चली आ रही छठ पूजा हमारी संस्कृति का द्योतक है।सूर्य एकमात्र प्रत्यक्ष देवता हैं, सृष्टि का आधार हैं और अपनी उष्मा से जीवन का संचार करते हैं। अतः इस पर्व के माध्यम से सूर्य की भक्ति की जाती है। यह पूजा कार्तिक शुक्ल पक्ष की छठी तिथि को होती है और संस्कृत में छठ स्त्रीलिंग है, अतः इस पूजा को छठी मैया के व्रत के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। छठ पूजा हमारे जीवन-दर्शन से जुड़ी है। छठी मैया की जय....! .. अर्चना अनुप्रिया।

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बाल दिवस

11/9/2016 6:42:00 AM

बाल दिवस बाल दिवस  महान नेता पं. जवाहर लाल नेहरू के जन्मदिवस 14 नवंबर को मनाया जाता है।  पं. नेहरू महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानी थे। उनका जन्म 14 नवंबर, 1889 को इलाहाबाद में हुआ था । 15 अगस्त, 1947 को जब भारत स्वतंत्र हुआ तो नेहरू जी भारत के प्रथम प्रधानमंत्री बने । उन्होंने देश को उन्नतिशील बनाया । उन्हें बच्चों से प्रगाढ़ लगाव था । वे बच्चों में देश का भविष्य देखते थे । बच्चे भी उनसे अपार स्नेह रखते थे । अत: उनके जन्मदिवस 14 नवंबर को बाल दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाने लगा । बाल दिवस बच्चों का पर्व है । यह पर्व देश के बच्चों को समर्पित है । बच्चे देश के भविष्य हैं, अत: इनके विकास के बारे में चिंतन करना तथा कुछ ठोस प्रयास करना देश की जिम्मेदारी है । देश का समुचित विकास बच्चों के विकास के बिना संभव नहीं है । बच्चों को शिक्षित बनाने, बाल श्रम पर अंकुश लगाने, उनके पोषण का उचित ध्यान रखने तथा उनके चारित्रिक विकास के लिए प्रयासरत रहने से बच्चों का भविष्य सँवारा जा सकता है । बाल दिवस बच्चों के कल्याण की दिशा में उचित प्रयास करने का सुनहरा अवसर प्रदान करता है । बच्चे बाल दिवस की तैया

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Children's Day

11/8/2016 4:50:00 PM

Children's Day 14th November is celebrated as children’s day every year. The birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India is celebrated as Children’s Day. On this day schools organize various celebration with little kids which is fun. Children’s day (also known as Bal Divas) in India is celebrated every year on 14th of November to increase the awareness of people towards the rights, care and education of children. Children are the key of success and development of the country as they would lead their country in different and new technological way. They are adorable and shine same like the precious pearls. Children are the God gifts to their parents by the almighty. They are innocent, admirable, pure and loved by everyone. 14th of November (birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru) has been set to celebrate as children’s day all over the India. 14th of November is the birth date of the first Indian prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehr

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Jagaddhatri Puja

11/7/2016 7:08:00 AM

Hanuman Jayanti             Hanuman jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman. Hanuman was a devotee of Lord Ram. Hanuman is worshipped for his loyal service and devotion to lord Ram. Hanuman jayanti is an important festival of Hindus. The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa).Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. It is said that hanuman has done many marvelous deeds like moving the mountain, seizing the cloud, etc. He is worshipped as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits.             From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him. The devotees visit temples and apply tilaka of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman's idol as Hanuman himself was of that color. A few thousand years before Ramayan time, several divine

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Mahavir Jayanti

2/19/2016 9:08:00 AM

Mahavir Jayanti     Introduction:             Mahavir Jayanti is the most important festivals of Jains. It is also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak. Mahavir was the  twenty fourth and the last Tirthankara of the present time cycle. Mahavir’s birthplace is Vasokund. Even today the villagers of Vasokund respect Mahavir. A place called Ahalya bhumi has not been ploughed for hundreds of years by the family that owns it, as it is considered to be the birthplace of Mahavir. According to Jains, Mahavir was born on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Chaitra in the year 599 BCE. As a child Mahavir was called “Vardhamana” which means “one who grows”. He was given this name because the kingdom started prospering at the time of his birth.   Birth of Mahavir:            

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2/12/2016 11:39:00 AM

EASTER SUNDAY                 Easter is a Christian festival, celebrated by all the believers of Jesus all over the world. It is also known as Resurrection Sunday. This day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the death described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary in  30 AD.                 The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.   Meaning of Easter: The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as th

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2/9/2016 12:07:00 PM

Bihu                 Bihu denotes a set of three different cultural festivals of Assam and celebrated by the Assamese around the world. Bihu is also used to imply Bihu dance and Bihu folk songs. The Rongali Bihu or the Bohag Bihu is an important festival of Assam. The most important festivals of Assam are the Bihus, celebrated with fun in abundance by all Assamese people irrespective of caste, creed, and belief. Bohag Bihu:                   Bohag Bihu is the most popular Bihu which is celebrated in mid April.Its also the start of the Assammese New Year and the spring season. The farmers prepare the fields for cultivation and there is a feeling of joy around. The women make pitha, larus (traditional food made of rice and coconut) and Jolpan which gives the real essence of the season. The fir

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Good Friday

2/3/2016 10:36:00 AM

Good Friday           Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday depicting the crucification of Lord Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. It is known as Good Friday because this was the day when Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world and opened the doors of Heaven for every mankind. This day, God demonstrated His love towards mankind by sending his own beloved son Jesus Christ to save us from all our sins. The day is known as good because it demonstrates the goodness of the Lord over mankind.         Good Friday is a widely instituted legal holiday in many national governments around the world, including in most Western countries (especially among Anglican and Catholic nations) as well as in 12 U.S. states. Some governments, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts, such a

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Guru Ravidas Jayanti

2/2/2016 11:08:00 AM

Guru Ravidass Jayanti        Guru Ravidass Jayanti is the birthday of Guru Ravidass, celebrated on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh month. On the day there is a Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji read and there is a special aarti and a Nagar Kirtan procession bearing the guru's portrait are taken out to the accompaniment of music through the streets of the temple locality. Also devotees take holy dip in the river to perform rites. In the bhawans, his image is worshiped. Every year, a grand celebration at Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir, Seer Goverdhanpur, Varanasi takes place to mark the occasion along with lakhs of devotees who came from all over the world to celebrate the occasion. The preachings of Guru Ravidass are formed in 'Shabds' Similar to verses from a bible for example, which are part of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib, of which 40 shabds are those directly of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji. However this co

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2/1/2016 8:34:00 AM

Gudi Padwa                   Gudi Padwa is the Hindu New Year in Marathi culture as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Gudi Padwa in 2016 will be celebrated on 8th April. It is observed mainly in Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Karnataka. In Marathi it is known as “Gudi Padwa”, in Telugu “Ugadi” and in Kanada “Yugadi” .             There are numerous reasons for observing Gudi Padwa - the most important legends are the defeat of Shakas by Shaliavahan and some people observe it to celebrate the victories of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.   The Gudhi:   On Gudhi Padwa, a gudhi is found sticking out of a windowin traditional Maharashtrian households. Bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaath

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Maha Shivratri

1/22/2016 8:44:00 AM

Valentine’s Day                         Love is what every human being longs for. Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruits. Love helps us to overcome every hate and every evil. Valentine’s Day is all about love and love stories that make people feel more special.   True Story of Valentine’s Day:               Saint Valentinus was a Christian and he had strong belief in Christian ethics mentioned in the Bible. He was a person of Love. During his time, Christians were persecuted by Roman Emperor Claudius II for following Jesus Christ. Valentinus used to help and minister such persecuted Christians. Valentinus also performed marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry in Rome state. For this reason he was imprisoned. While being in the jail, his jailer got imp

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1/13/2016 7:20:00 AM

PONGAL – A festival to express gratidute towards Sun God     Pongal is a four day festival celebrated by Tamil people all over India.It’s a time to thank Sun God to be gracious to mankind by providing the required energy for the agriculture.Its usually celebrated between 13th January to 17th January every year.This season is also known as harvest season. Hence, part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season and is consecrated to the Sun   Pongal Dish:   Rice and milk is cooked in the sunlight and dedicated to the Sun god. The cooking is done in a clay pot that is decorated with coloured patterns called kolam.The dish is served on banana leaves. This dish is known as Pongal.   4 day of the festival:   ·        Margazhi Kolam:  Margazhi means time period between mid December to mid January. On this day people decorate their entran

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Kite festival

1/12/2016 7:39:00 AM

Kite festival   Introduction:   Kite Festival is one of the biggest festival celebrated in Gujarat. It marks the day when winter ends and summer begins according to the Indian calender. Its also the start of harvest season thus giving pleasure  to our dear farmers.Its known as Uttarayan in Gujarat. In 2012 , 42 countries participated in this International Kite event, hence Kite festival in Gujarat attempted to enter Guinness World Record.     History:   The history of Uttarayan/Kite fetsival is based on how evil was defeated. Sankarasur who was very cruel and killed many people was defeated by goddess Sankranti. This festival shows the awakening of many gods from their sleep. Kite flying was consider as a sport by Nawabs and it was a royal sport that every king played. But then kite flying became well known even to the common man and hence people still fly kites.   Kite festival in 2016in Gujarat: Gujarat

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8/25/2015 5:56:00 AM

This festival shows great love and extreme affection of mothers towards their children. The mother keeps a very strict fast, without a drop of water thinking of their children. When done with water it is called khur ( dry as hay) Jitiya. 9/11 in New York was on Jitiya, and those mothers fasting even in Chappra & Ranchi were sure their children will be fine in the twin towers, because they were fasting for the long life of their children in India! Usually, Jiutiya fasting is done in a group and there will bhajans and narration of Jivitputrika Vrat Katha etc. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same. The Jivitputrika Vrat demonstrates limitless love and affection of a mother for her son. In ancient days, sons were necessary for the protection of the mother and other female members in the family. But times have changed and today daughters are equally capable and can provide the same kind of protection a son provides. But sadly a la

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Jitiya-Jivitputrika Vrat

8/25/2015 5:33:00 AM

This festival shows great love and extreme affection of mothers towards their children. The mother keeps a very strict fast, without a drop of water thinking of their children. When done with water it is called khur ( dry as hay) Jitiya. 9/11 in New York was on Jitiya, and those mothers fasting even in Chappra & Ranchi were sure their children will be fine in the twin towers, because they were fasting for the long life of their children in India!  Usually, Jiutiya fasting is done in a group and there will bhajans and narration of Jivitputrika Vrat Katha etc. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same. The Jivitputrika Vrat demonstrates limitless love and affection of a mother for her son. In ancient days, sons were necessary for the protection of the mother and other female members in the family. But times have changed and today daughters are equally capable and can provide the same kind of protection a son provides. But sad

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Lakshmi Pooja-Steps

9/24/2014 3:56:00 AM

Lakshmi Puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes. Some sources propose Mahanishita Kaal also to perform Lakshmi Puja. In our opinion Mahanishita Kaal is best suited for Tantrik community and practicing Pandits who know the best about Lakshmi Puja during this special time. For common people we propose Pradosh Kaal Muhurat. Steps 1 Purify your house. Clean your house properly. Sprinkle gomutra to purify the surrounding. Steps2 Set up the platform.Spread the red cloth on a raised platform and keep a handful of grains in the center. Steps3 Place the kalash. Place the kalash in the middle. Fill it with 75% of water and put one supari, one marigold flower, a coin and some rice grains. Put 5 mango leaves in the kalash and arrange them in a circular design on the neck of the kalash. Steps4 Place Goddess Lakshmi. Keep a small Puja thali on the kalash and make a small flat mountain of rice grains. D

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Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali

9/24/2014 3:51:00 AM

Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali. Laxmi Puja, or the worship of the goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visit everyone during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all. It is s extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason why the broom is worshipped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up Her path. The third day of Diwali[4] is believed to be the most auspicious day as this is when Lakshmi Puja is performed. With pomp and ceremony, she is invited into the homes of devotees to partake of the gifts that are a part of the puja. The auspicious time for the puja is decided when amavasya tithi prevails during pradosh kaal or the evening time . On this very

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9/24/2014 12:48:00 AM

Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays in India, with significant preparations. People clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities. Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons in India; people buy new clothes for themselves and their families, gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, small to big ticket items such as cars and gold jewelry.People also buy gifts for family members and friends which typically includes sweets, dry fruits and seasonal specialities depending on regional harvest and customs. It is also the period when little kids hear ancient stories, legends, myths and battle between good and evil, light and darkness from their parents and elders. Girls and women go shopping, and create rangoli and other creative patterns on floors, near doors and walkways. Youth and grown ups graduate to helping with lighting and preparing for patakhe (fireworks). There is significant variation in regional practices and rituals. Depending on the region, prayers are offered b

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Diwali-The Tradition of Gambling

9/24/2014 12:38:00 AM

It is believed that millions of years ago, Shiva`s consort, Goddess Parvati was playing the game of dice with her lord. In fact, it was this divine couple who invented the game of dice. Elated with her win, the Mother Goddess Parvati announced that whoever gambled on the Diwali night, would mint wealth throughout the year. Then onwards, this game that has been bestowed with a boon, became a part of the Diwali fun and frolic and continues to be so even till date. The word gambling has different connotations for different cultures. In Indian context, it was the game of playing cards is considered to be a royal one and thus was played by Hindu Gods and Goddesses to pass their leisurely time. But the context takes new twists and turns with the changing eras. Today, the division based on the financial status is common to all cultures and regions. The plight lies in the fact that people with limited financial resources too indulge in this game and lose even the little they possess in

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History of Diwali

9/24/2014 12:29:00 AM

Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Karthikai. The festival is mentioned in Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana, and other Sanskrit Hindu scriptures the divas (lamps) are mentioned in Skanda Purana to symbolically represent parts of sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life, who seasonally transitions in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival of Diwali is celebrated for five days in India and each day holds its own importance. The first day of Diwali festivities is known as Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi, which is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Ashwin. The second day of Diwali festivities is also quite interesting. It is said that on this day, Lord Krishna along with his wife Satyabhama, vanquished a demon named Narakasura. This demon after attaining a boon from the gods had become so powerful that both heaven and earth had become defenseless against him. The third day

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Chhath Puja Festival Invitation

11/7/2013 4:09:00 AM

Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival in which Lord Sun is worshiped.   A Goddess named Chhathi Maiya is also worshipped. She is also known as Usha which means dawn. There is a popular belief that worshipping Surya will help in curing diseases like leprosy and also ensure longevity and prosperity of the family.   More evites at

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Multilingual Greeting Cards: Bhai Dooj

11/5/2013 4:03:00 AM

 Bhai Dooj is a festival which belongs to brothers and sisters. It is celebrated after Diwali. The celebrations are equivalent to Raksha Bandhan. On this prosperous day the sisters pray for the long and happy life of their brother. In return the brothers promise to protect their sisters.Sisters perform aarti for their brother’s and apply a red tika on the forhead of their brothers. This tika is the symbol of sincerest prayers of the sister.                   In return the brothers bless their sisters and also give gifts to them.     Sometimes the sisters also apply mehendhi on their hands.     Bhai Dooj is the time of family union so a grand feast is organised. The feast consists of delicious dishes and sweets. These attractive multilingual greeting cards are available on for free.  At the present moment they are available in two lan

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Multilingual Invitations Cards: Durga Puja

10/9/2013 4:26:00 AM

Goddess Durga is also known as Mahishasurdarshni because she killed the evil demon Mahishasur who created problems for the mankind. She also represents the different form of Shakti(Power). Durga Puja is one of the largest festivals celebrated around the world. It is the most popular festival in West Bengal where the decorated idols of Goddess Durga are worshipped for five days.     The devotees take bath and offer prayers to Goddess Durga on the occasion of Durga Puja. Durga Puja puja is also an auspicious occasion of starting new activites and ventures.   At the end of the festival, the statutes are immersed in the water.                                               You can convey your blessing to your friend and family by sending multilingual Durga Puja greeting cards. These greeting cards would increas

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January 14: One Day with three festivals associated with Sun

1/7/2013 11:03:00 PM

  Makar Sankranti   The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Hindi, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14 January every year. It is regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the holy phase of transition. This day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season. This day also holds a historical and religious significance. As it is the festival of Sun God the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. This day thus symbolizes the importance of the special relationship between father and son. This occasion also represents the end of 'negativities' Makar Sankranti is observed with great fanfare i

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Christmas: Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ

12/17/2012 4:52:00 AM

Christmas is a widely observed and most popular festival in Christians and non-Christians countries. It is an annual celebration and generally it is observed on December 25th every year. It is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It also denotes the close of the advent season. It is a season which observes a time when Jesus Christ was born. Christmas also means Christ mass. According to popular tradition, the birth took place in a stable, surrounded by farm animals. Her mother wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger. The Shepherds in Bethlehem were the first to see the child. When the new of his birth became public unspecified number of people and astrologers visited him. They also brought gifts of gold for this young lad. From the ancient accounts it is known that the visitors were said to be following a mysterious star, commonly known as the Star of Bethlehem. People celebrate Christmas by giving gift, playing Christmas music and singing carols. Christmas

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Hanukkah: Jewish Festival of lights

12/3/2012 6:41:00 AM

Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday. It is easy to celebrate and does not require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation. It is celebrated for eight days and nights. Every holiday all around the world commemorate events invested with historical historical and religious meaning so does the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Hanukkah means "rededication," and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. In addition to that the Jews regained control of Jerusalem. It is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts and brightly lit colored candles are the most popular feature of this Jewish holiday. Hanukkah has become much more popular in modern practice because of its fall just before the most popular Christmas festival. The Jewish People also sing special songs, recite Hallel prayer, eating foods fried in oil,playing the dreidel game, and g

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Guru Nanak Jayanti: Birth anniversary and a sacred festival

11/21/2012 5:34:00 AM

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. It marks the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. He was the founder of the religion of Sikhism. Guru Nanak was responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. On the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti Sikhs celebrate and pray. He was born into a Hindu Khatri family. When he was born an astrologer was called to write his horoscope. When he came to his house he insisted on seeing the child. Everybody was amazed by his behaviour. When he saw the child he worshiped him and for casted that he would become a great religious personality in the future. Nanak showed his interest in divine subjects from a very young age. In the school the teachers were astonished by his divine knowledge. He used to describe about the unity or oneness of God. There are many incidents which made him a religious personality. In his early age he used to tell that there is no Hindu Muslim thing. All are one. All are the children of one

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Chhath Puja: Worship of Lord Sun

11/19/2012 4:22:00 AM

Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival in which Lord Sun is worshipped. It is the only festival in the world where devotees offer salutations to the setting and rising Sun. Second, this festival is closely related to the environment. The word Chhath denotes the number six. A week after Diwali the festival Chhath is celebrated. It is a festival in which the devotees do not require to visit a temple. In addition to that it does not require the devotees to dress in their best clothes as it is not compulsory. The banks of a river or pond are the ideal prayer location. Before sunrise, the devotees reach the riverbank again and offer prayers to the rising Sun. Once the prayers are done, the devotees break their fast with the Prasad or the offerings. In addition to that a Goddess named Chhathi Maiya is also worshipped. She is also known as Usha which means dawn. Chhath is a very colourful festival and new clothes are a must for the devotees. There is much music and a lot of singing of folk and

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Muharram: A sacred month

11/11/2012 2:59:00 AM

Muharram is the first day of Islamic new year. Muharram is so called because it is unlawful to fight during this month. Muharram is an Arabic word derived from the word haraam, meaning sinful. It is a sober occasion which commemorates the martyrdom of the prophet Mohammed's grandson- Hazrat Imam Hussain. It is observed all over the world by the Muslims especially the Shia community. There are many events associated with Muharram which includes Prophet Adam was sent to Paradise during Muharram. Second, Prophet Ibrahim was born. Third, Prophet Musa and his followers survived through the river Nile.  Fourth, Prophet Issa was born and he was became alive again. Fifth Prophet Nooha's ship survived on top of the mountain. Sixth Prophet Yunus came out of the fish's stomach after 40 days. Seventh, Prophet Yakoob got his eyesight back. Last, Prophet Yusuf was rescued from the deep well.  The Battle of Karbala has a strong relation with Muharram. The story states that Hazrat Imam

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Children’s day: Love and Duty towards the welfare of Children

11/9/2012 5:59:00 AM

Children’s day is special day for the children. Children's day, in hindi known as "Bal Diwas". It is celebrated annually to honour children all around the globe. It also commemorates the period of childhood. Children are loved by everybody and they win people's heart by their beautiful faces and innocent smile. Every child is precious and deserves a better childhood. Every year it is celebrated on 14th November. 14th November is an important date in Indian history because on this day the birthday of first Indian prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru falls. After his death his birthday is celebrated on 14th November. He was very fond of children. 14th November is also a tribute for his love to the children. If you go back in the history you would find Pandit Nehru's most famous pictures with children. He stressed the importance of giving love and affection to children. He was also called Chacha Nehru by the children. He though that the childhood greatest time in a

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Dhanteras: A popular festivity of Hindus

11/2/2012 12:27:00 AM

Hinduism is the very common religion in India. It covers a wide range of traditions and includes a large number of festivities. One of the very popular festivities is Dhanteras. It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calender. Diwali starts after Dhanteras. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.  It is celebrated for two days and is an important part of Diwali celebrations.  It is believed to bring in riches, good luck, light and prosperity in everybody’s life. It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calender. Diwali starts after Dhanteras. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.  It is celebrated for two days and is an important part of Diwali cele

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Karva Chauth: Fast for longevity of husband's long life

10/29/2012 1:31:00 AM

Karva Chauth is a one day festival celebrated by Hindus and Sikh ladies. Karva is another word for diya and chauth means fourth in Hindi. The ignition of diya is the symbol of life and fourth corresponds to the day of observance. It is the fourth day of krishna paksh, of the month of Kartik. This is very popular in north India. On the day of Karva Chauth married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. It's one of the obligations of the Hindu festival of Karwa Chauth. It is also observed that married ladies also fast for their fiancés or desired husbands. The festival also coincides with the wheat-sowing time. Women observe the fast to pray for the safety of their husbands at this time as they ventured away from home. On Karva Chauth, women awake to eat and drink just before sunrise. The fast begins with dawn. Fasting women do not eat during the day, and some additionally do not drink any water either. It is not easy to fast for t

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Durga puja: An annual Hindu festival worships Goddess Durga

10/18/2012 7:39:00 AM

Durga puja is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Maa Durga. This is also known as Dussehra and Navaratri in other parts of India.In some parts of India it is also referred as Durgotsava. This festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.It also signifies the victory of Good over Evil. It lasts for six days.Durga Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal.Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva,Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha,Kartikeya and mother nature. Hundreds of pandals are set up during Durga puja. These pandals contain highly decorated and fabricated idols of Durga. The creation of these idols begins months ago. Hugh number of people are involved in the creation of these idols. A huge number of people visit these pandals in the evening.The idols are opened for the visitirs for four days. Durgapuja is the largest outdoor art festival on earth. The music, dancing are performed and art are displayed

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Mahavir Jayanti Celebrates the birth of the Hero Mahavir

4/4/2012 11:32:00 AM

Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth the religious hero Mahavir. He was the last Tirthankara in Jainism.  He was the son of King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala. When Mahavir was about to be born the astrologers predicted that either he would become an ramana or a Tirthankar. He is also known as Vardhamana, Shramana. He was born in Kundalagrama near Vaishali which is in Bihar. Mahavir taught the world the necessity of right faith which includes Nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity and non-possession or non attachment. Maha means super and veer mean a hero. He was a hero who had the control on his mind. Not everybody in this world can achieve this state. He used the meditation techniques available at that stage of time to conqueror  his mind. We can also remember this super hero by sending e-card to our loved ones at or if we are organising any spiritual function anywhere we can invite the pupils by sending them invitation at www.desie

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Ram Navami the festival to Celebrate the Birth of Sri Ram

3/29/2012 10:45:00 AM

Ram Navami  is a festival mostly celebrated by the Hindu’s. On this occasion the birth of Lord Rama is celebrated .Sri Ram was the son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. In some part of India it is celebrated for nine days also known as ‘Navratra’. Lord Rama is the symbol of a winner in the war against the evil. He is also seen as the symbol of love and happiness. He was also an idle son a brother and a husband. We can also celebrate Ram Navami by remembering our loved ones. The easiest way is send them a Ram Navami  e-card.  The best destination to do that is . Why wait? Send them the blessing of Lord Rama in the form of E-cards at

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Orkut birthday and friendship scraps

11/3/2010 12:02:00 AM help you to send beautiful, attractive friendship orkut scraps and birthday orkut scraps to your orkut friends. Orkutscrapp provides you a wide collection  of  orkut scraps in different categories like birth day, festivals, funny and so on.

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Breaches of Fast

9/6/2010 4:24:00 AM

If anyone ate something in forgetfulness or indulged in sexual inter-course and thinking that his fast is disrupted ate deliberately, then his fast is disrupted and only compensatory fast and not re-compensation will be due. But if one knows the rule and after eating something in forgetfulness deliberately breaks his fast, then in case of sexual inter-course re-compensation will be due and a compensatory fast in case of eating only. If  any one vomits without intention or has a wet dream or is discharged on seeing a woman and due to ignorance of law presumes that his fast is broken and eats something deliberately then only compensatory fast will be due and not re-compensation. But if one knows the law that fast is not disrupted by an involuntary act and still breaks his fast, then re-compensation will also be due. If a man inserts something in his penis and as it does not reach the root, then the fast will not be di

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Ramadan In History

9/6/2010 4:22:00 AM

All praises to Allah (SWT), Lord of the worlds. He who revealed in His Glorious Quran, "Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord (having taqwa)," 2:185. And may blessings and-peace of Allah (SWT) be upon His last Messenger Muhammad ibn Abdullah. Oh you who believe, Ramadhan is a sacred month wherein Almighty Allah (SWT) is constantly testing His creation and giving humanity the opportunity to achieve His (swt) pleasure. Fasting is means of purification and developing the consciousness of our relationship with Allah. This Taqwa, is a protection against the schemes of Shaitan, and this world. Allah (SWT) has informed us that, "Whoever keeps his duty to Allah (has taqwa), He ordains a way out for him and gives him sustenance from where he imagines not. And whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him. Surely Allah attains His purpose. Allah has appointed a

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Blessings and Benefits of Ramadan

9/6/2010 4:19:00 AM

THE MONTH OF RAMADHAAN IN WHICH WAS REVEALED THE QUR'AAN, A GUIDANCE FOR MANKIND AND CLEAR PROOFS FOR THE GUIDANCE AND CRITERION (BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG). SO WHOEVER OF YOU IS PRESENT DURING THIS MONTH SHOULD OBSERVE ITS FAST. AL QUR'AAN After Imaan, Salaah and Zakaah, the most important pillar of Islaam is Sawm (Fasting) during the month of Ramadhaan (the 9th month of the Islaamic calendar). Fasting in the month of Ramadhaan is amongst the fundamentals of Islaam; one who denies its obligation goes out of the fold of Islaam. One who does not fast during this month is a faasiq (an immoral and flagrant transgressor) of the highest degree. Such a faasiq completely destroys his spirituality and morality. Sawm literally means 'to abstain’. But in the terminology of the Sharee'ah, it means 'to refrain from eating, drinking and cohabitation from sub'h saadiq to sunset, with the intention of fasting’. Fasting during the month of Ramadhaan, was

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What is Ramzan/Ramadan?

9/6/2010 4:13:00 AM

Ramzan is the ninth month according to Islamic Lunar calendar. Ramzan (written as Ramadan) is derived from the Arabic root word 'ramida' or 'arramad' that means intense scorching heat and dryness, especially of the ground. Ramadan is so called to indicate the heating sensation in the stomach as a result of thirst. Others said it is so called because Ramadan scorches out the sins as it burns the ground. Some said it is so called because the hearts and souls are more readily receptive to the admonition and remembrance of Allah during Ramadan, as the sand and stones are receptive to the sun's heat. Ramadan begins after the month of Shaban, after the new moon has been sighted. In case new moon is not sighted then after 30 days of Shaban, Ramadan begins. The month of Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. If the moon is sighted on the night of 29th fast then the month of Shawwal begins from tomorrow and Ramadan is over. The 1st of Shawwal is the

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Legend of Janmashtami

8/25/2010 3:13:00 AM

Janmashtami, one of the most popular festivals of Hindus celebrates the birth of their beloved God, Sri Krishna. Detailed story of Janmashtami or Lord Krishna's birth has been narrated in Puranas. Please read on to know more about the various fascinating aspects of the legend of Janmashtami as stated in Puranas. Mathura, a prominent town of Northern India and the birth city of Sri Krishna was ruled by King Ugrasen, a Yaduvanshi ( Belonging to the Community of Yadavs). He was a great king loved by his subjects. He had two children, a son Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa was quite cruel by nature, his wickedness knew no bounds when he jailed his father and forcefully became the king of Mathura. Love for sister Devki and Brother in law Vasudev Though Kansa was hard hearted but he loved his sister immensely and married her off to Vasudev, one the high ranking officers in his army. However on the

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Ceremony of Dahi Handi

8/25/2010 3:09:00 AM

Celebration of Janmashtami, birth of the famous Lord Krishna includes a number of ceremonies like, Raslila, Jhankis (tableaux) etc. Dahi Handi is a popular ceremony, celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and glee. Dahi Handi is an enactment of Lord Krishna's efforts to steal butter from Matka (earthen pot) suspended from the ceiling. The Celebrations Dahi Handi generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee is hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Silver coins are hung along with the rope,which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic young men, form a human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. Breaking of the pot is followed by prize distribution. Devotees be

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Rituals and Customs of Janmashtami

8/25/2010 3:07:00 AM

Janmashtami festival witnesses many interesting customs and rituals in various states and cities of India. While some rituals are common to all, others are unique and restricted to a particular region or city. These customs and rituals are followed religiously by all the Lord Krishna devotees year after year. Rituals and Customs Observed during Janmashtami Fasting: The most common ritual observed all over during Janmashtami is fasting by devotees on the day of the festival. Devotees fast for the entire day and break it after the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. People prefer to have only milk and milk products as they were the favourite of Lord Krishna. Some devotees of Lord Krishna go to the extent of keeping 'Nirjal' fast- It involves fasting without having a single drop of water. There are other ardent followers , who keep the fast for two days in the honour of Lord Krishna. Chanting: Devo

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Birth of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami)

8/25/2010 3:06:00 AM

Janmashtami is celebrated to welcome and enjoy Lord Krishna's birth. The birth of Lord Krishna took place when the various planets were in auspicious places. It is said that God chooses a particular time, as to when he will take birth as a human and the planetary systems are adjusted accordingly. Auspicious Nakshatra (Constellation) Around the time of Bhagwan Krishna's birth, Rohini Nakshatra was predominant as it is considered to be quite auspicious. This is so because it is under the supervision of Brahma, the creator of Universe. Sri Krishna was born in the month Of Sravana more than 5000 years ago. Born in Dwapur Yug (Iron Age) According to some scholars, Krishna was born on Wednesday,the eighth day of second fortnight in Sravana month in the year of Visvavasu around 3227 BC, also known as Dwapur Yug. July 19th 3228 BC to be more accurate. He lived for 125 years and disappeared on February 18th 3102 BC on the new moon night of Phalguna. His death was the onset of the current corr

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When is Janmashtami?

8/25/2010 3:03:00 AM

Janmashtami is on 2nd September 2010 Janmashtami celebrates the birth of one of the most famous Gods of Hindu religion, Bhagwan Krishna, on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of Sravana or Savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star). It is generally celebrated in the month of August-September according to the Christian Calendar. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa. Position of Stars at the time of Birth It was only on the eighth day of the second fortnight, in the month of Sravana when, the moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra (star) that Lord appeared. According to Barhapatyamana, the month of Sravana corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha. Lord was born in the year of Visvavasu, appx. 5,227 years ago. Celebrated for over Two Days

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Traditions & Customs

8/17/2010 4:35:00 AM

Raksha Bandhan is an occasion to celebrate the sacred bond of love and affection between siblings with lots of verve. Also known as Raksha Bandhan across the world, this festival is primarily a north Indian festival that is celebrated all brothers and sisters to express their deep emotions, love and affection. On the day of Rakhi festival, the sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her brother and both make prayer to God for the well being of each other. Sisters perform 'aarti' and put tilak on the forehead of her brother. In return, brothers make promise to take care of his sister under all circumstances. Usually, brothers gift something to the sister to mark the occasion. The mirth that surrounds the festival is unsurpassed. Amidst the merriment the rituals are also followed with great devotion. Preparation of Rakhi Festival Generally, the fancy Rakhis and delicious sweets are prepared long before the Shravana Purnima. According to the

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The Legends of Rakhi

8/17/2010 4:33:00 AM

Origin The Shravana or the monsoon month carries all hues and shades of nature and emotions. Religiously speaking Shravan is a pious month and full moon of this all-important month is considered to be a very holy day. It is celebrated in different ways for different reasons almost throughout the country. For the siblings it is the eternal tie of love, for Brahmins the day to take the pledge of Brahmanik rites and for those who depend sea and monsoon, it is the beginning of the new season. Indian festivals are based on the weather changes and their significance in the lives of people but they do have a story to support the celebrations. The rich Indian Mythology provides a religious reason to celebrate the day in a specific way. Many epics are related to the day and the origin of Raksha Bandhan. The festival finds a mention in most of the epics and its origin can be traced back to the mythological Pouranik times. The legend in th

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Raksha Bandhan in History

8/17/2010 4:31:00 AM

The traditional Hindu festival 'Raksha Bandhan' (knot of protection) was came into origin about 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization - The Indus Valley Civilization. With many languages and cultures, the traditional method to Rakhi festival celebration differs from place to place across India. Following are some historical evidences of Raksha Bandhan celebration from the Indian history. Rani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun The story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in the history. During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. Rakhi at that time meant a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was foremost. When Rani Karnawati the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture started off with his troops withou

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Rakhi: The Thread of Love

8/17/2010 4:26:00 AM

In India, festivals are the celebration of togetherness, of being one of the family. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that is all about affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. It is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a 'bond of protection'. This is an occasion to flourish love, care, affection and sacred feeling of brotherhood. Not a single festival in India is complete without the typical Indian festivities, the gatherings, celebrations, exchange of sweets and gifts, lots of noise, singing and dancing. Raksha Bandhan is a regional celebration to celebrate the sacred relation between brothers and sisters. Primarily, this festival belongs to north and western region of India but soon the world has started celebrating this festival with the same verse and spirit. Rakhi has become an integral part of those customs. An insight of Rakhi Rituals On the day of Rakhi, sisters prepares the

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Friendship day

7/22/2010 1:06:00 AM is a site where you get every thing to celebrate the friendship day. This site contains the history, the way to celebrate, and the things needed to celebrate friendship day. The way to a arrange a friendship day part

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7/22/2010 1:02:00 AM is a site from where you will get all the necessary information’s about onam. Onam2010 contains the history of onam, the legend behind onam, what os pookalam and how to make it.onam2010 also tells us about different kinds of

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Famous Buddhist Temples & Monuments In India

5/10/2010 1:53:00 AM

Buddhist Temples & Monuments In India Along with the monasteries, there are a number of Buddhist temples and monuments that must be visited while on Buddhist tour to India. The monuments include rock cut carvings, stupas and archaeological museums. A visit to these temples and monuments will give you a very good idea about how Buddhism progressed in the area and how it left its mark on the lives of the locals.Also, the architecture, carvings, Buddhist statues and relics, paintings etc in these temples and monuments are extremely attractive. This section on Buddhist Temples and Monuments provides you information about the various temples and monuments that grace different parts of the country. You will find information regarding the temple/monument itself, its architecture, possessions, location, accessibility and best time to visit. So, just go through this section and pick up a temple or a monument that excites you eno

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Buddhist Pilgrimage In India

5/10/2010 1:45:00 AM

  Buddhist Pilgrimage In India In every religion, there are some places that attain the status of pilgrimage destinations. Devotees come from far off, overcoming all difficulties that obstruct their way, just to pay a visit to these places. They believe that a visit to these places will bring them blessings of their respective god and take away all miseries from their life. In Buddhism, all those places that Lord Gautam Buddha visited during his lifetime are considered extremely pious. They are the topmost destinations when any Buddhist around the world thinks of pilgrimage. Apart from these places, some places related to revered Buddhist personalities are also considered holy by the Buddhist and are hence worthy of a pilgrimage. This section provides comprehensive details of such destinations. You can find information regarding what makes that place holy, what are the Buddhist attractions of the place and what are the

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Regional Celebrations Of Buddha Jayanti

5/10/2010 1:43:00 AM

Regional Celebrations Of Buddha Jayanti The Buddha Jayanti or the Buddha Purnima in India celebrates the birth, enlightenment and ultimate passing away of the Buddha. The festival is celebrated throughout the world, though, by different names. The most common of all these is Vesak or Wesak. In India, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm since, it is the land where the Buddha witnessed the miseries of the human life, renounced all His worldly pleasures, attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Bodh Gaya and Sarnath are two of the best places to enjoy the festival in the country, though celebrations take place at any place where the Buddhist population resides. Celebrations in Bodh Gaya In Bodh Gaya, the place where under the sacred Bodhi Tree He attained enlightenment, a whole lot of people from all over the world come to attend the cer

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4/6/2010 10:32:00 PM

Harvest Festival   Baisakhi is celebrated as a harvest festival by the large farming community in the states of Punjab and Haryana. Since Baisakhi falls in the middle of the month of April (April 13), Baisakhi marks the harvest time of the rabi (winter) crops. Farmers are loaded with cash at this time and are in full mood and spirit to enjoy the fruits of hard work as they celebrate Baisakhi Festival. Thanksgiving Day Festival of Baisakhi is celebrated as a Thanksgiving Day by the farmers. People wake up early on the day and take bath in rivers or pond water and pay a visit to the temple or gurdwara (Sikh worship place). Farmers thank god

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3/17/2010 3:36:00 AM

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3/17/2010 3:26:00 AM

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Ram Navami Celebrations

3/17/2010 3:24:00 AM

The celebrations of Rama Navami start with the worship of Sun God. On the day, people wake up early in the morning, take bath and pay honors to Sun God. Thereafter, they would chant mantras of Lord Rama and offers fruits and flowers to the deity. The devotees of Lord Rama would observe a whole-day fast on the festival, which they would break only in the midnight, by eating a fruit. In many parts of India, satsangs are organized by cultural committees to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama. The congregation of the devotees would sing bhajans, chant mantras in the praise of the God and listen to the legendary stories. As a part of the celebrations, people would keep their home clean and decorate it beautifully. In the households where pujas are conducted, the pictures of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman are hung. The devotees would offer flowers, burn dhoop and incense sticks. A thali used for the performance of the pooja would typically contain prasad and other items n

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Gudi Padwa & Ugadi

3/3/2010 4:43:00 AM

Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month as the New Year day by Maharashtrians. Also known as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, this festival marks the beginning of the spring season. People celebrate this festival with great spirit and joy. Houses are cleaned prior to the festival. Colorful rangoli are designed at the entrance and people wear new clothes on this day. Maharashtrian delicacies like puran poli or sweet rotis, soonth pak, and usal are prepared. On this day, gudis are hung outside the houses or in the localities. A 'gudi' is a pole on top of which an upturned brass or silver pot called a kalash is placed. The gudi is then covered with a colorful silk cloth. It is decorated with marigold flowers, mango leaves, and coconuts. The gudi is a symbol of nature's bounty. It is worshipped by offering sandalwood paste, turmeric, and vermilion. Then, boys and young men of the locality form a pyramid and the person on top of the pyramid breaks the coco

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Rituals of Holi

2/13/2010 11:19:00 PM

Rituals of Holi   Rituals of the ancient festival of Holi are religiously followed every year with care and enthusiasm. Preparations Days before the festival people start gathering wood for the lighting of the bonfire called Holika at the major crossroads of the city. This ensures that at the time of the actual celebration a huge pile of wood is collected. Holika Dahan Celebrations Then on the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. Effigy of Holika, the devil minded sister of demon King Hiranyakashyap is placed in the wood and burnt. For, Holika tried to kill Hiranyakashyap's son Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee. Children also hurl abuses at Holika and pray pranks, as if they still try to chase away Dhundhi who once troubled little ones in the Kingdom of Prithu. Some people also take embers from the fire to their homes

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2/13/2010 10:58:00 PM

History of Holi Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as 'Holika'. The festivals finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini's Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India. It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped. Calculating the Day of Holi There are two ways of reckoning a lunar month- 'purnimanta' and 'amanta'. In the former, the first day starts after the full moon; and in the latter, after the new moon. Though the aman

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Shiva Linga

1/25/2010 3:59:00 AM

Shiva Linga Shiva Linga is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The word, ‘Lingum’ in Sanskrit means, ‘symbol’. Shiva Lingum, therefore means symbol of Lord Shiva and is therefore considered most sacred by Shaivaites. Siva Linga has been worshipped in Hinduism since ages. Worship of Shiva Linga is regarded sacred and superior Shiva Mahapurana. This is because the form makes worship simple while maintaining the truth that God does not have any definite form. Structure of Shiva Linga Most prevalent icon of Shiva and virtually found in all Shiva temples, Shiva Linga is a rounded, elliptical, an-iconic image that is usually set on a circular base or peetham. According to some scholars the Peetham represents Parashakti, the manifesting power of God. Shiva Lingas are usually made of stone that may either be carved or

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Regional Celebrations of Shivaratri

1/25/2010 3:44:00 AM

Regional Celebrations of Shivaratri The auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor all over India and even beyond. Though fasting and worship of Shiva Linga with a ritual bath remain the common feature of Shivaratri celebrations at all places, minor variations due to regional difference can be observed in some states. Please read on to know more about regional celebrations of Shivratri. You will be surprised to know, about the various interesting traditions and customs of Shivratri Festival and the zeal with which devotee of Lord Shiva follow them. Andhra Pradesh Festival of Shivaratri is observed with extreme enthusiasm in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Devotees throng the various important Shiva temples in the state mainly Sri Kalahasteshwara Temple at Kalahasti and the Bharamarambha Malikarjunaswamy Temple at Srisailam. Devotees also o

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Maha Shivratri

1/25/2010 3:09:00 AM