Importance of Chaitra Pournami or Chaitra Purnima

Full moon days in Hindu calendar are known as Purnima or Pournami. South Indian people called it as Pournami, whereas North Indians called it as Purnima. Chaitra is the first month in Hindu calendar.   Apart from festivals, Pournami is a very important and auspicious day in Hindu calendar. Pournami that falls in the month of Chaitra is called as Chitra Purnima or Chaitra Pournami. Chaitra Purnima is Lord Hanuman’s birth anniversary, the day is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanthi. The tribal festival Chaitra Parva is celebrated on this day in Odisha and some parts of Bihar. The day is considered as Chitra Gupta's birthday. Tamil people celebrates Chaitra Pournami as Chitragupta Puja. He is the assistant of Lord Yama. It is believed that Chitragupta will erase all the negative karmas and sins.
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About Rohini Vrat & Vrat Vidhi

Rohini Vrat is popular vrat practiced by the Jain community. The vrat is observed on Rohini Nakshatra day by Jain ladies for health and long life of their husbands. In some families, all the family members observe this vrat. According to Hindu and Jain calendars, 7 nakshatras are there, among them Rohini is fourth nakshatra. nakshatra falls once  in every twenty seven days. Rohini vrat is observed on the day after sunrise. Rohini Vrat Vidhi On the day, devotees observing the fast wakes early and takes the holy bath. A photo or an idol of Vasupujya (one of the Twenty four Tirtankaras) is set up in the puja room. A puja is performed to the idol after a holy bath and offerings are made like dhoop and prasad. After the puja, devotees start the fasting and that stretches up to the rise of next nakshatra called Marghashira or Marghashirsha. After the end of vrat, they visit the temple and do charity works like feeding poor people, giving cloths. The significance …
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Akshaya Tritiya Significance & Observances

Akshaya Tritiya is a highly auspicious and holy day for Hindus. In some parts of India, it is called as Akti or Akha Teej. As per Hindu calendar, it falls on Vaishakha month, Shukla Paksha Tritiya (Third day during bright half of Vaisakha month). Akshaya Tritiya is the day of the birth of Lord Parashurama who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Akshaya is a Sanskrit word, which means never diminishing and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. Significance According to beliefs, on Akshaya Tritiya day Veda Vyasa Maharshi started to write Mahabharata. It is believed that on this day Satya Yuga got over and Tretha Yuga got started. A couple of legends is associated with Akshaya Tritiya, one of the legends is, on this day Lord Krishna the incarnation of Lord Vishnu gifted Akshaya Patra (The food bowl, that would never go empty) to Pandavas. Why people purchase gold on Akshay Tritiya? Akshaya Tritiya is believed as never diminishing and it is also …
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Hanuman Jayanthi, Veer Hanuman Shobha Yatra

Hanuman Jayanthi Hanuman Jayanthi is the birthday of Lord Sri Hanuman, The Monkey God. Lord Hanuman born on Purnima day in the month of Chaitra, i.e, on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha. Devotees offer prayers to Hanuman by going temples or at home by chanting Hanuman chalisa. Hanuman Jayanthi Shobha yatra is a rally by Hanuman Devotees. In 2017, Hanuman Jayanthi is falling on April, 11th. In Maharashtra, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on Moola Nakshatra which falls in Hindu lunar month of Margazhi (Margashiram), in Karnataka it is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi of Margashira Month. In my post I explained about Hindu Calendar or Panchangam. Hanuman is a devotee of Sri Rama. He is also called as Anjeya or Anjaneeputra. Hauman is believed to have magical powers. In India most of the villages have Lord Hanuman Temple. Telugu people observe fast or vrat with Hanuman maladharana for 41 days, which starts on Chaitra Pournami and ends on the tenth day (Dashami…
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Skanda Sashti

Sashti tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda and the day is called as Skanda Sashti, it also called as Kanda Sashti. Skanda Sasti is one of the main festivals for Tamil Hindus. Lord Subramanya is known as Skanda, Murugan, Kartikeyan. He is the son of God Shiva & goddess Parvathi. Skanda is considered as brother of Lord Ganesha. His vehicle is Peacock. As per Hindu calendar, in every month during shukla paksha, sashti  tithi (the sixth day in the bright half of the month) is considered as Skanda Sashti. Skanda Sashti Vrat When Sashti tithi(Sixth Lunar Day) is combined with Panchami tithi (Fifth Lunar Day) is preferred for Skanda Sashti Vrat. This has been mentioned in Dharmasindhu & Nirnayasindhu (Sacred writings of Hindu Religion). Vrat is observed by devotees with fasting and performing puja to Lord Subrahmanya in temples or at home. Devotees takes only fruits, milk or any naivedyam offered to god as a food for the day. Soora Samhara In the lunar month of …
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Telugu, Kannada New Year Ugadi (Yugadi)

Ugadi is the New Year’s Day for Telugu and Kannada people. This is the most auspicious & important festival for Telugu and Kannada communities. In some parts of India, Ugadi is known as Bharathiya Nava Varsh or Vikram Samvat. In Maharashtra this day celebrated as Gudi Padwa (Marati New Year). In Rajasthan, the Marwari people celebrate the same day as Thapna. The Sindhis celebrate as Cheti Chand, manipuris celebrate as Sajibu Nongma Panba. The Hindus of Bali & Indonesia celebrate as Nyepi. The name of the festival is derived from Sanskrit, Yuga (Time or Era) + Adi (Starts) = Yugadi or Ugadi. List of Ugadi Festival Dates in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Hevalambi Nama Ugadi Date in 2017 - W1ednesday, 29th March. Vilambi Nama Ugadi Date in 2018 - Sunday, 18th March. Vikari Nama Ugadi Date in 2019 - Saturday, 6th April. Sharvari Nama Ugadi Date in 2020 - Wednesday, 25th March. Full list of 60 Telugu Year names from the year 1867 to 2106. When Ugadi is Ce…
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Kala Bhairava Jayanthi – Bhairava Ashtami Legend and Rituals

Kala Bhairava Jayanthi is also known as Bhairava Ashtami or Bhairava Jayanthi or Maha Kala Bhairava Ashtami. It is a Hindu holy day, commemorating the birthday of Kala Bhairava (The violent form of Lord Shiva). Kala Bhairava’s conveyance is a dog. Kala Bhairava Ashtami falls on Karthika Krishna Paksha Ashtami as per the South Indian Amavasyant Calendar (Every month Ends with a new moon). As per the North Indian Purnimant calendar (Every month ends with a full moon) it falls on Margashirsha Krishna Paksha Ashtami.  Rituals on Bhairava Ashtami The fast, undertaken on this day, is believed to be a protection from direct and indirect obstacles in life. On Lord Bhairava Jayanthi, Lord Shiva (Bhairava) is worshipped in temples. Devotees gather in temples early morning to seek the blessings of Lord Kala Bhairava. Story of Kala Bhairava / Legend Shiva Mahapurana mentions the story of Kala Bhairava as, Once a controversy arose among the Thrimurthi’s, Lord Brahma, Vishnu a…
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Karthika Pournami Significance and Rituals

Karthika Pournami or Karthika purnima is a holy festival for Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. It’s celebrated on the Purnima (The Full Moon) Day or 15th Day of the month Kartik (Karthika Maasam).  Significance of Karthik Pournami In some areas Kartik Purnima known as Tripuri Purnima or Tripurari Purnima the name came from Tripurari, Tripura (meaning three cities) and ari (meaning enemy), hence “Enemy of Three Cities” (Lord Shiva). On the day of Kartik Purnima, Lord Shiva killed Tripurasura and all demons (asuras) by destructing of their three cities called “Tripura”. They were great cities of prosperity, power, and dominance over the world, but due to their impious nature, cities were destroyed in his form as Tripurantaka with a single arrow.               Karthika Purnima is also known as Deva Deepawali or Deva Diwali which means the festival of lights of the gods, by the killing of the demons, gods declar…
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Holi Festival – Legend, History, Significance

Holi - Festival of colors Holi is one of the major and colorful festival of India. The festival falls in the month of Phalgun on the full moon day according to Hindu Calendar. It is observed for two day. Rituals on Holi Holi celebrations starts on previous night of the full moon day with Holika Dahan, it is also called as Kama Dahana. On Holi day Hindu people celebrates by playing with colors, smearing the colored powder or throwing colored water on each other. Legend of Holi Festival Wide range of legendary stories and myths are associated with Holi Festival. The most popular one is. Once lived a demon king Hiranyakashapa. For his prayers, he was granted a boon by Lord Brahma, that death do not come either by man or beast, nor devil, nor god shall cause death by day or by night with steel or stone or wood, indoors or outdoors, or earth or in sky. With this boon he became very egoistic and started dominating people, gods. Hiranyakashapa’s son Prahallada was a devote…
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Thulsi Vivah

As per Hindu religion, Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) is a Sacred plant. It is believed that any Hindu household is not complete without the holy plant Thulasi and is planted at the entrance of the house to bring good fortune and positive energy in the house. Tulsi Vivah is the ceremonial marriage of the Thulsi Plant to the God Vishnu or his avatar Krishna.  This ceremony can be performed anytime between Prabhodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima but usually, it is performed on the eleventh or the twelfth lunar day of Kartik Month. It also Signifies the end of monsoon and the beginning of the holy wedding season of Hindus.   Vrinda Tulsi in her former birth was Vrinda, the faithful wife of demon king Jalandhar. Once Brahma grants Jalandhar, that he would free from death as long as his wife remained virtuous and chaste. Vrinda was renowned for her faithfulness and chastity. Jalandhar began to conquer all and became egocentric, thinking he was unbeatable. So muc…
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Putra Ganapathi vratham and Rituals

Putra Ganapathi vratham is observed by childless couple for children. The vrat  is very auspicious and main ritual for telugu people and dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Putra Ganapathi vratam is also called as Vinayaka Vratham or Vara sidhi vinayaka vratam. The vrat is observed on the fourth day after Amavasya (Waxing Phase of Moon) in Phalgun month. Rituals on Putra Ganapathi vratam Devotees(Childless Couple) perform Ganesh Puja at home by chanting Ganesh slokas and Ganesh Ashhtothara Shathanamavali. Some devotees perform Archana and Puja in temple and also observe fast on this day by praying Lord Ganesha to be blessed with children. Ganesh Slokas Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadh…
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Bathukamma – Cultural Festival of Telangana

Bathukamma is the floral festival (Cultural Festival of Telangana) celebrated by the Hindu women in the Indian state of Telangana. The festival is celebrated for Nine Days. Bathukamma festival is celebrated for Nine Days. The festival is followed by Boddemma, it is celebrated two days before the Bhadrapada Amavasya and it marks as ending of Varsha Ruthu (Rainy Season). Bathukamma is a beautiful stack, arranged with different seasonal flowers in concentric layers. Goddess Gauri is worshiped in the form of Bathukamma for these nine days. Last day of the festival is celebrated on Ashwayuja Ashtami Tithi. The day is called as Durgashtami. Dussehra is celebrated on second from Durgashtami, i.e, on Ashwayuja Dashami (Tenth day in Ashwayuja month, is called as Vijaya Dashami. The Women gathers and celebrates the festival all the nine days by singing and playing around the Batukamma in traditional dresses. Most Popular Bathukamma Songs.   This floral fe…
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Sarvapithru Amavasya or Bhadrapada/Mahalaya Amavasya

Pithru Amavasya is also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Bhadrapada Amavasya or Sarvapithru Amavasya. According to Amavasyanth calender it’s performed on the last day of the month and it is the starting of Vijaya Dashami (dusshera) and Bathukamma. Generally it falls in September- October months of Gregorian calender. This day is a special, most important and highly sacred day for Hindus as every Hindu family express their grattitude to the previous generations of people. Hindus pay homage to their ancestors by way of food offerings on this day. In Telangana, the colorfull festival of flowers i.e. BATHUKAMMA(A Floral Festival), starts on this day and it celebrated for nine days. On this aspicious day Bathukamma is called as Engili Puvvu Bathukamma, because first they pay homage to their ancestors by way of food offerings and then they start making Bathukamma. In Bengal, this day is the beginning of goddes Durga Devi puja festivities i.e., Navarathri Uthsav beginning.
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Paush Purnima Significance and Importance

The day when Purnima falls in the month of Paush or Pushyam is treated as Paush Purnima. It marks the end of Paush Maas and the beginning of the Magh month (As per Purnimanth Calendar). Significance of Paush Purnima

On Paush Purnima devotees observe other festivals and vrat like Shakambhari Jayanthi, Satyanarayana Vratham, and Charta Festival. The famous Magh Mela in Allahabad starts on the next day of Paush Purnima. Pushyabhishek Yatra is celebrated in Sri Krishna temples all over India. Goddess Laxmi, Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma are also worshiped on this day.

Ritual bath on Paush Pournima during the Magh Mela considered as very much auspicious. Thousands of devotees converge at the temple town of Prayag (Allahabad) for the holy bath at Triveni Sangamam.

Chhattisgarh people celebrate Charta festival on this day.  In some parts of India, the day is celebrated as Shakambari Jayanthi (An avatar of Go…
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