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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi: Traditions, Significance, and Sustainable Practices


Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayagar Chaturthi, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated with great devotion across India and by Indian communities around the world. 

This festival honors the elephant-headed god of wisdom, prosperity, and the remover of obstacles Lord Ganesha. 

Let us explore the traditions, cultural significance, and the increasingly popular sustainable practices associated with Ganesh Chaturthi.

Historical Background

The origin of the festival can be traced back to ancient religious texts, but it was not until the late nineteenth century that it became popularized as a public event. 

This was largely due to the influence of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an Indian freedom fighter. 

Tilak popularized the festival as a way to circumvent colonial restrictions on Hindu gatherings, which he saw as a way to promote unity and promote national identity. 

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Chaitra Navratri 2024 Dates, 9 Day Rituals, Importance and Story

Chaitra Navratri is a vibrant and meaningful festival celebrated by Hindus, also known as Vasant Navratri. 

It is a nine day festival filled with joy, devotion, and colorful traditions that marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar calendar year with Chaitra month. The first day of Vasant Navratri is celebrated as Ugadi in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Also, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 Date

In the year 2024, Chaitra Navratri starts on April 9th (Hindu New Year) and Ends on 17 April with Ramnavami.

Significance of Chaitra Navratri

It marks the start of the spring season and signifies the victory of good over evil and the beginning of new life and growth.

Farmers celebrate this time as it marks the beginning of the agricultural year, bringing hopes of a good harvest.

The festival is celebrated with grandeur in all Hindu temples across the globe.

The Deities Worshiped


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Diwali 2024 Date, Festival Facts, Story, Significance, Celebrations, and Foods

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is among the most significant festivals celebrated in India and by Hindus worldwide. A festival of lights symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, where families come together to celebrate and create beautiful memories. This article will explore the correct date, facts, story, significance, celebrations, and foods associated with Diwali.

Diwali Date

In 2024, Diwali Lakshmi Puja Muhurat is on Friday, 1st November starts from 05:36 PM and ends at 06:16 PM.

Diwali is a 5 day festival starts with Dhanteras on 29th October, Choti Diwali on 30th October, followed by Diwali on 1st November. Govardhan Puja is celebrated on 2nd November, Bhai Dhooj on 3rd November.

In North India, Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartik and in southern states, on the last day of the Hindu month, Ashwin or Ashwayuj…

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Bengaluru’s Most Popular Saibaba Temples

Saibaba popularly known as Shirdi Sai Baba is a saint and a master of spirituality. His preaching was mainly focused on “self-Realization”, and he condemned “love for fragile things”.

His favorite sayings to devotees were “Look at me, I shall look at you” and “Allah Tera Bhala Karega”.

He preached “Shradha” and “Saburi” meaning Faith and Trust to his disciples.

Thursday is said to be an auspicious day to offer salutations to Saibaba, as it is regarded as Saibaba’s day.

It is also believed that offering certain food items to Saibaba on Thursday will ward off a person’s sins.

In a thickly populated metro city like Bengaluru, Saibaba temples often see thousands of visitors every day, these temples are famous for their sacredness and tranquillity.

Festivals like,

Guru Purnima (a full moon day in the month of July) Ramanavami (Saibaba’s murti procession takes place) and  Vijayadashami (the day Shirdi …
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List of Tamil Months and Related Zodiac Stars in Tamil

Tamil Calendar is a sidereal solar calendar, which means the calendar is based on the motion of the Earth around the Sun with respect to the fixed star. It is based on the classical Indian Hindu Calendar.

Tamil calendar is followed in the Indian states of Tamilnadu and Puducherry. And by Tamilians in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, etc.

Same as in other western or Hindu calendars, there are 12 months in the Tamil calendar as well.

The number of days in a Tamil calendar month varies from 29 days to 33 days.

List of 60 Tamil Year Names.

April 14th marks the start of the Tamil new year and is celebrated as Puthandu, also called Puthuvarudam.

Below is the list of Tamil months, related zodiac stars, and equivalent Gregorian months.

Tamil MonthGregorian Calendar EquivalentRelated Zodiac Star in Tamilசித்திரை (Chiththirai)mid-April to mid-Mayமேழம் (Merham/Mezham)வைகாசி (Vaigaasi)mid-May to mid-Juneவிடை …
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60 Tamil Year Names in Tamil (தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு பெயர்கள்)

In Hindu calendar, years are cyclical and there are 60 years. Similar like weekdays or months, years list also be revised once in sixty years.

Puthandu is celebrated as a Tamil New Year. In 2022 Tamil Year name is Subakrith (சுபக்ரித்) and in Tamil it is called Narseikai (நற்செய்கை). In the next cycle Subakrith comes in the year 2082.

Valluvar Year

Thiruvalluvar or Valluvar Year is an officially recognized Tamil calendar system calculated based on Tamil philosopher and poet Valluvar's year of birth.

List of 60 Tamil Year Names

The following is the list of 60 Tamil year names with falling years.

S. Noதமிழ் வருடம் SanskritIn TamilGregorian Yearதிருவள்ளுவர் Thiruvalluvar Year1Prabhava - பிரபாவநற்றோன்றல் Nantrontral 1987 - 198820182Vibhava - விபவஉயர்தோன்றல் Uyarthontral1988 - 198920193Sukla - சுக்லவெள்ளொளி Velouli1989 - 199020204Pramodhoodha - பிரமோதூத பேருவகை Peruvagai1990 - 199120215Prachorpaththi -&nbs…
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