Maha Shivaratri Date, Rituals & Story

Hindu mythology is built around the philosophy of three Gods that constitute the universe. The concept of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are well illustrated in our ancient Puranas. The Trinity is thought of to be the ultimate force that guides the whereabouts of the universe. While Lord Brahma is accounted for the creation of this vast universe, Vishnu is considered to be the operator of the same. In comparison, Shiva or Maheshwar is personified as a more destructive entity. Shiva is said to be the force that initiates destruction. Mahadev, as Shiva is widely known, opens his third eye, which emits raging aura to destroy all that comes its way. It is said that Maha Shivaratri is the festival dedicated to the sustenance of peace. Let us dive into the deep Hindu philosophy to figure out the main reason behind the celebration of this epic festival. Maha Shivratri Dates Maha Shivaratri 2020 - Friday, February 21 Maha Shivratri 2021 - Thursday, March 11 Maha Shivarat…
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Vinayaka Chavithi Vratha Kalpam in Telugu – వినాయక చవితి కథ & పూజా విధానం

ఏ కార్యక్రమం ప్రారంభించినా తొలి పూజ వినాయకునికే. గణనాధుని అనుగ్రహాం పొందితే అన్ని కార్యాల్లోనూ విజయం సిద్దిస్తుంది. సాక్షాత్తు విధాత సైతం సృష్టి ప్రారంభానికి ముందు గణపతిని పూజించినట్టు 'ఋగ్వేదం' చెబుతోంది. అలాంటి వినాయకుడి పుట్టిన రోజైన 'భాద్రపద శుద్ధ చవితి' రోజునే 'వినాయక చవితి' పండుగను జరుపుకుంటారు. వినాయక వ్రతం పూజకు కావాల్సిన సామాగ్రి పసుపు, కుంకుమ, గంధం, అగరవత్తులు, కర్పూరం, తమలపాకులు, పూలు, అరటిపండ్లు, కొబ్బరికాయలు, బెల్లం, కుందులు, నెయ్యి, నూనె, వత్తలు, గరిక, పత్రి, ఉద్దరిణ, నైవేద్యాలు. వ్రత విధానం ఒక పీటపై బియ్యం పోసి, తమలపాకు చివర తూర్పు వైపు ఉండునట్లు పెట్టి, దానిపై పసుపుతో గణపతిని చేసి ఉంచవలెను. మొదట ఈ శ్లోకంతో మొదలు పెట్టవలెను. ఓం దేవీంవాచ మజనయంత దేవాస్తాం విశ్వరూపా: పశవో వదంతి సానో మంద్రేష మూర్జం దుహానాధే నుర్వాగాస్మానుప సుష్టుతైత్తు అయం ముహూర్తస్సుముహూర్తోస్తు శ్లోకం:  య శ్శివో నామరూపాభ్యాం యా దేవీ సర్వ మంగళా తయో స్సంస్మరణా త్సుంసాం సర్వతో జయమంగళం ఇప్పుడు పీటపై వినాయక ప్రతిమను ఉంచి, పువ్వులు, పండ్లతో అలంకరించవలెను. ఆ తర్వాత, రాగి పాత్రను…
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Shravana Masam Dates, Sravana Shukra Varam Dates Importance & Significance

Sravana Month - Table of Content About Sravana masam Sravana Masam 2020 Dates Sawan Month 2020 Dates Sravana Shukravaram 2020 Dates Sravana Somavaram 2020 dates Mangala Gowri Vratam 2020 dates Importance of Shravan month Rituals During Shravana Masam Festivals in Shravana Masam Sravana Masam Sravana Masam is the fifth month in traditional Telugu calendar followed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Shravana Msam is considered as very auspicious and dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. During Shravan month, the Sravana Nakshatra is the ruling Star on full Moon day and therefore this month has been named as Sravan. Sawan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipping him during the month is said to bring the most auspicious results. Devotees observe fast for this entire month and make offerings to Lord Shiva everyday. Nagula Panchami, Rakhi Pournami, Varalakshmi Vratham, Sravana Somavaram, Mangala Gowri Vratham, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Polala Amavasya are the most …
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Varalakshmi Vratham 2020 Date, Puja Vidhanam & Pooja Items List

In Hinduism, Fridays are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Varalakshmi Vratham is observed on second Friday that falls just before Purnima (Full Moon Day) in Sravana month. As per Puranas, the Vrat was adviced by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvathi. On this day, Women perform puja to Goddess Lakshmi for good wealth, health and prosperity of the family. Varalakshmi Vratham in 2019 is on 9th August - Friday. Varalakshmi Vratham in 2020 is on 31st July - Friday. వరలక్ష్మీ వ్రతం ఎందుకు చేస్తారు? శ్రావణమాసం శుక్లపక్షంలో పౌర్ణమికి ముందు వచ్చే శుక్రవారాన్ని వరలక్ష్మీ వ్రతంగా జరుపుకోవడం ఒక హిందూ ఆచారం. వరలక్ష్మీ దేవత విష్ణు మూర్తి భార్య. హిందూ మతం ప్రకారం ఈ పండగ విశిష్టమైనది. వరాలు ఇచ్చే దేవతగా వరలక్ష్మీ దేవిని కొలుస్తారు. ఈ పండగను ముఖ్యంగా వివాహమైన మహిళలు నిర్వహిస్తారు. ఈ రోజున దేవతను పూజిస్తే అష్టలక్ష్మీ పూజలకు సమానం అనే నమ్మకంతో కుటుంబ సభ్యులు కూడా పాలుపంచుకుంటారు. ముఖ్యంగా మంచి భర్త, కుమారులు కలగాలని కూడా అమ్మాయిలు పూజిస్తారు. ఈ దేవతను పూజిస్తే అష్టైశ్వర్యాలు అయిన సంపద, భూమి, శిక్షణ,…
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Ekadashi – List of Ekadasi Vrat & Fasting Days

Ekadashi is the 11th day in Hindu calendar. In each Hindu month, there are two Ekadashi Tithi, one is during Shukla Paksha & another during Krishna Paksha. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe fast on Ekadashi day. There are 28 Ekadashi Days in 2019. Here is the list of Ekadashi Fasting Days. Ekadashi 2019 Calendar DATE DAY EKADASHI 01-Jan Tuesday Saphala Ekadashi 17-Jan Thursday Pausha Putrada Ekadashi 31-Jan Thursday Shattila Ekadashi 16-Feb Saturday Jaya Ekadashi 02-Mar Saturday Vijaya Ekadashi 17-Mar Sunday Amalaki Ekadashi 31-Mar Sunday Papmochani Ekadashi 15-Apr Monday Kamada Ekadashi 16-Apr Tuesday Kamada Ekadashi 30-Apr Tuesday Varuthini Ekadashi 15-May Wednesday Mohini Ekadashi 30-May Thursday Apara Ekadashi 13-Jun Thursday Nirjala Ekadashi 29-Jun Saturday Yogini Ekadashi 12-Jul Friday Devshayani Ekadashi 28-Jul Sunday Kamika…
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Dussehra (Vijayadashami) Festival Guide

Vijayadashami is a combination of two phrases Vijaya and Dashami, which means “Success” and “Tenth”. Vijayadashami is well known as Dasara, Dusshera or Dussehra. The festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha. It marks the end of Navratri. Dussehra is one of the major festivals in India and celebrated in a different way in different regions for different reasons. In the northeast states & some other parts, it is celebrated as Durga Puja and it marks the goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. In other parts of India Vijayadashami is celebrated as Dussehra, which marks god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana. On Dasara, effigies of Ravana are filled up with woods and burnt with fireworks, indicating the destruction of evil.
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Maha Navami

Maha Navami is the 9th day of Navratri festival and the day before Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami). The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin (Ashwayujam). According to mythological stories, Devi Durga battled against the king of demon Mahishasura for nine days. On the ninth day, Goddess won the battle. On Mahanavami Goddess worshipped as Sidhidatri or Saraswati - the deity of knowledge and wisdom.
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Navratri & 9 Avatars of Goddess Worshipped on The 9 Days

What is Navratri? Navratri, nine holy nights are most auspicious days in Hinduism. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of the Goddess Shakti over evil (Mahishasura). The festival has a profound religious significance. Navratri is celebrated five times a year – Vasanta or Chaitra Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri (Sharadiya Navratri), Paush Navaratri and Magha Navaratri. Based on their local calendar, people celebrate the festival in different months. In Telangana, Navratri is celebrated as Bathukamma. Why is Navaratri Celebrated for 9 Days & 9 Colours? People observe fast during the nine-day festival with dedication. Each day has its speciality. The nine nights of the festival commemorate the nine avatars of Goddess Shakti (Durga). Each day is dedicated to the distinct avatar of the goddess. Each day of the Navratri stands with the particular colour & each colour signifies something during the nine days of the festival. The first c…
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Indira Ekadashi Date, Importance & Rituals

When is Indira Ekadashi? Indira Ekadashi 2019 Date - 25th September, Wednesday. Indira Ekadashi 2020 Date - 13th September, Sunday. Indira Ekadashi Indira Ekadashi is one of the auspicious days for Hindus. It falls on Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) Ekadashi, the 11th day of Hindu month Ashwin. As per the Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in September or October. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on Indira Ekadashi. One should offer Tulsi leaves, fruits, and flowers to the Lord at the time of the puja. As Indira Ekadashi falls in Krishna Paksha (Pitru Paksha), it is dedicated to ancestors and it is also called as Ekadashi Shradh. The main objective of this day is to pray to the forefathers or ancestors for deliverance from sin and its consequences. Once as Lord Krishna said to Yudishter Maharaj, a person fasts on this day, he can get rid of all sins and his forefathers who have fallen into hell are liberated. One of the important responsibilities of th…
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Thaipusam 2020 Date & Kavadi Attam Celebrations

Thaipusam festival is celebrated by Tamil community on full moon day in the month of Thai. Thaipusam is also spelled as Thaipoosam.

Where as Thai is a Tamil month name, Pusam refers to a natchathiram (star), which is at its highest point on this day.

According to the Gregorian calendar, Thai month falls in January – February.

The festival is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Murugan. Murugan is also known as Skanda, Murugan, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Subrahmanya, Guha, etc.

Skanda Sasti Kavasam Tamil Lyrics.

Thaipusam 2020

Thaipusam 2020 Date - Saturday, 8th February

It is believed that on this day, mother of Murugan – Goddess Parvathi presented a spear to Murugan to help him to destroy the demon Tarakasura.

Celebrations on Thaipusam

Thaipoosam celebrations take place in all Murugan Temples worldwide.

The festival is celebrated not only in India but most of the South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Maur…

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Mattu Pongal or Kanuma Festival – A Festival of Cattle

Mattu Pongal or Kanuma is one of the many festivals associated with seasons and is associated with winter harvest. It is celebrated on the third day of Sankranthi Festival. The first day is called Bhogi. The second day is Sankranthi. The third day is Kanuma (a festival of cattle), it is a very important festival to farmers who consider cattle as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. Prayers to them for helping with a successful harvest season. On this day, usually, all farmers, clean cattle and cattle sheds and the sacred cows are decorated with colors and marigold flowers. Kanuma or Mattu Pongal is a festival which is dedicated to cows, farm animals and farm equipment and also offering flowers and worshipped as well. Significance of Mattu Pongal (Kanuma) It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna saved people and animals of Gokulam by lifting Govardhana Hill. Jalli Kattu is the famous local game in Tamilnadu, which plays in this season. Mukkanuma Festiv…
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Bhogi

The first day of 4-day festival Makara Sankranthi (Pongal) is celebrated as the Bhogi. The theme of these festivals is thanksgiving to nature and gods who blessed people with a good harvest. This day is celebrated as Lohri in Panjab. Significance of Bhogi Festival The significance of this festival is winter crop season celebrations and remembrance of the deity Sun. People welcome the Sankranthi (Utharayan) on the next day with the warm atmosphere, when the sun enters into Utharayan from Dakshinayan.  The festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra who is the God of Clouds, Rains and Nature. Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Rituals on Bhogi The day starts with the bonfire (bhogi mantalu) in the early hours of the morning (Before Sunrise). The contents of this bonfire are the waste material cleaned up from the home and cow dung cakes (pidakalu). Girls dance around the Bhogi mantalu by singing…
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Utpanna Ekadashi 2019 date, Significance & Rituals

Ekadashi (11th day) of Krishna Paksha (Waning Phase of the moon) during the month of Margashirsh is known as Utpanna Ekadashi, it is also Known as Uttpatti Ekadashi. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Vishnu over demon "Murasura". According to some legends, the birth of Ekadashi Matha took place on this day. The main deities of Utpanna Ekadashi are Mata Ekadashi and Lord Vishnu. Utpanna Ekadashi Dates from the Year 2019 to 2025 Utpanna Ekadashi 2019 Date   -  Friday, 22nd November Utpanna Ekadashi 2020   -  Thursday, 10th December Utpanna Ekadashi 2021    -  Tuesday, 30th November Utpanna Ekadashi 2022   -  Sunday, 20th November Utpanna Ekadashi 2023   -  Friday, 8th December Utpanna Ekadashi 2024   -  Tuesday, 26th November Utpanna Ekadashi 2025   -  Saturday, 15th November The festival is celebrated on the same day but Hindu month names are called with the different name in different states. In Tamilnadu, it falls in the month of Karthigai Masam or…
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Tholi Ekadashi 2017 Date or Dev Shayani Ekadasi or Hari Sayani Ekadasi 2017 Date

Tholi Ekadasi 2017 is falling on 4th July. About Tholi Ekadasi Shukla Paksha ( Waxing Phase of Moon) Ekadasi in the month of Ashada is known as Tholi Ekadashi or Dev Shayani Ekadashi. It is also called as Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Ashadi Ekadashi (as it falls in Ashada month). It is believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep from this day. Why is it called as Tholi Ekadashi? Chatur Maas Vrat begins from this day. As this Ekadasi falls in the first month in chatur maas vrat, it is called as Tholi Ekadasi. In Vaishnava temples the day is celebrated with great zeal. Tholi Ekadasi is auspicious and one of the main festivals in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.
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