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 Date & Importance of Tulsi Puja

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 Dates Tulsi Vivah 2018 Date – Tuesday, 20th November.     Tulsi Vivah 2019 Date – Saturday, 9th November.  Tulsi Vivah 2020 Date – Thursday, 26th November.   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. 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…
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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 an 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 the second day after 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 …
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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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Importance of Putrada Ekadashi

Significance & Importance of Putrada Ekadashi Putrada Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day to please Lord Vishnu and seek blessings for your child’s well being. Childless couples  await for this special day so that they could be blessed with a son by the God. As per Hindu culture a son is supposed to conduct the last rites of parents and observe Shraddha after their death. Besides providing the Santaan Sukh, Paush Putrda Ekadashi also provides other benefits like Get rid of sins committed in past and attain moksha Seek well being of your progeny Achieve a sharp intelligence Attain wealth and prosperity Shri Krishna explains the glories of observing the Ekadashi Vratam in Narada Purana by saying : अश्वमेधसहस्राणिराजसूयशतानिच। एकादश्युपवासस्यकलांनार्हन्तिशोडशीम्।। Ashvamedha Sahasrani Rajasuya Shathanicha | Ekadashi upavasasya kalanahithni shodashim || Meaning: Not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas or hundred Raja Suya Yagas would match the fa…
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Sankashti Chathurthi or Sankat Chauth

Chathurthi is a Tithi in Hindu Calendar. Each lunar month in Hindu Calendar has two Chathurthi Tithis, one is in Krishna paksha and another in Shukla paksha. As per Purnimanth Calendar, the one falls in Krishna paksha is called as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one falls in Shukla paksha is called as Vinayaka Chathurthi. In North India, Sankashti Chaturthi is known as Sankat Chauth. Sankashti Chathurthi is also known as Ganesh Sankatahara Chathurthi or Sankatahara Chathurthi. Sankashti Chathurthi falls in Sankashti Chathurthi falls in month of Magha according to Purnimanth Calendar and in the month of Paush according to Amavasyanth Calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra- Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, …
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Makara Sankranthi or Pongal or Utharayan

Makara Sankranthi or Pongal is one of the many festivals associated with seasons. Makara Sankranti  marks beginning of spring season in India, hence it is a harvest festival. It is celebrated for three days. The first day is called Bhogi, the second day is Sannkrathi which is dedicated to worshipping Surya, the Sun god. The third day is Kanuma. During this entire festive season women decorate the entrance of the house (Vakili or Front Porch) with rangoli (muggu or kolam) of varied hues and sizes and place small balls made from cow dung and decorated with pumpkin flowers (Gobbemmalu) in the center. Makara Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path (towards the northern hemisphere, hence is known as uttarayan) and from this day begins the six-month long Uttarayana, considered very auspicious for attaining higher worlds hereafter. The traditional Indian calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event, s…
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Shattila Ekadashi

Sattila Ekadashi Significance and Rituals Shattila Ekadashi is also know as Sattila Ekadashi or Tila Ekadashi or Tilda ekadashi or Magh Krishna Ekadashi. In some regions Sattila Ekadashi called as Magh Krishna Ekadashi, as it falls in Magh Maas(As per Purnimanth Calendar) and in Krishna Paksha. The name of the Ekadashi is Sat-Tila is came from Tila (Sesame) Seed. It is believed that donating Til (Sesame) seeds on this day will help in redeeming sins. It is also considered highly auspicious to take bath in water mixed with Tila (sesame seeds) and offer oblations to dead ancestors with water mixed with sesame seeds. All normal rituals associated with Ekadashi Fasting are also observed on this day. Significance and Importance of Sattila Ekadashi Removes all the sins and attains moksha. Keep control on your senses. Get rid of negative thoughts, anger, ego, gossips and other sinful activities. Build your fate stronger by donating sesame (til) seeds, cereal…
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Magha Purnima Importance & Rituals

Hindus believe that Purnima is a very auspicious day in their life and it is associated with prosperity & divinity. As per the Hindu Calendar, the full moon day which falls in the month of Magha is Maghi Purnima. Magha Purnima is also called as Magha Pournami and Maghi Purnima. Fast on Magh Purnima People observe fasting on Magh Purnima, The Vedas state that as the full moon and no moon may have some influence on the human body this is exactly why on these days people are told to fast and this will ensure that the acidic content in their blood is reduced. Doing puja on a no moon and full moon day can also ensure that the people attain peace of mind and become calm. The Vedas stated that the change in the shape of moon leads to the change in the gravitational pull that every man in earth experiences. This is exactly why people tend to behave weird and short tempered don this day. If they stay involved in puja then they may not feel this change. Even modern medica…
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About Thiruvathirai (Arudra Darshanam) & Thiruvathira Vratham Dates

Thiruvathira is a Hindu festival celebrated in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Thiruvathira also called Thiruvathirai or Ardra Darshan. Arudra Darshan is observed in the month of Markazhi (Margashirsa) on the full moon day (Pournami or Purnima). In Kerala, Thiruvathirai is celebrated in Dhanu Month. Thiruvathirai (Arudra Darshan) Dates from the year 2018 to 2025 Thiruvathirai 2018 Dates Tuesday, 2nd January Sunday, 23rd December Thiruvathirai 2019 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2019 Thiruvathira 2020 Dates Friday, 10th January Wednesday, 30th January Thiruvathira 2021 Dates Monday, 20th December Thiruvathirai 2022 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2022 Thiruvathirai 2023 Dates Friday, 6th January Wednesday, 27th December 2024 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2024 2025 Dates Monday, 13th January   Thiruvathirai It is believed that the Lord Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva was born on this day and it is considered as hig…
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Importance & Significance of Pradosh Vrat and Pradosh Fast

Pradosham Pradosham is thirteenth day of every fortnight, i.e, Trayodashi tithi in Hindu Calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word Pradosh or Pradosham means eliminating sins.  Pradosh Vrat or Pradosha Vratam or Pradosham is a Vrat or puja for the worship of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. Pradosh Fast Generally, people observe fast (Pradosh vrata) on every Thrayodashi Tithi  i.e., Krishna Paksha Thrayodasi and Shukla Paksha Thrayodasi  (13th Lunar Day falling in Krishna Paksha and Shukla Pakshas) in lunar Month. Pradosh Kaal is the time when the day and the night meets (evening), it’s known as an auspicious time for worshipping Lord Shiva. Pradosh fast is considered to be very important, as this fast gives the best results. Read Pradosh Vrat Katha. Types of Pradosh Vrat Nithya Pradosh – The evening time on all days. Paksha Pradosh – Evening time of Shukla Paksha Chathurthi Maasa Pradosh – Evening time of Krishna Paksha Thrayodashi in every Month …
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Ratha Sapthami 2019 Date, Importance & Significance

Ratha Sapthami is a Hindu Festival which is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi (7th day from Amavasya) in the Maagha month(Jan-Feb). Ratha Sapthami 2019 Date 12th February - Tuesday   It is believed that Lord Surya started enlightening the world on this day and considered as the birthday of GodSurya born to sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi.  Ratha Sapthami is also called as Magha Sapthami, Surya Jayanthi, Maha Sapthami or surya saptami. Ratha Sapthami falls on the next day after Vasanth Panchami. The tithi Sapthami is dedicated to God Surya. Lord Surya Bhagavan placed in the center of nine planets (Navagrahas), because Surya is considered an important god because he is the source of life. God Surya is worshipped early in the morning when fresh sunrays emerge. Exposure to fresh sunrays rejuvenates energy and purifies the mind & body, it believed from the ages and proven scientifically. Significance & Importance of Ratha Sapthami Ratha Sapth…
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