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Festival Articles

Festivals play a vital role in bringing people together. With the advent of different seasons along with the corresponding positions of the sun and the moon, different festivals are celebrated. It marks a period of celebration, fun, food, tradition and togetherness. Music and dance play a vital role in the Indian festivals. Different Gods and goddesses are worshipped in the different festivals that occur over a year. They are invoked for knowledge, strength, peace and prosperity. It is also a time to kindle deep spiritual thoughts in our consciousness, as it involves giving and partaking of clothes, gifts and food. It reminds us that it is important to nurture thoughts of cheer, generosity, selflessness and family bonding. There are different types of festivals that are followed by different religions and by different sections of people. There are religious festivals, seasonal festivals, harvest festivals, and national festivals. It is to remind man that life should be celebrated in spite of many challenges to be faced. Festivals teach man to live one with nature, to pause and to ponder. It should be viewed as a time to harness our strength and vigor and pray to the heavens for such occasions as it lightens our spirits and give meaning for existence.

Aadi Perukku – Monsoon Festival for the Goddess

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Not many people other than the natives of the state of Tamil Nadu in India are aware of the Aadi Perukku festival. Even the people of the modern cosmopolitan city of Chennai may not know of the special day. However, those residing in villages and small townships […]

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The Significance of Aadi Amavasya Pooja

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Chandogya Upanishad cites a dialogue between father Uddalaka Aruni and his son Svetaketu. The father explains to his son that anything experienced in the physical world exists as it is, yet there is a greater truth beyond it all. The father provides this example to his son: […]

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5 Things to Do for Dad on Father’s Day

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Just around the corner, Father’s Day 2016 is on June 19th, following Mother’s Day almost at its heels and summoning you once again into acts of gratitude towards the parents who nurtured that precious life in you. Yes, on the day you were born, your father had […]

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Aadi Perukku– Festival for Growth and Prosperity

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The Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August) is an auspicious time to connect with the divine energy of the Goddess. On the 18th day of this month, the divine energy manifests in the form of nature’s precious gift – water. The day is known as Aadi […]

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Importance of Vaikasi Visakam

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Vaikasi Visakam is the celebration of Muruga’s energy. Muruga is the archetype who gives you strength, self-confidence, and bestows you with a winner’s consciousness, and Vaikasi Visakam is the day celebrated as his birthday. There are specific times to access the energies of an archetype. The Vedic […]

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Significance of Akshaya Tritiya – A Day Exuding Happiness and Prosperity

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The auspiciousness attached with Akshaya Tritiya makes it the most opportune day to attract happiness and prosperity. Akshaya Tritiya marked the beginning of the Golden Age, the period which saw Vishnu incarnating as Rama to set up a model state where people experience only happiness, peace, prosperity, […]

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12 Ways to attract Goddess Lakshmi

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Goddess Lakshmi is called Shri, the feminine energy of the Supreme Being. She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Worshipping her would attract good fortune, abundance into one`s life. Shri, Goddess of Wealth Goddess Lakshmi bestows 16 types of wealth: Fame, knowledge, courage and strength, victory, […]

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The Goddess of Knowledge and Creativity

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Saraswati is an aspect of Divine Mother inspiring our consciousness. She is the source of intellect, creativity, knowledge and learning. She is also Vaak Devi, the Goddess of Speech. The word Saraswati is a fusion of two Sanskrit words, Sara (essence) and Swa (one self). Goddess Saraswati […]

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9 Days of Navaratri

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The Goddess is a divine form with unlimited consciousness to perform super-normal activities. She is the Divine Feminine energy who knows everything, do anything, and be everywhere at any time. The Goddess is not an abstract form who is visible only to the saints and the seers, […]

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Durga Pooja – History and Origin

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Durga, one of the many manifestations of Shakti, is a formidable energy invoked to combat negative forces of evil. She is the goddess who is fierce and unrelenting to evil forces but compassionate and protective to her devotees. She embodies power of the Supreme Being to preserve […]

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Navaratri

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Navratri is celebrated across various parts of India for nine nights and ten days. The Navratri festivities begin on 1st October 2016. Goddess Durga is worshipped in her nine avatars as Nava-Durga. As Goddess Durga on the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi on the next three days […]

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Ganesha and Durva Grass

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Ganesha, the Lord of Obstacles of material and spiritual order, removes obstacles from our journey of life. He is also known as Vigneshwara or Vignaraja. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies as it is highly believed that Ganesha eliminates all the hurdles that […]

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