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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.

Celebrating Guru Purnima

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Guru Purnima is an auspicious occasion, meant primarily for remembering the Gurus and honoring them. It is the Purnima, Full Moon day which falls in the Hindu month of Ashada (July–August). A Guru is a teacher, a preceptor or a guide. Indian tradition accords him a distinguished […]

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Guru: The Spiritual Teacher

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The Standing of a Guru A Guru is a teacher or a preceptor. However, the ancient Indian culture equates him to God. Somewhere he is hailed as ‘Lord Brahma without his four heads, Vishnu without four hands and Shiva without his three eyes, and thus as the […]

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7 Rays of Divine Wisdom: Contributions of 7 Rishis

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Sapta Rishis Sapta Rishis are seven ancient sages, who are considered as the repository of immense virtue and wisdom. They also remained as great Gurus, the preceptors, who went about imparting their wisdom selflessly for the benefit of the world. Scriptures lay down that people have to […]

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Lord Shiva Explains Guru’s Significance

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The Significance of a Guru ‘Acharya Devo Bhava’ — this one saying demonstrates in no uncertain terms, the exalted position that a Guru holds in the rich Indian civilization and culture. This assertion raises the Guru to the level of God. This is no surprise, as that […]

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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Greatness of Lord Mrityunjaya Shiva Mrityunjaya is one of the powerful names of Lord Shiva. ‘Mrityu’ is death and ‘Jaya’ means vanquisher, and Mrityunjaya means ‘the one who has vanquished death’. Shiva once destroyed none other than Yama, the Lord of death himself in order to save […]

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Learn More About Guru Purnima Celebrations

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Guru Purnima is the occasion that is dedicated for revering the Gurus, the teachers. This is a full Moon day falling in the month of Ashada that corresponds to the period mid-June to mid-July. Aani is the equivalent Tamil month. Guru Purnima is the occasion celebrated in […]

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The First Story of Guru Purnima

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Guru Purnima is the full Moon day that is dedicated to the Guru, the preceptor. The word ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ denotes the one, who removes it. Guru is thus the remover of darkness, which can be in many forms like ignorance, misery, and want; and […]

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Concept of Ashta Dikpalaka and Vastu Shastra

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Ashta Dikpalaka, an Introduction Ashta Dikpalaka can be called as the guardian deities of the directions. They are eight in number, and every one of them is believed to be the ruler of one of the 8 directions or the eight quarters of the universe. They are […]

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Interesting Facts About Goddess Kalaratri

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Goddess Kalaratri Kalaratri is regarded as a manifestation of Durga, the supreme Goddess. She is the seventh of the nine aspects of Durga and is considered as the most aggressive form of the Goddess. Kalaratri is a ‘Dark Goddess,’ and that is what her name itself suggests. […]

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How to Identify Brahmahatya Dosha and Effects in your Birth Chart

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Brahmahatya, the serious sin Brahmahatya is regarded as a grave affliction. It is said that the person who committed this sin will have to face severe consequences and that these need not only be confined to a single birth but may extend even to the ones that […]

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Effects of Mangal (Manglik) Dosha Known as Mars Affliction

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About Mangal Dosha Mangal Dosha is regarded as a much-feared astrological affliction. It also remains as one of the most important aspects that people are wary about while matching horoscopes for a marriage proposal. Mangal is the Sanskrit name of Mars, and a ‘Dosha’ is an affliction. […]

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Santhana Gopala Mantra

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Greatness of Lord Santana Gopal Santhana Gopala or Santana Gopal is an infant form of Lord Krishna, who is a very important incarnation of Lord Vishnu. While the word ‘Santan’ means ‘child’ or ‘children’, Gopal is one of the many names of Krishna. Thus, Santana Gopal is […]

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