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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.

Significance of Hayagriva Jayanthi

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Lord Hayagriva, an Introduction Lord Hayagriva is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the supreme God of protection and sustenance. He remains to be the embodiment of intelligence and wisdom. Hayagriva is a unique God, who has the face of a horse and the physique of a human […]

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10-Day Grand Celebrations of Onam

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Onam is a harvest festival of Kerala celebrated in the Malayalam month of ‘Chingam’ (Aug-Sept). In Kerala, this is an important annual festival celebrated with full of joy and enthusiasm by people of all communities. It’s a 10-day festival that starts on the fourth day and concludes […]

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Onam: Traditional Kerala Festival Celebrating Mahabali and Vamana

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Onam is the most auspicious and the biggest festival of Kerala celebrated in the Malayalam month of ‘Chingam’ (Aug-Sept). In Kerala, Onam is a harvest festival being celebrated with joy and happiness by people of all communities. As per scriptures, Onam celebration is meant to welcome the […]

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The Importance of Mahalaya Paksha

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Significance of Mahalaya Paksha According to the sacred text Bhagavad Gita, a soul is indestructible – it neither dies nor is it born. Each soul is immortal, and the ultimate destination is to attain moksha or salvation. It is our responsibility to help our deceased ancestors attain […]

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The Need to Perform Tarpanam on Mahalaya

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Why Should We Celebrate Mahalaya? Mahalaya Paksha is a 15-day period observed during the month of Bhadrapada (mid-Sep to mid-Oct). Also known as a Pitru Paksha, Pitri Pokkho, and many other names, this fortnight is favorable to offer oblations to your ancestors. As important the period is […]

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Specialty of Mahalaya New Moon Day

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Why Is Mahalaya A Special Day? Mahalaya Paksha is the dark fortnight, sacred to offer oblations to deceased ancestors and satisfy their souls. As Mahalaya culminates on the new Moon called Mahalaya Amavasya, thus ends the Shraddh or offering of ancestral rites. The ending of Mahalaya Paksha […]

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Nag Panchami: Revealing the Secrets of the Nagas

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Nag Panchami is the occasion meant for remembering the snakes and paying obeisance to them. ‘Naga’ is the word for the snake and ‘Panchami’ is the fifth lunar day. Naga Panchami falls on the Panchami day of the bright fortnight of the Moon during the month of […]

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History of Nag Panchami

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Nag Panchami is an occasion dedicated to the worship of the snake-God. ‘Nag’ or ‘Naga’ is a snake and ‘Panchami’ is the fifth lunar day. This festival in honor of the snakes is thus observed on the fifth day of the Panchami thithi on the bright fortnight […]

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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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