Monthly Archives: April 2020

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Vaigasi Visakam

English meaning of the festival Vaigasi is the second month in the Tamil calendar. Visakam is the name of the Nakshatra (star) that is reckoning at that time. How the date is decided annually Vaigasi Visakam occurs on the full moon day in the month of Vaigasi. Significance of the festival to [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:30:56+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Varaluxmi Vratam

English meaning of the festival Varaluxmi is the giver of vara, meaning boons or wishes. In this form Lakshmi brings prosperity, well-being and fulfilment to the home. The vow, or vrata, is each devotee’s pledge to honour the female principle in the highest manner by observing this elaborate festival. How the date [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:27:52+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Naag Panchami

English meaning of the festival Naag refers to snake and Panchami means fifth. Naag Panchami therefore refers to the fifth date on which snakes and Lord Shiva are revered. How the date is decided annually The festival of Naag Panchami is observed in the Hindu month of Shraavana during Shukla Paksha (bright [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:25:49+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Guru Purnima

English meaning of the festival The syllable GU means darkness, the syllable RU, means a person who dispels them. Because of the power to dispel darkness, the guru is thus named. Guru Purnima is the full moon day on which the Guru is revered and respected. How the date is decided annually Guru Purnima falls [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:23:40+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Nirjala Ekadashi

English meaning of the festival The word Ekadashi means eleventh and refers to the “thithi” (Hindu date) on which it is observed. How the date is decided monthly Each Hindu month has two “pakshas” comprising 15 thithis each. We therefore have two Ekadashi in every Hindu month, one in the dark fortnight [...]

By |2020-05-28T08:19:13+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Chitra Paruvam Kavady

English meaning of the festival Chittirai refers to a month in the Tamil calendar and Paruvam refers to the phase of the moon. Chitra Paruvam is a combination of the name of the month and the phase of the moon. The full moon in the Tamil month of Chittirai is called Chitra [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:15:18+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Ramayan Week

How the date is decided annually Ramayana Week starts on the day of Hindi/Telugu New Year and continues until one day before Rama Naumee (generally lasts 8 days/nights) Significance of the festival to Hinduism Devotees engage in Ramayana recital, singing of bhajans and kirtans and listening to discourses/stories on the Ramcharitmanas of [...]

By |2020-04-02T11:20:07+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

Panguni Uthiram

English meaning of the festival Panguni refers to last month in the Tamil calendar and Uthiram refers to Nakshatra or star that is ruling. It falls on the day the moon transits in the asterism or Nakshatra of Uttara-Phalguni or Uthiram in the twelfth month of the Tamil calendar i.e. Panguni. How the date [...]

By |2020-04-02T10:38:06+00:00April 2nd, 2020|