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Karthigai Deepam – South African Hindu Maha Sabha(SAHMS)

Karthigai Deepam Celebrated within the Tamil month of Karthigai, Karthigai Deepam is the festival of light that is celebrated globally by the Hindu community. Synonymous with Diwali, Karthigai Deepam celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. On this day, it is believed that Lord Shiva first appeared on Earth as an infinite beam of golden [...]

By |2020-11-28T15:02:38+00:00November 28th, 2020|

Mental Health in the Elderly (Especially during COVID-19)

Mental Health in the Elderly (Especially during COVID-19) The uncertainty and fear of the pandemic can have increased effect on the minds of the aged, as they are aware of their vulnerability. The fear of passing remains misplaced within the existential fear of losing their loved ones and guilt of possibly being the carriers [...]

By |2020-11-23T11:09:56+00:00November 23rd, 2020|

Speech by Nelson Mandela at Diwali Celebration held at Durban City Hall

3 November 1991, Sunday Diwali brings back for me memories of days on Robben Island. Regularly at this time of year when our Hindu friends the world over were preparing to celebrate the Festival of Lights we would be visited by Hindu priests. I recall Mr. Govender from Cape Town and Mr. [...]

By |2020-11-06T14:02:56+00:00November 6th, 2020|

Gita Jayanti

English meaning of the festivalGita Jayanti is the celebration of the anniversary of the sacred scripture the Bhagavad Gita. Jayanti means victory.How the date is decided annuallyAnnually, it occurs on the 11th day (EKADASI) of the bright half (SHUKLA PAKSHA) of the month of MAARGSHEESH (November/December).Significance of the festival to HinduismThe Bhagavad Gita is [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:17:18+00:00November 4th, 2020|

Kartik Purnima

English meaning of the festivalKarthik refers to the month and Purnima means full moon. It is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepavali, the festival of lights of the gods.How the date is decided annuallyKartika Purnima is celebrated on the Purnima (full moon) day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik. Kartik.Significance of the festival to [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:47:31+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Kaarthigai Deepam

English meaning of the festivalKaarthigai refers to the month in which the festival is held. Deepam means light. Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights. It is also known as Annamalai Deepam.How the date is decided annuallyKaarthigai Deepam is observed on the day in which the combination of the full moon and Karthika star [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:46:57+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Prabhodhani Ekadashi

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

By |2020-11-04T09:46:12+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Skanda Sashti

English meaning of the festivalSkanda is another name for Kartikeya or Murugan. Sashti means six (referring to the 6th thithi on which this celebration is held).How the date is decided annuallySkanda Sashti is held on the 6th date in the bright phase of the month of Kartik or Karthigai.Significance of the festival to HinduismSkanda [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:45:34+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Annakuta Govardhan Pooja

English meaning of the festivalAnnakuta Govardhan Pooja is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Annakuta means a mountain of food. Govardhan refers to the mountain that Lord Krishna lifted to protect the people from heavy rainfall. How the date is decided annuallyAnnakuta Govardhan Pooja is celebrated a day after Deepavali/DiwaliSignificance of the festival to HinduismThe person who [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:45:06+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Gujarati New Year

Gujarati New Year English meaning of the festivalThe New Year is also referred to as Bestu Varas.How the date is decided annuallyGujarati New Year is celebrated a day after Deepavali/Diwali.Significance of the festival to HinduismThe Gujerati New Year day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. It signifies a new start to the year. People [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:23:56+00:00November 3rd, 2020|
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