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Hindi New Year

English meaning of the festival Hindi New Year is called NAVA VARSHA. How the date is decided annually Nava Varsha or Hindi New Year is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaithra (March/April) in Shukla Paksha (waxing moon phase). The New Year day in the month of Chaitra marks [...]

By |2021-04-06T12:07:05+00:00April 6th, 2021|

Hindu Youth Leader Appointed to KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

Hindu Youth Leader Appointed to KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council. Youth leader Tashmica Sharma has been appointed by the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to represent the South African Hindu Maha Sabha to serve as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council (KZNCC & [...]

By |2021-03-18T07:30:13+00:00March 18th, 2021|

Masi Magham

English meaning of the festival Masi refers to the Tamil month. Magham is the Nakshatra that is ruling. How the date is decided annually Masi Magham falls on a full moon day in the month of Masi when the Magham Nakshatra is aligned with the moon. Significance of the festival to Hinduism [...]

By |2021-02-11T08:10:21+00:00February 11th, 2021|

Vasanth Panchami

English meaning of the festival Vasanth refers to the spring season and Panchami means fifth. The followers of the Hindu Dharma celebrate the festival of Vasant Panchami as the fifth day of spring. How the date is decided annually Vasanth Panchami is celebrated annually by followers of Hindu Dharma in the month of Maagha [...]

By |2021-02-11T08:06:37+00:00February 11th, 2021|

Sacred Cow, Divine Mother

Cow protection: a scriptural edict, a lynch-pin for dharmaSource: HINDUISM TODAY April/May/June 2004The protection of the bovine species is prescribed by Hindu scripture. Orthodox Hindus are adamant that the nurture of cows lies at the core of Hindu dharma, representing symbolically and in real, earthly terms the Hindu reverence for the Divine in [...]

By |2021-02-05T08:25:15+00:00February 5th, 2021|

Prabhodhini Ekadasi/Tulsi Vivaha

English meaning of the festival The 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 annually Each Hindu month has two “pakshas” comprising 15 thithis each. We therefore have two Ekadashi in every Hindu month, [...]

By |2021-01-06T12:12:17+00:00January 6th, 2021|

Skanda Shashti

English meaning of the festival Skanda 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 annually Skanda Sashti is held on the 6th date in the bright phase of the month of Kartik or Karthigai. [...]

By |2021-01-06T12:04:26+00:00January 6th, 2021|

Varalakshmi 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 |2021-01-06T11:58:16+00:00January 6th, 2021|

Maha Ganesh Chaturti

English meaning of the festival The word Ganesha is a combination of two words – Gana (the entire cosmic creation) and Isha (controller and presider). The name has become synonymous with words like Sidhi (perfection), Buddhi (intelligence or wisdom), and Vignahara (dispeller of obstacles). Chaturti means fourth (4th) and it refers to [...]

By |2021-01-06T11:25:46+00:00January 6th, 2021|
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