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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|

Tamil New Year

English meaning of the festival Puthu means new and Aandu means year. Tamil people celebrate Puthaandu, also called Puthuvarudam, as the traditional New Year. How the date is decided annually This is the month of Chittirai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar, and Puthaandu typically falls on 14 April. Significance of the festival to Hinduism Puthaandu [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:44:03+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Sri Hanuman Jayanti

English meaning of the festival The word Jayanti is made up of Jaya which means victory and Anta which means end. Jayanti refers to one who triumps in the end. Hanuman Jayanti is the day on which Hanuman is celebrated since he is the one who stands victorious despite all the odds. [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:35:29+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Sri Ram Naumi

English meaning of the festival Rama refers to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Naumee means nine. Rama Naumee refers to the ninth day in the month of Chaitra when the appearance of Lord Rama is celebrated. How the date is decided annually Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of the [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:33:27+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Hindi/Telugu New Year

English meaning of the festival Ugadi/Yugadi (in Telugu) means New Year. Yugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words Yuga (age) and Aadi (beginning). Yugadi therefore means the beginning of a new age. How the date is decided annually Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaithramu (March/April) in [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:30:14+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Holika Dahan

English meaning of the festival Holika was the name of the lady who entered a blazing fire with her nephew Prahalad on the instruction of her brother. Prahalad continuously chanted the name of Lord Narayana and came out unharmed, while Holika burnt to death. Thus, Holika Dahan derives its name from Holika. [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:23:04+00:00February 3rd, 2020|

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 6 Text 37

Arjuna said: O Krsna, what is the destination of the unsuccessful transcendentalist, who in the beginning takes to the process of self-realization with faith but who later desists due to worldly-mindedness and thus does not attain perfection in mysticism? arjuna uvaca ayatih sraddhayopeto yogac calita-manasah aprapya yoga-samsiddhim kam gatim krsna gacchati arjunah [...]

By |2020-01-10T10:44:09+00:00January 10th, 2020|

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 6 Text 39

This is my doubt, O Krsna, and I ask You to dispel it completely. But for You, no one is to be found who can destroy this doubt. etan me samsayam krsna chettum arhasy asesatah tvad-anyah samsayasyasya chetta na hy upapadyate etat–this is; me–my; samsayam–doubt; krsna–O Krsna; chettum–to dispel; arhasi–You are requested; [...]

By |2020-01-10T10:42:10+00:00January 10th, 2020|