Hindu Festival Dates

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Ganesh Chaturthi

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 |2020-07-15T10:00:29+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Krishna Ashtami

English meaning of the festival Krishna refers to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Ashtami means eight. Krishna Ashtami refers to the eighth day in the month of Bhadrapada when the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated. How the date is decided annually Krishna Ashtami falls on the eighth day of the [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:50:43+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Gita Week

How the date is decided monthly Gita Week starts on the day after Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) and continues until one day before Krishna Ashtami (generally lasts 7 days/nights) Significance of the festival to Hinduism During the build-up to Krishna Ashtami, devotees engage in spiritual activities. The singing of bhajans and kirtans [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:42:16+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Raksha Bandhan

English meaning of the festival The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. The festival of Raksha Bandhan which means a knot of protection, came into existence some 6 000 years ago at the beginning of the Indus Valley civilisation. Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) signifies a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:34:56+00:00July 15th, 2020|

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|