Vijay Dashmi

English meaning of the festivalThe Sanskrit word “Vijay” means “victory” and “Dashmi” means “tenth day”. “Vijay Dashmi” therefore means “victory on the 10th day”.How the date is decided annuallyVijay Dashmi is celebrated on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin.Significance of the festival to HinduismDuring the first nine days [...]

By |2020-10-05T12:24:03+00:00October 5th, 2020|

Navaratri

English meaning of the festival Nava means nine and Ratri means night. Navaratri symbolises the victory of good over evil. How the date is decided annually Navaratri is observed during Shukla Paksha (waxing moon phase) in the Hindu month of Ashwin.   Significance of the festival to Hinduism In this age of [...]

By |2020-10-05T12:18:02+00:00October 5th, 2020|

Adhik Maas

English meaning of the festival Adhika means “extra,” and Maas means “month”. The Adhika Maas is also referred to as Mala Maas and Puroshottama Maas. It is named Mala Maas because this month is as it were the dirt or refuse of time. Adhika Maas is said to be the month of [...]

By |2020-08-27T11:29:15+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Purattasi

English meaning of the festival Purattasi is a Hindu festival celebrating the Hindu deity, Venkateswara. Purattasi is the name of the Tamil month. How the date is decided annually Purattasi is observed from mid-September to mid-October annually. Significance of the festival to Hinduism Since our physical body is prone to ailments and is [...]

By |2020-08-27T11:27:40+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Mahalaya Paksham

English meaning of the festival The Sanskrit word Pitra refers to our immediate ancestors, our departed relatives and friends, the earliest Rishis (sages) and God in all His aspects.  The observance of Mahalaya Paksha and Pitra Paksha, involves intense Bhakti to God, as does every Hindu Religious observance. In addition, devotees pray [...]

By |2020-08-27T11:25:09+00:00August 27th, 2020|

Pitra Paksha

English meaning of the festival The Sanskrit word Pitra refers to our immediate ancestors, our departed relatives and friends, the earliest Rishis (sages) and God in all His aspects.  The observance of Mahalaya Paksha and Pitra Paksha, involves intense Bhakti to God, as does every Hindu Religious observance. In addition, devotees pray [...]

By |2020-08-27T11:20:32+00:00August 27th, 2020|

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|
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