Deepawali is the festival of light – one of the most prominently celebrated festivals in India. It is celebrated with Dhanteras on 13th day of Kartik Krishna Paksha, Narak Chaudas on 14th day of kartik Krishna Paksha (ie dark moon days of Kartik Month), followed by the main Deepawali festival itself on 15th day of Kartik Krishna Paksha. Coronation of King Vikramaditya was conducted on this day; hence it is also the start of new Hindu calendar year Vikram Samvat.
With the passage of time, many legends got associated with Deepawali. It is one of those festivals which comes with a package of ‘panch parva’ – (Five Festivals) . As it starts with Dhanteras, followed by Narak Chaturdasi or Choti Diwali, followed by Main Festival Deepawali, Govardhan Pooja and then Annakoot. There are different legends for different festivals, even there is a legend for each ritual performed on Deepawali. Below are some of the legends associated with Deepawali.:-Continue reading
Hinduism is the oldest religion enlightening the humanity with its pearls of wisdom since ancient times. It is interesting to note that Hinduism is one such religion where there is no single GOD or a single messenger of GOD just like other prominent religions. Concept of GOD in Hinduism can be quite confusing at times- The reason is not its lack of clarity, but is the flexibility given to each individual to worship his own Ishta Devta depending on his family and cultural background, which is also decided by his current beliefs and psychological requirements. There is a GOD for every individual.Continue reading
Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering of people in the world where people from all over the country come down to the festival to take a dip in Holy Water of its sacred river. This year it is at river Ganges at Prayag, Allahabad. As per a report this year total gathering of 10 Crore people is expected.
There are various legends behind the cause of this Grand Festival- The most famous is of the war between gods & demons for the Amrit (Nectar of Immortality). During this war for 12 days, few drops of the Amrit fell from the Kumbh (the vessel) on four cities of India
For Years Sri Krishna’s birth is being celebrated with great excitement all across the world on the day also known as Sri Krishna Janmashtami, which is the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per Hindu Calender. People celebrate this day by decorating various idols of Lord Krishna, Temple Premises and by fasting as a symbol of taking new resolutions on this sacred day and as a token of love, affection and devotion to Krishna. Krishna is said to take birth at midnight of Dwapar Yuga at Mathura somewhere in UP State when the whole Mathura and nearby villages of Gokul, Vrindavan were drenched by heavy rains. In the light of this fact people celebrate the festival by fasting all day till midnight. At exact midnight hour temple bells ring, conchshells sounded and kettledrums are beaten to announce the birth of Lord Krishna and aarties performed for his idols. People break their fast by distributing the prasadams in faithful in the form of Panchamrat.Continue reading