Ratha Yatra: World’s Largest Chariot Festival

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The Ratha Yatra festival commences from the second day of the month of Ashada of the Indian Lunar Calendar, which corresponds to the Gregorian month of June-July. It is one of the most significant festivals observed across the Indian subcontinent. The records of the Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and the Skanda Purana describe the significance of Shri Jagannatha Mandir and … Read more

Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi


Lord Ganesha, the ‘elephant-headed God’, is also known as the God of wealth, knowledge, prosperity, wisdom, and sciences. Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi marks the Lord’s descent from Mount Kailasa or the Kailash Parvat to Earth, along with his mother, Devi Parvati. This event also upholds the austerity and piousness of the holy birth of Lord Ganesha. Some parts of … Read more

Navaratri: A Vibrant Celebration the Divine Energy


Navaratri (in Sanskrit “Nava” means “Nine” and Ratri means “Nights”) is a festival that is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga (a popular form of Goddess Parvati) and her nine divine avatars, for a period of nine days. This auspicious occasion is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm, dedicated to honoring the divine feminine energy and the triumph of … Read more

Lord Rama and the Kingdom of Ayodhya


Shri Ramachandra (Rama) is known as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Rama was born in Ayodhya, in Treta Yuga, as the eldest son of Devi Kaushalya and King Dasharatha, on the ninth day of a Shukla Paksha, in a month of Chaitra as per Hindu Calendar. This day is celebrated as Rama Navami, in the Gregorian month of March … Read more

Republic Day: History, Significance and Celebrations


Republic Day is celebrated to commemorate the day when the country became ‘republic’. The word republic is derived from latin words ‘res publica’ which literally means an entity for the public. It is a form of government in which the supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and has an elected or nominated President rather than … Read more

Samskaras: The Rites to Mark the Passage of Life


Every culture, every tradition, and every center of knowledge around the world strives to guide humankind towards more meaningful lives based on an innate understanding of oneself and one’s true purpose in life. From birth till death, most humans progress through numerous phases in life that define our evolving roles and highlight certain milestones such as childhood, teenage years, youth, … Read more

Holy Month of Shrawan: Significance, Practices and Rituals


The auspicious month of Shrawan (Sanskrit: श्रावण), also known as Shravana Maas, is the fourth (or fifth) and the holiest month in the Indian Lunar Calendar which corresponds with the month of July-August each year. The month symbolizes greenery and productivity, blessings and welfare, health and happiness in the life of the worshippers. The month of Shrawan is devoted to … Read more

Vaishakha Purnima and Buddha Purnima


Vaishakha Purnima (Baisakh Purnima) is also celebrated as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha). It typically falls on the full moon day in the month of Vaishakha as per Indian Lunar Calendar, which corresponds to the month of April and May. Buddha Purnima is the biggest festival for the followers of Buddha around … Read more

Holi: The Festival of Colours


Holi is a popular Indian festival, also known as the ‘festival of colours’, and the ‘festival of spring’. The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Devi Radha and Lord Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil. This vibrancy and joyous spring celebration introduce the colourful bloom of nature with the festive spirit of Holi. Holi … Read more

24 Tirthankaras of Jain Dharma


Jainism preaches spiritual purity and enlightenment through discipline and non-violence towards all living creatures. The aim of Jain life is simple living and non-violence (Ahimsa). Jainism doesn’t have a single founder, but twenty-four Tirthankaras who walked on earth at different period, over thousands of years. The word Tirthankara is combination of words ‘Teertha'(means a crossing place or a ford) and … Read more

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