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

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

Raksha Bandhan: Significance, Rituals and Practices


Raksha Bandhan is a unique festival of historical significance largely celebrated in India to honour the special bond of love, care, trust, concern and goodwill between brothers and sisters. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Shrawan as per Indian Lunar Calendar, corresponding to the month of August (as per Gregorian Calendar). ‘Raksha Bandhan’ … Read more

Festival of Durga Puja and Sharad Navaratri


Durga Puja (Devanagari: दुर्गा पूजा) also called Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent during the period of Sharad Navaratri (in Sanskrit, Sharada means autumn), to pay homage to the Devi Durga. It is particularly popular in the eastern states of West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar, and Tripura. The festival is celebrated for 10 days, however … Read more

Festival of Chhath Puja


Chhath is an ancient Vedic festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent. It is a major festival mostly celebrated in the Indian states of Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and the Madhesh region of Nepal. The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Lord Surya (Sun) and, Shashthi Devi, also known as ‘Chhathi Maiya’ to thank for bestowing the bounties of … Read more

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