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What is significance of Basant Panchami?

What is significance of Basant Panchami?

What is significance of Basant Panchami? Basant Panchami, sometimes misspelled Vasant Panchmi, is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; Brahmans are fed; …

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Vasant Panchami: Birthday of Goddess Saraswati

Vasant Panchami: As ‘Diwali‘ – the festival of light – is to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, and ‘Navaratri’ is to Durga, goddess of power and valor, Vasant Panchami is to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts. This festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of …

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Shivaratri: Great Night of Shiva

Shivaratri - Great Night of Shiva

Shiva the ‘great yogi’ and cosmic dancer is everywhere: in art, in dance, even on key-chains and pendants. One can see him there with matted, braided locks, whirling with a drum in his hand Shivaratri: Great Night of Shiva – The celebrations connected with Shivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva – Mahadeva as he is; at the same time Bhutnatha …

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Maha Shivaratri Legends And Related Stories

Maha Shivaratri Legends: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Maha Shivaratri Legends And Related Stories: There are various legends related to the auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri. These legends are similar in one sense, as they all throw light on the greatness of Lord Shiva and his supremacy over all other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. They also explain the importance of fasting on Shivratri and chanting the name of …

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Maha Shivaratri Songs, Bhajans And Prayers

Maha Shivaratri Songs: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated to honor Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity. During the daytime of the festival, people indulge in activities such as preparations for the Maha aarti that would be performed at night. Some Hindu committees also organize cultural programs to praise the lord. In the night, people remain awake and …

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Pongal Customs: Tamil Nadu Harvest Festival

Thai Pongal - English poem on Pongal Festival

Pongal Customs: The word Pongal, in both Telugu and Tamil, signifies the boiling over of the rice in the cooking pot. Though little is known about the origin of Pongal, it is known to a Dravidian harvest festival that has survived for ages. Pongal also marks the beginning of a New Year and is the day to praise and thank God …

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Four Days of Pongal: Tamilians Harvest festival

What is the Significance of Pongal festival?

Four Days of Pongal: Pongal is a four-day harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, celebrated with gusto and fervor, by the Tamil in the state. All the four days of the festival (from 13th of January to 16th of January) are thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The festival is dedicated to Mother Nature, as farmers thank her for blessing them with bountiful …

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Pongal Dance: Harvest Festival Folk Dances

Pongal Dance

Pongal Dance: Pongal is one of the most important festivals in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the only Hindu festival that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on a fixed date i.e. the fourteenth of January every year. It is a harvest festival and celebrated in North India as Makar Sankranti. It also has an astronomical significance …

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Pongal Celebrations: Tamilians Harvest Festival

Pongal Celebrations

Pongal Celebrations: Pongal is a popular harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on 14th of January every year, coinciding with the Lohri of Punjab, Bhogali Bihu of Assam and Makar Sankranti of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Pongal is mainly celebrated for giving thanks to nature, for a bountiful harvest. This four-day festival is celebrated in the season when …

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Makar Sankranti Celebrations In India

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti festival holds special significance in India. It is one of the important Hindu festivals, celebrated with pomp and gaiety across the length and breadth of the country, with different names and of course, by observing different rituals. The festival marks the commencement of Sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere, thereby making the days warmer and longer than the …

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