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Holi in Maharashtra: Shimga or Rangpanchami

Holi in Maharashtra - Shimga, Rangpanchami Celebrations

People of Maharashtra have their own grand style of celebrating Holi. Besides other things, not to be missed is their mouthwatering delicacy – Puran Poli. Holi is called Shimga or Rangpanchami People of Maharashtra commonly know this festival of colors by the name of Shimga or Rangpanchami. For, the play of colors is reserved for the fifth day here. The …

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Holi Pooja Process: Holika Dahan Puja

Holi Pooja Process - Hindu Culture & Traditions

Holi Pooja takes place a day before the Holi Festival. This day is called as ‘Holika Dahan‘. There is no special pooja performed on the Holi day. This day is only meant for celebrations and play of colors. Holika Dahan is the major ritual performed at the time of Holi which is also considered an important Holi Puja. People light …

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Legend of Holi: Holika and Prahlad

Legend of Holi: Holika and Prahlad

The Legend of Holi There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana and refused to worship his father. Hiranyakashyap tried …

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Holi in Manipur: Yaosang Festival, Thabal Chongba Dance

Holi in Manipur, Yaosang Festival & Thabal Chongba Dance

It is interesting to note how Holi is celebrated in Manipur (India). Here, the festivities continue for six days starting on the full moon day of Phalguna. It may also be noted that the traditional and the centuries old Yaosang festival of Manipur amalgamated with Holi with the introduction of Vaishnavism in the eighteenth century. Besides, there is also a …

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Holi in Himachal Pradesh: Festival Celebrations

Holi in Himachal Pradesh

Holi in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in much the same way as in rest of North India. People light bonfires-fires called Holika, symbolic of victory of good over evil. Holi in Himachal Pradesh People in this state are all charged up when it comes to play with colors. Pichkaris in various creative and innovative designs are specially bought by children …

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Holi in Mathura-Vrindavan

Holi in Mathura-Vrindavan

People from all corners of India, rather, world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan every year to feel the essence of Holi in the land of Krishna. People relive the legends of Holi associated with Radha and Krishna and play pranks the young Krishna played with the cowgirls called gopis. The underlying feeling of this fun-frolic was love and devotion. Even today, romance …

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Legend of Holi: Kamadeva God of Love

Legend of Holi: Kamadeva

The legend has it that when Lord Shiva’s consort Sati committed herself to fire due to disgrace shown by her father Daksha to Shiva, Lord Shiva became extremely sad. He renounced his worldly duties and went into deep meditation. Meanwhile, the daughter of the mountains, Parvati started meditating to acquire Shiva as her husband. Moreover, since Shiva was least interested …

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Maha Shivaratri Significance in Hindu Religion

Maha Shivaratri is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated with religious fervor across the length and breadth of India. Followers of Lord Shiva consider the festival very special, as it is the time to show their love and devotion to their favorite deity. It is significant in every devotee’s life, as it also tests ones ability to abstain from …

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बसंत पंचमी: सरस्वती आराधना का पर्व

बसंत पंचमी: सरस्वती आराधना का पर्व

भारतीय धर्म में हर तीज-त्योहार के साथ दिलचस्प परंपराएं जुड़ी हुई हैं। इसीलिए प्रत्येक पर्व-त्योहार के मद्देनजर गांवों-शहरों का स्वरूप कुछ बदल-सा जाता है और सभी समुदाय के लोग तरह-तरह की परंपराएं निभाते हुए हर त्योहार का मनपूर्वक मनाते हैं। यह तिथि देवी सरस्वती का प्राकट्य दिवस होने से इस दिन सरस्वती जयंती, श्रीपंचमी आदि पर्व भी होते हैं। वैसे …

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Vasant Panchami: Birthday of Goddess Saraswati

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 Magha, which …

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