Tag Archives: Hindu Festivals In India

Pitru Paksha: In Memory Of Departed Ancestors

Pitru Paksha: In Memory Of Departed Ancestors

Pitru Paksha – Shraddha — The dark half of Ashvina (September-October) is observed as Pitru Paksha throughout the Hindu world especially India, and sacrifices called Shraddha is offered to the dead and departed ancestors of the family. On each day of the fortnight oblations of water and Pindas or balls of rice and meal are offered to the dead relatives by …

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Baba Ramdev Jayanti Information For Students

Baba Ramdev Jayanti - Date, Celebrations, Legends

Baba Ramdev is a folk deity of Rajasthan, India. He was a Rajasthani king who ruled over Pokhran in the fourteenth century. He was said to have special spiritual powers and considered to be the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Sikhs are his followers. His birth anniversary is celebrated as Baba Ramdev Jayanti. It is the second …

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Onam: Kerala Harvesting Festival Information

Onam

Onam is one of the greatest festivals of Kerala (India). It is the festival, which the Kerala People celebrate together without the difference of caste and religion. Onam is a time for sports and festivities and in Kerala where one third of the area is low lying, covered with canals, lakes and backwaters; the people take to their boats and …

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Janmashtami: Lord Krishna Birthday Festival

Janmashtami, Lord Krishna's Birthday - Hindu Festival

Janmashtami — On the eighth day of the black half of Bhadra (August – September) was born Shri Krishna, the eighth Avatar or incarnation of Vishnu. Therefore, this day is well known as Janmashtami or Krishna-Janmashtami. This auspicious day of birth of Krishna, the direct manifestation of Vishnu himself is celebrated in all parts of India with clat and great enthusiasm. …

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What are the rituals of Krishna Janmashtami?

What are the rituals of Janmashtami ?

The festival of Janmashtami has many rituals and customs associated with it. The ceremony of Janmashtami is very simple with the chanting of mantras as the priest bathes the idol with Ganga jal (holy water), milk, ghee, oil and honey. All these ingredients are poured from a conch shell. Once this Janmashtami ritual is over, the devotees break their day …

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Aja Ekadashi Festival Date, Rituals and Legends

Aja Ekadashi / Annada Ekadashi - Hindu Festival

As “Ekadashi” refers to the eleventh day of a lunar fortnight, there are two Ekadashis – one during the waning and the other during the waxing period. Aja Ekadashi is also popularly known as Annada Ekadashi. It is an important day which falls in the month of Bhadra (August-September) as per the Hindu Calendar. The day is extremely spiritual in …

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Simha Sankranti Information For Students

Simha Sankranti - Hindu Festival

Simha Sankranti marks the day when the sun moves from Karka Rashi (Cancer) to Simha (Leo). It marks the beginning of Malayalam calendar in Kerala. Similarly, Avni Masam begins in the Tamil month on this day. Simha Sankranti Celebrations: It’s is a day of worship. Devotees offer their prayers to the Sun God, Lord Vishnu and Lord Narsimha Swami on …

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Raksha Bandhan Information For Students & Kids

Raksha Bandhan

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full moon day of Shravana (July-August). The word “Raksha” means protection. On this auspicious day women and girls tie an amulet-like thread round the right hand wrist of their brothers as a token of protection against evil during the ensuing year. The thread is called “Rakhi” and is made of a …

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Naga Panchami Information For Hindu Devotees

Naga Panchami - Hindu Festival

Naga Panchami is celebrated by Hindus in most parts of India. Naga Panchami is celebrated on Panchami in Shravan month. On this day, they worship Naga Devata (Cobras). Cobras are considered divine in Hindu mythology. People go to temples and snake pits and they worship the snakes. They offer milk and silver snake to protect them from all evils. They also …

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Hariyali Teej Festival Customs, Myth & Legends

Hariyali Teej - Hindu Festival

Lush green surroundings and lively ambiance of the gardens come alive as groups of young women sing songs and sway on the jhoolas (swings) specially created for festivities. The occasion is Teej or popularly known as Hariyali Teej. Teej in its literal sense means ‘third’ and usually falls on third day after Amavasaya. The Teej festivities during the month of …

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