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Why 21 June was chosen as International Yoga Day?

International Day of Yoga

United Nations has passed a resolution declaring June 21 every year as the International Yoga Day (World Yoga Day). India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the International Community to adopt 21 June as the International Yoga Day. Every year in Northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice falls on June 21. It is the day when Day is longest and the …

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What is Baisakhi Day?

What is Baisakhi Day?

Baisakhi Day or Vaisakhi Day of March 30th, 1699 is of significant importance for the Sikhs. It was on this day that Guru Gobind Singh – the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs founded the Akal Khalsa (Community of the Pure) at a ceremony organized at Keshgarh Sahib near Anandpur Sahib. The Akal Khalsa played a significant role in resistance against …

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Story behind the birth of Lord Hanuman?

Story behind the birth of Lord Hanuman?

The story of the birth of Hanuman goes thus: Vrihaspati had an attendant called Punjikasthala, who was cursed to assume the form of a female monkey – a curse that could only be nullified if she would give birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Reborn as Anjana, she performed intense austerities to please Shiva, who finally granted her the …

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Bali and Hanuman: How Hanuman saved Sugriva

Bali and Hanuman - Learn how Hanuman saved Sugriva from Bali

Kishkindha was the capital of the kingdom of the monkeys ruled by King Bali. One day, a terrible fight broke out between Bali and his brother Sugriva. Sugriva was so afraid of Bali that he went away to live in a hill called Rishyamukha with his minister, Hanuman. Sugriva chose to live on Rishyamukha, because Bali was cursed regarding the hill. …

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How is Hanuman related to Pandavas?

How is Hanuman related to Pandavas?

The venerable ape also features in the great epic Mahabharata. How Hanuman met the valiant Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers is itself a marvelous tale. He recognized Bhima as his spiritual brother, since both were born with the blessings of Pavana, the Wind God, and promised to aid the Pandavas in the big battle of Kurukshetra (now in Haryana …

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How did Hanuman served Lord Rama?

How did Hanuman served Lord Rama?

Hanuman’s initial words highly impressed Lord Rama, and made him comment: “None can talk this way without mastering the Vedas. He has such a flawless countenance, a wonderful accent, and a captivating way of speaking. He has the ability to move even an enemy…” After he revealed his identity as the prince of Ayodhya, Hanuman fell prostrate before him in …

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How did Hanuman meet Rama?

How did Hanuman meet Rama?

Hanuman met Rama and his brother Lakshmana while Rama was in exile in the jungle, and searching for his wife Sita who was abducted by Ravana. Their quest brought them near Pampa Lake at the foot of Mount Rishyamukha (in Koppal district near Hampi in Karnataka), where the monkey king Sugriva and his ministers were hiding. Sugriva, who was being …

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What are the basics of the path, or Dharma, that Mahavira advocated for Jains?

What are the basics of the path, or Dharma, that Mahavira advocated for Jains?

Jains or Jainism believe that non-injury is the highest religion. Jains aim to live in such a way that their jiva (soul) doesn’t get any more karma, and so that the karma it already has is either eliminated or helped to decay. They do this by following a disciplined life path. The path or Dharma (truth, teaching) that Mahavira advocated …

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What is Baisakhi?

What is Baisakhi?

On this memorable Baisakhi day (March, 30 of A.D. 1699), Guru Gobind Singh Sahib called a big meeting at Kesgarh Sahib near the City of Anandpur Sahib. Between fifty to eighty thousand Sikhs attended this meeting. When all were expecting to hear words of comfort and consolation from the lips of their Guru, they were perturbed to see him with …

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Navratri Greetings: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Navratri Greetings: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Navratri is one of the important Hindu festivals of India, commemorated with fun, fervor and enthusiasm. People across the country celebrate the festival by worshiping Goddess Durga, the Deity of Power. The air is filled with festivity all through the nine days of the festival. People exchange greetings, sweets, prepare lip smacking recipes for Navratri fast and indulge themselves in …

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