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India boasts of strong culture & traditions. This category introduces you to different aspects of Indian cultural traditions.

Legend of Holi: Kamadeva

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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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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Holi in Himachal Pradesh

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 colours. Pichkaris in various creative and innovative designs are specially bought by children …

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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. 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 tradition …

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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 Naarayana and refused to worship his father. Hiranyakashyap tried …

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Holi in Maharashtra – Shimga, Rangpanchami Celebrations

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- Puranpoli. Holi is called Shimga or Rangpanchami People of Maharashtra commonly know this festival of colours by the name of Shimga or Rangpanchami. For, the play of colours is reserved for the fifth day here. The festival is …

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Holi Pooja Process – Hindu Culture & Traditions

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: Dhundhi – Hindu Culture & Traditions

Legend of Holi: Dhundhi - Hindu Culture & Traditions

It is believed that there was once an Ogress called Dhundhi in the kingdom of Prithu (or Raghu). The female monster used to specially trouble little children who became fed-up of her. Dhundhi, had a boon from Lord Shiva that she would not be killed by gods, men nor suffer from arms nor from heat, cold or rain. These boons …

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Maha Mrityunjay Mantra – Tryambakam Mantra (Death-conquering Verse)

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra - Tryambakam Mantra (Death-conquering Verse)

One of the ancient Sanskrit mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a verse of Yajurveda. It is the great death-conquering mantra, which is popularly referred to as Tryambakam Mantra, as it is identified with the three-eyed Hindu deity – Lord Shiva. The Mantra has many names and forms. It is sometimes called the Rudra Mantra, with reference to the furious face …

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Maha Shivaratri Bhajans: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Maha Shivaratri Bhajans: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Mahashivaratri is an auspicious occasion for Hindus. It is the festival when Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity (the other two being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu), is worshiped with immense devotion. The ceremonious occasion, which honors Lord Shiva, falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds …

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