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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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Konark Dance Festival

Konark Dance Festival

Type: Dance & Music Duration: February 19 –  23 Location: Konark, Orissa Konark Dance Festival — The sun temple in Konark is famed as a world heritage site. The exquisite ‘Natyamandir’ or the ‘dancing hall’ of this 700-year old shrine is an architectural wonder with well-adorned sculptures in Odissi dance poses. Konark Dance Festival is held in December in the beautiful backdrop of the …

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Agni Utsav

Agni Utsav

The state of Odisha (Orissa) celebrates many festivals with lots of religious fervor and a splash of colors juxtaposed with celebration styles varying from district to district and tribe to tribe. One such festival named Agni Utsav is significantly celebrated in the state with much cultural and traditional zest. Agni Utsav: Celebrations Agni Utsav is the festival mainly celebrated by …

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Subhas Chandra Bose – Biography, Indian Leader, Freedom Fighter

Subhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 – 18 August 1945 (aged 48) was an Indian nationalist whose attempt during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Japan left a troubled legacy. The honorific Netaji (Hindustani language: “Respected Leader”), first applied to Bose in Germany, by the Indian soldiers of the Indische …

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Dhanu Sankranti – Hindu Festival

Dhanu Sankranti - Hindu Festival

Dhanu Sankranti marks the day when Sun enters in the Sagittarius or Dhanu Rashi. Dhanu Sankranti marks the beginning of the ninth month in Hindu Solar Calendar. This  symbolizes the beginning of the auspicious Dhanur mas for the Vaishnava sect. On this day, Lord Surya or the Sun God is worshiped. Devotees take a dip in the sacred rivers like …

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Bali Yatra – Hindu Festival

Bali Yatra - Hindu Festival

As the name suggests, Bali Yatra means a journey to Bali. Bali Yatra is mainly celebrated in the state of Odisha (Orissa). It is held on the full moon day in the month of Kartik which is considered to be the most auspicious month out of the 12 months of calendar, that coincides with the months of October-November according to …

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Chhath Puja: Worship of Sun God – Hindu Culture & Tradition

Chhath Puja: Worship of Sun God - Hindu Culture & Tradition

Chhath puja, the festival of Bihar is not about celebrations but a ritual carried down since time immemorial. Although Chhath Puja unique to Bihar it as been observed in some parts of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Mauritius, mainly among the Bhojpuri and Maithili speaking people. Chhath is also important for Nepalese worshipers of the Sun god as well as in …

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Tula Sankranti – Hindu Festival

Tula Sankranti - Hindu Festival

Tula Sankranti is one of the twelve sankrantis of a Hindu Panchang or calendar. Tula Sankranti is also known as Garbhana or Garvana Sankranti. It is celebrated as an auspicious occasion on the first day of the Kartika month in the Hindu Solar panchang. It also coincides with Mahastami. All over India, Tula Sankranti is celebrated with significance attached to …

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Durga Puja Greetings For Facebook, WhatsApp

Durga Puja Greetings

Durga Puja Greetings For Facebook, WhatsApp: Durga Pooja is one of the major Hindu festivals in India. It is celebrated with great pomp and show in the northern states of the country like West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and eastern states of Tripura. The atmosphere in these states turns completely festive and people over enthusiastically participate in every little …

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Kanya Sankranti – Hindu Festival

Kanya Sankranti - Hindu Festival

The beginning of the sixth month is largely marked by Kanya Sankranti, according to the Hindu Solar Calendar. Sankranti is the time when Sun changes position from one rashi to another. This day is also celebrated as Vishwakarma Jayanti. All the twelve Sankrantis in the year are highly auspicious for alms giving and charity purpose. In Orissa and West Bengal, Biswakarma …

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