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Raksha Bandhan Legends & Fascinating Stories

Raksha Bandhan Legends

Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival of India, celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. The festival has a tremendous social and cultural significance. It is the celebration of the love amongst siblings. There are various legends associated with the origin of this festival. In fact, the festival has a rich background and has several stories related to its existence. …

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Raksha Bandhan in India: Hindu Culture Trends

Raksha Bandhan in India: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Raksha Bandhan in India is one of the very important festivals celebrated. Eagerly awaited by the Hindu community in India and abroad, it surely marks an auspicious occasion. Raksha Bandhan comes in the month of Shravan, which falls between July and August, and is celebrated with much eagerness and joy all across the world. The festival of Rakhi communicates the message …

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History of Raksha Bandhan in Hindu Culture

History of Raksha Bandhan: Indian Culture & Traditions

Hindu scriptures and mythology is the source of all the Hindu rituals and festivals. In fact, one can find explanations for all the Hindu traditions and customs in the religious epics. Even the origin of Raksha Bandhan celebrations is rooted in the Hindu mythology. There is no confirmed date and time available about the history of Raksha Bandhan festival, but …

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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 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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