Tag Archives: Indian Festivals Culture & Traditions

Navratri / Durga Puja Festival Information, Dates

Navratri / Durga Puja Festival

Navratri / Durga Puja Festival — Navratras are observed twice a year, once in Chaitra, preceding Rama Navami, and then in Ashvin (September – October) preceding Dussehra. The nine-day Navratra commences with the new moon of Ashvin and terminates with Maha Navami, on the ninth lunar day of the bright half of the month. During these nine days, devotees keep strict …

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Tula Sankranti: Garvana Sankranti, Garbhana

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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Ahoi Ashtami Fasting & Puja: Hindu Festival

Ahoi Ashtami - Hindu Festival

Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, which falls approximately between September and October according to the English Gregorian calendar. Ahoi Ashtami is widely observed in the Northern states of India. It usually falls on the eight day of the waning period of the moon (the dark fortnight). On the Ahoi Ashtami day, women fast from morning …

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Vishwakarma Puja Information For Students

Vishwakarma Puja - Hindu Festival

Vishwakarma Puja Information For Students: Vishwakarma is known as the divine Engineer since the Puranic age. As a mark of reverence he is not only worshiped by the engineering community but also by all other professionals. This festival is celebrated in the month of September. On this day all the workers in the workshops and offices worship their tools and …

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Sarva Pitru Amavasya / Mahalaya Amavasya

Sarva Pitru Amavasya / Mahalaya Amavasya - Hindu Festival

The Sarva Pitru Amavasya also known as the Mahalaya Amavasya (Maha means large and laya means destruction) is performed during the Lunar Period that occurs somewhere between the months of September and October as per the Gregorian calendar. According to the Amavasyant calendars Sarva Pitru Amavasya is performed on the new moon day in the month of Bhadrapada. It falls …

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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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Aranmula Vallamkali: Parthasarathy Temple Boat Race

Aranmula Vallamkali

Aranmula Vallamkali is an annual water sports meet especially for boat races held in Aranmula district Kerala. The water fiesta is organized during Onam in the month of September. This world famous fiesta owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba River. Vallamkali refers to the boat race competition that is held during …

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Bhadrapada Purnima Information For Devotees

Bhadrapada Purnima - Hindu Festival

Bhadrapada Purnima: Bhadrapada is an auspicious month in Hindu calendar. Celebrations are dedicated to Lord Ganesha during this month. However, Bhadrapada Purnima is an exception as the festivities on this day are dedicated to Lord Satyanarayana. These festivities are celebrated with special devotion through the state of Gujarat. Celebrations on Bhadrapada Purnima: The day is celebrated with dedication throughout the …

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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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Muharram: Muslim Festival of Mourning

Muharram

Muharram is a Muslim festival of mourning observed in the first month of the Hijri Year. The Shia community in Particular celebrate it with great fervor and enthusiasm. Muslims, in general, observe fast, offer prayers, recite fatihas, and sing elegies in homage to the martyrs during the celebrations. On the final day Tajias are taken out in grand processions, accompanied …

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