Tag Archives: Lord Shiva Fasts in Hindu Religion

Maha Shivaratri Legends And Related Stories

Maha Shivaratri Legends: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Maha Shivaratri Legends And Related Stories: There are various legends related to the auspicious festival of Maha Shivratri. These legends are similar in one sense, as they all throw light on the greatness of Lord Shiva and his supremacy over all other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. They also explain the importance of fasting on Shivratri and chanting the name of …

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Maha Shivaratri Songs, Bhajans And Prayers

Maha Shivaratri Songs: Hindu Culture & Traditions

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated to honor Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity. During the daytime of the festival, people indulge in activities such as preparations for the Maha aarti that would be performed at night. Some Hindu committees also organize cultural programs to praise the lord. In the night, people remain awake and …

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Pongal Customs: Tamil Nadu Harvest Festival

Thai Pongal - English poem on Pongal Festival

Pongal Customs: The word Pongal, in both Telugu and Tamil, signifies the boiling over of the rice in the cooking pot. Though little is known about the origin of Pongal, it is known to a Dravidian harvest festival that has survived for ages. Pongal also marks the beginning of a New Year and is the day to praise and thank God …

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Four Days of Pongal: Tamilians Harvest festival

What is the Significance of Pongal festival?

Four Days of Pongal: Pongal is a four-day harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, celebrated with gusto and fervor, by the Tamil in the state. All the four days of the festival (from 13th of January to 16th of January) are thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The festival is dedicated to Mother Nature, as farmers thank her for blessing them with bountiful …

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Pongal Dance: Harvest Festival Folk Dances

Pongal Dance

Pongal Dance: Pongal is one of the most important festivals in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the only Hindu festival that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on a fixed date i.e. the fourteenth of January every year. It is a harvest festival and celebrated in North India as Makar Sankranti. It also has an astronomical significance …

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Pongal Celebrations: Tamilians Harvest Festival

Pongal Celebrations

Pongal Celebrations: Pongal is a popular harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on 14th of January every year, coinciding with the Lohri of Punjab, Bhogali Bihu of Assam and Makar Sankranti of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Pongal is mainly celebrated for giving thanks to nature, for a bountiful harvest. This four-day festival is celebrated in the season when …

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Maha Mrityunjay Mantra: Tryambakam Mantra

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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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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