Holi Hai!!!

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Vasant season is here !! The cheerful season of Vasant comes afterall the body stiffness experienced during Shishir. Cool mornings and warm afternoons of Vasant open up our limbs ecstatically. The Vasant season is all about beautiful flowers, awesome weather and diverse colorful nature. One such festival that comes during this time is HOLI!!! With… Read more »

November 14th – Time to Celebrate Children

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Seeing God as a Child One can see an expression of the Indian love for children in the manner in which they have idolized even their gods in the form of a child. We thus see portrayals of Shiva as Bala Shiva, Rama as Bala Rama, Krishna as Bala Krishna, Ganesha as Bala Ganapathy, Karthikeya… Read more »

Deepavali Season, Day 5 – Sharing the Wealth

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After taking stock of wealth and setting up new books of accounts, it is now time to share this wealth with kith and kin. The 2nd day after the Amavasya, is therefore celebrated as Bhai Dhuj in the West and North of India.     Bhai Dhuj is a festival celebrated during this Kaumudi Mahotsava month, Deepavali period, when the brother goes to… Read more »

Deepavali Season, Day 4 – A Day of Prayer and Pledge

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Govardhana Pooja The Govardhana episode is a very popular legend related to the deeds of Krishna. Krishna, who was born in Mathura around 5,100 years back was a very precocious child, a child prodigy. Krishna is the central character of the Mahabharatha events. It is Krishna who gave us the sermon of the Bhagavad Gita, which… Read more »

Deepavali Season, Day 3 –Lighting up Life, Enlightenment

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Karthik Amavasya, Deepavali The day of Karthik Amavasya, New Moon, is celebrated as the main day of Deepavali and is ascribed to many reasons. Lakshmi Pooja In most parts of India, especially the north and west, the Deepavali festival is celebrated as Lakshmi Pooja. Lakshmi is the divinity for wealth. During this Lakshmi pooja traders start new accounting books for the next accounting year Why do… Read more »

Deepavali Season, Day 2 – Naraka Chaturdasi

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Naraka Chathurdasi     The 14th phase of the dark moon, is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi in commemoration of the slaying of Narakasura who was causing menace to the people, by Krishna and His wife Satyabhama.   In South India, Deepavali is celebrated as Naraka Chathurdasi. Naraka was an Asura who lived about 5100 years ago…. Read more »

Deepavali Season : Emergence of Wealth-Day 1

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Dhanteras  Deepavali season starts with Dhanteras on the 13th phase, also known as Dhanvantari Trayodasi, a day of paying obeisance to prosperity, today celebrated by acquiring gold or other forms of wealth. Dhan Teras or Dhan Trayodasi – the name itself suggests prosperity. Dhan means wealth and teras, trayodasi mean the thirteenth day of the waning moon cycle. This day is associated with the emergence of the divinities for health… Read more »

Eclipse: An Ancient Indian Perspective

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Recordings of eclipses are available in texts, temple inscriptions, copper plates and legends of the land. Through the times, we see continuity in the understanding and recording of eclipses.   Why were our ancients interested in eclipses? Why did they learn to predict eclipses? Dos and Donts surrounding eclipse We see there are many elaborate… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Shumba Nishumba – Part-2

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After Chanda and Munda were slain, Shumbha sent his most powerful Asura Raktabija along with a huge army to attack the Devi and her army of all the shaktis (energies). A ferocious war broke out. Maa Kali with her spear and skull-topped staff killed thousands of Asuras. Seeing the Asuras being killed ruthlessly by the… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Shumba Nishumba – Part-1

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Two Asuras named Shumba and Nishumba defeated the Gods and drove them out of heaven again. The gods prayed to the Devi for help. Devi appeared as Parvati and out of Parvati’s physical sheath (kosha) emerged form of Devi Ambika. Because she came out of the kosha, she is also called Kaushiki. The Devi was… Read more »