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 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 »