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 : 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 »

Onam Festival Part-4-Story from the skies

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Onam Festival, Shravan Month and Shravana Star   This word “Onam” is the shortened form of Thiruvonam or Shravanam, since this event occurs in the Shravan month under the Shravana star in the Indian calendar. Shravan is the month in the Indian calendar that typically falls between July-August in North and between August-September in the South. This period is characterized by heavy rains and… Read more »

Onam Festival Part-2-Pathala Loka

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The Puranic legends of India speak of many worlds. As per the Puranas, when Vishnu, in the form of a young scholar Vamana, humbled Asura king Maha Bali, Maha Bali was banished to Pathala Loka. When the Deva overcame the Asura in battles, the Asura were forced to migrate to thePathala Loka, the netherworld or the world below. Where is this Pathala Loka? People have conjured up… Read more »

Onam Festival Part-1- The Story of Onam

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Onam commemorates the homecoming of the great Asura king Maha Bali from Patala Loka. Maha Bali, the grandson of Prahalada, was a strong and learned king. The name Bali means strong. Bali was also a person who gave a lot of respect to knowledge. This is evident from the famous episode of his encounter with Vamana. Maha Bali was… Read more »