How to perform Holi Puja at Home

Holi Pooja अहकूटा भयत्रस्तैः कृता त्वं होलि बालिशैः अतस्वां पूजयिष्यामि भूति-भूति प्रदायिनीम् Holi Pooja is a very important set of rituals, which are performed on the night before Holi. It is believed that devotees can gain tremendous happiness and prosperity in their lives, by performing Holi Pooja, which is done before Holika Dahan. This day …

Holika Dahan or Choti Holi 2016 – Tradition and Timings for this year

Holika Dahan 2017: The Evening of Bonfires Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. The day is also popularly called ‘Chhoti Holi’ or the ‘Small Holi’. The bigger event – play with the colour takes place on the next ‘big’ day. Holika Dahan is an extremely popular tradition …

Kamada Ekadashi 2016: Fast for Fastest Blessings

Kamada Ekadashi In 2017 it is on April 17. Kamada Ekadashi fast gives the fastest fruitful benefits to those who observe it with dedication.  This Ekadasi is believed to be the first Ekadasi of the Hindu New Year. The name Kamada means – ‘The one that grants all wishes.’ Lord Krishna is worshiped on this Ekadashi. …

Yamuna Chhath: The Day Goddess Yamuna came to Earth

Yamuna Chhath 2017 12th April this year. Where is it Celebrated ? It is mainly celebrated in Indian city Mathura. It marks the day when Goddess Yamuna descended on the Earth. Hence this day is also known as Yamuna Jayanti or birth anniversary of Goddess Yamuna. It is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Shashthi in Chaitra month …

Gangaur Festival: Join the Shekhawati Celebration

Gangaur Festival In 2017, Gangaur will be celebrated on April 9-10. Where is it Celebrated? Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan and is one of the state’s most important festivals. Married women worship Gauri for the good health and longevity of their husbands. Unmarried women worship her to be blessed with a good husband. The most …

Ugadi: The Lunar New Years Day

Ugadi: The Lunar New Year’s Day Ugadi or Yugadi is celebrated as the first day of the year by people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. On this day new Samvatsara, which is cycle of sixty years, starts. All sixty Samvatsara are identified by unique name. Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of …

Gudi Padwa 2016: Rituals and Muhurat

Gudi Padwa 2017 There are 2 main reasons for observing Gudi Padwa [8th April] – To celebrate the defeat of Shakas by Shaliavahan To commemorate the victories of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Gudi Padwa 2017: Gudi Hoisting The most important event on the day is the hoisting of flags on a bamboo staff. The flag hoisted on Maharashtrian …

Holika Dahan 2016: The Evening of Bonfire

Holika Dahan 2017: The Evening of Bonfires Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. The day is also popularly called ‘Chhoti Holi’ or the ‘Small Holi’. The bigger event – play with the colour takes place on the next ‘big’ day. Holika Dahan is an extremely popular tradition …

Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 : A Day to Connect with Nature

Amalaki Ekadashi 2017 Amalaki Ekadashi 2017 is on March 19 (Saturday). Amalaki Ekadashi 11th day of waxing moon, which comes between February and March each year. Also referred to as Amalaka Ekadashi, ardent worshippers hold this day in high esteem. Indian gooseberries are worshipped on this day in an exclusive manner. Locally, a gooseberry tree …

10 Must Every Indian must Know About Shri Ram Navami Festival

Shri Ram Navami Festival 1. Dasaratha King of Ayodhya had no children.Upon Rishi ‘Rishyasringa’ advice he performed ‘Ashwamedha’ and Putrakameshti Rituals for pleasing the Gods. 2. During this time, King of Lanka ‘Raavan’ was terrorizing the people. So,Lord Vishnu decided to Incarnate into the Three Queens wombs of Dasaratha’s as four degree of divinity to defeat Raavana. 3. God’s …

Ram Navami : The Birthday of Lord Ram

Ram Navami: Exact Time of Birth Lord Rama was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Lord Rama was born during Madhyahna period which is middle of Hindu day. Madhyahna which prevails for six Ghatis (approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes) is the most auspicious time to perform Rama Navami Puja rituals. The …

Mesha Sankranti: The Day Sun Enters the Aries Zodiac

Mesha Sankranti 2017 Mesha Sankranti [13th April ] is also known as Maha Vishuva Sankranti. According to Vedic astrology on this day the Sun enters Mesha Rashi or Aries Zodiac. This day marks the beginning of the New Year in most Hindu Solar Calendars. Various Solar calendars followed in India: Oriya calendar, Tamil Calendar, Malayalam …

Vijaya Ekadashi 2016: The Day To Win Over Evil Powers

Vijaya Ekadashi 2017  The auspicious day of Vijaya Ekadashi in 2017 is on March 05. Vijaya Ekadasi provides the way for removing all the sins of previous life and winning over all the evil powers. Worship Lord Vishnu on this pious day and attain maximum benefit during Vijaya Ekadashi in 2017. Vijaya Ekadashi is one …

Donation to Temple Trusts

Guest Post by :- Raghav Meattle, Business Development & Marketing, Instamojo Temple donations have been a part of Indian tradition since time immemorial. From the small inconspicuous hundi at the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum to online payments through websites, donating to your favorite deity is a lot easier in today’s day and age. But what …

Sheetala Ashtami: A Fast that Eliminates Diseases

Sheetala Ashtami Fast Eliminates Diseases In Skanda Purana, Sheetla Mata’s Stotram has been called Sheetlashtak. It is believed that Sheetlashtak was written by Lord Shiva. Sheetla Mata is worshipped as an important Hindu Goddess. The magnificence of Goddess Sheetla has been explained in numerous religious scriptures. Goddess Sheetla has been talked about in Skanda Purana …

Rituals and Muhurat for Jaya Ekadashi 2016

Jaya Ekadashi 2017 Jaya Ekadashi 2017 is on February 18 Thursday Jaya Ekadashi is a fasting practice that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Magh’ in the Hindu calendar. If you follow the Gregorian calendar it falls between the months of January-February. …

Saraswati Puja 2016 Muhurta for Vasant Panchami

Saraswati Puja 2017: A Day To Seek Wisdom Saraswati Puja 2017 is on 12th Feb Vasant Panchami is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Saraswati because she appeared on the day of Basant Panchami. Hence, Saraswati Puja also withholds immense importance on this day. She is considered as the energy of Lord Brahma, who …

Vasant Panchami : The Festival of Knowledge and Art

Vasant Panchami 2017 As ‘Diwali’ – the festival of light – is to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, and ‘Navaratri’ is to Durga, goddess of power and valor, Vasant Panchami is to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts. This festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ of the bright fortnight …

How did Lord Rama die?

How did Lord Rama die? It’s not the Valmiki Ramayana, but the Padma Purana which sheds light on the way Rama’s life ended. After returning to Ayodhya, albeit alone, having lost Sita in the forest, Shri Rama rules for several years, besides grooming his sons to take over important roles in the kingdom Once a …

The Place where Lord Ram did 11 years of Vanvas

Chitrakoot: The Place where Lord Ram did 11 years of Vanvas It is a prominent place cited in the great Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’. Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman spent 11 of their 14 years of ‘Vanvas’ (exile) in this holy city. The enchanting and peaceful environment acted as a source of inspiration for …