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  1. Significance of Holi – The Festival of Colors

    02.03.2018
    What is Holi? In India, this is the last full moon of the year (as per the Lunar Calendar). Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the year. The next full moon will be the New Year. So, before that last full moon, the tradition is to just take all th ...
  2. The Symbolism Behind the Story of the Birth of Lord Krishna

    10.08.2017
    India would not be India if you take away Lord Krishna and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These epics are like the two eyes of our country. They are not related to just one religion or school of thought. They are deeply connected with our entire c ...
  3. Significance of Raksha Bandhan

    04.08.2017
    Today is Raksha Bandhan (a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters) and Shravan Upakarma (ritual conducted once a year when people change their Upanayana thread). Click To Tweet This Article Do you know what Upakarma  ...
  4. What is the significance of the burning of Holika (bonfire on the night before Holi)?

    The burning of Holika has an effect on the coming monsoon. There is story of Prahlada (from which the festival of Holi originated). Prahlada was a young boy who was very dedicated to God but his father was not. His father was a very egoistic and a cruel ...
  5. What is the significance of karva chauth? What is the story behind it? Can only married women do it? Is it really a good time to meditate on this day?

    There are so many festivals in India, almost as many as the number of Sundays in a year.Karva chauth is one festival where women pray for their husband’s longevity, and there are stories associated with it. I don’t know much about these stori ...
  6. I was wondering if this day happens every year?

    It is every year. Akshaya Tritiya is the third day after the new moon. Fifth day after the new moon is when Adi Shankaracharya was born.That is why my parents also kept my name Shankar, because I was born on the same day. The ma ...
  7. Significance of Janmashtami

    08.08.2017
    What is Janmashtami? Janmashtami is the day we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. Since the last 5100 and odd years, the birth of Krishna is being celebrated. But Krishna says, "I am never born." It is like this – a potter makes a pot and suddenly the s ...
  8. The Symbolism of Ganesha

    Who is Lord Ganesh? Ganesha is the formless Divinity- encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee. As per Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Meaning of Ganesh. Gan means group. The universe is a gr ...
  9. Ram means the light within me, the light in my heart

    (Festival of Ram Navami, April 1, 2012) Ram means light. The root of words like rays and radiance comes from ram. Ra means radiance. Ma means me, mine, myself. Ram means the light within me, the light in my heart. Ram, of course, is the name of Lord Rama, ...
  10. Why is Mahashivratri called as Mahashivratri (night of Shiva) and not Mahashivadiwas (day of Shiva)?

    Yes, I have spoken about it. Read the book. Raatri means that which gives you comfort, gives you rest; from what? That which gives us rest from the three Taapa (miseries) is Raatri: Aadi bhautika (Physical), Aadhyaatmika (Spiritual) and Aadi Daivika (Ether ...
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