Gopastami is an important festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and cows. It is an auspicious occasion celebrating the induction of Krishna to graze the cow in the jungle of Vrindavan. It is known that Krishna loves calves and used to take care of them in the stable. Maharaja Nanda organizes a special celebration on the occasion before handing charge of taking care of cows to him. It means Krishna and Balarama have qualified to be a cowherd from calf rearer. To commemorate his love for cows, this festival is celebrated on eighth day in bright half of Karthik month every year with religious fervor and devotion. Continue reading
Navratra is an important festival in Hindu religion. The festival continues for nine days starting from the first day of Chaitra month and also called Chaitra Navratri. Navaratri means nine nights as it is celebrated for nine days by the devotees. In these days, the devotees worship different forms of Goddess Durga by performing special rituals. Goddess Durga statues are installed in temple to revere by devotees singing praising hymns. Even, young girls symbolizing nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during this festival. Continue reading
Maha Shivratri is an important festival of Hinduism and celebrated extensively in India and Nepal. On this day, devotees worship Lord Shiva – an important God of trinity. The devotees revere Lord Shiva to absolve their sins of the past and help in attaining moksha. It is celebrated on the moonless night of 14th fortnight of Phalguna month according to Hindu calendar. The day is ideal for devotees to worship Lord Shiva as it is believed that date is fixed by himself when asked by his consort, Goddess Parvati. This is why devotees go to temple to perform rituals with dedication and attain blessing of the Lord. Continue reading
Vasant Panchami is one of the most important festivals of Hinduism and celebrated in the month of Magh according to Hindu calendar. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh month with enthusiasm and fervor across the country. The festival is also dedicated to Mother Saraswati-the goddess of wisdom art and music. During the festival, people worship Goddess to seek blessing for achieving good education and finally enlightenment in their lives. It also marks the onset of spring season in the country.
The origin of this festival has many tales and claims in India. Many believed that Aryan who came to India through Khyber pass were the first to introduce this festival. In that period, most of the civilization took place near the bank of River Saraswati due to fertile land and abundant water to cultivate for crops. To honor the contribution of river, they started worshipping and pray for good harvest during the river. Continue reading
Makar Sankranti is an important festival in Hinduism. This year, it will be celebrated on 14th (Wednesday) of January 2015. It is celebrated to show our respect for Sun God and gratitude to our mother nature for good harvest. It is a time when Sun transits from home Sagittarius to Capricorn in Northern hemisphere. This transition will occur on 14th of January and stays there till July 14 2015. The festival is an auspicious occasion of starting new project, thanksgivings, and new commitments.
Ritual and meritorious works are performed by people during this festival. But, people need to perform their auspicious work in ideal time i.e. time starting between of Makar Sankranti and 40 ghatis (roughly 16 hours), is also termed as punya kaal. During punya kaal, activities like taking dip in holy river, offering Naivedhya (offering food) to Sun, offering charity, ritual showing gratitude, breaking fast or Paraná are done by devotees. If this auspicious period (muhurta) falls in sunset, then activities are postponed for following day as rituals are done only during the day time. Continue reading
Traditions were considered superstitions, but with advancement of science, it has been found that these traditional practices are based on scientific knowledge. The traditions are being passed on generations to generations to follow. Though, common people have no idea of scientific knowledge about the practices but following faithfully over the years. Let us look at the prominent traditions or rituals with their revealed scientific importance.
Throwing Coins In A River
Traditionally, throwing coins in a river is thought to bring good luck to individual. Here is the scientific reason for this practice. Since ancient time, people have been using copper in making currency unlike stainless steel of today. Copper is an essential metal required in human body though in small amount. Copper coins are thrown in river to be mixed with water and drink that water to pass metal on to body. This has been made custom to be followed for generations to continue supplement of essential metal in body. Continue reading
Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Today, near about one billion people follow this religion living in different places of globe. Like every religion, numerous commandments and principles have given by deities and preachers since ages to devotees. In fact, there is no doubt that these principles are helpful in leading a well and satisfied life by human being. Every religious mind wants to liberate soul from the pain of life cycle occurring him/her. Salvation is possible by following religious commandments shown by priests. Puja and meditation are important way of getting salvation by people.
Gopastami is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu religion being followed since ancient time. This important festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his love for the cows since the childhood days. It marks the qualification of Lord Krishna and Balarama to graze the cows from tending calves in the stable. In this festival, special recitation and dramas are organized to show episode of life stories of Krishna occurred as a cowherd in various temples dedicated to him. People bring the cows in the temple for ritual and special treatment. Continue reading
Navratri is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by devotees throughout the country. This festival goes on for nine days and culminates with Dussehra or Vijayadashmi on the tenth day. This year Navratri has started from 25th of September and continue till 3rd of October 2014. The festival is celebrated in different forms like Durga puja in West Bengal and Chamundi in Karnataka to worship Goddesses. Though, the festival varies according to region but theme is same as victory of good over evil. Hence, Dussehra holds so much significance for every devotee to gain benefits in life. Continue reading
Every year, Navratri is celebrated during Aswin month of the Hindu calendar. It consists of two words Nav and ratra meaning nine nights as it is celebrated for nights consecutively. The festival is fully dedicated to the nine important forms of Goddess Durga. Devotees pay homage to nine aspect of Goddess through ritual and singing hymns for nine nights.
Maa Durga is considered one of the most powerful and supreme Goddesses in the Hindu religion. It is a symbol of creative energy and feminine body. She is our eternal mother having immense power and energy and considered a part of trinity-Saraswati, Parvati, and Lakshmi. Thus, during the Navratri festival, the other Goddesses are also worshipped by the devotees to get their blessing as well. Continue reading