Author: Abhishek Singh

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is a festival celebrated by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists every year in the month of June-July as per the Gregorian calendar. Guru Purnima is celebrated with reverence to the spiritual and academic gurus or teachers who dedicate their lives for the benefit of others. The festival is observed in Nepal and also in some Buddhist dominant countries. Guru Purnima 2019 This year, the festival of Guru Purnima was celebrated on Tuesday, 16th July 2019. It is more of a spiritual festival celebrated in India, to commemorate academic and spiritual teachers. The festival also marks a respect to one of the ancient time’s most revered spiritual and academic guru – Maharishi Ved Vyas. Normally, Guru Purnima occurs on a full moon day in the month of Ashadha (June-July) as per Hindu calendar; though, this year the occurrence was rare as it coincided with total lunar eclipse or Chandra grahan, as it is called in Hindi. Veneration ceremonies of Maharishi Ved Vyas were organized on the day, mainly in religious and educational institutions. Day started with priests and spiritual gurus giving sermons and telling people about the significance of a guru (teacher) in spiritual and academic development of a society. Schools and colleges across the country organized independent events to commemorate Maharishi Ved Vyas as well as their own teachers. Children had organized several events to honour their...

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Ramlila

“Ramlila” is a dramatic re-enactment of the events of Lord Rama’s life as per the revered Hindu epic “Ramayana”. The word “Ramlila” is formed by combining “Ram” and “Lila”, where latter means “Play” in English. Ramlila is performed in every part of India including its villages and cities, during the Navratri festival in autumn and concluding on the day of Dussehra. Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is revered for his truthfulness, courtesy, virtue, and for being a man of values and morals. Maharishi Valmiki in Ramayana, mentioned Lord Rama as – “Maryada Purushottam Ram”; which translates to – a man superior to other men in terms of moral and values. Therefore, the life of Rama is a story of a man’s affinity to the truth, principles and values, giving him courage and strength, enough to slain a most powerful demon king of Lanka – Ravana. Ramlila 2019 The Ramlila re-enactment at various places in India will begin on Sunday, 29th September 2019 and conclude on 8th October 2019, on the day of Dussehra festival. Though, usually the play is performed in night for ten days, at some places it is performed for shorter durations like 3 to 4 days. Ramlila History “Ramayana” is the oldest Hindu epic written by Valmiki in 1st century BCE. It is written in Sanskrit and narrates the life and...

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Gangaur Festival

The Gangaur festival is mainly celebrated in the western state of Rajasthan to pay reverence to Goddess Parvathi – wife of Lord Shiva. The festival is mainly celebrated by the womenfolk who worship Gauri (Parvathi), seeking her blessings for marital bliss and long life and health of their husbands. It is an 18 days festival celebrated in the month of February-March. Apart from Rajasthan the festival is also celebrated in some parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Both married and unmarried women observe the festival with great devotion and enthusiasm in hope of bringing marital bliss into their life or to get a good husband. Gangaur Festival 2019 Gangaur festival this year in Rajasthan will commence on Thursday, 21st March and will conclude on Monday, 8th April. Nomenclature – Gangaur The name Gangaur is a combination of “Gan” and “Gauri”, synonyms of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi respectively; two of the much revered Hindu Deities. The name suggests that the festival is celebrated in reverence to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva and acknowledges the penance that Parvathi underwent, in order to gain confidence and love of Lord Shiva. When is Gangaur Celebrated? The celebrations of Gangaur festival begins on the first day of Chaitra, the day after the festival of Holika Dahan and on the day coinciding with the festival of Holi. Celebrations of the Gangaur festival...

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Raksha Bandhan

“Raksha Bandhan” is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly in the Indian sub continent, which commemorates the bond of love and protection between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a bracelet (rakhi) on their brother’s wrist seeking latter’s lifelong love and security. The sister’s in return get gifts from their loving brothers. The festival is not restricted to only blood relations, but also those who are not biologically related could very well celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan with same enthusiasm and recognition; they just need to have to psychological bonding like a brother and sister. “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Shraavana (Savan) which coincides with the August month in Gregorian calendar. The festival is known at different places with different names – Saluno, Silono, Rakri or Rakhi. Raksha Bandhan/Rakhi Festival 2019 Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi in 2019 will be celebrated on Thursday, August 15th. The Purnima (full Moon) Tithi begins at 03:45 P.M. on 14th August 2019 till 05:59 P.M. on 15th August 2019. The auspicious time for Raksha Bandhan this year will be from 06:07 A.M. to 05:59 P.M. a duration of 11 Hours and 52 Minutes. The best time for the rituals of Raksha Bandhan is late afternoon (Aparahna) or Pradosha (one and a half hour before and after sunset, consecutively). When is Rakshabandhan Celebrated? The festival of...

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Brahmotsavam Festival

“Brahmotsavam” festival is an important annual festival celebrated at Sri Venketeshwara temple in Tirumala-Tirupati of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, India.  It is a grand festival celebrated over a span of nine days and is also by far the largest. The “Brahmotsavam” festival is also called “Sri Venkateswara Vari Brahmotsavam” or “Srivari Brahmotsavam”.  The festival is celebrated in reverence to Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Temple at Tirumala, Tirupati. “Srivari Brahmotsavam” is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Asvina, which coincides with the months September-October as per the Gregorian calendar. Brahmotsavam Festival 2019 Srivari Brahmotsavam 2019 will be celebrated from 30th September to 8th October. The nine days celebration coincides with Navaratri, concluding on the day of Dussehra celebrations. Nomenclature The word “Brahmotsavam” is formed by combining two words – Brahma and Mahotsavam. Brahma is a revered Hindu deity believed to be the creator of universe, and Mahotsavam means celebration. “Brahmotsavam”, therefore is a festival to honor Brahma who is believed to have descended to earth to celebrate the festival. Brahmotsavam Festival History The festival of Brahmotsava is being celebrated since ancient times; the evidences of festival celebration in Tirumala-Tirupati Devsthanam can be traced back to as early as 966 CE. It was during the rule of Pallava Dynasty, that Pallava queen Samavai donated jewels and land to the Tirumala temple. She also...

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