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Karthigai Deepam

As the festival of Karthigai Deepam falls in Tamil Nadu, the state gets lit up with oil lamps called deepams or diyas. As dusk falls and the onset of evening sets in, Tamilians celebrate this festival with Diyas or Deepams to brighten up their homes on the auspicious day of Karthigai Deepam. As the festival falls on the Karthigai Nakshatra ...

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Ganesha Jayanti, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chavithi

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Ganesha Jayanti aka Maghi Ganesha Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. It falls on the fourth day during Shukla Paksha of the Magh Maasam and is said to be highly auspicious, the Angara Yog. As per the Gregorian Calendar Ganesha Jayanti comes up during the months of January/February. States where it is celebrated in a big way during ...

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Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chavithi

Sri Ganesh

The Tithis in the lunar month of the Hindu Calendar are taken in account while deciding auspicious events, rituals, and festivals. Hindu Calendar follows the lunar month which has two phases, the Krishna Paksha and the Shukla Paksha. Both include tithis and there are two Chaturthi Tithis. The fourth lunar day which is Vinayaka Chaturthi belongs to Lord Ganesha. In ...

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Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting Details

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As per the Hindu Calendar, every lunar month is marked by two Chathurthi Tithis. One is the Sankashti Chathurthi and the other is Vinayaka Chathurthi. Sankashti Chathurthi occurs during Krishna Paksha on the full-moon day called Purnimasi, whereas the other one which is Vinayaka Chathurthi, dawns immediately following Amavasya or the new moon day, at the time of Shukla Paksha. ...

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Masik Durgashtami

Masik Durgashtami

Every month of the Lunar Calendar includes the Ashtami Tithi in the period of Shukla Paksha when moon is visible. Ashtami which is eighth day is dedicated to Goddess Devi/Shakti or Durga and is popularly called as Durgashtami. It is marked by long day fasting and worshipping by her devotees. However the most significant Durgashtami is the one falling in ...

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Bhishmashtami, Bhishma Pitamah Ashtami

Bhishma Pitamah Ashtami

Bhishma Pitamah, from the holy Mahahbharata is well known. His loyalty and devotion won him the boon of getting to choose his own death time. His demise occurred during Uttarayan period on Ashtami day of Magh and known as Magha Shukla Ashtami. Even though he was seriously injured in the great Mahabharata war, Bishma’s soul left the body only at ...

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Masik Shivaratri Festival, Masik Shivaratri Vratam

Masik Shivaratri

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA! This chant is rendered loud and clear at the time of Shivaratri. Lord Shiva is well known for his strength and valor. Lord Shiva has many names, 108 names to be precise, but apart from Shiva, the name of Bholenath is quite popular in North India. Shivratri festival epitomizes the fusion of Lord Shiva with Shakti – ...

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Makar Sankranti or Sankranthi

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti – a new beginning, a new start! A multifaceted popular Hindu festival, be it from the harvest point of view or due to celestial changes taking place on this day, people from different parts of the country celebrate it in their own special way. The state of Tamil Nadu refers to Sankranthi as Pongal, while Gujarat and Rajasthan ...

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Punjabi Festival Lohri, Harvest Festival Lohri

Lohri Festival

The festival of Lohri is synonymous with the areas in Punjab & Harayana belt. Celebrated with great fanfare on the 13th of January each year, it is a festival dedicated to Agni, God of fire. It is specific to the month of Paush or Magh which is just one day prior to Makar Sankranti. The general school of thought regarding ...

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About Pradosh Vrat, Pradosham

Pradosham - Pradosh Vrat

If seeking blessings from Lord Shiva then the Pradosh Vrat is what you need to do as a devotee. In South India this vrat dedicated to Lord Shiva is generally known as Pradosham. The lunar month is marked by both the Trayodashi Thithis. One is the Shukla Paksha Trayodashi and the other is Krishna Paksha Trayodashi. One may observe Pradosh ...

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