Ramadan 2018: Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. The month of Ramadan is a self-exercise in restraint.
Shab e Barat 2018: A run-up to Ramadan, Shab e Barat is considered to be the night when God forgives sinners and men can expect a reversal in their fortunes in the coming year. Read on to know more.
On the day of Buddha Purnima, people from various countries visit the holy shrines of Buddha and there are a lot of pilgrims who come to visit his Birth Place and the Mahabodhi Tree.
This year, the festival of Buddha Purnima falls on April 30, 2018. The timings for prevailing of Purnima Tithi are from 06:37 am on April 29 to 06:27 am on April 30, 2018. This is the time to offer worship to the Buddha.
Spirituality is the execution of the ethical ideas established by our religion. The understanding of these ideas endorsed by our religion transforms us into humble creatures, and this conquest of our ego/sublimation of our ego is the aim of all religions.
One might see a variety of effects of the mantra chanting on an individual. Peace, satisfaction and happiness, being relative and absolute at the same time, are the general final outcomes. Some even make one determined and humble.
The day of Sita Navami holds great significance in Ayodhya, especially in Mithila, where people consider Sita, their own daughter. They say that they belong to her maternal house and hence, are blessed to live in the lands where she appeared.
The journey to Kailash is as mystical as Lord Shiva, who is believed to reside there. Hence, the preparation for the pilgrimage itself is a journey in itself. While many tour operators give an indication of the things to buy and carry during the pilgrimage, only a few help with non-materialistic preparations.
The festival of Chandan Yatra starts on Akshaya Tritiya, April 18, 2018. It is celebrated in Vrindavan and Jagannath Puri, whereby the deities of Lord Krishna and his forms are decorated with huge amounts of sandalwood paste, completely covering his entire body in chandan.
Hanuman Jayanti is the pious day on which Sri Hanuman descended on earth in order to serve the purpose of his eternal master, Lord Ram. He, being an unalloyed devotee of Sri Ram is revered by all Ram bhakts.
In the Bible, there is no mention of the date Christ was resurrected. Hence, the council of Christian bishops agreed that Easter would always be the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the vernal equinox.
In other languages such as Spanish and German, it is referred to as "sorrowful" or "sacred", but in English the popular name has been associated with "goodness". While some argue that the day is considered Holy, others argue it's a wrong derivation of an older name — God's Friday.
Easter 2018: Easter symbolises the victory of Christ over death and his resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who believe in him. ''He is risen'' is a joyful exclamation of his resurrection.
For Christians, the day is crucial as ever since Jesus Christ died and was raised, they believe that the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation.
This festival is celebrated widely by Jain community in memory of the last spiritual teacher of the religion. A procession is called with the idol of Lord Mahavira called rath yatra. Reciting stavans or Jain prayers, statues of the lord are given a ceremonial bath called abhisheka.
Devi Durga has been glorified in various shastras like Devi Bhagwat Purana. She is considered as a divine potency responsible for keeping this material world in order and decorum.
All set to celebrate Gudi Padwa? Like many other festivals, the Maharashtrian New Year is also a harvest festival. The day signifies the end of one season and the beginning of another.
Happy Navratri 2018: Chaitra Navratri, which is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra, is mostly observed in northern India and western India. We have curated a list of images, quotes, wishes and messages that you can send on the occasion to your loved ones.
Chaitra Navratri is the nine-day festival in which devotees solemnly fast and worship the nine manifestations or forms of Goddess Durga. Each day is also associated with one form of the Goddess Durga.
The Telugu and Kannada new year festival Ugadi, which is also known as Yugadi, is a festival of utmost importance and is celebrated with vigour and devotion. This year Ugadi will be celebrated on March 18. Scroll down for puja timings and mantra.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month from the Hindu lunisolar calendar, and is considered an extremely auspicious day for any new beginning or new venture. Here is all that you need to know regarding the history, significance, date, muhurat, puja and vidhi for the festival this year.
Ram Navami holds great significance for people who are devout followers of Lord Ramchandra. It is believed that on the auspicious day of Shukla Paksha Navami, at 12 noon, Lord Ramchandra made his divine appearance along with his three brothers, Lakshmana, Bharat and Shatrughna in Ayodhya.
This Holi, do you intend to drink bhang? Well, recent medical research have shown that cannabis (bhang) grows brain cells. Bhang is mentioned in Book 11, Hymn 6, Verse 15 of Atharva Veda as a cure for many diseases. Other translations state that bhang is described as a ‘liberator’.
Holi 2018: Though Holi is a lot about fun, frolic and celebrations in the season of spring, there are some puja and vidhis to follow for devotees of Lord Vishnu. From Holika Dahan to the colours used to play Holi, there is a reason for much of the celebrations for this festival. Find them out here.
Holika or Holi is celebrated as a festival representing the victory of good over evil. This festival commemorates the combined celebration of two different festivals- Choti Holi (Holika Dahan) and Badi Holi (Rangwali Holi/ Dulandi). This year, Choti Holi or Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 1.