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Hanuman Jayanti

Call Him by any name – Bajrangabali, Pawanputra, Mahavir, SankatMochan, Anjaneya or Maruti – Lord Hanuman signifies divine strength and devotion that we all carry within. This day – Hanuman Jayanti – is celebrated as his birthday which falls on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Legend and… Continue reading Hanuman Jayanti

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Ramnavmi

In the Vedic calendar, Baisakh Sankranti heralds the onset of Chaitra Navratri, which ends with Ramanavami celebrated on the 9th day and Chaitra Navratri Parana on the 10th day. This Navratri, even though less known, has the same significance and follows the same rituals of fasting and observations as the Shardiya Navratri. Along with worshipping… Continue reading Ramnavmi

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Baisakh Sankranti

Today is the start of the Vedic/Hindu new year. This festival goes by many names in different regions pan-India, however, all of them eventually celebrate the turning of the zodiac sign from Pisces to Aries and is symbolic of new beginnings. Throughout the country, this festival represents different flavours of life such as merriment, energy,… Continue reading Baisakh Sankranti

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Holi

The Puranas describe Holi as the celebration of love, aptly calling it Kama Mahotsav or Vasant Mahotsav. With a burst of myriad colour, this festival heralds the onset of spring and is celebrated on the last full moon day of the Vedic lunar calendar. There are deep symbolisms to every aspect of this colourful festival,… Continue reading Holi

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Mahashivratri

The night of Lord Shiva – Mahashivratri – is a night-long festival that is held annually in honour of the supreme yogi and the destroyer of illusions. Celebrated on the 14th day of Phalgun month. There are two beliefs around this festival: The first is that this is the night Lord Shiva performed Tandava –… Continue reading Mahashivratri

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Makar Sankranti

Makar (Capricorn) Sankranti (a goddess) is the festival that honours the Hindu deity, Sankranti, in the month of Capricorn. As legend goes, on this day, Goddess Sankranti overpowered a devil named Sankarasur. The festival goes by many names in various regions, but all eventually celebrate the onset of northward movement of the Sun from Dakshinayan… Continue reading Makar Sankranti

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Vijayadashami – Maa Durga

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The tenth day of Sharadiya Navratri is Vijayadashami.  This culminates the 10-day worship of the different forms of the Divine Mother Goddess.  It marks the victory of Maa Durga over the demon Mahisasur, who she later grants a pardon and releases him from his mortal suffering. It is… Continue reading Vijayadashami – Maa Durga

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Navami – Maa Siddhidaatri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The ninth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Siddhidaatri.  Significance: In this form, She is worshiped by Lord Shiva to become the form of Goddess Ardhanarishwara.  The Goddess Shakti then appeared from the left side of Lord Shiva.  She is also the symbol of wealth and… Continue reading Navami – Maa Siddhidaatri

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Ashtami – Maa Mahagauri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The eighth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Mahagauri.  Significance: She attains this form after destroying the demons and is also the embodiment of Goddess Parvati.  This is the most auspicious form of the Devi, as it symbolizes that whoever can understand the meaning of Maa… Continue reading Ashtami – Maa Mahagauri

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Saptami – Maa Kaalratri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The seventh day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri.  Significance: In this form, She is the dark complexioned avatar of Maa Parvati that she attains by liberating the golden outer sheath. She is the destroyer of evil and negativity. Colour: Imbibe the colour Green on this… Continue reading Saptami – Maa Kaalratri