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Festivals

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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Festivals

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

Festivals

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

Durga Puja, Festivals

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

Durga Puja, Festivals

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

Durga Puja, Festivals

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

Durga Puja, Festivals

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 Royal Blue on this… Continue reading Saptami – Maa Kaalratri

Durga Puja, Festivals

Shashthi – Maa Katyayani

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The sixth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Katyayani.  Significance: In this form, She is the partial expansion that took birth in Sage Katya's home and gets her energy from trinity and demi Gods.  She is the creative force of nature and the force behind the… Continue reading Shashthi – Maa Katyayani

Durga Puja, Festivals

Panchami – Maa Skandamata

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The fifth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Skandamata.  Significance: In this form, She is the embodiment of Mother to Skanda or Kartikeya. Colour: Imbibe the colour White on this day to celebrate the sense of purity and innocence. Mantra: या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृ रूपेण संस्थिता… Continue reading Panchami – Maa Skandamata

Durga Puja, Festivals

Chaturthi – Maa Kushmanda

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The fourth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kushmanda.  Significance: In this form, She creates the universe by liberating her power to Lord Sun in the form of light laughter. Colour: Imbibe the colour Orange on this day to celebrate the sense of warmth and exuberance.… Continue reading Chaturthi – Maa Kushmanda