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Ganesh Chaturthi -

WHEN IS GANESH CHATURTHI? The much-awaited festival of the year is fast approaching. The 10-day Hindu festival, starting on September 10th, commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesh. The duration of this festival involves the worship of the beloved elephant-headed deity who is revered for his ability to remove obstacles and instill prosperity and wisdom into one’s life. WHY DO WE CELEBRATE GANESH CHATURTHI? Hindus the world over, believe that Lord Ganesh is the God of new beginnings. He is a symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce, and good fortune. Often worshipped at the beginning of a new venture, Lord Ganesh...

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Janmashtami -

Introduction1 Krishna Janmashtami, also known just as Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival that is celebrated annually. It marks the birth of Lord Krishna, who is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu (who is one of the principal deities of Hinduism). Lord Vishnu is known as the preserver within the Trimurti, alongside the other two in the trimurti: Brahma and Lord Shiva. There are many ways to celebrate Janmashtami, such as fasting, chanting songs, prayers, doing pujas and making and eating special food. In this blog post we will be talking mainly about how to do a Janmashtami Puja at home....

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Varalakshmi Vratam -

Introduction1 Varalakshmi Vratam, also known as Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha, is a festival to celebrate and worship Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of “wealth, fortune, power, beauty and prosperity”1. A puja is performed during this festival and usually occurs in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also celebrated in the northern parts of Sri Lanka. Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by Hindu women for the prosperity of both themselves and their loved ones (family members). Legend has it that this puja is performed by Goddess Parvathi for success and happiness, which is why only women perform...

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Maha Shivaratri, Shravan -

During the month of Shravan, devotees worship Lord Shiva. Praying to Him during this time pleases Him very much. All days of this Shravan month are considered very prosperous. On the month long occasion of Shravan Maas,  here's a look at 108 names Lord Shiva is known by, and their meanings: 1. Shiva: always pure2. Maheshwara: lord of gods3. Shambhu: one who bestows prosperity4. Pinakin: one who has a bow in his hand5. Shashi Shekhara: the god who wears the crescent moon in his hair6. Vamadeva: the god who is pleasing and auspicious in every way7. Virupaksha: lord shiva with oblique...

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Shravan -

SHRAVANThe Month of Worship and Festivals Introduction1 Shravan is a holy month in the religion Hinduism and has many Hindu festivals that take place. During this month, fasting occurs to worship Lord Shiva, one of the three main deities in Hinduism, alongside Brahma and Vishnu. Festivals1 There are many festivals that occur during the month of Shravan. To name a few, there is Krishna Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Naryal Poornima and Nag Panchami. Krishna Janmashtami is a festival dedicated to the birth of Lord Krishna. It is also known as simply Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of...

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