Ganesh Chaturthi – History, Significance, and Celebrations

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India and worldwide by Hindus and devotees of Lord Ganesha. It is a festival that commemorates the arrival of Ganesh along with her mother Gauri also called Goddess Parvati. There are many deities in Hinduism, and Ganesha is among the most worshipped and adored ones. … Read more

Janmashtami – History and Celebrations

Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is a festival celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It is also popularly known as Krishna Janmashtami or Krishna Jayanti as he was the beloved eighth embodiment of Lord Vishnu – the “preserver” in the Hindu triad (Trimurti). Janmashtami is marked on the eighth day or “Ashtami” of the Krishna Paksha … Read more

Raksha Bandhan – The Bond of Protection

Raksha Bandhan Festival

Raksha Bandhan is derived from two words ‘Raksha’ which means protection and ‘Bandhan’ meaning binding or bound. In Sanskrit, it translates to, “the bond of protection, obligation, or care”. It is recognized by many names like ‘Vish Trak’ – the destroyer of venom, ‘Punya Pradayak’- the best owner of boons and the ‘Pap Nashak’ – … Read more

Rath Yatra – Jagannath Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra

Rath Yatra, Jagannath Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival is a grand celebration that is rejoiced by Hindus from all over the world. The phrase ‘rath-yatra’ in itself is a Sanskrit term which when separated means chariot or carriage (Ratha) and pilgrimage (yatra). Rath Yatra is an auspicious event in which a carriage is decorated … Read more

Eid – History and Celebration

Eid

The festival of Eid or Eid ul-Fitr (also spelled as Id al-Fitr) is a religious holiday which commemorates the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting throughout Ramadan, all around the world. It is a very auspicious festival for Muslims and is considered a very important occasion in Islam.  Eid ul-Fitr, when translated directly, refers to … Read more