Month: December 2020

Ashtavinayaka-8 Temples of Lord Ganesha

Ashtavinayaka literally means “eight Ganeshas”. Ganesha or Ganesh also known as Vinayaka, is a Hindu deity of unity, prosperity and learning and removing obstacles. As per Hindu mythology, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is worshiped under many other names like Ganapati, Sumukha, Ekadanta,...

Mokshada Ekadashi-Story and Significance

Mokshada Ekadashi or Vaikuntha Ekadashi, an auspicious day for Hindus, is also observed as ‘Gita Jayanti’ on the Ekadashi tithi or the 11th day of Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the lunar month of Margashirsha (Agrahayana) as per the Hindu calendar. The legend about Mokshada Ekadashi...

Gita Jayanti-The Advent of the Bhagavad Gita

Gita Jayanti is the advent of the Bhagavad Gita, one of the sacred texts in Hinduism. It is celebrated on the Shukla Ekadashi (Mokshada Ekadashi), 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month (December) of the Sanatan Hindu calendar. It is believed that Bhagavad Gita was revealed to Arjuna...

Moksha-Liberation from the Cycle of Birth and Death

Life itself is Moksha. Material life, life in a material body is not life, it’s death. The end station in the material world is one of suffering, for the simple reason that everything ends in old age, disease and death. Real life begins with moksha -liberation from birth and...

Utpanna Ekadashi Vrat-Creation and Significance

Utpanna Ekadashi occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Margashirsha (November-December).The Bhavishya Purana tells the creation and significance of this Ekadashi. The legend associated with Utpanna Ekadashi is described below. In ancient times, there was a very powerful demon named Taljangha in the Brahma dynasty. His son...

22 Hindu Wedding Rituals in Bengal

Bengali Hindu wedding is one of the important Sanskaras celebrated through some rituals. Bride These include Patipatra, Pankhil, Ashirvad, Aiburo Bhat, Dadhi Mangal, Gaye Halud, Shankha Kangkan, Bar Baran, Satpak, Shubhadrishti, Mala Badal, Kanya Sampradan, Anjali, Sindoor Daan, Basi Biye, Basar Jagaran, Kanakanjali, Badhu Baran, Kalratri, Bhat Kapor, Bou...

Navaratri-A Nine Day Festival Dedicated to Goddess Durga

Navaratri is another name for Durga Puja. Among the Bengali Hindu communities, the worship of Goddess Durga is traditionally celebrated for five days. But among many Hindu communities, the worship of Goddess Durga is celebrated for 9 nights and 10 ten days after Mahalaya, which is known as Navaratri...