Category: Hindu Ritual, Ceremony and Festival

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...

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...

Chhath Puja-The Worship of Sun God

Chhath Puja Chhath Puja-the worship of the Sun God is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik. This festival is celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and the Terai region of Nepal in eastern India. Chhath Puja festival,...

Diwali-A Festival of Lights

Diwali or Dewali is a five-day long Hindu festival. It’s a festival of lights. On the thirteenth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashwin, the festival of Diwali begins with the Dhanteras festival. The festival ends with the Bhaiphonta ceremony on the second day of Shukla Paksha...