Happy Holi-Legend and Significance

‘Happy Holy’ is a popular ceremonial wish associated with the festival of Holi. Holi is a Hindu Vaishnava festival. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Bengali month of Phalgun. It includes different rituals like a public bonfire, puja (worship), merrymaking, throwing and applying...

Tulsi Vivah-A Ceremonial Marriage of Tulsi with Vishnu

Tulsi Vivah is a Hindu festival. In particular, it is a prominent festival among those who live in the northern part of India. According to the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha (waxing Moon period) every year in the month of Kartik....

Bhagavad Gita Sloka

In Denmark, when I was a kid, Tuborg had a commercial running – When does a Tuborg taste the best? … Every time! Similarly, which Bhagavad Gita sloka is the best? Every sloka! Of course, if I had to pick my favorite sloka, it would be the first two...

Ghetu Puja-A Folk Celebration of Bengal

Ghetu Puja or Ghantakarna Puja is an annual puja and festival dedicated to Ghetu Thakur, one of the folk deities of Bengal. In the folk culture of Bengal, Ghetu or Ghantakarna is worshipped in connection with the month of Falgun to prevent contagious skin diseases (scabies) that appear in...

Happy Shivratri

ॐ’Happy Shivratri’ is a sacred greeting said on the occasion of Shivratri or Maha Shivratri. It is very popular among the devotees of Hindu Shaivite or Shaiva sect. What is this Shivratri or Maha Shivratri? Why is it so important? What stories or legends are associated with this festival?...

Vijaya Ekadashi-The Ekadashi of Victory

Vijaya Ekadashi occurs on the eleventh day of Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight) of the month of Falgun (February-March). ‘Vijaya’ means ‘victory’. The significance of this Ekadashi vrat is inherent in its name. The story of Krishna Paksha’s ‘Vijaya’ Ekadashi vrat in the month of Falgun is described in...

Santoshi Maa-The Goddess of Satisfaction

Goddess Santoshi or Santoshi Maa is a folk deity of Hinduism. She is called the goddess of satisfaction. She is also an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. Especially women in northern India and Nepal worship Santoshi Maa. They believe that the goddess is satisfied when her devotee observes a...