Category: Hindu Ritual, Ceremony and 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...

Jaya Ekadashi-Story and Significance

卐 Jaya Ekadashi is also known as Bhishma Ekadashi or Bhaimi Ekadashi. This day is considered very auspicious for the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. This Ekadashi falls in the month of Magh. Worshipping Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu on this day helps in eliminating grief and...

Shattila Ekadashi Vrat-Story and Significance

In Hinduism, Ekadashi is a day of fasting.  It occurs on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight. So there are two Ekadashi days in a month and twenty-four Ekadashi days in each calendar year.  However, in the lunar leap year, two additional Ekadashi days occur. The importance of...

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi Vrat 2021-Date, Story and Significance

The Ekadashi which falls on the bright fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January) as per Hindu calendar is called Putrada Ekadashi or Pausha Shukla Ekadashi. It is said that a childless couple who observes this vrat according to the vidhi (tradition/rules) gets blessed with a baby. Hence, the...

Maghi Purnima 2021-Date, Time and Significance

Magh is the tenth month of the Bengali calendar year. According to the Gregorian calendar, the month usually falls in January or February. Another name for this month is Magha. Magh is also the eleventh month of Indian Saka calendar. The name ‘Magh’ or ‘Magha’ in both Bengali and...

Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021-Maha Kumbh Mela Celebration

The world’s largest religious gathering, the Kumbh Mela, is set to take place in a few days. Kumbh Mela is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: the Allahabad (recently renamed Prayagraj), Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain. As per Hindu scriptures and astrology, these...

Poush Sankranti-A Traditional Festival of Bengali Culture

Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is a special festival of Bengali culture.  This festival is celebrated on the last day of the Bengali month of Poush in Bangladesh as well as West Bengal. On this day, different types of ceremonies are held in different places centering on this festival. ...