Holy Festivals

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is one out of the three and a half auspicious occasions (muhurts).

Basant (Vasant) Panchami

Vasant (Spring) is the king of all seasons and arrival of this season can be sensed from the day of Vasant Panchami. It is also considered to be the day of birth of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. Let us learn the history and significance of celebrating this festival.

Datta Jayanti

Datta Jayanti is a celebration of the birth of Shri Datta.

Diwali

Spiritual information about Dipavali and the associated vowed religious observances

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa, the first Holy festival which marks the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day for the Hindus falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.

Gurupournima

Arjuna with the blessings of Sree Krushna, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj with the blessings of Saint Tukaram and Samartha Ramdas Swami re-established and built righteous kingdom. This shows the significance of the tradition of Guru-Disciple (Guru-Shishya Paramparaa). 'Gurupournima' is the right occasion to remember and follow this tradition.

Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day (pournima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra

Holi

In this festival the main emphasis is laid on the burning of Holika or lighting of the Holi bonfire.

Jyeshthagouri Vrat

Srimahalakshmi vanquished the demons on Ashtami, that is, the eighth day of Bhadrapad and relieved the Deities of the danger. In the memory of this incident and for the protection of their husbands by Srimahalakshmi, the women perform the vrat of Jyeshthagouri on the day of Shukl Ashtami of Bhadrapad.

Krishnajayanti

Shri Krushna is Absolute Incarnation (Purnavatar). He was born in 3185 B.C. on the midnight of Shravan Krushna Ashtamee, under Rohinee Nakshatra (constellation). As per the Vikram samvat this tithi falls on Bhadrapad Krushna Ashtamee.

Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri falls on Magh Krishna Chaturdashi. On this day, the Shiva principle descends to Earth a thousand times more than usual. On this day, to obtain the full benefit of Lord Shiva’s principle, one should chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as much as possible.

Nag Panchami

The day Lord Krushna forced the serpent Kaliya to leave the Holy river Yamuna, was Shravan Shukla Panchami – Nagpanchami.

Navratri

Navratri is a widely celebrated festival by Hindus across the world. This nine-day festival is celebrated by worshipping Deity Shakti (Divine Energy). During Navratri, the principle of Shri Durga Devi is more active in the atmosphere.

Rakshabandhan

Deity Lakshmi tied a rakhi onto the wrist of the King Bali from hell thus making him Her brother and liberated Lord Narayan i.e. Vishnu. That day as per the Hindu lunar calendar was 'Shravan Pournima'.

Ram Navami

Ram Navami is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord Sriram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Rathasaptami

The festival of ‘Ratha-Saptami’ is celebrated to offer gratitude and worship the Surya-devata. Information on ‘Ratha-Saptami’ compiled by a seeker from Sanatan Sanstha, Kum. Madhura Bhosale is provided below

Rushipanchami

Rishipanchami is celebrated to express the gratitude towards the sages who have contributed a lot for the progress of the society.

Shravani

Vrats of the month of Shravan

Sri Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is the day on which the Ganesh frequencies reached earth for the first time, that is the day on which Lord Ganesh was born.

Vat Pournima

Vatasavitri is a vowed religious observance performed by married women on the full moon day (pournima) of Jyeshtha to prolong their wifehood.

Vijayadashmi (Dusshera)

One derivation of the word Dasera is from dashhara. 'Dash' means ten and 'hara' means defeated. Nine days before Dasera, that is, in the nine days of Navratri, all the ten directions are saturated with the female deity's (devi's-Shakti) energy. 'Shakti' has control over creation in all the ten directions (dikbhav), attendants (gan), etc. That is why this day is known as Dashhara, Dasera, Vijayadashami

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