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Vara Mahalakshmi Festival

varamahalakshmi puja

Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, auspiciousness and prosperity. She is worshiped for healthy progeny, as well as the health and long life of the husband. Vratha is observed on a Friday that falls before the full Moon day of the month of Shravanamasa (August – September). The Vratha is as follows. Early in the […]

Naga Panchami

nagarapanchami. Photographer Dinesh Kannambadi

Panchami habba or Festival  is one of the auspicious day for Hindu women. India, the land of  cobra, and snake charmers as it is famous for, has  special reverence to the snakes. The serpents are associated with many Gods in the Hindu mythology. Naga (snake) Panchami is the 5th day of the Shravana month of the […]

Karaga Festival – A Demonstration of the Rich Cultural and Religious Heritage of Karnataka

Karaga festival in Bangalore. Source Wiki

Karaga is one of the oldest and widely celebrated festivals of Karnataka. Karaga festival depicts the rich cultural and religious heritage of Karnataka. It is celebrated in honour of the Goddess Shakti. The festival is held at the famous Dharmarayaswamy temple in Bangalore. The festival starts on the full moon day of Chaitra that falls […]

Mahashivaratri

Shiva statue

Mahashivaratri, which is celebrated in February, is about worshiping Lord Shiva, whose appeal is strong and persistent in equal measure among all sections of the society. Most Hindu festivals are celebrated during daytime but Shivaratri is all about keeping a night-long vigil as it’s believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance. […]

Makara Shankranti

Shankantri Rangoli by Anisha Raghu

Makara Shankranti is the harvest festival, a new year and the festival of rejoicing and celebrations embracing the entire household friends and neighbors, the servants and the poor, the cows, and then all other living creatures symbolizes universal love and kindness. Astronomical Significance The astronomical significance of the festival is that it marks the beginning […]

History of Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara Parade. Image source mysorepalace.gov.in

Mysore Dasara is the Nada habba or state festival of Karnataka. Often called Navaratri, it is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami. According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil. For, it was the day the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasurana Ooru and Dasara Mahishasura […]

Groundnut Festival

Groundnut festival in Basavangudi. Image source http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=102425

Kadalekai Parishe, the annual groundnut fair is held on the last Monday of Karthika Masa (month in Hindu calendar) near Dodda Ganesha, temple, near the Bull Temple at Basavanagudi in Bangalore.  The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling buying variety of groundnuts.  The day is a full moon […]

Ayudha Pooja

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Navaratri is one of the most colorful, dutiful and longest festival observed by Hindus in India. A nine day festival Navaratri (Nava means nine, Ratri means night) is also called as Dasara/Dushhera which usually falls some time between last week of September and first week of October. The dates are set according to the Hindu […]

Dasara Doll Festival – Significance and History

Chanapatna dolls, Dasara

Navaratri is a major festival of the Hindus that is celebrated in various styles all over the country every year. Different states of the country have different names and customs for celebrating this festival. In the southern part of India the festival of Navaratri is celebrated with a very interesting and unique tradition called Bombe […]