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What is the origin of Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan was originally not a brother sister festival. It has its origins in a rite known as Vedopakarma (the beginning of Vedic Studies). Chapter 124(pg 28) of Narada Purana Vol 4 gives a ...
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Why do people celebrate Holi? Why do they throw colored powder at each other?

They imitate Krishna's pastimes. The powders are supposed to be auspicious and well-scented substances like sandal, musk, turmeric, kunkuma and aguru covered with lacquer to form balls that dissipate ...
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Is there any mention or description of Karwachauth in Hindu scriptures?

Yes. The Narada Purana (Part IV) has an entire section dedicated to performance on vratas on different tithis. In the section of different vratas to be performed on the Chathurti Tithis, there is a ...
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What is the significance of the festival Diwali? Why is it celebrated?

Diwali is also known as Dipavali which is a Sanskrit word formed from dipa (light or lamp) and avali (row or series). Hence, it means a "row of lights". There are many beliefs behind the festival. It ...
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Why does Makar Sankranti follow English calendar?

"Uttarayan", means the day on which sun moves towards "Uttar" means North direction. We celebrate it only on 14th, the next day 15th is called "Vasee Uttarayan" means the following day of "Makar ...
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Why do Hindu festivals fall on different dates every year?

They do not fall on different dates. It appears as falling on different dates only if we are not following the Hindu calendar. How festivals are determined? They are determined by Hindu months and ...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

Mahashivaratri (Great night of Lord Shiva) is the night when Lord Shiva appeared as Linga to stop conflict of Vishnu and Brahma. Chapter 7 and 8 of Vidyeswara Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana describes ...
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What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism?

In Bhavanopanishat we find some beautiful philosophical symbolism explaining the actual significances of worshiping Gods with the Shodasa Upacharas. The explanations are given in the context of ...
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What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?

A description and importance of monthly Shivaratri and its significance is provided in Skanda Purana - Book 1 - Maheshwarkanda - Section 1 - Kedarkanda - Chapter 33 - Greatness Of Shiva Ratri Vrata. ...
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Why does Makar Sankranti follow English calendar?

A simple logic: Who gave English Calendar to Bhishma Pitamaha to leave his body on Makara Sankranti? Bhishma Pitamaha left his body on the day of Makara Sankranti. He wishfully remained alive up to ...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

Mahashivratri is the day, Lord Shiva was married to Godess Parvathi. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu calendar month Maagha as per Amavasya-ant month ...
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What is the meaning of "Ganpati Bappa Morya"?

Regard less of true story of Moraya Gosavi, that doesn't make anysense to say "Ganpati Bappa Moraya"... Actually splitting the word Moraya as "Mhora ya" means "come ahead and bless us" make sense here....
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What is the significance of designing the courtyard?

I'm adding the scriptural reference for "Rangoli" which is missing in the other answer.The answer is correct nonetheless. Maharshi Veda Vyasa instructed as follows- Krutvaa mandalakam Braahme ...
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Who was Chhati Maiya?

The origins of this festival are not clear but it seems to be related to the Surya Upasana that the eldest Pandav Yuddhishthir performed. The Section 3 of the Aranyaka Parva of the Mahabharat mentions ...
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Do people from Karnataka celebrate uttarayan festival?

Yes. They do celebrate the festival Uttarayan but the name is different. In fact, this festival is celebrated all over India but the names are different according to the language spoken at that place ...
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All 108 Names of Maa Durga?

|| durgaa ashTottara shata naamaavalee || om shriyai nama: om umaayai nama: om bhaaratyai nama: om bhadraayai nama: om sharvaaNyai nama: om vijayaayai nama: om jayaayai nama: ...
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Guru Dattatreya Parayan

I have just now downloaded the book Sri Guru Charitra. At the last section, the rules of properly reciting it are given and which are as follows: Namdharak- "Kindly tell me the procedure of week-...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

Partial Answer: We celebrate Shiv Ratri because Lord Shiva himself recommended for sake of grace. Although he recommended even Shivratri which falls every month, he laid importance of Maha Shiva ...
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Which Hindu scriptures mention Indradwaja or Brahmadwaja?

The mention of such a pole decked with finery and dedicated to Indra comes from the Adivansavatarana Parva of Mahabharata though it doesn't really connect it with Yugadi. However, it does mention it ...
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Celebrating festival while menstruation

During courses a woman is considered very "impure"(the degree of impurity is described in one of the verses given below).The Scriptures even say that touching their husbands during those days is an ...
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What is the relation of Vasant Panchami with Goddess Saraswati?

Vasant Panchami is the day Magha Shukla Panchami. From Wikipedia: Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means "spring" and Panchami means "the fifth day." Vasant Panchami falls on ...
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Bali Padyami vs Onam

Summary: please read the summary and appreciate the post as the detailed part is too long As per Śrimad Bhāgavata Purana and ancient records about south India. Onam is Vamana Jayanti and not the ...
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Guru Purnima celebration

अखण्डमण्डलाकारं व्याप्तं येन चराचरम् । तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥ Akhanndda-Mannddala-Akaaram Vyaaptam Yena Cara-Acaram | Tat-Padam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah || Meaning: ...
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Why do people celebrate Holi? Why do they throw colored powder at each other?

Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and ...
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Why does Makar Sankranti follow English calendar?

No, it is not celebrated according to the English calendar. From the point of view of Jyotisha, Makara Sankranti is celebrate when Surya (Sun) enters Makara Rashi (the zodiac named Capricorn). As, ...
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What is the importance of Dhanteras?

An ancient legend ascribes the occasion to on interesting story about the 16 year old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that ...
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Why does Makar Sankranti follow English calendar?

It doesn't necessarily comes on 14th January, We have seen it almost falls on 14 January many times it comes earlier or many times later. Hinduism is the major festivals of Makar Sankranti. This ...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

In addition to the stories, there is also deep spiritual significance behind Maha Shivaratri. It is said that this is when Shiva Tattva comes down and touches the Earth: According to the Shiva ...
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Significance of Chaitra Navratri?

Here is a partial answer based on the Devi Bhagavata Purana,BOOK 3 Chapter 26. Maharshi Vyasa explains the significance of performing the Asvin and Chaitra Navaratris to King Janamejaya : ...
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