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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 description of this Vrata performed on Sravana Poornima. It involves tying a Raksha on one's wrist to ensure an auspicious beginning of Vedic studies. 26-28. ...


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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 rite known as Karaka Vrata observed on the 4th in the dark half of Karttika. 43b-44 The holy rite called Karaka vrata is to be performed on the Caturthi day ...


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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 upon impact. They are supposed to be thrown with love and create bliss in the target. This is how Krishna is playing with the gopis, but the modern imitators ...


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How do Hindus celebrate birthdays generally? I think this is an opinion-based question. Most Hindu families living in urban areas these days have lost track of their roots and tradition on how to celebrate birthdays. They now simply resort to imitating the West by lighting candles on a birthday cake and blowing out candles. The more pertinent question is: ...


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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 is celebrated for the return of the lord Rama from vanvas as mentioned in Ramayana It is also celebrated for the return of Pandavas from 12 years vanvas as ...


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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 Tithis etc. For example this is how when to celebrate Navaratri festival is determined: 6-8. O king! The people are very much afflicted with various ...


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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 this conflict in detail. Chapter 9 Vidyeswara Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana describes origin and significance of Maha Shivaratri in detail. Nandiswara says तुष्टो...


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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 Devi Puja but readily can be applied to other Deities as well. For Pushpam(flowers), which is one of the Pancha as well as Shodasa Upacharas,the following ...


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"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 Sankranti" or "Stale Uttarayan". It is considered that sun marching towards North takes souls to Heaven and heading towards south takes souls to hell. In ...


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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 calculation. It is said that the benefits of powerful ancient Sanskrit mantras such as Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra increase greatly on this night. The festival is ...


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This is probably not the answer you were hoping for. There appears to be no mention of the origin of the tradition of Kumbha Mela in any of the Hindu scriptures. From the research paper Making the Colonial State Work for You: The Modern Beginnings of the Ancient Kumbh Mela in Allahabad by Kama MacLean (p. 876): Studies attempting to uncover the history and ...


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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. The Skanda purana is also describing other Shivaratri's like Nitya Shivaratri , Magha Shivaratri and Maha Shivaratri . According to Skanda purana monthly ...


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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 the day of Makara Sankranti. The Mahabharata, Book 13: Anusasana Parva: Section CLXVII The Mighty Bhishma then, taking the strong hand of Yudhishthira, ...


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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. Thus "Ganapati Bappa Moraya" means "Lord Ganesha Bless us" (Here Bappa is used for Lord...) If in case you're interested in reading one of the famous ...


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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 the episode: "Vaisampayana continued, 'Having heard from Dhaumya these words suitable to the occasion, Yudhishthira the just, with heart concentrated within ...


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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 and customs at that place. Also the way of celebration slightly differ from state to state. In Gujarat, it is called uttarayana. In Karnataka, it is called ...


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|| 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: om vaaNyai nama: om sarvagataayai nama: om gauryai nama: |10| om vaaraahyai nama: om kamalapriyaayai nama: om sarasvatyai nama: om ...


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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-reading and other rules to be followed during the week". Shri Siddha-"Shri Guru-Charitra can be read any time with pure mind. The credit of reading ...


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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 tooshneem evaakshataabhih pujayet satatam yaa tu tasyaastupyanti Devataah, Yadgriham raajate nityam mangalairanulepanaih, Tadgrihe vasate Lakshmeernityam ...


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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 Ratri specially.Note that this is one of the Do's among the 5 do's of Shaiva or Shiva devotees (Pancha Dharma). From Shiv Rahasya. Fasting. The abstaining from ...


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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 being used for annual celebrations so that could be the connection. It is related to the Puru king Vasu Uparichar and how Indra was so pleased with him that he ...


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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 offence.Participating in religious activity of any kind is strictly prohibited,which should only resume once the courses are over. Following are some verses from ...


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You see akshay tritiya is seen as day of creation when Lord Bramha Started creating the srishti (universe). There are four more aspects related to it. Parshurama Avatar Janma(Birth of Lord Parshurama). The (never-ending/Akshaya) Svyam Siddha muhurata also known as Akshaya muhurata. The (not so very famous) Lord Vishnu's Haygriva avatar also appeared on ...


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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: Salutations to the Guru ,Whose Form is an Indivisible Whole of Presence, and By Whom is Pervaded the Moving and the Non-MovingBeings,  By Whom is Revealed  that ...


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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 particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the ...


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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, Jyotisha follows a sidereal (moveable) zodiac, these dates can change i.e. Surya can enter Makara on a different date. The question itself says that it can fall ...


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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 festival is celebrated all over India in some form. Sun in Capricorn occurs on Poush Mass is celebrated on the solstice. This festival is celebrated ...


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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 Purana (ancient texts praising the divine through divine stories), when Parvati asked Shiva, what pleases him the most, He is supposed to have replied, 'The ...


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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 : Janamejaya said :– “O Best of the Brâhmins! What are men to do in the time of Navarâtra? Especially in the Navarâtra ceremony during the autumnal season how is the ...


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The muhurat for Holika Dahan generally depends on the tithi. It is not fixed and change every year. For example in 2018, the timings as given by Drik Panchang were between 5:49 and 8:31 pm: The muhurat for 2019 starts at 8:27 pm and lasts till after midnight:


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