Maha Shivratri – Celebrating Lord Shiva
Maha Shivratri is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva on the final night of the Krishna paksha (dark half or waning phase) of the moon (night before Amavasya) in the month of Phalgun (Feb-March) by almost all sects within Hinduism. It is a day of fasting for all devotees of Lord Shiva and is one of the eight most significant days of fasting in the Hindu Calendar. This article describes prayers, meaning and significance of this festival…
Lord Shiva Mahamantra and Shiva Gayatri
Om Namah Shivaya is a three word Mahamantra that is considered to be the supreme invocation to Lord Shiva. The gayatri invocation for Lord Shiva is called Rudra Gayatri. Aum tadpurushAya vidhmahe.
Ugadi and Gudi Padwa Festivals
Ugadi and Gudi Padwa
Ugadi and Gudi Padwa (Ugādi, Samvatsarādi, Yugadi, Gudi Padwa) mark the traditional New Year’s Day for the Hindus of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana states in India. It is festively observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra. This typically falls in […]
Holi – The Festival of Colors
Holi or Holika, is a spring festival celebrated at the onset of the spring season, on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Phalguna. It is also the first day of the Hindu calendar (samvat) and a day of great joy and gaiety in the cities of Vrindavan and Mathura. Holi means the triumph of good over evil and conquest of sensual values by spiritual values.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra for Lord Shiva
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva for healing, overcoming death. Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam, urvarukamiva bandhanaan mrityor mokshiye maamratat.