Festivals

Makar Sankranti 14. 01. 2017.
Vasant Panchami 01. 02. 2017.
Maha Shivaratri 24/25. 02. 2017.
Holi 12. 03. 2017.
Sri Ram Navaratri 28. 03. 2017.
Hindu New Year 28. 03. 2017.
Ramnavami 05. 04. 2017.
Hanuman Jayanti 11. 04. 2017.
Guru Purnima 08/09. 07. 2017.
Raksha Bandhan 07. 08. 2017.
Krishna Janmashthami 15. 08. 2017.
Ganesh Chaturthi 25. 08. 2017.
Pitr Paksha − start Pitru Purnima 05. 09. 2017.
Pitr Paksha − end  Sarvam Pitru Amawasya 19. 09. 2017.
Autumn Navaratri − start 20. 09. 2017.
Autumn Navaratri − end 29. 09. 2017.
Dasera 30. 09. 2017.
Sharad Purnima 04/05. 10. 2017.
Diwali 19. 10. 2017.
Lakshmi Puja 20. 10. 2017.
Vikram New Year 2074 20. 10. 2017.

Moon calendar - Tithi

Year 2017.  UTC Date

A Tithi (also spelled Thithi) is a lunar day, and it is one of the most important aspects of the Indian Almanac or the Panchang. Most Hindu festivals and ceremonies are based on the Tithi calendar, and the lunar month contains 30 days.…

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Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sakranti is the only festival celebrated according to the solar calendar and falls on January 14th. Literally Sakranti means to move from one place to another – to change direction. It is the time when the sun changes its direction and starts moving northward. The Winter Solstice came to an end and days become longer and brighter. This period of 6 months in which the sun travels northward is important for spiritual aspirants since it represents moving towards the spiritual goal – the Atam Gyana. That is also why Bhishma, the legendary hero from Mahabharata, and the grandfather of Pandavas,…

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Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami is one of the more important festivals of India. It marks the beginning of spring and it is a festival dedicated to Sarasvati, the protector of learning, knowledge and wisdom. It is believed that it is also her birthday. On this day Brahma created Sarasvati and granted her the skill of speech and placed vina (an Indian instruments) in her hands. That is why her names are also Vila Vandini, the player of vina and Vani Dajan, the receiver of speech. As Brahma's consort, Saraswati has many other names, and some of them are: Vinapani, Sarada, Vagisvari, Brahmi,…

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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri means the Great Night of Shiva, a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva and celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar on the 14th day of the waning phase of the moon Falgun (February-March). The ceremony and the celebration takes place on the night between the 14th and the 15th. One belief is that this is the day when Shiva and Parvati got married. Furthermore, it is believed that this is the night when Shiva performed Tandava – the dance of the primordial creation, maintenance and destruction. In Linga Purana it is said that on this day Shiva manifested himself in…

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Holi

Holi

The celebration of the festival of Holi is very old in its origin and is described already in the ancient writings sutras. In its essence, that festival is the celebration of the final victory of good over evil. Literally, Holi means burning out, and, like all the other spiritual festivals, it has many legends connected to it, all of them having one thing in common – in the end the evil is defeated, and burned, and the victory of good is celebrated. Apart from the story about Prahlad, there is a story of an evil witch Putana who wanted to…

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Hanuman Jayanti - The Birthday of Sri Hanumanji

Hanuman Jayanti - The Birthday of Sri Hanumanji

Sri Hanumanji is respected all over India, individually or in connection with Sri Rama. In every temple dedicated to Rama there is an image – murti of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman is the Avatar of Lord Shiva. His father is Lord of the Wind, and his mother is Anjani Devi. He is called by other names as well: Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Pavankumar, Bajrangabali i Mahavir.

He was the living incarnation of the power of Rama's name, Ram-Nam, the ideal of the selfless work, a true Karma Yogi who worked dynamically and without any wishes. He was a great devotee and a Brahmachari. His…

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Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is a festival dedicated to the glory of Guru, a day when disciples come for Darshan to their Guru. For spiritual aspirants it is the most important festival of the year, when they should be with their master, either physically or mentally. On that day, spiritual aspirants offer fruits of their Sadhana to their Guru and also begin a "new year" of their spiritual life with a new spiritual Sankalpa (resolution) with the blessings of Guru. Guru Purnima is the day when the first ray of light came to planet Earth, and it is also the birthday of…

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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day – Sravana Purnima – in the month August/September. This is the day when every person can choose a brother or a sister towards whom he/she feels closely connected with the feeling of true brotherhood. The brother takes upon himself a life-long duty of protecting and taking care of his sister, and the sister promises a life-long love, support and understanding to her brother. This connection is considered to be stronger than the blood relationship.

On that day sisters tie around the brother's wrist a holy thread – rakhi and thus express their love and…

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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the fourth day of the bright moon phase Bhadrapad (August/September); it is the birth day of Sri Ganesh, a big festival celebrated worldwide. There is a wide variety of customs and ways of celebrating it, but as on any other festival, people worship the deity to whom that particular day is dedicated with prayers, meditations, pujas, a special prashad, flowers and satsang.

Sri Ganesha's elephant head symbolizes wisdom, and his trunk symbolizes OM. There are more versions and illustrations of what Ganesha holds in his hands. He holds in his hands mostly a stick (ankush –…

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Navaratri

Navaratri

Literally Navaratri means nine nights. This festival is celebrated twice a year, once in the beginning of summer – Ram Navaratri when Lord Rama is worshipped, and in the beginning of winter – Durga Navaratri, when Divine Mother is worshipped.

Navaratri is divided into three parts, each consisting of three days. The first three days are dedicated to Durga, who destroys all our impurities and imperfections. The following three days are dedicated to Lakshmi, the aspect of Divine Mother as a giver of spiritual prosperity. The last three days are dedicated to worshipping Sarasvati, the aspect of Divine Mother as Goddess of…

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Sarad Purnima

Sarad Purnima

Sarad purnima is the day that falls in the month of Asvin according to the Lunar calendar, and it is usually the tenth full moon of the year. On that day the moon is the brightest, and it is believed that his rays irradiate nectar on Earth – Amrit. Therefore, on that day people in their homes and temples prepare khir – a sweet made of rice and milk which is then offered to God, accompanied by the bells and singing of mantras and prayers. Between 9 pm and midnight that night, khir is placed under moonlight in order to absorb the…

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Divali

Divali

Divali is one of the greatest Indian festivals, it is a festival of light that celebrates the victory of light over spiritual darkness. "Deepavali" literally means a series of oil lamps (diyas).

Divali is celebrated on the 20th day after the festival of Dasera, according to the lunar calendar, on the 13th day of the month of Asvin (October-November). It is the day of Amavasya - new moon day.…

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