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Diwali Festival Information

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most widely recognized Hindu festival and in 2017 it will be celebrated globally on October 19. In Tamil Nadu and South India, it will be on October 18. Below is a detailed information of Diwali festival with all important facts.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit term ‘Deepavali’, which means ‘a row of lamps’.

Diwali is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ - it refers to the rows of earthen lamps celebrants place around their homes.

Diwali light symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance, and goodness over evil. It further represents an awareness of God in our lives.

The popular legend in Hinduism associated with Diwali marks the day when Lord Rama returned from a forced exile after defeating Ravana, the ultimate force of evil, in His time.

In South India, Diwali is also believed to be the day when Lord Krishna annihilated Demon Narakasura and restored Dharma.

In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diwali in commemoration of th…

Diwali 2015 day and date calendar in India

The most popular Hindu festival Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps.’ Diwali 2015 day and date calendar in India is given below.


November 9 – Dhanteras – Dhan Trayodasi – Yamdeepdaan. November 10 – Diwali in South India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. November 10 – Narak Chaturdashi November 10 – Kali Chaudas – Hanuman Puja November 11 – Diwali in North India November 11 – Lakshmi Puja in India all regions November 11 – Chopda Puja or Muhurat Puja in western parts of India November 12 – Bali Pratipada November 12 – Diwali Padwa November 12 – Annakut / Govardhan Puja November 12 – Gujarati New Year November 13 – Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej November 13 – Yama Dwitiya in South India

Story – Who was the fiercest in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat – Bhima or Arjuna?

Bhima and Arjuna once had an argument as to who was the fiercest in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. Both claimed that they inflicted the greatest damage on the Kauravas. None of the Pandavas or those who participated or witnessed the battle was able to decide who was the fiercest.

Finally, Bhima and Arjuna decided to ask Barbareek, the bodiless head, who witnessed the Kurukshetra war from a hill.


When asked who was the fiercest in the battle and who inflicted the maximum damage on the Kaurava army, Barbareek answer was spectacular. 
Barbareek said that he did not see Bhima or Arjuna, he only witnessed Vishnu’s Sudharshana Chakra (discus) cutting the heads of Adharmic kings and people on earth. The earth then took the form of Goddess Kali and drank the blood of the greedy and power hungry kings.

Dancing Ganesha – Natraj Form of Ganesh

Dancing idol of Ganesha is mainly worshiped during 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It is also known as Natraj Form of Ganesh. This pose of Ganapati is widely seen in paintings and sculptures. In this form, Ganesha is musician and blesses devotees with skill and efficiency in music, dance and arts.

As per some beliefs, this pose symbolizes positive energy. It is also associated with creation and destruction.

Miniature sculptures of Dancing Ganesha are available today for sale. However, they are not worshipped in homes.
In homes, generally the sitting form of Ganapati is worshipped.

Sage Gautama and Ahalya

Story of Ahalya, wife of Sage Gautama, is from epic Ramayana. The story involving Sage Gautama and Ahalya is mentioned during the exile period of Bhagavan Sri Ram and is found in the Bala Kanda chapter of Ramayan. Bhagavan Sri Ram touches a stone near the Ashram of Sage Gautama and it suddenly turns into a woman. This was Ahalya who was cursed by her husband to become a stone.


The unearthly beauty of Ahalya infatuated Indra, the king of demigods. He attempted to seduce her by taking the form of Sage Gautama. Ahalya did not stop the advances of Indra, although Ahalya knew it was not her husband who was approaching her.

Sage Gautama, who had gone for his morning bath, suddenly returned and Indra took the form of a cat and escaped from the ashram. Sage Gautama realized through his yogic powers what had happened. He cursed his wife, turning her to stone, and put a curse on Indra as well.

It is said that Indra was cursed to roam around with 1000 vaginas on his body. Later Indra did penanc…

Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple near Jalna in Buldhana - Shri Balaji Devasthan in Deulgaon Raja

Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Balaji or Lord Venkateswara. It is located at Deulgaon Raja near Jalna in Buldhana District. Shri Balaji Devasthan is around 24 km from Jalna.



Legend has it that during ancient times it was impossible for the people of the region to visit the Tirupati Balaji Temple. It is said that on the request of devotees Balaji manifested here at Duelgaon Raja.



Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here along with Goddess Lakshmi. The murtis are made using five precious metals.

The most important festival in the temple is organized during Navratri (October) and it is known as Laleet. Huge poles are erected during the period, which falls down at the end of the festival.

Reclining Idol of Ganesha – Symbolism and Importance of the Sleeping Idol of Ganesh

Reclining idols of Ganesha are very rare and is mostly seen in paintings and sculptures. Vinayaka Chaturthi pandals give importance to sleeping form of Ganesha and is installed during the festival. There are some symbolisms associated with Sleeping Idol of Ganesha.

The popular belief is that reclining pose of Ganesha symbolizes wealth, luxury, comfort and prosperity.

In such murtis, Ganesha reclines on a pillow.

Sleeping murti of baby Ganesha is very popular but it is not worshipped.
Reclining and sleeping pose Ganesh is rarely worshipped in homes.

Diwali in Kerala

Diwali is not widely celebrated in Kerala. In Kerala, Deepavali is observed to commemorate the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Diwali in Kerala in 2017 is on October 18. This is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi in Tula Masam as per traditional Malayalam Calendar mostly a day before Diwali in North India.

The only ritual that is followed in Kerala during Diwali is ritualistic bathing in the early morning hours by applying oil on head and on the body.
Lighting of crackers is another ritual that is enthusiastically done in many regions in Kerala.

Story – Sage Bhrigu’s Curse on Agni

Sage Bhrigu’s curse on Agni narrates how Agni came to devour everything that is there on earth. Sage Bhrigu married Puloma who was  famous for beauty. Beauty of Puloma was also admired by a demon.
Puloma knew about the demon’s intention but she did not care about it.
Years went by and once the demon happened to see Puloma but he could not recognize her. He enquired to a sage standing nearby as to who the woman was? The sage was Agni in disguise.
When the demon understood it was puloma, he wanted to know where he can see and talk to her.
The sage replied that she can be seen and talked to only if Sage Bhrigu allows and for this you have to go to the ashram of Sage Bhrigu.
The old desire was reignited and the demon decided to kidnap Puloma.
Puloma was pregant at this time and when the demon tried to forcefully take her away, the child fell from her womb. The boundless light that appeared from the baby annhilated the demon.
Sage Bhrigu who realized that it was Agni who gave the demon t…

How to do or observe Karva Chauth Vrat? - How to perfrom Karva Chauth Fasting?

Karva Chauth is a popular fasting in Hinduism and is mainly observed in North India. In 2017, Karwa Chauth is on October 8. Here is a brief idea on how to do or perform Karva Chauth Vrat? It is performed by a married woman for the well being of her husband. The fast starts before sunrise and ends after worshipping the moon. Today, the fast is seen as a symbol of love. 
The simple way to fast on the day is to wake up early have a bath, offer daily prayers and consume some food before sunrise. In the evening, pray to Goddess Parvati, wait for the moonrise. Have a look at the moon and enjoy a good dinner with husband and family. Remember, all rituals are meant for the satisfaction of the ego, Gods don’t need rituals. Santana Dharma teaches to get over all rituals and understand the Brahman – the Supreme Force present in you and in everything.



The traditional way contains several steps and it is as follows:


On the day, married women wake up before sunrise and take bath and offer their usua…

Diwali and Christmas – Differences and Similarities

Diwali and Christmas are two of the important festivals in India. Here are some of the differences and similarities.

Both Christmas and Diwali are a religious festival. Diwali marks the return of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman to Ayodhya after 14-year exile period. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ.


If Christmas is synonymous for cakes, then Diwali is synonymous for sweets.
Gifts are exchanged in both Diwali and Christmas. However, in Diwali there is no figure like Christmas father.

Lighting arrangements are part of both the festival. Diwali lamps  (diyas) are lit during the period. During Christmas, it is stars.

Diwali is observed for five days and it is the most important holiday season in India and for Hindus around the world.

Christmas too is the most important holiday season throughout the world.

Diwali is mainly restricted to Hindus. Christmas in India is largely restricted to Christians but Hindus do participate in Christmas carols and programs.
Ther…

Diwali and New Year

Diwali marks the end of a lunar year in traditional Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat. New Year begins on the day after Diwali. In 2017, Diwali is on October 19 and Gujarati New Year is on October 20. Vikram Samvant 2074 begins on the day. Diwali and New Year is considered the most auspicious period in an year especially for business community.

The Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat is also known as Vikram Calendar, or Vikram Samvat, and a month is calculated from the day after no moon or Amavasi to next Amavasi. The first month in a Gujarati Calendar is the Kartik month.

In the Hindu calendar popularly used in North India the year begins with Chaitra Shukala Pratipadha (March – April). In this calendar too, the current year is 2074.

You may also like to read Hindu New Year - Different New Year Dates in Hindu Religion

Moolam Natchathiram 2016 Palan – Moolam Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2016

As per 2016 Palan, Moolam Natchathiram born people will have a mixed year. Improvement in financial and career matters. Enemy activity will increase. Health issues. Astrology Predictions or Palangal for Moolam Natchathiram for 2016 is given below: January, March, June, August and October 2016 are good. February, April and November will see both good and bad times. May, July, August and December 2016 are bad. Moolam Natchathiram is the 19th birth star among 27 Natchathirams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar Mulam is in Dhanu Rashi or Dhanu Kurru (Sagittarius Zodiac) in Tamil Nadu. Career - Those looking for a new job will get one with the help of a friend or people in power. Temporary work will become permanent. Success in exams and interviews. Opportunities will be plenty but you should not squander them. Promotion and transfer for some. Delay in government jobs. Some of you will decide to quit the present job and get invo…

Bommghatta Hanuman Temple – Hulikunteraya Hanuman Temple near Bellary in Karnataka

Bommghatta Hanuman Temple is popularly known as Hulikunteraya or Hulikunteswamy Temple. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Ram Bhakt Hanuman. The temple is located about 80 km from Bellary, 23 km from Kudligi and 55 km from Hampi.

Legend has it that the murti of Hanuman worshipped in temple was discovered by a cowherd, named Bommaiah, in a grass bush. As the murti was found under the bush of grass on the banks of a water tank, the murti has been named as Hulikunteswamy.

It is said that the murti was hidden in a grass for long time. Then a divine cow and calf joined among the cows of a cowherd. The cow started giving large quantity of milk. But one day it started giving milk. The cowherd then noticed that the cow was shedding her milk near a bush. When the cow realized that the cowherd had seen her shedding milk it disappeared. The cowherd then checked the area and found the divine murti of Hanuman.

There are murtis of Shiva, Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Anjaneya and Garuda in the temp…

Vishaka Natchathiram 2016 Palan – Vishaka Natchathiram or Star Palangal in 2016

As per 2016 Palan, Vishaka Natchathiram will have fairly good year. Progress in career. Some money related troubles. Success in exams. Trouble in health. Astrology Predictions or palangal for Vishaka Natchathiram for 2016 is given below. March, April, July, September, November and December 2016 are good periods. February, May and August will see both good and bad. January, June and October are tough periods. Vishaka is the 16th birth star among 27 Natchathirams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. The first 45 quarter of Visakha is in Tula Rasi (Libra Zodiac) and the next 15 quarter is in Vrischika Rasi (Scorpio Zodiac) as per moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu. Career - Good year for those looking for new job as you will get one this year. Promotion and transfer to a desired location. Those who are looking for jobs abroad will have the desire fulfilled. You will overcome career related problems. You will win appreciation from seniors and management. You will…

Swathi Natchathiram 2016 Palan – Swathi Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2016

As per 2016 Palan, Swathi Natchathiram will have a fairly good year. New jobs. Relief in health issues. Gains from travels. Astrology Predictions or Palangal for Swathi Natchathiram for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, February, March, June, November and December are good in 2016. April and September will see both good and bad. May, July, August and October 2016 are tough periods. Swathi Natchathiram is the 15th birth star among 27 Natchathirams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. Swathi is in Tula Rashi or Thula Kurru (Libra Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.

Career - Undesired transfer. Trouble from colleagues. Those looking for a job will be lucky in this year. Your career will undergo changes due to modernization. Unexpected problems in career should be faced with courage and intelligence. Some trouble for self employed. You will venture into new areas for gaining knowledge. Your thirst for knowledge will incr…

Budhi Diwali Festival at Nirmand Village in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

Budhi Diwali festival at NirmandVillage in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is observed from Margashirsh Amavasya for three days. In 2017, Budhi Diwali is on November 18. This is the no moon day in the next month after the Diwali. Also known as Dark Diwali, Budhi Diwali is observed because the villagers here believe that the news of Sri Ram returning to Ayodhya reached late in the remote villages in the region.
Bonfires are lit on the nights of the festival and people sing and dance on stories in the Mahabharata. Hindustan Times reports  Pritam Dev, a resident of Nirmand village, said in the district, the festival was celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demons, Dano and Asur, who resided there in form of snakes. “Buddhi Diwali festival is our rich cultural heritage, which reminds our epic culture of Ramayana, besides adopting modernity in the festival,” said another resident Joginder Shukla.
“According to the ritual, in day time people dance in long chain according to age and outsi…

Uthiram Natchathiram 2016 Palan – Uthiram Natchathiram or Birth Star Palangal in 2016

As per 2016 palan, Uthiram Natchathiram born people will have fairly good year. Improvement in career and health. Children might cause trouble. Happy occasions. Astrology Predictions or palangal for Uthiram Natchathiram for 2016 is given below: February, March, May, August and October 2016 are good period. January, April, July and September are neither good nor bad. June, November and December 2016 are tough periods. Uthiram Natchathiram is the 12th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. First quarter or 15 nazhika of the star is in Simha Rashi or Chinga Kurru (Leo Zodiac) and the next three quarter or 45 nazhika is in Kanya Rashi or Kannikurru (Virgo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology, Panchang and traditional calendar in Tamil Nadu.

Career - You will be honored for your dedication and hard work. Promotion and transfer to a desired location. Success in interviews and job related exams. You will be given important positions. Those looking for a job will get…

Diwali in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik

Diwali is the most popular festival associated with Hindu religion. Diwali 2017 date in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik is October 19. Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps’ and symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all living and non-living. In 2017, the Diwali dates in Maharastara are – Vasubaras on October 16
Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodashi or Yamdeepdan on October 17; Narak Charudashi on October 18 Diwali on November October 19 Lakshmi Puja on October 19 Diwali Padwa – October 20 Bali Pratipada – October 20 Govardhan Puja – October 20 Bhau Beej – October 21 Yama Dwitiya – October 21

Diwali is celebrated by all Hindu communities but the reasons and legends differ from place to place and from community to community. The most important legend associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that people lit lamps on the day…

Whoever has control of feeling follows truth – Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

To have calm feeling doesn’t mean that you always smile and agree with everyone no matter what they say — that you regard truth but don’t want to annoy anybody with it. This is going to the extreme. Those who try in this way to please everyone, with the desire of getting praise for their good nature, do not necessarily have control of feeling....
Whoever has control of feeling follows truth, shares that truth wherever he can, and avoids annoying unnecessarily anyone who would not be receptive anyway. He knows when to speak and when to be silent, but he never compromises his own ideals and inner peace. Such a man is a force for great good in this world.
If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love....If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to be respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old....
Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself; then you will find others res…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 28, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha PratipadaTithi or the first day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of the moon till 3:12 PM on October 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 28, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 2:30 Pm.
Nakshatra – Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 12:28 AM on October 28. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 11:03 PM on Oct 28. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan,…