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Lohri 2023 – Importance Of Lohri Festival

Lohri, observed a day before Makar Sankranti, is the bonfire festival signifying the harvesting of winter crops. Lohri Festival 2023 date is January 13. It is observed mainly in Punjab, Haryana, parts of Jammu , Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other nearby regions. Lohdi Festival is basically an agrarian festival dedicated to Agni or fire. On the day of Lohri, people create huge bonfires in the harvested fields and in front of homes in the evening. People go around the bonfire and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies. They ask Fire God Agni to banish poverty and usher in prosperity. On the morning of Lohri children go around the neighborhood singing Lohri songs. They are given money, til (sesame), jaggery, peanuts and popcorn. All homes are decorated on the day and people prepare and share makki ki roti (made of millet) and sarson ka saag (cooked mustard leaves). On the day people eat and distribute Prasad made of til, gajak, jaggery, peanuts and popcorn. Th

Importance of 12 Sankranthi in Hinduism

There are 12 Sankranthi in Hinduism. Here is a look at the importance of each Sankranti. Sankranti literally means movement. It is the movement of Sun from one Rashi (zodiac) to the other. Makar Sankranti (January 14 or 15) – Transit of sun from Dhanu Rashi to Makar Rashi (Sagittarius to Capricorn) - Uttarayan starts – the daytime of Devas begin from this day. It is celebrated across the world as Sankranti, Pongal and by numerous other names. Kumbha Sankranti (February 12, 13 or 14) – Transit of sun from Makar Rashi to Kumbha Rashi (Capricorn to Aquarius). Devotees residing along the banks of holy rivers and in most eastern part of India celebrate this by taking holy dip in Ganges. Offerings are given to cows and to poor people. Meena Sankranti (March 14 or 15) - Transit of sun from Kumbha Rashi to Meena Rashi (Aquarius to Pisces). Offer are done to sun god on the day by devotees. Mesha Sankranti (April 14 or 15) – Transit of sun from Meena Rashi to Mesha or Med

Mariamman Story

Goddess Mariamman is a popular Hindu deity in South India especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. She is the Hindu Goddess of the poor and downtrodden and is a gramadevata or village deity. The story of origin of Mariamman Devi is unique and is associated with Goddess Renuka, the mother of Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to legend, Renuka, the wife of Sage Jamadagni, was famous for her devotion and chastity. It is said that her chastity was so powerful that she had the divine power to collect water even in unbaked pots.  However, once she happened to see a king making love to his wife on the riverbank and she had adulterous thoughts. She lost her divine powers and her husband Sage Jamadagni came to know about this. The sage had five sons and in anger, he ordered them to cut the head of Renuka. Four of them refused but Parashuram, the fifth son readily agreed to cut the head of his mother. When Parashura

Animals For Home Based on Vastu - Lucky Animals For Home As Per Hindu Religion

There are no direct references in Hindu scriptures as per which animals can be kept at a Hindu home. Today there are many animals that are kept based on Vastu. But the scriptures do give hints while narrating incidents and stories. Based on these hints, these animals can be kept (and cannot be kept) in the home as per Hindu religion. Some of these are lucky animals as they change luck. As per Hindu religion, snakes are holy but they should not be kept as pets or in the compound of your house. Similarly, it is not auspicious to keep bats, python, and scorpion as pets. It is considered auspicious to keep deer as pets. It brings peace and prosperity. As per government rules, you are not supposed to keep wild animals like deer as pets. Having rabbits at home brings prosperity. Keeping them is good for those looking to have children. It is also beneficial to children at home. Keeping horse at home is considered beneficial in matters related to wealth. Keeping birds esp

Quotes from Chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita – The Spirit of Renunciation – Translated by Purohit Swami

Quotes from chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita by Purohit Swami with emphasis on the spirit of renunciation. Arjuna asked: O Mighty One! I desire to know how relinquishing is distinguished from renunciation. (18.01) The sages say that renunciation means forgoing an action which springs from desire; and relinquishing means the surrender of its fruit. (18.02) Arjuna - Some philosophers say that all action is evil and should be abandoned. Others that acts of sacrifice, benevolence and austerity should not be given up. (18.03) O best of Indians! Listen to My judgment as regards this problem. It has a threefold aspect. (18.04) Acts of sacrifice, benevolence and austerity should not be given up but should be performed, for they purify the aspiring soul. (18.05) But they should be done with detachment and without thought of recompense. This is My final judgment. (18.06) It is not right to give up actions which are obligatory; and if they are misunderst