Shivratri is one of the auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide with devotion to Lord Shiva. There are few interesting facts about Shivratri, which you should know about. Shivaratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South…

The roads have been jammed by numerous devotees who gather in haridwar to collect the holy water of river ganga to offer it to lord shiva in this auspicious month of savaan. The kawad mela 2011 has started and is in full flow.   You can have problems in visiting haridwar due to numerous devotees…

Kartik Poornima (Kartik purnima) is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the full moon day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November–December). It is also known as Tripuri poornima and Tripurari Poornima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deppawali – the festival of lights of the gods.[1] The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with…

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati , is no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in traditional Hindu calendar. It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and…

Kanwad/kanwar mela is celebrated in month of July/August. In this thousands of devotees from all over north india come to the city of haridwar to collect the holy water of Ganga. During Kanwar Mela, pilgrims come to collect Ganga water to offer it to Lord Shiva. Most of them come, collect water and go. They…

During this festival ten days of the month are devoted to the worship of Holy River Ganga venerated by the Hindus as a mother as well as a goddess. Places such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garh-Mukteswar, Prayag, Varanasi etc where Ganga flows hold special significance on this day. Devotees flock to these places and Varanasi with…

There are several auspicious days in the Vedic or Vaisnava calander year in honor of mother Ganga’s pastimes. They are Aksaya-trtiya, Ganga-saptami, also known as Jahnu-saptami, Ganga-dushara, also known as Sri Ganga-puja, and Sri Ganga Sagara Mela. Aksaya-trtiya appears in the month of Vaisakha (April/May) on the 3rd day of Sukla-paksa, or the waxing fortnight…

Buddha Poornima, which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May), commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Notwithstanding the summer heat (the temperature routinely touches 45 degrees C), pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima…

Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, Hindi: बैसाखी vaisākhī, also known as Baisakhi or Vasakhi) is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region, which also marks beginning of a new solar year, and new harvest season. Baisakhi is a Sikh religious festival.[1] It falls on the first day of the Baisakh month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar,…

Ram Navami is the festival for celebration of birth of Lord Rama in Human form as the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya all those centuries ago when King Dasharath’s heir was finally born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of an heir…