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Diwali: Worshipping Lakshmi

Possessors of wealth generally feel empowered. While wealth as a power can be used to nurture ourselves and others or to fulfill our personal desires, it can also hurt others. A popular Sanskrit proverb paropkaraye punyaye, paapaye parpidnam, which distinguishes … Continue reading

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Makar Sankranti: Celebrating good karma

All forms of Brahman have at least one particular day in the Hindu calendar for their remembrance. Though Sun, the “star” which nurtures the earth and protects all life, is worshipped daily by many Hindus at both dawn and dusk, … Continue reading

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Deepavali: A celebration of Darshan

In the treta yuga, the people of Ayodhya celebrated their first Diwali (Deepavali) on Sri Rama’s return to his hometown. The lighting of lamps on this occasion was subsequently followed by the darshan of Rama. In our age, we can … Continue reading

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Raksha Bandhan Special: Does the Hindu trinity celebrate this festival?

Raksha Bandhan, the sister’s day for Hindus, is celebrated on the full moon of the lunar month Shravana and involves a small ceremony in which a sister ties a sacred thread (rakhi) on her brother’s wrist to symbolize her affection … Continue reading

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Rama Navami Special: Remembering the name of Lord Rama

Just like the Ashwin Navaratri concludes with the victory of Rama (Dussehra), the Chaitra Navaratri concludes on Rama Navami, the birthday of Sri Rama, Lord Vishnu’s incarnation as the ruler of Ayodhya as well as the Creation. On the occasion … Continue reading

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