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  • The Legend Behind the Dhanteras and Naraka Chaturdashi

    Dhanteras, also known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” falls in the month of Kartik on the 13th day of the dark fortnight. Dhanteras is the first day of the Indian Diwali and Nepalese Tihar Festival. This festival of wealth is celebrated two days before the festival of lights, Diwali. ‘Dhan’ literally, means wealth and ‘Tera’ […]

  • Why do Hindus Prefer Birth Anniversary To Death Commemorations?

    Being altogether different from the Christian routine with regards to grieving the passing of Jesus Christ (Good Friday), and celebrating the affliction of holy people, or the Shia Muslim routine with regards to grieving the demise of the Prophet’s son in-law’s family (Muharram). Hindus do favor birth anniversary (Jayanti) over death commemorations (Punya tithi). Be that […]

  • The Essence of a Hindu Wedding – The cultural and emotional quotient

    While the modern society has somewhat relaxed its stance on marriage, the great Hindu Wedding is still a very important event in one’s life here. Disagree? Ask the hoards of aunties and uncles ready to fix a suitable girl with the suitable lad. The wedding season brings about its woes- the nonstop function, the competition […]

  • Things you should know about Devshayani or Harishayani Ekadsashi

    We Hindus being the polytheistic creatures we are, revere the Gods throughout the year. The importance of the holy trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva doesn’t need further disclosure as they are established as the creator, protector, and destroyer of the universe respectively. Shivaratri has established itself as an important day for the devotees of Lord […]

  • Is Caste System part of Hindu Religion?

    The term caste is derived from the Portuguese casta, meaning “race, lineage, breed” and there is no exact translation in Indian or any Sanskrit derived languages to this word but varna and jati are the two most proximate terms. The caste system is a system, as followed by today in India and other Hindu cultures, […]

  • Logical Reasons Why Hindus Avoid Sweeping at Night

    Everyone must have heard from his or her guardians or older people that one should not sweep and mop at night because it might bring about some negative impacts. But what are these negative impacts? I have always wondered but never dared to ask or question them. Today, when somebody talked about this issue, I […]

  • On your next visit to temple, don’t bow your head and walk away!

    India is a country full of temples. There is no place or corner, of India, where you will not find an idol placed in respect. Well, all that is fine as long as you are continually seeking blessings. How about when you step outside your city to enjoy some fresh sightseeing? No surprises here, as […]

  • The Science behind Wearing Hindu Ornaments

    Wearing ornaments is part of Hindu culture. From wearing rudraksha to gold to silver to different colored pieces of jewellery, Hindus have been doing so for centuries, and most consider this to be an ostentatious act. But what if I tell you that there is a science behind this too? First, we see that women […]

  • Women wearing Bindi

    The Hindu Forehead Dot, Bindi Is More Than Just An Ornament

    Wearing a bindi is a popular culture among the Hindu women, especially if you go to South Asian countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Bindi is a distinct dot worn on the middle of the forehead, just above the in-between of eyes. The literal translation of bindi is “a drop, small […]

  • The Celebration of Winter Solstice – Makar Sankranti Festival

    One of the very rare occasions when the  Hindu festival falls on the same date in local calendars every year is Makkar Sankranti. It literally means the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, Widely known as the Harvest festival, it is celebrated widely in India, Nepal, and […]

  • Ancient Indian musical instruments that are on the point of extinction

    Music has always been an identity of a country: Blues will always be associated with the US, Reggae will always be associated with Jamaica. But even more so than music, musical instruments and the typical melodies played on those instruments are more than a pride of a country. More so for India, where classical music—both […]

  • Scientific Facts about Peepal Tree Which is Religiously Important To Hindus

    Our religion not only holds a specials place for deities but also other living beings like plants and animals are revered with much respect and love. Vedas call it Ashvatta – the shade that provides rest for the divine horse, Tamils call it the Arasa Maram – the king of trees. Bhagvat Gita calls the […]