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Festivals

Annakut

Katrik Sud 1, marks the end of the monsoon season in India. The significance is that traditionally crops would now be ready to be harvested and the first offering is to God Almighty in appreciation. This is know as Annakut.

Dhanterus

Dhan Teras or Dhantrayodashi as it is also known as, falls on the thirteenth day on the dark half of the month of Ashwin, two days before Diwali and the start of Diwali. The word “Dhan” means wealth and “Teras” mean the 13th day

Dhanurmaas

This festival takes place during the Hindu Month of Maghsar. The month is marked by an astrological event where the sun (surya) enters the Makar rashi (Sagittarius). According to Vedic astrology this is the house of


Diwali

The festival of Diwali falls on the last day of the Vikram calendar (Aso Amaas).The word "Diwali" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Deepavali" - Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row. In the west Diwali is referred to as the

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi (Chauth) is the day for worshipping Ganpati Maharaj. In the Holy Shikshapatri, Bhagwan Swaminarayan urges His Acharyas to worship Ganpati Maharaj on this day (Bhadarva Sud Chauth)

Guru Poornima

Guru Purnima is also referred to as Vyas Purnima, as the great sage and first Guru of Hinduism was Ved Vyasji. Vyasji translated the Vedas, wrote the 18 Purans and the Mahabharat


Hindola

The Hindola utsav is celebrated from Ashadh Vad 2 to Shravan Vadh 2. The origins of the divinity of Hindola go back to Vrindavan, 5000 years ago where the Gopis swayed Lord Krishna on a decorated swing. The Hindola utsav has

Holika

Hiranyakashipu was the king of the asuras (demons) whose brother had been slain by Vishnu for terrorising Gods and Goddesses. In revenge for his brother’s death, Hiranyakashipu wanted to destroy Vishnu and keep other

Shree Krishna Janmastmi

King Kans was Shree Krishna’s maternal Uncle, brother of Devki, his mother. Kans was a tyrant in the village of Mathura. He fought viscous battles, killed with no justification, and resulted


Kali Chaudas

“The Acharyas shall perform pooja to Ganpatiji on the fourth day of the bright half month of Bhadharvo, and that of Hanuman on the fourteenth day of the dark half month of Ashwin.” Bhagwan has instructed, His Acharyas to perform pooja

NarNarayan Dev Jayanti

The history behind the birth of Nar Narayan Rishi is majestic. After completing the murti-pratishtha ceremony of Shree NarNarayan

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the spiritual bonding between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Shravan (August). The Bhavishya


Ramnavmi

Chaitra Sud Nom – more commonly referred to as Swaminarayan Jayanti or Ramnavmi marks a double celebration for satsangis in the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It was on this day in the year Vikram Samvat 1837

Rath Yatra

On the auspicious day of Ashadh Sud 2 (early July) Hindus all around the world celebrate the Rath Yatra Festival. Rath Yatra originates from two words: “Rath” meaning chariot and “Yatra” meaning a pilgrimage or procession

Rushi Panchmi

“No women shall touch any persons, clothes or utensils for three days during her menstrual cycle. On the forth day she may do so after having a purifying bath” Shikshapatri shlok 174. The above Shikshapatri shlok is applicable to


Maha Shivratri

Mahashivratri means “the night of Lord Shiva” and falls on Falgun Vad Chaudas. This day is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva, and marks his marriage to Parvatiji. In Shikshapatri, Bhagwan Swaminarayan states that Vedas declare

Tulsi Vivah

Tulsi Vivah is celebrated on Kartik Sud 15. Tulsi is the plant Ocimum Sanctum (a sacred venerated plant) and Vivah means marriage. Literally it is the celebration of Tulsi’s marriage. Tulsi in her former birth was Vrinda, the faithful wife

Vasant Panchmi

The auspicious day of Vasant Panchmi falls on Maha Sud Pancham, and holds a number of important significances. The first is that it marks the coming of spring, hence the name “vasant rutu”- the season of spring, symbolising

 

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