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Hindu Samskaras (Sacraments)

Introduction The Samskāra are a series of Sacraments, Sacrifices and Rituals that serve as rites of passage and mark the various stages of the Human…

Garbhadaana

Garbhadhana (IAST: Garbhādhāna) (literally, gifting the womb), is the act of conception. This is the first sacrament which followed immediately on every marimonial union. There…

Pumsavana

After the conception was ascertained, the child in the womb was consecrated by the Samskra named Pumsavana. By Pumsavana was generally understood “that rite through…

Simantonayana

The Sĭmantonnayana (Hair parting).  The third Samskara of the embryo was Samantonnayana. That rite was called Samanta, in which the hairs of pregnant woman were…

Jatakarman

The Jatakarma ceremony was performed before the serving of the navel cord. This seems to have been the original time, but later writers state that…

Namakarana

Ever since men evolved a language, they have tried to give names to things of daily use in their life. Not only humans, gods also…

Nishkramana

Nishkramana (IAST: Niskrāmana) (literally, first outing) is taking the child for the first time outside the house. The child is usually taken out into the…

Annaprashana

The Annaprsana (The First Feeding Ceremony) The important stage in the life of the child is first feeding. It was fed on the mother’s milk.…

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Purpose of Celebration

Significance of religious traditions A. Religious traditions are in fact the workshops that teach us actual Dhārmik (Righteous) conduct. B. Religious traditions are opportunities Hindu Dharma has given to the people to…

Makar Sakranti

Tithi of Makar Sankranti Makar Sankranti festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On…

Vasant Panchami

Date of Observance:  Fifth day of waxing moon of Magh Description: Hinduism is a way of life rather than a religion. The people practicing Hinduism have…

Maha Shivaratri

Date of Observance:  Thirteenth night of the waning moon of Magh Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva.It is…

Holi

Date of Observance:  Full moon of Phalgun Holi (Hindi: होली) is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, as a festival of colors. It is primarily…

Rama Navami

Description: Rama Navami is the celebration of the birth of Rama. Ram Navami (Devanāgarī: राम नवमी) also known as Sri Rama Navami (IAST SriRām-navamī) is a…

Gudi Padwa

Date of Observance:  First Day of waxing moon of Chaitra Description: Gudi Padwa is a major Indian festival which is celebrated by a number of Indians…

Ugadi

Description: Ugadi, one of the most important of the Hindu festivals, marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The…