Bathukamma

Bathukamma

With the formation of Telangana state on 2nd June 2014, once neglected customs and traditions of the people of Telangana has come to the forefront with pomp.  The nine-day celebration of Bathukamma, is poised to become the face of the new found Telangana identity.  The literal meaning of Bathukamma is “Come Alive Mother”.  But there […]

Navratri

Navratri

Introduction Shakti is a Hindu concept which regards the feminine aspect of divinity supreme and considers all other forms its manifestations. In Shaivism it is feminine aspect of Shiva, which is manifested as Parvati and the concept of Ardhanareeswara which treats it in equal footing. The ‘Tridevi’ concept worships the feminine side of Trimurtis, Brahma, […]

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is a ten day, Hindu festival to celebrate the birth of Ganesa, the elephant headed God.  The festival begins on the fourth day of Hindu Calendar Bhadrapada. Ganesa, the lord of wisdom and the remover of obstacles is a very important deity in Hinduism. Ganesa is also known as Vigneswara, as the name […]

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival to celebrate love and duty between brothers and sisters.  It is observed in the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shraavan .  Shraavan is considered as a holy month, as many Hindu festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Narali Poornima, Naga panchami, Basava Panchami, Avani Avittam and Pavithra Ekadashi […]

Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth

An Advertisement for Karwa Chauth Celebration in Australia Karwa Chauth is an Indian celebration which has no parallel anywhere else in the world. It is a ritualistic celebration,  where woman pray for the well being of her husband. On the fourth day after the full moon in the Hindu calendar month of Karthik, Indian woman […]

Significance of Navratri

Significance of Navratri

The Legend of Navrathri The Hindu festival of Navratri is a nine day celebration and worship of Shakthi or Devi. During this period nine forms of the female Shakti or Devi form is worshiped. There are many legends about Navratri. Markandeya Purana , one of the 18 Mahapuranas of Hinduism, regales the slaying of Mahishasura […]

Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal

All around the world, people celebrate harvest festival annually in some form or the other. It is traditionally the time for joyful celebration, with people feasting and involving in various activities of games and fun after a year of hard work. Harvest festivals are festival of abundance and a way of expressing the gratitude towards […]

Latest Christmas decorations for 2015

Latest Christmas decorations for 2015

Latest Christmas decorations for 2015 Christmas is celebrated all around the world in such a massive scale that it kick-starts and boosts the economic engine and spreads wealth and prosperity irrespective of cast and creed. The significance of the miraculous event of the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior, always has to content with the […]

Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia

  The birth of Jesus is commemorated on Christmas day and is celebrated by both Christians and non – Christians for religious and economic reasons.  The birth, life, crucifixion and eventual resurrection of Jesus may defy logic, but even a critical eye will find Jesus as a revolutionary who went against the establishment. This simple […]

Best New Year Messages

Best New Year Messages

New Year Messages Cheers to a new year and another to get everything right. Happy New Year May Hope kindle and rebound you, May your Hurts turn to Healing, May Laughter infect  you and Passion resurrect you. Happy New Year May your arms never tire to reach everything your heart desires – Happy NewYear May […]

Diwali

Diwali

Diwali   Deepavali or Diwali is the festival of lights. These little lamps people lighten during the Deepavali celebration around their houses, signifies the purity of inner light or atma which is the manifestation of the Omni present God. Deepavali is the celebration of Victory of Good over the Evil. Deepavali signifies the light of […]

Onam

Onam

Onam The Legend – Vamana with Mahabali Onam –  a Kerala Festival is more or less a nostalgic feeling for non-resident Malayalees.  The new generation of Kerala kids from nuclear families, may never have experienced or celebrated Onam , the way the  baby boomer generation has experienced. While the way this festival is celebrated remains […]

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi, the most important religious festival for Sikhs, is celebrated in the middle of April .  Vaisakhi falls in the Nanakshahi calendar ( Sikh Calender named after Guru Nanaka, the first sikh Guru) on the first day of Vaisakh month and marks the sun’s entering Mesha Rasi (this fact is called Mesha Sankranti, […]

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya

In year 2013 Akshya Tritiya falls on 13th May.  It is the third lunar day ( thithi) of the shukla paksha  in Vaisakha month ( Indian Calender ) . The word ‘Akshaya ‘in Sanskrit means ‘never diminishing’. It is believed that doing meritorious (Punya Karma) deeds on this day, will result in everlasting blessing from […]

Multicultural festivals in Australia

Multicultural festivals in Australia

Multicultural festivals in Australia Chinese New Year or Xin Nian Chinese New Year signifies the end of winter in China so it is known as spring festival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month of the traditional Chinese Calender and end with Lantern festival which is on the 15th day.  A […]

How to celebrate Diwali

How to celebrate Diwali

Deepavali or diwali means festival of lights. Deepa means light. Avali means group, thus meaning group of lights. Light signifies Shri Mahalakshmi, jnana etc. Deepavali festival comes in the middle of Chaathurmaasya. In the Chathurmasya , The Supreme Lord Shri Narayana will do Yoga Nidra appearing to sleep , misleading undeserving demonic souls. This is the period […]