Chaitra Navratri 2021: the ‘other’ Navratri, and how to celebrate it

Chaitra Navratri - Durga

This is such a special time of the year – as the ancients knew – and therefore we have all these special days celebrated for thousands of years that are linked to the season, the stars and the psychologies of ourselves. Chaitra Navratri, which is a nine-day festival, beginning on the first day of the Hindu calendar, will begin on April 13, 2021, and end on April 22, 2021. Day 1 – 13 April, 2021 – ShailaputriDay 2 – 14 April, 2021 – BrahmachariniDay 3 – 15 April, 2021 – ChandraghantaDay 4 – 16 April, 2021 – KushmandaDay 5 – 17 April, 2021 – SkandamataDay 6 – 18 April, 2021 – KatyayaniDay 7 – 19 April, 2021 – KaalratriDay 8 – 20 April, 2021 – MahagauriDay 9 – 21 April, 2021 – Siddhidhatri The festival, which falls during the Indian …

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7 of the most Beautiful Temples of Mauritius 🇲🇺 🛕

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We can’t all go to Bali, and who knows when travel will revert to normal? Check out the island life just 4 hours out of South Africa. Also how Africa’s oldest democracy is thriving. The history of Hindu temples in Mauritius is amazing – in many instances these were indentured labourers with a dream and they made it happen despite the odds. There is something about these temples, something more than just the location, that makes them so special. Ganga Talao CC-BY-SA-4.0 – 1898 pilgrims trekked to Grand Bassin to collect its water to offer to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The lake was then known as the ‘Pari Talao’. In 1972, some holy water from the Ganges River was mixed establishing a symbolic link with the sacred Indian River and the lake was renamed Ganga Talao. …

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Kumbh Mela 2021 – largest religious gathering in full swing

Devotees during ganga aarti Uttarakhand, April 04 (ANI): Devotees during Ganga Aarti ahead of the Second Shahi Snan in Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The British used to fear the spiritual gathering as a source of pride, meaning and potential sedition against their rule and strategies of division. Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India. Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images Tulasi Srinivas, Emerson College Massive crowds are expected to gather at India’s northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the country’s grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at sacred tirthas, or river-ford sites, along the Ganges River in India. This year the government expects over a million pilgrims a day to bathe in the sacred river. Over 5 million people are expected per day on the most auspicious days – April 12, …

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A short, punchy Govinda (Ekadashi) playlist


Ekadashi Special – Maithili, Rishav and Ayachi Thakur Maithili Thakur Radha Rani – Suprabha KV  Govinda – George Harrison Lord Vishnu – Spiritual Chants Thirumala Vaasa – Usha Read: What is ekadashi and how to celebrate it? Ekadashi fasting times 2021 Sweet ekadashi song by Suprabha KV – Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari

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Happy Hindi New Year, Puthandu and Vaisakhi! It’s New Year again – 12, 13 and 14 April, 2021


The New Year in India and surrounding countries is deemed to start on the 12th, 13th and/or 14 April, 2021. The day coincides with spring harvests and the earthy beginning its annual cycle around the sun, according to the ancient Vikram Samvat calendar system. Puthandu and Vaisakhi are some of the best known names, although the day is celebrated across south Asia, south-east Asia and the diaspora. According to the SAHMS, Hindi New Year is on Monday, 12 April. The first day of the year on the Tamil calendar falls on 14 April 2021. Puthandu (Tamil: புத்தாண்டு), also known as Puthuvarusham or Tamil New Year, is the name for this day and it falls in the month of Chittirai. Puthandu is also celebrated by Tamil Hindus outside Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, such as in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion, Mauritius and other countries …

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Lord Ayyappan – and the original Tiger’s Milk story


Lord Ayyappan (Ayyappa, Ayappa), is a Hindu god worshiped mainly in Kerala and parts of South India. He has become more popular since medieval times and therefore does not appear in the most well-known puranas. He is the god of Dharma, truth, discipline and celibacy and the representation of yoga. Why Ayyappan Is Called Manikandan Ayyappan is also known as “Manikandan” because his divine parents tied a golden bell (mani) around his neck (kandan) soon after his birth. Therefore when Shiva and Mohini abandoned the baby on the banks of the Pampa river, it was easy for King Rajashekhara to find him. He was the childless monarch of Pandalam who accepted him as a divine gift and adopted him as his own son. Why the Gods Created Ayyappan The Devas had combined their powers to create Durga who is well-known …

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Harshdeep Kaur has her first child and nests like the best

Harshdeep Kaur

The famous singer of Punjabi and Sufi songs gave birth already a month ago, and did it without any fanfare so we missed it completely. She’s made some posts on Instagram, but Harshdeep Kaur spending time with the baby and hubby which we fully understand. Kaur has recorded songs for film music in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil and Urdu, and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Harshdeep Kaur (@harshdeepkaurmusic) In an interview with The Times of India, Harshdeep Kaur had spoken about her pregnancy during a pandemic and why they had kept the news a secret until the last month. She had said, “Yes, I am in my final trimester and just a month away from my delivery. My husband Mankeet and …

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Can’t imagine any period in last 4 centuries without Guru Tegh Bahadur’s influence: Modi

Modi Guru Tegh Bahadur 400th

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the period of history in India in the last four centuries cannot be imagined without the influence of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru. The Prime Minister was speaking during a meeting of the High-Level Committee (HLC) to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur (Prakash Purab), via video conferencing that was chaired by him. “In the last four centuries, there no period of India that we can imagine without the influence of Guru Teg Bahadur ji! As the ninth Guru, we all get inspiration from him,” he said. On April 1, the birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur is commemorated. He is best known for protecting Sikhs and Hindus from a 17th-century law that forced them to convert to Islam. He is known for making …

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Porridge prayers, recipe and amman 2021 resource

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Porridge prayers coincide with Good Friday every year, this year being 2 April. Unfortunately, religious gatherings are still limited due to lockdown conditions. Please check with your nearest temples and priests and celebrate carefully. The history of porridge prayers is key to understanding how SA Indians adapted to the new land and the eternal link with Mariamman. Director at Natya Ananda Fine Arts Academy – Verushka Pather, explains how the 1860 indentured labourers traditions are continued by South African Hindus, giving thanks by performing this traditional prayer even under the toughest of situations. Shakthi, as Divine Mother, is portrayed as cosmic energy in its dynamic form. Being the mother of the universe. She is ever ready to heed the call of Her devotees. As such an instance did this force manifest as Muthu Mari Ammen, Muthu (pearl); Mari (rain); Ammen …

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