Friday, September 24, 2010

Indian Festivals: Significance of Bhaiya Dooj Customs and Traditions

Bhaiya Dooj Festival: Indian history is replete with instances which speak of the rich Indian culture. Each and every festival celebrated in India has its own social and cultural importance. These occasions encompass the various customs and traditions which give India its beauty and charm. One of the many such festivals is Bhai Dooj. The name of this occasion comes from its association brothers and that it is celebrated on the second day after the new-moon (Amavasya), or Diwali day. This day is also the third day of the Kartik month, according to the Hindu calendar.

The basic theme behind the origin of Bhai Dooj festival is believed to be the safety of women. But, there are also several mythological narrations on which the various customs and traditions of Bhai Duj are based. Two most popular stories are mentioned below:

  • It is believed that once Yamraj (the god of death) visited his sister Yami. His sister became very delighted to see him and applied a tilak on his forehead. At this, Yamraj became so happy that he announced that the person whose sister will apply tilak on his forehead on that day would become free from the fear of death and hell. From that day, the tradition of Bhai Dooj came into existence.
  • Another mythological tale says that after killing the devil named, Narkasur, lord Krishna went to his sister Subhadra. The day on which lord Krishna visited his sister was the second day after the new-moon day, or the dooj day. Subhadra gave her brother a warm welcome by doing his arti, applying a tilak on his forehead, sprinkling flowers over him, and offering him sweets. From then onwards, it became a tradition and got fame as the Bhai Dooj festival.

On the auspicious and delightful occasion of Bhaidooj, sisters apply tilak (a holy mark) on their brothers' forehead. They perform arti of their beloved and caring brothers and offer sweets to them, as well. Brothers also take pledge to keep their sisters safe and give them some gift or present reciprocating their gesture. Bhaiya Dooj is one of such amazing Indian festivals which are a true representative of the customs and traditions of India.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lord Pashupatinath Temple: Mandsaur eight faced Lord Shiva

Lord Pashupatinath is the another form of Lord Shiva, situated in only two place in the world First Katmandu (Nepal) and Second in Mandsaur (India).

In India, Mandsaur is know for it’s religious culture and Lord Pashupatinath Temple, which is situated on the bank of sacred Shivna river. Lord Shiva with the eight faces is the main deity of the town in the form of lord Pashupatinath.

The 90 feet temple of Lord Pashupatinath was built in 1962 on the bank of Shivna river, The Eight faced Shiva Linga is placed in the temple. It’s height is7.25 feet, has eight face in tow part, upper and lower, every part has four face. Every face depict the four stage of life. It is the unique sculpture of lord Shiva Linga in the world.

Lord Pashupatinath Linga Mandsaur

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple in rainy season

Satya: The Truth of LIE

Everyone in this mean world has been surrounded by their thoughts of well-being; they speak lies and then tend to hide them. Some do so, by a smile on their face and for some tears are the better options. This world is cruel, nothing more or less than that. A cute baby to wrinkling and pale faced granny, ‘lies’ is what we are talking about. Every person is a liar, but some lies are - SATYA, THE TRUTH OF LIE.

I know I am a liar. But what I always speak isn’t always a lie. Sometimes my lies are in the favor of my parents and sometimes they are in the favor of friends. But today I spoke in front of the mirror and felt so reprehensible that I couldn’t stop the one crying inside the mirror. And do you all know one thing, that Yes I have been given a mouth but there are NO APOLOGIES, I lie. “I haven’t been forgiven a single time I lied”. I was Sorry that I disrespected you. I was sorry, that didn’t come that day. I was sorry, that I called you on your phone, when you said, not to call. I was sorry, that I was a tear on your eye. I was sorry, that I was in fear when you cry. I was sorry, when I didn’t live up to your expectations. I was sorry; I didn’t wish you, on your Birthday celebrations. And I am Sorry, that I loved you more than you did, perhaps YOU DID NOT. My lies are not always for a bad motive though they later ought to be so (Oh god, what am I writing? Nail me on the wall). There is always a truth lies behind my lies.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lakshmi Paintings: Goddess of wealth & Fortune

Lakshmi Paintings: Goddess Lakshmi is called the goddess of wealth and fortune depict thousands of paintings in thousands time. People worship goddess Lakshmi on Deepawali Festival specially. Lakshmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. During the churning of sea goddess Lakshmi emerged in the sea than god Vishnu married with Lakshmi.Goddess Lakshmi is called the goddess of wealth. She gives the blessing of wealth and prosperous. All paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India

Goddess Lakshmi Paintings Gallery:

Lakshmi Painting

Goddess Lakshmi Painting

Lakshmi Painting

Lakshmi Paintings

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lord Vishnu: Paintings of Hindu God Vishnu Gallery

Lord Vishnu is one of the greatest and preserver Hindu god depict in thousands of paintings in thousands time. Thousands of devotees are worshipped in different form of God Vishnu. Lord Vishnu has tenth incarnation. Ninth incarnations have become in ancient age and various paintings have made on it. Last and tenth incarnation of lord Vishnu is remain . It will called Kalki. All the paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India

Lord Vishnu Paintings and Pictures Gallery

Boar Incarnation of Lord Vishnu painting

Turtle Incarnation Of Lord Vishnu Painting

Dwarf Incarnation of Lord Vishnu Painting

Fish Incarnation of Lord Vishnu Painting

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in October 2010

Dates of Auspicious Days and festivals in October 2010, which is associated to Hinduism (Hindu Religion). All the Auspicious dates based on major Hindu calendars and Indian Standard Time (IST), which is used in India.

October 2010 - Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days.

October 1 – Jitiya Vrat

October 4 – Ekadasi Fasting – Indira Ekadashi

October 5 – Pradosh Fasting

October 7 – Mahalaya – Amavasya – Pitru Paksha Shradh Ends

October 8 – Ashwin month begins in Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

October 8 – Navratri Begins – Kalash Sthapana – Ghatha Sthapana

October 12, 2010 – Lalita Panchami

October 13, 2010 – Durga Puja Sashti

October 13, 2010 – Muruga Sashti Fasting

October 14, 2010 – Durga Puja Saptami

October 15, 2010 – Durga Puja Ashtami – Durga Ashtami

October 16, 2010 – Mahanavami – Ayudha Puja (Navratri ends)

October 17, 2010 – Vijayadashami – Dasara

October 18, 2010 – Ekadasi Fasting – Pashankusha Ekadasi

October 18, 2010 – Aipasi Month Begins in Tamil Calendar

October 18, 2010 – Thulam Month Begins in Malayalam Calendar

October 19, 2010 – Kartik Month begins in Bengali Calendar

October 20, 2010 – Pradosh

October 22, 2010 – Kumar Purnima – Sharad Purnima – Kojagari Purnima

October 23, 2010 – Purnima day ends

October 23, 2010 – Kartik Month Begins in Hindu calendar in North India

October 23, 2010 – Kartik Snan begins

October 26, 2010 – Karwa Chouth

October 26, 2010 – Angarak Ganesh Chaturthi fasting

October 30, 2010 – Ahoi Ashtami

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hindu Goddess Paintings: Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga Paintings

Hindu Goddess paintings from India, is painted by master artist of goddess Kali, Lakshami, Saraswati, Durga etc. All paintings of Goddesses is collected form various famous site and courtesy of their respective owner Art of Legend India [dot] com.

Hindu Goddess Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga Paintings Gallery.

Goddess Lakshmi Painting

Goddess Lakshmi Painting

Goddess Kali Paintings

Goddess Kali Painting

Goddess Saraswati Painting

Goddess Saraswati Painting

Goddess Durga Painting

Hindu Paintings: Gods and Goddess Paintings Gallery

Hindu paintings nicely painted by Indian master artist. This paintings Gallery of Hindu Gods and Goddess is collection from various famous sites. All the paintings are courtesy of their respective owners.

Hindu Paintings Gallery of Hindu Gods and Goddess from famous sites.

Dwarkadhish Paintings

Child Krishna Paintings

Hindu Trinity Paintings

Sai Baba Paintings

Narad Muni Painting

Friday, September 10, 2010

Durga Puja: Popular Hindu Festival of India

Durga Puja is one of the popular annual Hindu festivals, which is celebrated with great joy all over India, especially West Bengal in worship of Goddess Durga. It is also known as ‘Navratri’, the festival of nine nights. It is the worship of Shakti or divine power. This great festival is devoted to Goddess Durga, who is the manifestation of absolute power. She is the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya.According to Hindu calendar, Durga Puja is celebrated during the month of Aashwin (September – October). This is the time when the weather is at its best in India. Durga Puja schedule falls on the first 9days of the month of Ashwin. It is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population is Hindu. It is believed that Goddess Durga, visits her native land with her whole family for 10 days. The period of Durga Puja is considered the most auspicious period of the year. Various types of religious programs are organized during this period.

Legend of Durga Navratri festival is mentioned in many scriptures including Ramayana, Devi Bhagavatham and several Puranas. Durga Puja is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil. On this festival, people belonging to all religions, get together and celebrate it. Celebration of Durga Puja is mentioned in many Indian scriptures including Ramayana, Devi Bhagavatham and several Puranas. It is also presumed that the practice of worshipping Goddess Durga began in Bengal from the 12th century onwards. It has become more of a cultural festival than a religious one. On the occasion of this festival, people decorate their homes; buy new clothes and other things. During the period of the festival, devotees of Goddess Durga fast and they break their fast after the celebration of the festival. After the ten day celebration, the idols of the Goddess are immersed into water with great devotion.

Mythology associated with Durga Puja

This auspicious festival recalls the power of female Shakti symbolized by the Goddess Durga who killed demons to reestablish peace and sanctity on earth. Worship of Goddess Durga is based on myths where Durga symbolizes the divine power. According to the Indian mythology, once upon a time, Mahishasur, the leader of demons, was given a boon by Lord Brahma that no man or deity would be able to kill him but a woman can kill him. He was very pleased with this boon as he thought that no woman in the three worlds would fight with him. Armed with the powers of the boon, he created havoc in the universe and killed people mercilessly. He with his army invaded heaven and defeated the king of Gods, Indra. All the Gods, including Brahma, Vishnu etc became powerless. Finally, the gods came together and contributed their individual energy to form ‘Shakti’ to kill Mahishasur. Thus Goddess Durga, a beautiful woman with ten arms riding on the lion, emerged. She possessed the unique individual powers of ten deities, which were symbolized by her ten arms.

Fully grown and armed by the gods, beautiful Goddess Durga was named "Kattyani" as she is born in the ashram of sage Kattyana. When Mahishasur saw Goddess Durga, he attracted towards her and decided to marry with her, but Goddess Durga put a condition that, if he defeated her in the battle then she would marry with him. He accepted the challenge and a fierce battle took place between Mahishasur and Goddess Durga. She fought with Mahishasur for nine days and nights and on the tenth day, Mahishasur was killed. The nine nights became renowned as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijaya Dashami. It is also believed that, Ravana was also killed by Lord Rama on Vijaya Dashami. Hence, Durga Puja is the celebration of victory of Goddess Durga. She killed Mahishasur therefore, she is also known as Mahishasurmardhini.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shradh 2010: Dates of Mahalaya Pitru Paksha Shraddh 2010

Shradh 2010 Dates: Shradh is the days dedicated to departed souls of dead ancestors and performed by their relative. In Hinduism Pitru Paksh Shraddh is also know by various name Like Tarpanam, Shraddham etc. In India, Many rituals associated with Hindu religion and Shradh is one of them and most important rituals of Hindus and performed by all Hindus for their relative. On every Amavasi people perform tarpan and Shradh but during the Krishna Paksha forthnight in Ashwin month Pitru Paksha period is very important days for Tarpan.

2010 Pitru Paksha Shradh Dates

Mahalya Shradh Paksha begins 24 September, 2010

Dwitiya Shradh: 25 September, 2010

Tritiya Shradh: 26 September, 2010

Chaturthi Shradh:27 September, 2010

Panchami Shradh: 28 September, 2010

Shasti Shradh: 29 September, 2010

Saptami Shradh: 30 September, 2010

Ashtami Shradh: 1 October, 2010

Navami Shraddh: 2 October, 2010

Dasami Shradh: 3 October, 2010

Ekadashi Shradh and Dwadashi Shradh: 4 October, 2010

Trayodashi Shradh: 5 October, 2010

Chaturdashi Shradh: 6 October, 2010

Mahalaya Amavasi – Most important day of Shradh: 7 October, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Durga Puja 2010: Festival of Goddess Durga

Durga Puja mostly observed in September or October (Hindu Ashwin month) is one of the most famous Hindu festivals. Durga Puja 2010 begins with Mahalaya on 7 October, 2010. All Durga puja festivals rituals and celebration being with Durga saptami on 13 October, 2010. It is one of the biggest and most popular festival of West Bengal. Durga puja also celebrate on huge level in eastern part of India. Specially in West Bengal people give great welcome married daughter. Traditionally Durga puja festival celebrates in month of Ashwin according to Hindu calendar which comes on late September or mid-October.

Auspicious Mahalaya Days data in Ashwin month.

7 October, 2010 - Mahalaya Being
13 October, 2010 - Durga Puja Shasti
14 October, 2010 - Maha Saptami
15 October, 2010 - Durga Ashtami
16 October, 2010 - Durga Navami or Maha Nabami
17 October, 2010 - Dashami or Dasara

The Maha Ashtami and the Maha Navami is the most auspicious day of the Durga Puja festival.

Clay Ganesh Idols: Be Eco friendly On this Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Be Eco friendly with Clay Ganesh Idols: This year 2010 Ganesh Chaturthi Festival observe on 11 september and and Lord Ganesh Idols are ready for buying and selling in market. Every year thousands of POP Ganesh Idols sell in market, and immersed in water, but unfortunatly Plaster of paris does not dissolve easily in water and Idols of Ganesha floats on water and come back on bank of river, sea and lake. After the mixing palster of paris in water it causes pollutes the river , sea, lake etc. Chemical color mix in water, which is responsible many skin allergies disease and also harm the health of living beings.

If you want be Eco friendly on this Ganesh Chaturthi festival with true culture of India please buy Lord Ganesha idols made of Clay, which is painted by natural paint.

There are many social organization and around your city are selling natural handmade clay Ganesh Idols, where you can buy and place orders.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Indian Art Gallery: Hindu Gods Paintings Gallery

Search best Art Gallery of Hindu Gods created by Indian master artist. Who is inspired by new generation artist. Here you will get best collection contemporary and modern paintings of Hindu Gods. All Paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India [dot] com.

Indian Art Gallery: Hindu Gods Paintings Gallery

Lord Ganesha Paintings Gallery
A Paintings Gallery of Indian Hindu God Lord Ganesha from Art of Legend India.

Radha and Krishna Paintings Gallery
A beautiful love Paintings gallery of lord Radha and Krishna from Art of Legend India.

Lord Krishna Paintings Gallery
A beautiful collection of lord Krishna paintings from Art of Legend India.

Baby Krishna Paintings
A magnificent selection of Baby Krishna Paintings form Art of legend India.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ganesh Chaturthi 2010: Festival of Lord Ganesha (God of Wisdom)

Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival of Lord Ganesha and the birthday of "God of wisdom". It is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi peoples do fast and perform special Puja on this day. This festival celebreats for 10 day from Ganesh Chturthi to Ananta Chaturdashi. At the Ananta Chaturdashi day all the Lord Ganesha Idol is immersed in water by people. This festival is mostly observed at Auguest or September. This year (2010) this festival is observed on 11 September, 2010 and Ananta Chaturdashi is 22 September, 2010.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also called by the name Vinayaka Chaturthi. In Hindu calendar Vinayaka Chaturthi observed on fourth day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month. In other part of world this festival celebrates with same enthusiasm. In India and other part of world, who is the devotee of lord Ganesha believe, if they will pray and puja of this powerful god then The Ganesha is removing all troubles form their life and fulfill all wish.

In India, Every cities of the country, thousands of Ganesh Idols Placed in various public places by Hindus and many social communities. After the Festival all these idols immersed in water on Ananta Chaturdashi day with a good wish and said to Ganesha “come soon next year”.