"In the beginning there was the word." In Sanathana Dharma (The Eternal Code) - Hinduism, the word is 'Aum' or 'Om.' "Understand that word in its essence: Om! that is the word." - Katha Upanishad, 1.2. 15 -1.2.
Message from Sadhguru: This award is in recognition of over seven million volunteers of Isha worldwide, involved in transmitting the science of inner well being – particularly the Tamil people, who have executed large-scale projects in education, health and ecology.
Thaipusam is a unique festival which can be confusing, bewildering, tiring or exciting, attracting over a million devotees and visitors every year. This festival is celebrated mainly in the southern states of India.
Makar Sankranti also known as Makara Sankranti is celebrated as an important festival of India. It is a festival of celestial significance as it marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice and is the first day of the month of Magha. Therefore it is a festival of a new beginning. The festival is celebrated in various parts of the Indian subcontinent with utmost happiness and zest. People fly kites during the day time and children enjoy the most. Due to a playful nature of the festival, it is also known as the ‘kite flying festival’. Read More ..... Story Courtesy of The Financial Express
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As the year draws to a close and day-light grows shorter, all over the world there is a theme of celebrating light over darkness. Diwali or Deepavali, a major Hindu festival signifying the victory of light over darkness, was observed on October 30th this year The five-day festivities concluded on the darkest, new moon night of the Lunar-solar month of Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. Millions of lights in earthenware- clay pots would have been lit outside doors, windows, around temples and communities. People wear new clothes, exchange gifts, offer sweets and seasonal specialities; create rangoli patterns on the floor. Ancient stories of the victory of good over evil are always told. In some parts of India, it is an occasion to mark Lord Rama's triumph over the demon-king Ravana.…
In India, Navarathri is celebrated as Garbha-Dandiya, Ramlila, Golu and Durga Pooja in various parts of the country. It is probably the most important Indian festival you may have never heard of! Essentially, it is an arts festival and the celebration of good over evil.