Dhanteras and Diwali Greetings to all.
First order of business. Have lots of fun eating sweets, bursting crackers, lighting lots of diyas and sparklers.
Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights. It is also the festival of wealth. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is worshiped on Diwali. Among Bengalis, Ma Kali is worshiped during Diwali. The tradition is attributed to a number of occasions.
The first day of Diwali: Dhanteras
The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras — the thirteenth lunar day of the month of Kartik. On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with amrut — the nectar of immortality — for the Devas. This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations. Continue reading “Happy Dhanteras and Diwali”
Vijay Dashami greetings all. Shubho Bijoya. May Ma Durga bless us all with the strength to overcome all our adversity.
This year Ganapati puja is early. Today is Ganesh chaturthi. Continue reading “Happy Ganesh Chaturthi”
After quite a few years, I find myself in India on Ganesh Chaturthi. At my friend’s place in Mumbai where I am staying, today (Thursday 13th Sept) we had Ganesh puja in the morning. There’s Shri Ganesh and of course his favorite modaks (left foreground). I have some videos too which I will upload to Youtube in a bit.
Here’s the invocation to Ganesh: Continue reading “Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings”
Happy Holi everyone.
Nice pictures over at The Big Picture (from 2010). A video from the annual Holi celebrations in Spanish Fork, Utah below the fold. Continue reading “Happy Holi”
Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous Diwali.
A bit about what Diwali is about from a previous year’s post follows. Continue reading “Shubh Diwali”
श्री वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्य कोटी समप्रभा निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्व-कार्येशु सर्वदा॥
Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam KuruMe Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada॥
“O one with the curved trunk and immense body, one with the brilliance of ten million suns, please do remove obstacles to all my actions always.”
The translation lacks the poetry of the Sanskrit verse but it would have to do.
Continue reading “Sri Ganesh Chaturthi Greetings”