Tulsi Pujan Divas: 18 Benefits of Tulsi, Facts You Must Know About Holy Basil
Herbal Flowers and Plants

Tulsi Pujan Divas: 18 Benefits of Tulsi, Facts You Must Know About Holy Basil

Easy to grow and widely found in the Indian subcontinent, not only is tulsi a revered, holy plant in Hinduism; it also finds its place in the ancient science of Ayurveda. It is commonly found in two varieties – the green coloured Lakshmitulsi and the purple hued Krishna tulsi. Apart from the Indian subcontinent, it can also be found in tropical regions of most Southeast Asian countries. It is worshipped, is offered the gods and is grown in many Hindu households not in vain but for a well-established reason –…

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What is the significance of worshipping Shakti during nine days of Navaratri ?
Indian religions

What is the significance of worshipping Shakti during nine days of Navaratri ?

O Mother ! You are the personification of all that is auspicious, You are the benevolent form of Deity Shiva, You bestow Shakti (Divine Energy) and help people abide by Dharma, beget wealth, fulfill desires and Moksha; You are worthy of being surrendered to. Three eyes adorn You. O Narayani Devi, I pay obeisance to You ! 1. History of Navratra A) This vrat was advocated by Sage Narad to ShriRam, so that He could kill Ravan. After completion of this vrat, ShriRam attacked Lanka and finally killed Ravan. B)…

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Navratri - a nine day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga
Indian religions

Navratri – a nine day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga

The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti / Devi are worshiped. The seeds of inner renewal are sown, sprouting, watched & worshiped by devotees during Navratri and on the 8th, 9th and 10th days, Goddess Durga, Mahanavami and Vijayashtami are worshipped. The tenth day that is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra”, celebrates victory of Shakti over Mahishasura, of Lord Rama over Ravana, and of Durga over demons like…

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What is the correct method of performing arti to Goddess?
Indian religions

What is the correct method of performing arti to Goddess?

1. Spiritually correct way of performing rituals in the worship of the Goddess 3. Worship of the Goddess on Gauri tritiya Every Deity has a peculiar spiritual method of worship. There is a definite science behind performing every ritual in a peculiar way when worshipping a particular Devta. The following table gives information about some common rituals in the worship of the ‘Primal energy’ that is Shri Durgadevi and Her different forms. . Spiritually correct way of performing rituals in the worship of the Goddess 3. Worship of the Goddess…

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Modern Garba dance during Navratri festival : Preservation or Perversion of Culture ?
Indian religions

Modern Garba dance during Navratri festival : Preservation or Perversion of Culture ?

An alarming loss to Hindu Dharma and culture due to malpractices in the Navratri festival ! O Hindus ! Public celebration of Hindu festivals is becoming perverted. Without considering the religious, spiritual and social causes underlying the celebration of festivals, majority of people view it as a mere reason of fun and frolic. An excellent example of this is that, during the Navratri festival there are advertisements of Garba dance classes on one side and on the other there are news of arguments over court orders on Noise Pollution. But,…

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navratri vrat recipes, navratri fasting recipes (80 navratri recipes)
Indian festive recipes Indian religions

80 navratri vrat recipes

navratri vrat recipes, fasting recipes. here you will find a compiled list of fasting or vrat recipes that are made during the navratri festival. or you can browse the complete collection of 160 navartri vrat recipes here. in north and western india, 9 days fasting or vrat is kept during this festival. however, in south india fasting is not observed. in south india people do worship of deities and make sundals or sweet recipes to offer as prasadam. thus there is a difference how this festival is celebrated all over india. this year chaitra navaratri begins…

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Music and entertainment

Indian classical music

The Indian classical music is rich with its historical, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic form. India has its own vibrant culture and customs. Classical music of India forms the very important part of this culture. The origin of the Indian Music can be be found in the ancient literature and scriptures. Indian classical music has been the part of the Hindu tradition. Indian classical music is the most complex and complicated musical system ever developed. The extreme cultural diversity creates endless variety of classical styles. Each region in India has its…

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Why Carnatic music is in a crisis of context and curation
Music and entertainment

Why Carnatic music is in a crisis of context and curation

System of selection The most popular venues and festivals have invested time and resources to curating the artistes list and constantly tweaking the quality of the whole experience from the audience’s perspective. Sandeep Virdi, artistic director of the Darbar Festival, UK, says there are things that traditional organisers ignore at their own peril. “The feel and touch of the marketing materials, the choice of venues for performances, the production values of the performance — staging, lighting and vitally the sound of the music, all go a long way in making…

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Flowers

Importance And Uses Of Rose Flowers

Importance And Uses Of Rose Flowers As years bring tremendous changes and a new growth, a new variety of roses are being introduced worldwide. The new tone and various coloured roses that gives contrast of colours and fragrance, no matter if it’s miniature or hybrid on a pot or on a ground, everyone takes the pride in producing their own garden of roses. Not surprisingly, the presence of multiple buyers and strong market inspired the rose farmers and gardeners to produce more. Even the breeders won a prize in different…

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Environment

How Flowers Help the Environment

Given on special occasions or simply to tell another person how much you care, flowers continue to be appreciated as gifts and for their beauty. Whether it is Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or just an ordinary day, a nice floral bouquet is bound to bring smiles to its recipient’s face. Yet while flower are a great gift and add a splash of color, they also do much more for us. In fact, flower help the environment around us in many ways. Flower appear on plants, which themselves are beneficial to…

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