Guru Purnima

गुरु ब्रम्हा गुरु विष्णू गुरुः देवो महेश्वरा गुरु शाक्षात परब्रम्हा तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwarah Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima is a festival commemorating the goodness of spiritual gurus and teachers. Celebrated each year on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha of …

Brahma Muhurta

According to Vedic astronomy, the day is divided into 30 periods called muhurtas. Since the Vedic day begins with the sunrise and time of sunrise varies according to location and seasons, so do the times of the muhurtas in a day. srimad-guror astakam etad uccairbrahme muhurte pathati prayatnatyastena vrndavana natha saksat That person who very attentively recites this astakam to …

Yuga – The Vedic Eras

Yuga in Dharmic philosophy is the name of an ‘epoch’ or ‘era’ within a cycle of four ages. These are the Satya Yuga, the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and finally the Kali Yuga. चत्वारि भारते वर्षे युगानि भरतर्षभकृतं तरेता दवापरं च पुष्यं च कुरुवर्धनपूर्वं कृतयुगं नाम ततस तरेतायुगं विभॊसंक्षेपाद दवापरस्याथ तथ पुष्यं परवर्ततेचत्वारि च सहस्राणि वर्षाणां कुरुसत्तमआयुः संख्या कृतयुगे …

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā

Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā is the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. Also known as Gudhipadwā (Maharashtra) or Yugādi (Ugādi) Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), is celebrated as the day Lord Brahma created the universe. This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navrātri and Ghatasthapanā also known as Kalash Sthapanā is done on …

Makar Sankrānti

The word Sankrānti in Samskrta denotes the migration of the Sun from one Rāshi (sign of the zodiac) to another. This is generally considered a significant astronomical event and happens once every solar month (12 Sankrāntis a year). A celebration of harvest and crop is unanimous with the Sun, he being the basic originator of the entire food chain. Without …