Chaitra Navratri

Chaitra Navratri

Nav means Nine, Ratri means Night, actual meaning of Navratri is nine nights. This festival is celebrated by Akhand Jyot (Diya or oil lamp – which is lighten for continuous nine days and nights)
Navratri festival is celebrated all over India by Hindu’s. Most of the people know two type of Navratri festival held in a year. One Maha Navratri, which comes in the month of September or October and another is Chaitra Navratri, which comes in the month of March or April. Other than these two there are two more Navratris, Gupt Navratri and Megh Navratri.
As per Hindu calendar Chaitra Navratri is nine days festival falls in month of Chaitra, the full moon day. This Chairta Navratri is also known as Vasant Navratri. Lord Rama’s birthday falls on the ninth day of Navratri, so it is also called as Rama Navratri. During both the Navaratri festivals people worship Goddess Durga and her nine forms, devotees offer prayers to one of the nine forms on each day during Navratris. Rituals are performed with great Zeal in temples while devotees adorn their houses. Devotee performs havans, puja and aarti to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. The festival is dedicated to Shakti which is significantly referred to as Goddess Durga. This festival is mostly celebrated in the northern part of India and Maharashtra Navratri is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, which is also celebrated on the same day. Different regions follow a variety of rituals through the course of the nine days. This year Chaitra Navratri is starting on 18th March till 25th March 2018. This year the festival will be celebrated for 8 days instead of 9 days as Ashtami and Navami are falling on the same day, as per Hindu Calendar.
In respect of Goddess Durga people fast for nine days, they live on milk, juices or fruits for entire day. Devotees refrain from having meat, chicken, fish, eggs, liquor, onion, garlic etc. they remain only on rock salt even spices are not consumed. People have tea, coffee along with potato chips or potato cooked with rock salt. Some of them also consume dry fruits. One must watch out their behaviour, to keep them- self cool and calm.
Nine forms of Goddess Durga are:-
1) Goddess Shailputri
2) Goddess Bramacharin
3) Goddess Chandraghanta
4) Goddess Kushmanda
5) Goddess Skandamata
6) Goddess katyayani
7) Goddess kaalratri
8) Goddess Mahagauri
9) Goddess Siddhidatri

The last day of festival is all about fasting, praying, performing havans inviting relatives and eating different foods, enjoying etc. It is said that Lord Shiva permitted Goddess Durga to meet her mother just for nine days. And at that time Goddess Durga demolished demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga has eternal divine power, which can never be created nor destroyed.

Significance of Holi

Significance of Holi

Holi is festival of colors- Faith, Hope & Love.
Holi is mainly Hindu festival celebrated in India but it is also celebrated in other parts of the world . This festival welcomes the spring season. It is celebrated in the end of the February or starting of March, Phaguna month as per Hindu calendar the full moon day. It is celebrated for two days. The first day is fire holi or Holika dahan, people gather to pray and perform religious rituals in front of bonfire. And on the second day of holi people play with colors, water balloons and guns are filled with colors. Also color powder is thrown on each other, people also laugh, gossip, share delicacies food and drink Bhang (marijuana). It is the festival of colors and sweets, love sharing festival.

Good over Evil
It is celebrated in the honour of Hindu God Vishnu. The Prahlada son of demon king Hiranyakashipu, was devotee of Lord Vishnu, father wanted everyone to worship him as only God but his own son disagreed him. The king made Prahlada’s life miserable by giving him many punishments and also tried to kill him, but he was saved by Lord Vishnu. One day king called his sister Holika , she had a magical robe, which has the power to save the wearer from the fire, he asked his sister and son to sit on fire. As the fire roared, the robe flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika was burned and Prahlada was saved. It proved that one cannot harm the person who has God as his savior. The day is called Holi after the name of Holika and it makes the Victory of good over evil. The burning of Holika has spiritual meaning, on this occasion, people put seeds (sheafs) of grain in fire, it signify that if the grains are burnt, they do not serve as seeds to grow a crop. It means if our actions are burnt into the fire of devotion, meditation, yoga, prayer, then they will not give rise to vicious actions and, then, there will be no rebirth (crop) of sufferings.
Commemorated, desperation

Festival of Love
Lord Krishna is worshiped eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, grew up in the Braj region of India. In Braj this festival is celebrated in remembrance of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. It is said that when Lord Krishna was baby and demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk and Shree Krishna had become dark blue skin color. Radha and other ladies of Braj liked Lord Krishna because of his skin color, and situation became bad and impossible to deal with. His mother asked him to color Radha’s face of any color, he wanted and fromthat day Radha and Krishna become a couple of eternal Love.

Shiva and Shakti
Holi is also linked to Lord Shiva when he was in deep meditation, and Parvati wanted to bring Shiva into the world, She asked Kama devta to help him, and he shoots arrows at shiva, in turn Shiva, opened his third eye and burnt him. Rati wifeof Kamadevta became upset and worshiped for 40 days to forgive her husband. Lord shiva restores the Kamadevta the God of Love on the 40th day which is called Vasant Panchami is also celebrated as festival of holi.
It is called forgive and forget day, so people get together and enjoy. It is true, Faith makes everything possible, hope makes everything work & Love makes everything beautiful.