Hindu Festivals and Muhurat 2017
Hindu religion is known for numerous festivals and celebrations. Since ancient times, Indian festivals are undergoing transformations and gaining new meanings. Festivals of India had always been a way to gain more prosperity in life and strengthening the bond with loved ones. That is why, we are here with Hindu Panchang containing the details of all the Hindu festivals in India and around the globe. It will help you in celebrating all these wonderful events during the Shubh Muhurat.
As per the beliefs, Goddess Saraswati was born on Basant Panchami. Hence, Saraswati Puja takes place on this day.
Basant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season. Some people perform Saraswati Puja on this day.
As per the beliefs, Maha Shivratri is the day when Lord Shiva got married with the Goddess Parvati.
Holi is the festival of colors, which is celebrated by Hindus every year. It is the celebration to bring people closer.
Rangwali Holi is the huge Hindu festival of colors. It is celebrated with great gusto around the globe.
Gudi Padwa signifies Hindu New Year in Maharashtra. This day is celebrated in all over India with different names.
Ugadi signifies the Hindu New Year for Telugu speaking people. In Maharashtra, it is known as Gudi Padwa.
Navratri is the 9-day duration when Goddess Durga is worshiped. Each day is dedicated to one of her incarnations.
Cheti Chand is an important festival for Sindhis. The day is observed as Jhulelal Jayanti as well because Ishtadev Uderolal (also known as Jhulelal, the Sindhi saint) was born on this day.
Ram Navami marks the birthday of Lord Ram, who is known to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Hanuman. The dates may vary from region-to-region.
Baisakhi, a festival of Punjab, is also known as Khalsa Srijan Diwas. The foundation of Khalsa was laid on this day.
Akshay Tritiya is one among those 3 and a half Muhurats of the year that are auspicious for doing many things.
On Guru Purnima, people worship their Gurus. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists all over the world.
Snakes are being worshiped since ancient times as gods. Hence, worshiping snakes on Naag Panchami is quite significant.
Rakshabandhan is the occasion to celebrate the bond between brother and sister. Sister ties the thread of protection on the brother’s wrist.
Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is a big festival observed by Hindus all around the globe.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, the 10-day festival begins to welcome Ganesha on earth. It ends on Anant Chaturdashi or Ganesh Visarjan Divas.
Onam/Thiruvonam is a 10-day big Keralite festival. As per the beliefs, King Mahabali visits Kerala in this duration.
Dussehra is one of the most important Hindu festivals. It is celebrated as the symbol of the victory of good over evil.
Karwa Chauth is the day when women keep fast for the long life of their husband. The festival enhances the conjugal bond.
Diwali Puja Calendar
Diwali is a 5-day festival. First day is Dhanteras, then Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Duj, respectively.
On Dhanteras, people pray Lakshmi-Kuber to get more prosperity in their homes. Also, they buy expensive things for their homes on the occassion of Dhan Teras.
Narak Chaturdashi is also known as Chhoti Diwali. On this day, people do Abhyang Snana in the morning and rest of the day is dedicated to the main Diwali day preparation.
Diwali is the festival of lights known for bringing prosperity in life. People worship Lakshmi and Kali on this day.
Govardhan Puja is performed on the next day of Diwali. On this day, devotees worship Lord Krishna and prepare many delicacies.
On Bhai Dooj, sisters put Tilak on the forehead of their brothers and pray for them. This festival is also known as Bhau Beej, Yam Dwitiya, etc.
Uttarayan is one of the major Hindu events, which begins from Makar Sankranti and ends on Karka Sankranti.
Makar Sankranti occurs when Sun transits in the Capricorn sign. On this day, Lord Sun is worshipped.
Pongal is the festival celebrated with great enthusiasm by Tamilians to end up the evil thoughts & start new beginnings.
Lohri is the festival chiefly celebrated in Punjab in the commemoration of Dulla Bhatti, a hero who saved many girls from Mughals.
Valentine’s Day is named after the Christian martyr St. Valentine. It is the festival of love and is very popular among youth.
Purnima describes full moon in Hindu calendar. This day is quite significant for Hindus. Many people keep fast on this day.
Chhath Puja is one of the ancient festivals of India. Mostly celebrated in eastern region of India, it is a 4-day festival.
Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It is the day when teachers are honored.
Shradh: Special Days For Ancestors
Shradh is the ritual performed to relieve the souls of the deceased ancestors. It is performed during Pitru Paksha.
Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that keeping fast on 16 Mondays bring fruitful results.
Pradosham is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that a person get rids from all his sins by keeping fast on this day.
Amavasya is referred to the New Moon in the Hindu Calendar. It is a very powerful day for Hindus.
Eclipse is known as Grahan in Hinduism. The event is quite significant for many people. It has immense religious and astrological values.
Panchak is the 5-day duration in a Hindu month, when Moon transits from Aquarius and Pisces. It is considered inauspicious.
Kaal Bhairava Jayanti
Also known as Kalashtami, the day is dedicated to the Kaal Bhairav, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Durga Puja Date - Navratri
Durga Puja is the 5-day Bengali festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is celebrated from sixth to tenth day of Sharad Navratri.
Buddha Purnima is the day dedicated to Gautam Buddha. It is celebrated as the day when he had got enlightened.
Savan is the Hindu month dedicated to Lord Shiva. Keeping fast for Shiva in this duration brings blessings.
Every eleventh lunar day in the Hindu calendar is known as Ekadashi. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Teej is the festival dedicated to Shiva-Parvati. It is mainly celebrated by the women of Nepal and northern India.
Kumbha Mela is the pilgrimage where all Hindus gather to bathe in the holy river. It is held in every 12 years.
Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra
Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, also known as Temple Car, is the festival dedicated to Lord Jagannath. It is celebrated in Orissa.
Vishu: Welcome the New Year
Vishu signifies the Hindu New Year in Kerala. It is known as Bisu in Mangalore and Udupi in some parts of Karnataka.