Festivals are the most important part of Indian tradition. Sanatana Dharma has lived through thousands of years. The reason is that people have preserved their rituals and culture through the ups and downs of life. Festivals or 'Vrata' in Sanātana Dharma are events that serve the purposes of celebration, worship, charity and coming together of people.

Festivals in Sanatana Dharma are celebrated on several occasions. Some serve the purpose of celebrating happiness after a harvest. While some are meant to strengthen the connection with God. Some are a social gathering, and some invoke the feeling of humanity and charity. Many festivals are meant to deepen the bond of love among relations.

It is sad in the present day that people have forgotten the true nature of festivals. They think of the complete spiritual journey a seamless and senseless booze party. In the name of festivals, people are intoxicating and becoming hooligans. So, it is of utmost importance today that we bring back the pure traditions and revitalize our society.

"Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left" - Victor Hugo

Festivals

ॐ सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज | अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: ||

Puranas are the ancient texts of Hindu literature. They constitute stories of God and the lineages of kings since the beginning of the universe. Focusing on the people of Kaliyuga, these texts say that when all the other paths are closed, Bhakti (faith) is the only method to attain God. They mention several Vrata (rites) that a person can perform in Kaliyuga to always be in a state of Bhakti. They have detailed processes and methods of performing several Vrata (rites) thorough out the year. Let’s find out about some of the popular Indian festivals with their Puja Vidhi.

Saraswati Puja (Vasant Panchami)

Saraswati Puja is one of the most important festivals celebrated across India. Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. She resides in the flow of language…Read more

Shivaratri Vrata Vidhi and Significance

Mentioned in Shiva Puran, Soot Ji explains the Vidhi and the significance of Shivaratri Vrata as described by Lord Shiva himself.
Rishi asked, “Student of Vyasa! Happy…Read more

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated across India with immense joy and enthusiasm. We dedicate this festival to Lord Surya (Sun). ‘Makar’ means Capricorn and ‘Sankranti’…Read more

Festivals in March 2020