Archive for November, 2012

Upcoming Hindu Festivals | List of Hindu Festivals in Dec 2012

November 22, 2012

Chhath Puja :

Chhath is mainly observed in Bihar and Terai, but is also celebrated elsewhere. It is a festival dedicated to the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life and fulfilling wishes. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. Make happy to your wife on this Auspicious festival.  Delhi markets full with Chhath puja contents, lot of events has going on. You can find lot of exciting events in Delhi during Chhath Puja.

Chhath Puja

Kartik Poornima November 28, 2012 (Wednesday) :

Kartik Poornima is also known as Tripuri poornima and Tripurari Poornima. People called it Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali also- the festival of lights of the gods. Its a Hindu holy day celebrated on the fifteenth lunar day ( full moon day) of Kartik (November–December). The Kartik Purnima celebrated by the Sikh as a Guru Nanak Jayanti.

 Kartik Poornima 2012

Kartik Poornima is an important religious day for Jains who celebrate it by visiting Palitana one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage centre. Thousands of Jain pilgrims flock to the foothills of Shatrunjay hills of Palitana taluka on the day of Kartik Poornima to undertake the auspicious yatra.

Kalabhairav Jayanthi December 6, 2012 (Thursday)

Kala Bhairava Jayanti

Kala Bhairav Jayanti also known as Maha kala Bhairava Jayanti or Kala Bhairava Ashtami. According to Shiva Purana, Kala Bhairava is the Incarnation of lord Shiva.

Utapanna Ekadasi December 9, 2012 (Sunday)

Utpanna Ekadashi fast is observed on Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha, Margshirsha Masa. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. Person observing fast should not have food on the night of Dashmi (a day before Ekadashi).On the day of Ekadashi, in the early morning, Lord is worshipped with flowers, lamps, incense sticks and Akshat. Only, fruits are offered, in this fast. Person observing this fast, gets salvation.

Utpanna Ekadashi Fast Story

Utpanna Ekadashi 2012

One Monster Mur won over God like Indra etc and threw them down from their place. Indra reached to Lord Vishnu, in the ocean. All the Gods pleaded to Lord Vishnu for solving their problem. God Indra said to Lord Vishnu “the monster has an origination from Brahmna Vansh and his name is Mur. He lives in a city called Chandrawati. Who has won over the whole universe by his strength. He has made Indra, Agni, Varun, Chandrama, Surya, Yam etc. Lokpal (Guardian angel) of his family. They get converted to sun and start burning everyone. Or, drop rain by becoming clouds. So, kindly save us from that monster.”

The fight of Lord Vishnu and Mur was carried on to many years, but, Mur could not be defeated. At last, Lord Vishnu went to a deep cave in Badriyakashram for resting.Mur also reached there to kill Lord Vishnu. That time, a beautiful girl appeared in the cave and started fighting with Mur. She mad him unconscious by pushing him. And, she had cut his head. When Lord Vishnu woke up, he saw that someone had killed the monster. The girl told “monster was coming to kill you, so I originated from your body and killed him.” Lord Vishnu named him Ekadashi as she was born on the day of Ekadashi.

Kartiki Amavasya December 12, 2012 (Wednesday)

Kartiki Amavasya

Performed on the night of Kartik Amavasya , which falls in October/November, Kali Puja is an intense invocation to the fearsome goddess. The word Amavasya is common to many Indian languages especially Sanskrit, Hindi and many other language. There is a natural upsurge of energies in the human body on these days. As a result, in the tradition, Amavasya (New Moon) and Pournami (Full Moon) days are held as special days for the spiritual seeker. Any sadhana or pooja performed on these days has a greater impact on the system.

Dhanurmasa begins December 16, 2012 (Sunday)

Dhanurmasa Puja

Dhanurmas starts usually around 14–16 December and extends up to the mid of January (Hindu calendars moanths Margashirsha-Pausha). This period ends with the Makar Sankranti – the end of dakshinayana mostly occurs during the Pausha month of the Hindu Lunar calendar. This period of month is considered as highly auspicious for Vishnu devotees.

Dhanurmasa is also called as Shoonya Masa because it is considered as inauspicious to do any good things other than Godly functions. This month is allotted to Gods and for us it is a blank – meaning Shoonya.

Other Names

Dhanurmas or Dhanur Masa is also known by the names Chapa Mas, Kodanda Mas, Karmuka Mas etc. Chapa, Kodanda, Karmuka etc., in Sanskrit are synonyms of Dhanus; meaning a bow. Dhanurmasa is also called as Shoonya Masa because it is considered as inauspicious to do any good things other than Godly & Holy functions.

Vaikuntha Ekadashi December 23, 2012 (Sunday)

Vaikuntha Ekadashi

A major fairs and festival of South India, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. It was on this day that during the Sagara Mathana, ‘Amrit’ emerged out of the ocean and that was distributed to Gods. The Hindus consider this day very auspicious and it is believed that those who die on this day are freed from the rounds of birth and death; they directly reach Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is for this reason that the Great King Bheeshma waited long on his bed of arrows, to leave his last breath. Hence it is also called Bheeshma Ekadasi)

Geeta Jayanthi December 23, 2012 (Sunday)

Geeta Jayanti 2012

“Gita Jayanti” is the birthday of Bhagvad-Gita. Gita Jayanti, also referred as Bhagawad Geetha Jayanthi, is the day when the Bhagvad Gita was rendered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Kurukshetra on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the Mahabharata 5000 years ago.

Gita Jayanti is celebrated worldwide by all Hindus (followers of Sanatana Dharma), who revere Bhagavad Gita as their Divine Mother because She teaches us (in a non-sectarian and scientific manner) how to re-establish our lost relationship with God Almighty (The Supreme), our Divine Father.

Christmas December 25, 2012 (Tuesday)

Christmas 2012

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament’s Messianic prophecy. The Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Depending on one’s perspective, these accounts either differ from each other or tell two versions of the same story. These biblical accounts are found in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1:18, and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1:26 and 2:40. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian.

Have some fun on Christmas Day with a leisurely ‘Christmas Lunch at Hinglish-The Colonial Cafe. Enjoy a scrumptious spread of Salads, Cold Buffer items, A main course and assortment of Desserts on Offer.

Dattatreya Jayanthi December 27, 2012 (Thursday)

Dattatreya is said to be an Avatar, an incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Therefore, one of his names is Trimurti Avatar. In ancient times there was a very rigorously disciplined rishi called Atri. He was believed to be the mental son of Brahmadev, because he had been born from the brilliance of Brahma’s eyes. His wife was Anusuya, who was a very loyal, humble and faithful wife.

Dattatraya Jayanti 2012

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva became three guests and went to Anusaya hut, and said her to serve them food without clothes. By the power of her mind she turned the three guests into small babies and with great love she began to rock them and feed them.Anasuya named the three babies, Som, Datta, and Durvas. When they grew up Som went to the moon, and Durvas went to the jungle to do penance. Before leaving both of them kept their particle of being with Datta. Thus Datta became the combined avatar of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Click here for all Christmas events in Delhi which will be happening in Dec 2012.

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Bhaiya Dooj: Festival of Sister and Brother

November 14, 2012

The essence of the Bhai dooj festival is that it is celebrated to strengthen the love between brothers and sisters. It is a day of food-sharing, gift-giving and reaching out to the inner most depths of the hearts. Brothers and sisters indulge themselves on this day by gifting each other gifts. Varied gifts specially meant for bhai dooj is available in the market. The festival of Bhau-beej or Bhai Dooj or Bhai Phota is celebrated by Indian people on the last day of Diwali. It is the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Kartika. On this auspicious day, sisters pray for long and happy lives of their brothers by performing the Tika ceremony, and brothers offer gifts to their lovely sisters.

Bhai dooj

Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka people says it Bhai beej, Bhau-beej or Bhav beej. Bengali people call it Bhai Phota, it takes place every year on the first or the second day of the Kali Puja festival. And in Nepal they call it Bhai Tika.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother. Now here is the bond of brotherly-sisterly love glorified with such grandeur as in India. Hindus celebrate this special relationship twice every year, with the festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj.

Gifts for your sister | Bhai dooj gifts |Bhau beej gifts

Diwali and Bhaiya dooj Gifts

So make your sister happy by giving to her great gifts at Sidewalk at Hyatt. Here are the special gifts for your sisters.Get One Box with Twelve Varieties of Diwali Sweets and Confections in a Single Diwali Hamper. What is celebration without the joy of giving? And when it comes to choosing a hamper you want the best for your loved ones. Sidewalk at Hyatt Regency Delhi makes this decision easier for you. Chef Bungla, our Corporate Pastry Chef at Sidewalk has put together the best for you.

Diwali and Bhaiya dooj Gift Hampers at Park Plaza:

Choti Diwali Bhaiya dooj Gifts at Park Plaza

Bhaiya dooj is a special day of Diwali, it is the spirit of joy and happiness. It is an occasion for gifting to your brothers or sisters. Park Plaza Gurgaon, shares your celebrations and enhances the joy of gifting by featuring exclusive Diwali gift hampers at its New Town Pastry Shop. For ultimate indulgence, New Town Pastry Shop features exotic chocolate goodies, chic chocolate boxes containing an assortment of homemade chocolates, exotic cakes and tastefully and elegantly packaged and Gift hampers for all its discerning clients .

Gifts for your Brother:

Bhaiya Dooj Gift for Brothers

Exclusive Diwali gift for your brothers at The Claridges. Add sparkle to your Diwali celebrations, with exciting Diwali hampers. The invitingly gift wrapped hamper laden with a special set of multicolor diyas, home-made chocolates, aromatic candles, dry nuts, fine wines & much more are a perfect gift choice for your loved ones this season.

Sweet for Tika ceremony:

Sweet for Bhau beej

Cafe Delhi Heights prepare multi flavored bhai dooj sweets. Enjoy the special Dessert menu @ Cafe Delhi Heights Gulab Jamun, Chocolate lasagne Kulfi flavours (Coffee/ Sitafal/ Cashew and raisin) Kulfi will be Complimentary

Make happy your sister by giving dinner treat:

Now days Delhi restaurants organizing lot of food and dining events where they prepare special Diwali food, this is the right time for you to give a treat to your sister and make her happy.

Dinner restaurants

Swad-e-Awadh @ Daniell’s Tavern: Relish authentic Awadhi cuisine from kebabs to curries from the royal regions of Hindoostan… this November at Daniell’s Tavern. The menu takes you on royal expedition with exotic specialties ranging from kebabs cooked on sigri and main course like Lajjate Taroosh (Mughlai Lamb), Murgh Joshina (chicken cooked in Shahi gravy), Mahi Mussalam (Baked fish) accompanied with Mughlai breads, Ulte Tawe ka Parantha, Rumali Roti… all for a memorable dining experience.

Shopping for Bhaiya dooj, Festive collection by Shivali Misra Seth:

Shopping in Delhi

The collection draws inspiration from a very famous quote describing the ageless war between vanity and beauty. You could be a modern day princess, Snow White, Cinderella or just an average quiet girl–you would face this war at some point in life. Our collection simply displays the charm and envy hidden in all of us. The first phase of the collection emphasizes on exaggerated glamour and self-love. The fabric, a mix of georgette, raw silk, mul, silk velvet, silk, crepe and net, shapes the concept into the silhouettes that are beautifully emblazoned with traditional hand embroideries and modern application techniques.

Bhaiya dooj quotes:

Sky is blue, feel this hue,

My love is for you Bhaiya…always true.

Loads of good wishes for Bhai Dooj..!!

Holi is colorful,

Deewali is lightful and brightful,

Bhai Dooj has made our relationship POWERFUL.

Happy Bhaiya Dooj: Special wishes for all Brothers and sisters on this Auspicious day….