Festivals and Fasting
Festival celebrations, as well as religious austerities (fasting, poojas, etc), are considered as the two eyes of Hindu religion. Most of the festivals are ancients and they help the next generations to understand and follow the Hindu religious heritage.
The fasting helps Hindus to purify their mind and to be healthier which in turn help to accomplish a purer and high standard of living.
Our Purana says that Lord Muruga himself observed 6 days of fasting before he went to destroy demon Soora in a battle. Hindus in South India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia celebrate this festival as ‘Sooran poer’ (battle of Soora) and they too go on fasting for six days with the died of a cup of milk and few fruits at sunset only. They go to the temple to enact the ‘sooran poer’ happily and at the end of it, they will finish their fasting.
Every day, we worship God in our home or in a temple. Yet, throughout a festival season, we celebrate it along with our family members, friends as well as our neighbors.
During the festival season of a Temple and on the chariot festival day when temple chariot is being pulled up, people from countless neighboring villages join together to hold the rope and drag the chariot. Once the chariot procession festival comes to be completed, all individuals who took part in the festival will be celebrating it joyously.
Festivals are celebrated throughout the year and in different seasons. Each festival can be attributed to a specific deity or a deity of a specific temple. Sathurthi festival for Lord Ganesha, Sashti festival for Lord Muruga, Sivarathri for Lord Shiva, Vaigunta Ekathasi for Lord Vishnu, Shri Jayanthi and Diwali for Shri Krishna, Hanuman Jayanthi for Lord Hanuman and Navarathri as well as Durga Pooja for Devi Sakthy are to name a few that happen to be some of the great Hindu events connected to Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Thus, in this section, we present to you, details of great Hindu festivals and austerities which help us receiving the blessings of God Almighty and lead a successful life.
The list will grow.