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Deepavali or Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in Sanatan Dharma which, comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Deepavali means a continuous line of lamps (‘Deep’ means light, and ‘avali’ means a continuous line). Thus, this is the time to celebrate with brightness. This festival is regarded as a celebration of life and also an occasion to strengthen family and social relation...
Sharad Poonam is an auspicious day when the moon is the closest to the earth in the year. Devotees celebrate by performing Rasa Dance and Singing Devotional Songs to the accompaniment of musical instruments. An offering of Dudh Pawa (rice in thick milk) is served to the Lord on this special day and Devotees enjoy the remnants (Prasada) On this day, Lord Shree Krushna performed the divine dance...
Jaljilani (Parivartni) Ekadashi
On the day of Parivartni Ekadashi, Bhagwan continues to rest for the period of monsoon in the middle of the ocean on the head of Shesh Narayan until Kartik Sud Prabodhini Ekadashi. This day carries great importance for those who observe their Vrat accordingly, as it is a day to wash away one’s sins. ‘Parivartini’ means ‘of change’ and represents the time when Shesh-Shayi Narayan (for...
Lord Swaminarayan instructs His followers in the 84th verse of the Shikshapatri to offer obeisance to Vishnu, Shiva, Ganapati, Parvati and the Sun. Shatanand Swami honoured Him in the 77th mantra of the Janamangal Namavali (Aum Panchayatan-Sanmanaay Namah) which highlights the Shikshapatri verse. In the 127th verse of the Shikshapatri, Lord Swaminarayan instructs the Acharyas (Spiritual heads of ...