Regional Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is celebrated differently by different communities of India. This year Raksha Bandhan 2016 is on 18 August.

Nariyal Purnima - Rakhi in West India

Rakhi is celebrated here as Nariyal Purnima or the coconut full moon. Dedicated to Sea God, Varun, the festival is celebrated in western India and parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa. The festival marks the beginning of the fishing season for the fishermen who offer coconut to the Lord to seek his blessings. They throw the decorated coconuts in the water and worship. Coconut Rice is prepared on the day.

Regional Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Upakarma or Avani Avittam - Rakhi in South India

Upakarma or Avani Avittam is a ritual followed by the Brahmin Community, in southern and Central parts of India such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Kajari Purnima - Rakhi in North India

The festival is celebrated as Kajari Purnima in the Central India including Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and part of Uttar Pradesh. Mainly celebrated by the farmers, this festival denotes the beginning of the sowing season for wheat and barley. Goddess Bhagavati is commemorated on this day for good crop.



August 2016 Hindu Festivals

List of important Hindu festivals in August 2016. Nag , Raksha Bandhan and Sree Krishna Janmashtami are the major festivals celebrated in this month.


05th August
Hariyali Teej (Friday)

07th August
Nag Panchami (Sunday)

08th August
Shravan Somwar Vrat, Kalki Jayanti, Skanda Sashti (Monday)

12th August
Varalakshmi Vrat (Friday)

14th August
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi (Sunday)

15th August
Shravan Somwar Vrat, Pradosh Vrat (Monday)

16th August
Simha Sankranti (Tuesday)

18th August
Narali Purnima , Raksha Bandhan (Thursday)

21th August  
Kajari Teej (Sunday)

24th August
Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Wednesday) - South and Western Parts of India

25th August
Krishna Janmashtami (Thursday) -  North India


August 2016 Festival Dates
Sri Krishna Janmashtami



Govatsa Dwadashi 2016 Nandini Vrat

Govatsa Dwadashi, also known as Nandini Vrat, is a Hindu festival associated with the worship of Cow and calf. On Nandini Vrata day devotees worship the Divine Cow - Nandini. It is observed on the 12th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashwin (October - November). Govatsa Dwadashi is celebrated one day before Dhanteras. In 2016, Govatsa Dwadashi date is on 26 October, Wednesday. In Maharashtra Govatsa Dwadashi is known as Vasu Baras and it is considered first day of Deepavali.

Fasting

The devotees observing fast should wake up early in the morning.
They should take single day meal avoiding milk products.
The cow is given bath along with its calf and adorned with garland of flowers.
Devotees break their fast on the next day after sunrise.

Govatsa Dwadashi 2017

Next year, the date of Govatsa Dwadashi is on 16 October, Monday.

Govatsa Dwadashi 2016 Nandini Vrat




Nag Panchami 2016 Snake Puja Festival

Nag Panchami is the worship of snakes or serpent Gods celebrated by Hindus throughout India. It falls on Shukla Paksha Panchami during Shravana month. In 2016, Nag Panchami falls on 7 August, Sunday.

Nag Panchami is considered as an auspicious day to worship snake Gods. The five Nagas that are worshipped on Nag Panchami are Ananta, Vasuki, Takshaka, Karkotaka and Pingala. On this day women worship Nag Devta and offer milk, sweets, and flowers to snakes. It is believed that offering puja to nagas on this day helps devotees to get rid of ill-effects of sarpa-dosha.

Naga Panchami 2017

In 2017, Naga Panchami date is on 27 July, Thursday.

Nag Panchami 2016 Snake Puja Festival

Appearance of Goddess Durga

Durga or the Mother Goddess is the main form of Goddess worship in Hinduism. Goddess Durga is usually depicted wearing red clothes. The red color symbolizes action and the red clothes signify that she is always busy destroying evil and protecting mankind from all pain and suffering. She is also seen as demon fighting version of Lord Shiva’s wife, Parvati.

She is depicted as having eight or ten hands which represents eight quadrants or ten directions of Hinduism. She appears with three eyes where the left eye represents desire, the right eye represents action and the central eye represents knowledge hence the name ‘Triyambake’.

Mother Durga rides over a lion which symbolizes her mastery over the qualities of power, will and determination. She possess different kinds of weapons in her arms like mace, sword, disc, arrow and trident which conveys that one weapon cannot be used to destroy all kinds of enemies, but different kinds of weapons has to be used. She has the sacred conch which emanates the sound of creation ‘AUM’.

Appearance of Goddess Durga



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