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Ram Navmi 2014

April 7, 2014 |

By NHSF (UK) Learning Team

Ramnavmi, the birth of Shree Rama, is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra. In some parts of India it is a nine-day festival, coinciding with the Vasanta Navratri, and many people fast over this period.

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights – Part 2

November 4, 2013 |

 

By Madhav Davé
NHSF (UK) Learning Team

The Diwali period includes a series of 8 joyful festivals. These festivals are:

  • ‘Ramaa Ekadashi’ – 31st October 2013 (11th Aashwin)
  • Govatsa Dwadashi’ or ‘Vagh Baaras’ – 31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)
  • ‘Dhan Trayodhashi’ or ‘Dhan Teras’ – 1st November 2013 (13th Aashwin)
  • ‘Kali Chaudash’ – 2nd November 2013 (14th Aashwin)
  • ‘Diwali’ – 3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)
  • ‘New Year/ Nutan Varsh’ (Gujarat) – 4th November 2013 (1st Kartik)
  • ‘Bhai-Dhuj’ or ‘Bhai Beej’ – 5th November 2013 (2nd Kartik)
  • ‘Labh Pancham’ – 7th November 2013 (5th Kartik)

Deepavali

3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)

Deepavali, also known as Diwali is commonly called the festival of lights. If there is one occasion which is joy and jubilation for one and all, it is Deepavali.

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights – Part 1

November 3, 2013 |

By Madhav Dave
NHSF (UK) Learning Team

The Diwali period includes a series of 8 joyful festivals. These festivals are:

  • Ramaa Ekadashi’ – 31st October 2013 (11th Aashwin)
  • Govatsa Dwadashi’ or ‘Vagh Baaras’ – 31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)
  • Dhan Trayodhashi’ or ‘Dhan Teras’ – 1st November 2013 (13th Aashwin)
  • Kali Chaudash’ – 2nd November 2013 (14th Aashwin)
  • Diwali’ – 3rd November 2013 (15th Aashwin)
  • New Year/ Nutan Varsh’ (Gujarat) – 4th November 2013 (1st Kartik)
  • Bhai-Dhuj’ or ‘Bhai Beej’ – 5th November 2013 (2nd Kartik)
  • Labh Pancham’ – 7th November 2013 (5th Kartik)

‘Vagh Baaras’ or ‘Govatsa Dwadashi’

31st October 2013 (12th Aashwin)

Vagh Baaras is also known as ‘Govatsa dwadashi‘ or ‘Guru Dwadashi‘ and marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations. On this day, pujan (worship) is offered to the sacred cow and calf, since she symbolises Mother Earth, the all giving and life-sustaining Mother.

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Central Zone Ram Dhun 2013

February 21, 2013 |

By Rikesh Dattani

 

The National Hindu Students’ Forum (NHSF)UK)) has always taught values and principles to protect, preserve, practice and promote Hindu Dharma. This is achieved by national and local events where NHSF (UK) universities strive to uphold their Dharma whilst they are at University. A prime example of this is the Central Zone Bhakti event, where 13 NHSF (UK) universities unite with the samaj to hold a spiritual event for students and the local community to enjoy.

In its firth year running, NHSF (UK) Central Zone offer another priceless opportunity to reach a spiritual platform with this year’s 12 hour Ram Dhun to honour and receive blessings from Hanuman Ji, often considered the most devout devotee of Ram Bhagwan.

Saturday 2nd March 2013
8am – 9pm
Shree Geeta Bhawan Mandir, 107-117 Heathfield Road, Birmingham, B19 1HL.

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Deepavali

November 12, 2012 |

By Sanjay Parekh
NHSF Learning Team

Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the festival of lights. If there is one occasion, which is all joy and jubilation for one and all, it is Diwali.

Origin

There are five origins to the celebrations of this auspicious day:

  • Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravan in Lanka
  • Lord Krishna vanquished Narkaasur, releasing people from misery
  • Lord Pruthu extracted goodness from the earth
  • During the Samudra Manthan, Lakshmiji emerged from the ocean
  • The Pandavs returned from their forest exile

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