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  • Muharram 2018: All you need to know about Ashura

    Muharram is the sacred month of the Islamic calendar. The word ‘Muharram’ is derived from the word ‘haram’ which literally means ‘forbidden’. It symbolises the beginning of the Muslim New Year. The tenth day of Muharram is the day of ‘Ashura’. Unlike any other Islamic festival, Ashura is not a festival of joy and celebration….

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    Muharram 2018: 7 things to know about the mourning of Muslims on Ashura

    Muharram is the sacred month of the Islamic calendar and also marks the beginning of the Muslim New Year. The tenth day of Muharram is called as ‘Ashura’, literally meaning ‘forbidden’. Though the day of Ashura holds a great significance to all Muslims around the globe, it is recognised differently in the two major sects…

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    Must visit Ganesha temples around the world

    Devotion cannot be contained by borders and the temples around the world is a proof. In India, temples are a common sight since it is home to a high percentage of Hindus. However outside India temples are not so common but they do exist in every corner of the world. Surprisingly, they do see a…

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    Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Lord Ganesha: 108 names of Ganpati with mantra

    Lord Ganesha is considered the most powerful of all gods and goddesses. He has ascribed many title sand epithets. He is also known as the Lord of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles. He is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions, especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a…

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  • Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 10 must visit Ganesha temples in India

    Lord Ganesha is the Lord of wisdom, prosperity, security, happiness, success, education, good fortune, and destroyer of obstacles. Son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, he is superior to all Hindu gods and is always worshipped first. There are several temples in India dedicated to the elephant god that devotees must visit at least once…

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Unique Modak makeovers in Mumbai

    It’s Ganesh Chaturthi and sweet shops in the city are flooded with sweets and savories, especially ‘Modaks’ – the favourite food of the elephant god. Lord Ganesha and modak are synonymous. We love modak all year around but they are the need of the hour for all the 11 days and cannot be avoided how much…

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    Karni Mata Temple: 5 things to know about the rat temple in Rajasthan

    Karni Mata Temple, also known as the ‘temple of rats’, is situated at Deshnoke near Bikaner in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni, who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga, the goddess of power. The temple is overrun with more than 20,000 rats. Devotees feed, worship and protect them. In…

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Significance, tithi, bhog and all you need to know

    Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is a celebration that marks the birth of Lord Ganesha. The festival celebrates Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence. The ten-day festival resumes on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada,…

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    Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Traditional steamed and fried modak recipes you have been looking for

    No wonder Modak is Lord Ganesha’s favourite food. It has a special importance during Ganesh Chaturthi. The sweet dumpling is prepared using jaggery, coconut, wheat flour/maida, and ghee. They are either steamed or fried. The steamed version is called ‘ukdiche modak’ while the fried one ‘talalele modak’. The steamed ones are soft and luscious and…

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