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Know Your Classical Dances: Mohiniyattam, once thrust into obscurity during British rule, revived in early 20th century
Arts & Culture

Know Your Classical Dances: Mohiniyattam, once thrust into obscurity during British rule, revived in early 20th century

From being categorised as a dance of the vaishya or the prostitute to receiving recognition as a prolific art form and a codification into the realm of the ‘classical,’ Mohiniyattam has perhaps been one of the few dance styles to have undergone such humongous shifts through history.

Vijaya Ekadashi 2022: Check date, tithi timings and significance of the scared festival
India

Vijaya Ekadashi 2022: Check date, tithi timings and significance of the scared festival

Devotees believe that those who observe a fast on Vijaya Ekadashi receive blessings and get their wishes fulfilled

Gita Jayanti 2021: Here are some wishes, messages and greetings to share with your loved ones
India

Gita Jayanti 2021: Here are some wishes, messages and greetings to share with your loved ones

The Bhagavad Gita came into existence on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi Tithi of the lunar month of Margashirsha, according to the Hindu calendar

Janmashtami 2021: Date and history of of festival that celebrates birth of Lord Krishna
India

Janmashtami 2021: Date and history of of festival that celebrates birth of Lord Krishna

This year amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ashtami Tithi will commence at 11:25 pm on 29 August and will end on 31 August at 1:59 am

Narada Jayanti 2021: Day honours messenger of Gods; check significance and shubh muhurat
India

Narada Jayanti 2021: Day honours messenger of Gods; check significance and shubh muhurat

For his dedication and love towards Lord Vishnu and other Gods, Narada has a found mention in all Kathas and Puranas of Hindu mythology

Mohini Ekadashi 2021: Devotees observe occasion to honour Lord Vishnu; check tithi date and timings
India

Mohini Ekadashi 2021: Devotees observe occasion to honour Lord Vishnu; check tithi date and timings

This auspicious and special day comes from the story of Lord Vishnu who appeared in the form of a beautiful woman named Mohini

Parashurama Jayanti 2021: Date, time, significance, history and more about this Hindu festival
India

Parashurama Jayanti 2021: Date, time, significance, history and more about this Hindu festival

The literal meaning of Parshurama is Rama with parshu, which is an axe. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva who gave him his mystical weapon parshu

Varuthini Ekadashi 2021: Tithi, significance of festival and how to observe fast on the occasion
India

Varuthini Ekadashi 2021: Tithi, significance of festival and how to observe fast on the occasion

If devotees are observing Ekadashi, fasting is believed to be a cleansing process for the mind and body

Chaitra Purnima 2021: Significance of day honouring Lord Vishnu; check puja muhurat, vidhi here
India

Chaitra Purnima 2021: Significance of day honouring Lord Vishnu; check puja muhurat, vidhi here

On this special day, the devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day-long fast to seek His blessings. The fast is broken only after seeing the moon

Kamada Ekadashi 2021: Check significance, shubh muhurat and puja vidhi
India

Kamada Ekadashi 2021: Check significance, shubh muhurat and puja vidhi

As Hindus celebrate Kamada Ekadashi today, 23 April, devotees will observe a fast to get free from cycles of rebirth and to attain salvation

In Bengal's Rasui village, 75-year-old Khudiram Hajra keeps the dying tradition of 'bhorai' kirtan alive
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In Bengal's Rasui village, 75-year-old Khudiram Hajra keeps the dying tradition of 'bhorai' kirtan alive

In Vaishnavism, the sun is believed to be a manifestation of Krishna, and in the Bengali month of Kartik, the kirtan verses sung at dawn by kirtaniyas is known as 'bhorai', which is derived from term 'bhor', meaning dawn.

Sharad Purnima 2019: All you need to know about the festival marking end of monsoon season
India

Sharad Purnima 2019: All you need to know about the festival marking end of monsoon season

Sharad Purnima is celebrated during the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar, on the full moon night to mark the end of the monsoon season, this year, the Sharad Purnima will be celebrated on Sunday

Kerala set to celebrate Onam in aftermath of floods; police maintains tight vigil after receiving information on possible terror attack
India

Kerala set to celebrate Onam in aftermath of floods; police maintains tight vigil after receiving information on possible terror attack

A security alert notwithstanding, it is Onam time again and Keralites are getting ready to celebrate the biggest festival of the state.

Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi extend Janmashtami greetings to nation; ask citizens to follow path of virtue and righteousness
India

Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi extend Janmashtami greetings to nation; ask citizens to follow path of virtue and righteousness

Taking to his twitter handle, Ram Nath Kovind appealed to citizens to follow the path of virtue and righteousness in thought, word, and deed.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 20 years in jail: Curtains for Dera chief but blind faith in godmen hard to end
India

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 20 years in jail: Curtains for Dera chief but blind faith in godmen hard to end

Self-proclaimed godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh lived his life almost like an abominable snowman — a creature rarely seen and yet feared and worshipped

MS Dhoni gets relief from Supreme Court as case against him for Vishnu portrayal is quashed
First Cricket News

MS Dhoni gets relief from Supreme Court as case against him for Vishnu portrayal is quashed

The bench said "it would be a travesty of justice" if Dhoni and the editor are prosecuted as they did not do the alleged act "deliberately" or with "malicious" intent to hurt religious sentiments.

Vishu: The traditions, importance and history associated with Kerala's New Year festival
Life

Vishu: The traditions, importance and history associated with Kerala's New Year festival

Malayalis believe that an auspicious object is the first thing they should see on Vishu, so that the rest of the year is prosperous.

MS Dhoni as Lord Vishnu case: Supreme Court quashes criminal proceedings against cricketer
Sports

MS Dhoni as Lord Vishnu case: Supreme Court quashes criminal proceedings against cricketer

The Supreme Court on Monday quashed a criminal case against India's limited overs cricket captain MS Dhoni for being depicted as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a business magazine.

SC stays criminal proceedings against Dhoni over Lord Vishnu portrayal
Sports

SC stays criminal proceedings against Dhoni over Lord Vishnu portrayal

In a relief to cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the criminal proceedings against him on a complaint lodged for allegedly portraying himself as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover page.

Dhoni moves SC against Karnataka HC order over portrayal as god
First Cricket News

Dhoni moves SC against Karnataka HC order over portrayal as god

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni today moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka High Court order in a case filed against him for allegedly "denigrating" a Hindu god by posing as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover page.