Fasts & Festivals

Fasts & Festivals  

Fasts & festivals are an integral part of Hindu culture. Majority of fasts are associated with festivals whereas some of the fasts are independent too. The significance, method of determination of date & timing, method of doing fasting and full procedure of celebration of festival along with story behind each fast and festival has been discussed in detail in Hindu mythological texts. There is special importance of observing fasts and celebrating festivals in correct Muhurat and our software Leostar & Vrihat Shatabdi Panchang helps in the correct determination of date and timing of celebration of these fasts and festivals. Actually these are the powers of special Puja performed in the given Muhurat of Fast/Festival which help one attain multifold beneficial results.

What is fast?

The Sanskrit word for fast is ‘upa-vaas’, which means staying close to God. The original concept of fasting entailed a deviation from the normal life style and devoting one day to introspection. Fasts are of various types. In most of the fasts the meal is skipped. In some fasting the people don't even drink water. Some of the fasts are observed with the objective of getting rid of some kind of addiction. Some fasts are recommended to natives by astrologers to be practiced as effective remedial measures for the rectification of various problems whereas most of the fasts have deep spiritual significance. Apart from this fasting is also practiced for medical reasons as it keeps the body light, gives rest to the digestive system and helps in the removal of toxins from our body. Practicing silence is also a form of fasting. Practicing Brahmcharya is essential part of fasting. Everybody who practices fasting spends most of his time in doing meditation, prayers, Bhajans and in listening Vrat Katha.

Important Quotes on Fasting

  1. No form of asceticism is superior to fasting – Mahabharata
  2. Instead of looking outside of ourselves and counting potential enemies, fasting summons us to turn our glance inward, and to take the measure of our greatest challenge: the self, the ego, in our own eyes and as others see us. - Tariq Ramadan
  3. The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them. - Tariq Ramadan
  4. By doing fasting mind becomes introversive, sight turns clean and body remains light – Kaka Kalelkar
  5. Fasting is the most effective technique of curing all diseases. – Dr. Adolf Mayer
  6. Through prayer, fasting, and studying, God will answer. - Monica Johnson
  7. Fasting has unlimited power in it because psychological strength works behind it. Fasting can be done by the powerful people not by the weak. – M.K. Gandhi
  8. Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit. - Ezra Taft Benson
  9. Any work done without faith is an evil. That work neither turns out to be beneficial in this world nor in the next world after death – Srimadbhagvadgita
  10. Fasting is the best solution to get rid of sexuality and lust – Srimadbhagvadgita

On the day of fasting the individual is supposed to stay away from all worldly pleasures so that he doesn't get distracted from the path of his spiritual practices.

What is Festival?

A festival day or period is defined as that of religious celebrations. Festivals in various communities are those events which are celebrated to give respect to some religious or cultural beliefs. Next to these are folklore and agricultural events.

Fasts & Festivals List

Here is the list of important fasts & festivals –

Raviwar Vrata Somwar Vrata Mangalwar Vrata Buddhawar Vrata
Brihaspatiwar Vrata Shukrawar Vrata Shaniwar Vrata Katha Shaniwar Vrata Katha
Nav Samvatsar Pratipada Gangaur /Gauri Tritiya Kamada Ekadashi Sankashti Sri Ganesh Chaturthi
Paapmoachani Ekadashi Varuthini Ekadashi Mohini Ekadashi Akshay Tritiya
Apara Ekadashi Ganga Dushehra Bheemsaini Nirjala Ekadashi Yogini Ekadashi
Devashayani Ekadashi Gurupurnima Kamika Ekadashi Naag Panchami
Putrada Ekadashi Srikrishna Janamashtami Uja Ekadashi Haritalika Teej/Vrata
Rishi Panchami Parivartini /Padma Ekadashi Anant Chaturdashi Indira Ekadashi Vrata
Papankusha Ekadashi Sharad Poornima Navratri/Durga Pujan Vrata Karwa Chauth
Ahoi Ashtami Dhan Teras Rama Ekadashi Narak Chaturdashi
Deepawali /Laxmi Pujan Annakoot /Govardhan Pujan Festival of Suryopasna / Chhat Parva Devothhani Ekadashi
Baikunth Chaturdashi Vrata Bhairava Ashtami Utpanna Ekadashi Mokshada Ekadashi
Safala Ekadashi Putrada Ekadashi Makar Sankranti Shadtila Ekadashi
Jaya Ekadashi Vijaya Ekadashi Mahshivaratri Vrata Amalki/Aanwal Ekadashi
Pradosh Vrata Aja Ekadashi Akshaya Tritiya Amalaki Ekadashi
Apara Ekadashi Anant Chaturdashi Barabanki Mela Bhishma Ashtami
Buddha Purnima Bhau-beej Chaitra Navratri Chhath pooja
Christmas Day Dakshinayana Sankranti Dev Utthan Ekadashi Devshayani Ekadashi
Durga Puja Dussehra Dhan Trayodashi Diwali
Ganesh Chaturthi Gokul Ashtami Ganesh Festival Ganga Dussehra
Govardhan Puja Bhai Dooj Gudi Padava / Ugadi Guru Purnima
Hanuman Jayanti Holi Holla Mohalla Haldi Kumkum
Indira Ekadashi Jiviti Puja Kartik Purnima Karwa Chauth
Kumbh Mela Kojagiri Poornima Maha Navami Mahashivratri
Maheshwari Jayanti Makar Sankranti Margashirsha Purnima Onam
Parshuram Jayanti Paryushan Paush Purnima Pitru Paksha
Pongal Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Raksha Bandhan Ram Navami
Rama Ekadashi Ratha Saptami Rishi Panchmi Saraswati Avahan
Sarvapitru Amavasya Shani Jayanti Sharad Purnima Shivaji Jayanti
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Tula Sankranti Tulsi Vivah Varuthini Ekadashi
Vasant Panchami Vat Savitri Puja Vijaya Ekadashi Vishwakarma Pooja/
Vrishabha Sankranti Yogini Ekadashi Maha Navratri -

The list of main fasts & festivals for the month of August -

  • Rakshabandhan - 7th August 2017
  • Sankasht Chaturthi - 11th August 2017
  • Janmashtami - 14th August 2017
  • Haritalika Teej - 24th August 2017
  • Ganesh Chaturthi - 25th August 2017
  • Rishi Panchami - 26th August 2017
  • Radhashtami - 29th August 2017
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Astrological E Journal  August 2017

This issue of E-journal is festival special containing informative articles regarding fasts & festivals. One article gives Astrological concept behind baby name selection. One other article explains astrological reasons of earthquake and war.

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