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
- No form of asceticism is superior to fasting – Mahabharata
- 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
- 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
- By doing fasting mind becomes introversive, sight turns clean and body remains light – Kaka Kalelkar
- Fasting is the most effective technique of curing all diseases. – Dr. Adolf Mayer
- Through prayer, fasting, and studying, God will answer. - Monica Johnson
- 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
- Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit. - Ezra Taft Benson
- 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
- 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 –
||Shaniwar Vrata Katha
||Shaniwar Vrata Katha
|Nav Samvatsar Pratipada
||Gangaur /Gauri Tritiya
||Sankashti Sri Ganesh Chaturthi
||Bheemsaini Nirjala Ekadashi
||Parivartini /Padma Ekadashi
||Indira Ekadashi Vrata
||Navratri/Durga Pujan Vrata
|Deepawali /Laxmi Pujan
||Annakoot /Govardhan Pujan
||Festival of Suryopasna / Chhat Parva
|Baikunth Chaturdashi Vrata
||Dev Utthan Ekadashi
||Gudi Padava / Ugadi
||Putrada Ekadashi Vrat
|Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
||Vat Savitri Puja
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