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Makar Sankranti 2019

The Festival of Makar Sankranti 2019

The saying “Go fly a kite!” takes on a literal meaning every January in India. This happens during the festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayana: the kite flying holiday in Maharashtra, India. Makar means Capricorn. Sankranti implies a movement or change of  location. The reason for the celebration is to commemorate the entry of the […]

Vedic recommendations for the January, 2019 total lunar eclipse Do's and don'ts for the lunar eclipse

The second eclipse of 2019 occurs on January 20th or 21st, depending on your location. This will be the most significant eclipse of the year in North America, as it is a total eclipse and it’s the only one fully visible in North America.  The Moon will be full in Cancer in the constellation or […]

Ayurvedic health tips

Ten Ayurvedic Health Tips to Implement for the New Year Begin the new year on a healthy note

It’s almost the new year and we habitually set New Year’s resolutions. Quite often, at least one resolution involves our health. Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with our environment and thus have healthier lives. The following are ten simple Ayurvedic health tips to implement for a more fulfilling new year. 1. Use a tongue […]

Mercury retrograde

Mercury retrograde November and December 2018 Communication Interruptus!

Here we are again in the final Mercury retrograde of 2018. This is the one planetary transit which seems to be blamed for just about anything going wrong.  Mercury went retrograde on November 16 in Scorpio in Vedic astrology or Jyotish.  Jyotish offers a somewhat varying perspective than Western astrology.  In Vedic astrology, retrogression makes […]

Indian New Year 2018 Celebrate with Govardhan Puja

Following the festival of Diwali 2018 comes Indian New Year 2018 in Vedic astrology or Jyotish.  This is Vikram Samvat 2075.  According to mypanchang.com, Indian new year 2018 falls on  November 8 worldwide, with the exception of Hawaii, where it is the previous day.  This is the Gujarati and Marwadi New Year, as different regions of […]

Kali Chaudas 2018 Celebrate Naraka Chaturdashi

Diwali is a multi-day festival in India. The first day is Govatsa Dwadashi, and then Dhanteras, followed by Kali Chaudas or Naraka Chaturdashi. Kali is the powerful dark goddess (one meaning of “kala” is black) who is an avatar of Goddess Durga.  In Indian mythology, Kali was a slayer of demons, including Narakasura.  As a lunar […]

Dhanvantari is honored on Dhanteras

Dhanteras 2018 Celebrate Dhanvantari's birthday

The festival of Diwali is actually comprised of five days of rituals in India.  We begin the celebration of Diwali 2018 with Govatsa Dwadashi and then the festival of Dhanteras.  According to mypanchang.com, Dhanteras 2018 is on November 4 for North America, the West Indies, and South America.  For India, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, […]

Celebrate Diwali 2018 The festival of lights

Diwali is a five day festival in India. It begins with Govatsa Dwadashi, then Dhanteras, followed by Kali Chaudas or Naraka Chaturdashi, and then the night of Diwali itself. Diwali or Deepavali / Deepawali is the Indian festival of lights. “Deepa” means light and “avali” means a continuous line. Diwali occurs just before the Indian […]