The story of Ram’s birth and the celebration!

Festivals and holidays are a part of our lives.  Almost every week we have a major or minor festival. Festivals are so woven in the fabric of our lives that their celebration and ritual is what contributes to our vivid culture.  On 28th of March this year we celebrate Ram Naumi or Ram’s birthday. The…

Story of Holika-

Holi Celebrations have a number of legends related to it.  The most popular is the story of Holika and her nephew Prahlad. Once upon a time there was a King called Hiranyakashap. This is a story from the Puranas.  Hiranyakashyap’s brother was killed by Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was very angry at this. He wanted to…

Maha Shivratri- The night of Shiva

We all celebrate the festival of Mahashivratri with fasting and cooking food which I feel is related to the crops harvested at this time. Don’t forget these festivals have been celebrated for centuries  and the rituals and cultural practices vary from region to region. The variation may be slight but it is there as one…

Seven Champa Brothers and one Parul Sister

This is one of the most popular folk tales of Bengal narrated generation after generation. Once upon a time, there lived a good and kind king in a vast kingdom where peace and happiness reigned, food was bountiful, lush green trees with beautiful flowering plants abounded and because of the king’s virtues, the Gods smiled…

Why we celebrate New Year ?

     Vidhisha Jain- Artist                      Anannya Mehra- Artist                         Anannya Jalan- Artist We have all grown up celebrating the New Year on the 1st of January. It is kind of a tradition to ring in…

Creator of Rangoli

In the olden times there was a kingdom ruled by a king. The son of the Royal Priest of that kingdom died. The entire kingdom and all its citizens grieved over the death. They all prayed to the Lord of Creation ‘Brahma’ to bring him back to life. Brahmaji was moved by all the grief…

Ekdanta- How Ganesh lost his one tusk.

Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. His other brother is Kartikeya, the General of the Army of Gods. According to a story, when Ganesh was a young boy, he was invited to a party.  Ganesh who is very fond of eating sweets, ate a lot of sweets ( modak/ Laddo)…