Holi, the vibrant festival of India has its social, religious and spiritual aspects. It is the day of forgiveness, friendliness, oneness and equanimity. The story of Holika portrays that all negativity can be overcome by the devotion of the Lord. Through applying of colours, we celebrate the destruction of evil. It is also a day where new grains are cooked and offered to the Lord. Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati of CIF narrates different stories and tells us the various aspects about this festival of colours.
Among many festivals celebrated as part of our tradition, Maha Shivaratri is a unique one. There are a number of stories behind the observance of the Maha Shivaratri. This auspicious day is indeed an occasion of the remembrance of the love, compassion and the grace of the Lord. Listen to the words Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati, CIF, to know more about the significance of the Maha Shivaratri.
Deepavali is the festival of light, love and harmony. On this day, we light the lamps and worship Shree Mahalakshmi. It is believed that it was on this night that Devi had appeared for the first time during the churning of the milky ocean. Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati of CIF beautifully narrates the significance of Deepavali by quoting verses from the Devi Mahatmyam, one of the famous Vedantic texts on Devi.