Hindu Holidays and Yoga


There are many Hindu Holidays that have great significance for practitioners of yoga. …





The science of yoga and the Hindu faith share their common roots in the ancient spiritual heritage of India. As such, many Hindu festivals are celebrated with great passion within the global yoga communities.

* For more on their relationship, read Yoga and Hinduism: one and the same?

Below are links to articles about some of the main Hindu celebrations that all yoga aspirants around the world should be aware of. They explore each of these Hindu celebrations in ways that reveal their profound importance to the science of yoga.

Deepavali

The ultimate aim of Deepavali is to set us all moving forward on the spiritual path so that we might ultimately attain illumination and remember our universal oneness with God …

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the famed elephant-headed God, the remover of obstacles to spiritual evolution …

Ganga Dussehra

The festival of Ganga Dussehra celebrates the descent of the holy Ganga River down to the parched earth – festival that reminds us of the intimate connection between mankind and nature …

Holi

Second in its exuberance only to Deepavali, Holi welcomes the summer harvest, ushers in the spring “Season of Love,” and reminds us of the unity and higher nature of all of mankind …

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami signifies not simply a celebration of the birth of a great and Divine Teacher, but the recognition of an inherent Divine Power in all of us …

Maha Shivaratri

Lord Shiva’s favourite day is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the whole of India. It is a time to wash away our ignorance and our idle tendencies, to extinguish the fires of our unruly passions, and to shine the light of eternal oneness into our souls …

Navratri

Navratri, literally “nine nights,” is a nine-day festival that worships the Divine Mother in all her many forms. This structure of veneration throughout these nine holy days is a profound representation of the stages of evolution through which we all must pass …

Ramanavami

Rama Navami is a major festival for Vaishnavites, (devotees of Vishnu), and is celebrated more predominantly in Northern India. Tens of thousands flock to sacred places associated with Rama, like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram …


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