Very soon, the auspicious and divinely feted occasion of Maha Shivratri will be celebrated around the world. Prayers go to Swayambhu Shiva, and with great devotion, joy and bhakti, we worship the One who has manifested himself and created the entire universe of all visible and invisible elements.
Makar Sankranti is a Hindu observance and festival. Usually falling on the date of January 15 annually. This occasion marks the transition of the Sun from the zodiac of Sagittarius (dhanu) to Capricorn (makara). Since the Sun is regarded to have moved from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere on this day in the Hindu calendar, the festival is dedicated to the solar deity, Surya, and is observed to mark a new beginning.
The Satyanarayan Puja or Satyanarayan Vrat is a religious worship of Bhagwan Vishnu. Satya means “truth” and narayana means, “The highest being” so Satyanarayan means “The highest being who is an embodiment of Truth”. Vrat means a religious vow, religious observance, or obligation.
Rudra Abhishek Pooja is a special, powerful ritual in honor of Lord Shiva. While chanting mantras, we bathe the Shivalingam, symbolizing the Universal Consciousness, in panchamrit, the five components of which are symbols of the five elements that make up the Universe.
According to ancient Hindu myth, gods and demons teamed up to churn the ocean in hopes of obtaining amrita, the drink of immortality. As the ocean was churned, Goddess Lakshmi and later God Dhanvantari emerged from the water. We remember this on Dhanteras Day.