Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Culture

Indian Widows

indian widow

Dreams shattered into a nightmare. Samantha Kommal married her high school sweetheart Neville Pillay after 7 years of courtship. Their dreams shattered into a nightmare when he passed on a year and a half later leaving her 7 months pregnant. Not wanting to live any more  and having lost all faith and hope until the kick of her unborn child gave ... Read More »

Incense

incense

It joins heaven and earth. The oldest source on incense is the Vedas, specifically, the Atharva-veda and the Rigveda. Incense-burning was used both to create pleasing aromas and as a medicinal tool. Its use in medicine is considered the first phase of Ayurveda, which uses incense as an approach to healing. Incense-making was thus almost exclusively done by monks. The ... Read More »

Diwali – Floats on the streets of Durban

diwali-durban

The experience made me feel like a celeb! It was heartening to note that our culture is still very rich in South Africa and enjoyed and celebrated by the youth as well. Diwali, an occasion to rejoice and pray to the Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity and success, a time to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, along with Mother Sita ... Read More »

Scientific Reasons for Visiting a Temple

scientific reasons for visiting a temple

Scientifically, we require positive energy for a healthy life. There are thousands of temples all over India in different sizes, shapes and locations but not all of them are considered to be built the Vedic way. Generally, a temple should be located at a place where the earth’s magnetic wave path passes through densely. It can be in the outskirts ... Read More »

Message for Diwali

message for diwali

A safe , healthy and blessed year ahead to all those who celebrate Diwali. Every year on the dark night of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of our favorite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. A poem for Diwali Crackers, Crackers Everywhere Fired ... Read More »

Sri Krishna Celebrations in India

Lord Krishna

Celebrated to bring unity amongst the youth. Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai and Pune as Dahi Handi, is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event. The topmost person on the human pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with ... Read More »

World Hindi Conference 2012

hindi cinference 2012

The Ninth World Hindi Conference was held. It was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22-24 September 2012. The Ministry of External Affairs, with the support of the Hindi Shiksha Sang Africa (in particular, the Gauteng Branch) hosted the event. The main theme of the conference was “Basha ki Asmita aur Hindi ka vaishvik sandarbh” – in other words, ‘Hindi ... Read More »

Why Diwali matters

diwali lights

Ever danced a garba, lit a diya or ate orange jalebis? President and First Lady Michelle Obama has, and she is doing it in the White House. Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights often described as the Asian version of Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s an apt comparison because the core religious values reflected in all three holidays are identical ... Read More »

Godh bharna

baby-shower

Indian baby shower celebrated in a traditional home. Godh bharna is a very significant event in the lives of Hindu married women. This function is celebrated for and by women with great festivity. It is a ceremony that celebrates the first pregnancy of the bride of the house and is held in the seventh month of pregnancy. In Hindu mythology ... Read More »

Festival of Lights

festival of lights

The FNB Diwali Festival is back! Durban - The Diwali committee and our friends at FNB are building on last year’s successful event to ensure that 2012 is even bigger and greater than before! The Diwali celebrations will be taking place on 9 – 11 November 2012 at the old Drive-in site. Gauteng - FNB Gauteng Diwali Festival, taking place in Newtown ... Read More »