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The Story Behind Lohri
There are many stories behind why Lohri is celebrated. As with all legends, this is just one of the many versions. Once upon a time, there was a man named Dulla Bhatti, popularly known as “Robin Hood of Punjab.” He stole...
What is the Bhagavad Gita?
Once upon a time, there was a great warrior named Arjuna, who was caught in the middle of some major family drama, which escalated to a full blown war at the Battle of Kurukshetra.  The war was against two sets...
Why Does Diwali Begin With Dhanteras?
While we all may be familiar with Diwali's customs, some of us may not know how many of them came to be. Today, we wanted to cover why Diwali begins with Dhanteras. Once upon a time, Indra, the King of Gods, really...
The Story of Saraswati Devi's Music
This is one story of Saraswati Devi saved the day with her music. Once upon a time, there was a demigod named Vishvavasu, who hailed from the Gandharvas race. He was put in charge by the gods to guard somras,...
The Story of Dussehra
This is the story behind Dussehra, but told from the point of view of Ravana. Once upon a time there was a ten-headed King of Lanka named Ravana. He and his siblings hailed from Brahma's lineage, who was the creator...
Hinduism 101
In honor of Hindu Heritage Month, here are some basic facts of Hinduism: Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Hinduism is the third-largest religion with about 900 million followers. Hindus believe in...
The Story of Janmashtami
This is the story of Krishna's birth. Call me Krishna, Gopal. Kahniya or Govinda. My life is an open book but I'm an enigma. You may know me for a number of things. Like the beautiful color of my dark skin... or...
The Story Behind Raksha Bandhan
Why Do We Tie a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan? Once upon a time, Lord Krishna had a cousin named Shishupala who was born with 3 eyes and 4 arms. It was predicted that these "deformities" would go away, as soon...
The Stories of Fathers
These are the stories of protective fathers in Hindu Theology. These are the stories of Mothers who had to abandon their children in Hindu theology. Devyani & Shukracharya There was a King Yayati married to a woman named Devyani. As...
The Story Behind Savitri Puja
This is the story of the princess who outwitted her husband's death. Once upon a time, there was a princess named Savitri. She was so insanely beautiful that all the men in the kingdom were too intimidated to even ask...
The Story Behind Akshaya Tritiya
Why is Akshaya Tritiya your lucky day? Once upon a time, there were two besties, Lord Krishna and Sudama. One grew up to become the King of Dwarka while the other remained a poor Brahmin in the village the two had...
The Stories of Mothers
These are the stories of Mothers who had to abandon their children in Hindu theology. Sita & Lav/Kush Sita's troubles were far from over even after being rescued from Ravan by Ram, Lakshman and Hanuman. Upon returning to Ayodhya, her...
The Story Behind Hanuman Jayanti
This is the story of how Hanuman was born. But first, let's meet the characters: One day, Anjana decided to descend upon earth. As she was roaming around, she came upon a Rishi, but in the form of a monkey....
The Story Behind Ram Navami
Once upon a time, there was a loving king named Dashrath who lived in Ayodhya.He had three wives named Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. Despite having everything a King could hope for, he had a lingering sadness... He pined to become...
The Story of Holi
Looking for a holi themed kid's activitiy? Scroll to the bottom of this blog post to check it out! Once upon a time, there was a king named Hiranyakashyap who believed he was more powerful than the Gods.To be fair,...
The Story Behind Vasant Panchami
Once upon a time, Lord Brahma, the one responsible for creating the world in which we live, wanted to see it with his own eyes. So, off he went expecting to be dazzled and in awe. Instead, he was met...
The Story of Thaipusam
Thaipusam is a Tamil festival celebrated on January 28. Once upon a time, there was a demon named Soorapadman. As a result of his long penance to Lord Shiva, he had been granted a boon that no one except Shiva's...
The Story Behind Uttarayan
DISCLAIMER: There are many holidays being celebrated this week including Lohri, Pongal and Magh Bihu in different parts of India. I don't mean to minimize their importance by highlighting one holiday over the others. I'm simply speaking from my personal...
Why is Navratri celebrated for nine nights?
Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Mahishasur who was born to the king of demons and a buffalo, making him a powerful part-buffalo part-demon. He noticed that the demons and the Gods were always at odds...
The Story Behind Mahalaya Amavasya
Today is Mahalaya Amavasya. What does a day dedicated to honoring those who have passed, have to do with the Mahabharata? Once upon a time, there was an extraordinary warrior named Karna. He was the older half-brother of the Pandavas...
Why is Krishna connected to the Number 8?
Have you NOTICED... The number 8 permeates through Krishna's life? Krishna was the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu. Krishna's birthday (typically) falls around the 8th day of the 8th month of the year. Krishna was the 8th child of Vasudeva...