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The Hindu Festival of Holi (Source: belifenet.com)

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 Holi is a lively Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring. It dates back to texts from the 11th century and is connected to both deities and rites of spring. You may know it best from images of Eat, Pray, Love where villagers toss vibrant colored powders onto each other and dance in the streets with joy. Holi falls around the time of the vernal equinox – what in Western tradition would be the first day of spring. The deep meaning of Holi is connected to different Indian legends and their symbolic messages. The focus may vary depending on the...

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Defining Hinduism (Source: Devdutt Pattanaik, Mumbai Mirror )

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WHO IS A HINDU? How a quest to define the faith has resulted in a shift of power away from the common man. A young British Muslim girl visited Mumbai and saw the line of people making their way to the Dargah at Haji Ali. She turned to her friend, and said, ‘That’s not real Islam.’ She herself did not wear a hijab as she was educated and privileged enough to argue that wearing a hijab is not an essential feature of Islam. Religious leaders in Saudi Arabia would not agree, however. Read more at https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/defining-hinduism/articleshow/60897762.cms

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Hinduism is more than cows and karma by Asha Kodan (Source: dbknews.com)

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"So you pray to cows, right?" If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question, I'd probably have a considerable amount of spending money in my wallet right now. However, despite my frustration with people who respond ignorantly when I tell them I am Hindu, I can hardly blame them for their lack of awareness. Read more at   Hinduism is more than cows and karma

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The Guide to Obtaining Moksha (Source: Belifenet)

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Source: Belifenet In Hindu thought, life is a cycle. People are born, die and then are reborn into another life. This cycle is called samsara. To exist in samsara is to suffer. People get hurt. People get sick. People die and leave their loved ones behind and grieving. The aim of devout Hindus, then, is to escape this cycle of pain and suffering. Successfully escaping samsara is called moksha or “liberation.” Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/the-guide-to-obtaining-moksha.aspx#2ihPM6KJggC2Y8Bw.99

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What is Maha Shivaratri?

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Source: Beliefnet Once a year, usually during the 11th month in the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated. The celebration usually falls in February or March, before the arrival of the spring season. The day is known as the Great Night of Shiva.  Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/what-is-maha-shivaratri.aspx#jFsAg78mIZExLmDc.99

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