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DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI 5:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
If you would like to host the Mata Ki Chowki at Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Contact : Raja Sharma 708-822-6656 Maa Durga is revered as the Mother Goddess among the Hindu...
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Mar
8
Fri
2024
MAHASHIVARATRI @ Radhey Shyam Temple
Mar 8 all-day
MAHASHIVARATRI @ Radhey Shyam Temple

Shivaratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. It is believed that Maha Shivratri falls on such an auspicious day in the northern hemisphere that it raises a person’s spiritual power. Maha Shivratri also celebrates when Lord Shiva performed the “Tandav,” the cosmic dance.

Vrat Vidhi

One day before Shivaratri Vratam, most likely on Trayodashi, devotees should eat only one time. On Shivaratri day, after finishing morning rituals devotees should take Sankalp (संकल्प) to observe full day fast on Shivaratri and to take food next day. During Sankalp devotees pledge for self-determination throughout the fasting period and seek blessing of Lord Shiva to finish the fast without any interference. Hindu fasts are strict and people pledge for self-determination and seek God blessing before starting them to finish them successfully.

On Shivaratri day devotees should take second bath in the evening before doing Shiva Puja or visiting temple. Shiva Puja should be done during night and devotees should break the fast next day after taking bath. Devotees should break the fast between sunrise and before the end of Chaturdashi Tithi to get maximum benefit of the Vrat.

Mar
16
Sat
2024
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
Mar 16 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI

If you would like to host the Mata Ki Chowki at Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Contact : Raja Sharma 708-822-6656

Maa Durga is revered as the Mother Goddess among the Hindu Goddesses. Mata Ki Chowki is a short-duration Kirtan that can be done at any time of day, at any time of year. The essence behind performing the Mata Ki Chowki is to fulfil one’s wishes. This Puja ceremony involves the gathering of many worshipers who spend three hours singing hymns in her praise in order to please the Goddess so that she can grant them their wishes. Mata ki chowki includes kirtans and bhajans which are performed in the respect to Mata Durga, Mata Laxmi, Mata Kaali, Saraswati, and Annapurna.

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24
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2024
HOLI KA DAHAN
Mar 24 all-day
HOLI KA DAHAN
What Is the Significance of Holika Dahan?
The occasion of Holi and Holika Dahan celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holi also marks the beginning of spring. The occasion of Holika Dahan commemorates the burning of the demoness, Holika, who was the sister of demon King- Hiranyakashyap, with the help of Lord Vishnu. On this occasion, a bonfire is created, which signifies the burning of Holika and the subsequent defeat of evil. This occasion is also known as ‘Holika’ or ‘Kamudu Pyre’ in some parts of India. Holika Dahan ceremony is an integral part of the Holi festival, and it is celebrated before Holi.
Holi is a festival that defies all religious discrimination. This grand festival is a two-day affair, and the eve of Holi is known as Holika Dahan. Holi is celebrated on Purnima or Full Moon day during the month of Phalgun as per the Hindu calendar. So, the occasion of Holika Dahan is celebrated on the previous night. As per the Gregorian calendar, the occasion corresponds to February or March.
Mar
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2024
HOLI
Mar 25 all-day
HOLI

Holi ( /ˈhl/), also known as the Festival of Colours, the Festival of Spring, and the Festival of Love, is an ancient Hindu religious festival and one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism. It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. The day also signifies the triumph of good over evil, as it commemorates the victory of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu. It originated and is predominantly celebrated in the Indian subcontinent but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the Indian diaspora.

Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love and for many, it is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. The festival is also an invocation for a good spring harvest season. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day) falling in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna, which falls around the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as “Holika Dahan” or “Chhoti Holi” and the following day as “Holi”, “Rangwali Holi”, “Dol Purnima”, “Dhuleti”, “Dhulandi”, “Ukuli”, “Manjal Kuli”, “Yaosang”, “Shigmo”, “Phagwah”, or “Jajiri”.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of a bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi (Dhuleti) where people smear and drench each other with colours. Water guns and water-filled balloons are often used to play and colour each other, with anyone and anyplace being considered fair game to color. Groups often carry drums and other musical instruments going from place-to-place singing and dancing. Throughout the day people visit family, and friends and foes come together to chat, enjoy food and drink, and partake in Holi delicacies.

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9
Tue
2024
UGADI , CHAITRA NAVARATRI BEGINS, GUDI PADWA
Apr 9 all-day

According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Brahma started the creation of the world from the month of Chaitra, which is regarded as the first month of the Hindu calendar. It marks the beginning of the new season when new flowers and fruits start to blossom. Chaitra month fall in March- April, when the Sun starts its journey through the Zodiac cycle. Some people believe that Goddess Durga descended on the first day of Chaitra Navratri and Brahma started the work of creation of the universe at the behest of Mother Durga. Another belief is that Lord Shiva allowed his wife Durga to visit her parent’s house for nine days (Chaitra Navratri). During these nine days, it is said that the Goddess killed demon Mahishasura. This signifies the victory of good over evil. It is customary for Hindu women to visit their parents’ home during this auspicious time.

Maharashtran Hindus refer to the festival, observed on the same day, as Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा).

The Sindhis celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year.

Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day.

The Hindus of Bali in Indonesia also celebrate their new year on the same day as Nyepi.

Ugadi is one of the five Hindu national public holidays in Mauritius

Apr
14
Sun
2024
Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Solar New Year
Apr 14 all-day
Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Solar New Year

Vaisakhi is a harvest festival for people of the Punjab region. In the Punjab, Vaisakhi marks the ripening of the rabi harvest. Vaisakhi also marks the Punjabi new year. This day is observed as a thanksgiving day by farmers whereby farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for future prosperity.

Vaisakhi is traditionally observed on 13 or 14 April, every year. For many Hindus, it marks the solar new year.

Apr
16
Tue
2024
RAM NAVAMI
Apr 16 all-day
RAM NAVAMI

Ram Navami Rituals: Hindu Culture & Traditions

This festival is observed in order to celebrate the birth of Marayada Purshottam Ram, considered to be a form of Lord Vishnu, one of the prime deities of Hindu trio. It is said that, Lord Rama is not only god but also the ideal figure for a human being. He is considered to be an ideal son, a doting husband, a mighty king, a wonderful brother and a great father. On the occasion of Rama Navami, mot only the people in India but also the Hindu community living in the other parts of the world celebrate this great day with immense joy and fervor.

 

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20
Sat
2024
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI

If you would like to host the Mata Ki Chowki at Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Contact : Raja Sharma 708-822-6656

Maa Durga is revered as the Mother Goddess among the Hindu Goddesses. Mata Ki Chowki is a short-duration Kirtan that can be done at any time of day, at any time of year. The essence behind performing the Mata Ki Chowki is to fulfil one’s wishes. This Puja ceremony involves the gathering of many worshipers who spend three hours singing hymns in her praise in order to please the Goddess so that she can grant them their wishes. Mata ki chowki includes kirtans and bhajans which are performed in the respect to Mata Durga, Mata Laxmi, Mata Kaali, Saraswati, and Annapurna.

Apr
23
Tue
2024
HANUMAN JAYANTI
Apr 23 all-day
HANUMAN JAYANTI

Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman was the son of Anjana, a female spirit of the clouds and waters, and Desari, the chief of the vanara, a group of powerful monkey people who lived in the forests. The wind god Vayu also played a role in the conception and birth of Hanuman. Some texts identify Hanuman as an incarnation of Shiva, but Hanuman is best known for his role in the epic poem and sacred text the Ramayana.

Hanuman is worshipped as a deity with the ability to attain victory against evil and provide protection. On this festival, devotees of Hanuman celebrate him and seek his protection and blessings.

May
14
Tue
2024
MOTHER’S DAY @ Radhey Shyam Temple
May 14 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day is a celebration of honouring mothers and motherhood and is observed across the world with enthusiasm and verve. The day is celebrated to acknowledge and honour the sacrifices a mother makes during the course of her life to ensure absolute well-being and development of her children. Throughout the world, children exhibit their respect and affection by pampering their mother with gifts, giving flowers, having dinner and spending the whole day with her.

Upcoming Events

Mar
8
Fri
2024
all-day MAHASHIVARATRI @ Radhey Shyam Temple
MAHASHIVARATRI @ Radhey Shyam Temple
Mar 8 all-day
MAHASHIVARATRI @ Radhey Shyam Temple
Shivaratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. It is believed that Maha Shivratri falls on such an auspicious day in the northern hemisphere that it raises a...
Mar
16
Sat
2024
5:00 pm DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
Mar 16 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
If you would like to host the Mata Ki Chowki at Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Contact : Raja Sharma 708-822-6656 Maa Durga is revered as the Mother Goddess among the Hindu...
Mar
24
Sun
2024
all-day HOLI KA DAHAN
HOLI KA DAHAN
Mar 24 all-day
HOLI KA DAHAN
What Is the Significance of Holika Dahan? The occasion of Holi and Holika Dahan celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holi also marks the beginning of spring. The occasion...
Mar
25
Mon
2024
all-day HOLI
HOLI
Mar 25 all-day
HOLI
Holi ( /ˈhoʊliː/), also known as the Festival of Colours, the Festival of Spring, and the Festival of Love, is an ancient Hindu religious festival and one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism. It celebrates the...
Apr
9
Tue
2024
all-day UGADI , CHAITRA NAVARATRI BEGINS...
UGADI , CHAITRA NAVARATRI BEGINS...
Apr 9 all-day
According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Brahma started the creation of the world from the month of Chaitra, which is regarded as the first month of the Hindu calendar. It marks the...
Apr
14
Sun
2024
all-day Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Solar New ...
Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Solar New ...
Apr 14 all-day
Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Solar New Year
Vaisakhi is a harvest festival for people of the Punjab region. In the Punjab, Vaisakhi marks the ripening of the rabi harvest. Vaisakhi also marks the Punjabi new year. This...
Apr
16
Tue
2024
all-day RAM NAVAMI
RAM NAVAMI
Apr 16 all-day
RAM NAVAMI
Ram Navami Rituals: Hindu Culture & Traditions This festival is observed in order to celebrate the birth of Marayada Purshottam Ram, considered to be a form of Lord Vishnu, one of the...
Apr
20
Sat
2024
5:00 pm DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DURGA MATA KI CHOWKI
If you would like to host the Mata Ki Chowki at Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Contact : Raja Sharma 708-822-6656 Maa Durga is revered as the Mother Goddess among the Hindu...
Apr
23
Tue
2024
all-day HANUMAN JAYANTI
HANUMAN JAYANTI
Apr 23 all-day
HANUMAN JAYANTI
Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman was the son of Anjana, a female spirit of the clouds and waters, and Desari, the chief of the vanara, a group...
May
14
Tue
2024
11:30 am MOTHER’S DAY @ Radhey Shyam Temple
MOTHER’S DAY @ Radhey Shyam Temple
May 14 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Mother’s Day is a celebration of honouring mothers and motherhood and is observed across the world with enthusiasm and verve. The day is celebrated to acknowledge and honour the sacrifices...