Shree Radha and Lord Krsna celebrating Holi
In spite of being such a colourful and happy festival, there are various aspects of Holi, which makes it so significant for our lives. Though they might not be so apparent but a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than meets the eyes. Ranging from socio-cultural, religious to biological there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations. So when, its time for Holi, please don't hold yourself back - enjoy the festival by participating with full enthusiasm. This year Holi falls on the 16th March. The literal meaning of the word 'Holi' is "burning" of the effigy of the demon Holika.
On 16th March (Sunday) is one of the most important days on the Hindu calendar for Gaudiya Vaishnavas. This day is the appearance day of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Yet Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu or as He is simply known as Mahaprabhu is not well known at all. Even many of the residents of India are not aware of this very important avatar of Lord Krsna so what to speak of those living outside of India. Sastras mention that Mahaprabhu is a channa avatar (a hidden incarnation) of Lord Krishna. In this very humble article we hope to clarify and as well shed some light on Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
A SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION OF WHAT'S AN EQUINOX? An equinox occurs twice a year (on the 20th or 21st March and 22nd or 23rd September), when the plane of the Earth's equator passes the centre of the Sun. At this time the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length.
In 2014 Equinox falls on the 20th March and 23rd September.
On 12th March (Wednesday) is Amalaki Vrata Ekadashi. Please have your last grain meal on Tuesday night. The times to break your fast with grains is on Thursday morning Between 05h54 - 10h01 (Durban), 06h07 – 10h13 (Jhb)
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