Raksha Bandhan, also Rakshabandhan,or simply Rakhi, is an annual rite performed in the Indian subcontinent, or by people originating from the Indian subcontinent, and centred around the tying of a thread, talisman, or amulet on the wrist as a form of ritual protection. The protection is offered principally by sisters to brothers, but also by priests to patrons, and sometimes by individuals to real or potential benefactors.
Vijayadashami is celebrated to commemorate the victory of righteousness over immorality, justice over unfairness, divine over evil, truth over apocryphal and renunciation over selfish enjoyment. Celebrated as the culmination of Navratri, this festival inculcates victorious attitude by awakening the inspiring memory of many mythological and historical stories. The message of Vijayadashami is शास्त्रेण रक्षितं राष्ट्रं. Protection of our nation's dignity, modesty, humility and preservation of our dharm and civilization is possible only through the accumulation of strong power. Rashtra Sevika Samiti was established in 1936 on this same auspicious day. This is the festival of making the noble resolve of bringing back our nation’s lost gory back.
Samparka, meaning networking and keeping in contact is the nerve system of samiti work. Va.Mousiji always insisted on maintaining samparka with individuals, families and organisations. As a mark of reverence sevikas observe Karthika Krishna Dwadashi, the Smriti din of Va.Mousiji(27-11-1978) as Samparka Dina. This year Samparka Dina is on 1st December.
Makar Sankranti, also known as Makara Sankrānti (Sanskrit: मकर सङ्क्रान्ति) or Maghi, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year in January. It marks the first day of sun's transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
That gift (of Seva) which is made to one who can make no return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give,and which is given at the right place and time and to a worthy person, that gift is held sattvik (highest grade)” Lord Krishna couldn’t be more specific when he explained the true meaning of “Seva” in Bhagavad Gita.
Ugadi has been important and historic festival of the Hindus, with medieval texts and inscriptions recording major charitable donations to Hindu temples and community centers on this day.The same day is observed as a New Year by Hindus in many other parts of India. For example, it is called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, but sometimes observed a Gregorian day earlier because the lunar day starts and ends in Hindu calendar according to the position of the moon. In Karnataka, the festival is celebrated as Yugadi.
Rashtra Sevika Samiti, started in 1936 in Wardha by Va. Lakshmi bai Kelkar (Mousiji), is an All India Women Organisation with a Goal to re-establish the Vibrant Hindu Rashtra through the tool Shakha. Read More...
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