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Interfaith calendar

The Hindu faith is based on the belief in several philosophies that define rules for 'good' or Dharmic living. Receptivity and all-comprehensiveness are the main characteristics of Hinduism.

Hinduism involves the worship of a variety of gods and goddesses who exemplify and represent two key ideas: the Vedas - Satya (truth) and Rta (eternal order). The most significant gods include Vishnu, who has responsibility for preserving the world, and Shiva, the destroyer of the cosmos, and their wives Lakshmi and Parvati.

Devotion to the gods is practiced through worship, singing, reading Scriptures, celebrating festivals of importance and pilgrimage. Yoga is a spiritual practice of the Hindu tradition.

Key dates

The key dates of religious significance include:

  • Maha Shivaratri (a festival in honour of Lord Shiva)
  • Ramanavami (the birth of Lord Rama)
  • Holi (Spring festival)
  • Krishna Jayanthi (birthday of Srumad Bhagavad Gita)
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (honours the God of prosperity, prudence and success)
  • Navarathiri(honoring the divine mother, Durga) and
  • Diwali / Deepavali or festival of Lights