#Hinduism

Lord Hanuman is mentioned in Hindu epics such as ‘Mahabharata’, various other stories of ‘Puranas’, and mainly in ‘Ramayana’. (Photo credit: ScoopWhoop)

  • Hanuman Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman
  • The day is observed on full moon day during ‘Chaitra Purnima’
  • Temples on this day  begin spiritual discourses before sunrise

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Kalaram Temple in Nashik is known to be one of Lord Rama's most sacred shrines in Maharashtra. (Photo Credit: Nashik.gov.in)

  • Ram Navami marks the end of the nine-day festival of Chaitra Navratri and commemorates the birth of Lord Ram
  • It is celebrated with religious fervour and traditional gaiety in all parts of India, including Maharashtra
  • However, the devotees will not be allowed at the temple in Maharashtra this year amid growing cases of COVID-19

Rama Navami marks the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. (Photo credit: Twitter/ @ArvinderLovely)

  • Rama Navami falls on the last day of Chaitra Navratri
  • This year, the auspicious day will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 21
  • The day celebrates the birthday of Hindu god Lord Rama

The eighth and ninth day of Chaitra Navratri will fall on April 20 and 21 this month. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @TechieLannister)

  • Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the month of March and April every year
  • This year, the nine holy days of Navratri were from April 13 and it will end on April 21
  • On the eighth and ninth day, kala chana (chickpeas), Poori and Sooji Halwa are offered to Goddess Durga 

Katyayani devi is a form of Goddess Durga. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @arvindvarchaswi)

  • Katyayani Devi is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri
  • She symbolised knowledge, courage and was the one who killed demon Mahisasura
  • The prayers are performed on the Shashthi tithi of Shukla Paksha in the morning 

.Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
Devotees gather to offer prayers during Ganga aarti at Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pouri, in Haridwar on Tuesday, April 13. (PTI Photo)

  • On Tuesday, 594 people tested positive for coronavirus in Haridwar
  • Over 1,000 contracted the COVID-19 disease in Haridwar in the last 2 days
  • "The devotees attending Kumbh are not from outside but our own people," Tirath Singh Rawat said

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Citizens buy flowers ahead of Ugadi festival at a wholesale market amid surge in coronavirus cases at Bengaluru city railway station in Bengaluru. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Navreh, Cheti Chand and Sangken are being celebrated on Tuesday
  • According to the Hindu calendar, the first day of Chaitra month marks the New Year
  • People in India celebrate New Year on several dates across different states

Gudi Padwa, also known as Marathi New Year, will be celebrated on April 13 this year. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

Gudi or Gudhi is a flag that is made with an inverted copper vessel and a stick.

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The nine-day festival of Chaitra Navratri starts on April 13 and every year. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • This year, the nine-day season of Chaitra Navratri begins on April 13, and ends on April 22
  • Every year, it is celebrated after the spring-time harvest
  • Also called Vasanta Navratri, the festival celebrates the nine forms of Goddess Shakti

Ekadashi observed on the Krishna Paksha in Chaitra month is called Papamochini Ekadashi.