Sri Aurobindo

Yoga Mandir

Sri Aurobindo

Yoga Mandir 

Holi- La ête des Couleurs

Holi(festival of calor): Holi (hotili:) is a popular ancient Hindu festival, ariginating fram the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in Nepal but has also spread to other areas af Asia and parts of tha Western worid thraugh the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.

Holi is papularly knawn as the Indian testival of spring, the testival of colors, ar the “festival of love. Ihe festival signifies the victory of good aver evil. It signifies the arrival of spring, tha end of winte, the blassoming af love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relatioanships. The festival also celebratas the beginning af a good spring harvest It lasts for a night and a day, starting an the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) faling in the Vikram Samwat Calendar, in the Hindu calendar manth of Phalguna, which falls around middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (buming af demon holika) or Chhoti Holi and the fallowing day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.
Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with nan- Hindus as well in many parts of South Asia, as well as paople of other communities outsida Asia. In Bdditian to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian subcantinent diaspora in countries such as Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Sauth Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdam, the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Fiji. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Eurape and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.

Indra Jatra

The indra Jatrafestival begins on the 26th of Bhadon and lasts for eight days. This festival is held in early to mid- September and marks the end of the rainy season. On the first day a lafty woden past is erected before the king’s palace ar at ather Darbur sites and dancers fram all across Nepal perfom with masks. If an earthquake aver occurrad on the apening day af the festival this was considered a bad omen and the festival would have to be restarted.
On the third day, ypung virgins are brought before tha king and worshiped and than carried through Kathmandu, mounted an oars. The highlight is parading tha Kurmar Davi (living god) through Kathmandu an a special chariot built just this purpase. The chariots are parked outside the Kumar Devi’s house at the Kathmandu Durbar Square

Dashain- HEi Ta

This festival is also called : Dasäi – el, BağadaSāi – aSiGel ou Bijaya DašamI: dI eHI
This is the longest and the most auspicious fastival in the Nepalese annual calenda, celebrated by Nepalese Hindu peaple thraughout the globe. It is nat only the longest festival af the country, but alsa tha one which is most anticipated. It is a l5-day-lang fastival and halidays. As ona of the popular countries, Nepal has its Hindu fastival as Dashain. The fastival falls in September or Dctober, starting from the shukla paksha (bright lunar fortnight) of the month of Ashvin and ending on purnima, the full moan. Among the 10 days for which it is celetrated, the most important days are the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and the tenth, but tenth day is very impartant Throughout the country Shakti is worshiped in all her manifastations
This festival is alsa known for its emphasis on the framily gatherings, as well as an a renewal of community ties. Peaple return fram all parts of the warld, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together. All goverrment offices, educational institutions and other private offices remain closed during the festival and holidays period.

Tihar

Nepali authentic festival held an the 15th af Kartik in late autumn as part af the Tihar Festival UOg. crows 8n0 cows are especialy proiminent dunng tnis restval and doßS are comimonly seen with wreBtns of fiowers around their neCKS. LrOWS are worshipped oy oferings Or Sweets and dishes. Iha cawing of the crows symbolizes sadness and grief in the Hindu mythology, so the devotees ofer the crows faod to avert grief and deaths in thair homes.
The fifth day, as part of the Tihar Festival, men visit tha house af their sister’s, where sister put a tika ar mark an his forehead and a gariand around his neck. Sisters pray far long and prosperous life of their brothers. Ihe men then touches the feet of their sisters. In return she receves a gift of money, clothes or omaments.
Afterwards, it is the accasion for a big meal served by the sisters to the brothers. In retum, thay receive a gift of money, clothes and arnaments.

Chhat - B5

This festival has different names : Chhath- 86, Chhathi – Bol, Chat Parva -86 4a, Chhat Puja – Bo II, Dala Chhat- gic1l B6, Dala Puja -Sil gil, Surya Sashthi -461 t is a festival of the Terai and Mithila region af Nepal celebrated by the Nepalese people of Tharus, indigenous Maithils and Madhesi ethnic groups in all the major parts of Nepal including Kathmandu, the capital city of the country. h madern days, Chhath is even celebrated in hills by Pahari people.
The government of Nepal declares the Public holidays all over Nepal during the Chhath
tis a Hindu fastival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya (ancient Vedit Goddess Usha). Tha Chhath Puja is performad in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting af certain wishes. The Sun, cansidered the god of energy and of the life-farce, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well- being. prosperity and progress
n Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders. The rituals af the festival are rigoraus and are abserved over a period of four days. Thay include holy bathing fasting and abstaining from drinking water (Vratta). standing in water for long periods of time, and affering prashad (prayer offerings) and arghya to the setting and rising sun.

Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance. There is a Shivaratrin every luni solar manth of the Hindu calendar, on the manth’s 13th night/14th day, but ance a year in late winter (February/March, or phalgun) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means the Great Night of Shiva”
t is a major festival in Hinduism, and this festival is solemn and marks a remembrance af “overcoming darkness and ignarance” in life and the world. It is abserved by remembaring Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as honesty, noan-injury to others, charity, forgiveness, and the discovery af Shiva.
The ardent devotees keep awake all night. Dthers visit one of the Shiva temples or go an pilgrimage to Jyotiringams. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unkn own.

Festivals and events celebrated in ashram

  • jan 4:Birthday celebration of Gurudev (Ramchandra Das) with different cultural as well as social activities around ashram. The elderly of the village are invited. They receive a meal waucher and a winter gift: a pair af warm socks, a shawl, a hat, etc
  • Feb 21 : Birthday celebration Mather and annual celebration of Sti Aurobinda Nagari Nawalpur- Branch af Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandi.
  • Feb 29 : Supramental menifestation day day of spiritual living
  • Apr 24 : Annual celebration of sri aurobindo yoga mandir in Kathmandu, Nepal with different cuitural dances, songs, spiritual discourses, chantings, seminars, drama etc.
  • 15th Aug: Birthday celetration of Sri aurcbindo.
  • Now 24: Arnual celebration af Sri Aurobindo Tapobhumi- Gulmi.