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What Are Hinduism's Holy Texts?

What Are Hinduism's Holy Texts?

The most ancient sacred texts of the Hindu religion are written in Sanskrit and called the Vedas.

Hinduism does not just have one sacred book but several scriptures. The Vedas scriptures guide Hindus in their daily life. They also help to preserve the religious dimensions of family and society. Hindus have developed their system of worship and beliefs from the scriptures.

There are two main categories of the Hindu scriptures:

Shruti-"That which is heard", consists of the four Vedas and Upanishads scriptures.

Smriti-"That which is remembered", composed of traditional texts, including the Dharma Shastras (legal and ethical texts), the Puranas, and the folk/historical legends known as the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Let's find out more The Jai Jais way.

Why does Hinduism have so many gods and goddesses?

Why does Hinduism have so many gods and goddesses?

Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion, is often considered a polytheistic faith, as the religion does not advocate the worship of one particular deity. However, the Hindu belief system includes a complex structure of deities that is not easily categorised.

Hinduism includes an abundance of deities, each one representing a certain aspect of the Supreme Absolute, which is known as Brahma, because they are all manifestations of the same divine spirit. There are deities represented in the family, the community, and the region of the country. There are deities recognised in the plants, the stars, the rivers, the mountains and the planets. We worship the divine in the form that each individual belief system supports, which are suitable and inspiring to the individual. Hindu Dharma recognises the divine is infinite. That embraces all creation, all of the worlds and something beyond. We honour the divine which is intimate to ourselves. Let's find out more in our blog.

WHAT IS VASANT PANCHAMI?

WHAT IS VASANT PANCHAMI?

Hinduism is a myriad of vibrant festivals with each having specific meaning and significance. Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, Vasant Panchami celebrates the arrival of Spring  in India. Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, music, learning and arts. Saraswati is the wife of Brahma, who created the universe. It is believed that without Saraswati the world would be shrouded in ignorance, as she is the one who represents enlightenment.

During Vasant Panchami people wear yellow coloured clothes and also eat food that is yellow like kitchri (rice and lentils). Goddess Saraswati’s idols are covered in yellow sarees as it is believed that it is one of her favourite colours. Yellow symbolises, joy, bliss and prosperity. Goddess Saraswati is the one who gives us wisdom. In India the mustard flowers bloom, and entire fields of mustard flowers resemble beds of yellow flowers when in full bloom. Find our more about the festival and why we pray to Goddess Saraswati...The Jai Jais Way.

SYMBOLISM OF LORD GANESH

SYMBOLISM OF LORD GANESH

15th February we celebrate Ganesh Jayanti. Our beloved elephant god one of the most popular gods of Hinduism.  The mighty remover of obstacles. On Ganesh Jayanti we celebrate the arrival of Ganesh to Earth. Did you know how Ganesh came to be? Find out The Jai Jais way on our blog page.

All Hindu deities are extremely representational, with their various markings, colours, faces and objects surrounding them holding deep significance and sometimes abstract meaning. As Ganesh is all about protection and power, much of his symbolism is related to safeguarding us from life’s physical and subtle obstacles. Here are the symbols of Ganesh and their meaning.
Why is Ganesh's Tusk Broken?

Why is Ganesh's Tusk Broken?

With Ganesh Jayanti around the corner… It’s certainly time for stories on Ganesh our beloved elephant god... The Jai Jais Way. 

Oooopps he’s got a broken tusk…ouch we wonder how he did that? As he is super strong, how could anyone break his tusk? As always there is not only one story, here are two... The Jai Jais way.

The Jai Jais Visualisation

The Jai Jais Visualisation

Meditation and visualisation can help children and teens relieve their stress and anxiety and improve self-esteem. Simple meditation and visualisation can calm the mind, body and spirit and help develop a positive attitude in any situation.

This meditation is for calming, soothing, and feeling serenity within. Come and join The Jai Jais journey with our special visualisation. Let us relax and transport you to a special place.  Perfect to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day.

Benefits of Story Telling National Story Telling Week UK

Benefits of Story Telling National Story Telling Week UK

National Storytelling Week in the UK, is celebrated for a full week in February and takes places in all sorts of places. Stories are chosen and are told in a magical way between the teller and the listener. It's a fantastic way for people to share their own story, or even invent something entirely new (and endlessly entertaining). The Jai Jais stories have been told through generations, and certainly bond generations.

Finding the time to read with children can often be difficult, especially with the increase in technology. However, story time is an important part of a child’s life. 

As a parent, there are plenty of ways that you could encourage and prioritise storytelling in your home. It gives children the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to expand their horizons with all the new tales they hear and read. So why not give storytelling a go? You can even use The Jai Jais characters for your stories. Here are some things that you could implement into your home:

Why do Hindus wear a Tilak on their forehead?

Why do Hindus wear a Tilak on their forehead?

Tilak, tikka, bindi, kumkum, sindoor or a ‘dot’ on the forehead of an Hindu woman is common as it tells a married status of a woman. Have you ever ...
Why Should We Read to Our Babies?

Why Should We Read to Our Babies?

A baby is more likely to try to put a book in their mouth than to turn its pages, this is why our Baby Jai Jais board books are so robust! For little hands and mouths. This doesn't mean it's too soon to make reading a part of your little one's routine. Experts say exposing babies to books in the first year is crucial to their intellectual and emotional growth. In fact, research shows that reading to infants can help jump-start brain development and can even make them more receptive to learning and developing language.

“Reading a book to your new-born is a one-on-one activity that you can really turn into a special time with your baby,” says Mary Ann Abrams, Medical Director. “It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for them.” Research has shown that reading to babies can help parents develop the bond with your child and feelings of intimacy.

Let's find out more why we should read to out babies and also some fun tips to engage babies with books.  

Let’s Celebrate the Makar Sankranti

Let’s Celebrate the Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is known as the ‘Kite Flying Festival’, it falls on the 14th January every year. It is a very auspicious day. It is dedicated to the Lord of the Sun. To Hindus, the sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. It refers to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn or ‘Makar’ which marks the end of winter month and start of longer days. On Makar Sankranti, the sun begins its journey northward.
 
Although this harvest festival is celebrated on the same day across the India, it is celebrated in different regions, with different traditions that highlight the rich and vibrant cultural of each place. Find out more in our blog.
 
Let us keep our kite soaring higher and higher through our positive thoughts, actions and attitude. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness, and begin to let the light within us shine bright. We should grow in purity, wisdom and knowledge just as the sun does from this day. Sun stands for all ideals; its message is that of light, unity, equality and true selflessness.
Find out more about the festival, The Jai Jais Way.
Happy Kite Flying
What is Lohri?

What is Lohri?

Lohri is celebrated on the 13th January each year.  The Punjabi festival of Lohri marks the end of winter and is traditionally associated with harvest of the Rabi crop. All the farmers get together in order to thank god for giving them such a wonderful harvest. The day after Lohri is “Maghi” the Punjabi farmers financial New Year.

The rituals related to Lohri symbolise the attachment of the people with Mother Nature. The period between January 13 and July 14 is considered prosperous by Hindus. According to the Bhagawad Gita, Krishna manifests himself 'in his full magnificence' during this time. It has been also told that Holika and Lohri were sisters. While the former perished in the Holi fire, the latter survived with Prahlad, the story of Holi.

So what is Lohri and how is it celebrated? 

What is the Symbolism of the Coconuts in Hinduism?

What is the Symbolism of the Coconuts in Hinduism?

What is the Symbolism of the Coconuts in Hinduism?

The humble coconut, one of the hardest fruits growing in sandy soil, requiring little water or maintenance. In Hindi it is known as “Nariyal” which translate literally as, “fruit containing water”. In Sanskrit it is known as “Sirphal” which means “God’s fruit”.

One of the most common offerings in a temple is a coconut. It is also offered on occasions like weddings, festivals, the use of a new vehicle or home. The coconut is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.  Every auspicious occasion begins with the breaking of the coconut. It is regarded as a symbol of Lord Ganesh who removes obstacles and helps us to succeed in any tasks we embark on.

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