Customs · Festivals

Varalakshmi Vratham | Varalakshmi Nonbu – Origin and Significance

Followed by Karadayan nonbu, Gyanopadesam attempts at explaining the significance of Varalakshmi nonbu/vrata, performed by married women especially in southern part of the country: Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala. Origin: Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by married women to the Goddess Varalakshmi (one who offers boon). The vratham is usually performed on the last… Continue reading Varalakshmi Vratham | Varalakshmi Nonbu – Origin and Significance

Sanathana Dharma · Vaishnavism

Sri Vaishnavism – An Introduction

In the attempt of explaining the significance of various customs or rituals followed in Sanathana Dharma, the Gyanopadesam team felt the need to express some of the most popular and significant schools of thought of Sanathana Dharma in a simple way. We would like to start this attempt by discussing Sri Vaishnavism. In this post,… Continue reading Sri Vaishnavism – An Introduction

Customs · Sanathana Dharma

Significance of Vibhuthi | The Sacred Ash

Bearing a mark on the forehead forms an integral practice of Sanathana Dharma. The mark will be Vibhuthi among the shaivaites and Thiruman among the vaishanivites. We had seen in detail about Thiruman in one of our previous post. In this post we will see in detail about the Vibhuthi or Thiruneer. The purpose of… Continue reading Significance of Vibhuthi | The Sacred Ash


Karadaiyaan Nombu | Origin and Significance

Karadaiyaan Nombu also known as ‘Savitri Nombu Vritham’ is an important festival for the married women in the state of Tamil Nadu. On this day, women offer prayers for the longevity and well-being of their husbands. Karadai is the name of a unique Nivedyam prepared on this day and Nombu means Vratham or Upavasam. The… Continue reading Karadaiyaan Nombu | Origin and Significance


Avani Avittam | Origin and Significance

Avani Avittam or Upakarma is primarily practised today among the Brahmin community. This custom was once practised by Kshatriyas and Vaishyas too. Upakarma is a vedic ritual when the person changes his holy thread (Yagnopaveetham). The Following day Gayatri Mantra is recited 1008 times and the day it attributed for Gayatri Japam. Origin: Upakarma is… Continue reading Avani Avittam | Origin and Significance