"Veda" means knowledge. It is the universal, universally valid and timeless knowledge about nature, its connections and its laws. A knowledge that is now becoming more and more accessible again and brings us into harmony with our soul and primordial nature.
The Vedic culture is rich in festivals in which the various divine aspects that work on us and in nature are honored. These are days that carry a special energy from an energetic point of view. By living in harmony with these and celebrating them through pujas (ceremonies), these divine aspects of nature bless people by helping them, for example, through grace, to overcome various blockages and challenges in life.
The way of Jesus and the way of the Indian Rishis & Siddhas were and are deeply connected. We celebrate the Vedic and Christian festivals equally.a
You are welcome to participate in vivo or via lifestream in the various ceremonies throughout the year. The ceremonies take place in three different locations: either in the temple of Mahadevamalai in Tamil Nadu, in the Atma Mandir in Bremen or in the Yoga- und Siddhazentrum ZEITWANDEL in Markdorf.
Fullmoon-Puja (Purnima) & Satsang
Dates: 24.07., 22.08., 21.09. 20.10., 19.11., 19.12.
At every full moon certain energetic gates open, which flow onto the earth and us humans and enable us to connect more easily with certain energetic qualities of consciousness or to go through or initiate certain developments more easily. At the center, a puja and a satsang take place every full moon. In Satsang, which means "gathering in the divine presence", we sing songs that open the heart, let ourselves be touched and connect with the divine qualities: Joy, Beauty, Inner Peace, Community and Love.
New-Moon-Puja (Amavasya) & Satsang
Dates: 12.04., 11.05., 10.06., 10.07., 08.08., 07.09. 06.10., 04.11., 19.12.
New moon is energetically an important day to start things anew and to honor the ancestors. In India and Vedic culture, food is offered to the ancestors and pujas are celebrated on these days to this day.
Dates: 05.07.2021, 20.07.2021, 04.08.2021, 18.08.2021, 02.09.202, 17.09.202, 02.10.2021, 16.10.2021, 01.11.2021, 15.11.2021, 30.11.2021, 14.12.2021, 30.12.2021
Ekadasi is 11 days after each full moon and new moon. It is an energetically important day. On this day, spiritual practice, such as meditation, is especially powerful, as we find easier access to the spiritual heart and the subtle worlds. As a rule, on this day we fast from one sunrise to the next and intensify spiritual practice.
Pongal - Thanksgiving
Date: 14.01. - 17.01.2021
Pongal is one of the most important festivals in Tamil Nadu, in South India. It is a harvest festival in which the sun, the rain and the farm animals are honored in a special way. Farmers leave the old year behind and focus on the new agricultural season. For four days, gratitude is expressed to nature and various ceremonies are celebrated.
Candlemas - End of the Christmas season
Candlemas takes place 40 days after the birth of Jesus and was originally the date for the end of the Christmas season. However, this knowledge has almost disappeared in everyday life. On this day the candles for the coming year are consecrated.
Ganesha Chathurti - Ganesha Birthday
Dates: 15.02.2021, 04.02.2022, 25.01.2023
Ganesha is one of the two sons of Shiva and Parvati. On this day, special honor is paid to Ganesha, who helps us with his blessings to overcome resistance and difficulties in life. Pujas performed on this day help to overcome difficult life situations more easily.
Saraswati Jayanti - Vasant Pachami
Saraswati is the goddess and energy of wisdom, science, healing and art. This day is her birthday. Pujas performed on this day help us to develop more easily in relation to these topics with the help of Saraswati's blessings.
Date: 11.03. - 12.03.2021
Shivatratri is one of the most important festivals in Vedic culture. Shiva is a name for the highest divine consciousness. One could also say God himself. It is said that on this night Shiva awakens from his meditation and walks the earth to bless all those who honor him. On this night, people come together to chant and meditate. The day before, one fasts. We will do pujas together through the night, keep vigil, chant and meditate. At 5:00 a.m. the night ends with breaking the fast together and breakfast.
01.04.2021 Maundy Thursday, 02.04.2021 Good Friday, 05.04. - 06.04. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
On Maundy Thursday, Jesus had his last meal. On Good Friday he was crucified. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday he rose from the dead. Easter reminds us of the resurrection of light in our individual and collective consciousness.
Navaratri - 10-day festival of the divine mother
Dates: 13.04. - 22.04.2021 & 07.-14.10.2021
Navaratri is one of the most sacred festivals in Vedic culture. During these 10 days, which take place in spring and autumn, the feminine, creative and creative aspect of creation is especially honored. Every day pujas and aratis are performed for the divine mother to receive her protection and blessings. During these 10 days, one can fast or eat only fruits. Spiritual practice has a particularly strong effect during these days. The 10th day is called Vijaya Dashami and represents the conclusion of Navaratri. Symbolically, it represents the victory of light over darkness.
Rama Navami is the birthday of Rama. Every now and then God incarnates directly on earth and takes different forms. These are often very impressive and therefore remain alive in the consciousness of people for many centuries, such as Jesus. Rama is considered an incarnation of God. On this day, the names of God are repeated and offerings are made in temples. During the day, many people fast and break it in the evening with a communal feast. In addition, people pray for liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
Sri la Sri Mahanandha Siddha - Change of his Dhoti
Sri la Sri Mahanandha Siddha is Shiva himself in human form, according to a message from the palm leaves. On this day, an abishekam takes place. Milk and water are poured over Siddha as a living murti. Afterwards, Siddha changes his dhoti, the only garment he wears for a whole year without changing it.
Hanuman Jayanti - Hanuman Birthday
On this day we celebrate Hanuman's birthday. He is considered in the Vedic culture as one of the most faithful and devoted servants of God. Hanuman freed Goddess Sita from the hands of demons and returned her to his beloved Rama (God). On this day, we chant the Hanuman Chalisa 108x in honor of Hanuman. Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa leads us to dissolve karmic aspects of our lives and free ourselves from them.
Vaikasi Visakam - Subramanya Birthday
Dates: 25.05.2021, 12.06.2022
Subramanya is the second son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also called Muruga or Kartikeya. On this day we perform a ceremony and puja for Subramanya. When we worship Subramanya he grants us utmost protection from negative energies and forces in life.
At the summer solstice, the sun has reached its highest position in the firmament. It is the longest light-flooded day of the year. These are days of joy and lightness, when our consciousness is also flooded with light. The summer solstice is like an energetic gate through which we can pass in order to find contact with the subtle worlds more easily.
Guru Purnima is a very special full moon day in the annual cycle. We connect especially with our inner and outer teachers (Guru) on this day, honoring and thanking them for all their support, guidance and grace. The term "guru" comes from Sanskrit and translates as "the one who dispels the darkness of consciousness."
Krsna Janmashtami - Krishna Birthday
Krsna Janmashtami is the birthday of Krishna. Krishna is considered an avatar of Vishnu, i.e. an incarnation of God. The entire Bhagavad Gita, a book of great wisdom, is about him. Krishna is also known in connection with Radha. Both were divine lovers and are emblematic of the highest form of love, unconditional love. It is told of Krishna story that when he was a child (Govinda), he used to steal his mother's butter to snack on it. Therefore, butter and sweets are especially offered to him on this day in the puja.
Dipavali - Festival of Lights
Date: 01.11. - 06.11.2021
On the night of the new moon in November, the so-called Dipavali takes place. It is a great festival of lights where candles and fairy lights shine everywhere. The festival is a symbolic reminder of our inner light and our enlightenment process, which is the only thing that matters in our lives.
Sri la Sri Mahanandha Siddha Birthday
On this day we celebrate Sri La Sri Mahananda Siddha's birthday and will perform a great puja in the center in honor of Shiva.
On 21.12. the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky and we experience the darkest day of the year. The 21.12. marks the beginning of the Rauhnächte. The gates to the subtle worlds open. We gain easier access to higher worlds, but also to the darker aspects of our consciousness that want to experience healing.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Christmas season, especially the period from 21 - 06.01. falls in the period of the Rauhnächte, which are of great importance from an energetic point of view. The gates between the worlds are wide open and make it possible to receive higher inspired knowledge and to align oneself inwardly to the coming year.
We say goodbye to the old year and prepare ourselves inwardly for the new. We sing, meditate, eat and create a common celebration of joy to welcome the new year.