Let's Celebrate! Follow the Hindu Moon

                                                                        A guide to the festivals of south India


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Pooja Basics

Embracing the Almighty

Getting Organised

Celebrate!  Festival calendar

Hindu Cosmology

Path to God

Festival Food



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Hindu tradition has created a whole year of festivals, vibrant, colorful and joyous - to remember them all, 

you must Follow the Hindu Moon.



The only comprehensive guide to south Indian festival celebration,  

Soumya Aravind Sitaraman's debut as an author has been compared to Fraser's monumantal tome,  The Golden Bough and applauded as a "thesis in social and cultural Anthropology."



This pioneer how-to reference manual beautifully designed and lavishly photographed with stunning images by Usha Kris. This reference guide  takes the reader  on a beautiful  celebratory journey of discovery of the  customs,   traditions,   and   festivals that mark a Hindu year.  


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Upcoming Events 2011

  • January 7, 2011 6:30 p.m. "Let's Celebrate! Follow the Hindu Moon" Illustrated talk on the significance of festivals at the Bangalore International Center: 
  • Bangalore International Centre,
    TERI Complex,
    4th Main, 2nd Cross,
    Domlur II Stage,
    Bangalore - 560 071
    All are welcome


  • Feb 22, 2011. "Ancient Value Systems at Crossroads" Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore as part of the International Masters Program in Practicing Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 between 1415 and 1730 pm. Participants only


Soumya Aravind Sitaraman

Soumya Sitaraman is a freelance writer and award-winning artist. She has contributed articles on Indian art, architecture, and culture to several leading magazines worldwide. She serves on the advisory committee of non-profit arts and culture oganisations in Bangalore   where she lives with her husband and son...read more

Other books by Soumya Sitaraman

Photographer: Usha Kris

Published November 2007

Random House 

India Limited

908 pages

Hardcover, 2 volume set in slipcase

Rs. 3500

ISBN: 978 81 8400 011 5

Genre: Non Fiction, Culture


Richly illustrated with about 1000 photographs.








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Book launch, Kalakshetra,  Chennai,        November 3, 2007

Watch the coverage on Chennai Online

Kumararani Meena Muthiah, "Festivals are the pulse beats of our culture, and a book like this can help us hold strong to our roots"

Former Foreign Secretary, A.P. Venkateshwaran, "The book will give us a sense of what our forefathers have bequeathed us, and preserve it for future generations."  



H.H Dayanand Saraswati appreciates the book, Bangalore 2008. 

Follow the Hindu Moon is in the Poona and Coimbatore libraries of the Chinmaya  Mission.

Book launch, Kalakshetra,  Chennai,        November 3, 2007






L-R Former Foreign Secretary, A.P.Venkateshwaran,             

Author,                                       Soumya Aravind Sitaraman,

The photographer, Usha Kris, 

Kumararani Meena Muthiah, 

Leela Samson, Director, Kalakshetra

October 30,2007, Raj Bhavan, Bangalore

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with the author: appreciating the essence of south Indian culture.

As a Hindu woman living in the Silicon Valley , Soumya Sitaraman frequently encountered questions from her son and American friends about the festivals she so proudly celebrated. Like many Indians today all over the world, she needed a resource she could consult. In Follow the Hindu Moon, she has created just this; a sumptuous, all-inclusive how-to guide that will help you understand the place of ritual in modern life.  

Book 1, Celebrate, showcases pooja and features complete walkthroughs of every South Indian festival celebrated by the people of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Book 2, Understand, presents a compelling overview of Hindu cosmology and culture, toothsome festival recipes, and guides to festoons, kolams, and etiquette. No question goes unanswered – Soumya and her team of consultants tell you the mythology behind each festival, when to light a ghee lamp, how to water clap, which prayer or shloka to recite at what time, how to cook the perfect neivedya, and much more. Each festival is described in exhaustive detail, along with details of how to create a traditional kolam, appropriate fruits, flowers and leaves to prepare on each occasion, gift-giving etiquette - and even cheatsheets and choices between ‘quick pooja’ and ‘elaborate pooja’ options for those who just don’t have the time.  


Here is the wisdom of your aunts and grandmothers, never before collected in one place - and within easy reach. Beautifully designed, with over 1000 vibrant color photographs, and imbued with a warm, personal tone, Follow the Hindu Moon is a must-buy for every household. 


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