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Vivekananda in yoga posture
Yoga (Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. (Full article...)

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  • March: Holi spring festival
  • March: New Year's Day (Gudi Padwa, Ugadi and Cheti Chand) in various parts of India;
  • Mar 1: Makha Bucha Day - Remembering Buddha's 1250 disciples
  • March 7, 1952 – Death of Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru and philosopher (b. 1893)
  • March 7: 2006 – The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.
  • March 8: Amalaka Ekadashi (Hinduism)
  • March 12: 1993 – Several bombs explode in Mumbai, India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
  • March 14: New Year's Day (Sikhism, Nanakshahi calendar)
  • March 15: Hōnen Matsuri (Japan)
  • March 17: 1001 – The Song Shi recorded a tributary mission from the Rajahnate of Butuan (Golden Tara pictured), centered on the Philippine island of Mindanao, to the Song dynasty of China.
  • March 17: 1959 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • March 20: March equinox
    • Chunfen (China)
    • Higan (Japan)
    • Shunbun no Hi (Japan)
    • Vernal Equinox Day/Kōreisai (Japan)
  • March 22: 1784 – The Emerald Buddha was installed in its current location at the Wat Phra Kaew on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
  • March 22: 1739 – Nader Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.
  • March 22: 2007 – Death of U. G. Krishnamurti, Indian-Italian philosopher and educator (b. 1918)
  • March 23: 1901 – Birth of Bon Maharaja, Indian guru and religious writer (d. 1982)
  • March 25: 1920 – Birth of Paul Scott, English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1978), best known for his monumental tetralogy The Raj Quartet
  • March 26: Independence Day in Bangladesh (1971)
  • March 26: 1974 – A group of peasant women in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, surrounded trees in order to prevent loggers from felling them, giving rise to the Chipko movement.
  • March 28: Amavasya (Hinduism)
  • March 28: "Serfs Emancipation Day" in Tibet (the day the Tibetan government was declared illegal by China)
  • March 28: 2006 – Death of Vethathiri Maharishi, Indian philosopher and author (b. 1911)
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  • March 28: Visakha Bucha Day (Buddhism)
  • March 29: 1857 – Sepoy Mangal Pandey of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry mutinies against the East India Company's rule in India and inspires the protracted Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny.
  • March 30: 1993 – Death of S. M. Pandit, Indian painter (b. 1916)
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To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~

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