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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2012 Wishes


Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most significant festivals of Sikhism. The festival marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Saheb ji - the founder and first Guru of Sikhism. Celebrate the holy occasion by sending stylish and auspicious Gurupurab Gifts to your family members, friends and relatives and express your good wishes for them. In case you are running out for meaningful Guru Nanak Jayanti gift ideas here are some suggested gifts for you.
Guru Nanak Jayanti Date
28th November 2012

Gift Ideas by Ruchi Khurana
Shabad CDs and DVDs
On the pious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, shabad CDs and DVDs make a thoughtful gift idea for the spiritually inclined. You can send a collection of shabads and Gurbani CDs by the recipient's favorite singer for a greater impact.
Ek Omkar Pendants and Wall Hangings
Another traditional and much appreciated gift idea for Gurupurab is Ek Omkar Pendants. These can easily be availed in gold, silver, bronze and other non-precious materials. Alternatively, one can gift Ek Omkar wall hanging, painting etc as an expression of good wishes.
Sweets
On any Indian festival, traditional sweets and mithais make for the most appreciated gift idea. If you know of the recipient's choice in sweets, choose accordingly. Else go for popular sweets like Kaju Katli or Besan Laddoo.
Dry Fruits
Dry Fruits are preferred when the recipient is not fond of sweets, is calorie conscious or is diabetic. Dry Fruits have a long shelf-life and is ideal gift idea for Guru Nanak Jayanti as it comes in winter season. One can easily shop for attractively packed dry fruits boxes from online gift shops.
Chocolates
Chocolates are no longer a restricted gift idea for kids. These days you can safely gift delectable chocolates to your mom, dad, siblings, relatives, friends and of course children. Homemade chocolates are a rage in the market besides there are lots of gift packs available by popular brands like Cadbury's, Ferrero Rocher, Vochelle etc
Trip to Golden Temple
On the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak's Birthday, devout Sikhs have a strong desire to visit Golden Temple at Amritsar. A great way to convey your heartiest good wishes would be to gift your parents or close relatives a trip to Darbar Sahib. Send them air / rail ticket and a booking in a comfortable hotel to ensure a memorable trip.
Religious Books and Pooja Gifts
Religious books and pooja gifts make for a meaningful Gurubpurab gift idea for grandparents, mom or the religiously inclined. In this category, one can go for a miniature copy of Guru Granth Sahib, books on religious discourses, rehal or book stand, miniature of Golden Temple, Guru Nanak photo frame etc.

How to celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti





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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Moharram : Mourning of Muharram



Moharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. According to this calendar, this month is called the first month of Islam called Moharram.

This year Moharram Calendar

Begin : Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Ends: Friday, 14th December 2012

Islamic Calendar

1. Muharram
2. Safar
3. Rabi' al-awwal
4. Rabi' al-thani
5. Jumada al-awwal
6. Jumada al-thani
7. Rajab
8. Sha'aban
9. Ramadan
10. Shawwal
11. Dhu al-Qi'dah
12. Dhu al-Hijjah

The above list is the Islamic Calendar in which Moharram is the first month of calendar.

In this first month of Calendar in which fighting is fully prohibited like others 3 months. Some of the Muslims keep fast during these days.

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Bhaiya Dooj 2012 After Diwali, Calendar, Love of Sister and Brother


Bhaiya Dooj 2012 After Diwali, Calendar, Love of Sister and Brother

It is the love of Brothers and Sisters. Sister have fast on this day for the long life of her brother. It is also called Bhau beej, Bhai Tika, Bhai Phota in some places celebrated by Hindus.

Bhai Dooj Date 2012: 15th November 2012

Basically in five days of diwali, Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the last day of diwali.

How to celebrate Bhai Dooj

On this day, sisters keep fast and do worship with Kanta and apply tika to their brother's forehead and perform aarti. They invite their brothers and make their favorite dishes with sweets. Brothers also used to give gifts to their sisters.

Each and Every brothers should go to thier sisters on this day.

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Childrens Day, Bal Diwas, Chacha Nehru Birthday



14th November has become the golden day for childrens, as it is celebrated as Chacha Nehru Birthday.

When I was in School, childrens used to start preparation for 14th November before some days, there are many types of competitions have been arranged in school ground like

Football,
Cricket
Race
Sweets,Needle, Spoon and Chair Competition etc

Person who would have been won the 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize, who will get medals, money or various gifts. Our Principle with school teacher used to arrange such competitions in schools.

History of Childrens day

It is said that, Indian first prime minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru used to love children most, that is why It is celebrated on his birthday and give homage to him.

It is celebrated in all countries but dat varies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Day

How to celebrate this festivals

There are types of functions and competitions have been organized on this day like songs, sports games competitions, dance performance, cultural program.

In United States, It is celebrated predate both mother's day and father's day.

This day is fully dedicated to childrens.

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Chatt Puja Calendar 2012


Chatt Puja Calendar 2012

Chatt Puja is the vast festival, mainly celebrated in East India like Bihar, Jharkhand etc. I want to share with the Chatt Puja Calendar 2012.

Here It is:

Chatt Nahay Khay 17-11-2012

Kharna 18-11-2012

First Argh(Evening) 19-11-2012

Second Argh(Morning) 20-11-2012

End of Chatt Puja

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Karva Chauth Festivals for husband's long life



I used to write on various festivals in India, when I got to know about Karva Chauth, I could not stop myself to write on it. Karva Chauth is the big and holy festivals for Women in India. Now this has been celebrated in whole India. The Indian married Women keep fast from morning to evening for the long life of their husband. Karva Chauth has been observed by Hindu and Sikh women of North and West India first. It falls the forth day of the moon fortnight(called krishna paksha) in the Kartik month.

Sometimes it is seen that unmarried women also keep fast for their desired husbands or fiances. Now it has become the trend that some unmarried girls has started having fast on the same day for their boy friends in metro cities.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karva_Chauth]

Meaning for Karva Chauth

The Meaning of Karva is called 'diya' and chauth means 'forth'. It means that it is celebrated on the forth day of full moonlight in kartik month.

How Karva Chauth is celebrated

Generally Women do start their preparation for this day before some day earlier in advance, they go to the market and buy everything new things for themselves like buying new sarees, cosmetics, bangles, hina, jewelry and various puja items. It is said that women should have 16 types of decoration on this days. Now Fast has been broken and both have food. Husband then gives gift to his wife such as new dress or jewelry etc. This is how it is celebrated in India.

After shopping, they apply hina on their both hands and legs. On the day of Karva chauth 2012, they keep fast without water all day long and in the eveing, they dressed just like marriage dress with 16 types of decoration. Husband takes water from the thali and gives his wife, after their wife watched him after the moon from sieve or through the dupatta.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Bakrid Festival in India - ID-UL-ZUHA Celebration



Bakrid is the Festivals of Muslims and called most celebrated festivals in the world. It is celebrated as a day of Sacrifice for the Muslims. Bakrid is also called Idul Adha, It is celebrated on the Tenth Day of the Month Dhul Hijja.

Generally People go for Hajj(means pilgrimage) to Mecca and pray there and on the tenth day it is celebrated as Bakrid. On this day, people who went to Mecca, came to Mina and sacrifice an animal.

About Hajj

Read more about Bakrid

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Durga puja 2012 in Asansol, West Bengal


Hello Friends,

Like last year, I had gone today to see the DURGA PUJA(pujo called in Bengal) in West Bengal and love to see all puja pandals staring from near by my house to main market Asansol, I am talking about Asansol City in West Bengal, There are many placed I have visited today in S.B. Gorai Road, Hotton road, Asansol Market etc.

All puja pandals were docorated with tradition bengoli style. There were DHOL, NAGADE everywhere, in each pandals(just like temporarily temple) having DHOL and NAGADE. As per Bengali Calendar, it is Maha saptami today.

From saptami, here all the puja pandals will be starting durga puja at pandals and people used to visit it. There will be a big crowd in the pandals. All the people used to go there with their full family wearing new clothes.

Some of the photos of Asansol Durga Puja, I am going to share with you.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mahalaya : Beginning of Durga Puja : Invoking the MA to kill Mahisasura



Mahalaya

I am here to write something about Mahalaya, at childhood I used to see the Mahalaya on DD Channel at the day of festival Mahalaya, but I did not know about people crackering on this day after 12 O'Clock night. My childhood was in Jharkhand. At this Durga Puja, I am in West Bengal and wonder to see it that People started crackering on the day of Mahalaya after mid night. When I got up in the morning, everywhere people was firing crackers. Love to see and overwhelmed with our culture that how people follow in West Bengal.

What is Mahalaya

Mahalaya is the last day of Pitru Paksha(16 days to pay homage of our ancestors) which is called Mahalaya Amawasya. People of Bengal feel that Mahalaya is the beginning of the navratra in which Ma Durga entered into the Earth to kill the devil. People of West Bengal get up early on this day and reciting the Ma Durga Mantra and welcome Ma Durga on the Earth and they also used to fire crackers and become happy.

History of Mahalaya

People used to say that, When Devil has crossed their limit and no body could be able to kill the devil then Bhagwan Vishnu invoked Ma Durga to kill Mahisasura on this special Mahalaya Amawasya day and sent Mom Durga(affiliate with all power of GOD) on the Earth to defeat and kill the demon king Mahisasura who had been against GOD. The Ma Durga came on the earn on this day and vanished the devil, everywhere people started crackering and enjoy the victory of GOD against Devils.

Ma Durga Mantra



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Diwali | Festival of Light | Calendar 2012




Diwali, Deepawali, Festival of Lighs, Devali, there are various names of this festivals in India. Diwali is the festival of lights in which we worship the goddess Laxmi jee and Ganesh Jee. It is said that this day Mata Laxmi come to our house and provide lot of money and happiness to our life. Diwali is celebrated in all over the world now. This is the big festivals in a year.

When I was child, I do not understand that one month before diwali, everybody started cleaning their house and shops and also getting paints in their home, offices, shops etc. Now I got it that why. I want to say that It is the festival in which people start cleaning and painting their house, offices and shops etc.

As a writer I want to share something that My uncle having business of pujan samagri so they are getting busy in his shop, lot of crowd collected in his shop, you know why? People used to purchase pujan samagri and new bronze pod for their house.

Diwali Calendar 2012

11 November 2012(Sunday) : Dhanteras
12 November 2012(Monday) : Choti Diwali
13th November 2012(Tuesday) : Badi Diwali

Dhanteras

At the day of Dhanteras, people purchase any bronze, silver, or Gold stuff for their house, it is said that in this day, every person should buy these things. It is the symbol of happiness and good financial condition. That is why people used to buy these stuff.

Choti Diwali

At Choti Diwali, people buy clothes, sweets and pujan samagri for worshipping at the day of Diwali. At this day people also burn diyas, different form of lights and fire firecrackers. Children enjoy a lot on this day.

Badi Diwali

This is day in which we worship the goddess, burn the lights and fire the crackers. We used to distribute the sweets called ladoo in this day. Worship is done Everywhere weather offices, shops and house and pray to GOD for happiness and not having financial crisis in this life. A traditional game is played on the day of Diwali called cards. People used to play cards all night long.

History of Diwali

This is said that after defeating the Ravana, Bhagwan Rama had returned his home with Sita Mata, Bhai Laxman. On this ocassion, people starter celebrating this day as a festivals of lights.

Read more about Diwali[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali]

Happy Diwali to all of you from my whole team

Diwali Aarti

Dussehra as Vijaydashmi in India



Dussehra is also called Vijaydashmi in India, some people called it Dussehra and some called Vijaydashmi. It is the festivals in which we used to say that Bhagwan Ram had killed the Ravan this day. There are many story popular behind this particular day. Since than The Ravana Death, we have been celebrating this day called Dussehra. We also called it the day of victory of Ma Durga over the devils.

Dussehra Date in 2012 : 24th October 2012(Wednesday)

Dussehra is celebrated generally at tenth day of the Navratri in which we used to fire the dead body of Ravana each year. People from each community are collected at the same place and happiness is everywhere.

In the whole India, it is celebrated with some neighbour country like Nepal, Bangladesh.

Navratri Calendar 2012

16th October 2012(Tuesday) : Ma Shailaputri : First Day of Navratri
17th October 2012(Wednesday) : Brahmacharini Ma : Second Day
18th October 2012(Thursday) : Chandraghanta and Kushmanda Ma : Third Day
19th October 2012( Friday) : Skanda Ma : Fourth Day
20th October 2012(Saturday) : Katyayani Ma : Fifth Day
21st October 2012(Sunday) : Saraswati Ma and Kala Ratri Ma : Sixth Day
22nd October 2012(Monday) : Maha Gouri : Ashtami : Seventh Day
23rd October 2012(Tuesday) : Navami : Eighth Day
24th October 2012(Wednesday) : Dashami




Sunday, September 30, 2012

Navratri 2012 as DP dates and nine form of Durga Ma


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Navratri is the Hindi Festival also called Durga Puja somewhere. It is the festival of Ma Durga which has many different form. It has nine form of Ma Durga.

1. Shailputri
2.Brahmacharini
3.Chandraghanta
4.Kushmanda
5.Skandamata
6.Kathyayini
7.Kaalratri
8.Mahagauri
9.Siddhidaatri

Each and every form has particular name and mantra or meditation. If you want to listen the mantra in sanskrit, follow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durga

Navratri in 2012 dates

It starts from 16th October 2012 and ends in 24th October 2012 with Rawan Dahan.

15th October 2012(Monday) : Mahalaya Amawas
16th October 2012(Tuesday) : Navratri Begins
21st October 2012(Sunday) : Durga Pooja Begins
23rd October 2012(Tuesday) : Navratri Ends
24th October 2012(Wednesday) : Dusshera

Navratri is celebrated mainly in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Orissa, Assam etc. Now Durga Puja is celebrated in USA, UK, Russia, Canada, Japan, where the Indain Community people used to live, they celebrate it from there itself and connected with their family too.

More will be updated soon..

Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October, Birthday of Gandhi Jee

Happy Birthday Bapu

Sat sat naman!

'Hey Ram'

Gandhi Jayanti is the national holiday, it has been celebrated in India on the birthday of the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He also called 'Father of the Nation ', 'Bapu'.


His one song

"Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pawan Sita Ram"
"Iswar Allah Tero Naam, Sabko Sanmati De Bhagwan"

He was the great devotee of God Rama. According to wiki, this day has been announced as a International Day of Non-Violence. I will tell you that Gandhi Jee was the great followers of Non-Violence. He had created awareness among the people about the freedom life. He is the person who got India Independent.

More will be updated soon

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His Biography

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Why Pitr-Paksha before Durga Puja

Why Pitr-Paksha before Durga Puja

I wanna share with you the dates of the Hindu Festival Pitr-Paksha 2012, it is going to start on 30th September 2012 and ends in 15th October, then Navratra will start from 16th of October.


Vishwakarma puja - 17th September(Monday)

Ganesh Pooja - 19th Sep(Wed)

Gandhi Jayanti - 2nd Oct(Tuesday)

Navratra Start - 16th October(Tuesday)

Vijay Dashmi - 24th October Vijay Dashmi(Wed)

Bakri Id - 26th October(Fri)


Friends, as written in our holy books that in this time of Pitr-Paksha or Mahalay Paksha, we should remember our ancestors for their soul peace. These are the days of Ashvin and Bhadrapad. We let this Pitr-Paksha time good for our ancestors and keep shraadha for them so that we couls say thank for their debt and let grateful for them.

Such activity are done for asking happiness and say thank your to your ancestors and pray for their soul peace.

Important dates of Pitr - Paksha


30th September 2012 - Pitr Paksha starts
1st Oct 2012 - Second Shradh
2nd Oct 2012 - Third Shradh
4rd Oct 2012 - Fourth Shradh
5th Oct 2012 - Fifth Shradh
6th Oct 2012 - Sixth Shradh
7th Oct 2012 - Seventh Shradh
8th Oct 2012 - Eighth Shradh
9th Oct 2012 - Ninth Shradh
10th Oct 2012 - Tenth Shradh
11th Oct 2012 - Eleventh Shradh
12th Oct 2012 - Twelveth Shradh
13th Oct 2012 - Thirteenth Shradh
14th Oct 2012 - Fourteenth Shradh
15th Oct 2012 - Mahalaya Amawas Shradh

As written in Hindu Calendar, Mahalaya Shradh is the biggest and important day of Shradh, It is fully dedicated and remembrance of our all ancestors who has died in our family members till date.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Teacher's Day as Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan's Birthday

Happy Teacher's Day

Teacher's Day in India celebrated on 05th September as Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan's Birthday. But in many countries, it's celebration date vary except Pakistan. Full Country list of Teacher's Day[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teachers'_Day].

Teacher like a lighthouse of our life, they give education to us to. We celerate Teacher days on the birthday of our Second President of India named Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarvepalli_Radhakrishnan] and first Vice President of India.

My Teachers

I want to share my experience about Teacher's Day. I have been admitted in such school, where I have got my eduction from nursury to Matriculation. I really want to thank to my first teacher who used to teach me at home before school, obviously My Mom and Dad. Thanks Mom and Dad.

After my mom and dad, my bablu uncle tought me, I still remind his palm, from which he used to give punish. Thanks for your punishment, it let me reach my correct path.

After that Pandey sir who tought me more than 12 years in the same school, with pandey sir, some others teacher too like tiwari sir, prasad sir, thakur sir, puspa miss, dubey sir goes on. Thanks to all of you.

We used to celebrate teachers day in different theme in my school with my all teahcers and students in my class. Each and every students of each class celebrate their teachers day separately in their class. We miss you all the teachers specially Pandey sir.

There is teacher named Umesh sir, who tought me as a milestone of my life. Lot of momories is joined with Teachers day. It never ends.


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Ravi @ GSE

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Friendship Day!



Friendship Day!

Good Friend is key of your heart, if you are having true friendship, it will open your heart from that.

I want to share something about friends, When i was child, i did not know about this festival, but what! Were not we friends that time? Yeah definetely, Yes.

When i grow, then came to know about this festival, This festival connect two friend heartily and grow affection and love for each other.

Friendship is celebrated in all the parts of the Earth, there is no bound, as we know Boundation do not lies between friendship.

History

There is a history behind this festival, you know

According to Wiki

Friendship Day was originated by Joyce Hall, who was the founder of Hallmark cards in 1919. Mostly 2nd august was choosen for celebration, but somewhere it is celebrated on first sunday of August like India.

How Celebrate

Some friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on this day. Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America.

A bracelet is such ribon given by friends as a symbol of Friendship.

Now a day, this day become so crazy due to social networking sites like Facebook, Google+ which promotes this festival very rapidly, where we are having friends all over the world and we are connected each other there.

I want to say something on it, in friendship, we should respect each other feeling, never hurt him, we should take care of each other and say about their mistakes at the point, never hide their mistake, because a friend is just like a mirror of their friends.

At the End

Happy Friendship Day! to all of you my loving friends.

For Friendship Quotes you can search

www.friendshipday.org/friendship-day-quotes.html

For Greeting Cards
www.123greetings.com


Love you

Thanks

Ravi

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Raksha Bandhan 2012 Festival of Brothers and Sisters


Raksha Bandhan 2012

Date of Celebration : 2nd August 2012


Raksha Bandhan is the festival of Brother and Sister. I would tell you how this festival is the symbol of love between brother and sister. The bond of love flanked by a brother and a sister is the most gorgeous relation on this earth. Rakhi Celebration in India is famous and comes from Indian History.

Meaning of this festival

Relationships are the essence of any festivity and it holds true for any Indian festival. Each juncture brings the family jointly which calls for a celebration.

Raksha Bandhan is a party of one such relation - that of a brother and a sister. This association is no where so celebrated as in India.

Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters. It is a day when siblings pray for each others' well being and wish for each others' happiness and goodwill.

Return Gifts Ideas for Sisters Leather Bags & Wallets- Let your sister carry your love everywhere she roam! Gift her with a beautiful bag for and make the day memorable for the whole life. Beaded bags and wallets with lots of mirror work will definitely show some magical effects. Soft Toys- Soft toys are very much respected by girls of all ages. Give an adorable motion with silky, cute soft toys to the most gorgeous girl of your life i.e, 'your sister'. Sweet soft toys are best way to communicate your tender emotions and manner for your cute sis. Greeting Cards- Greeting Cards can be another good alternative for return rakhi gifts.

Let your words be written for many years! Pen down all your deep approach and emotions on Rakhi salutation cards and convey all your heart wishes to your sister. It is one of the best ways to keep in mind the beautiful time which you both have spent jointly over the years.

How to Celebrate Rakhi Festival?

How Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in India In India, Raksha Bandhan has great significance and is celebrated with a lot of spirit. Sisters tie the sacred thread of Rakhi India on the brother's right hand, exchange Rakhi gifts and mouth watering sweets and pray to God for the protection of their brother. In return, the brother promises that he will protect the sister against all evils. People wear new clothes on this day and go to temple. On the day of Rakhi the brothers usually prefer to go for traditional outfits like Kurta-Payjamas, Pathan Suits, Kurta-Jeans etc. The sisters usually wear designer Indian sarees with little or heavy carving. Some sisters also go for Salwar-Kameez, Chudidaar-Kurta, Saree, Lehengas, Parellels-Short Kurtas or other apparels.

History of Raksha Bandhan

This Hindu festival have multiple stories about its origin. Some of the most popular stories are mentioned below :

Queen Karnawati and Mugul Emperor Humayun :- The incidence of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in the history. During the battle between Mughal Empire and Rajputs, the widow of Rajput King Rani Karnavati, realized that the Sultan of Gujarat was planning to attact Chittor. Since she could not find any way to save her people, she send a Rakhi thread to Humayun. After understanding the sacred meaning of Rakhi, Humayun accepted Rani Karnavati as a sister and ordered his forces to protect her and her people.

Lord Indra and Damon king vritra:- According to Hindu mythology, the heaven is ruled by Indra who had tough fight with demons who where trying to take over heaven. Demons had tried many ways to defeat Indra. In one of those fight Indra has lost to vritra the demon king. With this indra's guru brihaspathi advised Indra's wife to tie a scarified thread on her husband's hand after praying to God. Indra has won the war with the power of this thread.

Lord Krishna and Draupathi:- To protect the good people, Lord Krishna killed the evil King Shishupal. In the war, Krishna was hurt and left with bleeding finger. Draupathi seeing this, had torn a strip of cloth from her sari and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. Realizing her affections and concern, Lord Krishna declared himself bounded by her sisterly love and promised her to repay this debt. Many years later, when the pandavas lost Draupathi in the game of dice and Kauravas were removing her saari, Krishna helped her divinely elongating the saari so that they could not remove it.

King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi:- The deep devotion of Mahabali has compelled lord Vishnu to take the task of protecting Bali's kingdom leaving his normal place in Vikundam. Goddess lakshmi has became sad because of this as she wanted lord Vishnu along with her. So she went to Bali and discussed the whole scenario with him. She tied Rakhi on his wrist. The king was touched by her and Lord Vishnu's good will and affection towards him. Bali requested Lord Vishnu to accompany her to vaikuntam. It is said that since that day it has become a tradition to invite sisters on sravan pournima to tie sacred thread of Rakhi.

Yama and Sister Yamuna:- Sister of yama (the god of death), Yamuna, bestowed immortality by tying a rakhi on Lord Yama's wrist. Full of sisterly affection and love, Yama declared that whosoever gets this sacred thread, will be blessed.

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Raksha Bandhan Songs Lists

Rang Birangi Rakhi Lekar-Anpadh
Hum Baheno Ke Liye-Anjaana
Yeh Rakhi Bandhan Hai Aisa-Beimaan
Chanda Re Mere Bhaiyya-Chambal Ki Kasam
Bhaiyya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan-Choti Behan
Jhula Baahon Ka-Doli Sajake Rakhna
Phoolo Ka Taaro Ka-Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Mere Bhaiyya Mere Chanda-Kajal
Raksha Bandhan Video Song



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Importance of Sawan month for Shiv Jee | OM NAMAH SIVAYE




हिन्दू कैलेण्डर के बारह मासों में से सावन का महीना अपनी विशेष पहचान रखता है. इस माह में चारों ओर हरियाली छाई रहती है. ऎसा लगता है मानों प्रकृति में एक नई जान आ गई है. वेदों में मानव तथा प्रकृति का बडा़ ही गहरा संबंध बताया गया है. वेदों में लिखी बातों का अर्थ है कि बारिश में ब्राह्मण वेद पाठ तथा धर्म ग्रंथों का अध्ययन करते हैं. इन मंत्रों को पढ़ने से व्यक्ति को सुख तथा शांति मिलती है. सावन में बारिश होती है. इस बारिश में अनेक प्रकार के जीव-जंतु बाहर निकलकर आते हैं. यह सभी जन्तु विभिन्न प्रकार की आवाजें निकालते हैं. उस समय वातावरण ऎसा लगता है कि जैसे किसी ने अपना मौन व्रत तोड़कर अभी बोलना आरम्भ किया हो.
जीव-जन्तुओं की भाषा का वर्णन इस प्रकार किया गया है कि जिस प्रकार बारिश होने पर जीव-जन्तु बोलने लगते हैं उसी प्रकार व्यक्ति को सावन के महीने से शुरु होने वाले चौमासों(चार मास) में ईश्वर की भक्ति के लिए धर्म ग्रंथों का पाठ सुनना चाहिए. धर्मिक दृष्टि से समस्त प्रकृति ही शिव का रुप है. इस कारण प्रकृति की पूजा के रुप में इस माह में शिव की पूजा विशेष रुप से की जाती है. सावन के महीने में वर्षा अत्यधिक होती है. इस माह में चारों ओर जल की मात्रा अधिक होने से शिव का जलाभिषेक किया जाता है.

शिव पूजन क्यों किया जाता है | Why Shiv Pujan is Done

प्राचीन ग्रंथों के अनुसार समुद्र मंथन के दौरान समुद्र से विष निकला था. इस विष को पीने के लिए शिव भगवान आगे आए और उन्होंने विषपान कर लिया. जिस माह में शिवजी ने विष पिया था वह सावन का माह था. विष पीने के बाद शिवजी के तन में ताप बढ़ गया. सभी देवी - देवताओं और शिव के भक्तों ने उनको शीतलता प्रदान की लेकिन शिवजी भगवान को शीतलता नहीं मिली. शीतलता पाने के लिए भोलेनाथ ने चन्द्रमा को अपने सिर पर धारण किया. इससे उन्हें शीतलता मिल गई.

ऎसी मान्यता भी है कि शिवजी के विषपान से उत्पन्न ताप को शीतलता प्रदान करने के लिए मेघराज इन्द्र ने भी बहुत वर्षा की थी. इससे भगवान शिव को बहुत शांति मिली. इसी घटना के बाद सावन का महीना भगवान शिव को प्रसन्न करने के लिए मनाया जाता है. सारा सावन, विशेष रुप से सोमवार को, भगवान शिव को जल अर्पित किया जाता है. महाशिवरात्रि के बाद पूरे वर्ष में यह दूसरा अवसर होता है जब भग्वान शिव की पूजा बडे़ ही धूमधाम से मनाई जाती है.

सावन माह की विशेषता | Speciality of Shravan Month

हिन्दु धर्म के अनुसार सावन के पूरे माह में भगवान शंकर का पूजन किया जाता है. इस माह को भोलेनाथ का माह माना जाता है. भगवान शिव का माह मानने के पीछे एक पौराणिक कथा है. इस कथा के अनुसार देवी सती ने अपने पिता दक्ष के घर में योगशक्ति से अपने शरीर का त्याग कर दिया था. अपने शरीर का त्याग करने से पूर्व देवी ने महादेव को हर जन्म में पति के रुप में पाने का प्रण किया था.
अपने दूसरे जन्म में देवी सती ने पार्वती के नाम से हिमालय और रानी मैना के घर में जन्म लिया. इस जन्म में देवी पार्वती ने युवावस्था में सावन के माह में निराहार रहकर कठोर व्रत किया. यह व्रत उन्होंने भगवान शिव को प्रसन्न करने के लिए किए. भगवान शिव पार्वती से प्रसन्न हुए और बाद में यह व्रत सावन के माह में विशेष रुप से रखे जाने लगे.




Source: http://astrobix.com/jyotisha/post/sawan-month-importance-sawan-month-why-shiva-puja-done.aspx

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Odisha: Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Puri, over 12 lakhs devotees throng to Puri


Hi Friends,

I am gonna tell you about an Indian Festival Called "Jagannath Rath Yatra" today.

Ratha Yatra (Oriya: ରଥଯାତ୍ରା) or the Car Festival is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa, India.


This annual festival is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashad month). In 2012 it falls on the 21st of June.[1]


The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath's annual visit to Gundicha mata's temple via aunt's home (Mausi Maa Temple which is near Balagandi Chaka in Puri).

Report by Zakir Ali, Puri: Nine-day-long majestic Jagannath Rath Yatra beginning in Puri today with tight security. Nearly 15 lakh devotees gathered in Puri to see this festival of Ratha Yatra.

As per the rituals and the festival programme announced by the Sri Jagannath Temple administration, the pahandi (bringing the deities to the chariots) begins about 9 am after observance of Mangal Arati, Surya Puja and offering of Gopal Bhog to the deities. The pahandi completed by 12 noon. Then, the deities would wear chita, a special ornament for the divine forehead.

Gajapati Maharaja of Puri Divyasingh Dev would come in a ceremonial palanquin and perform chherapahanra (sweeping of the deck of the three raths) which is scheduled to begin by 1 pm and be over by 2 pm. Thereafter, the wooden horses would be harnessed to the chariots and the pulling, if everything moves as per the programme, would begin by 3 pm.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of Ratha Yatra. The Coast Guard ships will patrol the sea coast as part of integrated control management to thwart any possible intrusion of terror elements into the pilgrim town. Similarly, Special Intelligence Police will be pressed on duty to track terror network during the festival.

This apart, two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been requisitioned to guard chariots. While 107 platoons of armed police forces will be deployed in the town, about 2000 Home Guards will be deployed to maintain law order on the road. In addition, 500 police officers from the neighbouring districts will be on duty during the 9-day festivity, the SP informed.

To track the activities of anti-social elements, close circuit television camera (CCTV) will be installed near Lion's gate, Town Police Station, Gundicha Temple, Temple Office and Circuit House along the Grand Road (Bada Danda) including some important locations.

The East Coast Railway has made arrangements for the safety and convenience of passengers during the Yatra and is running 62 special trains during Rath Yatra festival period to and from Puri to cater to the numerous devotees from across the country.

Source: http://orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=34700

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Nirjala Ekadasi

According to Markandeya Purana, the Harivansh canto influences the greatness of Ekadashis. There are twenty four ekadashis those are observed throughout the year within the Shukla (bright) and Krishna (dark) phases of the months. The Ekadashi that falls during the bright half of Jyeshta month is considered as the most auspicious “Nirjala Ekadashi. The fast performed during this day is most strict as even drinking water is prohibited while performing it and that is why the day is called Nirjala Ekadashi. The word Nirjala – is made of 2 hindi words Nir which means NO and Jal means Water. It is said that by performing this single Ekadashi’s fast, the advantage of all other Ekadashis corresponds.

During the era of Mahabharata, once Maharishi Vyas visited the Pandavas and Bhima asked a question to him that all his four brothers and mother Kunti and wife Draupadi observed the fast of all Ekadashis and asked him also to perform the same but he showed his inability and requested Maharishi Vyas to forgive him from all the twenty four Ekadashis fasts as by not performing those he would be part of immoral act. Then Maharishi Vyas said that, there is a fire named “Brik” inside him and was not satisfied until he ate enough food to beat hunger. Therefore he can perform only one Ekadashi of Jyeshta month despite of all the twenty four Ekadashis of the year and will get the fruit of all the occasions but he need to keep this Nirjala Ekadashi throughout the life. Bhima performed the fast with an ease but on the morning of very next day he became unconscious. Then he offered water of river Ganga with Tulsi to end up his day long strict fast. Since then it is also observed as the “Bhimseni Ekadashi”.

In general terms, while performing the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi, Jagran or night prayer is observed in most of the temples in the country. Ceremony of “Jaldan” (donate water through camps) starts from the day of Ekadashi itself where devotees organized the camps of syrups, soft drinks and water on the roads in burning heat of Jyeshta month. Married women also perform the fast with full devotion and belief.

As per the Hindu mythological observations, fast of Nirjala Ekadashi should be observed by all the people of society with full belief and dedication. On this day after the rituals of bathing etc one should sit in an isolatedplace in order to make concentrations of Lord Vishnu, lying on Shesh Shaiya and do recitation of “Om Namah Bhagvate Vasudevay Namah”. Being dehydrated throughout the day, one should perform Bhajans andmeditations in night which is inevitable. Sleeping in night should be completely denial on this particular day and after performing night vigil person should take bath on next day morning of twelfth day. After bath, donate food, clothes, fruits, sherbet, milk etc. then person can break fast by drinking sherbet once theendowment of all items done.






Source: festivalsofindia.in

Friday, June 1, 2012

Indian Festivals 2012 Calendar

DateDayFestival
Jan 14, 2012SaturdayMakarsankranti / Pongal
Jan 28, 2012SaturdayVasant Panchami
Feb 20, 2012MondayMaha Shivaratri
Mar 08, 2012ThursdayHoli
Mar 23, 2012FridayHindi New Year
Mar 23, 2012FridayTelugu New Year/ Ugadi
Apr 01, 2012SundayRamanavami
Apr 06, 2012FridayHanuman Jayanti
Apr 13, 2012FridayTamil New Year
Apr 13, 2012FridayBaisakhi / Vishu
Apr 14, 2012SaturdayBengali New Year
Apr 24, 2012TuesdayAkshaya Tritiya
May 05, 2012SaturdayVaisakhi
May 21, 2012MondaySavitri Pooja
Jun 21, 2012ThursdayPuri Rath Yatra
Jul 03, 2012TuesdayGuru Purnima
Jul 24, 2012TuesdayNag Panchami
Aug 02, 2012ThursdayRaksha-bandhan
Aug 10, 2012FridayKrishna Janmashtami
Aug 29, 2012WednesdayOnam
Sep 19, 2012WednesdayGanesh Chaturthi
Sep 30, 2012SundayPitr-paksha Begins
Oct 15, 2012MondayPitr-paksha Ends
Oct 16, 2012TuesdayNavaratri Begins
Oct 21, 2012SundayDurga Puja Begins
Oct 23, 2012TuesdayNavaratri Ends
Oct 24, 2012WednesdayDusshera
Oct 29, 2012MondayLakshmi Puja
Nov 03, 2012SaturdayKarwa Chauth
Nov 12, 2012MondayDhan Teras
Nov 13, 2012TuesdayDiwali
Nov 28, 2012WednesdayKartik Poornima

Hindu Calendar - 2011


DateDay

Festival

Jan 14FridayMakarsankranti / Pongal / Tamil New Year / Magha Bihu
Jan 20ThursdayThaipusam
Feb 08TuesdayVasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja
Mar 03ThursdayMaha Shivaratri
Mar 19SaturdayHoli
Apr 04MondayHindi New Year
Apr 04MondayTelugu New Year/ Ugadi / Gudi Padwa/ Cheti Chand
Apr 12TuesdayRamanavami
Apr 14ThursdayBaisakhi / Vishu
Apr 14ThursdayTamil New Year
Apr 15FridayBengali New Year / Bohag Bihu
Apr 18MondayHanuman Jayanti
May 06FridayAkshaya Tritiya
May 17TuesdayBuddha Purnima / Vaisakhi Purnima
Jun 15WednesdaySavitri Pooja
Jul 03SundayPuri Rath Yatra
Jul 15FridayGuru Purnima / Asadha Purnima
Aug 04ThursdayNag Panchami
Aug 13SaturdayRaksha-Bandhan
Aug 22MondayKrishna Janmashtami
Sep 01ThursdayOnam
Sep 01ThursdayGanesh/Vinayak Chaturthi
Sep 13TuesdayPitr-Paksha begins
Sep 27TuesdayPitr-Paksha ends
Sep 27TuesdayMahalaya
Sep 28WednesdayNavaratri begins
Oct 03MondayDurga Puja begins (Maha Saptami)
Oct 05WednesdayNavaratri ends
Oct 06ThursdayVijaya Dashami/Dusshera
Oct 11TuesdayLakshmi Puja / Sharad Purnima
Oct 16SundayKarwa Chauth
Oct 25TuesdayDhanteras
Oct 26WednesdayDiwali
Oct 26WednesdayKali Puja
Oct 28FridayBhai Dooj / Bhai Phota / Bhav-Bij
Nov 10ThursdayKartik Poornima
Dec 06TuesdayGita Jayanti

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Holi | A Colour Full Holi | Safe Holi

Holi | A Colour Full Holi | Safe Holi

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Holi | A Colour Full Holi | Safe Holi

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Let me introduce first, by Profession i am a software developer, done Master in Computer Application and doing own business. I used to write articles on various subjects. Today as soon i saw a book on Holi written by Mr. Satyanarayan Gupta, i decided to write an article on Holi.

As soon we listen the word Holi, our mind started thinking about happiness. Holi is a enjoyable word and also started thinking about many question in our mind about holi, for example

* What is Holi?

* When is this Holi Celebrated?

* Where is this festival is celebrated?

* Why this Holi festival is celebrated?

* Various types of Holi by Region?

* How this Holi Festival is celebrated?

* What is the advantages and disvantages of this festival?

* Good Steps?

etc etc etc etc etc may be many more questions.

* What is Holi?

Holi is a religious festival; it is celebrated in Spring season by Hinuds. (Sorry I am not gonna say, it is the festival of Only Hindu, Now it is the festival of all people in the whole world, we should not say like that). It is the festival of Colors but off course not harmful colors and activities. In India it is called by another names changing the state wise. for example, it is called Dolyatra in West Bengal and Orissa, also called Basant Utsav. Mostly it is celebrated in Braj connected to Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon and Barsana for Lord Krishna. In Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, here festival is celebrated for 16 days; untill rangpanchmi, in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.

Holi is also called Dhuli in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi. One day BeforeHoli, we celebrate the Choti Holi, also called the Holika Dahan. About Holika Dahan you can read in section “why this is celebrated?”

* When is this Holi Celebrated?

Holi is celebrated in Sprig Season, at the ending of winter on the last full moon day of the lunar month of Phalguna(February/March) called Phalgun Purnima. Before one day, Holika Dahan is celebrated.

* Where is this festival is celebrated?

Although this festival is very known to the whole world, and full world celebrate. But mostly i can say this is celebrated in India, Nepal, Pakistan and countries where large amount of indian populations, for example Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, Fiji and many more.

* Why this Holi festival is celebrated?

Most of the people know the history of holi, it is a very popular history about a Hiranyakashipu. He has been granted a boon by Brahma not to be killed during the day or night; inside the home or outside;not on earth or in the sky;neither by a man nor an animal;neither by astra nor by shastra.

Hiranyakashipu has a son named Prahlada, he was a great devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu and his father does not his this activity. His father gave Several threats not to speak about his rival vishnu, but Prahlada does not leave that. Hiranyakashipu gave poison to his son, trampled by elephant, put in the room alone hungry, poisonous snake, but Prahlada has not any even scratch from his activity. His father was tired to kill his son, he has ordered hissister (who has got a boon not to burn in fire) to sit on the fire with his son Prahalada. When the fire started, Holika sat with Prahalada on the fire, but people was amazed to see that Holika fully burned on the fire, but Prahalada survived harmless, everyone was happy with it and since then it is celebrate as Holi.

In this history, later on Bhagwan Vishnu form of a NARSHIMHA(HALF MAN AND HALF ANIMAL) and killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk time by his claws(which are neither astra nor shastra).

There are another story about this, Bhagwan Shiva opened a third eye and Kama’s Body was reduced to ash, for the sake of his wife Rati, he restored him but only a mental image.

The origin of the modern Holi festival has been traced to ancient Bengal called Gaudiya Vaishnav festival. The rituals signified that all our desired should be divered for the attainment of Krishna and for the well being of society.

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* Various types of Holi by Region?

In India, there are various types of Holi Celebration by the region.

Lath Mar Holi

Here is the famous LATH MAR HOLI is played at the compound of Radha Rani Temple at Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. Women beat up men with sticks sings holi songs and shout Sri Radhey or Sri Krishna.

Holi Milan

In Uttarpradesh,there is special puja called Holi Milan is done in the morning of Holi.

Kumauni Holi

In Uttarakhand, there is musical social affair is organized. It is called Baithki Holi, Khari Holi, Charadi Holi, Nirvan Ki Holi etc.

Phagwa Holi

In Bihar, Jharkhand, it is called phagwa holi

Dol Jatra

in Bengal, it is called Dol Jatra. they sing and dance to the accompaniment of musical instrument like ektara, dubri and veena.

Jagannath temple of puri

The people of Orissa replace the icons of Krishna and Radha to Jagannath.

Sigmo

In Goa, it is called Sigmo, the Konkani community in Goa celebrates.

Holi

In Gujarat, there is no specific name, people say holi and celebrates as same.

Hola Mohalla

In Punjab, it is called Hola Mohalla.

Fagu

In Nepal it is called Fagu.

Tomato Holi

Most famous spanish festival called tomatina, where it is celebrated with tomato only. People beat other with squashed tomato and enjoy a lot with high amount of tomatoes.

* How this Holi Festival is celebrated?

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Basically, Holi is celebrated is same manner in everywhere, but it called by different names regionally.

Basically what happens is Holi is started with the Vasant Panchmi. Before Holi, people celebrate the Choti Holi called Holika Dahan. For holika Dahan people start collecting the dung cakes, wood of araad or redi tree and Holika tre, grains from the fresh harvest and unwanted wood leaves in the bonfire since many days, and on the day of Holika Dahan, people assemble near the bonfire and the eldest member or pandit initiates the lighting and prayer are said and praise is offered.They smears others with colors as a mark of greeting. All the people individually burn their grain and eat the burned grain, every family member eat this.

After Holika, the other day, Holi is celebrated. At this day People do holi Pujan in the morning with Pua, Pakwan and start playing with colors. Some place, it is played by MUd(WHich is not good at all). Folk Songs are sung at high tone and people dance to the tune of dholak. Till maximum 2 o’clock, it is played with wet colors, mud etc. After day people go to their home and got fresh with bath. After 4 o’clock they wear new clothes like Kurta Payjama and give gulal, scented colors to their parents and elders and take a assirvad from them and gone outside to their frinds and relative, neighbours house to take aasirvad from them too.

* What is the advantages and disvantages of this festival?

Advantages

The Holi Festivals closes the wide gaps betwwen social classes and community and castes and brings everyone together. They also close the gap between the rich and the poor, women and men and enjoy this in full enjoyment. Holi ends the gaps between enemies. They grow friendships socially. In This day, people forget their foeness and meet each other. They grow the mutual understanding.

Disadvantages

In this day people using mud, dung and harmful colors for holi, it is not good. It is harmful for our health. From Harmful colors our eye sight may go and can have skin problem

People are generally consumed Intoxicating bhang and other liquor, which is not good for our health.

* Good Steps?

* Do not use mud, Dung, and harmful colors, use only natural colors or natural vegetables to celebrate holi.

* Use Abir or gulal made by natural flowers not harmful gulal.

* Do not use intoxicating drinks, use milk or any healthy drink on this day.

* Do not use green tree for burning. we should use only waste materials.

Make Holi Cleaner and Safer

Thanks

Written by Ravi Kumar Gupta

Hindi Translator Priti Gupta

Publisher Mr. Satyanarayana Gupta

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