A glimpse of vivid cultures in India

Navratri Festival

Navratri Festival

Navratri is festival of celebrating women power and these nine days are dedicated to nine different goddesses. India is a diverse country and in every state, the way Navratri is celebrated is different. Navratri is most important festival in Gujarat and West Bengal.  Navratri is celebrated in zeal with dedicated traditions and culture. Take a look at the amazing way of celebration of both the states given below.

Gujarat

Goddesses worshiped in this state

In gujarat Navratri is most important festival. It is celebrated all nine days with great zeal. Goddess AMBA, who is believed to have taken various forms is devoted with dedication & purity.

The shrine includes a garbo, an earthenware pot, in which a betel nut, coconut, and silver coin.

Way of Celebration

Young, attractive and energetic, the celebration of Navratri goes all through the night with dance of Dandiya and Garba on traditional songs.

Celebrated in honor of divine shakti, the shrine is placed in middle and the folk dance is performed by devotees around it, which is also called as Durga Ahvaan.

Garba and Dandiya is believed to a tribute to goddess as prayers presented to her.
Fasts and Vrats are kept to dedicate entirely to purity and shakti of goddess Amba.

Food

Rajgire ka thepla, Rajgire ki kadhi, Rajgire ki puri, Sabudana khichdi, Singhara ke pakode, Soma rice, Tomato char, Sabudana Wada, and Alu sukha bhaji are most famous during Navaratri.

Havmor and Village are some of the best hotels to have authentic Gujarati cuisine.

Popular Spots

Kalhar Bungalow & Shahibaug Club, Ahmedabad  ( From Ahmedabad Junction- 3.4kms. )
Shankus Dandiya, Surat ( From Surat Railway Station- 17.6kms )
maa shakti garba, Vadodara ( From Vadodara Junction- 500m. )

West Bengal

Goddesses worshiped in this state of West Bengal have huge pandals, where Maa Durga is positioned. Utural conscious, bongs prepare the Murti prior to the festival except her eyes. On the occasion of Mahalaya, eyes are painted to welcome goddess on earth.

The last four days are very much significant in West Bengal and is celebrated with great devotion.

Way of Celebration

On sixth day of Navratri, that is the first day of Durga Pooja, pandals are brought home and decorated with flowers and clothes.

Kola Bau, where in a banana leaf is taken under red saree is bathed in river and then placed by the goddess. This happens on seventh day of Navratri.

The celebration is filled with activities like dhunuchi dance, traditional songs and drama.
On tenth day, on Dashmi, the murti is immersed in water with pure and dedicated devotion.

Married woman initiate the procession of applying red sindoor on the Goddess and then to each other. It is said to be a symbol of marriage and fertility.

Food

Food being major part of the festival, Kolkata Durga Puja special themed Bhog will be presented Khichudi Bhog to you at The Kenilworth for every nine days of celebration.

Khichudi, Labra (Mixed Vegetable Curry), Aloo Posto, Kosha Mangsho (Spiced Goat Curry),  are part of Bengali meal to cherish.

Popular Spots

Dashghara Biswas Bari, Hooghly ( From Kolkata Railway Station-70kms. )
Bagbazaar, Kolkata ( From Kolkata Railway Station- 49.1kms. )
Fuljhore Market Durgapuja Pandal, Durgapur ( From Kolkata Railway Station- 167kms. )
Witnessing these culture in itself is real amazing. Where are you headed then to Ahmedabad Junction or Kolkata Junction to celebrate Navratri? Whatever it is just take off to get the best.

Witnessing these culture in itself is real amazing. Where are you headed then to Ahmedabad Junction or Kolkata Junction to celebrate Navratri? Whatever it is just take off to get the best.

Celebrate The Festival Of Maha Shivratri With Utmost Devotion

Happy Mahashivratri

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The great night of Lord Shiva popularly known as Maha Shivratri is one of the greatest and important Hindu festival that is observed by Hindus. The country of India and also Nepal observe this auspicious day on the large scale. This day is observed on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of the Hindu calendar and on this day Lord Shiva got married to the Goddess Parvati.

Salute to The Great Maratha Warriror on his birthday – Shivaji Maharaj

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti | Image Resource : urbantrunk.com

Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated with much fanfare in the state of Maharashtra and it is a fact that this great Maratha Warrior belonged to the whole nation and is looked upon as a symbol of courage and patriotism. Many songs and great patriotic messages are written on this great Maratha King and it is with great pride that the whole nation celebrate his birthday.

Honoring The Memory Of The Great Freedom Fighter Vasudev Balwant Phadke!

vasudev balwant phadke punyatithi

Vasudev Balwant Phadke Punyatithi | Image Resource : gyanipandit.com

Vasudev Balwant Phadke is a freedom fighter who fought the British and took over the city of Pune for a few days. He organized an uprising against the British because of the extreme tax the farmers of the region were made to pay. He also organized a hunger strike which took his life on February 17th 1883.

Gather For The Best Blues Music Festival This Season!

mahindra blues festival

Mahindra Blues Festival | Image Resource : liveinstyle.com

This year the Mahindra Blues Festival has names like Malina Moye and Joss Stone to boast of and has been named as one of the best blues festival in the country. It is taking place over a span of 2 days (13th and 14th February) at the Mehboob Studios located in 10 Hill Road, Bandra West.

Makar Sankranti Wishes: An Auspicious Occasion!

Happy Makar Sankranti

Happy Makar Sankranti | Image Resource : happymakarsankranti.co.in

Happy Makar Sankranti ! Let’s celebrate the day with a dip into the holy Ganges. With the prayer to forget all the bitterness and ill-feelings, I celebrate this day with my family in a religious way. May God bring peace on the auspicious occasion of Makarsankranti to one and all!

Celebrate Dattajayanti With Utmost Devotion and Dedication

Among the various festivals and special days observed in the state of Maharashtra, one day that is close to the heart of many is the Dattajayanti. This holy day is the birth anniversary of the Hindu deity bounding the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, together known as the Trimurti. On the full moon day of the margashirsha month as per the Hindu calendar, Dattajayanti is observed throughout the country and especially in Maharashtra.

Lord Dattatreya was the son of Atri Maharshi and Anasuya. According to the legends, the injustice and monstrosity of demonic forces increased to such a level that Dattatreya had to incarnate in different forms to destroy the demons. This year the festival of Dattajayanti will be celebrated on 5th December when you will witness many followers heading to the temple to offer their prayers and seek the lord’s blessing.

Lord Dattatreya

Lord Dattatreya | Image Resource : agnihotrausa.net

The pooja that is performed on the Dattajayanti is started after cleaning the house and preparing Prasad. Once the worship of Lord Datta is done the Prasad is distributed to everyone. It is said that if a person worship lord Datta with full devotion, purity of mind and soul; Lord Datta resolves all the problems and blesses with happiness. On the day Dattajayanti, it is believed that the lord Datta principle is 1000 times more active on earth as compared to other times. One gets maximum benefits of the Datta principle.

Datta Jayanti Celebrations

Datta Jayanti Celebrations | Image Resource : dycuk.org

Lord Dattatreya, a supreme yogi, remained an Avadutha throughout his life, i.e. a sage who remains in pure nature throughout the lifetime. The introduction of the Avadhuta Gita came from Dattatreya. He narrated the secrets of Vedanta to Lord Subrahmanya and this teaching or narration later came to be called as the Avadhuta Gita.

As per the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Dattatreya got knowledge from 24 different masters and the Datta community originated because of him. In southern India, you will find many temples dedicated to him and a large number of devotees offering prayers. Witness the glory of this day this year. Devotees completely submerge themselves in praying and chanting the sight of which is truly mesmerizing.

Dattatreya Swami Temple in Mahur

Dattatreya Swami Temple in Mahur | Image Resource : templedarshan.in

Make your Christmas evening a memorable one

Merry Christmas

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December 25 of every year is celebrated as Christmas to mark the birth of Lord Jesus. Different countries celebrate this day with different customs. In Mumbai, there are several churches where you can attend the midnight mass on the Christmas Eve. I usually spend my Christmas Eve with my friends and family in the mount Mary church as it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city.

Let Us Remember The Great Mind – Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Punyatithi Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Punyatithi | Image Resource : youtube.com

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was popular for his social reforms and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables. He was a hero for the women and labour community. On 6th December every year, people from all over India come to pay homage to Babasaheb Ambedkar at Dadar’s Chaityabhoomi where his last rites were performed. On 6 December every year I visit Dadar without fail to my tribute.