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Childhood Memories

I so miss those days when festivals were all about fun, party , delicacies, friends, play , new dresses and long holidays. Wow!! What a time that was… We celebrated almost every single festival , be it  Holi , Diwali , Eid , Christmas, Janamashtmi , Guru Nanak Jayanti etc , etc , etc..

Every single festival has story linked to it. Like on Dussera, we use to dress up as Ram , Laxman and Bharat . Mummy made bow and arrows for us which we  hang on our shoulders. Also she used to make crowns as we were supposed to be Kings .. *Smiles* .. Papa and Mummy design Ravana out of sticks, chart papers and hang crackers on it. In evening , at the time of Ravana Dahana, one among the three of us get the golden opportunity to kill Ravana by lighting fire …. Those were the best days of my life *So Miss them *

Since past few years we are away from home , but my parents  created Ravana for our tenant’s kids. Sharing a few pictures..

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Celebrating Dussehra

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Jai Ambe Maa

mata jinko yad kare woh log nirale hote hai

Mata jinka nam pukare kismatwale hote hai

Chalo bulawa aaya hai mata ne bulaya hai

Unnchhe parvat pe rani ma ne darbar lagaya hai

Chalo bulawa aaya hain, mata ne bulaya hain,

Sare jag me ek thikana sare gham ke maro kaa

Rasta dekh rahi hai mata apani aankh ke taro kaa

Mast hawao kaa ek jhonka yeh sandesa laya hai

Chalo bulawa aaya hain, mata ne bulaya hain

Jai Mata Di kehte jao aane janey walo ko

Chalte jao tum mat dekho apne pao ke chhalo ko

Jisne jitna dard saha hai utna chain bhi paya hai

Chalo bulawa aaya hai mata ne bulaya hai,

Vaishno devi ke mandir me log muraden pate hai

Woh rote rote aate hain, hanste hanste jate hain

mai bhi mang ke dekhu, jisne jo manga woh paya hain

Chalo bulawa aaya hai, mata ne bulaya hai,

Toh prem se bolo, jai mata dee

Sare bolo, jai mata dee,

Jai mata dee, jai mata dee

Vaishno rani, jai mata dee

Hum pe kalyani, jai mata dee

Ma bholi bhali, jai mata dee

Ma shero wali, jai mata dee

Jholi bhar deti, jai mata dee

Sankat har leti, jai mata dee, jai mata dee…..

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Vasant Panchami

 
 
 

  

 

 
Vasant Panchami is celebrated as the birth of Goddess Saraswati – God of Knowledge & Arts. 

Vasant Panchami – is a Hindu festival celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. Hindus celebrate this festival with great fervor in temples, homes and educational institutes alike.

 
 
 

Saraswati is the daughter of Lord Shiva  and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second.

 

Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |                          
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||

 
 
 

Saraswati Vandana: Sanskrit Hymn:
Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha|
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shwetha padmaasana||
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa||
 

Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha|
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shwetha padmaasana||
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa||

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X-Mas 2010 – Part 1

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Festival Of Lights

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Durga Pooja

Creation Of Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga represents a united front of all Divine forces against the negative forces of evil and wickedness. The gods in heaven decided to create an all-powerful being to kill the demon king Mahishasur who was ready to attack them. At that very moment a stream of lightning dazzled forth from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and it turned into a beautiful, magnificent woman with ten hands. Then all the gods furnished her with their special weapons. The image of Durga, the Eternal Mother destroying the demon, Mahishasur is symbolic of the final confrontation of the spiritual urge of man with his baser passions.

Pandavas

As per our great epic Mahabharat, Pandavas after wandering in the forest for 12 years, hung their weapons on a Shami tree before entering the court of king Virat to spend the last one year in disguise. After the completion of that year on Vijayadashmi the day of Dassera they brought down the weapons from the Shami tree and declared their true identity. Since that day the exchange of Shami leaves on Dassera day became symbols of good, will and victory.

Lord Rama

This festival has immense mythological significance. As per Ramayan, Ram did “chandi-puja and invoked the blessings of Durga to kill Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka who had abducted Seeta and had charmed life. Durga divulged the secret to Ram how he could kill Ravana. Then after vanquishing him, Ram with Seeta and Laxman returned victorious to his kingdom of Ayodhya on Diwali day.

Kautsa

Kautsa, the young son of Devdatt, insisted on his guru Varatantu to accept “gurudakshina”, after finishing his education. After lots of persistence his Guru, finally asked for 14 crore gold coins, one crore for each of the 14 sciences he taught Kautsa. Kautsa went to king Raghuraj, who was known for his genorisity and was an ancestor of Rama. But just at that time he had emptied all his coffers on the Brahmins, after performing the Vishvajit sacrifice. So, the king went to Lord Indra and asked for the gold coins. Indra summoned Kuber, the god of wealth. Indra told Kuber, “Make a rain of gold coins fall on the “shanu” and “apati” trees round Raghuraja’s city of Ayodhya.” The rain of coins began to fall. The king Raghu gave all the coins to Kautsa, who gave 14 crores gold coins to his guru. The remaining coins were lavishly distributed to the people of Ayodhya city. This happened on the day of Dussehra. In remembrance of this event the custom is kept of looting the leaves of the “apati” trees and people present each other these leaves as “sone” (gold).

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