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A glance of paradise – Simhasth Kumbh Mela 2016


Ujjain! As soon as we hear the name, a sense of spirituality raises its head inside our mind. This city is reputed for the grandeur associated with the Kumbh Mela celebrated here after every 12 years. Ujjain is situated at the centre of India, on the banks of river Kshipra, where bathing for purification from sin takes places. Over the years Ujjain has witnessed this Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. The next Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to be held in 2016.

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Pilgrims Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

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Naga Sadhus Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

Kumbh fair is a gathering of Hindu mass celebrated at the river Kshipra. It is believed that all the sins of the peoples will be washed away if you take a holy dip in this holy river during the Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh mela is the most sacred of all the pilgrimage of Hindus. The most important event of the Kumbh mela is religious bathing in the river in which ever city it is being held. Naked saints or Sadhus can be seen during Kumbh mela other activities include religious gathering of holy men and women, religious discussion and devotional singing.

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Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

There are two types of Kumbh Mela celebrated in India, The Ardh (half) Kumbh and Purna (Complete) Kumbh. The Ardh Kumbh is celebrated every six years while Purna Kumbh is celebrated every twelve years. The Ardh Kumbh takes place in Haridwar and Allahabad where Purna Kumbh takes place in four places Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.

Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv event is completely depends on planetary motion of planet Jupiter and the Sun. When Jupiter and the sun both fall in zodiac Scorpio the fair is held in Ujjain. Their auspicious dates for bathing in every Kumbh are calculated well before according to a special astrological combination of sun, moon and Jupiter.

In this year 2016 Ujjain is going to host the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. So do not miss the opportunity to purify your soul and remove all your sins.

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Yogi Babas during Ujjain Kumbh Mela

According to the history Kumbh mela is originated from the story of Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean of Milk, between Gods and demons. During churning when Kumbh of nectar appeared, the flight between Gods and demons had begun in the sky for twelve days and twelve nights. During the battle, Lord Vishnu incarnates as Mohini-Murthi appeared and tooka way the Kumbh of nectar. While running away with the Kumbh of nectar pouring drops of amrita at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. That show Kumbh mela is celebrated in four places.

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Sadhu performing Yoga during in Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May. People come from all over the world to join the Kumbh fair to see the rituals.

Ujjain (Simhastha) Mahakumbh 2016 Schedule

Mahakumbh ommence 22nd April 2016 (Friday)

Pancheshani Yatra during 01st to 05th May 2016

Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya 06th May 2016 (Friday)

Shukla Tritiya 09th May 2016 (Monday)

Shukla Panchami 11th May 2016 (Wednesday)

Mohini Ekadashi 17th May 2016 (Tuesday)

Pradosh 19th May 2016 (Thursday)

Poornima 21st May 2016 (Saturday)

So come and dipped your soul in the holy water of the river Shipra.

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Durga Puja-The Real Sole Of Hindus


This is the time when hot summer completely says goodbye and a pleasant wheather arise in India. End of the September brings delight, hopes, joy and happiness in Indian. It is the time when festival knocks the door of Indians. Magical colors of festivals are the breath of India. Festival time is starting for the divine nine days that are known as Navratra or Durga Puja. Durga Puja is celebrated by the all parts of the society of India whether it is slum area or a royal street.

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Durga Puja is celebrated in all over the India with different custom and style. Durga Puja is the nine days festival during these nine day people offering worships and fast of nine days.These nine days people enjoy very much with the divine feeling of trust and faith on spiritual power.

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It is believe of Hindus that goddess Durga emerged from energies of the  most powerful Hindu gods and the supreme trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma to vanquish the evil demon Mahishasura who never be defeated by any powerful man or god.In the ancient and divine language of India ,Sanskrit the meaning of Durga is “the inaccessible” or “the impenetrable”. Goddess Durga regarded as the Parvati.wife of Lord shiva. People worships of the goddess Durga idols .The goddess Durga idols is the idol of very beautiful and powerful woman with a third eye on her forehead, carrying weapons in her ten hands and riding on the lion.

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“Sindur Khela” at Durga Puja in West Bengal

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the various Indian states of  Bihar ,Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura Manipur, and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In Tripura and West Bengal,which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the  festival of the year. Not only is it the Hindu festival celebrated throughout the nation, it is also the most valuable socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kashmir, Kerala and Karnataka.

 

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Devotees immerse the idols of Goddess Durga in the Hooghly river in Kolkata

Kolkata is widely renowned for its fish market and Durga Puja. The traditional city Kolkata enjoys most during the Durga puja. The whole Kolkata city will be decked out like a beautiful new bride. Lights, colors, songs and dance spread fragrance of joy in this city. Durga Puja is the most divine and precious festival of the Bengalis.

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Durga Puja celebration in Gujarat

In Gujarat, Durga Puja is celebrated in spectacular color of joy. Dandiya Dance or Garba dance makes this festival awesome. Gujarati People enjoyed a lot this time of a festival with the charm of Dandiya dance. Devotion, colorful Pandals (temporary place of worships during festival), traditional dresses, devotional songs and delicious dishes are the attraction of this festival.

It has been listed as the biggest festival in Asia, in terms of devotion,  money as well as the number of people involved in putting together the spectacular show. The real charm of Hindu religions, culture, beliefs, colors of Indians only can see during the Durga Puja.

Now it’s the time when Hindu people waiting and starts the frenzy preparation of this delightful festival.The festival time of Durga Puja starts from the last week of  September to till 4 first week of the October onwards.


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Kanwar Yatra-An Incredible Journey Devoted To The Lord Shiva


Kanwarias On The Way

Kanwarias -On The Way

Kanwar or KanvarYatra is an annual pilgrimage or a festival of Lord Shiva devotees. Devotees from different parts of country visit to Gangotri , Gaumukh and Haridwar. They cover a large distance by walking barefoot and bring the holy water Ganga from these sacred places. The devotees who are a part of this divine Yatra (journey) are called as Kanwarias. This name is derived from word ‘Kanvar’. Kanwar or Kanvar means a single dedicated pole with two ends and each end hanging two pots to carry water. It is generally carried on the shoulder.

The Yatra takes place throughout the sacred month of Shravan (Saavan) (July -August), in keeping with the Hindu calendar.

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The purpose of this Yatra is to bring the holy water of Ganga from pilgrimage places like Haridwar,Gangotri and Gaumukh. This sacred water of Ganga is brought back to their native villages or city and offered to the Lord Shiva’s linga in the local temples. Pouring of water on the divine linga of Lord Shiva is known as Abhishekam. Saffron clad Kanwarias dedicate whole monsoon season to the worships of Lord Shiva. There is a rule for Kanwar Yatra , Kanwariyan can not put their Kanwars on the earth.

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

Kanwarias  At Bank Of  The Holy River Ganga

Kanwarias At Bank Of The Holy River Ganga

Now a days devotees are traveling to a nearest place by vehicle, and then starting the rest Yatra on foot from there. Those who are terribly far away from Haridwar ,Gangotri ,Gaumukh or other big pilgrimage take up the Yatra to a local river or pond and fetch the water in their Kanwar and then offer to the Ling of the Lord Shiva.

There are many mythologies which are related to the Kanwar Yatra.Some mythologies are here:

  • Kanwar Yatra started by the Lord Rama in Treta Yuga.when Lord Rama had brought the holy water of river Ganga in the Kanwar from Sultanganj and poured that on the Ling of Lord Shiva at Babadham.
  • When the Samundra Manthan (churning of the oceans) took place in the month of  Sawan and fourteen amazing things came out then thirteen of them were divided among the demons, deities and demigod except the dangerous poison i.e. known as Halahal.For the saving of all Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored that in his throat thereafter all gods offered the holy and cold water of river Ganga to Lord Shiva to reduce the bad effect of poison. This Manthan was happened in the month of Sawan, since then the devotees started Kanwar Yatra to offer the holy water of Ganga to the Lord Shiva.
  • It is also a believe that demon king Ravana also brought the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and furnished to Lord Shiva at the local Shiva temples.
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A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

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Linga Of Lord Shiva(Shivlinga)

This year,the Kanwar Yatra 2014 has started from 13 July. It is the sanctified and blessed month to worshiping Lord Shiva. Furnishing Ganga Jal Abhishekam and taking fast during this month showers miraculous benefits of the devotees. It is one of the beliefs of Hindu religion that the worship of Lord Shiva during Shravan month is pondered 108 times more effective than worshipping during another day. Worshiping Lord Shiva with Ganga water is a way to seek Moksha(freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth).


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Rath Yatra 2014 In Puri-A zealous and Religious Journey with Lord Jagannath


The Three Sacred Chariots

The Three Sacred Chariots

The most awaited car festival or Rath Yatra 2014 will held on the 29th June 2014 in Puri.It is also known as the Chariot festival .It is the most important yearly festival of Hindus. It is a colorful festival of Puri in which millions of devotees from the various region of India and also from aboard take place. It is the beliefs of Hindus the participation of this festival brings them to heaven.

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Three Lords In Chariot

Three Lords In Chariot

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A Devotee On Chariot

The three Rath or chariots are the main highlights of the Rath Yatra.These three chariot pulled by the strings. One of the chariot dedicated to Lord Jagannath, another one devoted to Balabhadra’s and the third one dedicated to Subhadra.Lord Jagannath ‘s chariot is 45.6 feet high and moved on the 18 wheels,this chariot called Nandighosa. The chariot of Balbhadra’s is made 45 feet high and it has 16 wheels.Balabhadra’s chariot referred as Taladhvaja. Devadalana is the name of the Subhadra’s chariot. The height of the chariot is 44.6 feet and it has 14 wheels. All chariots made of wood and decorated with various colors and designs.

Decoration of Deities

Decoration of Deities

‘Snana Pumima’marks the starting of this festival.On this auspicious day the three deities-Lord Jagannath(Lord Krishna),Lord Balabhadra(Elder Brother of Lord Krishna) and Devi Subhadra(Sister of Lord Krishna) take a divine prolonged bath on a sacred platform known as ‘Snana Bedi”.After this holy bath of all three deities ,they put in an isolation place for 15 days. This 15 days time period is know as ‘Anabasara’.During this 15 days period no public worship is performed and after this isolation period .the three deities come out of the temple and board with colorful chariots.

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Chhera pahara is the most famous ritual associated with the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2014. During the festival, the King sweeps all around the chariots and deities. He then cleanses the road with a broom (gold-handled) and sprinkles sandalwood powder and water. This ritual is held for two days, very firstly on the Rath Yatra Puri when the three deities go to their aunt’s house, where the deities enjoy nine day stay and enjoyed the sweets of rice.

A single glance of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is pondered to be very auspicious and poets, saints, and scriptures have repeatedly dignified the purity of this special festival. The significance of the sacred festival is such that even a single touch of the chariots of deities or even the ropes of chariot with which these are pulled is considered enough to endow the results of several holy deeds or austerity for ages. The Car Festival is one of the world’s most incredible spectacles.

 

 

 


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Religious Boon to India- Varanasi


India is a country of different religion and culture. It can be clearly seen in the number of pilgrimage sites by which India is truly blessed. A lot of tourists plan their holidays just to experience the cultural diversity of the country. Various sacred pilgrimage destinations having utmost importance of culture, tradition and religion is the main centre of attraction in Indian tourism. The tradition and culture of the medieval age are still being practiced in the country with same value and respect. The spiritual power and religious harmony make the tourists realize that there is nothing, which can be compared to it. Every corner of the country has something to offer to its travelers in the terms of religion, culture and tradition and what is best about these holy shrines is that these are not limited to a particular religion or community. It shows that there is unity in diversity.

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A Panoramic Night View Of Bank Of Holy River Ganga

One of the oldest sanctified religious places in India is Varanasi. It is believed that once Varanasi was the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is the vital pilgrimage destination of Hindus. Famous worldwide for its culture and heritage, Varanasi is situated on the bank of holy river Ganges, in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Banaras, Kashi, Ramya, Avimuktaka, Surandhana, etc. It is believed that who takes a dip in the holy river is free from all of his sins. Visiting this place can distil your mind and soul. This pious land attracts pilgrimages from all over the world. Varanasi, known as The City of Temples, Holy City of India, Religious Capital of India, City of Lights, Oldest City on Earth and City of Learning, is also known for its educational aspect as there are four universities here.

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Ganga  Pooja Offering By Priests

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Ganga Aarti At Varanasi

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There is a number of Hindu temples, Jain temples, ashrams, etc. to visit. A visit to this saintly land will give you peace and some beautiful memories to cherish for life. The city is full of about 100 ghats, which are used basically for bathing and cremation. The most pleasant scene of the place is its evening Aarti, where people leave lots of diyas in water of river Ganges. It is a very lovely and enjoyable sight as the light of these diyas in the dark nights forms a beautiful view.

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Kashi  Vishwanath Temple

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Durga Temple In Evening

The temples of Varanasi are a prominent feature of the city. Tourists are always lured by the architectural beauty of these temples. Devotees offer their prayers and chant the mantras here. As mentioned earlier, the evening aarti make the whole ambience to remember all your life. The sound of bells and the hymns of priests are not to be missed. Some of the famous temples are Sankat MochanTemple, Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and DurgaTemple, etc. Not to forget the ghats of the city are the stairs along with the river where different rituals are performed. Famous ghats in Varanasi are Dasaswamedha Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Dandi Ghat and Bachraj Ghat.

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Diwali Festival at Ganga

In addition, due to the celebration of different vibrant festivals and colourful fairs, Varanasi is the centre of attraction in Indian Tourism. The various festivals celebrated here is Ganga Festival, Kartik Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Mahashivratri, Hanuman Jayanti, Dhrupad Mela, Panch Koshi Parikarma, etc. If you are planning a religious tour to India, Varanasi is a must visit, which will take you to the spiritual side of the country.

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