FAMOUS FESTIVAL of NAVARATRI in INDIA

Introduction

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian cultural sphere. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri.

About Story Of Navaratri Festival

The festival is associated with the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars – the Navadurga. Each day is associated with an incarnation of the goddess: Day 1 – Shailaputri.

What is special about Navratri?

Navratri, (Sanskrit: “nine nights”)in full Sharad Navratri; Navratri also spelled Navaratri; also called Durga Puja, in Hinduism, a major festival held in honor of the divine feminine. 

Navratri occurs over 9 days during the month of Ashvin, or Ashvina (in the Gregorian calendar, usually September–October).

What are the Nine days of Navratri?

Over the course of the nine days, the different avatars of Goddess Durga are honored They are Goddess Shailputri (Day 1), Goddess Brahmacharini (Day 2), Goddess Chandraghanta (Day 3), Goddess Kushmanda (Day 4), Goddess Skandamata (Day 5), Goddess Katyayani (Day 6), Goddess Kaalratri (Day 7), Goddess Mahagauri (Day 8) …3 days ago.

Which day is for Durga Maa?

This year, Navratri starts on October 17 and all the nine days signifies each form or avatar of Maa Durga. The first day is observed to celebrate Goddess Shaiputri, who is the first avatar of Nava Durga. Shailputri is also known as Bhavani, Parvati, or Hemavati and has a beautiful, earthly essence among all.2 days ago

What should we do in Navratri?

Navratri brings along with itself an opportunity to fast and worship the supreme Goddess Durga. If you fast during the entire duration of Navratrimake sure you are feeding yourself healthy food items. Eat fruits, makhana, kuttu dosa, Samak rice, and baked potatoes.
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Which Colour we wear in Navratri?

To represent brightness, happiness, and energy, one should wear an orange color on this day. This day is dedicated to Goddess Skandamata. The day represents purity and one should wear white color. The day is dedicated to Devi Katyayani and the color for this day is red.4 days ago

What should we not do in Navratri?

01:- Navrati is a nine-day long festival.
02:- ​Cutting your nails and hair.
03:- Avoid Eating non-veg foods.
04:- ​Avoid slicing lemon.
05:- ​Avoid fried foods.
06:- ​Fasting during Navratri is a ritual.
07:- Avoid your sleeping habit in the afternoon.
08:- ​Take care of Akhand Jyoti.
09:- ​Should avoid using leather products.
10:- ​Take care of the Kalash.
11:- ​Be polite and gentle.

Can we eat non-veg in Navratri?

Navratri is Durga Puja and for Bengali people, it is a celebration time. they eat only nonveg during Durga Puja and not only that they even sell nonveg food in or near their pandals. 

Mostly all over India serve only vegetarian food as prasad or bhog.

Best Navaratri Food.

1.  Sabudana Khichdi,
2. Kuttu Ka Dosa.
3. Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa.
4. Aloo ki Kadhi.
5. Low-Fat makhana kheer.
6. Banana Walnut Lassi.
7.  Arbi kofta with mint Yoghurt Dip.
8. Vratwale Chawal ka Dhokla.
9. Kebab -e – Kela.
10. Sonth ki Chutney.
11. Vratwale paneer Rolls.
12. Vratwale Aloo rasedaar.
13. Kuttu ki poori.

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Great Fort Of Chittorgarh

Introduction about Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh fort inside
Great Maurya ruler Chitrangada Maurya built this beautiful fort of Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh is home to the Chittor Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia. Chittor also has been a land of worship for Meera, It is also known for Panna Dai.

Chittorgarh used to be the capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. Famous for the Jauhar that Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavati underwent during the siege, the Chittorgarh Fort has seen a lot of valiant battles. The fort is the largest one in India and attracts tourists in a large number throughout the year.
Temple inside Chittorgarh fort

History Of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2). It was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. There is also a belief that it was constructed by Bhima of the Pancha Pandavas. This fort was the citadel of many great Indian warriors such as Gora, Badal, Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, etc.

The fort was later captured by Hammir Singh, a king of the Sisodia branch of the Guhilas. Chittor gained prominence during the period of his successors, which included Rana Kumbha and Rana Sanga. In 1535, Bhadur Shah of Gujarat besieged and conquered the fort. After he was driven away by the Mughal emperor Hamayun, the fort was given back to Sisodias by him.

In 1567–68, the Mughal emperor Akbar besieged and captured the fort and it was under Mughal control until the British Indian Empire.

Place Of Intrest

Chittorgarh Fort:- Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2).
Kalika Mata Temple:- Kalika Mata Temple was originally built in the 8th century for Sun God and was later converted to a temple for the Mother Goddess, Kali in the 14th century. During the festival days of Navaratri, fairs are organized and pilgrims from different places come here to pay obeisance at the temple.
Vijay Stambh:- Vijay Stambha, is a huge nine-story tower which was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. The tower is 122 ft (37 m) high and stands on a 10 ft (3.0 m) high base. There are sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. The tower is visible from any section of the town below. And for reaching the tower top one has to climb 157 steps, one can take a great view of the surroundings. The inside walls of the tower are carved with images of gods, weapons, etc.
Kirti Stambh:- Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame) is a 22-meter-high (72 ft) tower built in the 12th century AD. Kirti Stambh is built inside the Chittorgarh fort. It is dedicated to Rishabha, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. It was built by a merchant and is decorated with figures from the Jain pantheon. It is a seven-storied pillar that was built by Biherwal Mahajan Sanaya of the Digambar Jain sect. On its four corners are engraved idols of  Shri Adinathji in Digambar style which each is five feet (about 1.5 meters) high and elsewhere are engraved several small idols consecrated to Jain lineage of deities.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace:- Rana Kumbha’s Palace is near the Vijay Stambh. This is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur. His life was saved by the heroic act of the maid Panna Dhay, who replaced her son in place of the prince, with the result that her son was killed by Banbir. She carried the prince away to safety in a fruit basket. Rani Meera Bai also lived in this palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini committed Jauhar with the other ladies in one of the underground cellars.
Rani Padmini’s Palace:- According to legend, Rani Padmini’s Palace is from which the Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khalji was allowed to watch a reflection of the Rani by replacing the mirror at such an angle that even if he turned back he could not see the room. Khalji had been warned by the Rani’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh that if he turned back they would cut his neck.
Jain temple at Kirtistambha

Festivals

Maharana Pratap Jayanti:- The legendary Maharana Pratap was a true patriot who initiated the first war of independence. Special puja and processions are held in his remembrance on Maharana Pratap Jayanti day everywhere. Several cultural programs such as debate are also organized.
Meera Mahotsav:- Meera Mahotsav (1498–1547) was a devout follower of Lord Krishna. Meera Bai was one of the foremost exponents of the Prema Bhakti (Divine Love) and an inspired poet. Mira Bai was a Rajput princess who lived in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Meera was a Rajput princess born in about 1498 in Metra, Rajasthan. Her father, Ratan Singh, was the youngest son of Rao Duda, ruler of Merta, and son of Rao Duda ruler and founder of Jodhpur. Ratan Singh belonged to the Rathore clan. She was married to Bhoj Raj, ruler of Chittor.
Meera Smrithi Sansthan (Meera Memorial Trust) along with the Chittorgarh district officials organize Meera Mahotsav every year on Sharad Purnima day (On Mirabai’s birth anniversary) for 3 days. Many famous musicians and singers get together to sing bhajans in this celebration. The 3 days celebration also features puja’s, discussions, dances, fireworks.
Teej:-Teej is one of the major festivals in Chittorgarh which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness.
Gangaur :- The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July–August. Gan is a synonym for Shiva and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolises saubhagya (marital bliss). Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is why the unmarried women worship her for being blessed with good husbands, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses and happy married life.
Jauhar Mela :- The fort and the city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival called the “Jauhar Mela”. It takes place annually on the anniversary of one of the jauhars, but no specific name has been given to it. It is generally believed that it commemorates Padmini’s jauhar, which is most famous. This festival is held primarily to commemorate the bravery of Rajput ancestors and all three jauhars which happened at Chittorgarh Fort. A huge number of Rajputs, which include the descendants of most of the princely families, hold a procession to celebrate the jauhar. It has also become a forum to air one’s views on the current political situation in the country.
Rani Padmini’s palace
Rang Teras – The Tribal Fair:- Rang Teras is a popular tribal fest of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. A big colorful fair and huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat has been celebrating Rang Teras is customary since 15th century. It is a thanksgiving festival of farmers. Farmers pay their honor to Mother Earth for providing them food for next year.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the city of Chittorgarh is during the months of October to March. Thus, if you are planning to go for an extensive tour around the city of Chittorgarh, please visit during winter to explore all the aspects of the city.

Local cuisine

Lal Maas is the iconic dish of Rajasthan. You can find this dish in almost all cities of Rajasthan. When it comes to Chittorgarh, you can experience richness in spices and it is served with millet bread. The dish is made with red meat, which is cooked into gravy until it is very soft and juicy.

How to reach Chittorgarh

How to Reach Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh is 300 km from Jaipur, 200 km from Udaipur, and 312 km from Jodhpur. The most convenient way to reach Chittorgarh is to hire a taxi from Udaipur which is approximately a 2-hour drive.

Udaipur Airport also called the Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport to Chittorgarh.

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INDIA’S FIRST HERITAGE VILLAGE PRAGPUR.

Introduction

The scenic view Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to heritage and history, by a notification dated 9th December 1997 the State Government has classified Pragpur as a “Heritage Zone.”

India’s first village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.

History of the village

This village was established in the memory of princesses Parag Devi of the Jaswant royal family at that time by Kuthiala Sood.
Parag pur village has been appreciated for its cultural roots that still hold with them since 1997, with its winding cobbled lane, mud-plastered walls, and slate-roofed houses, give an authentic look to the village. That you will not see anywhere else.

As per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and settled here in Parag in the early 19 century. These merchants travel all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance techniques from, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they build mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.

How the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community had developed in this village?

While per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and have settled here in Parag, in the early 19 century. these merchants had traveled all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance style inspired by, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they built mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.
Best Places of interest heritage village Paragpur.
Village Tour: Heritage Village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tour and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.
Jwalaji Mata: this temple is a famous religious place, 23 km from Pragpur.

Bagulamukhi temple; Devoted to the goddess Bagulamukhi. President of India Sh. Pranav Mukherjee has also paid his obedience to this temple.

Baba Sidh Chano temple: Sidh Chanu Temple: a famous pilgrimage place in Pragpur.

Dehra: A small town situated near Pragpur.

Chhinmastika Dham: also known as Chintapurani Mata Mandir; a famous religious place; 27 km from Pragpur.

Nearby markets: Garli, Dhalihara, Neharan Pukhar.
Accommodation in Pragpur village.
The Judges Court is a resort built in a typical Anglo-Indian style of architecture. It stands in 12 acres of greens and is just a short walk from the village core and the Taal. Apart from the Judge’s Court, which was built in 1918, Mr. Lal has restored his 300-year-old ancestral house.
The Judge’s Court’s elegant accommodation comprises 10 Double Rooms 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.

The property is classified as “Heritage” and this makes it India’s first classified Heritage Country Manor with an ambiance reminiscent of the turn of the 20th Century.
Climate through out the year.
Spring Season: About mid-February to mid-April; the winter starts losing its bite around mid-February.

Summer Season: mid-April to the end of June; it is hot in summer and light cotton is recommended.

Rainy season:
July to September; still quite warm and humid; lots of rain.

Autumn Season:
October to November; days are pleasantly warm; nights are cool; one may need light woolens at night or early mornings.

Winter Season:
December-January; it is quite pleasant during the day and one may get by with one layer of woolens; the winter nights are cold and an extra layer of woolens is required.
How to reach this beautiful heritage village?
By Air: Pragpur is well connected by air, rail, and road. Gaggal is the nearest airport, around 55 km away. Pathankot is another airport, about 100 km away.

By Train: It is connected by the narrow gauge Kangra Railway, which starts at Pathankot. Nearest rail hubs are Guler or Jwalamukhi, both about 20 km away.

By Bus: 6 km from Kalhoa on National Highway 70, connecting Amb to Hamirpur.

Pragpur is well connected with all the advanced communication networks. BSNL and all other network companies have their network here. Nationalize banks, India post has their branches here. Many local administrative offices also situated here.

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