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Famous BOLLYWOOD Caltex omelet Meerut

The famous Bollywood Caltex omelet Meerut starts in back in 1962, KC Agarwal hit upon a novel idea. He bought an icebox and started serving cold drinks and coffee to the travelers and vacationers who drove past his outlet in their Ambassadors, Fiats, and Impalas on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. Those were pre-bypass days. Anyone heading towards the hill stations like Mussoorie or driving towards other small towns of west Uttar Pradesh such as Moradabad or Roorkee had to drive through the historic cantonment town of Meerut. And Agarwal’s bustling little café poised on Hill Street was just the right place for a casual stopover.
Sometimes the stars of Bollywood, probably on a holiday or a shooting schedule, would saunter in. Yash Chopra, Feroz Khan, Johnny Walker, Bappi Lahiri, Rameshwari, Tuntun, Tom Alter – they all came. So did the politicians (Rajeev Gandhi) and the poet (Shahryar). In those pre-selfie times, they wrote cute, serendipitous notes of appreciation of the time spent there. Saira Bano commented, “It was a boon to travelers.” Dharmendra’s note said, “I enjoyed a very delicious cup of coffee.” “Nice coffee,” re-affirmed note Randhir Kapoor. OP Nayyar, one of the finest music directors in the history of Hindi cinema, said, “It was nice to have ice-cream in the sweltering heat.”
The stars sipped the coffee and slurped on the ice-cream. But it was the omelets that gave the eatery its name and identity. It was called, Caltex, name was borrowed from the adjacent petrol pump of what was then a US-owned company. Caltex is long gone from India and now in its place stands an HP petrol outlet. But the restaurant continues to carry the same old name – the funny-sounding, Caltex of Omelette Fame, to be precise.
At Caltex, you get 12 kinds of omelets; including masala (Rs 60), butter (Rs 70), stuffed (Rs 70), pizza (Rs 100), cheese chicken (Rs 120) and Caltex special (Rs 150). You can also go for sandwiches, rolls, burgers, and chowmein. Among the beverages, the cold coffee served in their own bottles for Rs 30 has always been popular.

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Caltex, which enjoyed huge popularity till the 1980s, lost its traveling clientele after the Meerut bypass came up over a decade ago. “Now we get local customers only,” says Sharukh. It isn’t easy to spot the restaurant, located right opposite the huge Begum Bridge bus stand

Car Festival or Chariot Festival, Jagannath Puri

Rath Yatra festival in Puri, Orissa, India
Ratha Yatra (also called as Car Festival or Chariot Festival) is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of  Odisha, India.

It is the oldest Ratha Yatra taking place in India and the World, whose descriptions can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.

Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Shri Jagannath is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the second (Dwitiya) day of Shukla pakhya (waxing cycle of the moon) of Ashadha Maasa (3rd month in Lunar Calendar).
Pahandi of Lord Jagannath during Rathajatra 2017.
There are 6 events that are considered as the key activities of this annual spectacular event.
 
1. ‘Snana Yatra’ is the one where the Deities take bath and then fell sick for almost 2 weeks. They are thus treated with ayurvedic medicines and a set of traditional practices.

2. On ‘Sri Gundicha’, the Deities are taken in the onward car festival from the main shrine to the Gundicha Temple.

3. On the Bahuda Yatra, the return car festival, the Lords are brought back to the main Temple.

4. Suna Besha (Golden Attire) is the event when the Deities wear golden ornaments and give darshan from the chariots to the devotees.

5. ‘Adhara Pana’ is an important event during Ratha Yatra. On this day sweet drink is offered to the invisible spirits and souls, who would have visited the celestial event of the Lords, as believed by the Hindu tradition.
 6. And finally, the Deities are taken back inside the main shrine i.e. the Jagannath Temple and installed on the Ratna Simhasan, on the last day of the Ratha Yatra activity which is called as ‘Niladri Bije’.
The “Bada Danda” or the Grand Avenue
Intresting facts About Three Chariots

The three chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhdra are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc.
They are customarily brought from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights and privileges for the same. The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road.
The three chariots are decorated as per the unique scheme prescribed and followed for centuries stand on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue.
 
The chariots are lined across the wide avenue in front of the temple close to its eastern entrance, which is also known as the Sinhadwara or the Lion’s Gate.
Around each of the chariots are nine Parsva devatas, painted wooden images representing different deities on the chariots’ sides. Each chariot has a charioteer (Sarathi) and four horses.
 
During the annual event, devotees from all over the world throng to Puri with an earnest desire to help to pull the Lords’ chariots. They consider this an auspicious act.
The huge processions accompanying the chariots play devotional songs with drums, sounding plates of bell metal, cymbals, etc.

The Ratha carts themselves are approximately 45 feet (14 m) high and are pulled by the thousands of pilgrims who turn up for the event; the chariots are built anew each year only from a particular type of tree (Neem).
 
It is also broadcast live on many Indian, foreign television channels, as well as many of the websites, telecast Jagannath Ratha Jatra live. 
The chariots under construction

 

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