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Kumbh Mela 2021

Introduction Of Kumbh Mela 2021.

 Kumbha Mela, in Hindu, a religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers—at Haridwar on the Ganges River, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nashik on the Godawari, and at Prayag (modern Prayagraj) at the confluence of the Ganges, the Jamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati.

About Kumbh Mela.

Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter, the holiest time occurring at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied. The Kumbh Mela at Prayag, in particular, attracts millions of pilgrims. In addition, a Great Kumbh Mela festival is held every 144 years at Prayag; the 2001 festival attracted some 60 million people.

The Kumbh Mela is held in Prayagraj (at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers), Nasik (River Godavari), Ujjain (River Shipra) and Haridwar (River Ganga).

Why Kumbh Mela Celebrated?

A pot (Kumbh) containing Amrita was one of the creative product of the Samudra manthan legend in ancient Hindu texts.

It is believed, the nectar from the pot fell at four locations – Prayagraj, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Nasik during an epic battle between the gods and the demons. At these four places, Kumbh Mela takes place. The Hindu devotees throng these places with a belief that a dip in the waters of the sacred rivers will wash away all their sins.

What is Ardh Kumbh Mela?

The Ardh Kumbh Mela (Half Kumbh Mela) is held every 6 years in two different locations, Allahabad and Haridwar. Ardh means ‘half’ which is interpreted as the half of 12 years.

Kumbh Mela 2021

The Kumbh Mela was started in Haridwar on 14th January, while the first Shahi Snan will take place on 11th March. The last Shahi Snan will take place on 14th April, marking the end of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela.

What is the religious significance of Kumbh Mela for devotees of Hinduism?

Kumbh Mela – a dip in the waters is one of the key rituals.

The Hindu devotees believe that a visit to the auspicious Kumbh Mela and a dip in the river will cleanse them from all their sins.

What are the main attractions of Kumbh Mela?

Kumbh Mela at Haridwar.

The major attractions of the Kumbh Mela are a holy bath in the sacred river that is believed to cleanse one from all their sins; the sacred Aartis on the banks of the river accompanied by the prayers and hymns chanted by the priests, the Pravachan, Kirtan, Mahaprasad and the Naga Sadhus.

What are the main bathing dates for Kumbh 2021?

  • First Bath: Makar Sankranti (14 Jan 2021)
  • Second Bath: Mauni Amavasya (11 Feb 2021)
  • Third Bath: Vasant Panchami (16 Feb 2021)
  • Fourth Bath: Ram Navami (21 Apr 2021)
  • First Shahi Bath: Maha Shivratri (11 March 2021)
  • Second Shahi Bath: Somvati Amamvasya (12 April 2021)
  • Third Shahi Bath: Baisakhi (14 April 2021)
  • Fourth Shahi Bath: Chaitra Purnima (27 April 2021)

Which King Started Kumbh fair?

Harshavardhana king started the organization of the Kumbh fair at Allahabad. The Allahabad Kumbh Mela is a mela held every 12 years at Allahabad, India. The exact date is determined according to Hindu astrology the Mela is held when Jupiter is in Taurus and the sun and the moon are in Capricorn.

When was first Kumbh Mela held?

The 1870 fair at Allahabad is the earliest fair that is described as a “Kumbh Mela” by contemporary sources. The previous Kumbh Mela would have been scheduled in 1858; but that year, no fair was held in Allahabad because of disturbances resulting from the 1857 uprising.

Special Cuisine for Kumbh Devotees.

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There are a number of food stalls in Kumbh Mela that offers lip-smacking kachori with sabzi and tomato chutney. These kachoris with a delicious filling melt in your mouth and leave you with the desire to ask for more. In some of the stalls, you might also find kachoris fried in desi ghee.

About Naga Sadhu & Aghori

According to various assumptions, there are 4 to 5 million sadhus in India today. Sadhus are widely respected for their holiness.

Naga sadhu at a Kumbh procession (1998).

It is also said that, they also meditate on the corpses which is a symbolic of their rise from ‘Shava’ to ‘Shiva’

The Naga Sadhus usually wander around naked and the Aghori baba normally wears some animal skin clothing or any other cloth to cover their lower part of the body. We see most of the Naga Sadhus in Kumbh Mela or in their Akharas. But Aghori Baba does not seem to be seen anywhere. They only reside in the crematorium. Naga Sadhus take part in Kumbh Mela and then move to the Himalayas. So, Naga Sadhus live in Akharas or Himalayas and usually visit the civilization during the Mahakumbh festival in India to take part in the holy dip.

Water dip at the Kumbh festival

Nagas are usually known as warrior Sadhus and are ready to fight intellectually or wrestle anytime. But Aghori babas mainly are involved in meditation and dark arts. They are believed to perform Dark Magic. Naga Sadhus and Aghori Baba adhere to the complete Brahmacharya, staying away from the family. Even in the process of becoming a saint, they have to sacrifice their families, that is, they make their own Shraadh also.

Conclusion

The Kumbh Mela in India is as mesmerizing as it is spiritual. This ancient northern Indian festival is a meeting of mystical minds. The largest religious gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela brings Hindu holy men together to discuss their faith and disseminate information about their religion.

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    FAMOUS HOLI FESTIVAL TRADITIONAL FOOD

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    I would like to wish all my readers a joyful Holi. May Lord Narasimha shower you with his choicest blessings on the auspicious day of Holi.

    May you be blessed with good health, wealth, long life, peace, happiness and joy on the auspicious day of Holi.

    Introduction Holi Festival

    Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun. It is also called the Spring Festival, as it marks the arrival of spring. The rituals of Holika Dahan are carried out in remembrance of demoness Holika and signifies the victory of good over evil.3 days ago

    About Holi

    An ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love. The festival is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

    Holi Is A Hindu Festival

    Holi is a Hindu festival that takes place every spring. It’s all about new beginnings — Holi welcomes the spring season and celebrates the end of winter. The Holi festival always falls on Purnima or the day of the full moon. It’s a two-day holiday; the day of the March full moon is Holika Dahan.

    Why do we play Colours in Holi?

    It is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate Holi with colors and hence popularized the same. He used to play Holi with his friends at Vrindavan and Gokul. They used to play pranks all across the village and thus made this a community event. Holi is a spring festival to say goodbye to winters.

    How did Holi begin?

    The origins of Holi come from a mix of Hindu mythology including the popular legend of Hiranyakashyap – a demon king who wanted to be immortal. He wanted everyone to worship him as a god but his own son, Prahlada, chose to worship Vishnu instead, which offended his father.

    What makes Holi special?

    This is why the first day of Holi is celebrated as Holika Dahan and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. In the region of Braj (where Lord Krishna grew up) in Uttar Pradesh, Holi is celebrated until the day of Rangpanchmi as a huge festival, in memory of the devotional love of Krishna and Radha.

    Is Holi a Hindu holiday?

    Holi is a popular Hindu holiday celebrated most commonly in India that is also known as the Festival of Colors. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.

    Traditional Holi food

    Ghujiya

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    Ghujiya is synonymous with It is known by various names – karanji, ghugra, or karajikai. The deep-fried soft flaky crust of gujiya filled with khoya(mawa)and dry fruits and dessicated coconut makes it an amazing sweet. Earlier only mawa or khoya filling gujiyas were popular but these days you can find all sorts of fillings in gujiyas like Paan Gulkand Gujiya, Chocolate Cinnamom Gujiya,

    Dhai Bhalle

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    The best thing about dahi bhalle is that you can make them in advance and refrigerate them for later use. They taste better when served chill. Dilli ke dahi bhalle are to die for.

    The soft dal balls dipped in chilled yogurt preparation and garnished with green and sweet chutney along with spices make it ultra delish.

    Lassi

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    Around Holi the mornings are cold but the afternoons tend to be hot. Drinking chilled lassi not only kills the heat but replenishes your gut too. It is very healthy and tasty. Yogurt is a very good probiotic.

    Bhang Ki Pakore

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    During Holi bhaang ke pakore are also prepared. Pakore, friends, gossip, and drinks what more can one ask for during Holi. Holi is the time to connect with friends and family but a long winter.

    Thandai

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    Thandai is a Royal drink in which all thandai masalas are used like cashew, cardamom, poppy seeds, black pepper, almonds, fennel seed (saunf) and rose petals all of these have cooling properties.

    It is a must for all the Holi Parties. A sip of this chilled thandai during the Holi party and you are all re-energized. In some parts of India where bhaang is grown Bhaang thandai is also very popular.

    Kanji Vadda

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    Kanji vada is very popular street food. Fried balls of lentil called vada are added to the fermented drink and are called kanji vada.

    Kanji is a seasonal drink prepared from fresh black carrots, fermented in earthen pots for few days just around Holi. It is a super refreshing, healthy, and delicious drink.

    Kachori

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    Kachori is generally made during the Holi festival. Kachori is a fried pastry ball just like poori with aloo pithi (stuffing) or dal pithi stuffing inside. best relished with the piping hot tea

    They are generally served with aloo sabji and to gulp them down lassi or thandai is served it them.

    Malpua

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    The combination of malpua with rabri is lethal. It is a very tricky and time consuming dish to prepare but the end product is simply delish.

    Malpua is fried pancakes served with rabri which is thick milk reduced on slow fire for an hour or two and then flavored.

    Besan Sev

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    Earlier our grandmothers had innovative simple ways to make delicious foods. One of them is besan sev. Once you start munching on it you cannot stop yourself. It is nothing but the crispiness of the deep-fried sev is mindblowing

    Namak Pare

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    Namakpare. Namakpare is just all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and ghee and then deep-fried. It is a perfect evening snack.

    Shakarepare

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    “Shakar” – sugar. These are sweet, crunchy and light generally diamond shaped. During holi shakarpare are prepared and shared with all the friends and family. Sometimes people coat them with sugar syrup or gur syrup and sometimes people prepare them with whole wheat flour and saunf too. So these are some of the most popular traditional Holi food.

    Conclusion

    On an individual level as well, each one of us has to be careful. It’s advisable to celebrate Holi with only a few close ones to reduce the risk of contracting this contagious virus through contact. Everyone should use gloves to the extent possible. Play with the colors on an open, airy ground rather than in congested, close quarters. Afterward, make sure you wash and sanitize your hands and face well.

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    COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions

    • Following the surge in cases, the Gujarat government announced on 21 March that colours will not be allowed this Holi. This year, the Holi celebration will be limited to the holy pyre of ‘Holika Dahan’.
    • In Bihar, public Holi celebrations have been banned entirely. Moreover, travellers coming into the state will be randomly tested for coronavirus at railway stations, bus stands, and airports.
    • People in the state of Odisha also will not be able to celebrate the festival of colours in public places. ‘Dola Melans’ may be allowed with an appropriate number of participants, while the ‘Dolayatra’ shall not be allowed at all in public. The local authorities may also impose restrictions on the entry of devotees into temples and religious places.
    • The hotspot city of Mumbai and Palghar in Maharashtra have also banned both, private and public celebrations of Holika Dahan as well as Rangpanchami.
    • In Punjab, Chandigarh’s local government has declared that neither public Holi-Milan festivities, nor ceremonial gatherings in clubs, hotels, or restaurants will be permitted.
    • The authorities of Uttar Pradesh, too, issued a circular stating that no Holi-special procession will be carried out without prior permission of the government.
    • At the capital city, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has ordered a ban on public celebrations of not only Holi, but Navratri and other festivals as well.
    • The daily caseload in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana, and several other states has been increasing at an alarming rate in the past 30 days, and state governments are expected to soon release their guidelines for the festival.

      incredible Lepakshi temple

      Introduction the Lepakshi temple

      The small village of Lepakshi in the Anantapur district is famous for its Veerabhadra Temple, which preserves amazing artifacts of the 16th century. The village is situated at a distance of 120 km from Bengaluru. According to legends, the name Lepakshi is associated with the bird Jatayu of Ramayana.

      He fell down wounded here while rescuing Goddess Sita and was commanded to rise by Lord Rama, hence the name Le Pakshi, which in local language means rise bird.

      About Lepakshi temple

      Front Side View of Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

      The Veerabhadra temple is in Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Built-in the 16th century, the architectural features of the temple are in the Vijayanagara style with a profusion of carvings and paintings at almost every exposed surface of the temple.

      The hooded serpent Naaga shading the lingam sculpture

      The temple dates back to 1583 and was built by the brothers, Virupanna and Veeranna, who were initially in the service of the Vijayangar kings. However, Puranic lore has it that the Veerabhadra temple was built by the sage Agastya.
      It has idols of Ganesha, Nandi, Veerabhadra, Shiva, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi.

      How Lepakshi temple got its name?

      “Le Pakshi”- “Rise bird” in Telugu – hence the name, Lepakshi. According to the Valmiki’s Ramayana, Ram accompanied by Hanuman, met the dying Jatayu here, and helped him to attain moksha by uttering the words “Le Pakshi” (“Rise bird” in Telugu). Hence the name, Lepakshi.

      Lepakshi Nandi Temple

      What is the attraction in the Lipakshi temple?

      Points of interest in the temple include a rock chain, Vastu Purusha, the Padmini race lady, the hanging pillar, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Viroopaakshanna, and Lepakshi saree designs and you can see Lord Sita footprint in the temple premises. It is said that when Ravana was abducting Goddess Sita, and taking her to Sri Lanka, they stopped at this temple to rest for a while. That is believed to be the source of the footprint that is seen on the floor of the temple premises.

      The paintings on the roof are made with natural segments. Another interesting aspect of this temple is that it is North facing. There is a 3 headed bull with a single body is carved on the pillar of the main entrance.

      Lepakishi temple hanging pillars.

      The Floating Pillar of the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh. Called the Aakaasa Sthambha (floating pillar), Among the 70 stoned pillars, there is one pillar that hangs from the ceiling and barely touches the ground. Known as the hanging pillar, any thin object like newspaper or cloth can be passed through its base.

      Paintings in the ceiling of the Muka mantapa

      What should I buy in lepakshi?

      If you visit this magnificent place you will buy a lot of things like Banjara embroidery, Brassart ware, Cotton and jute durries, Kalamkari paintings with their colorful depictions of the epics and landscapes, Kondapalli toys carved out of softwood, Cherial scroll paintings, and the Bidricraft with silvery contours are among the best things to shop for.

      How do you get lepakshi temple?

      Lepakshi is situated at a distance of 116 KMS from Bangalore. The best part about traveling to Lepakshi from Bangalore is that you can travel by roadways and railways.
      The most preferred way of transport from Bangalore to Lepakshi is by car.

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