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Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada:

October 30, 2008

It’s the fourth day of the celebration which is being celebrated in different ways in different part of India. In northen part of India Govardhan Puja festival is associated with a mythological legend in which Lord Krishna lifted the Mount Govardhan to protect the people & cattle of Gokul Village from the anger of Lord Indra.

Annakoot

The story behind this is “the people of Gokul used to worship Lord Indra for good monsoon season. But Lord Krishna told them to not to worship Lord Indra, as it were mountains which bring rains for them On Lord Krishna’s advice people stopped offering prayers to Lord Indra. This made Lord Indra very angry and in retaliation He flooded the entire village.

Annakoot

Then Lord Krishna lifted the Mt Govardhan to protect the farmers and their cattle.”Maharashtra state the same festival is celebrated as Padva or Bali Prativpada. Govardhan Puja is also known and celebrated as Annakoot that means the mountain of food.

Traditional Rangoli in Diwali

October 27, 2008

Diwali is festival of light, there is believe that on day Goddess Lakshmi comes to our home to bless us. It’s a way to invite Goddess Lakshmi for Lakshmi Puja at our homes. Rangoli is an expression of warm hospitality.

So each and every corner of the home is being cleared and decorated and lighted. People decorate there home with colorful Rangoli and Diyas and candies.

Rangoli with Diyas and candies

The rangoli is type of decorating floor and walls. Rangoli are made in door steeps to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, friends and relatives.

Rangoli made in Door Steeps


The type of rangoli changes with the reason wise.

There are many thing uses in making rangoli like white stone, colors   it’s a very traditional art Indian houses especially of decorating courtyards and walls.

Rangoli in the Courtyards

Diwali Gifts

October 25, 2008

We know that Diwali is very important festival of Hindu’s. This festival is mainly associated with lights and also called the festival of light.

This is time to exchange gifts and sweets with friends, love ones, relatives and neighbors, I am giving some of my views that what gift should be given to them.

Dry Fruits Baskets: Mixed dry fruits baskets are very much liked with friends, loved ones and relatives on a Diwali Celebrations.


Diwali Gift Hampers: Diwali gift hamper and Diwali gift baskets including chocolates, sweets, dry fruits, diyas, and candles.


Diyas and Candles: Diyas and Candles are also very much preferred as a Diwali Gift. Because this festival is a festival of light so Diyas and Candles are very good gift for this festival.


Diwali Crackers: It’s a festival of light and crackers, so cracker are also a very good gift item.


Diwali Décor: Beautiful and handcrafted decorative items including Floral Toran, special Diwali traditional decorative items and divine status to decorate your home on this festival.


Diwali Greeting Cards: Exchanging greetings and greeting cards on the occasion of Diwali is also a very good.


Laxmi Ganesha Puja Thali:
The Puja thalis are also very good for Diwali Gift.


Diwali Silver Gift: Giving a Sliver or gold gift is also very much liked in this festival like (silver Laxmi Ganesha)


Flower Hamper: For making your loved one happy flower is a very nice gift.
Diwali Crackers: It’s a festival of light and crackers, so cracker are also a very good gift item.


There are also many gift items which can also gifted like, perfume, hanging bell, etc.




Diwali

October 23, 2008

Diwali is a very famous Indian festival of lights. Diwali is also called Deepawali the festival of lights, is the abstraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali – ‘Deep’ means Diya the small pots made from clay for light and ‘Avali’, means a row – meaning a row of Diyas means an Array of Lamps It’s mostly celebrated in all over India in there own special way. In north India, Deepawali festival celebrates when Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king. This festival is celebrated for five days.
Five days of Diwali

Dhanteras
Narkachaturdashi / Choti Diwali
Diwali
Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada
BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj

Dhanteras: The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhantryaodashi, it is been celebrated on the thirteenth day of Ashwin month. It’s believed that this is a day of wealth; Women purchase some gold, silver or new utensils on this day.

Narkachaturdashi or Choti Diwali
: The second day is known as ‘Choti Diwali which is the fourtheenth day of Ashwin month. On this day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from evil power so this day is being dedicated for light and prayer.

Diwali: The third and the most important day is Diwali. Diwali the festival of lights falls on the Amavasya the 15th day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin month. The day is celebrated by worshiping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.the goddess of wealth it is the main day of celebration. Each and every corner is being lighted on this day.


Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada
: It’s the fourth day of the celebration which is being celebrated in different ways in different part of India. In northern part of India this day is celebrated two days after Diwali as Govardhan Puja while in the western parts of India like Maharashtra state the same festival is celebrated as Padva or Bali Prativpada. Govardhan Puja is also known and celebrated as Annakoot that means the mountain of food.

BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj: It is the fifth day of Diwali which is celebrated as Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Duj. it’s celebrated on the next day of Goverdhan Puja.

Festivals of India

October 21, 2008

India is a land of festivals and fairs. The Indian calendar is one long procession of festivals. . Every day of the year there is a festival celebrated in some part of the country, some of them welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon, in India there are several of festivals like regional, local, religious, seasonal and social festivities, also the birthdays of divine beings, saints, and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the new year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion.

Some of the fabulous festivals of India are:


Ganesh Chaturthi
Dussehra (Durgapuja)
Deepawali
Raksha Bandhan
Bhaiya Duj
Independenceday
Christmas
Easter
Good Friday
Eid (Eid Ul Fitr)
Id- ul- milad
Makar Sankranti
Republic day
Dhulhendi
Ram Navami
Basant Panchami
Baisakhi
Holi
Lohari
Buddha Purnima
Anant Chaturthi
Guru Nanak Jayanti
Mahavir Jayanti
Makar Sankranti
Muharram
Janamashtami
Ladakh Festivals
New Year
Onam
Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival)
Navratri
Buddhist Festivals
Guru Nanak Jayanti

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October 21, 2008

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