Wordless Wednesday: The Auspicious Parijat Flowers

The Serene and Auspicious Parijat flowers from my garden, and it’s season coincides with the festival of Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali.

Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Parijat flower from my garden ©Chitrangadasharan

What is The Significance of ‘Pitri Paksha’

“Akshay Vat”, The Banyan Tree at Gaya, Bihar, India ©Chitrangadasharan

Pitri Paksh or Shradh Paksha is a sixteen day period in the Hindu Calendar, when Hindus pay homage to their Pitrs (ancestors.)

According to the Hindu beliefs and traditions, the Ashwin Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar is dedicated to those ancestors, who have left for their heavenly abode.

And, it’s the religious duty of their family— sons, daughters and other close family members , to offer ‘Tarpan’ to the ancestors, so they achieve ‘Moksha’ or Salvation.

Besides ‘Tarpan’, various kinds of ‘daan’ (offerings) is also given, in the form of food, clothes, other essentials, or money.

‘Tarpan’ is performed on the same ‘Tithi’ when the ancestor had passed away, whether it was Krisna Paksha or Shukla Paksha, in any month.

‘Tarpan’ can be performed, by chanting mantras, guided by the pandit (priest) or by self, near river banks, temples, or even at homes.

But, for the final ‘Pind Daan’ there are many religious places assigned for this.

‘Teertha Sthal Gaya’ situated in the state of Bihar, India is considered to be the most revered and auspicious place for ‘Pind daan.’

The above picture is of the ancient and pious Banyan tree at Gaya, which has a deep religious significance.

The mighty Banyan tree is also called, ‘Akshay Vat’, which literally means, which can’t be destroyed.

The devotees believe in tying the sacred red thread, on the vast and widespread branches of the supporting roots, trees, all around the Banyan tree, for the fulfilment of their wishes, and to seek the blessings of the departed elders of the family.

Pitri Paksh ends on ‘Sarv Pitri Amavasya’, and immediately the ‘Matri Paksha’ or ‘Mahalya’ begins, followed by ‘Navratri.’

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सिलसिला आने-जाने का— हिंदी कविता

हिन्दी दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ, Image Source: Google Image

आज हिन्दी दिवस के सुअवसर पर कुछ अपनी मातृभाषा में लिखने की इच्छा है। आशा है पाठकों को पसंद आएगी 🙏🙏🌹🌹

मौसम आते हैं, मौसम जाते हैं,

दिन यूँ ही कटते चले जाते हैं,

सुबह होती है, तो शाम का इंतज़ार होता है,

रातें आती हैं, तो सुबह का इंतज़ार होता है,

एक त्योहार बीतता है, तो अगले का इंतज़ार होता है,

लोग आते हैं, लोग चले जाते हैं,

बस, एक हम हैं, जो वहीं के वहीं,

खड़े, देखते रह जाते हैं,

आने-जाने का ये निरन्तर सिलसिला,

जीवन-चक्र का एहसास दिला जाता है ।

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The Auspicious Ganeshotsav

Ganesh Worship at my home ©Chitrangadasharan

Ganeshotsav is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion throughout the length and breath of India.

It’s a ten days festival, and idols of Shri Ganesh is installed at homes, and other places as a community celebration.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha wards off all obstacles and difficulties, when we worship him with full devotion.

Ganesha is the God of knowledge and taking his name is considered auspicious for successful completion of all our duties and responsibilities.

It’s not so difficult to perform this 10 days festival at homes.

What is needed is a pure heart, full of love and devotion for Lord Ganesh.

🙏🙏🙏

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Ganesh Sthapana at my home ©Chitrangadasharan

Rakshabandhan: A Beautiful Indian Festival to Celebrate the Brother-Sister Relationship

Rakhi ki Thali ©Chitrangadasharan

One of the most beautiful Indian festivals is Rakshabandhan.

This festival is about the special and pious bond, to celebrate the brother-sister relationship.

When the siblings are growing up together at their parents home, it is always about fun, sweets, gifts etc.

But, as we grow older, it’s unlikely the brother-sister will remain in the same city, or may be in the same country.

Yes, life takes the siblings to different directions, due to education, work, career, even marriage.

It’s then that the festival of Rakshabandhan becomes an emotional festival.

The sacred thread, which the sisters tie on the wrist of their brothers, to wish them happiness, prosperity, good health and all good wishes, can’t be done in the same way, as it was done in their childhood days.

So, there is a practice to send the colourful and auspicious Rakhis in envelopes, via post, or couriers, or even online.

That little small sacred thread, called Rakhi is symbolic of the pure and true love and the special bond, which the brother and sister share with each other.

If the brother is married, a special and beautiful Rakhi is also included for the sister-in-law.

Perhaps, it’s only in Indian culture and traditions, that the brother-sister relationship is celebrated in this beautiful manner.

Because, this is a relationship, Forever. 🌹🌹

Monsoon Special: Weekend Treats

The Indian Masala Chai ©Chitrangadasharan
The perfect snack for the rainy season, Pyaz ke pakode with masala chai ©Chitrangadasharan

What would you do, if you are confined to your home due to the rainy season, during weekends?

In India, Chai and pakoda is everyone’s favourite, during the rainy season.

Rains do something magical to the senses,

When every living creature is happy, and feels rejuvenated.

And there is a food for every mood, isn’t it?

The chai/ masala chai or tea contains nutritious herbs, and has a rich aroma.

Pakodas can be made of many different ingredients. But, my favourite is onion pakoda/ pyaz pakoda.

Enjoy the rainy season, and of course the weekend.

Guru Purnima 2022–The Guru- Shishya Parampara of Ancient India

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The Guru-Shishya Parampara of ancient India denotes a spiritual relationship between the teacher and the students.

In ancient India, the relationship between the Guru and Shishya was emotional and personal, and not just related to books and classrooms.

In those days, the Shishya or the student had to live at the teacher’s home, or the Gurukul.

The Gyana or the knowledge was imparted by the guru, not by the books, but by day- today activities, and by examples set by the teachers or the gurus.

The relationship between the Guru and Shishya was pure, selfless, with a feeling of commitment and submission for each other.

The Shishya, while observing his Guru closely, used to master all the skills and knowledge given by his teacher.

This required commitment from both the Guru and the Shishya.

The Shishya had a sense of gratitude and lifelong respect for the Gurus.

Guru Purnima is celebrated all over India, to honour the Gurus, to express gratitude to the Gurus.

Anyone who teaches you anything or even something, is your Guru, your parents of course, being your first Gurus.

गुरू-गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागुं पाय,

बलिहारी गुरु आपने, गोविन्द दियो बताय।

—-संत कबीर

Happy Guru Purnima 🙏🙏

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Halwa, Kheer as Prasad: Weekend Treats

Suji Halwa as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Rice Kheer as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Picture via Google
Picture via Google

Anyone familiar with the Indian traditions, must be familiar with the significance of Prasad (offerings) in Puja (worshipping.)

Though there can be many food items, fruits, dry fruits etc. which we can offer in pujas, the most common Prasad is Halwa, Kheer and seasonal fruits.

Today is the auspicious day of Shri Jagannath Yatra, and therefore I thought of sharing the Prasad, which I have offered to Lord Jagannath.

Halwa, can be prepared with wheat flour, suji (semolina), Besan (black gram flour), dry fruits Halwa and many more.

Halwa is prepared with pure desi ghee and sugar or jaggery, dry nuts, and other ingredients, with devotion and purity.

Rice Kheer is prepared with rice, milk, dry nuts, cardamom, sugar or jaggery, again with devotion and purity.

After offering to the Lord, the Prasad has a unique divine taste.

My best wishes to everyone for a Blessed Rath Yatra day.

Jai Jagannath 🙏🙏