‘Great decisions are often taken at crossroads.’
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.’
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 ।
The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance, to honour the people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Centre site in the New York City.
The memorial is located at the site, where the twin towers of the former World Trade Centre were destroyed.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit New York City, and pay my respects at this site,
Sharing some pictures.
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.
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. 🌹🌹
There is no end to the dessert options in Indian Cuisine.
Popularly called Mithai, you can have the mouth watering Rasogulla, Gulab Jamun, Burfi, Kalakand, Rajbhog, Peda, Laddoo and the list is endless.
But, there are many festivals in India, in which those who observe vrat or fast, can have phalahaar (comprising of Satvik food).
Milk and milk products are considered to be Satvik food.
Chena Murki (displayed in the picture) is made of Chena (paneer/ cottage cheese), and it can be consumed by those who are observing fast or vrat.
Paneer or Chena can be easily prepared at home.
Just add sugar, grated coconut (fresh or dried), and green cardamom powder.
Combine all ingredients and cook for 5 minutes and it’s ready.
For the detailed recipe, please refer to the link below.