What’s the Significance of Celebrating Festivals?

Durga Puja Pandal, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

India is known for celebrating many festivals, all with the same enthusiasm.

One might ask— So many festivals throughout the year?

Yes, it’s true— Besides the big festivals, such as Holi, Diwali, Dussehra and others, each day has some significance, and the fact remains that Indians love to celebrate.

The reason is very simple— To be joyful, to spread happiness, and to celebrate life.

Besides all this, festivals are the best ways to maintain our culture, traditions and rich heritage.

Festivals are an amazing way to have social harmony and brotherhood among the citizens of a country.

It’s perhaps the best way to spread positivity, where people forget all their differences, their personal struggles.

Life is not always easy. There are challenges almost everyday. But, we have to carry on, and win our battles— big or small.

Where do we get the inner strength for all this??

Festivals fills us up with hope and belief, to be strong, to start afresh.

The above picture is from a Durga Puja pandal, as the festival of Navratri and Dussehra is being celebrated throughout the length and breath of India.

The whole community works in coordination with each other, to make the festivals enjoyable for everyone.

It’s all a very pleasant sight to watch people together— and Happy!

Happy Navratri and Happy Dussehra!

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Durga Puja ©Chitrangadasharan

About Watching the Sunrise: My Thoughts

Sunrise today seen from my terrace, picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Sunrise from my terrace, picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The Sun rises every morning, and I must have watched it for countless number of times.

So, what’s so special today?

Just a reminder once again that —-

“The secret to being hopeful, peaceful, positive and happy, for the rest of the day, please get up early, and watch the ‘Sunrise.’

“If you want to appreciate the beauty and miracles of Nature, please get up early, and watch the “Sunrise.”

“The “Sunrise” makes us believe that each day brings with it, new opportunities, new hopes, and the promise of a new beginning.

“Rest, but never quit. Even the Sun has a sinking spell each evening. But,it always rises the next morning. At Sunrise, every soul is born again.”

—Muhammad Ali.

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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Motivation Everyday

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Life is a journey with many ups and downs, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, success and failures.

On Some days we feel blessed, while on other days, we are struggling to achieve our goals.

At those moments of uncertainties, we need some kind of encouragement and support, some reassuring words, a hand on our shoulder, so that we are able to get through that moment, that situation.

Motivation— We need it everyday!

Lights and Darkness: My Thoughts

Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

We can’t appreciate the ‘light’, if we don’t experience the ‘darkness.‘

One must be able to know, about their own ‘darkness’, in order to deal with the ‘darkness’ in other people.

‘Light’ and ‘Darkness’ are part of our lives.

You cannot view the Moon and the Stars, unless you have the backdrop of ‘darkness.’

‘Light’ and ‘darkness’ exist side by side. Sometimes, they explain each other, and at other times, they overlap each other.

The ‘darkness’ within us, or around us, might be easy to ‘light’ up, if we use the ‘light’ we have within us, to reform ourselves, or in other words, improve our thinking (positive).

“Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.”—-Landon Parham

First Raindrops of the Season: Poem

Raindrops,Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The first raindrops of the season,

Do something magical to my senses,

Makes me smile, for no evident reason,

Greens, with the unmistakable fragrances.

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“Hope” Keeps Me Going

Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

New Month, New Hopes,

New Beginnings, New Aspirations,

Renewed energy, Renewed thoughts,

Renewed efforts, Renewed methods,

Hope, Pray, again Hope, and Pray,

That’s how life keeps going,

May the month of ‘May’

Fulfil your Dreams!

©Chitrangadasharan