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.

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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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. 🌹🌹

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!

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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