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Introduction:

Dussehra is a very famous Hindu festival, which marks the overcome of Ravana by Lord Rama. Dussehra also represents the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

The festival of Dussehra is an important celebration in many parts of the country. It is celebrated with great fanfare in most parts of North India, Mysore and in the form of Durga Puja in West Bengal.

Importance of Dussehra:

All that is good in mankind is intense in the deeds of the god-king Ram, the ruler of Ayodhya. Lord Rama, the moral man with his moral way of life is the reasons for celebrating India’s famous festival of Dussehra and Diwali. Diwali comes exactly 20 days after Dussehra on Amavas (new moon), during fortnight of kartik, some time in October or November.

On the day of Dussehra, Ram, killed the great devil Ravan, who had abducted Ram’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Ram, along with his brother Lakshman and dedicated follower Hanuman, and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to free his lovely wife Sita. The war against Ravan lasted for ten days. Sita had been returned to her husband Ram and they now create their way to Ayodhya in triumph and glory. Thus, it is on the Diwali day that Lord Ram, the personification of Lord Vishnu in the Treta Yug, returned to his capital Ayodhya after the exile of fourteen years.

Therefore, to commemorate the return of Ram, Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya, people have fun Diwali with the bursting of crackers and by lighting up their houses with earthen diyas. This grand style of celebration has continued, year after year. To this day, the whole of Ramayana is enacted in dramas staged in huge pandals and maidans, in cities, towns and villages, on the occasion of Dussehra and Diwali.

Rituals:

Worship of the Goddess is the oldest tradition, telling the female deity’s superiority over the male Gods who are unable to tear down the demon.

The worship of Durga Mata has also social implications. As Goddess of war, she is a particularly favorite of the Kshatriyas, the warrior caste, once constituting the ruling leaders and aristocracy.

Celebration:

Dussehra is regarded one of the most significant and important Hindu festivals, celebrated across the nation with much dedication and cheerfulness. The festival marks the victory of Lord Ram over demon king Ravana, which means the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Beautifully decorated tableaux and processions depicting a variety of episodes from Ram’s life are taken out on the streets. The tenth day or the Vijayadasami is measured to a very significant day. Effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnad are burnt in open spaces. Actors dressed as Ram, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman arrive and shoot arrows of fire at these effigies, which are swollen with firecrackers. As a part of the celebration Ram Lila (drama depicting the episodes from the lives of Ram, Sita and Lakshman) are dramatic in unlike regions of the country. It is famous in different manner across the country. Besides Bengal and Central India, Dussehra Parva is celebrated in other Indian states with equal zeal and enthusiasm though with regional differences.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, is celebrated with astonishment all over the country. He is the man who played an important role in getting independence for India from the British Empire with his ease and strong will power. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as ‘Bapu’ or ‘Father of the nation’, was born on the 2nd of October in 1869, in Porbunder, Gujarat. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. But he left his occupation and returned to India to join the Indian freedom struggle.

Origin

Memories of Gandhi Jayanti go back a long way, to the school days. Gandhi Jayanti did not invite any celebrations. Still, it filled us with enthusiasm, because the week starting on October 2 was special. That was the time when there would be little home work and even less class work. Lessons successfully ended by lunch-hour, and in the second half of the day we would just ‘work’. We would dig up the earth at the back of the school and plant saplings, we would go around to the hutments and deliver free medicines, we would paint a few walls…a variety of odd jobs that kept changing by the day, by the year.

Later, when the week regularly dwindled and disappeared under the force of academics there was a twinge of lament at the loss of good times. But while it lasted, we didn’t know what it was all about, only that it was somehow linked with Gandhi Jayanti. We didn’t ask, either – we loved what we were doing, and that was enough. It was much later that we found out the reason for the service that we had done. It was our way of remembering the service that Mahatma Gandhi had rendered to the nation, our way of carrying forward his attitude of helping oneself by helping others, his dream of acquiring self-sufficiency, and his mission of building a strong nation. It was our oath that we would remember Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution to the building of the Indian nation.

Today, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is observed and honored across the world through the International Day of Nonviolence, as initiated by the United Nations. Just a few months before his shooting, which occurred exactly 60 years ago (January 30, 1948), Gandhi delivered a unique speech in English that was recorded. It is one of only two of his speeches delivered in English which is known to have been conserved in audio form (several of his public speeches were given in Hindi or regional Indian dialects), and until recently was basically unknown.

History

If there was one man who was instrumental in acquiring independence for India, it was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This was the man – slight, bespectacled and mild in manner – who controlled the National Movement for nearly three decades. A mass leader, he believed that he should recognize himself with the masses he leads.

M K Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a small town on the Gujarat coastline.

After his early education in India, he was sent to London where he trained as a barrister. After attempting practice in Bombay for a few months, he went to South Africa as advice for a wealthy Muslim client. Though he was invented to return after the case was sorted, he continued his stay there till 1914, leading the Indians there against the apartheid of the British. His stretch in India took a turn when national leader Gopal Krishna Gokhale initiated him into the Indian freedom movement. Gandhi, with his ideals of ahimsa, non-cooperation and Satyagraha, soon recognized himself as the front runner in the struggle for freedom.

From then, till India gained independence, Gandhi gathered a whole nation behind him in his ruthless quest. But Partition was a big blow to his dreams and ideals, and Gandhi was a sad man on the night of India’s Independence.

Five months after independence, Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse while on his way to his daily prayer meeting. The 78-year-old Father of the Nation had left a country that was just discovering its feet, orphaned. His birthday was recognized as a National holiday.

Celebration

Mahatma Gandhi was a simple man, with simple tastes and high values. Regarding that, even though Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday, the festivities are least.

A prayer meeting is held at Rajghat, Gandhi’s Samadhi in New Delhi. To mark the respect that Gandhi had for all the religions and communities, legislature from different religions take part in it. Verses and prayers are read out from the holy books of all the religions. Gandhi’s favorite song, Raghupati Raghava, is regularly sung at all the meetings connected with him. Prayer meetings are held in a variety of state capitals as well. Gandhi Jayanti is observed all over the country, both in government and non-government forums.

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Creative Wishes Happy Ganesh Chaturdashi

Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganapathi

Ganesh Chaturdashi is Maharashtra’s most significant festival. Ganapathy is also the God of Knowledge and is invoked at the beginning of any function. He is the God that takes care of his devotees from any obstacles (vighnam) hence the name Vighneswara. He is also described as the highest leader (Vinayaka). Ganapathy is said to have had two spouses. Thus he is the master of knowledge and attainment.

While celebrated all over India, it is most complicated in Maharashtra, Goa (Biggest festival for Konkani people all over the world) Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and other areas which were former states of the Maratha Empire. Outside India, it is famous by Newars in Nepal and Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka.

Origin

The origin of the festival lies in the Holy Hindu scriptures which tell the story of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha (or Ganapati) (the names mean “Lord [isha] or [pati] of Shiva’s hosts [gana]”) was made by Goddess Parvati, companion of Lord Shiva.

According to the legend, Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of declaration, was away at a war. His wife Parvati hunted to bathe and having no-one to guard the door to her house, conceived of the idea of making a son who could guard her. Parvati made Ganesha out of the sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door and instructed him not to let anyone enter.

In the meantime, Lord Shiva returned from the battle but as Ganesha did not know him, stopped Shiva from entering Parvati’s chamber. Shiva, got angry by Ganesh’s nerve, drew his trident and cut off Ganesha’s head. Parvati emerged to find Ganesha decapitated and flew into anger. She took on the form of the Goddess Kali and threatened destruction to the three worlds of Heaven, Earth and the subterranean earth.

History of Public Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi

In 1894, Lokmanya Tilak himself placed an idol of Lord Ganesh in Vinchurkar Wada, Maharashtra, India and began this practice. Lokmanya Tilak’s aims behind early the public celebration of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi Prior to starting this public celebration, the social situation of the Hindus was not stable. The Hindus were not very keen on practicing their religion. They were disunited. The Indians were cowed down by the primacy of the Westerners. The natural prowess of the Indians was suppressed by this state of affairs.

Observing all of this, Lokmanya Tilak took the plan of starting a public celebration of the festival keeping in mind the below aims. To generate awareness about religion through the programs organized during the public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi among the Hindus Ganapathi Bapa Moriya Pudchya Varshi Laukar Yaa. (Ganapathi, the lord, come again soon next year.)

Rituals and their significance

Before beginning the ritualistic worship, rice (grain) is spread over the seat on which the idol is to be installed. Either a fistful or a mound of rice is used, depending on the local custom. On chant of Ganapati and his ritualistic worship, energy is generated in the idol. This energy saturates the rice on which the idol is placed. If there are two strings of a musical instrument (a stringed musical instrument) of the same frequency, when sound is generated by one the same is generated by the other. Similarly, when frequencies of energy are generated in the rice below the idol, this energy is transmitted to the rice stored in the house. Thus one can eat rice saturated with energy as a sacrament of food (Prasad) throughout the year.

In the 120 days from the full moon (pournima) in Ashadh till that in Kartik of the Hindu lunar calendar, yama frequencies, which have the ability to obliterate and are tama major reach the earth in greater quantities? During this period they are of a greater intensity. However since during the same period that is from the fourth day (chaturthi) in the bright fortnight of Bhadrapad till Anant chaturdashi Ganesh frequencies too reach the earth in greater quantities it helps in dropping the intensity of the yama frequencies. Thus celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi derives the profit from Ganesh frequencies and helps in decreasing the effects of yama frequencies.

Environmental impact

The most serious impact of the Ganesh festival on the natural environment is due to the interest of icons made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers and the sea. Traditionally, the Ganesh icon was sculpted out of earth taken from nearby one’s home. After worshipping the divinity in this earth icon, it was returned back to the Earth by immersing it in a nearby water body. This cycle represented the cycle of making and dissolution in Nature.

However, as the creation of Ganesh icons on a commercial foundation grew, the earthen or natural clay (shaadu maati in Marathi) was replaced by Plaster of Paris. Plaster is a man made material, easier to mould, lighter and less exclusive than clay. However, plaster takes much longer to dissolve and in the course of dissolution releases toxic elements into the water body. The chemical paints used to adorn these plaster icons; themselves have heavy metals like mercury and cadmium.

On the last day of the Ganesh festival thousands of plaster icons are absorbed into water bodies by devotees. These increase the level of acidity in the water and the content of heavy metals. The day after the immersion, shoals of dead fish can be seen floating on the surface of the water body as a result of this sudden increase.

Celebration:

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Creative Wishes Happy Janmashtami

Janmashtami or the birthday of Krishna is renowned throughout India. This celebration is connected with one of the most charming trial in Krishna’s life. It is called “Govinda aala re aala”, which translates as Govinda has come. Govinda is another name of Krishna.

Celebration of Janmashtami

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Juhu, is celebrating its yearly Sri Krishna Janmashtami Festival on Saturday and Sunday on a larger and grander scale than ever before in the last 25 years. Over ten lakh devotees are likely to have darshan over the weekend. The day-long festivities on Saturday will comprise of melodious kirtans, spiritual discourses depicturing the pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna, the abhishek of Lord Krishna, while the chanting of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra will echo over the entire temple. Worship of Lord Krishna (arati) will be held during planned hours of the day, there will be cultural performances, dramas, programmers for children (Bal Utsav) and prasadam sharing.

Krishna would enter the homes of the maidens of Vrindavan and take butter from the pots. The maidens got wise to his clowning around and began to hang the pots from the ceiling. But a minor safety measure like that did not deter Krishna and his companions. They would form a human pyramid and Krishna would climb to the very top and bring down the pot.

The day has an amazing cultural side to it. The cultural wing of ISKCON, Bhakti Kala Kshetra, and will characteristic Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and a dance recital by Hema Malini.

Modernism is communicable with this festival. Several of the groups are accompanied by a live band and almost all of them are sponsored by some shared body or political party. Women are not to be left behind and there are known to be a few all girl groups as well.

Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who in the mid-1960s brought the antique culture of India, the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, to the western world. In just 12 years despite his complex age, Srila Prabhupada circled the world 14 times on lecture tours that took him to six continents and opened 108 temples around the world. Yet this dynamic plan did not slow his prolific literary output. His writings comprise of a real library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.

Celebration

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Creative Wishes Happy Independence Day

On 15th August 1947, India got its Independence so we celebrate our independence on this day. Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and many more were the leaders who fought to make India an Independent country.

History of Independence Day

With the choice by Britain to withdraw from the Indian subcontinent, the Congress Party and Muslim League agreed in June 1947 to a partition of India along religious lines. Under the necessities of the Indian Independence Act, India and Pakistan were established as independent dominions with mainly Hindu areas owed to India and predominantly Muslim areas to Pakistan.

After India’s independence on August 15, 1947, India established most of the subcontinent’s 562 widely spread polities, or princely states, as well as the majority of the British provinces, and parts of three of the remaining provinces. Muslim Pakistan received the remainder. Pakistan consisted of a western wing, with the near boundaries of modern Pakistan, and an eastern wing, with the boundaries of present-day Bangladesh.

The Partition movement:

The division of the subcontinent caused tremendous displacement of populations; inter-communal violence cost more than 1,000,000 lives. Some 3.5 million Hindus and Sikhs moved from Pakistan into India, and about 5 million Muslims migrated from India to Pakistan. In Punjab, where the Sikh community was cut in half, a period of terrible violence followed. Overall, the demographic shift caused an original bitterness between the two countries that was further intensified by each country’s appointment of a portion of the princely states.

Adding to the tensions, the matter of the polities Kashmir, Hyderabad, and the small and fragmented state of Junagadh (in present-day Gujarat), remained unsettled at independence. Later, the Muslim ruler of Hindu-majority Junagadh agreed to join to Pakistan, but a movement by his people, followed by Indian military action and a plebiscite (people’s vote of self-determination), brought the state into India.

The King rule:

The nizam of Hyderabad, also a Muslim ruler of a Hindu-majority populace, tried to maneuver to gain independence for his very large and populous state, which was, however, surrounded by India.

After more than a year of fruitless discussions, India sent its army in a police action in September 1948, and Hyderabad became part of India.

The ruler of Kashmir:

The Hindu ruler of Kashmir, whose subjects were 85 percent Muslim, decided to join India. Pakistan, however, questioned his right to do so, and a war broke out between India and Pakistan. A cease-fire was arranged in 1949, with the cease-fire line creating a de facto partition of the region.

The central and eastern areas of the state came under Indian administration as Jammu and Kashmir State, while the northwestern quarter came under Pakistani control as Azad Kashmir and the Northern Areas. Although a UN peacekeeping force was sent in to enforce the cease-fire, the dispute was not resolved. This deadlock has intensified suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.

In 1971, Pakistan was itself subdivided when its eastern section broke away and formed Bangladesh. Border disputes continue to embitter Pakistani-Indian relations, as Pakistan has produced a series of autocratic military rulers, while India maintained a parliamentary democracy.

Celebration:

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