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Durga Puja : The festival of Joy

Durga Puja : The festival of Joy

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“Sarva-Manggala-Maanggalye Shive Sarvaartha-Saadhike |
Sharannye Tryambake Gauri Naaraayanni Namostu Te ||”

The greatest festival of the Bengali community, Durga Puja ranks among the popular festivals in India. It is widely celebrated in West Bengal and other parts of eastern India. It is a four day festival and is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. Immense fanfare and celebration takes place during the Durga Puja celebrations.
Durga Puja in West Bengal is usually celebrated in the period between September and October. The start of the festival is marked with Mahalaya, which takes place seven days prior to the main festival. The main festival takes place after seven days. The festival consists of Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, and Maha Nabami. The last day of the festival is Bijoya Dashami when the immersion of the Durga idol takes place. On the day of Bijoya Dashami, people meet each other and exchange greetings and young people pay their respects to the elders.
Huge celebrations and fanfare take place all over West Bengal and other parts of eastern India. People of all age groups wear new clothes and go for pandal hopping. Plenty of durga pujas take place all over Kolkata and other cities in West Bengal. The pandals are designed and decorated according to various themes and cultures. Durga Puja is a fine example of the rich culture, heritage and liveliness of the state.
To celebrate Durga Puja, all offices, educational institutions and business houses remain closed in West Bengal. Friends, colleagues and well wishers exchange gifts between themselves. Companies and business houses offer gifts to the customers and employees as a gesture of goodwill. The main shopping sale also takes place during this period. Plenty of shops and markets offer heavy discounts and rebates on a wide range of items. The hotels also offer discounts on the accommodation facilities to lure more people during the festive season. Thousands of people come out in the streets and enjoy to the fullest. Traditional Bengali food and other dishes are also cooked during the festival.
Apart from Kolkata, Durga Puja is also celebrated with wide fanfare in other places like Siliguri, Guwahati, Mumbai, Patna, Jamshedpur, and Bhubaneswar and so on. Plenty of non-residential Bengali cultural organizations arrange Durga Puja in the various places in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Kuwait and other countries.

– Arijit Ghosh

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ONAM- Festival of Flowers

ONAM- Festival of Flowers

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Onam , the harvest festival of Kerala is widely celebrated all over the world by Malayalees . The first thing done during the month of onam is putting pookalam which is nothing but beautiful flower rangoli . There is boat race that is held as part of this festival . All the ladies wear kerala saree and the men wear the traditional mundu which is the garment worn below .

Thiruvathira is the traditional dance performed by the women during onam . They stand in a circle with a lamp in the centre and they dance around it . Tug of war is another highlight . Men dress up as tigers and go to houses and dance . The food, known as Sadhya is eaten in banana leaves with a lot of dishes and Kheer , also called payasam .

All together It is a festival of immense positivity and happiness .

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On the occasion of’Roald Dahl Day’

On the occasion of’Roald Dahl Day’

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On the occasion of’Roald Dahl Day’ –
People get thrilled when birthday of any special person get celebrated in a unique way. This is not only applies to our beloved ones but also for that person also to whom our passion has belonged.
Like ,13 September is celebrated as ‘Roald Dahl Day’ .The day which gives apportunity to all the booklovers across the world to snick out from their busy – hectic schedule to glance over the marvellous work done by Roald Dahl.
Small introduction for the people who don’t know about this man who was a British novelist,short story writer,poet, screen writer and fighter pilot. Not to mention,he had the ability to fill the world with his literary knowledge. The product of this has established in the form of his books which sold in more than 250 million copies worldwide.
A person who born at the edge of World War 1 had came up with the tremendous skills about literature. He born in Welsh which is country of rugged coastline and famous for its celtic Welsh language. The natural scenery blessed to this country must have inspired him to write. Not only the greatest storyteller in the world,he has worked in Royal Air Force. He sincerely paid his loyalty to the nation in the world war 2 . As someone said – Duty has no sweethearts ,he had worked under stringent conditions refusing to hug to the luxurious livelihood.
To share his military experience, he has wrote his first book. To write heart touching words one pours his own heart and make sure to impact on readers life. To the amazement of everyone, He wrote his first book and got paid with highly sum by publishing house which itself was a success. This book was published under the title ‘Short Down over Libya.’
He rose to prominence as a writer in 1940 as the books for both children, adults and became one of the world’s best selling authors. For his wonderful work,he was awarded with many honors which brought him into a spotlight.
He wrote many books in the genre of children fiction whose characters lived in the heart of every child in their whole lifetime. His work genre was suspence and fiction still he managed to touch tender minds of children with his stories and proved himself as one of the Greatest British writers since 1945.
Likewise,he was giving parellel ride of adventure to the adult also ,by writing adult short stories which often blended humour and innocence.
Those who don’t believe in
magic will never find it.
– Roald Dahl , The
minipins
Indeed ,he succeeded to make believe in magic to the whole world. Let’s celebrate this day by embracing more of his work and be ready to experience fun and emotions at one time.

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On the occasion of ‘Roald Dahl Day’

On the occasion of ‘Roald Dahl Day’

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On the occasion of ‘Roald dohl Day’ –
People get thrilled when birthday of any special person get celebrated in a unique way. This is not only applies to our beloved ones but also for that person also to whom our passion has belonged.
Like ,13 September is celebrated as ‘Roald Dahl Day’ .The day which gives apportunity to all the booklovers across the world to snick out from their busy – hectic schedule to glance over the marvellous work done by Roald Dahl.
Small introduction for the people who don’t know about this man who was a British novelist,short story writer,poet, screen writer and fighter pilot. Not to mention,he had the ability to fill the world with his literary knowledge. The product of this has established in the form of his books which sold in more than 250 million copies worldwide.
A person who born at the edge of World War 1 had came up with the tremendous skills about literature. He born in Welsh which is country of rugged coastline and famous for its celtic Welsh language. The natural scenery blessed to this country must have inspired him to write. Not only the greatest storyteller in the world,he has worked in Royal Air Force. He sincerely paid his loyalty to the nation in the world war 2 . As someone said – Duty has no sweethearts ,he had worked under stringent conditions refusing to hug to the luxurious livelihood.
To share his military experience, he has wrote his first book. To write heart touching words one pours his own heart and make sure to impact on readers life. To the amazement of everyone, He wrote his first book and got paid with highly sum by publishing house which itself was a success. This book was published under the title ‘Short Down over Libya.’
He rose to prominence as a writer in 1940 as the books for both children, adults and became one of the world’s best selling authors. For his wonderful work,he was awarded with many honors which brought him into a spotlight.
He wrote many books in the genre of children fiction whose characters lived in the heart of every child in their whole lifetime. His work genre was suspence and fiction still he managed to touch tender minds of children with his stories and proved himself as one of the Greatest British writers since 1945.
Likewise,he was giving parellel ride of adventure to the adult also ,by writing adult short stories which often blended humour and innocence.
Those who don’t believe in
magic will never find it.
– Roald Dahl , The
minipins
Indeed ,he succeeded to make believe in magic to the whole world. Let’s celebrate this day by embracing more of his work and be ready to experience fun and emotions at one time.

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MY FESTIVAL

MY FESTIVAL

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In India festival means a joy or enjoyment both meaning are same right?Just a day ago Ganesh chaturthi has ended a feeling that make me cry till the next year but no worries ,my mom used to tell me whatever you have is temporary whatever you make is permanent.Just like that ganapati will come next year also but we have a festival called Diwali which is much more crazy and amazing.a festival where we used to burn fire crackers and eating that laddoo and peda and all ,but wait we should not forget our Christmas a day when the Jesus Christ was born isn’t it? A day where we used to meet all friends and enjoyment is at the top and the last the new year you will say it is not a festival but I would say it is a festival .From my point of view festival is the area where we all get together who are far and a place where we share our emotions ,a place where we come strong .
This is my first blog I just wanted to tell what is a festival if you liked it plzz share and like it and give your comments,thank you.

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Ganesh visarjan me rakhe kuchh bato ka dhyan

Ganesh visarjan me rakhe kuchh bato ka dhyan

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Ganpati Visarjan 2019: क्या आप वाकई जानते हैं गणपति विसर्जन के सभी नियम, जरूर ध्यान रखें ये 4 बातें|
हर साल अनंत चतुर्दशी का दिन बप्पा के भक्तों के लिए बेहद खास होता है। गणेश चतुर्थी से लेकर अनंत चतुर्दशी तक पूरे 10 दिन तक भक्त गणपति को अपने घरों में बैठाते हैं। इस दौरान घरों में लगातार विधिवत पूजा पाठ चलता रहता है। हालांकि कई बार लोग वक्त की कमी के चलते गणपति को डेढ़ दिन, 4 दिन, 5 दिन या 7 वें दिन में ही विसर्जित कर देते हैं। लेकिन गणपति विसर्जन का उपयुक्त समय स्थापना के 11 वें दिन होता है। ऐसे में कुछ लोग गणपति विसर्जन कर चुके हैं और कुछ करने वाले हैं. अगर आप भी इस अनंत चतुर्दशी को गणपति विसर्जन करने वाले हैं तो पहले ही जान लें गणपति विसर्जन से जुड़े सभी नियम और विधि।

गणपति विसर्जन का शुभ मुहूर्त-
अनंत चतुर्दशी के दिन गणेश जी का विसर्जन कर दिया जाता है। इस बार अनंत चतुर्दशी 12 सितंबर गुरुवार के दिन है. शास्त्रों के अनुसार, इस दिन को बेहद शुभ माना जाता है। यूं तो इस दिन कभी भी किसी भी समय गणेश जी की प्रतिमा का विसर्जन किया जा सकता है लेकिन विद्वानों के अनुसार, इस बार सुबह 6 से 7 बजे और दोपहर 1:30 से 3 बजे तक का समय प्रतिमा विसर्जन के लिए ठीक नहीं है। इसके अलावा आप किसी भी समय विसर्जन कर सकते हैं.|
गणपति विसर्जन की पूजा विधि-
विसर्जन के दिन परिवार के सभी सदस्यों को एक साथ मिलकर आरती करनी चाहिए। आरती में गणपति को 5 चीजें- दीप, फूल, धूप, सुगंध और नैवेद्य आदि चढ़ाए जाते हैं। आरती करने के बाद भगवान गणेश को भोग लगाया जाता है। भगवान को भोग लगाने के बाद प्रसाद को परिवार के सभी सदस्यों के बीच बांट दिया जाता है। आरती और प्रसाद के बाद परिवार का एक सदस्य एकदम धीरे-धीरे गणपति की मूर्ति को थोड़ा आगे बढ़ाता है। ऐसा घर से निकलने के 5 से 10 मिनट पहले किया जाता है। ऐसा करना गणपति को इशारा करता है कि अब विसर्जन का समय आ गया है।

गणपति विसर्जन के नियम-
-गणपति विसर्जन से पहले विधिवत पूजा पाठ करके बप्पा को मोदक का भोग लगाएं। इसके बाद गणपति को नए वस्त्र पहनाएं।
-अब एक रेशमी कपड़े में मोदक, थोड़े पैसे, दूर्वा घास और सुपारी रखकर उसमें गांठ लगा दें। इस पोटली को बप्पा के साथ ही बांध दें।
-आरती के समय घऱ के सब लोग मिलकर गणेश जी की आरती गाते हुए ‘गणपति बाप्पा मोरया’ के जयकारे लगाएं।

– इसके बाद अपने दोनों हाथ जोड़कर अपने मन में बप्पा से क्षमा प्रार्थना करते हुए अनजाने में हुई गलती के लिए क्षमा मांग लें। अब किसी पवित्र जलाशय में पूजा की सभी सामग्री के साथ गणपति का विसर्जन कर दें।

गणेश चतुर्थी का उत्सव पूरे 10 दिन तक मनाया जाता है। दस दिन बाद गणपति के भक्त उनसे खुशहाली की कामना करते हुए ‘गणपति बाप्पा मोरया, अबके बरस तू जल्दी आ’ कहते हुए अपनी श्रद्धा और क्षमता के अनुसार डेढ़ दिन, 4 दिन, 5 दिन, 7 दिन या 11वें दिन बप्पा का विसर्जन करते हैं। हिंदू धर्म शास्त्रों के अनुसार गणेश चतुर्थी का त्योहार पूरी श्रद्धा के साथ मनाने से व्यक्ति के घर में साल भर सुख-समृद्धि बनी रहती है।

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The festivities begin – Ganesh Chaturthi

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Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular event in Maharashtra and on today’s date, it is celebrated in most parts of the country. After travelling and living in different parts of India, i have seen that Ganpati celebration is done by every Indian even though it is in a very small scale. Everyone loves Ganesh ji and he comes every year to take our problems far away from us – that’s what we believe and he is hence called “Vignaharta Ganesh”
Mumbai and Pune have the biggest Ganpati celebration. Bollywood movies and television shows have always portrayed Lalbaghcha Raja as the biggest Ganpati idol ever happened, and it is true; every year Bollywood actors, important personalities, politicians etc. visit this holy place and gain Bappa’s blessings. The crowd for Lalbaugcha raja is immense, people stand in line right from 4 in the morning to have a tiny glimpse of Lalbaugcha raja. You need to have the kind of devotion to stand in line for hours to see Ganpati ji for a few seconds.
Ganesh Chaturthi has a unique system, the Visarjan date varies from 1 and ½ days to 10 days. People take this festival to their homes according to their convenience. Ganpati is the only festival which people celebrate in their homes, there is no ground rule of how it should be celebrated unlike other festivals and that’s what it makes them special.
Ganesh Sthapna usually occurs in the morning time or afternoon time every year. The Aarti is done two times a day. Another exciting part of Ganesh Chaturthi is “dhol – tasha”, every year on Ganpati Sthapna and Visarjan there is a synchronous harmony of dhols, lezim, nagadas and dances simultaneously. People around are mesmerized just by listening to the beats of the dhol and start dancing with joy and welcome Ganpati with their utmost enthusiasm and joy.
Every year Maharashtrians look forward to this festival as it embarks a beginning of festivals, Navratri, Durga Puja, and Diwali and so on. Ganpati festival is very close to the hearts of people and they enjoy their festival. Some of the special things that happen are making of modaks, yes it is considered to be the special sweet for Ganpati apart from ladoos and the original ones are indeed delicious. There is a wave of creativity during Ganesh Chaturthi, there are innovative pandal decorations which are different from each other and the previous year. After immense pollution from the immersion of Ganpati idols, people have developed new ideas to make those idols which are eco-friendly like chocolate made Ganpati idols, Ganpati idols made out from leaves and many more.
It will amaze you how enthusiastic everyone is during this festival. It brings the zeal of happiness all over again when they say, “Ganpati bappa moray, mangal murti morya” and breaks our heart when we hear, “Ganpati bappa morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya (come back soon next year)”. Overall the tourists not from Maharasthra will have a fantastic time here when they come to celebrate Ganpati.
– Ankita Sarkar

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Top 5 Music Festivals in India

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Top 5 Music Festivals in India

Hornbill
One of the most popular and oldest music festivals of the country, Hornbill takes place in the picturesque location of Kohima every year in December. Horbill hosts the biggest rock contest of the country as well as gives an insight to the culture and heritage of our country.

Magnetic Fields
Being relatively new in nature, Magnetic Fields music Festival has attracted and engaged a large amount of audience. Conducted in the royal setting The Alsisar Fort in Rajasthan this music festival is a treat for music lovers and other enthusiasts of other performing arts. Possessing a vibrant vibe to it this music festival is a must visit.

Ziro
Grooving to Electric Music in the picturesque setting of a valley in cool weather, doesn’t that sound amazing. Taking place every year in the Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh The Ziro Music Festival is a delight for all Electronic Music Lovers. At Ziro, Electronic Music Lovers unite across borders to celebrate the art of EDM. The Ziro Valley being a World Heritage Site adds to the aura of the festival which takes place every September.

Mahindra Blues
Conducted over a period of 2 days in the city of Mumbai, The Mahindra Blues attracts a classy gentry and the best Blues Performers from different parts of the world, having an international name and exposure it attracts many tourists among its attendance along with the niche Indian crowd.

Sunburn
The last listed but certainly not the least, held in Vagator, Goa the Sunburn Music Festival is the mecca for music lovers all over the country. Being conducted in locations all over the country today, the journey of Sunburn in India started in Goa. The music festival has a celebratory and eccentric vibe to it like no festival other. Attracting crowd from all parts of the world the name SunBurn speaks for itself.

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