Dahi Handi – A Human Pyramid Game

India is full of festivals and celebrations. 31 August, one more celebration in India and that is Dahi Handi (Dahi – Curd, Handi – earthen pot. Which means Curd inside the earthen pot). This festival represents Lord Krishna who’s love for ‘makkhan’ and ‘dahi’ and all other dairy products drove him to steal them from the residents of Vrindavan village. His foster mother, Yashoda would have to tie him up in an attempt to stop him from stealing from their neighbors. But the little ‘makkhan chor’ had the power of God on his side. Vrindavan women started tying their fresh curd at heights that Lord Krishna would not be able to reach. However, Lord Krishna was naughty and He, along with his friends formed a human pyramid to take that curd.

Obviously, many people don’t know the importance. They just play the Dahi Handi because they love it. In every society, you will find a mix of boys and girls celebrating this. In my childhood days, there were 2 types of Dahi Handi. One was the human pyramid and only boys used to climb on each other and break that Handi. The Other Game was for girls. The Handi used to be at a lower level, and we girls get  blindfold. With the help of one big stick, we used to search that Handi and break it.

As I grew up, I saw this as a business. There were professionals of both boys and girls who used to make human pyramids up to 20 feet and more . Also price money of 1 lac to 10 lacs rupees. Don’t know how much these people get in hand by risking their life. Many lost their lives too. Because the height of the tower is almost 7 to 10 floors. Watching them doing this is no doubt a magnificent view. But at the same time, you will feel ugly..

Ugly?? Yes, someone will touch you and go. In such crowded places girls always forbid themselves for such indecent incidents. Not only that, It’s not a holiday, hence I used to leave late from office to avoid traffic, rush and indecent behaviour from so-called highly educated people. Festivals, In India always end up with many such negative news. and all we do is nothing. We just wait for our law to take some actions. Anyways, Such businesses got banned. But still there are few who continue doing this.

On this auspicious day, many families cook maximum food whatever they can and offer it to Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna was born at midnight, all the Krishna temples in India get beautifully decorated and are open all night. Devotees play Holi too. Want to know more about Janmashtami? Click here. Jai Shree Krishna.

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Guru Purnima 2011

“Gururbrahmaa gururvishnuh gururdevo Maheswarah |
Guruh-saakshaat parambrahma tasmai shrigurave namah || “

Sadyojat Shankara, Chritrapur Math

Sadyojat Shankara, Chritrapur Math

“Guru is creator Brahma,
Guru is preserver Vishnu,
Guru is also the destroyer Siva and he is the source of the Absolute.
I offer all my salutations to the Guru. “

    The full moon day in the month of Ashadh (July) of the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Guru Purnima by all Hindus. This day is celebrated as a mark of respect to the ” Guru ” i.e. a teacher or a preacher.
    This day is celebrated in the sacred memory of the great sage Vyasa, the ancient saint who compiled the four Vedas, wrote 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.
    The day, also known as “Vyasa Purnima” is observed by devotees who offer pujas (worship) to their beloved Gurus. Sage Vyasa is known to be the Adi (original) Guru of the Hindu religion. The auspicious day of Vyaasa Poornima has a great significance as everybody knows that the role of a Guru in real life is very much important.

Your Prediction For This Guru Purnima

    Those who are following the spiritual activity will get peace of mind, wisdom to handle life, blessings of the benevolents: the Guru, the Angels, Jupiter
    Spiritual pursuits will bring the fulfillment of desires and profits.
    Those who worship Lakshmi or Radha will receive abundant blessings as she will be able to descend quickly from the Heavens to grant financial and material success.
    Your relationships both intimate and otherwise will take on an entirely new dimension infused with divine love and ease.

Look to the Sky!

    The planets are uniquely positioned to give this Guru Purnima a fresh perspective and new hope for the spiritually inclined. Spiritual, God Loving seekers often come up short in the world of material success. This Guru Purnima is set to reverse that. Let the Goddess be your Guru and infuse your life with both the material and spiritual!

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    All things astrologically point to the Goddess reigning supreme for this Full Moon. The key planets supporting this are Venus- the maya, love and material world planet, the Moon- your emotional support planet, Jupiter- the wisdom or Guru planet, Mars- the proactive for successful endeavors planet and Mercury- the mind-set, business and communications planet.
    Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu in the form of Radha-Krishna take the lead in teaching us about spiritual action and achieving worldly success through love. Radha- Krishna’s union is considered the ultimate in divine love.
    The relationship of Radha-Krishna is the highest of loves to reach for as it embodies divine love, beauty, affection, joy, bliss, effortless manifestation and wealth. On July 15th, 2011 IST, this Guru Purnima, a special ceremony re-enacting their divine marriage will take place at a little known, remote and very small shrine in Tamil Nadu where the couple are said to have joined in union.

The 2011 Guru Purnima Equation for Worldly and Spiritual Success.
Venus + Moon + Jupiter + Mars + Mercury + Lakshmi – Vishnu / Radha – Krishna = Worldly & Spiritual Success

Janmashtami – The Festival Of Lord Krishna

Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth. Major celebration of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight. As said that Krishna made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas and many other rituals mark Janmashtami Celebrations in India.

Sri Krishna is considereed to be one of the most endeared human incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Born more than 5000 years ago in mathura city, the reversed God of Hindu religion and his teachings hold immense relevance till date.

Janmashtami celebrates on the eigth day (Ashtami) in the month of sravana or savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the “rohini” nakshatram (star). It is generally celebreated in the month of august-september according to the christian Calender. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stromy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.

Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “rohini” nakshatra and Ashtami may not fall on the same day. The First day is known as Krishnashtami, as the birth of Bhagwan Krishan falls on the eigth day after Raksha Bandhan, which generally falls in the month of august. The second day is known as Kalashtami.

Its is the  midnight between  the first and the second day that birth krishna took place. The actual festivities begins in this 48 hour period. The celebration reaches with lots of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the Conch (Shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, oil, honey and Gangajal). The Panchamrit is later distributed as prasad to the devotees along with other sweets. while some do fasting on the first day and break it at midnight. For others the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.

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