Boodhi Diwali in Himachal- Symbolizing Equality with Festivity   

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Rangoli, decorations, lightning, sweets and crackers; you must be wandering why all of a sudden I am reminding you these things. People of India might have celebrated their favorite festival last month with great fervor and energy and now waiting for the shivering winters to roll down the limbs. The festival of lights-Diwali is being celebrated by Hindus in Kartika month and is among the famous festivals of India. But do you know some parts of India celebrate Diwali twice a year? Let us take a deep delve into this century old tradition of celebrating Diwali in the name of Boodhi/ Budhi Diwali or Old Diwali in Himachal Pradesh.boodhi-diwali

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Holy Francis Xavier’s Exposition 2014- the Feast of the Incorruptible

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Death-despite of the fact of its mysterious truth and the shady concept, people have tremendous faith in the after- life of the humans. This is why we can see so many beliefs and dis-beliefs by few or by many; about the life-after-death.  This construct actually constructed the idea of mummification; don’t know exactly since when, but around the Egyptian era, when their people developed different processes of preserving the dead bodies of the ancestors. 

Despite so many alleged theologies and processes, the illusion of life after death still makes us curious. And this thought actually revived the ideas of preserving the sacred bodies of saints in Christianity. When you go through the term Incorruptible in Christianity, you will find many saints were being mummified and their bodies are still preserved and worshipped in a belief that they are too sacred to remain immortal. 

The resurrection of the bodies was mostly concerned critically with Jesus Christ or the prophets of the Old Testament. Perhaps, since then, the incorruptibles are saved in earth, the example for which can best be witnessed in India- in Old Goa. (more…)

Deer Park Patiala- How Come It Is Cited So?

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People know Patiala for the famous ‘peg’, pagri (turban) and dress but the fact takes you much deeper into this heritage land that can be explored as a perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput and Punjabi cultures. Getting in to the land of the artists, poets and musicians brought something more exciting and delightful and that was, its heart winning greenery all around the vicinity.
Hog Deer
Patiala has the most captivated part which we ‘Dilliwallas’ always miss in our city- the greenery. Probably that would be the reason I found “Deer Park” as the most delightful and peaceful place. Secluding itself at the length of merely 5-6 kms away from the main city on Dakala Road, this famous park and zoo of Patiala is substantially being referred as the “Deer park”. Reason? We can find a great variety of deer in the vicinity; nicely categorized and easy to identify. Hog Deer, Swamp Deer, Spotted Deer and many more that would draw any wild lover towards themselves.
Black Buck
The lush green grasses, shady trees and long water body would be considered as the featured part to be granted as the perfect habitat for such lovely creatures. Along with the varieties of deer, the vivid kinds of bird species can astonish anyone completely. And of course some more in the list are the famous Ostrich, Indian Porcupine and the horrid alligator that are always surrounded by the ardent kids.
Spotted Deer
The environs of the whole Deer Park is simply mind-boggling pertaining into the fact that we are actually thronging around Punjab’s most mushy part and that too with the delicacies of wilderness. This delicacy was simply felt by me when I encountered the Spotted Deer. Most
commonly to be felt as a normal deer but once you are closer to it you will actually experience the difference and that simply was its attractive velvet horns. Tough enough from inside and beautiful outside- is what I felt when I observed its charismatic horns. Though it was a harsh sunny day but its beauty made a great soothing effect on everyone inside the park.
The Deer Park is evidently a perfect place where even children can find the thrills in watching the wild creatures so closely and the trip can be considered as a great break for the office holders as well.

Baneshwar- the Turtle Temple, Unveiling Historical Pages

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Location: 10 kms north of Cooch Behar town
Cooch Behar, West Bengal
 
For others it’s a small sleepy town in North Bengal and not so cognizant for everyone; but someone like me can definitely favor the inherent importance of Cooch Behar. An intrinsic small town that has given me the most precious part of my life- my childhood; and perhaps that makes the salubrious fact that “yes, Cooch Behar has got some significance”.

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Taking more steps ahead I am talking about the most respected and most ancient part of this town, the Baneshwar Temple.
Located at a distance of 10 km from north of Cooch Behar this Shiva Temple resides besides the Cooch Behar- Alipurduar highway. Dating back to 1100 B.C., this temple boasts a Shiva Lingam, 10 feet below the plinth level. By the side of the main temple an another temple of Ardhanarinateshwarcan be found that has been named as ‘movable Baneshwar’, as on the occasion of Madan Chaturdashi and Dol Purnima the idol is being carried away to the Krishna Temple (Madan Mohan Bari) of the main town Cooch Behar.
The most interesting part of Baneshwar Temple is that it is the only temple in India where animal sacrifice is the century old common tradition and non-vegetarian Prasad is being offered to God. Definitely Bengal is the greatest carriage of all traditions and cultures where this Shiva Temple has an interesting past with great history and mythology.
History says; Lord Krishna’s grandson Anirudha married Usha, the daughter of Asur Raj Banasur without his consent. Out of rage Banasur chained Anirudha in his palace. This resulted in a war between Lord Krishna and Banasur and Lord Shiva became a pacifier between them since Banasur was the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva. The place where the marriage of Usha and Anirudha was conducted with Banasur’s consent was then turned into a temple which was named after him.
The architecture of this temple is another beguiler which is different from the traditional architecture of Bengal. The outer structure is square in shape with a small round shaped tower. It has only one gate called the “Garbhagriha, where the Shiva Lingam rests.
Arriving at this temple will definitely draw your attention towards a big pond within the area where the encounter of large number of turtles is really impressive. The moment you arrive and simply call “Mohan” you can find a large gathering of many turtles down your feet as if they are arriving out of affection and to receive love from you.
This scene simply impresses anyone and these old and big tortoises are fed with puffed rice. It is very true to admit that people throng here to have the manacled encounter with these tortoises only.
The Baneshwar Temple can really bring nostalgic feelings to anyone who has ever been to this impressive place. No decoration, no arrangements but still the place holds too much of attractions….the reason being the affection towards our heritage, history and towards those old creatures Mohan that proceeds together for love and affection.