Day: July 27, 2016
As soon as the festival of colours is over, the whole of India comes to a pause after going through a series of festival celebration, filling them with reverence and happiness. There is a traditional saying, “Aayi Teej (Hariyali Teej), bakher gayi beej| Aayi Holi, Bhar gayi jholi”, which translates to “When the festival of Teej (August-September) comes, it sows the seed and initiates the commencement of festivals and when the Holi (February-March) comes, it blesses the person with grains and hence, the festivities come to end.”
But since, India is a land of sages and saints who are the genuine well-wishers of everyone born in the land of Bharatvarsha, they know about each nook and cranny of the habits of human beings. In the season of spring, the people celebrate Holi and since the body has accumulated a lot of Kapha in itself, there comes a time of seasonal change when pitta suddenly starts to liquefy the Kapha due to the heat of upcoming summer, making people prone to diseases of respiratory system like Rhinitis, Bronchitis and other respiratory tract infections.
These infections cause people to suffer and have a decreased output. Therefore, to mitigate this suffering, the festival of basoda is celebrated on the seventh day after Holi or on the coming Monday after Holi.
Basoda literally translates to “Stale food and water”. As per ayurvedic system, stale food is very good to mitigate the high levels of pitta. Since the food is kept overnight, it becomes cool and dense, restoring the Kapha to its normal state and calming the pitta levels in our body.
Since people are supposed to rise early in the morning, it increases the immunity and the elders apply a haldi (Turmeric) tilak on everyone’s head. The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and kapha-pitta pacifying property of Haldi makes it the best chosen tilak at basoda.
The preparations are sweet rice, sweet pakodas and other sweet items, which are helpful to pacify pitta and restore Kapha.
The puja of basoda invokes Devi Sheetala, who is supposed to keep the children of the family away from measles, mumps, small pox and chicken pox.
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Whenever we enter a temple to attend an aarti, we see that the Brahmin priests come out of the deity altar with a conch shell and blow it very loudly, three times. Only after that, the aarti starts.
As stated in Hari Bhakti Vilas,
“0 king, a person who sounds a conch shell in Lord Kesava’s temple becomes free of all sins. He goes to Brahmaloka where he enjoys with Lord Brahma.”
The conch shell is very dear to the supreme lord Sri Krishna and hence, in his quadruple expansions, he keeps the conch shell in one of his four hands. The conch shell was offered to the Supreme lord by Shankhachuda, a demon who had Srimati Tulasi as her wife. Actually, Shankhachuda is an eternally liberated devotee from the abode of the supreme lord, who was cursed by Srimati Radharani to take that form.
Blowing conch shells is considered very auspicious. It is said that wherever the sound of the conch shell reaches, ghostly species and all sorts of negative energies run away from that place, making it completely pure. The conch shell produces the universal sound vibration, “Om” and this sound form of Krishna is ever purifying. It purifies all directions and terrorizes the negative energies.
The blowing of conch shell has tremendous effect on the blower as well as the listener. The one who blows conch shell is freed from all sorts of respiratory and mental disorders and the listener from all sorts of mental diseases.
The sound vibration emanating from the conch shell resonates with the natural human body frequency and hence, creates a stream of positive and healthy vibrations. These vibrations have a positive feedback and hence, provide the listeners with a peaceful aura. One can himself feel very happy and peaceful when someone sounds a conch shell.
Sounding a conch shell invite Sri Lakshmi Devi to one’s house and let her stay there for a longer time.
There are some conch shells which cannot be blown, but are worshipped. They are known as Dakshinavarti conch shells. They are worshipped in Mahalakshmi Puja.
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