Why we worship basoda after Holi?

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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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Why Brahmin priest blow conch shells?

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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.

Scientific Paradigm

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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✡️ Today’s Panchang 27th july 2016 ✡️

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☀️Today’s Panchang 26th july 2016☀️

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♠️Why Lord hanuman applied sindoor all over his body ♠️

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Hanuman was greatly devoted to Lord Rama. A particular incident was when Sita put sindoor on her forehead, Hanuman asked her why. To this, she replied that since she is the wife and companion of Lord Rama, the sindoor was a sign of her unconditional love and respect. Hanuman then covered his entire body with sindoor to prove his love for Lord Rama. Lord Rama was really impressed by this and granted a boon that those who worshiped Lord Hanuman in the future with sindoor would see all their difficulties go away.26july hanuman

Why not eat Kadhi in Saawan?

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Kadhi or curry is one of the most popular savoury preparations of North Indian Cuisine whereby people enjoy it a lot. Pouring dollops of Kadhi over hot streaming rice and enjoying the same again and again till the belly is full is worth remembering.

Kadhi is a preparation in which sour buttermilk is boiled with sifted gram flour (Besan) and some spices like methidana, zeera, dhania, turmeric, salt and pepper. After that, as per individuals’ choice and flavour, some pakodas or boondi are added to the same and then, tempering is done using ghee and red chilly.

Kadhi-Chawal is an all time favourite preparation for the North Indians and there are many versions of Kadhi available in various cuisines of India, but we are forbidden to enjoy this delicacy in the month of Saawan or Shravan (July-August)

Scientific Paradigm

In the month of Saawan, the sky is overcasted with clouds and there is lot of rain. This makes the atmosphere sluggish and hampers our digestion. The quality of drinking water degrades down and further slows down digestion. In the same line, lack of immunity becomes prominent due to the same water problem.

Kadhi, despite being delicious, is cool in nature and hence, hard to digest as it contains Besan. And the buttermilk is coming from the milk which is given by cows which are grazing on fresh new grasses of the rainy season which are already contaminated and are forbidden for humans to eat. In the month of Shravan, humans are not supposed to eat green leafy vegetables.

Hence, our grandparents forbid us to eat kadhi, just for our own benefit of health. Poor digestive system cannot digest kadhi and hence, they forbade us.

✳️Today’s Panchang 25th july✳️

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