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Facts of Makar Sakranti

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Makar Sakranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on its celestial path. The festival is widely celebrated by flying kites and relishing the Tilguls. This fun filled festival is lot more than kites and Til chikkis, which can further be explored.

  • Makar sakranti is one of the festivals that are celebrated on the same day every year. Though once in every eight years, the date is postponed due to revolution and solar changes. This year it falls on 15th January.
  • The word ‘Sankranti’ signifies the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another. Thus, the name of the festival literally means the movement of the sun into Capricorn or Makar.
  • Makar Sankranti is referred as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December.
  • Sankranti marks the termination ofwinter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season. Thus beginning of warmer days and shorter nights.
  • The harvest festival of India is called by different names throughout India. Like Makar Sankranti in West India, down south, the festival is known as Pongal and in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri.
  • The sesame and jiggery ladoos are distributed among family and friends as it is considered beneficial in this transition season. It also represents a way of bonding and hoping for good health.
  • The tradition of kite flying began so that the physical body was exposed to the early morning sun rays. Being a critical time for flue and sickness, the warming sunrays proved to be beneficial. Thus kite flying became a fun way to do so.
  • It also marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and difficult pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day.
  • People also celebrate by taking a dip in the holy rivers flowing through states to cleanse themselves of sins. It is also believed that if you die during Makar Sankranti, you are not reborn and attain salvation.
  • It is the festival of Sun God and He is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epics like Mahabharata also.

 

The Divine Journey: Spiritual significance of Himalayas

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The creation enthrals the being with its innate beauty and serenity, and our sacred Himalayas are the epitome of mother’s nature biggest miracle. Himalayas are not just an abode of snow or mighty range, but holds revering significance for people of varied cultures. Literally defining the word ‘Hima’ in Sanskrit is ‘snow’ and the word, ‘alaya’ means ‘abode’; also known as ‘Giriraj’ or ‘King of Mountains’. Thus Himalayas are the soul of God and a deity in itself.

  • The spiritual centre of the world is the abode of supreme Lord Shiva, who lives atop Mount Kailash.
  • The sacred holy dhams of Hindus i.e. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri resides in the Himalayas.
  • It is home to India’s most significant spiritual spaces like the Kailash Manasarovar, Amarnath, Vaishno Devi Temple, and many beautiful monasteries and Buddhist gompas.
  • Three influential Sikh pilgrimages are also located in the sacred Uttarakhand Himalayas.
  • The Himalayas is the source of the Indus Basin, the Yangtze Basin and the Ganga-Brahmaptura, which are three of the world’s primary river systems.
  • Mount Kailash in Himalayas holds sacred values for Jains, Buddhists, Tibetans and Hindus; and consider the Kailash Parikrama as the source of Nirvana.
  • The majestic, serene and tranquil ambience makes the existence of Himalayas as eternal and timeless.
  • The aura of peace and calmness has attracted numerous saints and sages like Adi Sankaracharya, Guru Gobind Singh, Swami Vivekananada, and many others.
  • Himalayan Sacred Walks provides the opportunity to soak in the sacred energies of the enchanting and majestic mountains and come back deeply transformed.

 

 

The path of Enlightenment: Relevance of Vedas today

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shubhpuja.comIf the foundation is strong and firm, no matter how many floors are constructed above it, the building will remain intact and strengthening. Similarly the valuable Vedas are the base of knowledge and is the mirror of all education. People might say that the generations today believe on scientific revelations and rational thoughts of school, yea we agree to it but the eternal truth remains significant forever. Our scientific and technological progress may be huge, but the bases of knowledge have been received from our holy Vedas and will act as a guiding torch for many more generations, yet to come.

Relevance of Vedas for present age:

Vasudev Kutumbhkam:

Hoping for community welfare rather than individual gain has always been the message. If every individual holds the perspective of viewing One eternal power within every being than most of the issues will automatically be resolved. The act of Universal brotherhood is an immediate necessity for regaining the peace and humanity on this planet.

Attributes of Universe:

The name may be different but the ultimate source is One. Vedas reveal the omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent traits of the powerful energy. He is one utmost source who is formless and eternal. He was, is and will forever be. Becoming aware with this universal truth and accepting His presence each moment makes the being fearless and inculcates the deep faith on His presence.

Eternal Soul:

Just like a candle brightens the entire room, similarly the enlightened soul gives direction to the mind and body. God, soul and matter-always exist; weapon cannot cut it, fire cannot burn it, water cannot spoil it, and air cannot dry it. As the soul keeps on changing the outer physical appearance, but its original traits remains constant. If each one of us comprehends this enlightening truth, then there will be no differentiation on the basis of caste, creed, colour, appearance, religion and so on.

Meditative mind:

Vedic thought holds that the best instrument of knowledge is the silent mind. As per the Vedic sciences, serene and pure mind is capable of going beyond name, form, number, time, place and person or it would just be another object or entity in the outer world. This shows that there is much above physical reality and the appropriate instrument for knowing the universal Being is not a limited instrument which looks externally, like a telescope, but the silent mind that is able to see within.

Elimination of Delusions:

Vedas has a commendable source of knowledge, which is relevant for ages. Even the earlier misconceptions about ghosts, occult powers and man worshipping every creature out of fear; the turmoil was eliminated with the rational Vedic sciences. Still the presence of evil energies is dominant over the planet but the blinds can be removed by the light of knowledge-Brahma. The presence of fake gurus may dispel us from the path of spirituality but we have to be cautious and aware.

Ayurveda:

In the Vedic sciences, human well-being is defined as the harmony of body, mind, prana and soul (Atman or Purusha). The natural healing process by recognising the underlying vital energies is the secret to well-being. Today we might have advanced in medical sciences, but the bases lies in the Vedas and holds all the thoughts behind the cosmic life force of development. Organic and natural systems of progress or healing are far better than the artificial processes.

Vedic Astrology:

Jyotish or Vedic astrology is aimed at helping us understand how the various matter of the Universe i.e. the lights of the stars and planets affects our own bodies and minds and the fate of our world as a whole. It comprehends the knowledge of karmic influences on us, and how the heavenly bodies have their varied effects. Few might say that astrology is illogical but still few of the actions that go beyond expressions and understanding become a part of new physics. If we recognize that the universe is pervaded by consciousness, we can recognize that light ultimately is a power of consciousness, which means that astronomy must recognize astrology.

The ultimate unity of science and spirituality through Vedas can act as a guiding torch for achieving the ultimate destination of supreme truth. By learning the secrets of Vedas, we can enhance our art of living and improve our lives as per the supreme fathers wish.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

10 Facts Revealing the Eternal Love of Siblings

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shubhpuja.comRelationships are a precious gift that makes you feel special and loved in this world. The feeling of ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’ is realized when the bonds of selfless love are nurtured and provides a reason to survive in this world. To cherish the connecting bond with our soul and the supreme Universe, become a part of the Indian traditional festivals. Here are few highlighting facts about Bhai-dooj.

  1. Bhai Dooj is referred by various names depending upon the states. Like Bhai Phota in Bengal, Bhai Tika in Nepal, Ningol Chakuba in Manipur, Yama Dwiteya in Orissa and Bhau beej in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
  2. Bhai means ‘brother’ and Dooj means ‘second day after new moon’; so it is celebrated two days after Deepawali during the Shukla Paksh of Kartik month.
  3. The pious festival involves the applying of vermillion on brother’s forehead by revering the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters.
  4. To cherish the eternal knot between siblings, they exchange gifts and feasts are organized among family members.
  5. On this day, Lord Yama visited Yami and she greeted her by applying a vermillion mark on his forehead and praying for his longevity and well-being.
  6. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna by applying tilak on his forehead, when he reached home after defeating devil Naraksura.
  7. King Nandivardhan (brother of Lord Mahavira) was soothed by his sister Sudarshana, when Lord Mahavira attained nirvana.
  8. This day is the cultural representation of Indian culture where men and women clad in the best ethnic and elegant attires.
  9. Fasts is observed by the sisters till they apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and later they enjoy the lavish treat together.
  10. The post Diwali celebration of the five day festival is completed on a happy note and glorifies the eternal love of siblings and families.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja