Divine Diwali

Festivals, Ganga, Mythology, Parmarth Ashram Rishikheth, religion
DIWALI WITH A DIFFERANCE ! Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of India, and is celebrated in almost all states, and by all, with great fever and festivity every year ! Diwali is not just a day affair but has festivals for five days in a row. Dhanteras- Dhanteras is celebrated two days before diwali, and is a festival for businessmen, and is celebrated with shopping in decorated markets.......mainly of Gold, silver, clothes, utensils and household goods. Narka Chaudas- This comes a day before Diwali, and is commonly celebrated as Choti diwali. This is a day to clean and decorate the houses (whitewashing is done in advance, and usually around Diwali) and special cleaning of the body too. Diwali- Main Diwali day is celebrated as Laxmi Poojan.......Ganesh and Laxmi…
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DISASTER AT UTTRAKHAND

ecology, Mythology, natural disasters, nature, religion
THE WRATH OF LORDS ? On way back from Joshimath, we had the pleasure of visiting the Dhari Devi Temple, and it being Doorga Pooja and Dushehra on that day, there could not have been a better day. This is a temple, in the waters of Alakhnanada, near the town Kaliasur, and Dharidevi is supposed to be Goddess Parvati. What we visited is the new temple being built, above the old one, on stilts in the river, with the same original Statue. It was a delight having dharshan of the vibrant, charming and elegant, though small statue, in black stone of Dhari Devi. Mythology has it , that when Ganga was to descend to the earth, it was too forceful , and hence Shiva decided to send it several streams,…
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BADRI VISHAL

Ganga, Mythology, pilgrimage, religion, travel
THE HOLY SUJOURN As you all know, we recently went on a trip to Badrinath. It was work and holiday, short and hectic, tiring and tedious, risky and scary but really adventurous and memorable. Badrinath is an ancient pilgrimage spot for hindus, about 300 Kms from Haridwaar, in the Garhwal hills, and one of the Chaar Dhams of Uttrakhand.(The other three being Kedarnath,Gangotri and Yamnotri ) First day was the almost ten hour drive, from Rishikhet to Josjimath, with two minor halts and a lunch halt at Gauchar. In spite of being such a long drive, it was enjoyable, along the serpentine Ganga and Alakhnanada rivers. Was a pleasure watching the rivers change shape ,width, depth, colour s from white, blue to black and  flow from still to gushy and…
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SWAMY CHIDANAND

INDIAN HERITAGE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, Mythology, Parmarth Ashram Rishikheth, religion, sprituality, Swamy Chidanand
THE DIVINE ENCOUNTER It often happens that a man hitting for silver hits upon gold...........but it almost never happens that when you are looking for nothing, you find diamond! This is what exactly happened to me on 13th October this year, at Rishikesh when I had the privileged luck to meet Swamy Chidanand  Saraswati, the founder of India Heritage Research Foundation, at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. In my life of over five decades, by the blessings of my parents, grace of God, guidance from teachers, love from family and support from my innumerable friends and well wishers, by all social parameters, I have done well and cannot complain. In academics, profession, career, family, social front and all other fields one can say, that I have been sailing smoothly. In spite…
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RAM

Mythology, relationships
WAS RAM ACTUALLY MARYADAPURUSHOTTAM ! I am not sure if Ram ,was actually the incarnation of GOD,or even if he was a historic figure,but he is definitely the hero of the great Indian epics,Ramayana and Ramchatramanas,where Balmiki and Tulsidass have presented him as the ideal man ! Ram,as characterized in these epics,is supposed to be the Supreme man-the savior of prestige and honor ! Born in Ayodhya as the eldest son of raja Dashratha,after the consumption of the Kheer received as prasad from the Agni Devta,following a havan,by his mother( Probably artificial insemination ! )he was an adorable child , an obedient student and a great son.He married Sita after a Swamwar,and happily sacrificed the throne and willingly left for fourteen years of exile,to fulfill the wish of his step…
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