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Some Interesting Ways to Celebrate First Janmashtami After Marriage

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krishna janmashtami

Janmashtami is one of the important Hindu festivals of the country and celebrated across India. However, it is being celebrated differently in different states. It has its own significance and importance as festival. It is also popular as Krishnashtami or Krishna Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti. It is a day when Hindu god Vishnu has taken birth as eighth avatar. You really don’t want to miss this important festival to be celebrated after marriage. If your family is very specific about celebrating this special festival, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special occasion and celebration. Here, we are sharing some interesting ideas of celebrating this special festival after marriage to make it more memorable.

Buy new clothes for the Krishna idol: This is one of the most important rituals and no Hindu family forgets to do so. If you too have Krishna’s idol at home, buy new clothes for it on his birthday. Even you can buy ornaments, flute and small mukut with peacock feather for him. You can also buy these clothes from any temple or market. Some of the favorite and traditional colors for the dresses are yellow, green, pink, golden and blue. You can choose a color matching the flavor of the festival.

Decorate home for the festival: To make this day special, you can decorate the home with flowers and lights. This is really a special day and should be celebrated with full swing. You can decorate your home traditionally with flowers, toran and lights or you can make some small theme based decoration. Besides, you can also go for some small replica of that period by decorating your home with small status of gopi’s, gwala baal, cows and villagers to get the feel of the festival.

Arrange Dahi-Handi as ritual: There are many places in our country where people arrange special dahi-handi ceremony for the festival. You can also organize a special Dahi-handi ritual and ask family members to participate. Even you can do that on larger level by organizing something within your block or housing society. You can also organize small competition to enjoy the day to the fullest and increase the fun of the day.

Make Rangoli or use some theme: Don’t forget to make special rangoli on the day. This is something very special and important ritual. Make some traditional rangoli with different colors. You can also make rangoli complementing your home decoration or you can make rangoli with the similar color which you are using for the clothes of idols.

Invite family & friends: No celebration is complete without the presence of family and friends. You can’t imagine even a single celebration all alone. You can invite family and friends to become part of this special festival celebration. Even you can get help of your spouse and sister/brother-in-law for making the guest list.

Organize bhajan shandhaya: To get soaked in the true spirit of this festival you can organize special bhajan sandhaya. On this special day, you can chant special songs of lord Krishna to remember him. Even you can hire special professional singer to perform bhajan sandhaya on that day.

Cook special for friends and family: Most of the people fast for whole day on this special festival. Cook something special for all family members and friends on this special festival. You can make favorite food and some sweet dishes made of milk. Don’t forget to make panjiri for the Prasad. To know what to cook and what not to cook you get help of your mother-in-law and other family members.

Organize small skit: You can also organize some special skit on this day. You can also organize Raasleela or some small skit from Krishna leela and some episode from any mythological book in the remembrance of lord Krishna.

Get dressed like Gopis and Krishna: You can also add some more flavors to your festival by getting dressed like gopis and Krishna on this special festival. Even you can ask your all family members and friends to follow the same dress code on the day.

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Know Different Ways Of Celebrating Makar Snakranti In India

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Makar Sankranti - Harvest festival India

Makar Sankranti is the festival of harvest and celebrated across the country in different ways. The cultural significance of the festival varies from state-to-state in India. If you move from one state to another state you will notice a significant change in the ways of Makar Sankranti festival celebration. This is basically celebrated to welcome the new season of harvest.

This special festival has its own significance and stands apart from the other Indian Hindu festivals because date of the Makar Sankranti is fixed. Makar means Capricon and Sankranti is transitions. This is the first Indian festival that falls in the first month of the year. This important festival is celebrated in numerous ways across the county.

Himachal Pradesh: In Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh it is known as Magha Saaji. On this day, people wake up early in the morning and take ceremonial bath. They cook kichadi on that day and enjoy this special food with their family, friends, relatives and neighbors.

Delhi & Haryana: In Delhi, Haryana and other neighboring states Sakraat or Sankranti to be a main festival of the year. People cook different special things like Churma of ghee, halwa and kheer are cooked. In these states, the married women give gifts and clothes to her in-laws and this ritual is popular as manana.

Punjab: In Punjab, the festival is known as Maghi. On this auspicious day, bathing in a river in the early morning on Maghi is very important. Hindus light up the lamps with sesame oil as this is supposed to give prosperity and take away all sins. Even a major mela is also held at Sri Muktsar Sahib. As a tradition people cook kheer and chichadi on this day.

Rajasthan & West Madhya Pradesh: It is one of the major festivals in Rajasthan. People cook special delicacies to celebrate this festival. They cook pheeni, til-paati, gajak, kheer, ghevar, pakodi, puwa and til-laddoo.  As a special ritual of the state the married woman offer special food, make-up items and other household things to 13 married women. People invite friends and relatives to their home for special meal festival. Kite flying is another festival which is observed as a part of this festival. People in Jaipur and other regions fly kites to celebrate the festival.

Tamil Nadu: It is four days long festival in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated as Pongal from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai.

Assam: The Sankranti is known as Magh Bihu or Bhogal Bihu in Assam. In Assam, the feasting lasts for a week. The festival is marked by feasts and bonfires. The celebrations also feature traditional Assamese games such as Tekeli Bhonga (pot-breaking) and buffalo fighting. During this festival the people of Assam make cakes of rice with various names such as Shunga Pitha, Til Pitha, etc. and some other sweets with coconut.

Maharashtra: In Maharashtra on Makar Sankranti, people offer multicolor halwa and til-gur laadoo to relatives, friends and family members. In Maharashtra, the Makar Sankranti is celebrated normally for three days.

Gujarat: This festival is celebrated at Uttarayan in this state with full fervor as people fly kites to celebrate the festival. They keenly wait for this festival. They cook undhiyu and chikkis on this festival.

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Celebrate victory of Good over Evil on Dussehra and Durga Puja

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Dussehra, Vijyadashmi, Durga Puja

Vijayadashami is also popularly known as Dussehra or Dasara or Dashmi. Dashmi is the tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav is Hindu festival celebrated in the month of October. It is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in various forms across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The day ends a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of idol of Goddess Durga. The people celebrate this festival to with full fervor and spirit. This is the celebration victory of Good over Evil on Vijayadashami day.

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Rama Navami is the Birthday of Lord Sri Rama

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Rama Navami Festival

Rama Navami is important Hindu festival which is observed on birthday of the Lord Rama. Ram was the son of Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. The ninth day (Navami) of Chaitra month is the birthday of God Rama as per Hindu calendar. The nine days celebration of Navaratri is known as “Rama Navaratra”. The function of Ramacharitamanas is arranged with bhajan in the temples. Sweets and Prasad is distributed after doing Puja in the Ram temple. The devotees of Lord Ram are chanting of name of Sri Rama on this day.

According to epic the Ramayana the king Dasharatha of Ayodhya who had 3 wives named Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Lord Rama was born to Queen Kaushalya, Lakshmana and Shatrughna to Queen Sumitra and Bharata to Queen Kaikeyi. God Ram is famous as the “Maryada Purushottam” (Ideal perfect human being) among the Hindu religion.

Rama takes birth to protect all his Hindu devotees by destroying the demon king Ravana of Lanka. The story of Ramayana tells about the life of Sri Ram and his wife Sita and family. One the his Mahamantra is “Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Hare Hare”

 

Celebrations of Ram Navami at Important Places

 

Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, India

Janakpurdham in Nepal

Sita Samahit Sthal (Sitamarhi) in Bihar

Bhadrachalam in Telangana)

Kodandarama Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu

Devotees mark Shobha yatras of Lord Rama, his wife Goddess Sita, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman with prayers in the temples.

 

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Happy Rama Navami Festival of Sri Ram Navaratra Celebration

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Happy Ram Navami

The Rama Navami is special Hindu festival which falls on the Lord Rama’s birthday. He is the eldest of Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha in Ayodhya. This day comes on Navami, the ninth day (Navami) of ‘Chaitra’ month in the Hindu calendar. It will fall on the 28th March 2015 for this year which will be the ending of 9 day festival Navaratri celebrations. God Rama is respected as ‘Maryada Purushottam’ the ideal human being as son, brother, husband and father in the Hindu society.

The festival Navaratri runs for nine days, so this is called as ‘Sri Rama Navaratra’. Devotees are gathered for ‘Puja Aarti’ and chant the ‘Ramacharitamanas’ by exchange Prasad (sweets). The idols infant Rama in the temples for worship on cradles and also happy rocked by devotees specially the mothers and children. The mail celebrations hosted at the birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh with chariot processions of God Rama, his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and Hanuman.

On the festival Hindu people mark fast and visit Ram temples are read the ‘Ramayana’ with the family members. ISKCON temples organize Sri Rama Navami Yatra to spread the faith of peace. The concept of ‘Rama Rajya’ (state affairs of Sri Rama) is considered as the period of peace and prosperity for the people. All the friends, family members and relatives engage with celebration of the festival with full of joy. It is celebrated in the all over India and parts of the world where the Hindu community are based with large family settle.

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