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Diwali – 2017

Diwali or Deepavali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that’s marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.

Celebrate Diwali in a royal way in Jaipur.

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Diwali - Festival of Lights
Diwali – Festival of Lights

 

Absolute heaven…Golden temple Amritsar..no fire works but lanterns in the sky reflected in the sarovar surrounding the gurudwara..
Amazing view

Diwali - Festival of Lights
Diwali – Festival of Lights

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Turbans in Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, originally people started to wear a turban like cloth to keep their head cool.

Later on it go on becoming the symbol of status.

Turbans of Rajasthan
Turbans of Rajasthan

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People of different caste and of different regions used to wear different type of turbans according to their convenience and local factors at different occasions.

You can identify an individual’s caste, creed , religion, region based on his “Paag” , and ”Style of wrapping”.

The style of turban changes every 15 km. And there are more than 1000 kinds of turban types and their styles of wearing.

In Rajasthan turbans are according to Different Communities and Different Occasions.

Turbans of Rajasthan
Turbans of Rajasthan

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Kerala – Environment Capital of the World

UN secretary yesterday in the world conference declared Kerala as the Environment capital of the world. He appreciated the Environment awareness of the people of this small south Indian state, known as God’s own country.

They voluntarily leave their vehicles in their garages on few days of every month reducing environmental pollution, and Global warming.
He urged all countries to follow this practise, widely known as ‘Hartal’

Kerala in past 6 months had 79 Hartals which help reduce carbon from air tremendously !!

Athirappally Waterfalls
Athirappally Waterfalls
Backwaters of Kerala
Backwaters of Kerala

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Golkonda Fort

Golkonda, also known as Golconda, Gol konda (“Round shaped hill”), or Golla konda, is a citadel and fort in Southern India and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1518–1687), is situated 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) west of Hyderabad.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

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The Golkonda Fort used to have a vault where once the famous Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds.

During the Renaissance and the early modern eras, the name “Golkonda” acquired a legendary aura and became synonymous for vast wealth. The mines brought riches to the Qutb Shahis of Hyderabad State, who ruled Golkonda up to 1687, then to the Nizam of Hyderabad, who ruled after the independence from the Mughal Empire in 1724 until 1948, when the Indian integration of Hyderabad occurred.

The Golkonda fort is listed as an archaeological treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. Golkonda actually consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semicircular bastions (some still mounted with cannons), eight gateways, and four drawbridges, with a number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the “Fateh Darwaza” (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb’s triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner. At Fateh Darwaza can be experienced a fantastic acoustic effect, characteristic of the engineering marvels at Golkonda. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the ‘Bala Hisar’ pavilion, the highest point almost a kilometer away. This worked as a warning note to the royals in case of an attack.

Golconda Fort Clapping Portico
Golconda Fort Clapping Portico

Dussehra

Dassa Hara is a Sanskrit work which means removal of ten bad qualities with in you:

  1. Ahankara (Ego)
  2. Amanavta (Cruelty)
  3. Anyaaya (injustice)
  4. Kama Vasana (Lust)
  5. Krodha (Anger)
  6. Lobha (Greed)
  7. Mada (Over Pride)
  8. Matsara (Jealousy)
  9. Moha (Attachment)
  10. Swartha (Selfishness)

Hence, also know as Vijaydashmi signifying ‘Vijaya’ (victory) over these ten bad qualities.

Happy Dussehara

Dussehra Festival Celebrations
Dussehra Festival Celebrations

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October. The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.

Viaje seguro para mujeres solteras

Viaje seguro en la India
Viaje seguro en la India

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LA LÉGENDE DE HOLI

The Legend of Holika et Prahlad

La légende

Il était une fois un roi démon du nom de Hiranyakashyap qui a gagné sur le royaume de la terre. Il était si égoïste qu’il commandait tout le monde dans son royaume d’adorer que lui. Mais à sa grande déception, son fils, Prahlad est devenu un ardent dévot du Seigneur Narayana et a refusé d’adorer son père.

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LA LÉGENDE DE HOLI
LA LÉGENDE DE HOLI

Hiranyakashyap a essayé plusieurs façons de tuer son fils Prahlad mais le Seigneur Vishnu l’a sauvé à chaque fois. Enfin, il a demandé à sa sœur, Holika d’entrer dans un feu ardent avec Prahlad sur ses genoux. Car, Hiranyakashyap savait que Holika avait une aubaine, grâce à quoi, elle pourrait entrer dans le feu indemne.

Traîtreusement, Holika cajolé jeune Prahlad asseoir sur ses genoux et elle se prit place dans un feu ardent. La légende veut que Holika a dû payer le prix de son désir sinistre par sa vie. Holika ne savait pas que le don a travaillé seulement quand elle est entrée dans le feu seul.
Prahlad, qui a gardé en chantant le nom du Seigneur Narayana pendant tout ce temps, est sorti indemne, comme le seigneur l’a béni pour son dévouement extrême.

Ainsi, Holi tire son nom de Holika. Et, est célébré comme une fête de la victoire du bien sur le mal.

Holi est aussi célébré comme le triomphe d’un dévot. Comme la légende représente que quiconque, de quelque manière forte, ne peut pas nuire à un vrai dévot. Et, ceux qui osent torturer un vrai dévot de Dieu est réduit en cendres.

Célébration de la Légende

Même aujourd’hui, les gens adoptent la scène de la «combustion de Holika en cendres» chaque année pour marquer la victoire du bien sur le mal.

Dans plusieurs Etats de l’Inde, en particulier dans le nord, les effigies de Holika sont brûlés dans les grands feux qui sont allumés Il y a même une pratique de hurling bouses de vache dans le feu et en criant des obscénités comme si au Holika. Ensuite, partout on entend des cris de «Holi-hai! Holi-hai! ‘.

La tradition de la gravure «Holika» est religieusement suivie dans le Gujarat et Orissa aussi. Ici, les gens rendent leur gratitude à Agni, le dieu du feu en offrant gramme et les tiges de la récolte en toute humilité.

En outre, le dernier jour de Holi, les gens prennent un peu de feu du feu de joie dans leurs foyers. On croit que, en suivant cette coutume leurs maisons seront rendus purs et leurs corps seront exempts de la maladie.

À plusieurs endroits, il y a aussi une tradition de nettoyage des maisons, enlever tous les articles sales autour de la maison et de les brûler. les bactéries de la maladie d’élevage sont ainsi détruits et l’état sanitaire de la localité est améliorée.

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Leyenda del Festival de Holi

La leyenda de Holika y Prahlad

La leyenda

Había una vez un rey demonio con el nombre de Hiranyakashyap que ganó sobre el reino de la tierra. Era tan egoísta que mandó a todo el mundo en su reino a adorar sólo a él. Pero para su gran decepción, su hijo, Prahlad se convirtió en un ardiente devoto del Señor Narayana y se negó a adorar a su padre.

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La leyenda de Holika y Prahlad
La leyenda de Holika y Prahlad

Hiranyakashyap intentó varias maneras de matar a su hijo Prahlad pero Lord Vishnu lo guarda cada vez. Por último, pidió a su hermana, Holika para entrar en una llama de fuego con Prahlad en su regazo. Porque, Hiranyakashyap sabía que Holika tenía una gran ayuda, con lo cual, ella podría entrar en el fuego indemne.

Traición, Holika convenció joven Prahlad a sentarse en su regazo y ella misma tomó asiento en una llama de fuego. La leyenda dice que Holika tenía que pagar el precio de su deseo siniestra por su vida. Holika no era consciente de que el don funcionaba sólo cuando entró en el fuego por sí solo.

Prahlad, que mantuvo el canto del nombre del Señor Narayana durante todo este tiempo, salió ileso, como el Señor lo bendijo por su extrema devoción.

Por lo tanto, Holi deriva su nombre de Holika. Y, se celebra como una fiesta de la victoria del bien sobre el mal.

Holi se celebra también como el triunfo de un devoto. A medida que la leyenda cuenta que cualquier persona, independientemente de cuál sea fuerte, no puede dañar a un verdadero devoto. Y, los que se atreven torturar a un verdadero devoto de Dios será reducido a cenizas.

Celebración de la leyenda

Incluso hoy en día, las personas representan la escena de “quema de Holika a cenizas ‘todos los años con motivo de la victoria del bien sobre el mal.

En varios estados de la India, especialmente en el norte, efigies de Holika son quemados en las hogueras enormes que están iluminadas Hay incluso una práctica de lanzar Dungs vaca en el fuego y gritando obscenidades a él como si en Holika. Entonces todas partes se oyen gritos de “Holi-hai! Holi-hai! ‘.

La tradición de quemar ‘Holika’ es seguido religiosamente en Gujarat y Orissa también. Aquí, las personas prestan su agradecimiento a Agni, el dios del fuego, ofreciendo gramo y tallos de la cosecha con toda humildad.

Además, en el último día de Holi, la gente toma un poco de fuego de la hoguera a sus hogares. Se cree que siguiendo esta costumbre sus casas serán prestados puro y sus cuerpos estarán libres de la enfermedad.

En varios lugares hay también una tradición de la limpieza de hogares, la eliminación de todos los artículos sucios alrededor de la casa y quemarlos. bacteria de la enfermedad de cría de esta manera se destruyen y se mejora el estado sanitario de la localidad.

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The Legend of Holi

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad

The Legend
There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.

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Legend of Holi Festival
Legend of Holi Festival

Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.

Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.

Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.

Holi is also celebrated as the triumph of a devotee. As the legend depicts that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true devotee. And, those who dare torture a true devotee of god shall be reduced to ashes.

Celebration of the Legend

Even today, people enact the scene of ‘Holika’s burning to ashes’ every year to mark the victory of good over evil.

In several states of India, specially in the north, effigies of Holika are burnt in the huge bonfires that are lit. There is even a practice of hurling cow dungs into the fire and shouting obscenities at it as if at Holika. Then everywhere one hears shouts of ‘Holi-hai! Holi-hai!’.

The tradition of burning ‘Holika’ is religiously followed in Gujarat and Orissa also. Here, people render their gratitude to Agni, the god of fire by offering gram and stalks from the harvest with all humility.

Further, on the last day of Holi, people take a little fire from the bonfire to their homes. It is believed that by following this custom their homes will be rendered pure and their bodies will be free from disease.

At several places there is also a tradition of cleaning homes, removing all dirty articles from around the house and burning them. Disease-breeding bacteria are thereby destroyed and the sanitary condition of the locality is improved.

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General Travel Tips

India and Nepal Travel Tips

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A proper VISA to enter and stay in India & Nepal is a must.

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Do not encourage beggars.

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Don’t trust strangers with money. Trust your hotel, but not people you may bump into on the streets.

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Don’t offer bribes to get any job done. Use consultants or trade and industry associations. If you expect favors, let them come free or not at all.

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It is advisable to cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and medi-claim.

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Carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit in India/Nepal, as signboards are often absent.

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Try to reach a station during daytime if traveling on your own.

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Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.

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Women traveling alone in certain deserted places should avoid walking at odd hours.

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While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate.

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Do not checkout of the hotel in hurry. While checking out it has been noticed in some hotels, the extras are unreasonably charged which the guest hurriedly pays without cross-checking.

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Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your cash divided in different pockets.

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Take care of proper disposal of your rubbish always whether you are exploring desert, or Himalayas or beaches or anywhere else.

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Don’t accept offers of visiting anyone’s home unless you are confident of the person.

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Use licensed guides for sightseeing.

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Always use strong suitcases/baggage, as mishandling is common at airports/stations.

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Don’t tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a hotel.

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In Monsoon time avoid night stay in the desert.

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Most of the monuments give very good discount for students from all over the world. They must carry there valid school identity card.

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