Happy Diwali everyone ! Have a safe Diwali ! 🙂
India is in the mode of celebrating its biggest festival of the year, Diwali.. This year it will be celebrated on the 11th of November.. It’s the Festival of Lights and wherever you go you will see everything is lit up around here.. It’s amazing ! The market street near my house is already lit beautifully and so is my house.. We put lights on our windows.. I have always liked celebrating Diwali.. I don’t burst crackers but just the whole idea of wearing traditional clothes and getting dressed up is what I enjoy.. On 11th we will have a small puja at home.. We even light small diyas (oil lamps made of clay) for atleast 5 days during this festival.. Starting from two days before the main Diwali till two days after Diwali. We keep these oil lamps outside our house too, right at the entrance.. It is considered as auspicious..
I will be sharing a picture of the entire market that’s lit near my house.. People from all parts of the city come here only to see these lights.
The entire market street lit for Diwali
Happy Diwali in advance !
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India is currently celebrating Navaratri, which is a festival dedicated to the Hindu deity, Durga. The word Navaratri means nine nights, in Sanskrit, nava means nine and ratri means nights. The tenth day is commonly referred to as dussehra. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is celebrated twenty days after dussehra.
The significance being, the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga.
Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power).
In the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra, people perform the dance of garba.. They dress up in traditional and colourful Gujarati clothes and go for the dance.
In north India, there the Navaratri is celebrated in form of Ramlila, which is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama, ending up in ten-day battle between Rama and Ravana, as described in the Hindu religious epic, the Ramayana.
On the tenth day dussehra is commemorated in the form of victory of Rama over demon king Ravana, when the actors are taken out in a procession through the city, leading up to a mela ground or town square, where the enactment of the final battle takes place, before giant effigies of Ravana.
Just a picture of Mataji in one of the temple I visited.
Finally I celebrated my birthday last night, June 18th with few of my friends. I brought in my birthday with my family by cutting 2 cakes at home on June 17th midnight. It was a quite one this time, we went to a new place where they have their own brewing beers. The best part being the non stop rains since 2 days. Yes, it has been pouring like cats and dogs in Mumbai since 18th early morning and hasn’t stopped yet. So, it was very sweet of my friends to actually come and celebrate my birthday with me inspite of the rains.
Well, just sharing a picture of mine with you all. And I’m hoping that this birthday brings me all the happiness and the luck that I need in life.
We all know that June 21 has been declared as the International Day of Yoga in Decemeber 2014. And I have been practicing artistic yoga for about 1 and a half year now, called as Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga.
What is artistic yoga ? Artistic Yoga is an innovative, dynamic and powerful system of Yoga that affects the body like no other form of exercise. It combines ancient yogic techniques (asanas, pranayam, bandhas, kriyas & mudras), with modern cardiovascular-training and partner-stretches that works on the Individual at every level – the physical level, where flexibility, strength and endurance are the primary goal, to the mental and spiritual levels where awareness of the body, alertness and meditation bring about a complete transformation.
During the weekend, I received a what’s app message from my instructor saying that if I could make a short video on my phone about how artistic yoga has helped me? Which will go on their YouTube channel as part of international yoga celebrations. And I without any thought said yes. So, yeah now that video is up on YouTube and you all can see me talk about how artistic yoga has helped me in my life. Here’s the link : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eZqO7CmirtI
Hope you all enjoy this 40 seconds video. Thank you in advance for watching it.
Have an amazing week everyone !
Video courtesy: Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga.
Well, just few more minutes left for us to bring in 2015 in India, so I just wanted to take few minutes and wish you all a very Happy New Year ! Have an amazing 2015 everyone ! And I would want to thank each and everyone on WordPress for making 2014 a memorable one. Thank you all wonderful people ! Hope you all have an amazing New Year’s Eve !