Initially i started this blog as a photoblog depicting pictures from all my travels. But lately i've realized that i need to share some of my travel experiences too. So here it goes.. celebrating Life and its wonderful experiences.

sringaar...



19th March 2011, New Delhi

With the festival of color round the corner I often recollect how important colors mean to an Indian. The importance of color can be seen in every aspect of life – right from costumes to homes to festivals to even smaller things in life.

One aspect where one can notice variance (and hence the importance) in the use of colors across the country is how a woman dresses or do her sringaar? In northern or western part of the country it’s full of color while down south or east it’s the belief in the purity – white.

But whatever be the cultural difference few things are constant across the country – the eagerness and love of a woman for sringaar and mehandi (Henna).


 
 
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The rituals..


5th March 2011, New Delhi


There are things which we are supposed to do (in India being an Hindu) but we as a new generation does not understand why we need to follow this? We just do it for the sake of it or completely ignore it. We hardly try to understand the logic behind it. Maybe it’s not our fault at all because we were never told about it. Why? May be because people themselves are ignorant so they never tried to tell us or maybe we never took interest in it.

Anyway I’m not writing here to argue but in fact I’m trying to find some answers for myself.

So the question is how to get an answer to all the tradition/rituals which we follow? It’s easy when we are living in the digital world.

In today’s’ digital world there is an answer to everything…just google it.  So that’s what I did… I tried looking out for answers and to my surprise there are people who are online putting together all the logic behind our rituals. It’s not propaganda from them but an honest effort to keep our traditions alive.

As I sit back and relate all our rituals to the age old civilization then I can really correlate the logic. Though in today’s world a lot of them become insignificant but on a true note these rituals helps one to relate to the energies which controls the earth. These rituals are nothing but a respect to the mighty nature. It signifies how important role nature plays in our life on which we do not have any control.

This post depicts pictures of 2 types of Kalash. The one made on the clay pot was kept at the entrance while the kalash made over brass pot was used in various other rituals.



Kalash? My search say – Kalash is not a pot as most of the people claim to know. In fact it is a pot (Made of Clay, brass or copper) with mango leaves and coconut on top of it. So it more than just a pot, right? In lot of tradition people also fills the pot with rice or water. When filled with rice (or grains) or water it is known as Purnakumbha.

A kalash represents creation. The vacant pot, symbolizes earth, and the water filled symbolizes the primordial water from which life began on earth. The mango leaves represent the life forms. And coconut a product from the life forms is again filled with water symbolically representing endless cycle and the single thread that runs in all of us.

It also symbolizes immorality. We in Hindu culture uses the Kalash is numerous occasion right from house warming, weddings and festivals. It is mainly kept at the entrance. Its other forms are also used in a number of rituals.



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Passaddhi



04th March 2011, New Delhi


The atmosphere is totally energizing, with chants in Sanskrit and the fragrance of fresh flowers, Agarbatti / Dhup and Diyas all around. You are lost in the spiritual world with nothing in the mind – a state of Passaddhi (or Tranquility)



I’m not sure how many people feel like that but for me it works… I was totally out of the pressure of chasing the unknown, at least for those few hours. 

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