Janmastami

Nand Ghar Anand Bhayo…Jai Kanaiya Lal ki Janmastami is extremely popular festival in city of ahmedabad. Janmastami is celebrated as birthday of Lord Krishna.He is regarded as incarnation of Lord Vishnu.In this avtar of Lord krishna – the hindu mythology recieved the greatest message in form of Bhagwat Gita. Janmastami is also known as Gokulashtami & is celebrated on eight day of month(hindu calanedar). Janmastami is celebrated in different form in the UP,Bihar,Maharastra.In Gujarat it is celebrated with different form. Tradional Gujarati homes has baby krishna cradles.And decorated are the toys around that cradle. It is similar to baby shower celebration for every devotee of krishna. Janmastami celebrations are prominent as due Dakore & Dawarka visits increases as devotees visit these ever green destination of lord Krishna. Janmastami is celebrated by fasting & fasting is done next day also know as parna. Celebration time is or Nishita Puja Time is midnight time. If you are in Ahmedabad make sure you visit ISKCON  Temple it is ideal to visit the temple for  Janmastami celebrations Bhajan sandhyas are popular during evening for krishna devotees gather great bhajans. Some Great Krishna...

Rakhi or Rakshabandhan Festival

Rakshabandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrated between brother and sister. The festival is regarded as bonding of brother and sister for love & duty.The festival is celebrated on full moon, that is why is also known has Rakhi Purnima. Festival is celebrated by people of Indian origin through out the globe. Sisters tie rakhi (decorated threads) on brothers wrist. Brother vow to protect the sister for life time. There are several mythological stories around rakshabandhan. According to this legend, credited to Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, after Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali, he was asked by Bali that Vishnu live in his palace, a request Vishnu granted. Vishnu’s wife, Goddess Lakshmi did not like the palace or his new found friendship with Bali, and preferred that her husband and she return to Vaikuntha. So she went to Bali, tied a Rakhi and made him a brother. Bali asked her what gift she desired. Lakshmi asked that Vishnu be freed from the request that he live in Bali’s palace. Bali consented, as well accepted her as his sister. (source of story is wikipedia) Rakhi Ceremony 1. Sisters first decorate a plate with kum-kum, sweets, rakhi band & ghee diva 2. Tilak with kumkum is placed on brothers fore head 3. Rakhi is tied on brothers wrist 4. Sister puts sweets in brothers mouth. 5. A gift is given by the brother to the sister. Rakhi festival has evolved in the modern times. These days gifts, cards, hugs are equally popular. Even it is celebrated as part of evolved cultural ties as well...

Navratri – 9 Nights of Dance Festival in Ahmedabad

Navratri or the festival of nine nights is devoted to Goddess Shakti. The festival also has the famous folk dance of Gujarat “Garba”. The festival continues for nine nights, everybody takes part into it with same emphasis. Each night starts with ceremonial “Aarti” and is followed by Garba till late mid-night. The Garba dance is carried out around the statue of Goddess Shakti. Garba is also played with Dandiyas in hand. During these nights, city is been beautifuly decorated and nights become...

Uttarayan

“Kaapyo Chhey” – This is what you could hear on !4th January, in the festival of Makar Sankranti or festival of kites or “Utarayan”. The festival marks the end of winter and return of the sun to northern hemisphere and hence is named “Uttar ayan”. On this particular day everybody in Ahmedabad start the day through kite flying and continues in the night by driving lamps (Tukkal) attached to kites in the sky. The sky remains through out the day, dotted with colourful...

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