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Pushkar Fair 2012, Rajasthan

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

Contestant J.S. Chounan shows his moustache to the crowd after winning the annual "longest moustache" competition at the Pushkar Mela on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. According to locals his moustache is a combined total of 11 feet (3.35 meters) long and took 18 years to grow. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Start Date : Sunday, 18 November 2012
End Date : Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Venue : Pushkar Village
City : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
Country : India
Category : Fairs & Festivals

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to “wash away the sins of a lifetime” and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This blog by The Tour Planners, attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

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Lucknow Residents Scared Sleep Will Turn Them to Stone

Wednesday January 4th, 2012 in India, Myth, Travel Humor, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

There are plenty of reasons why we sometimes struggle to sleep, but being scared of turning into stone overnight is rarely one of them. That fear, however, kept dozens of people awake in Lucknow and other parts of India’s most populous state this week.

It all started with a message late Monday, claiming that anyone who slept that night would turn into stone. Word spread across the state of Uttar Pradesh through cellphone messages, phone calls, and eventually even local television flashed it.

In Tundla, a small town near Agra, 18-year-old Rachna and her family of eight were woken by a neighbor at 3 am. The neighbor had received a call from someone in Kanpur saying that several people who were sleeping had turned into stone. Other people got such calls from state capital Lucknow and elsewhere, Rachna told India Real Time on Wednesday.

This news, twinned with doomsday predictions of the world ending in 2012, was enough to scare everyone, said Rachna. She and her family, including two children, joined the rest of their colony to sit out in the cold, apparently unaware of the irony that sitting in freezing temperatures was the most likely way for them to end up in frozen, stone-like form.

Rachna said her family remained outside for just a quarter of an hour before returning home, where they stayed awake till 6 am.

In Lucknow, people patrolled the streets chanting slogans in a bid to stay awake, according to a report from The Pioneer newspaper, which added that even those from well-educated communities were panicking.

The rumor began in the state’s Unnao District and quickly spread to other areas including Varanasi, Rae Bareilly and Kanpur, according to a police spokesman.

D.P. Srivastav, a public relations officer for the state’s police department, said in an interview that he saw groups of 10 to 20 people standing at several crossroads on the streets of Lucknow on Monday night. The next day, the police tried to calm people by telling them that no one had, in fact, been turned into stone.

Mr. Srivastav said the police are actively looking for the source of the rumor and plan to take strict action against the perpetrators. He didn’t elaborate on the form of punishment, but stoning won’t be an option.

The rumor wasn’t limited to residents of Uttar Pradesh. Dharmesh Jaiswal, a 31-year-old living in Delhi, got a call from his sister in Lucknow at 3 am on Tuesday asking him to wake up everyone in the house. Mr. Jaiswal said he was “very angry” at being woken up, and at the fact that his sister believed the rumor.

For many people, the event was reminiscent of a frenzy in the mid-nineties, when idols of Lord Ganesha were reportedly drinking milk offered to them by devotees, prompting hundreds of people in different parts of the country to line up to feed the elephant god.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/01/04/lucknow-residents-scared-sleep-will-turn-them-to-stone/


Sahasralinga, Sirsi, A place in western ghats known for Shiv Linga

Monday October 17th, 2011 in Festivals, India, Myth, Places to Visit | 1 Comment »

Sahasralinga word is a mixture of 2 words Sahastra which means thousand (1000) and Linga representing Shiv linga.

Sahasralinga, a very significant place in Uttara Kannada also known as North Canara or North Kanara comes under the district ‘Sirsi’, the southern Indian State of Karnataka. This place is around 10km from the town centre.The significance of this place lies in the fact that the river flowing through the city gives you a beautiful view to watch numerous sculptures inside it.

It is on the bank of river Shalmala. The river is surrounded by lush green forests.The place is quite secluded, except during “Maha Shivratri” celebrations when it receives a sizeable number of pilgrims from the surrounding areas.

As per history, all these shiva lingas were built by Sadashivaraya,king of Sirsi (1678-1718). You can found various figures been build over it like Basava/bulls (carved in front of the shivalingas), saints, people doing puja and archana, Lord of Snakes etc. The stream is full of thousands of Shivlinga of different sizes and shapes scattered all around. This aspect of the place makes it a cool place to chill out for both pilgrims and nature lovers.

 

Although you will not find any hotel or food shop near around, but still this place is one of the favourite tourists spot who prefer bringing in their own packed food.

 

Best way to reach the destination

Jeeps are the best mode of transport here. Hire a jeep from Sirsi for around 20km to this place.

 

Other Near by Places :

There are more then 20 seasonal waterfall near around like Kumbri falls, Shivganga falls etc and places like Benne Hole.

 

Photo Courtesy : Jinu John


Karma Festival

Tuesday April 12th, 2011 in Festivals, India, Myth | Be the first to Comment »

Karma (Karam) is a festival celebrated by the Oraon, Baiga, Binjhwari and Majhwar tribes of Madhya Pradesh,  Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.

At this instance, the youth of the villages, accompanied by drummers, assemble in the forest to collect fruits and flowers, and they worship Karma Devta, a goddess who is represented with a branch of karam tree. The main ritual of this festival is the cutting of three branches of the ‘karam’ tree, and inserting it on a dancing ground called ‘akhara’. These branches are called ‘Karam Raja’. The installation ritual of the branches is followed by a ceremonial dance, called Karma Dance.


After this, the tribal chief narrates the significance of this ritual and the legends of Karam Devi, who is believed to be the goddess of wealth and children. A unique observance is that a fowl is killed and offered to this branch. Then, they sing and dance whole night.

The branches are garlanded on the next day. Offerings of flowers, rice and curd are made to them. Red colored baskets filled with grains are placed before the branches. Barley seedlings are distributed among the young people, who wear it on their heads. The branches are worshipped and their blessings sought. They are then carried by the women around the village.


Batu Caves – Malaysia

Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.

Batu Caves is one of Malaysia’s most famous tourist destinations especially for the colourful Thaipusam festival. This attracts up to 800,000 devotees and spectators; the highlight is seeing devotees in a trance carry kavadi, a metal frame attached to the body.

Rising almost 100m above the ground, Batu Caves actually consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as the Temple Cave, has a 100m-high ceiling, and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps.

Below the Temple Cave is the Dark Cave, with its amazing rock formations and a number of animals found nowhere else. Stalactites jutting from the cave’s ceiling and stalagmites rising from the floor form intricate formations such as cave curtains, flow stones, cave pearls and scallops which took thousands of years to form. The Malaysian Nature Society organises regular educational and adventure trips to the Dark Caves.

The other main cave is the Art Gallery Cave located at the foot of the steps. Statues and wall paintings depicting Hindu deities and mythology are displayed here. The walk to the entrance is itself quite a pleasant experience through a lake and ponds filled with hundreds of colourful fish.

Batu Caves is also the centre of rock climbing development in Malaysia for the past 10 years. More famous for its role as a religious centre for Hindus in Malaysia as well a prominent tourist attraction in the country, not many people realise that Batu Caves offers more than 160 climbing routes.

The routes are scattered all around the side of Batu Caves, which is made up of limestone hills rising to 150m. These climbing routes are easily accessed as most crags start from ground level.

Source: virtualmalaysia.com