28 Jun 2016

The Importance of Chooda and Kalire for a Bride

The wedding is the most beautiful & sweet moment in the couple’s life. This auspicious moment not only brings two souls together forever but also brings them close to their family & friends who join them in the celebrations as a couple begins their new life together. In this new phase of life blessings & wishes are very important to these people for a couple’s happy & smooth journey.
Bridal Chooda & Kalire

In the marriage, there are so many customs & traditions for the bride & groom. The Chooda & Kalire ceremony is one of the sweetest, unforgettable & auspicious event of the marriage & especially these ceremonies held for the bride-to-be. These ceremonies are the part of Himachali & Punjabi  weddings. Both these ceremonies are held at bride’s place on the morning of marriage day.  

Chooda is a set of bangles, for a new bride Chooda implies  being newly married. Traditionally, Chooda is a set of 21 bangles in the combination of red & white. In the old days Chooda was made up of ivory , but nowadays it is made up of plastic.
Chooda is known to bring good luck for the newly  wed. Choora is the most important part of the bride’s Solah Shringar. In Hindus red color is the very important for a married woman. It is believed that it strengthen the bond between a couple. Prosperity & fertility are also associated with the Chooda. Chooda is worn minimum 40 days and maximum 1.5 years after marriage. In the modern era, the newly bride wear Chooda for 40 days only.

Bridal Chooda & Kalire

If a newly bride became pregnant before her first anniversary the Chooda is taken off.  Nowadays brides can select Chooda of different colors (such as Pink, maroon, orange & white) matching to their bridal dress.

A havan or puja is usually organized during Chooda ceremony. Chooda is brought by the girl’s maternal Uncle & Aunt i.e. Mama Ji & Mami Ji. The Chooda is firstly purified with milk & rose petals. After that, Chooda is put on the wrist of the bride by the maternal uncle. It is believed that the bride cannot see the Chooda before her marriage. It is believed that if she sees Chooda before her marriage it would be inauspicious for her. In Chooda ceremony, a holy thread is also tied on the wrist of the bride called ganna. Ganna helps to keep away bad spirits & it is opened after marriage at in –laws.
Importance of Bridal Chooda & Kalire

Kalires are umbrella-shaped hanging a unique combination with Chooda. Kalire signifies the happiness for the newly wed & eternal love between the couple. Kalire are made up of silver or dry coconut & makhana that are encrusted with the dried beetle nuts & dry fruits. But nowadays many Kalire are available in the market made up of metal & studded with rhinestones. These are available in the market in various designs & size so one can pick according to their choice. 

Wedding KalireKalire are tied to the brides bangles by her relatives, friends & family members. The coconut Kalire signifies that she never runs out of food in the new home & the metal Kalire signifies that wealth & prosperity. The brides also shaking her Chooda & Kalire worn hands on the heads of all unmarried girls who presents there. It believes that if any part or leaf of the Kalire falls on the head of any girl, she will be the next one to get married. After the wedding, the bride keeps their kalire at the parental home as a memory & the rest among are distributed to the sister-in-laws. 

Jwala Ji Temple - Best Temple in Himachal Pradesh

Jwala Ji temple is located in Jwalamukhi town of district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It is 34Km far from Kangra. This holy place is located in the lower Himalayas in Jwalamukhi town. According to the legend, when made Sati’s body is divided into 51 parts, then Sati Mata’s tongue fell in this place. The number of flames usually either seven (for the seven divine sisters) or nine (for the nine Durgas). This temple is constructed as four cornered, with a small dome on the top of the temple and  the square central pit of hollowed stone inside where the main flame burns continuously.

Maa Jwala Ji Temple

This temple is as old as Vaishno Devi temple. It is also mentioned in Mahabharata & other scriptures. In his temple, the flames are continuing burn inside the cave. Some say that there are seven or nine flames or the seven divine sisters & nine Durgas. It is here that the Sati Mata’s tongue fell which is seen in the form of flames. 

Every year there is a big fair in Navratras. During Navratri, there is a great crowd. Pilgrims often visits this shrine temple. It believes that who wishes or prays something from Jwala Mata , the goddess always fulfills the wishes of their devotees. Devotees offer coconut, bangles, sindoor & halwa  to the Goddess Jwala Mata. 

Maa Jwala Ji Temple

In the temple, there is a tight security for the safety of people or pilgrims. In the entire campus, there are many CCTV camera installed for the security purpose. There is a big langar hall for the devotees. Langar cooked by the Brahman cook . First of all the food would be offered to the goddess after that it is distributed to the public. There are also taps installs on the way to the temple for devotees to provide drinking water. Toilets are also made for the public on the way. People always come their with families & take the blessings of the Goddess Jwala Maa. 

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This holy place is very beautiful & peaceful. There are so many shops on the way to the temple. In these shops, people get Prasad (coconut, halwa, bangles, red dupatta & fulliyan etc) . People also get audio video cassettes, DVD's , photo of Goddess Jwala Mata,  Durga Mata and much more. They also get in these shops religious books. This place is very holy place & also Jwala Mata fulfill the wishes & blessed their children with her blessings.

Maa Jwala Ji Temple Kangra

So, whenever you visit the Himachal Pradesh must visit this holy place & blessed with the blessing of Goddess Jwala  Mata.   

4 Jun 2016

Best Tourist Place for Summer Vacation - Dharamshala

Dharamshala is the hill station in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is the district headquarter. Dharamshala is a beautiful place in the Himachal Pradesh surrounded by Dhauladhar mountains capped with the snow on the peak. There are dense forests of deodar trees, various streams & a pleasant weather in this place . The climate of Dharamshala is very pleasant throughout the year. It is 18Km from Kangra. It is the best place for holidays with family & friends. It is also one the best place  for a newlywed couple for their honeymoon. It is a very peaceful area with healthy air. The nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is 13Km from here. Bus services are also available from Delhi to Dharamshala.

Best Tourist Place Dharamshala

Dalai Lama Temple DharamshalaAt upper Dharamshala, there is the Dalai Lama’s residence which made this place the major tourist place. Mcleodganj is very popular place in  Dharamshala. A large number of Tibetan are residing here. There is Namgyal monastery of Tibetans in the Mcleodganj. In Mcleodganj people come to study about Tibetan Buddhism, culture & crafts. You can also enjoy here Tibetans handicrafts, garments, carpets & other memoranda.

There are so many sight-seeing in the Dharamshala. Here you can enjoy trekking , paragliding & ice-skating. For trekking, Triund is the best place and it also called jewel of Dharamshala. It's  9km from Mcleodganj. It is one day trek. There are so many sight-seeing ranges  from temples, ancient towns, churches,  museum and much natural beauty place. Kotwali bazaar is the main bazaar of Dharamshala. In the Kangra museum, you can enjoy the famous paintings, a collection of sculptures, pottery, and many anthropological items. Costumes & shamianas used by local royalty, old carved doors, jails, lintels & pandals are also on display coins & ornaments. There is also a section house the work of contemporary artists, sculptures & photography. 

Paragliding Place Dharamshala - Indru Nag

Dal lake the main attraction of Dharamshala. It is 11Km from Dharamshala. Dal lake spread across 1Square Km area surrounded by deodar trees. It is one of the major picnic spots. Kali temple is situated on the bank of the lake which is famous for its annual fair.

Dharamshala Cricket stadiumStadium of Dharamshala is the International cricket stadium. Where many international & IPL matches are played. It is one of the most attractive Stadium of India. From this Stadium, you can easily view the Dhauladhar mountains covered with snow.

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Chinmaya Tapovan is an ashram complex established by Late Swami Chinmayananda , who was a noted exponent of the Gita. In the complex, there is a magnificent temple of Rama, a meditation hall , 9meter high image of Lord Hanuman, a school, and a recreation center.

From Dharamshala, you can also visit the Brijeshwari temple, Jawalamukhi temple, Chamunda temple & Bhagsu Nath temple.

Dharamshala War MemorialThere is a war memorial at the start of the town which is a great tribute to the soldiers who had lost their lives during World war. This place is very beautiful full of greenery. This place is very well maintained covered with pine trees. This memorial is also a very beautiful picnic spot for family & friends. There is a black marvel panel in which the name of the soldiers has been written who had lost their lives during the world war.

Summer is the best season to visit this beautiful place.  This place is full of greenery, deodar & pine trees, various natural streams & Dhauladhar mountains. So , if you want to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful place then you must have to visit this place. In the winter, the temperature of this place is at its freezing point. For the winter season, there is a need of heavy woolen. 

Dharamshala Monastery

So, summer is the best time to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful place & pleasant weather. This is a very peaceful place so that you can also feel inner peace here. 

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2 Jun 2016

Lord Shiva's Highest Temple of Asia - The Jatoli Temple Solan

Jatoli temple, the temple of Lord Shiva, which is situated in district Solan of Himachal Pradesh  is the highest temple of Asia. Jatoli temple is situated on the Rajgarh road which is approximately 6Km from Solan. If you can visit via your own vehicle it will take 15-20 minutes from Solan and if you will travel via bus it will take the approximate half hour from Solan. This beautiful temple is surrounded by natural beauty. 

Jatoli Temple, Solan

This beautiful sanctuary place now becomes the major attraction of the tourists. The Jatoli temple took 39 years for the completion of its construction. This temple is architect  according to Indo  - Aryan's style. The tip of the temple is mostly designed with a Golden Kalash but in this temple, the top tower of the temple is round with a curvilinear outline which ends into a tip because it is constructed according to Indo-Aryan's style. Few modifications also have been done to give a touch of fusion of Southern Dravidian style. It is made up of three consecutive pyramids. On the first pyramid, you see the image of Lord Ganesha while on the second pyramid there is a statuary of Shesh Naag. As Jatoli temple is the highest temple in Asia. At the base of the platform of third sub-pyramid, you can see a Trishul distinctively on every side. Gods & Goddesses statues are fabricated along the front & lateral sides of the temple. The main pyramid is tallest amongst all pyramids and having a height of 111feet of the main pyramid . Thus, the main pyramid of the temple making the height of the temple is the highest and hence got the tag of the highest temple of Lord Shiva in Asia.
Jatoli Temple,Solan

It is one of the oldest & sacred places of Solan. Jatoli means long Jata (hairs) which further signifies the Jatas of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva visited this place & slept for a night here. Due to this belief, the temple has been constructed here. Three main parts of this temple are Lord Shiva's statue, A Shiv Ling and a little cave where Lord Shiva slept for one night. The Shiv Ling of this temple is very unique. Shiv ling is made up of glass like structures, which is housed in the silver structure which is comprising Vishnu Pitha & Braham Pitha. Glass Shiv ling is very unique & marvelous. A big statue of Nandi is lying in front of the temple.

Jatoli Shiv Temple - Nandi

There is a water tank called "Jal-Kund" in the northeast corner of the temple. The water of this "Jal-Kund"  is considered as pure as the water of Ganga river. It is believed that the water of this "Jal-Kund" has some medicinal qualities that cure skin diseases. Swami Krishnananda Paramhans Ji resided inside the cave of the temple. Jatoli temple is also popular for its annual fair which is organized on the occasion of Mahashivratri . A number of devotees gather in the temple to offer prayers.

In the Jatoli temple, you can see the combination of art, culture, reality and heritage. This place is very peaceful and beautiful surrounded by natural beauty. Once you would visit here you would feel inner peace here. Langar is also offered on every Sunday. In langar traditional local food is served which is prepared by Brahmin. So whenever you will visit Himachal  Pradesh must visit this holy place.