Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Karwa Chauth – A Very Important Day and Festival for an Indian Woman

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A very important part of  Indian culture is “KARWA CHAUTH ” . Most of the people around the world now know about Indian festivals like Diwali , Holi  but very few people know about Karwa Chauth . Karwa Chauth has been an important part of Indian culture since ages. On this day married  women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands , means they don’t eat or drink anything (even water) on this day until moon rises. Sometimes ,unmarried women observe the fast for their fiances or desired husbands.  As u can see the picture ,women dress up like a bride ,worship Goddess Chauth Mata on this day , Read / listen story behind this day then in the evening when moon arrives, open their fast by worshiping moon .

 

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Weekly Photo Challange:Culture(Festival = Krishna Janm-asthami(Birth day of Lord Krishna)

The festival of Janmashtami is considered a very pious day by Hindus. Lot of bhajan singing, hymn chanting and poojas are performed this day. Devotees queue all the major Krishna temples to seek his blessings. People perform elaborate poojas during the festival. They keep day long fast. Functions and prayer meetings are organised to share the glory of their favourite God. Janmashtami The general pooja process begins early in the morning with devotees giving a bath or abhishek to Bal Gopal’s idol with gangajal, ghee, water, honey and curd. The idol is then adorned with new clothes (preferably in yellow colour), stone or other precious jewellery. Next, the idol of lord is offered bhog, the contents of bhog may vary. Fruits, kheer, pedha, milk, and milk products are made. There are devotees who offer chappan bhog(56 dishes) to Bal Gopal. Thereafter, special Krishna pooja is performed. The cradle containing the divine infant’s idol is rocked, conch is blown. Devotees sing Krishna arti, some people read out 108 names of lord. They get totally immersed in the name and praise of Gopal. After the entire pooja is over, devotees break their fast by having panchamrit. The time of breaking the fast may vary, this is so, because the time of performing pooja also differs from place to place. While some devotees choose to perform pooja at midnight and break fast, others perform pooja in the evening and have food.

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