Monday, 28 November 2016

Story of Diya & My Diya Decoration for Diwali

Story of Diya & My Diya Decoration for Diwali

In an  ancient times when early man discovered the fire his entire life had been changed since then he used the fire for to cook the food especially raw flesh, roots of plants etc. as well as to get light during night & warmth in winter. After that early man thinks how to use this fire for other purposes too. Needs of primitive man was very limited as he used sharp stone for hunting,  simple stones for to make a hearth, clay to make a pots to store food & water etc. at that time he developed the art to make diyas of clay so as to keep fire burning. Diya is known with several names like in various languages like Diyo, Deya, Divall, Deepam or Deepak.

As all of us know that diwali means festival of diyas during this festival we decorate our home, working place i.e office with various shapes of diyas. Now a days importance of  earthn diyas only restricted during diwali festival  but as time goes many changes occurs in its shapes, materials in olden time early man used stone diyas as time flies we used metal diyas, glass diya, terracotta ( a fired clay)  diyas N in modern times we used Ceramic diyas the main purpose of these diya is only to give light. ( stone diya, glass diya, metal diya) etc. 

Earthen diyas of my home 

                                                        Brass Diyas of my home 

Steel Diya of my home

Golden Polish Diya my favourite 

Image from Google Terracotta diya 

 In mythology, Primitve man used stone diyas & mixture of  animals’ fats & alga  to keep the fire burn. Indian knows the art of making diya since ancient time great saint Valmiki who wrote Ramayana in his writing of Sundarkand he mentioned about diyas of precious stones. One of the legend  of celebration of Diwali is that when Lord Rama defeated Ravana & killed him & get back to his kindom Ayodhya at that time people of Ayodhya welcome lord rama my decorating paths of Ayodhya with diyas 

Diya has a significant place in our hindu culture though story of diyas commenced with stone diyas but as soon as man discovered the art of making earthen diyas with the help of wheel since then we find various attractive shapes of disyas later artisan develop the art  of diya making on higher level the birth of actual diya took place. The profession took root to make earthen diya where early man gets easy availability of clay it had been developed in that region & gain the importance.
In India we find various, skillful earthen diyas particularly in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal states. In Maharashtra too we get nice diyas but potter used clay of Rajasthan to make diyas.

Diya attract our mind as we light it but the art of diya making is not a simple one it needs skillful hands to make it attractive, needs lots a hard work though now a days wheel of diya making runs on electric machine but still it is one of the source to get bread n butter in far villages. It is different that new generations doesn’t want this as their profession due to poor earnings. link of google shows how earthen posts makes on wheel runs on  electricity 
traditonal making of Diya on wheel link of google :

Earthen diya looks very beautiful but making these diyas is really painstaking work.
Clay is main ingredients while making Diya. Simple Clay has not too much costly but the clay form which diyas are making needs a lots a money to buy as it has different quality from simple clay which we find around.

In India Gujarat & Rajstan states are famous for special clay for diyas. Clays has to under go several process first of all potter mixes 4-5 kinds of clays which are in impure state then all impurities get separated by sieving methods, blocks of clay get separated into clay by adding water into it  potter make sample diyas if this goes right, then actual process of making of diyas on large scale takes place. Making of diyas depends on skills of artisan.

On this diwali as I made to decorate earthen diya with eco-friendly colours  & decorate with glass, beads to make it more attractive.  My diya is not only the decorative article of home but also reminds us to give up materialistic desire N spread the jyot (i.e. flame) of knowledge by defeating ignorance that is darkness. 

diya decorated by me 

another decorated diya by me

In our Hindu culture every day we light a diya twice a day in front of tulsi & gods’ idol. It is not mere our old practice but it is way to get connect our soul with Supreme Power i.e. God.
The oil in the diya represents our ill desires i.e. ( greed, lust, malice, jealous) that we human nurture N the cotton wick symbolic of  our soul i.e. aatman. Light of diya mean to get connect with god who is supreme power. my video of colouring of diyas. 


The Importance of diya or light has mentioned in our Sanskrit Mantra which is as fallows every lines tells us about Jyot or diya.
Asato maa sad-gamaya (Lead us from Untruth to Truth)
Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya (From Darkness to Light)
Mrityor-maa-mritan gamaya (From Death to Immortality)
OM shaanti shaanti shaanti (OM peace, peace peace) 

My wish : “May Every diwali brings Tonns of Joy, peace, tranquility in your life, Spread the Jyot of Knowledge across the world”

“Light the whole world with prosperity, there will be no space for terrorism, insecurity, starvation, child labour.” 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

When Dashanand Burns

When Dashanand Burns

Dussehra is one the most important festival & big hindu’s festival which is not only celebrate in India but also in Nepal. In Nepal Navratri is known as Dashain, Durgostav, Bijaya Dasmi, Dassehra. In india it is know as Dussehra or Durapuja or Vijaya Dashmi.

Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashmi which falls on 10th day of Ashwin Month according to hindu calendar this day falls in the moth of September or Octrober.  Every year Dussehra is celebrated in every state of India especially in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bengal, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh.

Dandiya or Raas or Garba is folk dance of Gujarat where marrigable girls, boys, kids  dance (married also ) with sticks or by hands by making concentric circles around the Image or idol of Matarani or Amba Maa. In gujarat & Maharashtra it is also known as Navratri. In Bengal it is known as Durga Puja.  It is nine days festival where as in Bengal durga puja starts from Shashti. 

Pooja Pandal 

Garba Dance Loaction 

As far as I concerned I like to paly dandiy, garba which not only gives mental happiness but physical exercise to our body which helps us to get refresh, refill our mind with pack of positive energy. The colourful attire of boys that is they wore Turbans & Kedias this dress may vary from area to area. Women wear traditional attire colourful embroidered choli, Ghaghra & Bhandhani Dupatta.

Ghagra choli dressess 

Kids wore Ghagra (girls) & kedia (boy)

Dussehra has consider one of the auspicious day as many legends of Mahabharata & Ramayana are connected to this day. This day is also known as Vijaya dashmi becoz Lord Rama killed Dashanand Ravana who deliberately kidnapped his wife Goddess Sita, before killing Ravana,  Lord Rama worshipped Maa Adishakti i.e. Maa Durga to seek the blessings of her.

According to mythology Pandavas’ complted their 12 years periods to live in wood & one year period of disguise & on this day they (pandavas) wordshipped Maa Durga & take their weapons from Shami tree where they were hide their weapons so we exchange the leaves of Shami to each others on this days .

This is story of Rain Coin where Kautsa who was young Brahmin boy of Devdatta after completion of his education he wanted to give Guru Dakshina to his Guru Vartantu initially guru refused to take but Kautsa insist to give so guru ask for 140 million gold  coins which is not possible for him so he went to his king Raghu who was generous, later king Raghu went to Kuber to ask to shower the rain of gold coin. Kuber showered the rain of gold coin near Shami Tree & Apta tree so the leaves of shami or apta used as symbol of gold. first offer leaves to goddess Maa Shakti  & then exchange these leaves with family members & friends to seek the blessings of thenm (elder people). Devdatta gives gold coins to his guru Vartantu.  

Aapta leave 

Apta leave back side

Apta tree shown in black circle

This is year I get  opportunity to see Ravan Dahan I never went to see Ravan Dahan in my life. It was indeed wonderful & amazing experience to see burning Dashanad ie. Ravan. Everyone should go at least once in their life time to see Ravan Dahan. I went with my sitser to see face to face Ravan. This ground is located at Tilkanagar Nagpur, where I went to see Ravan dahan this was their 52nd year of Ravan Dahan Celebration which was falls on 11th October this year. The image of Ravana was made up of cardboard, papers, heystacks material so that it can easily catch fire.  As soon as I reached on the ground I saw various hawkers were gather there to sell masks of gods or goddess, weapons of lords like Gada, stalls of Panipuriwala, Bhelwala were also there which was really mouth watering & makes the atmosphere yummy. So many children were gather over their with their parents to see celebrations.

Gada image (google image) 

Dashanand Ravan on ground

Very nice procession was organized by local working committee of Tilak Nagar, where small boys & girls took part as Rama, Laxmana, Sita, Hanumana. They all make the atmosphere holy. After procession there was firecracker show was organized which was mesmerizing which is followed by Burning of Ravana it is symbol of Victory of Good over Bad things at sharp 6.30 p.m. every one was acclaiming Lord Rama ki jay ho, Jai Shree Ram. So Say with me Jai Shree Ram. Spread the word Love & peace. :) 

colourful firecracker show

when firecracker glitters at night