Thursday, June 30, 2016

Phooluri (Phuluri) Care of Lord Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra, Maa Shubhadra at the Time of Anbasara

Phooluri or Phuluri Seva or care is a special ritual practiced in the Jagannath Temple of Odissa. This is done after the Snana Yatra episode during which the deities are brought out for bath only once in a year. After the deities are bathed with lots of water they fall sick and retire in the rest room. This period is known as the Anbasara period. During this time no one is allowed inside the room other than the sevaits of the deities. The ailing deities Lord Jagannath, Balavadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are confined inside the Anbasara Ghara. They suffer from fever during this period.

The Daitapatis are the only people allowed inside the room during this period. They are the ones who serve the lords and are allowed to stay close to the gods. They practice the ritual Phooluri seva which is done each year during the fever period of the gods. This ritual was first introduced by Atibadi Jagannath Das who was the autor of Srimad Bhagabat. He was a contemporary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This ritual holds lot of significance among the followers and devotees.

Lord Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra, Maa Shubhadra
Phooluri seva or care cannot be provided without sesame oil. This oil is provided by Odiya Math which was established by Jagannath Dash. The ingredients of Phooluri oil include 4kgs of pure sesame oil, Bena roots, fragrant flowers like Jai, Malli and Jui. The oil smells beautiful and the mixture is left in an earthen pot. The pot is sealed with earthen clay and stored underground since Hera Panchami to Anabasara. A saint of Odiya Math is sent to fetch the pot from underground and the Daitapatis apply the oil on the body of the deities. There are approximately 165 Daitapatis in service of the Lord and his family. The ritual is a significant one. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ayurvedic Medicine Dashamula for Lord Jagannath

Dashamula or Dashamoolah is an Ayurvedic medicine practiced in India since ages to cleanse and treat various types of health issues. It is a mix of herbs and is quite effective. The Dashamula medicine is used to treat Lord Jagannath after the Snana Yatra when he is bathed with lots of water from the pots filled with holy water from the sacred well. The Lord and his family bathe only once a year and it is a huge festival in Odissa. Post the bathing ceremony the Lord along with his family rests in a sickroom and is treated with Dashamulah.

Dashamoolah in English means 10 roots. This concoction is a cleansing one and is prepared from the roots of 10 herbs. In Ayurveda the body is treated as the abode of 5 elements and weakening of one element creates misbalance within the system. This concoction is prepared with herbs and sesame oil to cleanse the pitta dosha or the fiery element. It is basically made into a liquid form; however, Dashamoolah can also be herbal steam. This encourages the flashing out of toxins through the sweat glands. However, the Lord is offered the liquid form of medication.
Ayurvedic Medicine Dashamula
Dahsamoolah is also known as Dashamula kashaya and is used to treat kapha, cough, vata, asthma, cold and inflammation too. The Lord after bathing so much is inflicted with fever and Dashamula treats him of fever, cough and pain in flanks. The Lord is also offered pepper along with this liquid medicine to make it more effective. The ingredients of Dashamula include:
  •       Bilva- Aegle Marmelos
  •       Agnimantha- Permna Mucronata
  •       Shyonaka- Oroxylum Indicum
  •       Patala- Stereospermum Suaveolens
  •       Gambhari- Gmelina Arborea
  •       Brihati- Solanum Indicum
  •       Kantakari- Solanum Xanthocarpum
  •       Gokshura- Tribullus Terrestris
  •       Shalaparni- Desmodium Gangeticum
  •       Prishnaparni- Uraria Picta
8 parts water is mixed and strained to get the medicine. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mahaprabhu Lord Jagannath Snana Yatra at Puri Temple

The Snana Yatra or the bathing festival is a famous religious festival in Puri and it has lot of significance within the country too. People from all over the globe visit Puri, Odisha during this festival to be a part of Lord Jagannath’s journey to his maternal aunty's(Mousi Maa temple) home. It is observed and celebrated on Purnima or the full moon day of the Hindu month of Jyestha which falls in May or June. For the Vaishnava sect it is an important festival. This Snana yatra is the only time when the deities- Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan and Madanmohan are brought out of the Janagannath Temple and taken to the Sana Bedi. This is known as “Pahandi’ by local people.

This procession looks marvelous with hoards of devotees dancing, singing, pulling the rope of the holy chariot along with purohits chanting mantras. On the Snana Bedi all the deities are bathed ceremonially. The bathing venue is decorated beautifully with lots of flowers and colorful clothes. The Snana Yatra witnesses large number of visitors from around the world. It is a belief of the devotees of Lord Jagannath that if they make a pilgrimage to this land during this celebration, they will be purged of all sins; hence, the crowd.

In Skanda Purana it is mentioned that King Indradyumna was the one who first performed this ceremony when the idols were installed in the shrine for the first time. Since, then the people of Odisha have celebrated this bathing festival. The Snana Bedi or the Snana Mandapa is situated in the north-east direction of Ananda Bazaar beside the outer wall of the temple. The length and width of the platform is 76 feet. The height is also long enough for all the devotees standing outside to see the Lord and his family.

Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra on Snana-Mandapam (Bathing Platform)

Since, this is the bathing festival; the deities are bathed with the holy water from Suna Kua or the Golden Well. 108 pots of water are fetched from the well by the Suaras and the Mahasuaras on this auspicious day. Water from this holy well is fetched once in a year only, during this festival. People drawing water from the well cover their mouths with clean cloth lest the water gets contaminated. The pots are kept inside the Bhoga Mandap where the priests purify them with turmeric, sandal, whole rice, perfumes and flowers. The Suaras later carry the pots out to the Snana Mandap where the Jalabhishek is performed amidst the chant of Vedic mantras by priests and blowing of conch shells accompanied with Kirtana.

After the Snana ceremony, the deities are adorned with new dress known as the Elephant or the Hathi Vesha. The attires of Lord Jagannath and Balaram resemble that of an elephant while Goddess Subhadra wears a lotus attire or vesha. This is a special appearance of the Lord and his family for his devotees. With so many baths, the deities fall sick with fever and are not returned to the pedestal. There is a sick room inside the temple known as the Ratan Bedi where the deities are kept.

Deities stay inside the room for 15 days and during this time no public worship or darshan is allowed. This period is known as ‘Anasara’. To treat Lord and his family, they are offered Dasamula medicine mixed with cheese and fruits. Even the daily temple rites remain suspended during this period. The deity along with his family appears in front of public on the 16th day in his new form which is known as ‘Netrotsava’. Some devotees also visit the Alarnatha Temple nearby during the Anasara period with a belief that the Lord manifests himself as Alarnatha. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

How to Celebrate Raja Parba in Odisha

Odisha is a beautiful land of temples and ancient art and craft. Its festivals, traditions and culture are also quite unique. They draw a lot from their rich past and still have maintained many of the cultural traditions like celebrating the Raja Parba. All their festivals are known all around the world for the pomp and show because they are generally held on a large scale. Festivals are an integral part of the Odisha culture and people there live their lives in the perfect blend of modernity and traditional values. Odisha has a distinct flavor to its cultural celebrations which attracts lot of tourists.

The Raja Parba or festival is one such cultural celebration of Odisha. It is also known as Mithuna Sankranti which marks the beginning of the solar month of Mithuna; the start of the rainy season. The festival continues for 4 days and the second day actually signifies the beginning of the rain month. The festival normally begins from 14th of June when the entire Odisha welcomes the rainy season and celebrates the first brush of monsoon on their soil with flowers blooming everywhere. From here begins the year of productivity and hence people are happy and celebrate all over Odisha.

There is an interesting myth around this festival. It is believed by the Odisha people that Bhudevi, the divine wife of Lord Jagannath menstruates for 3 days and on the 4th day she goes through Vasumati Gadhua which means the ceremonial bath of the divine wife of Lord Jagannath and the mother of all. The period of worshipping Bhudevi begins from this day and the name Raja Parba has been derived from the term Rajaswala which denotes a menstruating woman. As a woman gains her fertility through menstruation, so also mother earth begins to realize her power of producing and this entire festival is a worshipping of fertility.

Celebrating Raja Festival In Odisha

Women do not indulge in pampering themselves with new dresses and jewelry. They refrain from doing any household chores during the 3 days. They mostly adorn themselves in traditional sarees and put Alatha on their feet to look more beautiful. Nobody walks barefoot on the ground and lots of delicacies are served like pithas which are sweet and tasty. Chakuli and podophitha are the hot favorites. Women also indulge in playing indoor games and girls spend time on swings with their friends. There is a folk song associated with Raja Parba which is known as Raja Geeta which eulogizes Mother Earth.

All 4 days of Raja Parba have different names- first day is Pahili Raja, second day is Mithuna Sankranti, and third day is Bhu Daaha while the fourth day is Vasumati Snan. The grinding stone representing the fertile earth is bathed by ladies on the 4h day after smearing it with turmeric paste, vermillion and decorating it with flowers. Mother Earth is offered all types of fresh seasonal fruits and the day before the celebration is known as Sajabaja and is a preparatory day when everything in the house is cleaned including the grinding stone.   

Though entire Odisha celebrates Raja Parba, yet Balasore, Puri and Cuttack celebrates it with great grandeur. Puri is already the most popular religious place in Odisha and any festival is observed with splendor there. No agricultural activity is carried on during the 3 days to provide rest to Mother Earth who will later produce crops and sustain life. Soon to be mothers and unmarried girls celebrate it with utmost dedication and abide by all the restrictions during the period. Women are only allowed to take bath on the first day and through the rest of the festival they must refrain. Dance and music is integral to Odisha festivals and here also yatra performances are arranged in Gotipua style. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

10 Traditional Silk Sarees That are Favourite of Rekha

Rekha is the face of Indian beauty clad in a gorgeous saree. Rekha wears heavy silk sarees with crimson red lipstick and heavy ornaments for every public appearance. Many actresses like Madhuri Dikshit and Vidya Balan try to copy this style but Rekha is the benchmark of Indian beauty who has the grace and elegance that no other heroines have. Here is the list of 10 traditional silk sarees that our favourite actress Rekha loves.

  1. Kanjivaram Silk Sarees- Kanjivaram is the most popular saree among all the actresses. We find Rekha wearing different shades of Kanjivaram sarees on different occasions. Whether it is the premiere of her movie Silsila in 1981 or wedding of Nitu Singh and Rishi Kapoor, she is always seen in one of her finest Kancjivaram silk saree. Very Recently, Rekha wore a dark maroon  Kanjivaram silk with golden border, for the screening of Ram-Leela. Undoubtedly, she looked every inch a diva.
  2. Kasavu Silk Sarees- Kasavu is the traditional white and golden silk saree. Rekha wore it for Super Star Awards 2011. With golden and pearl jewellery, wavy hair on her shoulder, kohl-rimmed eyes, and signature red lips, she was indeed the show stopper. But what made her distinct in the crowd was her disarming smile which never leaves her lips.
  3. Handloom Silk Sarees- No one can match the dressing and styling sense of this yesteryear beauty. If she dresses gorgeously for the formal occasions like award functions and weddings, she looked absolutely elegant and sophisticated in a white handloom silk saree which she wore at the book launch of Wendell Rodricks. She teamed it up with a golden three quarter sleeved blouse, minimal necklace and big jhumkas. Needless to say, she stole the show. 
    Indian Beauty Queen Rekha
  4. Benarasi Saree- Though she is mostly seen in south Indian silk sarees, but she looked equally stunning in a green Benarasi saree for 56th Filmfare Awards 2011. Golden jadau jewellery, lustrous wavy hair, small bindi and the red lips made her look like a Goddess.
  5. Silk Saree with Golden Zari Border- When she appeared in a red border white silk saree with a big bindi, quite unlikely on her part, for the Big Star Young Entertainers Awards 2012, onlookers almost skipped a heart beat, such is her charisma.
  6. Silk Work Saree- Rekha also loves silk sarees with heavy embellished work of sequins, silver zardousi, mirror and stones. She wore it for a social function and teamed it up with short sleeves designer blouse.
  7. Brocade Silk Saree- We all are aware of Rekha's love for heavy and gorgeous sarees and it is quite natural that brocade will make it's space in her cupboard as well. She wore an off white brocade silk saree for a promotional event. Flowers in the hair bun, long earrings and a heavy necklace completed her look.
  8. White Plain Shimmering Silk- Rekha sported a contemporary look with white plain silk saree with gold tint and sleeveless blouse and gold with pearl jewellery for Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
  9. Cream Designer Silk Saree- It is quite evident that Rekha either wears bright and gorgeous colours like red, golden, yellow, orange or chooses white or cream shades. Like she wore for the launch of a music album. Every one was mesmerized when she appeared in a cream butter silk saree with mirror, stone and embroidery work in border and pallu.
  10. Crushed Silk Saree- Quite contrary to her usual look of heavy traditional saree, jewellery, and hair do, Rekha appeared for a promotional event in a plain white crushed silk saree, sleeveless blouse, hair tightly done in a high ponytail and costume jewellery. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where you will find cheapest Indian Handloom and Handicraft products outside India?

Indian handicrafts and handloom items have a huge market abroad. NRIs as well as foreigners value these products in high esteem and are often open to offer any price to acquire them for their living room or closet. Kanjivaram or Benarasi silk sarees are finest examples of Indian handloom product while pattachitra of Orissa or antiques from different part of India are always high on demand. These artefacts are always imported from different sources and contribute a good portion in our foreign revenue. With more and more people moving abroad and thus enhancing the exposure for these products more than ever before, question arises where you can find cheapest Indian handloom and handicraft products outside India.
In the year 2014, proposal was given about opening emporiums in different parts of the world to make Indian handloom and handicraft products easily available in foreign countries as well. However, still a lot has to be done in this aspect. Meanwhile there is a solution which can help the interested clients get these fine pieces of art at a reasonable price sans the conveyance cost and the solution is online shopping. There are several government aided and privately owned websites where you can order your favourite Indian products. You can order wooden sofa with mirror work cushion covers in silk to add Indian flavour to your sitting room. Terracotta figurines, brass wall pieces, silver utensils and jewelleries, bamboo and cane products and the list can go on which can add that zing to your abode.

Hand Crafted Patachitra Sarees Available Online

No matter where an Indian is based, at the time of wedding they love to flaunt their ethnic traditions. It is during these occasions, demand for Indian handloom and handicraft products rises. Benarasi saree or lehenga for the bride, sherwani or dhoti for the groom, jewelleries for everyone becomes the talk of the town. Since it is not possible to buy these things from there and even if they are available, they cost a fortune, you can go online. You can choose the currency in which you want to pay and get it delivered at your door steps. You may be charged a little more for the shipping cost, but you can rest assured of the quality of these products.
Not only Indians, people from foreign countries love Indian artwork. Metal boxes with striking designs are a favourite among them for their aesthetic and as well as utility value. Metals used for these boxes are iron, brass, copper, aluminium, tin and so on. Stone made idols and figures of Indian gods and goddesses are popular decorative items. All these are easily available over internet. If you can choose a right time, then you can even bag a good offer where your expense is much less than you are expected to pay. Subscribe to the site and you will get newsletters to know more about the inventory, deals and other lucrative offers. Thanks to globalisation, you can get everything you need from the global village with just a few clicks here and there.

It is true that you can get Indian clothes in foreign land, but for that regular supply of authentic Indian handloom for a cheaper price, you still have to wait for little longer till the red tapes are untangled. And in the meantime, help yourself with the websites. Their products are genuine. Often these sites work directly with the artisans. So when you do business with them, your purchase helps them directly. What more can be of fulfilling experience if not this? So, if you want Indian handloom and handicraft products, go online and satiate your desire to own these fine art pieces.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What are the 10 Must-see Places Outside India?

World is full of natural and man-made wonders and making a list of ten must-see places in this huge world is a Herculean task. Of course, there will be people disagreeing from one school of thought to another, yet here is a list of ten places which is a delight to body and soul and will be an out of the world experience over all.

  1. Pyramids of Giza in Egypt- These 3800 years old monuments are the only intact relics of seven wonders. A tour of these pyramids is practically travelling to 2,560 BC. Pyramids will leave you surprised with its unique design which stood strong for more than forty centuries and still going strong.
  2. Yellowstone National Park, USA
  3. Yellowstone National Park, USA- This is a natural marvel. Primarily, it is located in Wyoming but spreads across Idaho and Montana as well. It is a volcanic hotspot along which a 3,500 sq miles recreation area has been created. It has everything- canyons, forests, exotic wild life, alpine rivers, hot springs and most importantly, hot geysers. The most visited of them are Old Faithful, Steamboat and Beehive Geysers.                                     
  4. Salar de Uyumi, Bolivia- With spanning over 4,086 square miles, this is world's largest salt flat. During the rains, its reflectiveness is worth watching. Due to this clarity, satellites are calibrated here. For the same reason, it is called world's largest mirror as well.
  5. Victoria Falls, Zambia- This is a one-mile long and 350 feet high waterfall from where more than 260,000 gallons of water flow every second. This is a spectacular view and a must add in your bucket list.
  6. Crystalline Turquoise Lake in Jiuzhaigou National Park, China- When you want to see a riot of colours, crowd of tourists in pristine setting and a cluster of beautiful geographic marvels together in one place, visit Jiuzhaigou National Park in Min Mountains. The crystal clear lake with myriad of colours like green, yellow, turquoise, aqua blue etc makes it a breathtaking spot.
  7. Beautiful Venice, Italy
  8. Northern Lights in Iceland, Norway, Finland or Sweden- Now this is one must see option which comes with further options. Northern lights or Aurora Borealis are the celestial games of light and sound in the winter sky. It's an absolute delight to watch. Best Northern Lights can be seen from Reykjavik in Iceland, Svalbard in Norway, Kakslauttanen in Finland and Jukkasjarvi in Finland.                                                                             
  9. Venice in Italy- Compared to the places mentioned above, Venice may sound mundane but a floating city is something you have not seen ever. A hustling bustling city is connected with only waterways is beyond any of your theoretical knowledge.
  10. Swiss Alps- You don't need to rush from a point to another ticking your checklist. When you are in Switzerland, enjoy the nature's beauty at its best. Get down at a random station, put your luggage in a locker room and explore the little towns in the mountains that are picture perfect.
  11. Machu Pichu, Peru- A visit to this Inca City is trekking into history. It is known to be the best architectural site of South America. A broad base rising up to a sharp peak gives a look of a human face. Take your time exploring the ruins and relics of more than 500 years old city.
  12. Cherry Blossoms in Japan- Once winter bids goodbye, spring makes its dramatic entry with cherry blossoms. Starting from late March to April end or sometimes early May, every nook and corner of Japan becomes magical with the pink blanket of flowers. Life suddenly becomes beautiful in this colourful atmosphere. You will never be able to erase this vision of pink splendour for the rest of your life. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Other than India where handloom items are famous?

For hundreds and thousands of years, India has been strongly revered due to the skilled artistry and craftsmanship of Indian artisans. Out of the many products that have been produced by them, the handloom sarees always deserve special mention as they have always been known for their classic and ethereal beauty. Here are some of the most notable areas all around the country that are known for their unique styles of handloom products.

West Bengal
West Bengal has its very own style of handloom sarees, and some of the most popular ones of them all are Baluchari, Tant, Kantha and Dhanekhali products. Each of these saree products come with their own set of unique artistic patterns and usage of color. The artwork used in these sarees reflects the ideas and sentiments of the people living here as well as their sense of viewing the world.

Hand Woven Indian Silk Sarees Online

Odisha is the modern name of the region whose ancient name was Kalinga. With a rich tradition of unique culture the rgion is known to produce some of the finest samples of high quality handloom products. The Sambalpuri sarees that are made here are not only worn by women in different parts of Odisha but also by women in other parts of the country as well. The beautiful sarees are handcrafted to perfection with lightweight materials such as silk, cotton and tussar.

Benaras is one of the oldest cities of India and therefore it is not surprising that the city with have a culture that is thousands of years old. This rich culture is perfectly reflected in the Benarasi silk sarees that are designed and manufactured here. The sarees are notable for their pristine beauty, which is why they are extremely popular as bridal sarees. The pure gold and silver threads that are used for weaving these sarees make these sarees extremely gorgeous. The intricate embroidery and beautiful zari designs give these sarees their unique touch.  

Bihar is a region that has always been famous for its beautiful tussar silk sarees. These sarees are adorned with fine artwork that takes its inspiration from the classic Madhubani paintings. A number of different fabrics are used to create these sarees and even woolen and blended sarees enjoy great popularity.

Andhra Pradesh
When it comes to handloom industry, Andhra Pradesh always deserves special mention. There are a number of regions all across Andhra Pradesh that is known for their saree weaving techniques. Among the regions that produce world class weaves include Mangaliri, Gadwal, Pochampalli, Venkatgiri and Dharmavaram. All of these regions are noted for their top quality weaving techniques that have a unique style of their own.    

These regions described above have always made a strong contribution to the handloom industry of India. The famous handloom products designed and manufactured in these regions are not only popular in India but in other parts of the world as well. Other than India, there is also an extensive handloom market in certain other countries such as China, Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Middle Eastern countries as well as various regions of Europe and USA. The handloom products that are made in India are in high demand in these countries. With the advent of online shopping, it is now perfectly possible for the people living in these parts of the world to buy top quality Indian handloom products from the comfort of their own homes. Buying these handloom products from the online shops not only allow the buyers to choose from a broad range of items but also make it possible for them to make the most of lucrative discounts. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Why peoples of Middle East always searching for Traditional Indian Dresses?

India has always been a culture that is heavily steeped in its traditional culture and belief systems. The reflections of these beliefs have been observed in Indian art, architecture, music as well as fashion. For hundreds and thousands of years, India has developed its very own ideas and concepts about clothing. This can also be seen in the pictorial representations of the various gods and goddesses that make up the Hindu pantheon of religious deities. Since India has always had a tropical climate, the fabrics that have been used mostly in India for creating various types of clothing items include cotton, muslin, silk and blends of cotton and silk. These fabrics allow easy passage of air and keep the wearer cool and comfortable under all occasions. A wide range of dress materials are made for both men and women by using these fabrics. 
Traditional Indian dresses have always been in high demand among men and women in this country. It is for this reason that the artisans and dressmakers of this country design them in a wide variety of styles to suit various occasions. Special artistic motifs and embellishments are used in these dresses that make them exquisitely beautiful; this when taken together with the creative use of colors makes these dresses truly beautiful and gorgeous. Most Indian men and women love to deck themselves up in these clothes when they need to attend a particular wedding or make a strong appearance in a religious festival or a family get-together. This is also true for people who are living within the boundaries of the Indian subcontinent or those who are residing in other parts of the world.

Large range of Traditional Indian Dresses Online
One of the places in the world where the Indian clothing items are immensely popular is the Middle East. Middle Eastern countries, such as Dubai and UAE have always had a strong liking for the clothing items that are made in India. People from these two regions of the earth have shared strong ties of culture and commerce for thousands of years. Many people used to travel back and forth within these countries, thus exchanging many ideas in terms of culture, cuisine, religious belief systems as well as fashion ideas. Since both countries have comparable weather conditions, the clothes that are made in India are perfect for Middle Eastern conditions. Men and women in the Middle East have been fond of traditional Indian dresses for a long time and now it is possible for them to get these dresses easily from various online stores.

There are currently many ecommerce stores in Middle East that allow consumers to buy Indian dresses online. These stores are perfect places to get the best branded Indian clothing products as well as clothing items that are made by well known designers. Whether one is looking for designer kurtas, ghagra cholis or bridal wear, he or she can easily check out the online stores in the Middle Eastern regions for buying the best of these products. There are also a number of online stores that are based in India that cater to the consumers from Middle Eastern countries. This makes it even easier to get these products as and when one desires.

The easy availability of Indian dresses through various online stores in MiddleEast has encouraged more men and women in these countries to try on Indian traditional clothes and experiment with their looks. This has also made it possible for Indian clothing companies to expand their markets and earn great revenue from out of them. It is due to the sheer popularity of online shopping in Middle East that more ecommerce stores offering Indian clothes are coming up at the present moment.               

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gokarna: Why does it attract so many foreign tourists?

Gokarna, can very simply be described as a small touristy pilgrimage town which receives visitors throughout the year. As it has several temples nearby, the town is virtually thronged by Hindu pilgrims most of the times. However, the interesting thing to note here is that besides the Indians, the foreigners including the Europeans and Russians frequent this place as well. “Why exactly do these foreigners visit this small town often? What exactly does this pilgrimage sort of a town have to offer these foreigners? Let us find out in the course of the post.

Gokarna: A touristy delight in Karnataka

Situated in Karnataka, Goakarna serves as a perfect retreat for pilgrims with all its Shiva temples with His original image (as is believed by the inhabitants of the town and perhaps even by the visitors). The place is primarily famous for the string of religious festivals held here. Shiva Ratri, observed at the end of February is celebrated amidst much jubilation here.

Talking about the sea of foreign tourists the town receives every year; let us tell you that the trend has been started by the European backpackers who primarily visited Gokarna for its warm climate in winter. Another major reason behind the foreigners thronging here is the much coveted isolation offered by this place.

Beautiful Beach of Gokarno

The role played by the beaches

The life styles of Gokarno are not solely revolving round beaches. It should be pointed out that the town is not only known for its temples. It is equally famous for its beaches. And who doesn’t know? Beaches are always a favorite of foreigners. Here is a rundown on the most exotic beaches of Gokarna.

Gokarna Beach

Though it is more popular with the Indians and less with the foreign tourists, it should be mentioned that it is visited by the latter – perhaps by a much lesser degree than what’s the case with the other beaches. It stretches for several kilometers long. Perhaps one of the reasons why foreigners avoid this particular beach is because of the consistent lack of hygiene. You can hardly find any locals cleaning this beach up. Things are in fact worse after Shiva Ratri. The beach is converted into a virtual garbage dump after a night of revelry.

Om Beach

Situated further along Kudle beach, this particular beach is divided by a rocky island. Foreign visitors are a regular sight here. A section of the beach is primarily occupied by restaurants offering cheap accommodation in the shape of concrete beach huts and bamboo. Come the monsoons and you will not really have access to many accommodation options here.

Kudle Beach

Kudle Beach can be reached by a brief walk downhill from the drop-off points right at the southern and northern end of the beach. Travelers are advised to stay in the southern stretch of the beach. Backpackers had always been a regular feature of this particular beach. Thanks to these backpackers – parties and jam sessions were held regularly as well.


So, as we were saying before, beaches also have to play a crucial role in bringing foreign tourists to the town. As you might have gauged by now, the place is practically brimming with a number of beaches. One of the prominent trends which can be noticed in recent times is the gradual thinning down of the backpacking crowd in recent times. Various sections of the town have stopped entertaining backpackers simply because they have started receiving affluent tourists (especially from the metro cities of India) and also because they have had to face several problems owing to the backpacking crowd. The backpacker, many a time were involved in theft, drugs and other anti-social activities. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Traditional sarees for South Indian Brides

Bridal sarees! The very words evoke myriad emotions at the same time. A bridal saree eventually goes on to become the most special saree a girl ends up wearing in her entire life. This particular attire is at the heart of so many emotions that a girl goes through before her wedding. Will I look good on my wedding day? Will the color of the saree suit me? How will it go with the other accessories? These are just a few thoughts that just refuse to leave a bride’s mind before the D-Day. So, here is a look at the list of traditional bridal sarees of South India.

South Indian traditional sarees for brides: What you need to find out

The south Indian silk sarees are a rage among brides. Muga, Mulburry, Eri and Tussore are the four types of silk sarees preferred by most of the girls out there. Today, we will be discussing a few aspects of the traditional sarees from South India with you so that you can find out whether you would want any of them as your wedding attire or not. After all, it always pays to conduct proper research on the sarees.

Let us tell you that you can find almost all these sarees in most of the southern states of the country. However, when it comes to leading the pack, it might as well be claimed that Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the major hubs selling them.

For real craftsmanship, however, you have to check out other collections like Mysore silk sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees and Pochampally Ikkat sarees. One of the most notable attributes of these sarees is that they can be passed on from generation to generation since their luster and quality don’t suffer with the passage of time – thanks to the high end craftsmanship.

Traditional Indian Sarees Online

Mysore silk makes for a brilliant combination of vivacity and minimalism. The silk is very comfortable and renders an aptly versatile look.

The Kancheepuram, it might as well be said, is a favorite of many girls out there. The vibrant motifs (represented by brilliant color contrasts) are the highlight of these sarees. Some of the common designs used are that of checks, pyramidal temple borders and stripes. The floral booties are traditional designs. Craftsmen entwine three different types of clothes to make these sarees. This is the reason why they are so expensive.

Konrad sarees typically represent Indian deities embroidered on them. They have wider borders than what most of the other south Indian silk sarees have. Besides deities, peacocks, paisleys and elephants are other motifs used in these sarees.

South Indian brides are advised to include at least one south Indian silk saree for their bridal trousseau. For many a south Indian silk (saree) remains the possession of a lifetime and no we are not only talking about South Indian girls only!

There are several stores in different parts of India that sell south Indian sarees. However, many a time prudent customers go on to question the authenticity of these sarees when they buy them from regions that are not exactly the hubs of these sarees. You need to ensure that you are acting sagaciously while taking your pick. Please do not commit the mistake of picking up a store randomly in your search for the best Kanjeevaram or for that matter any other South Indian saree. Do ensure that you are studying the credentials of the store thoroughly before you are actually buying from them. Keep these points in view before you’re getting your hands on your choice.

Best of luck with your choice!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today Bengalis are celebrating Bengali New Year 1423

Today all the Bengalis are celebrating Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year day. Basically peoples of two Indian Sates like West Bengal & Tripura and peoples of Bangladesh are celebrating this occasion. In this day they wear new dress and arrange some delicious menus in their home with tasty Bengali sweets. Shops and other local business owners open their new accounting year with new copy book blessed by Sri Ganesh Ji.

The Bangla calendar is fixed to the Indian solar calendar, which based on the Surya Siddhanta. As with many other alternatives of the Indian solar calendar, the Bengali calendar begins in mid-April of the Gregorian year.

The opening day of the Bengali year therefore match with the mid-April new year in Mithila, Assam, Burma, Cambodia, Kerala, Manipur, Nepal, Odisha, Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Thailand.

The progress of the Bangla calendar is often featured to king of Gour or Gauda, Shashanka as the opening date drops directly within his time. King Shashanka of Gour is acclaimed with initiating the Bengali period.

Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, commenced a modified Bengali calendar to make tax collection simpler in Bengal. The Mughals accumulated tax according to the Islamic calendar and Akbar organized an advancement of the calendar structures, because the lunar Islamic calendar did not agree with the produces and the farmers faced rigorous complexities in giving taxes out of season.

Bengali New Year 1423 "Poila Boishakh"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top 10 Must Visit Places in Norway

If you are a nature lover and want to view beautiful landscapes and also want to feel fresh travel experience then you must visit Norway once in your lifetime.
Peoples are very much friendly i Norway and they are always available for any help. Here I want to provide top ten must visit places in Norway. Such as:

  • Geirangerfjord
  • Bryggen
  • Heddal Stave Church
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Jostedalsbreen Glacier
  • Nordkapp
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Voringfossen
  • Urnes Stave Church
  • Roros
Beautiful landscapes of  Norway

Monday, March 28, 2016

Why are Traditional Venkatagiri sarees popular in the online market?

Venkatagiri sarees, a variety of handwoven zari based cotton sarees, is extremely popular amongst the masses as a light and soft saree with traces of Jamdani patterns. These cotton sarees are usually available in six yards length and can be worn in all climatic conditions. The motifs including peacocks, mango, parrots, leafs and swans on the pallu make the design of the saree unique.

The history of Venkatagiri sarees originates in the 1700 when weavers at a cluster, Venkatagiri near Nellore started weaving this variety of sarees. The skilled weavers and the artisans were encouraged to produce more of these products by the Velugoti dynasty as well as Bobbili and Pithapuram kingdoms.
The early years of 1700 witnessed the weaving of Venkatagiri sarees for the royal families, the queens to be precise. The designs were unique and exclusive and the artisans were paid high remuneration for each piece of saree. The introduction of Jamdani technique of weaving sarees from Bangladesh has the made the process much easier and faster.

The production of a Venkatagiri sarees involves few stages:
  • Collection of raw materials like cotton yarn, dye ad gold zari
  • Cotton is purified by boiling and making it suitable for dyeing
  • Bleaching the white cotton sarees into coloured ones
  • Removal of additional dye followed by drying of the cotton yarn
  • Making the warp and weft
  • Weaving the warp and weft
  • Placing the cloth into the designs and motifs
  • Cutting the cotton as per requirement
  • Inspection of the quality of the saree

Traditional Venkatagiri Sarees of Andhra Pradesh

Over the years, Venkatagiri sarees has become popular amongst the women owing to its characteristics such as softness of the material, brightness of the colours and the royal look. The growth in the demand for Venkatagiri sarees online is a proof that the majority of weavers in Vankatagiri are earning their livelihoods by weaving this fabric. The exclusivity and the uniqueness in the weaving technique of the Venkatagiri sarees make the sarees more popular among the clients who buy them regularly through online shopping portals. Since the dying and the weaving techniques are technologically upgraded, the weavers are not required to travel to towns and cities from their village to get the yarn dyed. This saves them money and time and contributes heavily towards the production of Venkatagiri sarees.

Designers, in the current scenario, are innovating with the materials and the traditional designs of Venkatagiri sarees. In addition to the existing Venkatagiri zari cotton sarees, the skilled artisans are now weaving sarees using silk threads and creating new versions of the Venkatagiri sarees. The use of Jamdani technique in the weaving Venkatagiri sarees has brought about a massive change in the design and patterns of the saree. The new silk versions of the Venkatagiri sarees online are becoming massively popular and earning acceptance from all across the country.

Fabric experts suggest that the Venkatagiri sarees should be hand washed gently, preferably using soft water. These can be given for dry washing as well initially.

Venkatagiri sarees are exclusive in their designs and are considered to be one of the most durable ones. These are light and soft and extremely suitable for summers. However, women wear Venkatagiri sarees in other climatic conditions as well.

Unique marketing campaigns and branding the Venkatagiri sarees as the preferred choice for wearing on occasions and casually, has earned customers from across the globe through online retailing platforms. Women can now order Venkatagiri sarees online irrespective of any particular geography. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Top 10 Online Store in India

There are lots of Indian online shopping sites available on the web. But as per service, quality of products and public opinion some of web stores are reach up to the mark. Here I make a list of top ten popular and well defined online shopping sites. These are:

  • Amazon
  • Flipkart
  • Snapdeal
  • Paytm
  • Ebay
  • Jabong
  • Myntra
  • Shopclues
  • Pepperfry
  • Homeshop18

Top Online Shopping Store in India

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Facts about traditional Ilkal Sarees and its online sale

Ilkal sarees, originating from the town of the same name in Bagalkot District in Karnataka, is a special type of saree that has a cotton body and silk border and pallu.
The traditional ilkal sarees are a combination of cotton warp in the body and the beautiful silk borders with silk pallus. The silk used in the borders and the pallus are usually art silk, however, in many cases, pure silk is also used to weave them.

The weaving of the traditional ilkal sarees dates back to the 8th century AD and the growth of this art is majorly attributed to the local artisans of Bellary. It is believed that the strong availability of the raw materials locally contributed towards the growth of this type of saree and the art behind weaving them.

The procedure followed for yarn dying for a traditional ilkal saree is interesting. The cotton warp and the weft are dyed in a reddish black hue. As mentioned above, the procedure is carried indoors in a cool dark area. The yarn is initially dyed in an indigo hue for which sajimitti, collected from the river banks and chuna or limestone are added in the water. 

Similar to the many other types of sarees, the process of weaving an Ilkal saree is unique and different. In order to weave Ilkal sarees, the production house will require about 2000 weavers, craftsmen and dyers. The technique of weaving an Ilkal saree is known as Tope Teni. The weavers join the body of the saree with the pallu warp using a loop technique. Another technique, Kondi is used for weft through insertion of 3 shuttles. The pallu of the saree are weaved to make one portion of red and two portions of white.

Traditional Ilkal Sarees of Karnataka

The sarees are usually six to nine yards long, that also contributes towards making the sarees beautiful. The Ilkal sarees have a red body with a white border which makes the combination appear unique. The process begins with dying the yarns in different colours, following by weaving the saree and then embroidering the body parts, borders and the pallu to give it a unique look. The production is mainly an indoor activity and are actively managed by female members in most cases. The weaving of one Ilkal sarees in one handloom would require a minimum of seven days to churn out a finished product. Many of the production houses also use power looms these days, to meet the increasing demand to buy the traditional ilkal sarees, online and from the stores as well.

Traditional ilkal sarees are known for the variety of embroidery, known as Kasuti, on its body. The Kasuti designs are basically patterns using elephants, palanquins, lotus, etc. that are beautifully stitched on an ilkal saree. The pallu of the saree usually have patterns of temples and towers, and are made in a traditional red and white combination. Apart from the temple designs, many of the traditional ilkal sarees have kotikammli, rampa, hanige and toputenne in the pallu.
The body of the saree may be squares, stripes and rectangles as the base design with the borders having gaadi, paraspet and gomi designs.

Indian women follow a tradition of buying sarees that are historically significant and adds value to the traditional wear collection. Keeping this fact into consideration, many online retailers are now selling traditional ilkal sarees by buying them directly from the weavers and artisans or the production houses. Marketing and branding the traditional ilkal sarees have contributed towards making this local type of saree popular amongst the masses, thus resulting in an excellent growth in the sale.