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  • 0 Essence of Durga Pooja Celebration

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    Durga Pooja is main festival in Bengalis. They call it as "Durga Pujo". It is believed that Goddess Durga killed deceptive and powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura; who was blessed to not be defeated by any man or God. Let's find out what is the Essence of Durga Pooja Celebration. Essence of Durga Pooja Celebration: Demon Mahishasura wanted to destroy all the Gods (Devas in Hindi) as Gods & Demons were perpetually in conflict. Therefore, to make himself invincible, Mahishasura would perform Tapas (worship in the form of meditation) to God Brahma; and, requested Brahma to confer him a boon of immortality. But, Brahma refused him the boon of immortality. However, Brahma gave him a boon that none of the men or Gods will be able to kill him, but a woman can. Mahishasura accepted the boon with a thought that it was impossible for a woman to kill a person of his strength. So, for him this boon was equivalent to immortality. And, with this belief, Mahishasura started a war against the Gods. Gods could not win this war against Mahishasura. Finally, they approached the trinity of Gods - Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh (Shiva) to seek help. Then, the three great powerful Gods combined their divine energies and created a woman, who could defeat & kill Mahishasura. The Goddess thus emerged was Devi Durga, the embodiment of Shakti or divine feminine power. She exists in a state of self sufficiency and in ultimate power. Hence, Goddess Durga killed Demon Mahishasura and restored balance in the universe. Thus, the festival of Durga Pooja epitomizes the Victory of Good over Evil, but it also is in part a harvest festival that marks the goddess as the motherly power behind all of life and creation. Durga Pooja Celebration: Durga Pooja celebration involves worshiping of Goddess Durga, the ten armed Goddess riding the Lion. Pujo begins with Mahalaya and entail ten days of fast, feast, worship and celebration. The last four days Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami are celebrated with gaiety, grandeur and with great zeal. Read our next blog about "Daywise Rituals of Durga Pujo".

  • 0 Ruins Of Ancient Nalanda University in Bihar became 33rd Indian UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    The highly formalized methods of Vedic learning helped inspire the establishment of large teaching institutions such as Taxila, Nalanda, and Vikramashila which are often characterised as India's early universities. The liberal cultural traditions inherited from the Gupta age resulted in a period of growth and prosperity until the ninth century. Located 95 kilometres from bodhgaya , Nalanda was a great place of learning for both Buddhist and Vedica disciplines. Built sometime in the 6th century AD, during the Gupta empire, Nalanda was visited by scholars from as far as Korea. Chinese traveler Huen Tsang wrote about Nalanda’s greatness as a centre of learning during his visit to India. Travelers from all parts would agree with the fact that India is one of the most beautiful heritage destinations in the world. Another feather has been added to the cap of India's heritage recognition as Bihar's Nalanda University has been added to the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. September 1, 2014, saw the commencement of the first academic year of a modern Naland University. It has been established in a bid to revive the ancient seat of learning.Nalanda University is a research based institution and offers post-graduate courses and degrees leading to a doctorate faculty and students who want to make an impact on the world and its affairs. Former President of India Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Chief minister Nitish Kumar and Amartya Sen ( Nobel laureate), Founding Chancellor, Nalanda University made remarkable efforts to synchronize the ancient university with the new era. WHAT YOU SEE Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex: The total area of the excavation is about 14 hectares. All the edifices are of the red brick and the gardens are beautiful. The buildings are divided by a central walk way that goes south to north. The monasteries or "Viharas" are east of this central alley and the temple or "Chaiyas" to the west. Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Opposite the entrance to the ruins of the university and houses, there is a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of the Lord Buddha that were found in the area. Nava Nalanda Mahavihara: Nava Nalanda Mahavihara is devoted to study and research of Pali Literature and Buddhism. This is a new institute, where students from foreign countries also study.Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall.Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall: A new construction in memory of the great Chinese traveler, Hieun Tsang. Silao: In between Nalanda and Rajgir, there is a village namely Silao where very a popular local sweet "KHAJA" is prepared. Surajpur Baragaon: The lake with its temple of Surya, the Sun God , is a pilgrim destination twice a year in "Vaishakha" (April-May) and in "Kartika" (October-November) during the Chhath Puja or Sun worship. you can search meny of language Expert Tourist Guides at www.touristguides.in or download app for tour activities near Nalanda .

  • 0 What is the procedure to do Pind Daan in Gaya Bihar

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     It would be incumbent upon all sons to offer Pinda Daan(oblations) for the salvation of the soul of their ancestors. The soul could be freed from the agonies of Hell and sent to Heaven by performing Gaya-Shraddha or Pinda Daan in Gayaji.  From our Hindu Mythology, its is believed that if any person departed from the earth, her soul is wandering in earth here and there, and they did not get peace untill his any family member is not visited gaya for performing Gaya Sraddha or Pinda Daan for him, and it is also believed that if any person sacrifice his life by any means then he or she first of all enter the Preth yoni then enter the pitar yoni and after doing pinda daan or Gaya sraddha they got moksha under the foot of Lord Vishnu in Gaya.  This is given in padma puran, Garud puran, and Shri Bhagwat Gita. It is neccesaary to perform Gaya Sraddha or Pinda Daan in Gaya from our Hindu Mythology .Any one can go any day in a year and do Gaya Pinda Daan.  You Can go to Gaya the previous day evening. The next day from 7 am to 3 pm the following could be performed:  The following are important and thus essetial. Lot of variations are there due to diversity of living conditions of different sects.  i) Thirtha Sraddham and Pinda Pradanam at the riverbed Falgu  ii) Hiranya Sraddham Pinda Pradhanam at Vishnupadam  iii) Parnava Sraddham at a home in Gaya  iv) Pinda Pradanam at Akshayavada  I saw many different variations in size, shape and colour of Pindas.  All of your lokacharams are taken care of here at Gaya!  Unity in diversity can be seen at Gaya!!  Sratha, the sincerity, is the unifying factor!!!  ADV Imporatance of Gaya Sraddha or Pind Daan and PitraDosh Nivaran  It would be incumbent upon all sons to offer PIND (oblations) for the salvation of the soul of their ancestors. The soul could be freed from the agonies of Hell and sent to Heaven by performing Gaya-Shraddha or Pind Daan in GayaJi. From our Hindu Mythology,Its is believed that if any person departed from the earth,her soul is  wandering in earth here and there,and they did not get peace untill his any  family member is not visited gaya for performing Gaya Sraddha or pinda daan for him, and it is also believed that if any person sacrifice his life by any means then he or she first of all enter the Preth yoni then enter the pitar yoni and after doing pind daan or Gaya sraddha they got moksha under the foot of  Lord Vishnu in Gaya,And it is also signifies in padma puran,Garud puran, and shri Bhagwat Gita. and it is neccesaary to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya from our Hindu Mythology .   Departed person had in search of that his family member will do the Gaya sraddha for me after the yearly sraddha .And if the Gaya sraddha is not done after the yearly sraddth of any person then the soul of person is not get peace and wandering in the universe,and the soul will give cursh to her family member and creating different types of difficulties to her parents or childrens like losses in business regularly,sickness of any people regularly,e.t.c and create difficulties in any type of Good Work,This is known as Pitra Dosh, so,from Hindus Mythology,any people of the family have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for Pitra Dosh Nivaran ,And the every people who is belonging from Hindu culuture have to perform Gaya sraddha or pind daan in Gaya for the salavation of their ancestors or to give peace to their ancestors and to send their ancestors under the foot of lord Vishnu. After doing Gaya sradddha or pind daan in gaya all the difficulties which their ancestors is creating are removed because the souls of their ancestors get moksha or peace under the foot of lord Vishnu,And their ancestors blessed him as well as help in the progress of the family.Besides Rama,other Mythological personalities who visited Gaya for the pind daan purpose  are the Raja yudhistra,Bhisma Pitamaha, Marichi(Brahma’s son) and others.   :: The Places that is holy pilgrims have to perform Pind Daan :: Ekodrishti Shradh: Ekodrishti Shradh means that it should complete in one day only. It is done on three important vedies (place of sharadh) Falgu River,Vishnupad Vedi and Akshay Vat vedi except abnormal death. Vrihad Shradh: Vrihad Shradh means that it should complete on 54 vedies which is mention in above where that pilgrims have to performed Pind Daan.       1-Poonpoon charan Puja 12-Jiwha loll 23-Kartikpada 34-Mat Gowapi 45-Munda Pristha 2-Falgu River 13-Gajadhar Jee 24-Dhadikhagni 35-Ko Pada 46-Adi Gaya 3-Brahma Kund 14-Sarswati 25-Garpashagni 36-Agastha Pada 47-Dhout Pada 4-Pretshilla 15-Dharmaranya 26-Ahabaniagni 37-Indra Pada 48-Bhim Gaya 5-Ram Shilla 16-BodhGaya 27-Suryapada 38-Kahsyapada 49-Go Prachar 6-Ram Kund 17-Brahma Sarower 28-Chandrapada 39-Gajakaran 50-Gada Loll 7-Kagbali 18-Kagbali 29-Ganeshpada 40-RamGaya 51-Dhud Tarpan 8-Uttarmanas 19-Amrasichen 30-Sandyagnipada 41-SitaKund 52-Baitarni 9-Udichi 20-Rudrapada 31-Yagnipada 42-Souvagyadan 53-AkshayVat 10-Kankhal 21-Brahmapada 32-Dadhisthi Pada 43-Gayasir 54-Gyatri Ghat 11-Dakhin Manas 22-Vishnupada 33-Kanna Pada 44-Gayakup     UDAY HALL  (Purohit gayaji) CONTACT NO:- 09572332314 ,9835405723 Vishnu Pad Temple GAYA        

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