The first episode of Satyamev Jayate Season 1 highlighted the illegal practice of Female Foeticide in India, where 1000000 girl children are killed every year. Real time interviews, mind-boggling statistics and the stark truth of the matter hit where it hurt! It propelled State Govenments across the country to take swift action against this malpractice and stirred awareness.
The eye-opener episode on Health Care in India of Satyamev Jayate Season 1 incarcerated the rot in the system which was merely a money making racket. It enlightened viewers to malpractices, medico-legal cases and the inhuman approach to this humane cause. It also dealt with fair price generic medicines Vs exorbitant branded medicines. But the Doctors highly criticized this episode and many dmanded an apology from Aamir Khan.
The prevailing ill of Alcoholism was highlighted in another episode. The effect alcohol had on the individual’s health, family, marriage, the public and society in general. Hitherto a taboo topic, Aamir Khan interviewed former alcoholics, spoke openly about it and termed it a “disease” like any other.
Domestic Violence is a social malaise generally kept under wraps. Aamir Khan emboldened victims who spoke about real-life experiences and the scars it left on them. The issue was addressed towards Indian men, mind sets and social stigmas.
The looming Water Crisis held centre-stage in another episode. Topics like how to conserve water and rain water harvesting were dealt with in-depth to create awareness. It provided simple solutions to this pan-Indian problem.
If the Producers decide to do a Season 3 of Satyamev Jayate, what topics do you think Aamir Khan should talk about?
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What’s it with Shahrukh Khan and his never ending love affair with trains?
Perhaps as a little boy SRK loved playing with toy trains…
If you look at a cross-section of SRK films you will find the train has a major role to play in most of them.
Does the train symbolize Bollywood Badshah’s journey in life or an obsession?
He’s even known to have joked about it saying for the number of times he’s shot on trains he feels he is still “training”…
The top of the pops was Dil Se: SRK and Malaika seductively gyrate to chaiyya chaiyya atop a train. This was one of the most path breaking sequences ever filmed in Bollywood history.
Next comes Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge: the unforgettable scene when Shahrukh Khan stretches out his hand to help Kajol catch the train. Both when SRK meets Kajol for the first time or
the climax scene. Which one is your favorite?
Shahrukh Khan and the train were inseparable in Chennai Express, as the name suggests. SRK (Rahul) first starts flirting with Deepika on a train. Both end up communicating through parodies of Hindi songs. The train becomes the set for the crux of the film, as the story pans out. What do you think were SRK & Deepika able to recreate the DDLJ magic?
Shah Rukh Khan looks wistfully at his girlfriend boarding the train, which will take her away from him forever in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
In Veer Zara SRK plays an Air Force officer. Once again he chooses the railway station as the backdrop to proclaim his love for Preeti Zinta, his Pakistani girlfriend.
Swades saw SRK playing a NASA scientist who returns to locate his childhood nanny. He’s the ordinary guy huddled with other passengers in the train.
Ra One saw the superhero manoevre the train with teriffic dexterity, thereby saving the lives of the passengers.
Also how can you forget the good guy G.One who hops in and out of trains to catch the bad guys and saving commuters from baddies.
One of the most crucial and poignant scenes in Kal Ho Na Ho was filmed in the subway between Shahrukh and Preity Zinta.
Shah Rukh Khan looks the perfectly romantic hero in Main Hoon Na chugging towards picturesque Darjeeling, with clouds of mist enveloping the hills. Doesn’t he?
Again the climax in Shakti, SRK is seen helping Karishma escape (from her life of oppression) on a train, whilst Shahrukh Khan tragically lays his life down on the tracks.
Shah Rukh Khan and his friend Chunnibabu played by Jackie Shroff, celebrate their reunion in a train compartment over drinks in Devdas before he reaches a tragic end.
What is your all time favorite Shahrukh Khan “Express” train moment?
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As a part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 the festival ambassador, Vidya Balan did a stunning photo shoot with Australia’s celebrated designers – Akira Isogawa and Susan Dimasi.
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary designers.He has dressed most of Australia’s notable figures including the famous gown that Cate Blancett wore when she won the oscar for Elizabeth.
Akira created a special dress for Vidya true to Vidya’s style – a fusion of his Japanese roots and Australian chic.
Susan Dimasi presented Vidya in a stunning sari. The fabric was specially designed by Susan, by hand weaving a textile with silk ribbon through a rubber net drawing inspiration from the 18th century brocades out of the Victorian art gallery’s collection. The hand woven textile was exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne Now arts exhibition at the iconic National Gallery of Victoria.And then draped on Vidya as a sari..
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 dates: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne runs from May 1st to May 11th , screening over 45 films with over 30 Australian premieres. The festival will be opened by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan on May 1st, 2014.
Navratri literally translates as “nine nights” and out of the five Navratris that fall every year, only two are given importance and celebrated.
While Chaitra Navratri (Navratri dates: 31st Mar – 7th Apr 14) coincides with the start of summer, generally in March end or April beginning.
And the Sharad Navratri (Narvatri 2014 dates: 25th Sep – 2 Oct 14 ) marks the onset of winter, generally somewhere around September or October every year.
Fasting during Chaita Navratri is considered auspicious to invoke the blessings of the Mother Goddess Durga. Traditional guidelines dictate what can be eaten: these include tubers, fruits, specified flours etc. Join us on a culinary journey of what should ideally be in your Navratri Thali…
In India fasting is akin to feasting. And during Navratras more so….
Traditional Guidelines about Navrarti food for fasting
Those who fast at this time of the year follow certain rules. Their staples include singhare (water chestnut) ka atta, sabudana (tapioca pearls), rajgire ka atta, sama (millet) ke chawal ka atta, makhana and kuttu ka atta. These are innovatively crafted into mouth-watering pooris, pakoras, parathas and even halwa or dosa. In stead of using the usual seasoning, black / rock salt, ajvain, ginger, anardana and amchur are liberally used.
Tubers are preferred and delicious versions are made from yam, sweet potato, potatoes, raw banana, pumpkin, spinach, carrots etc. Dry fruits, fresh fruits, ghee, paneer, yogurt, butter, tamarind, coconut and jaggery can be used liberally. Some foods, herbs and other ingredients are completely forbidden during Navratri. These include wheat flour, table salt, garlic, onions, legumes, lentils, rice and rice flour, wheat flour, sooji, besan and refined flour (maida). Garam masala, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds are also not used in cooking. Of course alcohol and non-vegetarian food is a complete no-no!
Most people who observe the fast eat one meal a day and settle for fruit as the second meal. The Navratri thali offers a wide variety. It can include any of these mouth-watering dishes: vrat ke chawal, sanwak ke khatte chawal, sabudana or kuttu ki poori, sabudana khichdi etc.
The humble potato is transformed into mewewale aloo, jeera aloo, tariwale aloo, khus khus aloo. Some go all out with dahi ke kebab, singhade / palak ke pakode, sukhi arbi, sabudana papad, dahi arbi, malai kofte, kachche kele ke kofte, saunfiya paneer tikka, sabudana tikki and delicious raitas are created with pomegranate, spinach, kaddu, loki, cucumber etc. Fruit chaat, aloo chaat, shakarkandi ki chaat, aloo tuk, sabudana bhel /vada, banana chips, roasted makhana etc are the anytime favourites. You can also indulge your sweet tooth with kele ki barfi, sabudane ki kheer, khatta meetha sitaphal, lauki / singhade / papaya / pumpkin ka halwa, sanwak-khajoor ki phirni, and coconut / sabudana laddoo . On Ashtami traditionally black chana, poori and halwa is made.
If you haven’t tried Navratri food for fasting, believe me do give it a try. Its worth having once and you’ll fall in love with this satvik food. Now a days many restaurants and hotels come up with delicious Navratri thalis during this auspicious time period. You can find many events listed on our portal – Buzzintown.com for the same.
Happy Navratri Feasting aka Fasting!!!
First things first – Like me many of you must have thought: What is the meaning of “Kochadaiiyaan“?
“Kochadaiiyaan” literally translates as the King with long locks.
Slated to be a super hit, movie buffs (and more so Rajnikanth fans!) are awaiting its worldwide release on April 11th 2014, with bated breath…
We bring you five good reasons that will script the success story of “Kochadaiiyaan”
1. KING PIN
Thalaivar Rajinikanth is back yet again, this time donning the avatar of Shiva, complete with long, matted locks! And Rajinikanth fans can rejoice, for in this film, they will see him in three different roles. His face was scanned for accuracy and then made to look 25 years younger. He will be sporting his Thalapathi hairstyle in the film. Costume designer Neeta Lulla has created 20-30 different looks for Rajnikanth.
The film is directed by Rajnikanth’s daughter, Soundarya R. Ashwin and will be a full-fledged commercial entertainer. She’s probably the first daughter to direct her father!
With a whopping budget of Rs.125 crores, this film will be the first photorealistic 3D film ever produced in India. Kochadaiiyaan boasts of awesome animation techniques and some portions of the film have used motion capture in 3D. The cinematography has been handled by Rajiv Menon and even though it’s a period film, there’s nothing arty about it. It is equipped with Auro 3D sound technology and four separate tech teams worked on the film simultaneously.
3. SEXY SIREN
The King himself will reign supreme and is being paired opposite sexy siren Deepika Padukone, who will play the character of Princess Vadhana. She will be making her debut in Tamil cinema with Kochadaiiyaan and has dubbed in her own voice for the Tamil version. She was reportedly paid 3 crores for a two day shoot and this will be the first film where Deepika fans can view her sans make up.
The film boasts of a hefty star cast. Other stalwarts include Jackie Shroff, Aadhi, R. Sarathkumar, Shobana, Rukmini Vijaykumar and Nassar. Old-timers like Nagesh, S.A.Ashokan, M.N.Nambiar, R.S. Manohar and P.S.Veerappa will be brought to life and recreated for the film by using sophisticated animation techniques.
5. SET TO “SCORE”
Music by maestro A.R.Rahman not just enhances the film but also carries his signature touch. It is easily one of the best soundtracks ARR has ever produced with a period feel, tingling guitar strains and pensive instruments. The title song echoes the brilliance of an orchestration piece. Within hours of the music album release it gained top position on the iTunes charts across India and its music became a top trending topic on Twitter, a first for Tamil films. Foot-tapping numbers include Engay pogudho vaanam, Hey! Unnaadu Vaalal etc. while Lata Rajnikanth’s rendition of Mannapennin Sathiyam is sure to go down well with the audience.
Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatization of good versus evil. The Tamil version of Kochadaiiyaan is also being dubbed in Telugu (Vikramasimha) and Hindi. These will be released simultaneously. Additional releases of the film include dubbed versions in Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Japanese and English. No wonder its being touted as “worldwide” release!
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She’s a daughter, a sister, a daughter-in-law, a wife, a sister-in-law, a mother, a great friend…& above all a tireless champion; she’s a do it all woman; YES she’s the incredible woman of today juggling between so many roles and responsibilities cheerfully.
The stories of women struggle and achievements in all the countries and communities are endless but one thing remains common – their dedication and sincerity. They are the women of courage!!! That progress did not happen by accident, it was because of their indomitable spirit, extra ordinary talent and strong belief – “If men can do it so can we.”
When is Women’s Day? Its on 8th March 2014
To say it is an opportunity to thank these wonderful women would be an understatement. With all the respect and admiration that we can give to them friends on this International Women’s Day join us, by giving a huge round of applause to these smiling super hard working women who make this world a better and happier place to live in by dedicating few quotes to these God sent souls.
W – Wonderful
O – Outstanding
M – Marvelous
A – Adorable
N – Nice
Well behaved women seldom make history.
~~~~~ A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body. ~~~~~
When you strike a woman you strike a ROCK!
~~~~Women are meant to be loved,
Not understood ~ Oscar Wilde~~~~
Wear their pain like
they do stilettos. No
matter how much it hurts, all you see is
the beauty of it.
~~~~~You don’t have to fit any definition. You’re a woman if you identify as a woman- simple as that!~~~~~
“Women are not moody.
We simply have days
When we are less
Inclined to put with
♥♥♥ A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape.
But a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape. ♥♥♥
“If tomorrow, women
Woke up and decided
They really liked their
Bodies, just think how
Many industries would
Go out of business.”
♥♥♥ When a girl is used to being hurt, she won’t know how it feels when a man starts to appreciate her, so she ends up pushing him away ♥♥♥
wants a man
her like a
Love her like a wife
and respect her
like a mother.
****** “And though she be but little, she is fierce” Shakespeare ******
Women are like Wi Fi
They see all available devices
But connects to the strongest one
***** Women who live a calmer, healthier, saner and sexier life, have to stop being so hard on themselves…Remember to LOVE YOURSELF!!! *****
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
♥♥♥ A successful Woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. ♥♥♥
The strongest actions for a woman are
to love herself,
and shine amongst those who never believed she could!!!
♥♥♥ A well read woman is a dangerous creature. –Lisa Kleypas ♥♥♥
A Strong Woman
Is one who feels deeply
And loves fiercely
Her tears flow just as abundantly
As her laughter…
A Strong Woman
Is both soft and powerful
She is both practical and spiritual…
A Strong Woman
In her essence
Is a gift to the WORLD…
Oprah ~~~ the key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – & the success will naturally follow ….~~~
“We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives.
We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us.
We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something.
We have to learn to be content with what we are.” ~Marjorie Hinckley
******** You don’t need
Someone to complete you.
You only need
Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to things and people that stress you out!!!!
♥♥♥ Being a female is a matter of birth
Being a woman is a matter of age
Being a lady is a matter of choice ♥♥♥
“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.”
~~~~~~~~~~~ Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.~~~~~~~~~~
The most romantic
Romeo & Juliet
who died together.
But Grandma and
Grandpa who grew
***** Every women needs a man who will ruin their lipstick and not their mascara. *****
Women are the real architects of society – Harriet Beecher Stowe.
#### She’s banged up, mentally and emotionally.
Literally and metaphorically.
But every day she walks outside with a smile on her face
because that’s who she is…a FEARLESS LADY!!! ####
Be the kind of woman
that makes other women
want to be YOU!
Today every one in three businesses in US is owned by a woman! Today, there are 29 female world leaders in power. Today, there are 14 self made woman billionaires of which seven are from China.
Women pour their heart and soul in shaping their as well as their family’s lives and careers…KUDOS ladies take a bow.
Folks, you can show your love, respect & affection to the most important woman in your life by posting Women’s Day messages on our wall of messages.
This International Women’s Day, Buzzintown have picked 24 women achievers for 2013. Vote for woman you think is most deserving Woman of the Year 2013. What are you waiting for? Go ahead, thank and vote for God’s most beautiful creation – WOMAN!
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
Let yours truly take the privilege of explaining it to you dear friends.
About Maha Shivratri & the Story Behind: A hunter was wandering in the forest in search of a prey when he came across a herd of deers. He took out his bow & arrow but the deers ran away. He decided to wait & climbed up a tree. Time went by, it became dark but he was unwilling to go home empty handed. He was thirsty & famishing. His eyes were searching for his prey to return, he was feeling tired and tried to sleep a little but the cold kept him awake. Shivering he kept uttering the words “Shiv Shiv” while restlessly waiting for his prey. He started plucking leaves & dropping them down. It so happened he was sitting on a ber tree & down was a Shivlingam. After sometime he noticed a deer had arrived, he quickly aimed his arrow at the deer. But to his surprise the deer spoke to him “wait wait plz don’t kill me the rest of my family is waiting for me. I request you to allow me to go & say one final goodbye to them then I will return to this very same spot. I give you my word.”
The hunter agreed to the poor creature’s request & let him go. The deer went back & told everything to his herd. They all decided to offer themselves to the hunter. So as per his word the deer returned. Seeing him return the hunter aimed his arrow at the deer. The deer said, “We all have decided either we all live together or die together.” Moved by their love for each other the hunter took mercy on them & let them go.
Suddenly he heard a sweet sound emerge from the ancient Shivlingam…”Sweet child…” Puzzled & enchanted the hunter looked around seeing the archaic Shivlingam glowing & emanating light he quickly climbed down the tree. He sat down & listened attentively to the sound coming down from the idol. “My child your prayers have been fulfilled, you have sat patiently for many hours in the cold, you chanted my name, you fasted, you dropped the leaves on my lingam. Above all you did a great act of charity by letting the innocent deer live. I am immensely pleased with you. You’ll be greatly rewarded.”
Another legend has it on a moonless night when the dark sky was studded with stars, the marriage of Shiva and Parvati was celebrated. Today, it is celebrated as Shivratri.
12 famous Jyotirlingas
Shiva is infact the unparalleled supreme soul, the merciful & compassionate one who benefits & favors all. This is why the temples of Lod Shiva are found across India. There are 12 famous Jyotirlingas – Vaidyanathan, Kedarnath, Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Trayambakeshwar, Grishneshwar, Bhimashankar, Nageshwar, Somnath, Mallikarjuna and Rameshwaram. These are considered sacred pilgrimage places in India.
The Great Shiva & Somanth Temple
Out of these 12 relic Jyotirlingas the most ancient is Somnathji Temple which lies by the side of the Indian Ocean in Sourashtra, Gujarat. “Som” refers to the moon. It is believed that the moon received its brightness from Lord shiva. “Soma” also means nectar. The nectar of knowledge from the supreme soul is the source of enlightenment, benefits & happiness. And is believed to destroy the darkness of ignorance. This is why this temple is built with so much of love & devotion.
How is shivratri celebrated?
The sixth night of the month of Phalgun, which falls in February or March corresponds with the waning moon, and is celebrated with great gusto as Maha Shivratri by Shiva devotees. Maha Shivratri means the great night of Shiva. The Shivling is given a ritual bath with the traditional panchagavya; a mixture of butter, milk, yogurt, urine and dung.
Ber and Bhilva leaves are the traditional offering. The Shivling is smeared with a paste of honey and sandalwood. Traditionally thandai, the legendary drink of Lord Shiva made with almonds, milk and bhang, is drunk on this Shiva Festival day.
Shivratri Fast: Devotees observe a day long fast to please Lord Shiva. Whole day they keep chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ repeatedly. Lord Shiva or Shivji is known to destroy spiritual ignorance and enlighten his devotees. Will you observe fast this coming Shivratri?
When the force of the desire for the Truth blossoms, selfish desires wither away, just like darkness vanishes before the radiance of the light of dawn. ~ Adi Shankara
When is Shivratri?
Maha Shivratri is on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Happy Maha Shivratri!!!
“Jai Ho” is the story of a Major (Jai Agnihotri) in the Indian Army, who succeeds in creating a nationwide pyramid-like movement by following the dictum “help three people.” These three in turn must do a good deed each for another three. The film airs the celluloid concept of simple steps that can make the world a better place. Since the Telugu version was a runaway hit, “Jai Ho” directed by Sohail Khan hopes to break box office records…
So what makes “Jai Ho” a must-see?
What’s extraordinary about this ordinary story?
Who wants to miss a Salman Khan-starrer? His macho image and heart throb appeal is reason enough to succumb to the magic of this Republic Day treat! Fans are only too willing to lap up whatever Sallu dishes out. Do you really need any other reason to see the film?
This hero oriented film showcases the “aam aadmi” as the whistle-blower, and the audience is bound to identify with the character Sallu plays. The promos have Salman written all over them!
Jai Ho songs: Rocking music makes a hit film! “Jai Ho” boasts of some foot-tapping numbers by Sajid-Wajid and Amal Malik, including nine tracks and two remixes. Title track jai jai jai ho, Tere naina maar hi daalenge, baki sab first class hai, Photocopy (Himmesh Reshammiya strikes a Navratri dandiya note). Armaan Malik’s romantic Love you till the end and Tumko to aana hi tha steal the show. (Which Jai Ho song you like the most?)
Model, choreographer, dancer, 24 year old Daisy Shah will be making her debut into Bollywood with “Jai Ho.” Fresh as a daisy, she’s already made a mark in Kannada and Tamil fims.
The powerful star-studded cast includes the stalwarts of Bollywood: Tabu, Danny Denzongpa, Mohnish Bahl, Aditya Pancholi, Genelia D’souza, Mukul Dev, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Thakur, Mahesh Manjrekar, comedian Sudesh Lahiri and Nadira Babbar.
The cast also includes a string of fresh new talent including Sana Khan, Tulip Joshi, Ashmit Patel, Sharad Kapoor, Yash Tonk, Santosh Shukla, Resham Tipnis, Naman Jain, Pulkit Samrat, Bruna Abdullah.
“Jai Ho” isn’t just a pot-boiler, it also carries a social message. With AAP making its presence felt on the political horizon, the film draws a close parallel to the awakening of the common man. It radiates a positive note of hope, change and better times.
So go right ahead and queue up!
Get set for Sallu’s first release for the year and hopefully the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of 2014!
Lesser Known Facts about 26 January Republic Day
Nothing arouses more pride in the heart of every Indian, than to see the fluttering tricolour, on 26th January: a day to stop and ponder, when India was declared a Republic way back in 1950. This of course is a fact everyone knows, but there are little interesting morsels about Republic Day that most may not know of! Join us on an informative carousel as we bring you interesting Constitutional and other facts about India’s Republic Day…
Post-independence the “Dominion of India” came into existence, under the Commonwealth of Nations.
1) It was on 26th January 1950 that the Constitution of India came into force and India formally became a Republic.
2) The date 26th January was especially selected since it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day (26th January 1930).
3) India has the longest written Constitution in the world, incorporating 448 Articles in 22 Parts, 12 Schedules and 97 Amendments.
4) It took Dr. B.R.Ambedkar 2 years 11 months and 18 days to draft the Indian Constitution.
5) Two hand-written copies of the Constitution were prepared: in English and in Hindi.
6) Both were signed by 308 members of the Assembly on 24th January 1950. It became effective two days later, and came into force throughout the country.
7) The original hand-written copies of the Constitution are kept in helium-filled cases in the Library of Parliament House.
8 ) It has seen 94 Amendments since inception.
9) India’s motto “Satyamev Jayate” is taken from the Mundaka Upanishad,from the Atharvaveda It was translated into Hindi by Abid Ali in 1911.
10) Madan Mohan Malviya was responsible for selecting the Indian motto.
11) Rabindranath Tagore wrote Jana Gana Mana in Bengali first. It was translated by Abid Ali into Hindi, in 1911, and officially adopted as the Indian National Anthem in 1950.
12) It takes 52 seconds to sing the complete National Anthem.
13) The Indian emblem is adapted from the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath, dating back to 250 BC.
14) The Indian flag was conceptualized and designed by Pingali Venkayya, a farmer from Machilipatnam.
15) The ratio of the Indian flag’s width to length is two to three.
16) The Indian flag, by law, is made of khadi and can be only made in nine specified sizes.
17) Flying an Indian flag made from any material other than khadi is punishable by law with upto three years of imprisonment and a hefty fine.
18) The Indian flag should never touch the ground or water, or ever be used as drapery.
19) Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath as India’s first President on 26th January 1950.
20) A 21 gun salute is fired as the President of India unfurls the tricolour, as a naval and military mark of honour.
“Beating the Retreat” is a military ceremony held on 29th January every year. It marks the end of Republic Day ceremonies. It was first started way back in the 1950s by Major Roberts of the Indian Army. The evening ends on the note of “Abide with Me” which also happened to be Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite hymn.
Its time to bid adieu to winters; welcome the wonderful Spring and crop harvesting. With different names – Makar Sankranti (Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Sukarat in Madhya Pradesh and Bihu in the North-East…) is celebrated all over India.
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival, marking the end of a bitterly cold winter and it ushers in spring. It is probably the only Indian festival to fall on the same date every year (between 13th- 15th January). It also has an astrological significance since it is around this time that the earth begins its gradual journey of moving towards the Sun. It is considered an extremely auspicious period (Uttarayan) by the Hindus and is perhaps the only Hindu solar festival. Sweets made of til (sesame seeds) are traditionally eaten and distributed at Makar Sankranti.
While Andhra knows it as Makar Sankrantanam, Nepal calls it Maghe Sankranti and Kashmiris celebrate it as Shishur Saenkraat.
The best part about any Indian festival is sharing wishes with family and friends. Take your pick from this season’s greetings…
Makar Sankranti wishes
Milao gur mein til
Udao patang, kaato dor
Khush kar do har dil
Makar Sankranti ka mach gaya shor!
Mithai se mithi boli, mithi zubaan
Surya devta ko karo pranaam
Udao patang bharo oonchee udaan
Makar Sankranti ki Shubhkamnayein!
Pongal is that time of the year, when the South goes into celebratory mode for three days. This harvest festival marks the beginning of the auspicious Tamil month of Thai. Pongal is named after the special rice dish cooked on this day: rice cooked in milk, sweetened with jaggery, in earthen pots on a wood fire. On the first day pots are allowed to brim over and “Pongal-o-pongal” is chanted loudly by one and all. This symbolize prosperity in the coming year. Pongal also means shopping for new clothes and bedecking the home with earthen pots, rangoli and mango leaves. The pots are often painted in auspicious colours and placed in the shade of freshly cut sugarcane stems.
The second day of Pongal is the time to decorate and venerate cattle, since they form the pillars of the agrarian fabric.
The third day of Pongal is dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, invoking his blessings and benevolence for the coming year and a bountiful harvest.
We bring you few Pongal wishes & SMS
karumbu soru yarukku
sarkarai satham yaruku
May Your joys abound and overflow
May your home be filled with plenty
Let the sweetness in your life grow
This Pongal we wish you prosperity!
Sugarcane, jaggery, milk and rice…
Cows and oxen, colourful kolam…
May Pongal bring you all that’s nice…
May this Pongal bring joy and happiness…
And your home be always filled with plenty…
Every year, let this festival bring you more not less…
May you and your family be blessed with prosperity…Happy Pongal!