Friday, 3 October 2014

Navaratri Festival in My Hometown

Navratri since my childhood

I feel myself very lucky person that people in my hometown gives me and my family such a great respect to my dad and my family. When I was a boy, I could remember all those things that had happened in our village. Population in my hometown is consist of around one thousand. Village has only two Durga temple, but hundred years ago it was only one. That first old temple had broken down into the pieces and took his Durga Maa at his own house and set up new temple in the yard. After some period of time, my dad rebuilt the broken temple and placed new Durga Maa. This reconstructed temple just in right near the bus stop in front of the main road. That time I was a child, doing my schooling. I could remember all the things that had happened that time. Whenever Navratri use to come, my school friends and I  all use to give a helping hands in the temple during the festival. Lot of fun we use to have, specially in the last day of the festival-Visarjan time. All day we use to wait for dance. crazy and wild steps that everyone could remember.

Since I left my village and started staying in Pune for my further education, I could not attain Navratri every year. This time I had decided to go to my hometown and attain it. I have spent almost 8 days in this Navratri and felt very happy and blessed. I took lot of time to think over my past and a bit on the future planning. My dad is a great devotee of Maa Durga and people respect him a lot. In below pics, my dad carrying Ghat to the River after all the prayers. This time its got late and bad thing took place- a black magic must had done by someone. As per my dad, he told me that, the Ghat Visarjan should be done before 12 pm or after 3 pm. Otherwise bad thing may happens particularly with the person who carries the Ghat and today same thing had happened with my dad due to delay in Visarjan. Their heart was blocked by a bad soul attacked, it was last longer for 2-3 mins.
In the Visarjan, around 500 people includes boys and girls takes part in the celebration. Sometimes 70 % people of the village. Nowadays a screw run entire festival, the entire village contributes Cereals, Wheat, Oil and all other required things for Mahaprasad. And before one day of Dashera all villagers have Mahaprasad, the entire village come down to the temple for dinner. Its kind of holy Prashad... Jai Ambeeee! Jai Durgeeee!

Symbol of Love

New plantation in the yard of hometown to grow Love for a longer period of time.

The plant is the first source of oxygen and its useful factor for the human being. I always like to live in fresh air and stay healthy. In my hometown, the lot of farms are in surrounding but no forest area and no hills. In the village, only small flowering plants but no big trees. So I have decided to plant a flowering plant in my yard. Long back ago my grandmother had planted a tree of Bel plant.

Symbol of Love
The plantation is very important, we could reduce global warming and we are the hell responsible everyone for today's pollution. When we go to the forest area, we see a lot of fresh oxygen and feel so different and comfortable than our daily life. Most of the time, I plan on outings, especially in dam site, the lot of hills and waterfall in the monsoon. When we go such places, we feel more enthusiastic and energetic.

The yard is what we can make our home beautiful planting small trees, most of the flowering plants it keeps the healthy environment. My home does not have the big yard as compared to the western country has.

Grow love longer, if you want to cherish to memories, this is one of the best ways. My grandmother died in mid-2006. She had planted a tree and its now big one now, Bel plant is considered as one of the holy plants, leaves are especially donated to Lord Vishnu and his Pind. Today I have planted Parijat plant. I had bought it from the city in rs 40. And my dad planted just right front of the kitchen window in open space. It is a very beautiful flowering plant. Flower of this plant gives very nice fragrance in the morning, makes the happy mind when you wake up in the morning. I had this concept in my mind since long back. So this is the symbol of love for both me and my dad. I will always remember this sign of our love.