YOURDEFT https://yourdeft.com Quick and Neat Action Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:29:17 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://yourdeft.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/cropped-PicsArt_07-03-11.04.34-32x32.jpg YOURDEFT https://yourdeft.com 32 32 Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 4 https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-4/ https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-4/#respond Sun, 27 Jun 2021 16:57:53 +0000 https://yourdeft.com/?p=1000 Bharat is the land of rich cultural traditions with diversity in geography, climate, languages, clothing and most importantly the food people eat. As well said, “We become the food we eat”. Each and every cell of our body is made of nutrition that the food provides us. The variety one can find in Indian food is amazing. The same dish has different styles of cooking in different parts of the country and so does the taste.

In this article, we are mentioning the List of traditional Indian Food items each Indian state is famous for. Focusing on the vegetarian cuisines only as our country has a large number of vegetarian population and so does the food. Agricultural land is rich with a plant-based diet and spices that make each dish savoring.

Maharashtra

Maharashtrian traditional food items are spicy and delicious. The state has a wide range of varieties of sweets also. The dishes famous from the state are Batata Vada, Veg Kohlapuri, Kothibir Vadi, Methi Bhaji, Misl Pav, Kanda Poha, Vada Pav, Tondli chi bhaji, Bharli bhindi, Chakli, Pitla, Usal, Aluchya Wadya, Pav Bhaji etc.

The Famous Sweet cuisines include Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Modak, Shankarpada, Mango Mastani, etc.

Goa

The smallest state in western coast of India, Goa has a wide range of Goan-style traditional food recipes. The list of traditional dishes from the state are Mushroom Xacuti, Jackfruit sushel, Papdachi Kismoor, Moringa Dal, Madyechi Usli, Vodyache Aam, Khatkhat – Goan vegetable stew, Madyecho fodi, Garlic Red Chilli Coconut chutney, Doodhi Bharta, Kelphulachi bhaji, Goan Moolyacho Ross, Suran Tonak, Vaalchi bhaji, Alsande Usli, Patoli, Tomato Saar, Kelachi Bhaji, Cashew curry etc.

Traditional sweets of state are Bebinca, Dodol, Pinag, Kulkuls, Patoleo, Doce, Bol, Alle Belle, Coconut toffee, Perad, Kokad etc.

Odisha

Odisha is land of Lord Jaggannath. The state has rich culture and tradition. Rice is staple diet in the region. The traditional dishes from the state are Dalma, Pakhala Bhata, Mix Veg Ghanta, Aalu Potol Rossa, Chakuli Pitha, Besara, Dahi Kanji, Badi Chura, Aalu Dum Ghoogni,

Sweet dishes famous from the state are Kheersagar, Ghee Pitha, Cheena Gaja, Pahala Rasagulla, Odia Rasabali, Chhena Podo, Podo Pitha, Manda Pitha/Enduri Pitha etc.

Telangana

Telangana food items are rich in ingredients like tamarind, spices, asafoetida etc. The state is famous for both veg and non-veg varieties. Some of the traditional foods of the state are Sarva Pindi, Sakinalu, Pachi Pulusu, Chegodilu, Polelu, Tunti Koora, Potlakaya Pulusu, Rail Palaram, Bachali Kura, Puntikura Chana Dal, Makka Garelu, Kaddu Dalcha etc.

Sweets famous from the state are Qubani ka meetha, Bobbatlu, Ariselu, Poornalu, Palathalikalu, Undrallu, Sunnundalu, Rava Laddu etc.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh cuisine is full of spices and rice. Ragi is also used is many food items. The traditional Dosas are also famous. The traditional dishes from the state are Pulihora, Panasa Puttu kora – Andhra style jackfruit curry, Gutti Vnakaya Kura, Hyderabadi Biryani, Thakkali Rasam, Pesarattu, Atukula Dosa, Avakaya – Andhra mango pickle, Punugulu, Javvarisi Payasam, Mirchi Bajji, Allam Pachadi, Panakkam/Panagam, Ugadi Pachadi etc.

Sweets famous from the state are Bobbatlu, Ariselu, Poornalu, Palathalikalu, Bandar Laddu, Gavvalu, Paramannam, Gulabilu, Kobbari Kova, Rava Laddu etc.

Karnataka

Next southern state in the list is Karnataka. Staple food items of state include Rice, Jowar and Raagi. Famous traditional dishes of the state are Bisi Bele Bhaat, Devnagre benne Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Neer Dosa, Set Dosa, Maddur Vada, Taate Idli, Jolada Roti, Masala Puri, Udupi Sambhar, Mysore Bonda, Mangalore style Sambhar, Mango Coconut chutney, Kadle Manoli, Veg Sagu, Vangi Bhaat, Akki roti, Mysore Rasam, Potato Sagu, Mangalore Bajji, Kosambari, Khara Bhaat, Ragi Mudde, Yereyappa, Paneer Gassi etc.

Traditional sweets from the state are Mysore Paak, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti, Haalbai and Huggi, Puri Unde, etc.

Tamil Nadu

Vegetarian cuisine has been popular in Tamilians since ancient times. Different places are famous for different food varieties. A traditional meal served on Banana leaf is known as Virundhu Sappadu. Delicacies from Chettinad include Vallaiappan, Idiyappam, Uthhappam, Paal paniyaram, etc. Other dishes from the state are Thakkali Rasam, Rava Idli, Veg Korma, Dal vada, Paniyaram, Ven Pongal, Sandhavai, Puttu, Mushroom Kurma, Adai Dosai, Chettinaad Verai Kurma, etc.

Traditional sweets from the region are Nei Payasam, Kesari, Akkaravadisal, Achhu Murukku, Pal Khova, Vella Chedai, Vella Kozhakkattai, Rava Laddoo etc.

Kerala

The southernmost state of the country is full of vegetarian options. Although the majority of the population eats seafood people also have vegetarian dishes as a staple diet. The traditional dishes from the state are Appam, Avial, Pavakka Varathatu, Cabbage thoran, Erissery, Idiyappam, Madura Kizhangu Uppumavu, Pazhampori ( Banana Fritters ), Pulissery, Puttu and Chana Curry, Vada Koottu curry, Olan, Pachadi etc.

Dessersts famous in the state are Pazha Pradhaman, Vettila Murukkan, Nei Appam, Mutta Maala, Palada Payasam etc.

Lakshadweep

Majority of population in Lakshadweep islands eat sea food including fishes and rice. Although vegetarian food is also available. Famous veg food includes Rice, Idlis, Dosas, Sambhar, Vadai, Rasam, Upma etc. Coconut is also used in all food items. Kavaratti islands are famous for Malabar style dishes.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The islands in the Bay of Bengal also have a majority fish food diet. Major vegetarian dishes include Tamil and Andhra cusines. Idli, Sambhar, Dosas, Vada, etc are most common.

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Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 3 https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-3/ https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-3/#respond Sat, 12 Jun 2021 11:35:26 +0000 https://yourdeft.com/?p=998 Bharat is the land of rich cultural traditions with diversity in geography, climate, languages, clothing and most importantly the food people eat. As well said, “We become the food we eat”. Each and every cell of our body is made of nutrition that the food provides us. The variety one can find in Indian food is amazing. The same dish has different styles of cooking in different parts of the country and so does the taste.

In this article, we are mentioning the List of traditional Indian Food items each Indian state is famous for. Focusing on the vegetarian cuisines only as our country has a large number of vegetarian population and so does the food. Agricultural land is rich with a plant-based diet and spices that make each dish savoring.

West Bengal

West Bengal is one of the state with a different style of cooking anything. From spices to ingredients, the way of cooking a bengali meal makes it different from the rest. Although the state is famous for its sweets and fish fries, but also has a rich varieties in vegetarian food items. Some of the best must try traditional dishes from the state are Niramish Aalur Dom, Biulir Dal, Radhaballabhi, Chal Kmro’r Bora, Dhokar Dalna, Shojne Data’r Panchmishali, Aalu Posto, Beguni, Ema Datshi, Labra Tarkari, Tomato Khejur Chutney, Aalu Sheddho, etc.

The Famous Sweet cuisines include Roshogulla, Mishti Doi, Shondesh, Payesh, Pantua, Chennar Jilipi, Patishapta, Joyonoger Moa, Shor Bhaja, Chandrapuli, Naru, etc.

Sikkim

Sikkim is northeastern state bordering with China, Nepal and Bhutan. The major diet of locals include rice and maize. The traditional dishes from the state are Dal Bhaat, Sael roti, Chhurpi Soup, Bamboo shoot curry, Dhindo, Gundruk, Kodo ki roti, Kinema curry etc. Dhindo is popular vegetarian dish made of ground millet, buckwheat and cornflour. Gundruk is prepared from fermented radish and cauliflower leaves. Sikkim Tea is famous for its rich flavor and available all over India.

Assam

Asamese traditional cusisines have wide variety of vegetarian dishes. Some of the popular foods from the state are Bhaat kerela pitika, Bhaat kerel pur, Kothalor Anja – jackfruit curry, Sowrai – rice meal, Sojinar Anja -drum stick curry, Kamranga Pickle, Posola Khar – fired banana stem, Jati Lau khar, Pithali- skunk vine soup, Omitar Khar – fried raw papaya, Motor mah Bokalir Chutney, Mosundori Xaakor suruha – a soup, Xoriyohor Khar chutney – mustard seeds chutney, Bok phoolor bor – fried Agati flower, Kordoi chutney, Sojina Sorosori, Stuffed potol, Paleng Boil – spinach soup etc.

Sweet dishes famous from the state are Poka mithoi, Til pitha, Xutuli Pitha, Narikol Pitha, Mohura Pitha, Tekeli Pitha, Paiox etc.

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal is famous for its green leafy vegetables and rice meals. The use of bamboo as ingredient as well as utensil to cook is unique. Some of the traditional dishes from the state are steamed rice Dung Po and Kholam, Bamboo shoots, Pehak – chutney containing soya beans, Pasa – soup with rich ingredients like khumpatt leaves, ginger etc., Chura Sabji, Apong, Dropeh- buckwheat millet porridge, Aalu zika chutney, Oying – local vegetable stew, Kharzi, Koat Pitha, Bungandmo khapse etc.

Meghalaya

Meghalaya also known as abode of clouds is rainy state of India. It is one of the state that experiences most rainfall throughout the year. The rice is staple food grown and eaten here. The three main regions of the state are Khasi hills, Garo hills and Jaintia hills. Food dishes famous from the state are Jadoh rice, Nakham bitchi – a mix vegetable soup, Pumaloi, Ja Dai, Shir Sewain, Baked Shana jheij etc.

Nagaland

Nagaland is home for hottest chilli in the world known as Bhoot Jolokia or ghost pepper. The interesting thing about cuisines is that they are prepared from home grown spices, herbs and other ingredients. The traditional mainly tribal dishes from the state are Hinkejvu – mix veg with local vegetables and salt, Akhuni or Axone chutney, Galho, Raja Mircha Pickle -made from ghost pepper, Nashi shi lon, Pumpkin Oambal, Akibiye – colocasia roots and mustard leaves etc.

Manipur

Manipur is famous for the natural beauty of the state thus named as “Jewelled Land”. The food prepared in the homes is full of home grown vegetables, spices and rice. The traditional Manipuri recipes are Chamthong or Kangshoi – a healthy vegetable stew, Morok Metpa – green chilly chutney, Singju – Manipuri Salad, Paaknam – type of spicey pancake, Chak-hao kheer, Aalu Kangmet, Chak Angouba, Sana thongba, Kelli chana, Aalu Kangmet, Mario Nakkuppi Pakodas, Khamen Ashu=inba Athumba etc.

Mizoram

Mizo people are traditionally rice eaters. Some of the traditional dishes from the state are Bai- steamed vegetables including beans and ferns, Chhum Han, Hmarcha Rawt- chilli chutney, Bekang- fermented soya beans, Sanpiao, Chhanban, Aalu chop, Sawhchiar etc.

Tripura

Tripura is one of the smallest north eastern state of India. The staple food of state like all other neighboring regions is rice. The famous traditional foods from the region are Bhangui- rice prepared in banana leaves, Mosdeng Serma- spicy tomato chutney, Veg Bangwi, Kosoi Bwtwi, Poda Pitha etc.

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Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 2 https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-2/ https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-2/#comments Sun, 06 Jun 2021 16:58:44 +0000 https://yourdeft.com/?p=985 Bharat is the land of rich cultural traditions with diversity in geography, climate, languages, clothing and most importantly the food people eat. As well said, “We become the food we eat”. Each and every cell of our body is made of nutrition that the food provides us. The variety one can find in Indian food is amazing. The same dish has different styles of cooking in different parts of the country and so does the taste.

In this article, we are mentioning the List of traditional Indian Food items each Indian state is famous for. Focusing on the vegetarian cuisines only as our country has a large number of vegetarian population and so does the food. Agricultural land is rich with a plant-based diet and spices that make each dish savoring.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is one of the biggest state in terms of area. The Thar dessert and dry climate results into low vegetation. The Food items prepared in the state are rich in spices. No one can ever forget about Dal, Bati and Churma. All the things are filled with lots of ghee. It is complete dish where Churma is sweet prepared from wheat flour. the other must try traditional recipes are Gatte ki Sabji, Ker Sangri, Papad ki Sabji, Bajra Roti etc. Famous snacks are Mirchi Bada, Pyaz Kachori, Kalmi Vada, Kachri ki chutney etc.

Sweet cuisines include Mawa kachori, Ghewar, Bajra Raab, Mohan thaal, Churma Laddu are famous.

Gujarat

Guajarat is west coastal state of India and has primarily vegetarian diet. The state is famous for its snacks, pickles and chutneys. The traditional dishes from the state are well known in all over country. Some of them are Khandvi, Dal Dhokli, Undhiyu, Bardoli ki Khichdi, Methi ka thepla, Dhokla, Handvo, Fafda, Patra, Mango Shreekhand etc.

The desserts from the state are Kansar, gol Papdi, Ghari, Doodhpak, Sutarfeni, Basundi, Faafda Lapsi, Ghugra, Moong Dal Sheera, Biranj etc.

Uttar Pradesh

The biggest state of the country has various dishes from western, central and eastern regions. The famous dishes from the state are Tahri similar to Pulao in western region, Bedmi Puri, Bedhai famous in Agra, Mathura and Firozabad region. Bhindi Salan, Baingan ka Bharta, Lucknow Pulao, Veg Kofta, Aloo Puri.

Large varieties of desserts from the state include Jalebi, Makhan Malai, Falooda Kulfi, Sheermal, Rewari Gajjak, Mathura Peda etc.

Bihar

The state of Bihar is fmaous for its authentic delicious spicy food. The first and the foremost dish that comes into the mind is Litti Chokha – Litti is round wheat balls filled with Sattu and other spices and Chokha made of boiled brinjal, tomatoes, garlic and onions. Sattu parantha, Choora Bhuja, Bihari Dal Pitha, Ole ki chutney ( Suran), Toori Chana etc. Beverages include Sattu Sharbat and Bel Sharbat.

Indian food desserts famous in the region are Thekua – specially prepared in festivals like Chhath Puja. Khurma, Khajja, Ramdana Laddo, Malpua etc.

Madhya Pradesh

The central state of India also known as heart of India. Madhya Pradesh is land of Maharajas or Kings. The traditional food from the state are Malwa Dal, Indori Poha, Dal Bafla, Sabudana Khichdi, Bhutte ka Kees, Palak Puri, Chakki ka shak etc.

Famous sweets from the state are Mawa Bati, Khoprapak, Shreekhand, Khoya Jalebi, Makhanvada and Kalakand.

Chattisgarh

Chattisgarh has staple diet of Rice, Bajra and Jawar. The food culture of the place is unique on its own. The famous traditional dishes from the state are Aaamat, Muthia, Chila, Bhajia, Faraa, Bafauri, Dubki Kadhi, Cholai Bhaji, Chech Bhaji, Kanda Bhaji, Kheksi etc. Aamat is well known as Sambhar of Bastar region, traditionally prepared in bamboo shoots. Muthia is traditional breakfast dish made of rice and other spices. Faraa is variant of momos in chattisgarh. Bafauri are speacial type of pakodas prepared in the state.

Sweet dishes from the state are Bidiya, Doodh Fara, Bafauli, Basooli, Tikhur and Anarsa. Iddhar is also one of the famous dish from the state.

Jharkhand

Jharkhand has a staple diet of rice, tubers and dals. The dishes are prepared in various forms some consisting low oils and spices. Various types of Rotis from the state are Chilka Roti, Arsa Roti, Khapra Roti etc. Other traditional varieties are Dhuska, Aaru ki Sabji, Mard Jhor, Pittha, Sanai ke phool ka bharta, Moonj Ada, Bamboo shoot vegetable, Chakor Jhol etc. Other

Traditional sweets of Jharkhand are Mitha Khaja, Dudhouri etc.

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Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 1 https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-1/ https://yourdeft.com/traditional-authentic-indian-foods-part-1/#respond Sun, 06 Jun 2021 14:44:50 +0000 https://yourdeft.com/?p=982 Bharat is the land of rich cultural traditions with diversity in geography, climate, languages, clothing and most importantly the food people eat. As well said, “We become the food we eat”. Each and every cell of our body is made of nutrition that the food provides us. The variety one can find in Indian food is amazing. The same dish has different styles of cooking in different parts of the country and so does the taste.

In this article, we are mentioning the List of traditional Indian Food items each Indian state is famous for. Focusing on the vegetarian cuisines only as our country has a large number of vegetarian population and so does the food. Agricultural land is rich with a plant-based diet and spices that make each dish savoring.

Jammu and Kashmir – Kashmiri Cuisines

The coldest state of Jammu and Kashmir has a lot for the plate. The state has rich production Kesar, Apples, Walnuts, Almonds etc. The famous Indian food items from the region include Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Pulao, Lauki Yakhni or Al Yakhni, Kashmiri Biryani, Jammu Rajma and Methi Chaman. One of the famous hot beverage of the state is Kashmiri Kehwa which is made with ingredients like Kesar flowers, Almonds, Raisins etc.

The desserts include Kashmiri Lyde made with wheat flour. Kashmiri Shufta is prepared with lots of dry fruits. Other famous sweet dishes are Kesar Phirni and Sewaiyaan.

Ladakh – Cold Dessert delights

The Ladakh is cold dessert of India and has very less vegetaion as compared to Kashmir. The amount of food varieties thus are limited. The famous dishes from the state include Thukpa which is made of wheat and barley noodles with soup of mixed vegetables. The varities include thentuk, panthuk etc. Another soupy delicacy is Skyu. Chhutagi is another meal rich in nutrition. The place is also famous for bread varities like Tingmo and Khambir.

The beverages include Butter Tea and Chhang which is a type of beer. Chhurpe is a kind on dried Yak cheese used in various food items to increase the taste and flavor.

Himachal Pradesh – Himachali Recipes

Coming down to Himachal we have similar ingredients but different ways of preparation. Himachali Pulao is very similar to the Kashmiri one. Also we have special varieties like Hare Lehsan ki Sabji ( green garlic dish ), Luchke ( wheat pancakes ), Simbhal ki Sabji ( cooton flower bud dish ), Kathal Madra, Sepu Vadi, Raungi ki Dum ( Black eyed beans with spinach) etc.

The desserts include Zaffrani rice ( sweet rice ), Arsa ( sweet made of rice flour and sugar ), Pumpkin fudge known as Pethe ka mitha and Makhana mithadi ( lotus seeds dessert ). These are the famous ones in the state.

Uttarakhand – Pahadi Pasands

Uttarakhand also has a mountainous state. It is divided into Garhwali and Kumaoni population. The famous Indian food dishes of the state include Kafuli which is made from spinach and fenugreek. Another special variety is Phanu made from various lentils found in the area. Specially cooked in winters and eaten with rice. Baadi is another exotic dish from Garhwal. Chainsoo is rich in protein and prepared from black urad dal. Aaloo ke Gutke ( Potato dish ) is famous from the Kumaoni tradition. Sisunag/Kandali Saag is made from a native grass found in the region. Some other must try dishes are Dubuk, Garhwal ka Fanaah, Mandua ki Roti and Bhatt ki Churdkhani.

Desserts from the state include Singori, Jhangora ki Kheer, Gulgule and Arsa. Kumaon is also famous for Singori made from Khoya and wrapped in molu leaves. Arsa is popular wedding sweet containing Jaggery, Rice and mustard oil. Jhagora kheer is named after a local millet variety.

Punjab – Punjabi Tadkas

The Punjabi dishes have become popular over entire north India. The spicy and buttery food items have won more hearts than any other food can. The all time famous Makke di Roti and Sarson da Saag is speciality of the state. Other famous Punjabi dishes include Paneer Butter Masala, Chole Bhature, Rajma Chawal, Dal Makhani, Aaloo Ke Paranthe, Punjabi Wadi rice, Pindi Chole etc. The Rotis include all kinds of Naans, Amritsari Kulche, Phulkas, Laccha Parantha, etc.

The Indian food beverages include the Famous Lassi. In the desserts we get Atta Halwa, Suji Halwa, Rice Kheer, Gud Paare and Tosha.

Haryana – Desi Delights

Also the state is famous for its food that includes Milk and dairy products. But we also have some traditional food items specially prepared in the state. The famous Besan Masala Roti is made from Besan, Amchur and other spices and is served with Buttermilk. Bajara Aloo Roti consists of potato and Bajara flour. The side dish of dried beans named as Singri Sabzi is also famous among the locals. Other famous dishes from the state include Mix Dal, Hara Dhania cholia, Kachri ki Sabzi, Kachri chutney.

Desserts from the state are Meethe Chawal, Malpua, Alsi pinni, etc.

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The Sari Saga – 9 yards of Cultural Pride https://yourdeft.com/the-sari-saga-9-yards-of-cultural-pride/ https://yourdeft.com/the-sari-saga-9-yards-of-cultural-pride/#respond Sun, 30 May 2021 09:54:27 +0000 https://yourdeft.com/?p=945 Contents The Sari The Vedic Science of circular Drapes Traditional Fabrics in India

The Sari

The term Sari is originated from the Sanskrit word Satika which means a single piece of cloth. It is a single piece of cloth without any stitches with a length ranging from 4.5 to 9 yards. The ancient Indian literatures including the Rig Veda has the mention of this garment. The ancient Sanskrit literature Kadambari by Banabhatta and Tamil poetry Silappadhikaram have descriptions of women draped in saris.

The Vedic Science of circular Drapes

The Sari has a spiritual and sacred science associated with it. The Vedic reasoning behind wearing clothing that has no stitch is that it helps in easy flow of energy to the body. It is worn by people with the intention of raising their spiritual consciousness including men and women. It is the oldest and longest lasting garment that is worn in society till today without any modification except in prints and fabric.

The human body absorbs the energy from the atmosphere and the first surface that it hits is our clothing or skin. So in order to receive high energy without any blockages, people wear such clothing. It is draped in circles just like the natural flow of energy so it allows holding the circular energy flows to get absorbed by the body. Having stitches blocks the energy flow so it is the perfect cloth to use that has no stitches at all.

The Stomach area is usually open or uncovered as it is the place of Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. It is the area of the body from where most of the energy can be absorbed. As the human body is the house of both Masculine and Feminine energies termed as Shiva and Shakti, the left side of the body is feminine energy and the right is masculine. Therefore women take left Pallu to apply little/subtle pressure on the left shoulder. The remaining cloth rests on the left shoulder in females and the right shoulder in males to balance the respective energies.

Every single thing is purely applied science. Wearing a Sari has beneficial for all those who want to seek more than this culture has for them.

Traditional Fabrics in India

Banarasi Silk is famous for its gold embroidery. The city of Banaras ( Varanasi ) is full of weavers who are experts in silver and gold zari. For them, the Sari is their canvas. Based on the design and demand, a single Sari can take more than 6 months to complete. The special design patterns are floral motifs, mina work, jhallar designs, kalga, and bel. Four main categories are Katan ( pure silk ), Kora (Organza) with zari and silk, Georgette and Shattir. Designs include Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tissue and Butidar. Other famous varieties from the state are Shalu and Tanchoi.

Chanderi is named after the place of its origin in Madhya Pradesh. Basically, three kinds of fabrics are used pure silk, Chanderi cotton, and mix of cotton and silk. These are one of the finest saris in India which include design patterns of peacocks, coins, floral arts, geometric shapes, etc. The state also is famous for Maheshwari saris from Maheshwar and Dhokra silk.

In the east, West Bengal is famous for Tant Saris which are famous for lightness and transparency. Other varieties from the state include Baluchari, Kaantha, Garode/Korial, Shantipuri cotton, Jamdani, etc. Assam is famous for Mooga silk and Mekhla cotton.

In Odisha, we can find Sambhalpuri silk and cotton varieties. These are famous for traditional designs like Shankha, flowers, chakra etc. These handloom designs have other varieties like Sonepuri, Pasapali, Bomkai, Barpali, and Bapta saris. The state has other varities like Ikkat silk, Bomkai, Khandua silk and cotton, Sonepuri silk, Brahmapuri silk, Pasapalli, Matha silk, Bapta silk, Kotpad Pata etc.

Western varieties come from the states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. Maharashtra has varieties named as Paithanpattu, Yeola, Peshwai, Mahalsa, Narayanpeth, Khun fabric and Karvati tussar saris. Rajasthan is famous for Bandhanis, Kota Dorias and Bagru varieties. Gujarat also has similar varieties as Rajasthan. Patola saris from Gujarat are also famous.

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A lady in sari.

Southern regions of the Country has vide variety of Saris. The State Karnataka produces 9000 metric tonnes of mulberry silk every year. The state is famous for the well known Mysore silk saris. Other varities of Karnataka are Ilkal, Molakalmuru and Sulebhavis. The neighbor state Tamil Nadu is famous for Chettinad, Kumbakonam, Thirubhuvanam, Coimabatore cotton, Salem silk, Chinnalampattu, Kandagi, Rasipuram, Koorai, Arni silk, Chennai, Karaikudi, Trichurapalli, Nagarkoil, Thoothukudi and Thanjavur saris.

Andhra Pradesh is famous for Mangalagiri silk saris. Also varieties like Uppada silk, Chirala, Bandar, Bandarulanka, Kuppadam, Dharmavaram are popular in the state. Kerala is famous for its silk vairieties like Kerala, Maradaka, Samudrikapuram. Other varieties are Balarampuram, Mayilati, Kannur cotton, Kalpathi silk etc.

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Shiva Tandava Strotam

Composed by Ravana, the Asura King of Lanka, Shiva Tandava consists of 15 Shlokas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Ravana was one of the greatest devotee of Shiva. He created this Strotam in praise of Lord Shiva.

After defeating Alaka near Mount Kailash, Ravana was returning to Lanka on his Pushpak Vimana. On the way he saw a beautiful Kailash and wanted to fly to see it. But his Vimana was unable to rise above. He asked Nandi for the reason behind all this. Nandi replied that no one is allowed except Shiva and Parvati. Ravana made fun of his masters Shiva and Paravati and in return Nandi cursed him that he would be destroyed by a Vaanar.

Angry Ravana tried to lift mount Kailash with his twenty arms along with Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva pressed his toe and injured his fingers. Ravana cried in pain. In order to impress Lord Shiva he created this Shiva Tanadava Stotram.

After getting impressed by listening and dancing to this Strotam, Lord Shiva not also forgave Ravana but also gave him Chandrahasa. The dance performed with Great energy is termed as Tandava, originated from word ‘Tandul’ which means ‘to jump’.

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||श्लोक १||

जटाटवीगलज्जलप्रवाहपावितस्थले गलेऽवलम्ब्य लम्बितां भुजङ्गतुङ्गमालिकाम् ।
डमड्डमड्डमड्डमन्निनादवड्डमर्वयं चकार चण्डताण्डवं तनोतु नः शिवः शिवम् ॥

The holy river Ganga flows flows from the long hair of Lord Shiva, consecrating the neck. Snakes hang around his neck like a beautiful garland. The sound of Damaru has filled the atmosphere. The Lord Shiva performs the Tandava. May Shiva bless us !

||श्लोक २||

जटाकटाहसम्भ्रमभ्रमन्निलिम्पनिर्झरी विलोलवीचिवल्लरीविराजमानमूर्धनि ।
धगद्धगद्धगज्जलल्ललाटपट्टपावके
किशोरचन्द्रशेखरे रतिः प्रतिक्षणं मम ॥

The sacred water of holy Ganga flows through the Locks of Shiva’s hair and glorifies his head. The strong fire is burning on Shiva’s forehead. The bright Moon is placed as an ornament on his forehead.

||श्लोक ३||

धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीविलासबन्धुबन्धुर स्फुरद्दिगन्तसन्ततिप्रमोदमानमानसे ।
कृपाकटाक्षधोरणीनिरुद्धदुर्धरापदि
क्वचिद्दिगम्बरे मनो विनोदमेतु वस्तुनि ॥

May our minds seek joy in Shiva! In his mind resides the whole life of this universe. He is the consort of Daughter of Mountain King. His glance removes all the hardships and problems. He is the one who wears the entire universe. Salutations to Lord Shiva!

||श्लोक ४||

जटाभुजङ्गपिङ्गलस्फुरत्फणामणिप्रभा कदम्बकुङ्कुमद्रवप्रलिप्तदिग्वधूमुखे ।
मदान्धसिन्धुरस्फुरत्त्वगुत्तरीयमेदुरे
मनो विनोदमद्‍भुतं बिभर्तु भूतभर्तरि ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva whose neck is glorified by the reddish brown serpent on his neck. The gem on Snake’s head is shining like a red Kumkum on face of Goddess of all directions who wears elephant skin shawl.

श्लोक ५||

सहस्रलोचनप्रभृत्यशेषलेखशेखर प्रसूनधूलिधोरणी विधूसराङ्घ्रिपीठभूः ।
भुजङ्गराजमालया निबद्धजाटजूटकः
श्रियै चिराय जायतां चकोरबन्धुशेखरः ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva whose footrest is covered with the dust of flowers presented by Devas including Brahma and Vishnu. He wears the moon as crown and his hair has Red Snake as garland. May Shiva bless us all.

||श्लोक ६||

ललाटचत्वरज्वलद्धनञ्जयस्फुलिङ्गभा निपीतपञ्चसायकं नमन्निलिम्पनायकम् ।
सुधामयूखलेखया विराजमानशेखरं महाकपालिसम्पदेशिरोजटालमस्तु नः ।।

May Lord Shiva bless us with all the Siddhis. He is the one who devoured the God of Love with fire sparkling on his forehead. He is the one who is greatly respected by the Lords of the heaven. He is the one whose head is shining with the gleam of cool shine of the Crescent Moon!

||श्लोक ७||

करालभालपट्टिकाधगद्‍धगद्‍धगज्ज्वलद् धनञ्जयाहुतीकृतप्रचण्डपञ्चसायके ।
धराधरेन्द्रनन्दिनीकुचाग्रचित्रपत्रक प्रकल्पनैकशिल्पिनि त्रिलोचने रतिर्मम ॥

Salutations to the Lord Shiva the one whose forehead burns with Dhagad sounds. He is the one who has three eyes. He is the one who offered the arrows of God of Love to fire. He is the artist who is expert in tracing lines on breasts of Pravati.

||श्लोक ८||

नवीनमेघमण्डली निरुद्‍धदुर्धरस्फुरत् कुहूनिशीथिनीतमः प्रबन्धबद्धकन्धरः
निलिम्पनिर्झरीधरस्तनोतु कृत्तिसिन्धुरः कलानिधानबन्धुरः श्रियं जगद्धुरंधरः ॥

Salutations to the Shiva whose neck is as dark as the Night of full moon covered with the dark clouds. He is the one who wears celestial river and the moon on his forehead. He is the one who carries the load of this Universe.

||श्लोक ९||

प्रफुल्लनीलपङ्कजप्रपञ्चकालिमप्रभा वलम्बिकण्ठकन्दलीरुचिप्रबद्धकन्धरम् स्मरच्छिदं पुरच्छिदं भवच्छिदं मखच्छिदं गजच्छिदान्धकच्छिदं तमन्तकच्छिदं भजे॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva whose neck shines like a fully bloomed blue Lotus flower used in the temples. Bless us Shiva with prosperity. He is the one who destroyed Manmatha, Tripura, all the Mayas of this world. One who destroyed all the darkness, the demon elephant, the Lord of Death Yama.

||श्लोक १०||

अखर्वसर्वमङ्गलाकलाकदम्बमञ्जरी रसप्रवाहमाधुरीविजृम्भणामधुव्रतम् । स्मरान्तकं पुरान्तकं भवान्तकं मखान्तकं गजान्तकान्धकान्तकं तमन्तकान्तकं भजे ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva around whom the bees fly because of the sweet smell of Kadambha flowers. He is the one who destroyed all the darkness, the demon elephant, the Lord of Death Yama. He is the one who destroyed Manmatha, Tripura, all the Mayas of this world.

||श्लोक ११||

अखर्वसर्वमङ्गलाकलाकदम्बमञ्जरी रसप्रवाहमाधुरीविजृम्भणामधुव्रतम् । स्मरान्तकं पुरान्तकं भवान्तकं मखान्तकं गजान्तकान्धकान्तकं तमन्तकान्तकं भजे ॥

Salutations to Lord Shiva whose forehead is burning with the fire. The fire increases with air from the breath of snake around him. He is the one whose Tandava tunes with Dhimid sound.

||श्लोक १२||

दृषद्विचित्रतल्पयोर्भुजङ्गमौक्तिकस्रजोर् गरिष्ठरत्नलोष्ठयोः सुहृद्विपक्षपक्षयोः। तृणारविन्दचक्षुषोः प्रजामहीमहेन्द्रयोः समप्रवृत्तिकः कदा सदाशिवं भजाम्यहम् ॥

Lord Shiva has same vision towards the entire universe, be it the different worlds, the Snake around his neck, general public or the Kings, the tip of the grass or Lotus flower, a precious gem or a dirt or sand. Where can I worship him?

||श्लोक १३||

कदा निलिम्पनिर्झरीनिकुञ्जकोटरे वसन् विमुक्तदुर्मतिः सदा शिरःस्थमञ्जलिं वहन् । विमुक्तलोललोचनो ललामभाललग्नकःशिवेति मन्त्रमुच्चरन्कदा सुखी भवाम्यहम् ॥

When can i find happiness? By living near the Ganga in a cave worshiping Lord Shiva and washing away all my impure thoughts everyday? I’m devoted to Shiva and chant his Mantras. He is the one with magnificent eyes and glorious forehead.

||श्लोक||

इमं हि नित्यमेवमुक्तमुत्तमोत्तमं स्तवं पठन्स्मरन्ब्रुवन्नरो विशुद्धिमेतिसंततम्हरे गुरौ सुभक्तिमाशु याति नान्यथा गतिं विमोहनं हि देहिनां सुशङ्करस्य चिन्तनम्

The one who reads this strotam, remembers it and recites it everyday gets purified. The great devotion to Shiva leads to Salvation. There is no other way except taking refuge under Shiva’s blessings. Thoughts of Shiva removes all delusions.

||श्लोक||

पूजावसानसमये दशवक्त्रगीतं यः शम्भुपूजनपरं पठति प्रदोषे ।
तस्य स्थिरां रथगजेन्द्रतुरङ्गयुक्तां लक्ष्मीं सदैव सुमुखीं प्रददाति शम्भुः ॥

The one who recites this strotam in the early morning prayers is bless with all health, wealth and prosperity.
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Lord Sudarshana

The Sudarshana Ashtakam

Composed by Shri Vedanta Desika, Shri Sudarshana Ashtakam consists of 8 Shlokas is dedicated to Sudarshana Chakra of Lord Vishnu. As a weapon to Lord Vishnu, Lord Sudarshana protects the universe and all its contents. Those who chant Sudarshana Ashtakam with devotion will fulfill all his desires and will be able to remove any obstacles in life.

Traditionally people used to recite this in homes when some falls ill, specially during high fever.

||श्लोक १||

प्रतिभटश्रेणि भीषण वरगुणस्तोम भूषण जनिभयस्थान तारण जगदवस्थान कारण ।
निखिलदुष्कर्म कर्शन निगमसद्धर्म दर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

All the enemies of Lord’s ( Vishnu ) devotees run away from your fear. All the auspicious things find home in you. Your worshipper free themselves from the cycle of Birth and Death and cross the Ocean of Samsara easily. You stabilize the Entire Universe. You free everyone from their sins who seek your refuge. You bless everyone with knowledge of righteous conduct in Vedas. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक २||

शुभजगद्रूप मण्डन सुरगणत्रास खन्डन शतमखब्रह्म वन्दित शतपथब्रह्म नन्दित ।
प्रथितविद्वत् सपक्षित भजदहिर्बुध्न्य लक्षित जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

Dear Lord Sudarshana, you are a precious decoration to the hands of Lord Vishnu, the one who has the whole universe as his body. All the Devatas are free from the fear of Asuras only because of you. Lord Indra and Lord Brahma worship you. The Satapata Brahmana of Shukla Yajur Veda pays tribute to you. Scholars seek your help in overcoming their contestants. According to Ahirbudhnya Samhita, Ahirbudhnyan(Sivan) worships you to see your beauty with his own eyes. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ३||

स्फुटतटिज्जाल पिञ्जर पृथुतरज्वाल पञ्जर परिगत प्रत्नविग्रह पतुतरप्रज्ञ दुर्ग्रह ।
प्रहरण ग्राम मण्डित परिजन त्राण पण्डित जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

You are the one who shines like an assembly of lightings covering you like a cage . You are the one who is surrounded by forms of Lord Vishnu. The Satapata Brahmana of Shukla Yajur Veda pays tribute to you. Even the great scholars find it difficult to understand your glory in full extent. The sixteen weapons that you have are there to serve you, this sight is beautiful. You rescue those who seek your protection. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ४||

निजपदप्रीत सद्गण निरुपधिस्फीत षड्गुण निगम निर्व्यूढ वैभव निजपर व्यूह वैभव ।
हरि हय द्वेषि दारण हर पुर प्लोष कारण जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

You are the one under whose feet, the righteous people are firmly attached. The Six Kalyaana gunas- Knowledge, Power, Strength, Wealth, Heroism and Effulgence- find home in you. The vedas also glorify you. You have the forms of Param and Vyuham . You bring down the fear of foes of Lord Indra. You are the reason behind burning down the Shiva’s city Kashi into ashes. You were at the tip of Shiva’s arrow when he was busy destroying Tripuraasura. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ५||

दनुज विस्तार कर्तन जनि तमिस्रा विकर्तन दनुजविद्या निकर्तन भजदविद्या निवर्तन ।
अमर दृष्ट स्व विक्रम समर जुष्ट भ्रमिक्रम जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

Dear Lord Sudarshana! You are the one who stop growth of Asuras and destroy them. You are like the Sun lighting up the Samsara which was like a dark night before. You remove all the false knowledge from the minds of your devotees. All the Devas celebrate your powerful actions and experience joy. You are the one who fight against the enemies of your devotees by revolving and rotating. May everyone prosper! Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ६||

प्रथिमुखालीढ बन्धुर पृथुमहाहेति दन्तुर विकटमाय बहिष्कृत विविधमाला परिष्कृत ।
स्थिरमहायन्त्र तन्त्रित दृढ दया तन्त्र यन्त्रित जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ।।

Dear Lord Sudarshana! You give Darshan to your devotees with your one foot placed forward and other following it. Your position is beautiful to behold. You are surrounded by magnificent and fearsome weapons. You conquer everyone from Maaya caused by Asuras and remain unaffected from such illusions. Beautiful flower garlands increase your natural beauty. You compassionate with your devotees and bless them when they worship you using Yantra and Mantra. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ७||

महित सम्पत् सदक्षर विहितसम्पत् षडक्षर षडरचक्र प्रतिष्ठित सकल तत्त्व प्रतिष्ठित ।
विविध सङ्कल्प कल्पक विबुधसङ्कल्प कल्पक जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

Dear Lord Sudarshana of prime Gunaas! The real wealth is true knowledge about your Lord ( Vishnu). When anyone seek refuge to your holy feet, you bless them with unperishable wealth of Moksham. Devotees who recite your Mantra gain huge wealth. Devotess worhip you through Yantra formed by two Intersecting traingles. You reside in all creations of Vishnu. You are powerful enough to complete whatever you decide. Thus you are a Satya Sankalpa and serve as divine Kalpaka tree granting everything that a devotee wants. Lord Sudarshana you Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

||श्लोक ८||

भुवन नेत्र त्रयीमय सवन तेजस्त्रयीमय निरवधि स्वादु चिन्मय निखिल शक्ते जगन्मय ॥
अमित विश्वक्रियामय शमित विश्वग्भयामय जय जय श्री सुदर्शन जय जय श्री सुदर्शन ॥

Lord Sudarshan, you are the eye of Universe! You are the form of three Vedas and three fires of Yaagas- Gaarhapatyam, Ashavaneeyam and Dakshinagni! You are a form of true knowledge. You are in every form of Universe. Devotees worhip you by doing sacrificial rituals. You destroy all the fears and illness of those who worship you from all directions. Victory to You Lord Sudarshana! Victory to you Shri Sudarshana!

फलश्रुति

द्विचतुष्कमिदं प्रभूतसारं पठतां वेङ्कटनायक प्रणीतम् ।
विषमेऽपि मनोरथः प्रधावन् न विहन्येत रथाङ्ग धुर्य गुप्तः ॥

Those who recite these 8 verses in praise of Lord Sudarshana composed by Venkatnatha known as Vedantha Desikan have the fulfillment of all thier wishes. Powers of Lord Sudarshana will make all wishes come true and all the obstacles will fade away.

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Brahmacharya – the powerful Spiritual Lifestyle in everyday life – 2021 https://yourdeft.com/brahmacharya-everyday-life-2021/ https://yourdeft.com/brahmacharya-everyday-life-2021/#comments Sun, 18 Apr 2021 15:17:17 +0000 http://yourdeft.com/?p=840 The term Brahmacharya is made up of two words ‘Brahman’ means the Universe and ‘Charya’ means the lifestyle. The Universe is the ultimate or the divine power of all creation. One who is in the path of the ultimate is Brahmachari. Knowingly or unknowingly we all are in the search of joy.

In whatever way we have experienced joy in our life, we want to experience more of it again and again. Nobody on earth can restrict himself from experiencing the joyfulness. But because humans could not find joy, they somehow settled for pleasure. The one thing we all must fit into our minds is that pleasure is not joy. It is just a small form or limited part of a large picture.

Whenever we humans involve in acts of pleasure we need something or somebody to experience it. The deeper we seek pleasure the more dependency grows to that something or somebody. The present condition of the world is the same.

If things humans find pleasure from or people they involve are taken away, they feel broken, helpless, and futile. That means our existence would now depend on things or other people. That’s bondage. Nobody on this earth nor even animals cannot find joy in bondage. Our Inner being always wants freedom from all kinds of bondages.

” If you become a pleasure seeker, naturally you are setting up limitations in such a pleasant way that you cannot transcend it. Unpleasant limitations can be broken but pleasant limitations cannot be broken. ” :- Sadhguru

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

The Joy Within

The first step towards the path of the Ultimate is that you are joyful on your own. You create joy for yourself and not things or other people. When we are joyful, it sets us free. We no longer think about what’s happening around, we forget what to eat and all that because we are in a state of pure joy. Joy is the ultimate freedom. So the most important thing for all of us is to seek joy.

Not outside but within ourselves. The source of joy is inside. If you’ll search outside you’ll become the pleasure seeker. You do not need the outside stimulus to feel happiness. So the Brahmachari is the one who is the creator of his joy within. Every Brahamchari is working towards attaining the goal of becoming joyful on his own.

Beyond Celibacy

Brahmacharya does not mean just celibacy. These are two different things. Many people think that how and why people restrict themselves from bodily pleasures. It is just a hormonal balance that anyone can achieve. One can be married and still be a Brahmachari, as you are not seeking joy from your partner. All the world can be a Brahmachari.

Two people once married can share joy instead of expecting it from each other. Abstaining from sexual activities is just used as a supportive system to become Brahmachari. Brahmacharya means that you are ecstatic by nature.

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The Brahmacharya Lifestyle

The Positive Information

The first and foremost thing that every Brahmachari follows is avoiding lustful thoughts. Abstaining from sexual activities because it would be more of becoming a pleasure seeker. This infinite life is more than just a body. Every human is more than this body and therefore should not only focus on bodily pleasures.

Otherwise, there will be no difference between us and animals. Animals have specific goals of survival that are finding food to survive and mating to produce more of their kind for the survival of their species.

  • How one can achieve this is through the source of information of such kind. Avoiding all the practices through which such lustful thoughts arise in our minds. Because information is the source of our thoughts. See, listen, and speak everything pure. Pure in the sense that it is energizing, meaningful, and worth sharing with everyone.
  • Avoid watching obscene content from movies, internet, newspapers, etc.
  • Avoid reading books related to lust, sexual fantasies, etc.
  • Avoid the company of people who engage in such activities or ask you to do so.
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The Food for thought

We all must have heard about the famous Indian proverb:

 “Jaisa Ann waisa Mann”. That is “Like Food, Like Mind”.

Have you ever questioned why Food here is related to our minds and not bodies?

Whatever food we eat itself has a vibration in it. This energy or vibration comes from the environment, the one who cooks, and the place where this food is being cooked. Therefore the food that you take should be Satvik food. That is full of positive energy.

  • Avoid or stop eating non-veg food as it has the least energy. It is just like eating the dead.
  • Avoid eating spicy food, junk food, alcohol, tobacco, etc.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, fresh veggies, milk, and grains.
  • Drink water according to your body’s need to remain hydrated.
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Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani, Spiritual Guide and Mentor

Practice Meditation

Meditating at-least for 10 – 15 minutes in the morning is a practice that everyone could follow. With practice, time can exceed. Meditation becomes easy when you focus on positive thoughts instead of attaining zero or no thought state. Because it is not possible to attain no thought state. Thinking about something good or chanting Mantra’s related to your religious beliefs is one kind of meditation. Doing Yoga would also help.

Engage more in Positive Feeling acts.

This is to keep you away from bad thoughts and consequently from bad practices. One best way to avoid wrong acts is to not know something wrong. Learn all good things, engage with all good people, read all good books, visit spiritual places according to your religion, your choice. Keep yourself so devoted to good things that you have no time to think about something else.

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Srila Prabhupada, ISKON Foundation

Avoid Close Relations with Opposite Gender until Marriage

After all, we all are human beings. We all experience this world through this body. This immortal body also has its needs that you can never deny. But yes, you can always control yourself. Become the master. Avoid engaging more with the opposite gender. Or just avoid engaging physically with any other person. Let everyone experience life as they wish and be on your own. Again it will all depend on the information you are gathering.

The Satsanga – company of the Truth

In the form of humans and things, be with the good. Meet people who are following the path of spirituality. Read Spiritual content from books and magazines. Watch or attend Holy ceremonies more and you will realize the benefit. The energy of the temples, churches, gurudwara is so strong and positive that you can feel the vibe just by paying a visit.

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No Matter what

Don’t hesitate with your beliefs. No one can change you except yourself. The ultimate decision is always yours. Don’t ponder over what others are going to think. People defy everything they can’t do or don’t believe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. With so many examples, be motivated to follow the path of the ultimate and experience the joy within.

The Western Impact

Many times you could come across arguments against your beliefs. Science sometimes has logic that forces us to blindly follow. But many spiritual and scientific studies are never brought to the world because it has no market. The western countries and money-making culture sell everything profitable. Bodily urges and sexual acts are given more value. It is because this topic is always paid more attention. Even doctors and scientists have believed that the benefits of Brahmacharya are so good that one must practice it. Indian values and culture have realized it long ago and so it has a culture that promotes spirituality more than anything else.

[ This article is written after gathering information from various sources that have similar teachings and practices. Forms may differ, religion may differ, methods may differ, lifestyle and culture may differ but they all have a common goal. The goal to experience the Universal truth. ]

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Ekadashi – The 11th Day, Significance of fasting and Staying Positive https://yourdeft.com/yourdeft-post-on-ekadashi-the-11th-day-in-the-lunar/ https://yourdeft.com/yourdeft-post-on-ekadashi-the-11th-day-in-the-lunar/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 06:48:30 +0000 http://yourdeft.com/?p=805 The word Ekadash means the number 11. The term Ekadashi refers to the 11th day in the two lunar phases in the vedic month.

The 11th day before the full moon in Shukla  Paksha and the 11th day after the new moon in Krshna Paksha is celebrated as Ekadashi fasting day. People all over India who practice Hinduism remain on a 24 hour fast.

There are a total of 24 Ekadashis associated with incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The number increases when there is an extra month called Kharmas or Malamas or Adhik Mas which keeps the Lunar and Solar calendars aligned.

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The deity Vishnu reclines on the coil of the great serpent Shesha, while the four-headed Brahma springs from his navel. Lakshmi, Vishnu’s consort, caresses his feet with devotion.

Significance of Fasting

In every mandala consisting of 40 to 48 days there are three specific days in which our body requires no food. This maybe different for different persons according to their physical needs. So fasting for these three days is beneficial for human body. In order to practice this Ekadashi is marked as the day of fasting when the planetary positions are such that affect our body the most in a positive way. There are three Ekadashis that come in this period of 48 days.

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Not eating for a day cleanses the body from inside. The body detoxifies itself on its own. Cleansing of blood, veins etc. happens effectively when the energy is not occupied in digesting the food then in absorbing it.

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Phases of the Moon

Fasting Ways

  • Many Yogis and Sadhaks remain for a 24 hour fast without even taking water known as Nirjala Upvas.
  • Some people only take water during the Ekadashi, this is Sajal Upvas.
  • Some people only take fruits and fruit juices, this is Saphal Upvas
  • Some people eat the day before Ekadashi and then eat light meal the next day at dinner. Many also eat only fruits and light things who can’t remain on an empty stomach.

Below are some Practices that people follow in Ekadashi fasts:

  • Many devotees avoid eating Anna ( wheat, rice, bajra etc ) even when they eat once.
  • Lord Vishnu and his Avatars are worshipped on this day. Mostly people worship the Krishna avatar of Vishnu.
  • The day is also associated with gaining full control over 11 human senses. These 11 sense fall into 3 categories which are Budhhi, Karma and Ubhaya.
  • People in Indian homes also avoid consuming rice on Ekadashis. The rice retain water inside when cooked. Taking water rich diet on Ekadashis when moon’s cosmic energy is on the rise can cause water retention, cold, sinusitis etc. in the body.
  • There are a total of 24 types of Ekadashis in an year. Each one is associated with a different Vishnu avatar and specific food Item.

Mantra:-

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय नमः ||

Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudevay Namah

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The above mantra is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna both. It is known as Dwadakshari mantra or 12 syllable mantra.

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Patravali – The 1st Ever Traditional Utensils Of India To Serve Food. https://yourdeft.com/patravali-the-1-traditional-indian-plate-serving/ https://yourdeft.com/patravali-the-1-traditional-indian-plate-serving/#respond Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:13:32 +0000 http://yourdeft.com/?p=796 I remember the days when I used to eat on Pattals at various religious gatherings in temples. As a kid, I was always mesmerized about how a leaf can be used to serve food.

Also, I have seen bowls that never leak any liquid. Various traditional temples offer food to devotees in these eco-friendly plates that are natural and have various health and environmental benefits.

They were slowly replaced by plastics, paper, or Thermocol made disposables but they are unhealthy for the body and also damage the mother earth.

It is a good thing that people have realized this and again have started using them. Nowadays many different types of leaf plates are available which are more durable and stylish as well as eco-friendly.

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A pile of Patravali ( Pattals ).

Patravali or Pattal is a traditional Indian plate made of leaves. Usually, the plate is made of Sal tree leaves, but the leaves of other trees like Banyan, Fodder, Jack fruit, etc are also common. It is still popular in traditional food offerings at temples and other religious festivals.

Southern regions of the country use Banana leaf plates to serve food. Not only banana leaves are easily available but also their large size is big enough to accommodate different food items.

How It’s Made:

8 to 10 Sal tree leaves depending upon their size are stitched using small wooden sticks.

Many women in various rural regions weave them at their homes in their spare time to earn some money.

Although they can be manually prepared, some mechanical means have been discovered to prepare them in large numbers in less time amount of time.

Many rural women are engaged in the production of these eco-friendly utensils that are used in India where festivals are never away and food offerings to devotees are an integral part of the rituals.

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पत्रावली – Patravali

Benefits

  • Contain plant-based compounds called polyphenols epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). They are natural antioxidants that battle free radicals and prevent many health problems. The food absorbs the polyphenols from leaves and gets the benefit of the nutrition.
  • Banana leaves have a wax coating which melts when hot food is served and adds a special flavor to it.
  • They can be simply rinsed and are ready to use.
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Food serving on Patravali
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