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There are four directions, four Vedas and four Varnas. Like this, Hinduism defines four pilgrimage sites called Char Dham (Four Spiritual Abodes). These places are situated in four directions of the country hence named Char Dham.
It is a belief that one who pays a visit to all these four pilgrimage sites receives Moksha (Salvation). It is a wish for many to fulfill once in a lifetime.
According to Adi Guru Shankaracharya, the holy Indian subcontinent has four pilgrimage destinations of utmost importance situated in four regions.


The four sites have temples of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of life on earth.

  • In east, we have Jagannath Temple in Puri.
  • South there is Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu.
  • In the West is Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka and,
  • In North, Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand.

1. Jagannath Puri

Jagannath Puri Temple

Yes, this name is famous all over the country to denote the Jagannath Temple situated in Puri, Odisha. The term Jagannath means the ‘Lord of the World’ or ‘World Personified’. Jagannath is alias for Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple is around 1000 years old and is in Puri, one of the oldest cities in eastern India.


It is the only temple where goddess Subhadra is worship along with her brothers Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra (Balaram).The idols of the deities made by Sandalwood. It is a belief that Lord Brahma himself brought life to the idol of Lord Jagannath.

Krishna Subhadra Balaram, Puri


The site has Markandeya, Chandan, Parvati Talab(Pond), Shwetganga, and Indradyumn as small pilgrimage points.

2. Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram Temple

The temple is in the south at the very tip of the Indian Peninsula. It is the place where
Lord Rama, along with Laksman, Hanuman, and his Vanar army built Ram Setu, to reach Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from Raavan.


The word Rameshwaram means ‘Lord of Rama’ which is Lord Shiva. Lord Rama while returning from Lanka worshiped the lingam here so that he can free himself from the sin of Brahmhatya after killing Raavan who was a Brahmin.

Ramanathanswamy, Jyotirlinga


Ramanathanswamy temple is one of the most beautiful temples in India. It is the same place where Raavan’s brother Vibhishan devoted himself to Lord Rama. The temple is full of architectural amazements.

3. Dwarika

Dwarika Temple

Dwarka or Dwarika is in the west in Gujarat. It is the westernmost part of India. The legendary Dwaraka Nagri is submerged in the sea now. The Dwarakadhish temple is devoted to the King Lord Krishna who after leaving Mathura settled here.

It is a belief that due to destruction by the sea, the present city is 7th settlement. Adi Guru Shankaracharya established Dwarkapeeth in the 8th century.

Dwarkadhish Temple- Lord Krishna Idol


The Dwarakadheesh temple is also popular as Jagat mandir ‘Temple of the World’. According to traditions, the temple build by Lord Krishna’s grandson Vajranabha over the Harigriha, the house of Krishna.

4. Badrinath

Badrinath Temple

Town Badri lies between the Nar and Narayan ranges in north. The town got its name after Badri or berry of Jujube tree found in the area. This place is famous for Lord Vishnu’s dual form Nar and Narayan. According to a legend, Adi Guru Shankaracharya found a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda river.


The place where the idol was found is Tapt Kund. Two hot water lakes named Narad Kund and Surya Kund are present here.

Importance

It is a belief that visiting these four pilgrimage sites once in a lifetime opens the gates of salvation by washing all the sins.

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Indian diet has always been rich in food items that not only bring different flavors and tastes but are also beneficial for health. From ancient times, the Indian diet has included spice mix, fruits, Achaar (pickles), etc that have additional properties to provide necessary nutrients daily.

Not only that, but we also have a specific time to take a particular food item so that it can be completely absorbed or assimilated by the body. Following immunity boosters are always there in Indian dishes do that you don’t have to worry about taking them additionally.

Haldi (Turmeric)

Haldi has been a part of every other Indian dish that is cook in the Indian kitchens. It has will be use in India for thousands of years because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that come from a compound called curcumin present in it.

Haldi

Almost all Indian vegetable spice mix contains Haldi. We also have Haldi Milk that is take to heal from fevers, common colds and ensures fast recovery.

Kali Mirch ( Black pepper)

How can we forget a spice that was once used as currency in Greece. Yes, the Kali Mirch is also one of the gifted spice that comes from southern India. It contains piperine that prevents cancer. It also has Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Flavonoids, Carotenes, and other antioxidants that help remove free radicals from the body.

Kali Mirch (Black Pepper)


The best way to have it is to crush the Kali Mirch seeds and add in Dahi (Yogurt), Buttermilk, salads, vegetables, etc. Kali Mirch ki chai ( black pepper tea) is also taken in India during winters to fight the common cold.

Adrak (Ginger)

The antibacterial properties of Adrak made it a permanent member of Indian kitchens. It increases immunity and prevents nausea and soothes an upset stomach. It is also a natural blood thinner and contains anti-inflammatory compound gingerol that handles blood vessel relaxation.

Adrak (Ginger)


It is add to Indian dishes . crushing ginger over the spice mix while cooking vegetables adds rich flavor. Again Adrak wali Chai is prepare in winter by boiling it in water before adding milk and other ingredients. This tea is one of my favorites.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Tulsi is the Holy Basil of India. It is find in almost every household and worshipped by Hindus daily. Works as a natural immunity booster and keeps infections at a bay. It protects against all infections from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)


The leave extracts of Tulsi increases helper cells and natural killer cells activity thereby boosts immunity. Again the Tulsi Chai can be prepare by boiling tulsi leaves in water and adding other ingredients.

Amla (Gooseberry)

The storehouse of good health, Amla has twice as twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. It is a rich source of Vitamin C, is anti-inflammatory and can also cure mouth ulcers if taken in liquid forms.

Amla (Gooseberry)


Indians have amla in various forms. In winter months we prepare Amla Achar(pickle), Amla Murabba( Dried candy) are also taken and also it becomes a part of vegetable juices.

Dalchini (Cinnamon)

Dalchini contains cinnamaldehyde which handles powerful effects on health and metabolism. It also contains powerful antioxidant polyphenol.

Dalchini (Cinnamon)

It helps our bodies fight infections and repair cell tissue. It also lowers blood sugar levels.It can add in small amounts as a flavoring substance. Add a pinch of it in tea, baking items, vegetable curries.

Neem

Neem leaves have anti-bacterial properties and purify the blood. It helps in clearing toxins from the blood leaving a strengthened immune system. It take in small amounts by adding it to drinking water.

Neem


Also adding neem leaves in warm water for taking bath can kill bacteria present over the skin.

These 7 steps will regularly do then we can increase our immunity power and protect us from not only corona virus but as well as from many other harmful disease.

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The Central government has extended the nationwide lock-down till 31st May 2020. Some new rules and regulations to be followed rigourously.Now the nation is divided into five categories of corona zones. These are green zone, orange zone, red zone, containment zone and buffer zone.

Green Zone
This zone includes the districts that have no active corona positive case till date.

Orange Zone
The districts with limited number of cases in the past and less frequent cases in recent days fall into this category.

Ajmer: An artist paints graffiti on COVID-19 on a street to spread awareness, during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Ajmer, Friday, May 01, 2020.

Red Zone
Red zone includes districts where number of daily corona cases are on the rise and doubling rate is high as compared to other districts. Metropolitan like Delhi and Mumbai are still in Red Zone.

Buffer Zones
Although the definition is not clear but the areas around the containment zone come under this category. These zones will have to be monitored in order to prevent the spread of disease further.

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At this time of life, we are learning how to stay away from each other. It is the need of the time because a disease like Corona has been spreading like a flu from one person to another at a very faster rate.

As the vaccines are unavailable and there is no proper cure, the only solution is to stay away from the infected person until he or she gets cured and completes 14 days of quarantine without any symptoms like high fever, breathing difficulty, etc.

Now the whole world is adapting and welcoming practices that were an integral part of the Indian culture. But the westernization of India made everyone believe that whatever western countries are doing is better than what we follow here in India.

Shaking hands, going to clubs, touching and getting intimate with each other just for the sake of enjoyment is being considered cool and those abiding the Indian values are considered as backward, superstitious and what not.

Sutak ( Quarantining and Isolation in India)

Sutak is a term used in India for a period in which strict rules are to be followed by all the family members to maintain proper hygiene and maintain distance from each as much as possible during that time. There are different times when Sutak is being followed in Indian homes. Depending upon the situation the time varies. It is a form of self-isolation and self-quarantine that we are following today. Following are the occasions when the Sutak is followed in Indian homes:-

  • Birth of a Child

Whenever a newborn arrives at home, the mother and child are being isolated from other family members as well as from the outsiders. Only a few members are allowed to take care of them.

The reason is to allow the newborn and the mother to stay away from the risk of infections that may get transferred to them during that period. Mother is not allowed to step out of that room to maintain her good health and for her baby. This practice lasts for at least a month.

  •  Death of a Family Member

When someone dies in a family then Sutak is followed for 12 days. And on the 13th day, Havan is being performed inside the house to purify the home or we can say to disinfect the house. For 12 days no outsider intake any food item or water from that house.

As a dead body also starts deteriorating and has a chance of getting infectious, therefore prevention of such things is avoided by isolating that house.

Even on the first day, no food is being cooked in the house. Neighbors bring food for them.All those people who attend the funeral take bath before entering their respective homes.

This is also to sanitize themselves and prevent the spread of infections if any.The clothes last used by the person who died are also disinfected or sometimes thrown away.

  • After Using the toilet for Defecation

In earlier times in India, the good practice was to take bath just after defection. This is because various bacteria can come with the person inside the house. Proper hygiene maintenance is an integral part of Indian culture.

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A virus also called “Vishanu” in Hindi that is Vish means poison and Anu means atom is the smallest organism that is capable of spreading diseases once it gets into a living body.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

As per the WHO advisory:

  • “Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus are experiencing mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).”

The Namaskar

The most important gesture that is being accepted during this pandemic worldwide comes from Hinduism. Namaste, Namastey or Namaskar is customary Hindu greeting. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. This gesture is called Añjali Mudrā; the standing posture incorporating it is Pranamasana.

Greeting everyone without touching them was adopted long ago in India. The reason is clear as maintaining hygiene in earlier times was difficult and therefore we Indians adapted practices that are self-explanatory. However, westernization had a major impact on Indians that they started following trends without a second thought.

Shaking Hands, Hugging and Cheek Kiss are some gestures Of greeting that are causing the spread of this virus much easier. It is time to realize that Indian culture has many logical and scientific reasons behind it. They were being imposed in the name of religion long ago because the population was illiterate and the only thing to make them follow rules was to practice lifestyle in the name of God.

Entering Homes after Washing Hands and Feet

In Hindu Vedic culture, entring homes with slippers or shoes is strictly prohibited. This practice is strictly followed in southern India. This is to ensure the cleanliness of homes and prevent any unwanted bacterias, viruses, and diseases of all kinds. Also if anyone enters the house then it is mandatory to clean their feet, hands, and face before stepping in. But this practice is abandoned in most parts of the country.

No Sharing of Food, Used Utensils

I too find it awkward to share spoons with my friends while sharing the lunchbox in college. In Hindu dharma and also in many other traditions sharing the same utensil is prohibited. Also, people used to drink water using their own hands as shown in the picture. This is certainly to maintain proper hygiene among the population. But the western culture brought many unhygienic practices like sharing spoons, plates, water bottles, blowing candles over the cake, etc.

Burning the Dead

Once the person leaves the body then the corpse is being burnt in the ritual called Antim Sanskar. It is purposely practiced to completely burn the body so that all kinds of viruses and bacterias could transfer to other populations. Also, the ghats were being situated away from the settlement along the riverside so that those who attended the funeral can take a bath and clean themselves before entering the homes. But unfortunately, a disease like Coronavirus was needed maybe to make us realize that one should have a proper logical reason before leaving a cultural practice. Think with an open mind about why we as Indians were following these practices for such a long time. There must have been a strong reason behind all this. Not everything that your Grandma says is illogical. Think about the future of Hinduism, what will we surpass if we start following things just because everyone was doing it.

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Traditional Indian sweet made on festivals like Holi, Diwali and in Sawan(Rainy Month)

Ingredients

  • For Kasar (sweet filling)
  1. Mawa or Khoya made from milk – 250 gms
  2. Nariyal powder ( Dry coconut powder – can be grated at home)
  3. Kishmish (  Raisins )
  4. Chironji (Buchanania lanzan)          in small amounts
  5. Elaichi ( Crushed Cardamon)
  6. Boora ( Sweet sugar powder )

Mix well all the ingredients starting from Boora then Mawa, then add all other remaining.

Gujiya maker.

  • For Covering
  1. Maida ( White flour) – 0.5 kg
  2. Suji (Semolina) -200 gms
  3. Ghee – 200 gms makes the covering flaky besides adding flavor
  4. Lukewarm water to make dough
  • Making the dough
  1. Add Maida and Suji first and mix well.
  2. Add Ghee and rub mixture until they acquire breadcrumb texture. This step is important for flaky covering so take your time.
  3. Slowly add lukewarm water in small quantities and start mixing to make the dough.
  4. Make sure the dough is slightly tight so it will appear dry but resist the urge to add more water.
  5. Don’t over knead the dough as it forms gluten and make the covering chewy.
  6. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least an hour as it will allow the flour to absorb water making it more pliable.

Making Gujiya pouches and Finally frying

  1. Divide the dough into small 60gm portions. Each portion will yield 1 Gujiya.
  2. Cover the portions when not required to avoid it from drying.
  3. Roll out in round shape at least 3mm thickness.
  4. Apply the rolled dough on Gujjya maker. Make sure it has the diameter longer than that of Gujiya maker.
  5. Add the filling inside the covering and apply sticky water and flour mix on the inside of covering like glue at the edges of the maker.
  6. Close the Gujiya maker and press the two opposites stick.
  7. Remove the extra cover by hand. It can be used again for dough.
  8. Fry the Gujiyas in medium heated ghee or refined oil until they turn golden brown. Frying them slowly makes inner

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Dahi Vada

Traditional North-Indian snacks made at festivals like Holi, Diwali.

Ingredients

For Vadas

  1. Dhuli Urad Dal (White lentil) – 250 gms
  2. Jeera ( Cumin seeds) for flavor
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Refined oil to fry.

For topping Per Serving

  1. Dahi ( Curd )
  2. Meethi Imli Chutney ( Tamarind chutney )
  3. Dhaniya Chutney
  4. Jeera
  5. Salt
  6. Lal Mirch powder (Red Chilli Powder)

Making the Vadas

  1. Soak Urad dal (cleaned and washed) for 4 to 5 hours and grind without adding water into a paste.
  2. Whisk the above paste with hands clockwise only and add Salt and Jeera.
  3. Dip your four fingers in clean water and then take small portions of paste so that it does not stick to your hands.
  4. Put them into medium heated refined oil in pan.
  5. Fry until golden brown and let them cool outside.
  6. Add all the fried Vadas in cool water until they absorb water and become soft.

Making the Serving

  1. Finely whisk the curd .
  2. Take 2-3 Vadas in a bowl.
  3. Add Curd over the top.
  4. Add roasted jeera powder, Lal Mirch powder and salt to taste.
  5. Finally, add Imli Chutney over the top and also Dhaniya Chutney according to taste.

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“Peace from white, Power from red, Knowledge from yellow, Development from green, Love from pink..

May this Holi add all colors in your life.”

Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals of spring in India. Holi is also known as the festival of love, joy, forgiveness, and forgetfulness of all tensions. It symbolizes that essentially life is a very exuberant process. On this day all over India people throw colors at each other, they drench themselves in color. This is a day when people are from head to toe in all kinds of color to symbolize that the essence of life is exuberance, joy, happiness, and love.

The festival is celebrated for a night and the next day. It starts at the onset of Poornima (full moon night) of the month of Phalgun that is Holika Dahan and the following day that is Dhulendi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti or Phagwah (Color play). Holika Dahan is celebrated by burning the bonfire.

Holika Dahan

Vishnu legend

Holi is also celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil in the honor of Lord Vishnu and his follower Prahlada also known as Bhakt Prahlad(devotee). King Hiranyakashipu, was the king of demonic Asuras and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers: he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by Astra (projectile weapons) nor by any Shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. Hiranyakashipu grew arrogant, and started believing himself as God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.

His son Prahalad however, used to worship Lord Vishnu and remained devoted to going against his father’s will. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika, Hiranyakashipu’s evil sister, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and covered Prahlada, who survived while Holika got burnt in flames. Vishnu, the God who appears as an avatar to restore Dharma, took the form of Narasimha – half human and half lion (which is neither a human nor an animal), at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashipuu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipua. This symbolizes the burning of everything that’s no longer required. In earlier times people used to collect old things, clothes from the house and burn them in the Holika Dahan ritual.

Health Benefits

  • The biggest health benefit that this festival provides is the freedom from all kinds of stress as we release all old things as well as thoughts that are no longer required. Forgetting the past and freeing our minds relaxes the mind, body, and soul.
  • The festival comes at the end of spring and before summer arrives. This weather activates various bacterias and viruses. The heat from the Holika bonfire cleans the surroundings as well as the bodies that come close contact to it for prayers.
  • In earlier times the colors were prepared from dried Palash flower(Butea monosperma or bastard teak) that has many anti-bacterial properties. The color prepared from this flower is called Kesari(Saffron).

In Sanskrit, the flower is extensively used as a symbol of the arrival of spring and the color of love.

Making Natural colors for Holi

Red:

Flowers like Red Hibiscus, Rose, Petunia to be plucked when they are fully bloomed and appear bright and healthy. Dry these flowers and grind them later. Red sandalwood powder can also be used. Add rice flour or corn starch in equal quantities to increase the volume of the powder. For wet colors, boil peels of pomegranate, beetroot, carrots in water.

Yellow:

Blending turmeric powder with gram flour in a 1:2 ratio to make dry Gulal. Alternatively, any yellow-colored flowers, such as marigold or yellow chrysanthemums, can be crushed and boiled in water for wet colors.

Green:

One can use Henna or Mehendi powder. Green leafy vegetables can be boiled in large quantities like spinach, neem leaves to make liquid.

Magenta:

Soak sliced beetroots in water, boil the mixture and leave it overnight. To darken the shade add more beetroots in less water and to get light pink color use less beetroot. You can also use red onions for this one.

Blue:

Powdered blue hibiscus flower petals and rice flour can be used to obtain blue-colored Gulal. For wet colors, use crushed and dried jacaranda flowers mixed with water.

Black:

Prepare it by boiling dried Indian gooseberries or ‘amla’ in an iron vessel and leaving it overnight. Dilute it with water the next day

Another way is adding the boiled colored water in corn starch or rice flour or talcum-powder and drying it in full sun for dry colors.

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