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  • Festival – Akshaya Tritiya

    Akshaya Tritiya, also known as “Akha Teej”, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.

    Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. The birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. In the “Puranas”, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.

    This is one of the most auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar. The day on which Moon, Sun and Jupiter unitedly come under Mrigshira Nakshatra is called Akshay Tritiya.

    Akshay Tritiya”,the holy day when many perform puja to start a business. According to the Hindu customs, many choose to perform the pujas for Business,bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on the holy day of “Akshay Tritiya”. It is considered a good time to invest in gold and diamonds. It is believed that whatever is bought on this day, will remain forever.
    Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej is considered the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. The pious day of Akshay Trithiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of Bright phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshay Trithiya describes the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the day.
    The day of Akshay Trithiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every one. The literal meaning of Akshay in Sanskrit means imperishable or “never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and land.

    Myths and Legends:
    Akshay Trithiya is also referred as golden day of eternal success as the Golden Age or the first of the four Yugas, Satya yug began on this day. Akha Teej also marks the birthday of Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu – Lord Parshuram. The auspicious day also holds special importance as the holy river Ganga also descended down to earth from heaven on the same day. Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great Hindu scriptures, Mahabharatha on this day of Akshay Trithiya.
    The first Tirthankar in Jainism Bhagwan Rishabdev also broke his fasting spell of one year by taking juice on the day of Akha Teej.

    Special Significance:
    Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. Akshaya Tritiya falling in a conjunction with Rohini star day is considered more auspicious.
    The importance of Akshaya Tritiya appreciates when it falls on a Monday.

    शास्त्रों में अक्षय तृतीया एवं अक्षय तृतीया का माहात्म्य

    # शुभ व पूजनीय कार्य इस दिन होते हैं, जिनसे प्राणियों (मनुष्यों) का जीवन धन्य हो जाता है।

    # इस दिन से सतयुग और त्रेतायुग का आरंभ माना जाता है।

    # श्री परशुरामजी का अवतरण भी इसी दिन हु‌आ था।

    # इसी दिन श्री बद्रीनारायण के पट खुलते हैं।*

    # नर-नारायण ने भी इसी दिन अवतार लिया था।

    # हयग्रीव का अवतार भी इसी दिन हु‌आ था।

    # वृंदावन के श्री बाँकेबिहारीजी के मंदिर में केवल इसी दिन श्रीविग्रह के चरण-दर्शन होते हैं अन्यथा पूरे वर्ष वस्त्रों से ढँके रहते हैं।

    # जो मनुष्य इस दिन गंगा स्नान करता है, उसे पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है।

    # इस दिन परशुरामजी की पूजा करके उन्हें अर्घ्य देने का बड़ा माहात्म्य माना गया है।

    # श्रीकृष्ण ने भी कहा है कि यह तिथि परम पुण्यमय है। इस दिन दोपहर से पूर्व स्नान, जप, तप, होम, स्वाध्याय, पितृ-तर्पण तथा दान आदि करने वाला महाभाग अक्षय पुण्यफल का भागी होता है।

     

     

     

    (source:http://www.myguru.in/festival_details.php?id=28)

  • Dry Fruits & Medicinal Values.

     

    Dry Fruits & Medicinal Values

     

     

    Dry fruits are considered rich source of nutrients and regarded as delicacies. Several fruits that come under dry fruits category are: Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds, Raisins, Pistachio, Date, Peanuts, Macadamia nuts, Hazelnut etc. These fruits are packaged in aesthetic designs either as assorted or as a mix in different proportions and sold as gift pack in the market at good prices.

    The dry fruits are packed in accordance to their weight, size and quality. Packaging style changes with taste and class of consumers. Several packaging styles include silver serving trays with bowls, baskets and hard board packets.

    Dry fruits are hygienically processed and enriched with high nutritional elements to make them delicious and ready to be consumed raw or used in various foods items to make them delicious. Other food items which are made up of different type of dry fruits are mango pulp, fruit cocktail, canned fruits/juices etc. Cashew nuts and peanuts are also sold as roasted nuts in various flavors like garlic, salt, pepper, chocolate, chilli, sugar and honey. These nuts are hygienically packed in vacuum  nitrogen flushed foil packs to increase shelf life. Raisins are natural sweeteners and used in various food items to enhance the taste. These are processed and dehydrated from seedless grapes and the light colour of the raisins is preserved with sulphur treatment. Raisins are consumed either raw or mixed in various other preparations, e.G. Cakes, rolls, pies, or in combination with dried fruits

    Dry fruits have special importance during long journeys because of high nutritive value. Variety of peanut items include groundnut Kernels, blenched peanuts and redskin Blanched Peanuts are packed peanuts which can be readily used for consumption and Redskin Groundnut Kernels have red colored skin over it.

    Scorched Splits Cashew nut is Kernels split naturally lengthwise.

     

    (source: http://cvsingh.hubpages.com/hub/Dry-fruits-taste-consumption-and-health)

  • Shark Rescues Man Lost at Sea: DNews Nugget

    Shark ‘Rescues’ Man Lost at Sea:

    A 41-year-old policeman from the Pacific Island of Maiana found himself lost at sea with his brother-in-law, in what was supposed to be a two-hour boat ride. The two men — 41-year-old Toakai Teitoi and 52-year-old Lelu Falaile — started on May 27 with intentions of boating from Kiribati to Maiana. They stopped to fish along the way, slept overnight and awoke in the morning to find they had drifted out of sight of Maiana and were out of fuel. They had food, but no water. Without water or rescue, Falaile’s health failed and he died on July 4.

    Teitoi buried his brother at sea and the very next day, a rainstorm that lasted several days allowed Teitoi to fill two 5-gallon containers with water. But weeks continued without incident or resuce. And then on Sept. 11, Teitoi was curled up in the shade under a covered area in the bow of the boat, when he heard a scratching sound on the hull. A shark was bumping against the boat. When the shark had Teitoi’s attention, it swam off.

    “He was guiding me to a fishing boat. I looked up and there was the stern of a ship and I could see crew with binoculars looking at me,” Teitoi said.

    The boat, the Marshalls 203, rescued Teitoi after 106 days at seahttp://

    ( source: news.discovery.com/animals/shark-rescues-man-lost-at-sea-dnews-nugget-120917.html).

     


     

  • Only Indian Army can do this.

     

    “Only Indian Army Can Do This”

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      Human Bridge by Indian Army for people’s  rescue after earth quake in Sikkim

     

     

  • 1957 – Hindi Songs – Pyaasa

    1957 – Jane Woh Kaise Log The, Movie – Pyaasa
    1957 – Hum Aap Ki Aankhon Mein, Movie – Pyaasa
    1957 – Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye, Movie – Pyaasa
    1957 – Sar Jo Tera Chakaraye, Movie – Pyaasa

  • Most Popular Honeymoon Spots

    Beach Image Gallery

    Your vows were exchanged, the bouquet was tossed, the wedding cake was shoved into your mouth and the eco-friendly bubbles were blown in place of the traditional rice throwing. Weddings are a whirlwind experience, and just making it through in one piece is an accomplishment. Planning the big event typically starts a year out, but many brides have ideas in mind before “the question” is even popped. After dealing with testy wedding planners, unreliable caterers, family members in town and trying to fit into that dress or tuxedo, a honeymoon is a welcome getaway from what’s bound to be one of the most stressful events in your life.

    There’s really no such thing as a typical honeymoon these days. Honeymooners come in all stripes, and just because it’s your first trip as a married couple doesn’t mean you have to be secluded on a tropical beach with a heart-shaped bed in your suite and champagne bubble baths every night. The modern traveler craves adventure and excitement as well, so it’s no surprise that three out of five honeymooners pay for extras like helicopter rides, scuba diving and other thrilling excursions, according to the popular wedding Web site, The Knot. Honeymoons aren’t cheap either. The Knot says that in 2010, after plunking down an average of $27,000 for the big day, new couples spent an average of $4,466 for a trip that was about eight days long. Each year wedding planning resources like Brides magazine and The Knot poll travel agents and newlyweds to compile their lists of the most popular honeymoon destinations.

    California Wine Country

    If you love the idea of taking in a beautiful country landscape while drinking an amazing glass of wine, crossing the pond isn’t your only option. Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California are great honeymoon destinations for wine-loving couples. They’re closer to home than jet-setting to France or Italy, equally romantic but easier on the budget.

    4: France

    Romance, culture, history — and let’s not forget about great food and wine — can be had when you honeymoon in France. The country offers a little bit of everything. You can spend your first few days as a married couple lounging on the beaches of Normandy or strolling down the Avenue des Champs-

  • ID Proof – Life’s difficult in the US as well

     

     “ID Proof – Life’s difficult in the US as well”

     

    President Obama walks into the Bank of America to cash a check.
    As he approaches the cashier he says “Good morning Ma’am, could you please cash this check for me”?
    Cashier:  “It would be my pleasure sir. Could you please show me your ID”?
    Obama:  “To tell you truth, I did not bring my ID with me as I didn’t think there was any need to; I am President Barrack Obama, the President of the United States of America!!!!”
    Cashier: “Yes sir, I know who you are, but with all the current regulations and monitoring of Banks because of impostors and forgers etc. I must insist on seeing your ID.”
    Obama: “Just ask anyone here at the Bank who I am, and they will tell you. Everybody knows who I am.”
    Cashier: “I am sorry Mr. President but these are the bank rules and I must follow them.”
    Obama: “I am urging you, please, to cash this check”
    Cashier: “Look Mr. President this is what we can do: One day Tiger Woods came into the bank without his ID. To prove he was indeed Tiger Woods he pulled out his putting iron and made a beautiful shot across the bank into a cup. With that shot we knew him to be Tiger Woods and we cashed his check. Another time, Andre Agassi came in without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and made a fabulous shot whereby the tennis ball landed in my cup. With that shot we cashed his check. So, Mr. President, what can you do to prove that it is you, and only you, the President of the United States?”
    Obama stood there thinking, and thinking and finally says: “Honestly, my mind is a total blank, there is nothing that comes to my mind. I can’t think of a single thing!”
    Cashier: “That is good enough for a proof. Will that be large or small bills, Mr. President?”
    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 05.09.2011)




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