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Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri) Moonrise time, an Indian Celebration

Being an Indian, diversity is a key that invites different occasions & festivals, and Sharad Purnima is one of them. Purnima means “Full Moon”. Before we start, I would like to clarify that everybody knows the moon does not have its own light. But the festival like Sharad Purnima has some other theories mentioned in Ved Puran Shastras & people have been practicing it for thousands of years in India.

Recently we celebrated it. So, yes! It is an auspicious day for us. Usually, back home in India, we celebrate it with our family and extended friends & family. It is all about bringing food to one table and enjoying the feast with a special dish known as “Basundi”.

“Basundi” is a dessert that is just like condensed milk, but a little a bit runny mixed with all the favorite dry fruits and Kesar (Saffron).

You will find plenty of other variations to perform this pooja (worship). Since I belong to Maharashtra state (MH) India, I would like to explain how we celebrate it.the videos on it.

On this day, we (My family) worship Lord “Shiva” and Goddess “Parvati”. It becomes “Shiv Parvati”. Food choices vary from snacks to preparing the main course. In the evening time, all friends gather and sing devotional songs, perform a pooja. This way family & friends come together to greet each other and enjoy the evening. “Basundi” is a must-have dessert, else Sharad Purnima will be incomplete without it.

As soon as the full moon rises, at night we take a small or medium pot/container full of milk and put it on the terrace floor or take it somewhere out in the open so that moonlight (beams) can hit the milk in the pot, and gets infused with it. This process takes 10-15 min. Once we are satisfied, we return to the kitchen and pour the milk into another milk container, which is already sitting on the burner for the last approx 1 hr (Medium flame). Then there will be the series of episodes where family members will come and suggest that dessert is ready, but sometimes all we can do is disagree so then it takes a little more time to serve dessert of the night aka “Basundi”. Once it is ready, now it’s time to dig in and enjoy the night with food, snack, and dessert.

Our ancestors say, Sharad Purnima (Moonrise) possesses powerful beams & when it blends in with a Milk, it becomes holy-Milk (Like holy water). A pat on my back. Yes! I explained it pretty much well.

So, on this day I clebrated it & made special “PAV BHAJI” & “BASUNDI”.

Here I have presented my thoughts that I believe in. People celebrate it distinctly as per their practice and rituals in various parts of India.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading post!

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“HAPPY DUSSEHRA”

“Dussehra” is an Indian festival. Today, on this very auspicious day, I wish you all a very happy “Dussehra” or “Vijayadashami”. May God take all your worries, pain & sorrow away and bestow you with a prosperous happy & healthy life.

Today, I started my day watching a motivational youtube video of Shri. Gaurgopaldas and I thought sharing with you guys. I like when he said,

“Great personalities are not born in the maternity ward but created by choice.”

GAURGOPALDAS #WECAN

Thank you much!

A warm regards,

SONALI VAIDYA

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“Raksha Bandhan” celebration meant for Brother and Sister – A unique Indian culture

India is well known for its diversity, different cultures, and various regional languages.

If you have any Indian friends around you then you might have heard about the “Diwali” or “Holi” celebration a lot. But Have you heard about “Raksha Bandhan” also knows as “Rakhi”?

Since Rakhi is just around the corner I thought sharing its importance and why Indians celebrate it with enthusiasm.

So it is the Hindu festival but these days seems it has become very popular among Indians irrespective of religion. It is a very unique way to celebrate the love of a brother for his sister. Quite interesting, right!

Again I would like to mention that Indians usually follow their regional yearly calendar to check auspicious date or time called “Mahurat” to perform or to begin any ceremony. So like I said they go by their timetable, and as per the Hindu calendar, it is “SHRAVAN” month. A very divine and sacred month.

What is so special about Rakhi and why Indians celebrate it?

The history of Raksha Bandhan lies in a Hindu mythological great epic story “Mahabharata”. Even if I wish, It would be hard to explain each n every character and the storyline in detail here in this post. So leave it for some other day.

Instead of getting into story details, Let’s see how people love to celebrate it.

“Rakhi” or “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated in the month of “Shravan” (July 23-Aug 22) as per the Hindu Calendar. On this day girls get one more day to flaunt in their best outfit. A day for a brother to express his caring n loving attitude towards sisters.

A day starts with a very beautiful morning. One can feel the festivity in the air. First ray of sun touching the soul with great joy. I wish I could express that enthusiasm in the words.

Great importance to a “Rakhi means Band”. A colorful thread. Sister ties “Rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers and in exchange brother promises his sister he will stand by her side in any circumstances. It also means brother will always protect her sister and save her from evil eyes. Sisters also pray for their happiness.

The best thing is like I do not have any brother but we still have cousins (Brothers). So there must be many girls/women like me who do not have real brother. Yet they get to celebrate it with the same amount of love. Again not just about cousins, even you have somebody in your life with a “brotherly” figure. You can definitely celebrate it with a mutual understanding.

A very unique right? Yes, Indeed it is!

Let me know how you celebrate or express your love for your brothers or siblings. Hope you like today’s blog.

Thank you so much.

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My Birthday post !

Short post Alert!

This is going to be a very short post. Yes! it is about my birthday which was on 16th July.

I remember last year 2020, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday with my few (actually very few) friends. But pandemic was a very new word for all of us and everybody preferred to stay isolated as we all were very scared and started to avoid any sort of gatherings. All the enthusiasm was gone. All I was thinking that, hopefully next year would be different.

And this year 2021 my birthday was indeed wonderful and contented because of my family.

16th July 2021 was kind of different birthday for me. Ask me why? Because of my 5 years old daughter “EVA” and my husband “SUHAS”. On my birthday they both were very excited I would say more than me. They wanted to do all those things one could wish for their special day including “piñatas” especially my daughter. Ha ha ha !!!.

They both really made my day.

They are the reason I wanted to celebrate it. Yes! they both are the reason I felt to get dressed and clicked some photos.

Last but not least, I would like to say “Thank you very much to all my friends” who wished me on my social media accounts. It really made me feel star of the night.

A glimpse of my Birthday celebration.

One more Picture of my make-up look !!

I like it very much!

Thank you so much!

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Wish you a “Merry Christmas”!

I wish you a Merry Christmas! I wish you a Merry Christmas!!! and a happy new year!!!! 

The 2020 year has been strange and weird for all of us! I mean who knew words like Corona or COVID-19 even exist. Everyone is trying to look forward to a better future and waiting to get a sigh of relief. 

However, I have noticed one thing, a positive thing…you know what! … We are learning to be more n more patient, to sit down and think about ourselves, to care about family more than before, and last but not least, now we emphasize more on “mental health” than “wealth”. 

And hence it gives us a reason to celebrate 2020, 25th December deliriously happy!

So wish you a “Merry Christmas”! May God give you and your family a lot of happiness, strength, and good health. Let this Christmas spirit shine through your laugh and giggles.

Virtual parties are the best parties this year, so don’t feel sad about it. Instead, raise a toast with all the positive energy that resides in you.

Wishing you a very magical and happy holidays!

“Merry Christmas” !!!.

Thank you !

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