Is it easy for you to believe that the tiny goldfish which is liked by children and grown-ups too can swim for 432 years? Impossible, isn't it? The average life span of a goldfish is somewhere between 10 and 20 years. The distance traversed by a goldfish during such a short duration of its lifetime is hardly a few kilometres. Have you heard of the goldfish who swam across the length and width of the ocean of inundation not for 4 or 3 or 2 years but for 4.32 billion years? Let us now know the story behind that goldfish.
“Maharashtra hai maha maha” is a very catchy line from an advertisement released by Incredible India to promote Maharashtra tourism. True to its name, this maha maha state celebrates festivals with much pomp and gaiety. With so much of splendour and fun surrounding the festivals, Marathi New Year has to be a really special one! People of Maharashtra leave no stone unturned in making the Marathi New Year really memorable!
A small bird sits on a tree and sings merrily to its heart content. We imitate the little bird but it responds in an assertive way to prove itself to be the better singer. Remember playing (singing) with the cuckoo on the branch of a raw mango tree filled with beautiful fresh blossoms? We all have played that game! This sweet little friend makes an appearance in the month of Chaitra and announces the advent of the Kannada/Telugu New Year.
Lord Ganesha is revered as the Lord of beginnings as he is the remover of obstacles. He is the patron of learning, intellect, wisdom and also known as Ganapti or Vighneshwara. Ganesha the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati mounts on a mouse and is having an elephant head.
There are many reason of why people go to pilgrimage sites. One obvious reason is travel adventure but many go for their devotional interest and wants to witness the miracles that happened in these places many centuries ago. Many holy places are mentioned in our holy books which confirms the sacredness of these places. It is believed that visiting pilgrimage gives utmost satisfaction and helps in seeking forgiveness of our sins.
One day and several legends! The significance of this day was lauded by great personalities in Mahabharata and Garuda Purana too! Some devotees celebrate it as the wedding day of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati while some devotees consider it to be the day when Lord Shiva manifested Himself in the form of a Linga (Lingodbhava) and there are a few more devotees who consider it to be the day on which Lord Shiva performed the “Tandava Nritya” (the dance of creation, preservation and destruction.)
Makar Sankranthi, the harvest festival, is celebrated today all across India. The festival is known by different names in different parts of India (the most popular name being Sankranthi). In Tamil Nadu the festival is known as Pongal, in Gujarat it is known as Uttarayan, in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana it is known as Maghi, in Assam it is known as Bhogali Bihu, in Kashmir valley it is known as Shishur Saenkraat, in western Bihar it is known as Khichdi and in Karnataka it is known as Makara Sankramana.