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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Teej Festival - Women Special - Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej is the biggest of the various variation of Teej. Hartalika Teej falls on the third dayof the first fortnight of the month of 'Bhadra'. It is a three-day festival which is celebrated by women in honor of Parvati Ma. On this day, womenfolk keep fast for long and conjugal life of their husband. Hartalika Teej fast proceeds without even drinking a drop of water. By rigorous fasting and praying to Goddess Parvati on Hartalika Teej, married women are blessed with healthy life of their husband while the unmarried girls are said to be blessed by a husband like Lord Shiva

Durga-Sapana n Sita -Teej fasting- 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

After long time family trip to Muktinath [06-12June 09]

Muktinath is a village and temple located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. Administratively the village is a Village Development Committee in Mustang District in the Dhawalagiri Zone. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 899 people residing in 191 individual households.

Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation". It is also one of the 51 Sakthi peetams. Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HBS group trek to Kalapather -Everest base camp & climbed Lobuche East 6119m. in 2001

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sapan's Bratabandha - Six Year Ago

Bratabandhan (Sanskrit brata-promise, bandhan-to be bound), Chudaka rma or simply bratabhanda is an ancient Hindu tradition carried out in Hindu families. This tradition is based on the four age periods of a Hindu man. A religious ceremony is held where a boy shaves his head and performs various rituals. It is a symbolic representation that a boy is mature enough to perform his duties as a bharmachari(that is to learn).