Happy Holi 2020: Play Holi With Herbal Colours But Stay Alert From Coronavirus

Before Holi, demand for herbal colours has increased in city markets. According to Sadar Bazar traders, 80% of the demand constitutes herbal and flower colours. But harmful dyes containing chemicals are also being sold in the market.

Harmful effect of synthetic colours

• Green colour made of copper sulphate can cause eye problems like allergy, swelling and light problems.

• Silver colour is made of aluminium bromide that can cause skin cancer. But this colour is more popular these days.

• Red colour could contain mercury that can also cause skin cancer.

• Many popular colours have heavy metals like silica lead that causes skin allergies and eczema problems.

People are advised to avoid synthetic colours and use only herbal colours that are 100% natural and safe. Also, there is warning for coronavirus. Playing Holi in groups could be dangerous as coronavirus spreads through human contacts.

Medical advice by doctors and others

• Dr Kabir Sardana Dermatologist advised not to use China made colours in any situation. He urged to play Holi without colours and avoid getting wet.

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Use Gaukastha For Ecofriendly Holika Dahan

This Holi on Rangotsav at most places gaukastha will be used for Holika Dahan. Raipur Municipal Corporation operated Bhatagaon Gowthan will provide wood dung and condens made of cow dung for burning.

Holika dahan with gowkastha

Thousands of Holikas at residences of several ministers and in all the zones of the municipal corporation will use gowkastha for dahan. According to Ritesh Agarwal, director of “Ek Pahal”, a social organization that is running Bhatagaon Gaukastha, the wood made of cow dung is environment friendly. People can contact the organization on 84618-83203 for gowkastha. Ritesh urged people not to cut green trees for Holika dahan and use gaukastha instead.

Advantages of gowkastha

Made of cow dung, the gaukastha burns faster than the wood and the remaining ash can be scattered on the ground. The ash made of gaukastha increases fertility hence no harm in mixing it with the soil. Also, it works as a natural pesticide. It is dual advantage of using gaukastha.

Ritesh Agarwal appealed to all residents of Raipur to use gaukastha for Holika dahan. It is eco-friendly and good for soil. Also, it is easily available for use. Interested … Read the rest

Shiva Devotees Would Do Jalabhishek Of Lord Shiva On Mahashivratri

On the occasion of Mahashivratri, the Shiva devotees will perform jalabhishek at Shivalayas on Friday. The devotees had been decorating Shiva temples till late evening on Thursday. Also, the police and administration were busy making extensive security arrangements for the devotees.

Mahashivratri celebrations

• A batch of devotees from various districts of Gazipur will leave for Ganges to fill the holy water. They will go on foot and bring water for jalabhishek of Lord Shiva in Shiva temples on Mahashivratri.

• Special arrangements for Mahashivratri have been made at Shitala Mata Dham, Mathia Tola Shivala, Shiva temple at Bheeti, Shiva temple at Katuapura, Shiva temple at Azamgarh Mor, Shiv temple at District Hospital, Brahmasthan, Roadways Shiv temple, including Sindhi Baba Ki Kuti.

• Bhajan kirtan of Lord Shiva started on Thursday itself at various Shiva temples including Madhuban’sShivpurPanti, Kopaganj andLarodonwar.

• The temples are beautifully decorated with electric lights and religious programs organized for devotees.

• At major Shiva temples, the decoration of Lord Shiva would be done with flowers and the consecration would be with milk and holy water from Ganga.

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Recite This Prayer On Mahashivratri To Please The Lod Shiva

Mahashivratriis a Maha-Parv and it comes every year in the month of February. This year, it is coming on Friday 21st February. On this day, devotees offer special prayer to the Lord Shiva, who is the Lord of the Universe.

Mahashivratri puja

On this day, devotees keep fast and offer puja to the Lord Shiva that is very special. Performed in four different stages, the special puja is called Shodashopchar and it involves worshipping the Shiva Lingam in any Shivalaya or Shiva temple. People can even sit Shiva Lingam at their homes and worship the deity Mahashivratri.

After paying obeisance to the Lord Shiva, you should recite this special prayer with total devotion. The Lord Shiva listens to his devotees who recite this prayer regularly. It is said that reciting this prayer fulfills all wishes related to wealthy, prosperity, name, fame and good fortune.


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Basant Panchami: History, Celebrations And Importance

It is believed that worshipping goddess Saraswati on Basant Panchami brings knowledge. In schools and educational institutions, Mata Saraswati is worshipped is worshipped in the morning and Prasad given to all students and devotees.

Basant Panchami date and celebration

It falls on Magh Shukla Panchami. It is also celebrated as Shri Panchami and Saraswati Puja. It is a very auspicious day for worshipping goddess Saraswati that blesses her devotees of knowledge. It is said that Mother Saraswati blessed all living organisms with voice on this very day.

History of Basant Panchami

Following the orders of Lord Vishnu, Brahmaji created human vagina but wasn’t satisfied with his creation. Taking further orders from Lord Vishnu, he sprinkled water from is kamandalaon the earth and a beautiful woman goddess with four hands appeared on the earth. She was having veena in one hand and garlands and books on other two hands. Her one hand was in vara posture. When she played veena, all the creatures of the world got voice. At this instance, Brahmaji called her goddess Saraswati or the goddess of speech.

Saraswati Puja importance

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Makar Sankranti: History, Significance And Auspicious Time For Holy Bath And Puja

Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on Wednesday 15th January 2020. Fact that this festival is celebrated with much zeal in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Bengal and Orissa and almost of all north India underlines its significance.

Makar Sankranti celebrations

Usually celebrated on 14th or 15th January, Makar Sankranti brings joy and happiness. On this day, people wear new clothes and fly kites. This year, Kumbh 2020 will start in Prayagraj on Makar Sankranti. Millions of people are expected to congregate at the banks of Ganga to take a holy dip on this auspicious day. Also, this day brings relief from the cold season that starts changing with the festival. It is the onset of Basant Ritu or Spring.

Significance of Makar Sankranti

It is believed that Bhagirathi brought Ganga to the ashram of Kapil Muni on this day. It is for this reason that Kumbha begins on Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti date, time and muhurat

Date: 15th January 2020

Time: 07:19 AM

Punyakal: 07:19 AM to 12.31 PM

Maha-Punyakal: 07:19 AM to 09:30 AM

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