MONTH OF FES­TI­VALS, GET BLESS­INGS FROM LORD KR­ISHNA & LORD GANE­SHA!

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Septem­ber is the ninth month of the year in the Ju­lian and Gre­go­rian cal­en­dars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. This month marks the great In­dian Hindu fes­ti­vals of Kr­ishna Jan­mash­tami and Ganesh Chaturthi.

The fun and gai­ety of In­dian cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue through­out the year. The cel­e­bra­tion of the fes­ti­vals in Septem­ber is a blend of tra­di­tion with en­thu­si­asm. Some of the big­gest re­li­gious fes­ti­vals in In­dia take place dur­ing Septem­ber, as the fes­ti­val sea­son is in full swing. The col­or­ful spec­ta­cle is cap­ti­vat­ing. The high­lights of this is­sue in­clude theNishkalankMa­hadev tem­ple, lo­cated in Gu­jarat, Kr­ishna Jan­mash­tami and Ganesh Chaturthi fes­ti­vals.

NishkalankMa­hadev tem­ple, Gu­jarat - Think of a tem­ple in the weird­est of places. Un­der the sea. But then, the Hin­dus have built their tem­ples over the hills and moun­tains, in­side the caves, at the sea shore, near the wa­ter falls…wher­ever na­ture re­veals it­self in all its grandeur and pris­tine beauty. The tem­ple I am talk­ing about is NishkalankMa­hadev’s tem­ple (Nishkalank – blem­ish less or sin­less; Ma­hadev – Lord Shiva), and it is un­der wa­ter dur­ing high tides in the sea and emerges dur­ing low tides to re­veal it­self ma­jes­ti­cally, promis­ing its devo­tees to wash away all sins.

Ganesh Chaturthi - The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates Lord Gane­sha as the 'God of New Be­gin­nings' and the 'Re­mover of Ob­sta­cles' as well as the god of wis­dom and in­tel­li­gence and is ob­served through­out In­dia. A ten-day fes­ti­val, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-so­lar cal­en­dar month Bhadra­pada, which typ­i­cally falls in the months of Au­gust or Septem­ber of the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar. It is usu­ally cel­e­brated pri­vately at home in states such as Ma­ha­rash­tra,

Kar­nataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Mad­hya Pradesh. Ganesh Chaturthi is also ob­served in Nepal.

Kr­ishna Jan­mash­tami- It cel­e­brates the birth of Kr­ishna, the eighth avatar - or in­car­na­tion - of Vishnu, one of the prin­ci­pal deities of Hin­duism, seen as the "pre­server" and part of the trin­ity in­clud­ing Brahma and Shiva.Kr­ishna is con­sid­ered to be part war­rior, hero, teacher and philoso­pher by fol­low­ers and seen as the god of com­pas­sion, ten­der­ness and love.The god fea­tures in a num­ber of key Hindu texts such as the Bha­gavad Gita, Bha­gavad Pu­rana and the Ma­hab­harata.

And fi­nally in this is­sue, the favourite food of Lord Kr­ishna -Poha (Flattened rice) Dessert Pud­ding. Po­haDessert Pud­ding- This is an­oth­er­vari­a­tion of tra­di­tional rice pud­ding. The recipe of Poha Dessert Pud­ding is very easy, and this is as tasty as the tra­di­tional In­dian Rice Kheer, so one can en­joy it on fes­ti­val oc­ca­sion like Kr­ishna Jan­mash­tami. Hope you give it a try.

On the oc­ca­sion of Kr­ishna Jan­mash­tami, wor­ship Lord Kr­ishna and en­joy the hap­pi­ness. Thank you.

“I am the begin­ning, mid­dle, and end of cre­ation.”– Lord Kr­ishna in Bha­gavad Gita.

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