Mumbai looks deserted in Diwali

Mumbai City seems to be deserted now as Diwali Holiday are here and most of the people have gone to their native places. Its so typical of Mumbai that on every major festival ( Unlike Ganesh Chaturthi, which is native to Maharashtra) , people leave for their native places and Mumbai city seems to congestion free and comparatively more silent to normal bustling days, city is used to. It feels eerie at times. This reflects how much the city  is preferred by people from other places, who come to the city and make this their working homes.

But anyone who has left Mumbai city always wants to come back. Why? City is so crowded and congested and wages are also not that high ( at least on lower levels) as compared to Delhi & Bangalore. Plus there are so may restrictions and nuances from authorities and nosy societies and local organization. But still people prefer Mumbai over other cities.

The answer lies in the basic human behavior of the city. Being very crowded by outsiders , the city people are  very supportive and understanding. They understand  the basic values of living and coexistence. Honesty is also another key factors which separates Mumbai from other cities. No, its not a Harishchandra city. But if  your auto fair says 98 Rs and you have given Rs 100 to autowala, he will give you 2Rs back. Unlike other places where mostly they try to ignore this small sum of change. I was amazed when at autowala returned me 50paise, while in Delhi 50 paisa exchange was stopped at that time.

Bandal Flowers: Quick Ayurvedic cure for Jaundice

Somebody asked me for treatment of Juandice today. I heard in my childhood that, Bandal flower can cure Juandice very quickly, in fact in couple of days only.

How to use it: Soak teh Bandal flower in water overnight and then just filter the water and drip two drops in teh nostril of the patient. It satrts providing instant relief.

Now how does this flower look like and where to find it?


Other names for the flower are as follows:

Bandal (Marathi: बन्दाल)
Loranthaceae (mistletoe family) » Dendrophthoe falcata

den-droff-THOH-ee — from the Greek dendron (tree) and phthoe (to waste away)
fal-KAY-tuh — sickle-shaped

commonly known as: curved mistletoe, honey suckle mistletoe • Bengali: baramanda, পরগাছা paragaacha • Garo: tuthekmi • Gujarati: વંદો vando • Hindi: बंदा banda, बंदा पाठा banda patha, बन्दाल bandal • Kannada: ಬಮ್ದಣಿಕೆ bamdanike, ಮದುಕ maduk • Konkani: bemdram • Malayalam: ഇത്തിള്‍ iththil, ഇത്തിക്കണ്ണി ittikkanni • Marathi: बांडगुळ bandgul, बाशिंगी bashingi • Oriya: ବନ୍ଦା banda • Punjabi: amut • Sanskrit: वंदा vanda, वृक्षादनी vrksadani, वृक्षरुहा vrksaruha • Tamil: புல்லுரீ pulluri, புல்லுருவி pulluruvi, உசீ uchi • Telugu: జిద్దూ jiddu, యెలింగా yelinga

Native to: Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka


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Sharad Purnima: Kojagaari Purnima

Kojagaari Purnima/ Kojagaari : Ko Jagrati ( Who is awake) Purnima is also known as Sharad Purnima. This is a big festival in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In North India it is mainly known as Sharad Purnima. …


It is believed that goddess Lakshmi visits the houses of people today and asking “ko jagrati- who is awake?”…. And she blesses those who are awake today. So people keep awake by doing various things like playing cards or games at night, Gujaratis play garba today. Also they keep sweet dishes like kheer (milk, rice and dry fruits) as an offering to Goddess Lakshmi. The second day is also supposed to be the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi.

The Legends about this festival:

  • It is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin.
  • It marks the end of monsoon
  • This is supposed to be day the when Goddess of wealth Lakshmi appeared on earth.
  • It is believed that the moon rays have certain healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul.
  • This is day of Maharaas. Lord Krishna played Mahras with gopis in Vrindavan on this day. Gujaratis celebrate Garba on this day to celebrate the occasion.
  • In some regions of the Mithila area, Goddess Kali is also worshiped. The Kali pooja begins on this day and continues for a fortnight and ends on the night of Diwali with Kaal ratri Puja.
  •  People keep Kheer(Made of rice & milk ) on their roofs in moonlight and consume it afterwards. It is supposed to cure illnesses and improve health in general.
  •  People keep awake t night by playing games, cards, songs etc.

Review of Youtube video :: Life After Death by Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath

I was going through this video on YouTube today and found it extremely interesting. Just wanted to share my thoughts on this. We all know about the 13 days ritual when somebody departs from the world. But very few people know , what happens in these 13 days with the demised person’s soul. Why do we do all these karmkands like Pinddaan and shradhs for our loved ones.

Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath is a the author of  ‘Wings to Freedom’.  He explains here very clearly the journey through the entire course of different  lokas the soul travels after death and how it descends back to the earth. He also explains beautifully the reason behind every ritual performed for shradh. For example a special type of shradh known as  ‘Narayan Bali shradh’ has to be done if the person has died because of an accident. Though this can be done anyhwere , he  tells us that there is a special place for this special type of shradh. Do watch the entire video to listen to this fascinating story of soul’s journey.


Here is what he has to say about this video:

“Yogiraj Siddhanath talks about the journey of the soul after the death of the physical body and it’s subsequent rebirth in a suitable womb. Mystical revelation about the different planes the soul crosses, known as Devachan in Sanatan and in Tibetan Buddhism as the Bardo.

For over 40 years, Yogiraj has healed and transformed millions all over the world with his transmissions of kundalini shakti energy and has shared freely his own Samadhi (enlightened state) of peaceful bliss-consciousness. ”

Watch the video below-

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Ramleela of Ram Nagar, Varanasi

Ramnagar is a small town situated directly opposite of Varanasi on the other side of Ganges. The old Naresh of Varanasi, lives here in the Ramnagar fort. Ramlila of Ramnagar was started by the Kashi Naresh Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh in the year 1830. Since then it has become a landmark festival in an around Varanasi. Village folklore has a lot of tales about the Ramlila. This Ramlila starts a month before Dashara and staged in various parts of the city. The various parts of the city are named after the locations  in Ramayana like Ashk Vatika, Panchvati, Janakpuri & Lanka is situated on the other side of Ganges in Varanasi near B.H.U.( Benaras Hindu University).

Dussehra festival is started by the parade of the Kashi Naresh where he rides on a colorful elephant. Hundreds of the priests are there to narrate the Ramcharitmanas text.

The characters who play Ram , Ravana, Hanuman etc are often being played by generations of the same family. This adds to the charm of the Ramlila. Whole city is a stage for Ramlila and during the entire period of one month a festive atmosphere can be felt .

People revere and respect the stage artists performing the characters of Ram, Sita, Lakshman & Hanuman as if they are real. Devotion is the flair of the air throughout the period of one month of Ramlila.

The fervor is unique, devotion  and joy is unique to this beautiful event only.