Rath Yatra – The Chariot Procession of Divine

India is a place where mystery and mystical happenings occurs every day. Today is a very special day in the nation. People celebrate this day as Rath Yatra or Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya. For centuries this spiritual procession has been wholeheartedly celebrated across India.

The chariot procession of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra starts from Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha. And the devotees of trinity enjoy this holy journey dancing and singing Kirtans and Bhajans. Moreover, there are some trained athletes who perform different stunts in order to make pilgrimage more joyous.

‘Rath’ means a chariot and ‘Yatra’ means a pilgrimage or a journey.  In India, this holy and pure chariot procession is celebrated in almost all the major cities such as Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Dakor, Rajkot, Mumbai, and the cities.

In Ahmedabad, 140th Rath Yatra is going to start today from Jagannath temple. It passes through every corner of the city and people welcome it with pious hearts. The devotees shout and cheer. They sprinkle colors on each others. They also sprinkle water. During this whole pilgrimage, visitors receive holy food – ‘prasada’. The holy food contains row grains and soft drinks like buttermilk.

The main ritual associated with this procession is Chhera Pahara. In this process, the Gajapati King wears sweeper’s outfits and sweeps the road with a golden handle broom and sandalwood water. Before the chariot comes, Gajapati cleans road. The procession is arranged in order to take the deities to Mausi Maa temple.

Now-a-days, this procession has become very enjoying. People wear colorful and traditional clothes and perform dance with DJ. There are other cities of foreign countries like New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Moscow, Toronto, Manchester, Singapore, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and others celebrate Rath Yatra. People love to celebrate holy festivals all over the world in order to feel more joyous and relaxed.

So, enjoy the chariot procession in your city and indulge into piousness!

Abraham Lincoln – A Man with A Never Die Spirit

The world has produced unbelievable persons. And the history of mankind is full of powerful individuals who have always helped the world through their incredible work. Here, I am going to share with you about a person whom we all remember for his undying spirit for his nation.

Yes, I am talking about one and the only Abraham Lincoln. He became the 16th President of the United States. He was one of the greatest heroic persons of America. Abraham Lincoln was ever remembered due to his implausible impact on USA. His story surely inspires millions of people across the globe. He is regarded as an icon for his nation because he had given his best during the U.S Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 12th February, 1809. Through his study, he became a lawyer. Since his childhood he had seen many ups and downs in his life. At the age of just 9 years, he lost his mother. This was the first unpleasant event happened in his life that made him harder. After this episode, his father remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston. She was a widow and had three children. Soon, she intermingled with new family and Abraham got affection from her like her mother.

Sarah encouraged Abraham Lincoln to learn reading. He thoroughly learned reading for about 18 months. His passion for reading grew so much that he used to walk miles away from his village to nearby book store to borrow a book. He read Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrims Progress, family Bible and others.

At the age of 22, Abraham started earning his living through labor. He had struggled from his childhood till to his later life. During the Black Hawk War in 1832, he was elected as a captain by the volunteers of the United States and Native Americans. This was his first move to political career. In 1834, he officially began his political career when he was elected as a member of the Whig Party.

From 1847 to 1849, Abraham Lincoln offered his service to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1856, he joined hands with the Republic Party and he became the President. During the Civil War, he provided his remarkable service to the nation and today whole of the world remember him due to it.

At last, it is sad to know that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on 14th April, 1865. He was such a great personality that even today; we all recall his works for the nation and for people. He really lived his life as an icon of America.

Love – Platonic in its Nature

Since the beginning of this world, it is only one thing that keeps us all alive and it is LOVE. It actually has no definition. And to limit ‘Love’ in to a verbal or written definition simply means killing its pure essence.

You just close your glittering eyes and a face will come in front of you. That’s a face of your loved ones. You truly love someone not because of his/her possessions or materialistic abundance. But, simply you would wish to be with him/her. You eagerly wait for that person and just want to live your whole life without any questions. That is what love is.

In real sense, love is neither true nor real. Love is simply love. Love has no synonymous is real world. You may find one in a grammatical dictionary. But life doesn’t work on bookish knowledge. Life is like a flowing river that keeps moving in its natural way. If there comes any hurdle, it passes through and makes its own way.

Love is a pure feeling to be with someone. You love and like to be loved by someone who cares for you. You die to live in a company of your favorite person. It connects you without any logic and intelligence. It is absence of intelligence.

As love is concerned with heart, it is always said that “love is blind’. There are thousands of people who accept that it is blind because they have experienced love. They fell in love and they are living a marvelous and majestic life with someone for whom they are ready to sacrifice anything and everything.

We have a true story of Layla and Majnun. Whenever there is a discussion on love, people across the world remember these two true lovers. They are always remembered because they loved each other so desperately that they became the milestone of love.

Love of Layla and Majnun was as pure as dew drops. It happened in 7th century when Qais ibn Al-Mulawah and Layla fell in love and now they are known as Layla & Majnun. They were deeply in love with each other. Layla’s father was against this relationship and he did not permit her daughter to marry with Qais. He loved her so much that people gave him an epithet ‘Majnun’. It means a crazy. Their love story is now world famous.

Love doesn’t mean cheating or bodily relationships. Love of Layla and Majnun was called as ‘Virgin Love’ or in another word, it is Platonic love. They love in order to love. They have no other intention. Their pure intention is loving the opponent wholeheartedly without any condition.

In Hindi cinema, there are many movies that depict the story of Layla & Majnun. There are many poems written on them. So, love is a pure and pious feeling that comes out of one’s pure heart. And it attracts pure heart too.

If you are in love with someone, it’s time to say ‘I love you’. Have no obsession and no possession. It you are having possession of that person….do you think it is love? Think over it! Simply love and make the world loving and beautiful.