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World Sacred Spirit Festival, Rajasthan


 

World sacred spirit festival conceived by the Mehrangarh museum trust is an annual music festival that takes place at Ahhichatragarh fort in Nagaur and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The festival is a perfect blend of natural ambiance and harmony. It took place almost every year and grew in size with the number of attendees.

The festival will have musicians from the Orient, Africa and India. The festival is celebrated with a aims at the conservation and continuation of Sufi/sacred traditions of India and the world.

The participant artist in this magnificent festival are sitar player Irshad Khan, folk singer, musician and storyteller Parvathy Baul and musician Mehdi Nassouli, Oud player and Composer Issa Murad, flute player Rishab Prasanna, tabla player Zuheb Ahmed Khan from Palestine, flute player Lingling Yu from China and musicians Samuel Cattiau and Quentin Dujardin.

This year's festival dates are :  14th Feb. to 15th Feb. at Nagaur and 17th Feb. to 19th Feb. in Jodhpur.
See the festival's website for more info about event tickets and program details.

Apart from the festival days you can take off some extra time to see other attractions of the state. The cultural and historical tours of Rajasthan offer an opportunity to get a glimpse of the exotic locales of the region.

Hemis Festival

Hemis Monastery Festival
Image credit:- Madhav Pai




Hemis festival - It is a famous annual festival is held in late June or early July every year at 'Hemis monastery' the largest and richest monastery in all of Ladakh. This year it'll be celebrated on 14th to 15th July 2016.

The ceremony of this two day festival begins on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month and commemorates the birth of lord 'Padmasambhava' (founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet). The local people of Leh Ladakh come to celebrate the festival in their traditional dresses.  The festival take place in the courtyards of monastery with Cham dance or masked dance, performed by the resident Lamas of the monastery on the music of cymbals, drums and long horns. The cham dance represents the victory of good over evil. 

Chams are essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in the gompas that follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings.

How to reach :


It is 40 kms away from the south-east of the main city of Leh in Ladhak district.

By air:- 

Nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport at Leh. There are good avaibility of direct flights from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. From airport you can hire a cab in advance to reach Hemis monastery.

By train:- 

Chandigarh and Pathankot are the nearest railway station to Leh and Chandigarh to Leh and Panthankot to Leh distance are 750 kms and 772 kms  respectively. 

By Road:-  

You can reach Leh from Jammu, Kashmir and Manali by private vehicle or public buses.

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9 Colours of 9 Days of Navratri Festival


9 colors of 9 days of Navratri


 Navratri a nine days festival of worshiping Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. Navratri is a combination of two words 'Nav' and 'Ratri' which literally means 'Nine Nights'.
During this festival mostly devotees are excited to wear nine different colours of dress which signify that particular form of the deity on each day of the festival.

 Now the Navratri begins and everyone is getting busy with purchasing the best combinations of colors to immersed in festival fever and pandal hopping for garba and dandiya with family and friends, so gear up and take this amazing opportunity to visit and to be a part of celebration with on time and affordable car rental services in your city.

Here are list of nine different colours that are supposed to wear on different days of Navratri.

 Day First:  Red colour 

First day of Navratri is called as 'Ghatasthapana'. The day is dedicated to Goddess Shailaputri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Red"

Day Second: Royal Blue  colour

Second day of Navratri is called as Dwitiya and on this day 'Goddess Brahmachari' is worshipped. the colour to wear on the second day for devotees is "Royal Blue"

Day Third: Yellow  colour

Third day of Navratri or Tritiya is dedicated to 'Devi Chandraghanta' she symbolizes spirituality and meditation and the colour to wear on this day for devotees is "Yellow"

Day Fourth: Green  colour

On the forth day, the creator of the universe 'Godess Kushmanda'is worshipped. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Green"

Day Fifth: Gray

'Goddess Skandamata' is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. The colour to wear on forth day of navratri is "Gray"

Day Sixth: Orange 

'Goddess Katyayani' sixth incarnations of Godess Durga is worshiped on this day of Navratri and the colour to wear on is "Orange"

 Day Seventh: White

Goddess Kaalratri the seventh incarnations of Devi Durga, worshipped on the seventh day of Navrartri and "White" is the customary colour of the eighth day of Navaratri.

 Day Eight: Pink

Goddess of kindness and morality known as 'Devi Maha Gauri' is worshipped on the Eighth day of Navratri and "Pink" color to be worn on the day.

 Day Nine: Sky Blue 

Goddess of supernatural power 'Devi Siddhidatri' is worshiped on the Ninth day of Navratri and the colour to wear on the first day for devotees is "Sky Blue".


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