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In the Hindu calendar, the Trayodashi (thirteenth day) Tithi of the Lunar fortnight has particular meaning. Shani Pradosh or Shani Trayodashi is the one that agrees with a Shaniwar (Saturday).

Donate black items such as shoes, mustard, and black urad dal on Shani Trayodashi. Apply jasmine oil to peepal leaves and give them to Shiva on this day. Chant ‘Shanri Shan Shanashishishrai Namah’ , “शनरी शन शनशिशिश्राई नमः” at least 11 times in Shani temple on this day.

Shani Trayodashi Vrat/Upvas (Fast)

Pradosh Vrat is the vrat that is observed on Trayodashi Tithi. Shani Pradosh or Shani Trayodashi is the one who agrees with a Shaniwar (Saturday).

आइए जानते हैं इस दिन आपको क्या करना चाहिए और क्या नहीं- 

  • शनि प्रदोष के दिन व्यापार में किसी परेशानी का सामना कर रहे हैं, तो आपको भगवान शिव का अभिषेक करना चाहिए और परेशानियों को दूर करने के लिए दशरथ स्तोत्र का पाठ करना चाहिए. 
  • शनि त्रयोदशी के दिन किसी गरीब या जरूरतमंद व्यक्ति को काली डाल और काले वस्त्र दान करें और हो सके तो किसी गरीब को भोजन जरूर करवाए
  • इस दिन : सुबह स्नान करने के बाद, घर पर ही भगवान शनि की पूजा करें. भगवान की पूजा करते समय शनि चालीसा का जप करें.
  • इस दिन पीपल के पेड़ को छूकर 108 बार ओम नम: शिवाय मंत्र का जाप करने से शनि महाराज सभी कष्ट को दूर करते हैं.
  • इस दिन उपवास रखमे और पीपल का एक पत्ता शिवलिंग पर चढ़ाना काफी कल्याणकारी माना जाता है. इससे आपको नौकरी और व्यवसाय में लाभ मिलता है.
  • इस दिन काली चीजें जैसे जूता, सरसों, काली उड़द दाल आदि दान करना काफी शुभ माना जाता है. दान करने वाली किसी भी वस्तु को घर में ना लाएं उसे पूरा का पूरा दान कर दें.
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There are 24 types of Ekadashi in a year, all associated with various incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Here we will talk about Varuthini Ekadashi.

According to the North Indian Purnimant calendar, Varuthini Ekadashi occurs during Krishna Paksha of Vaishakha month, and Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month according to the South Indian Amavasyant calendar. However, it is observed on the same day in both North and South India. In the English calendar, it is now in the months of March or April.

The Varuthini Ekadashi holds a deep meaning and importance for the Hindus. Devotees fast and give prayers to Lord Vamana, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, on this particular day.

What is the story behind ekadashi?

After a struggle between Vishnu and the devil, Vishnu discovered that he wanted a new sword to kill Muran. The goddess was given the name ‘Ekadashi’ by Vishnu, who was delighted with her and requested her to say a boon. Ekadashi, on the other hand, prayed to Vishnu that those who fasted on that day be forgiven of their sins.

What can we eat in Varuthini ekadashi?

Abuse and sexual intercourse should be avoided at all costs. One should fast (upavas) and eat only one meal a day. Meat, black gramme, red lentil, chickpea, sugar, betel nut, paan (betel nut leaves), rice and spinach should be avoided.

Why rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?

There is, however, an explanation why rice is avoided on this day. The magnetic force of the Moon creates high and low tides on Earth. It draws water bodies into it, resulting in high tides. The Moon’s location on Ekadashi Tithi is said to be unfavourable to the human digestive system.

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Shri Vallabhacharya founded the Pushti Sect in India and was a devotional philosopher. Shri Vallabhacharya was a fervent Krishna devotee. He worshipped Lord Krishna in his Shrinathji style. Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya is another name for him.

When was Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya born?

Vallabhacharya was born in 1479 A.D. Kashi, now Varanasi, India. He was a member of a Telugu Brahmin tribe. He was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi during Vaishakha month, according to the Purnimant lunar calendar used in North India. He was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi in Chaitra month, according to the Amanta lunar calendar. It is just the name of the month that varies in both calendars, and Shri Vallabhacharya’s birthday is celebrated on the same day in both.

Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the same day as his birthday.

How was Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya born?

Due to the mother’s fear and physical pain during the trip, the infant was born two months early. The parents put the infant under a tree, covered in a sheet of fabric, since it showed no signs of life. Vallabha was the name given to the infant.

What is Pushti ?

To Vallabha, the word pushti meant “spiritual nourishment,” a symbol for Krishna’s grace. Vallabhacharya was a leading scholar in Hinduism’s Bhakti tradition, a devotional movement that stresses God’s love and mercy as an end in itself.

Thoughts about Shrinath Ji

Shrinathji (Shree Goverdhan nathji) is the name given to Shri Krishna’s 7-year-old child form. Shrinathji lived in a cave in Goverdhan Hill until he was discovered by people in the Braj region. Shree Vallabhacharya founded a small temple on the hill to begin formal worship of the Lord. Shrinathji stayed there until Puranmal Kshatriya built a new temple on the hill for him. (The temple is still standing)

Shrinathji was served by his sons Gopinath and Vithhalnath after Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. Later, according to the season/festival/time of day, Vitthalnath added Raag (music), Bhog (food offering), and Shringar to the Lord’s worship. The traditions are still observed today.

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लम्हों में देखा सपना ही जिंदगी है।
मिट्टी के घड़ों में सिमटी सांसे ही जिंदगी है।।

चेहरे की झुर्रियों में बह आई जो ।
मिट्टी के घड़ो को तपा लाई जो।
चाकों के चलने से निकल आई जो।
पेशानी के पसीने से गुजर आई जो ।

वो गर्म सांसे अब आराम ढूंढती है।
मेरे देश की मिट्टी से जो बने है।
मेरे हाथों की छुअन से जो ढले हैं।
उन लम्हों का कद्रदान ढूंढती हैं।।

ये घड़े नहीं संस्कार है।
सदियों से चली सनातन की पहचान है।
आत्मनिर्भरता का छोटा पर दृढ़ आधार है।
परमवैभव के सपने का आकार है।।

सपने तो देखे सबने हैं।
कोशिश वाले हाथों को ढूंढती है।
जो लम्हों की फिक्र करे, जो हर पहचान की कद्र करे ।
चेहरे की झुर्रियों में सिमटी जिंदगी ।
हर इंसान में उस इंसान को ढूंढती है।

Vikram Gaur

लेखक – विक्रम गौड़
चित्र – नीरज गौड़

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April Fools’ Day, which is observed on April 1 every year, has been observed by numerous cultures for millennia, though its precise sources are unclear. Playing practical jokes or hoaxes on others is a popular April Fools’ Day practise, with the phrase “April Fools!” always yelled at the end to reveal the topic of the April Fools’ Day prank.

History.com enlightened us on stories Fools Day.

Nice article on April Fools’ Day is available with some vital information like:

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.

Detailed article is available at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/april-fools-day

Wikipedia on Fools Day

Wikipedia also provide vital information on stories behind Idea of Fools day. There are many different concepts in different countries which is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day

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Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors” and the “Festival of Spring,” is a famous ancient Hindu festival.

Why is Holi celebrated?

Holi marks the advent of spring, the end of winter, and the blossoming of marriage, and it is a festive day for many to meet new friends, laugh and play, forget and forgive, and mend fractured relationships. The festival also marks the start of a prosperous spring harvest season.

It also commemorates Lord Vishnu’s Narasimha Avatar’s victory over Hiranakashyap, which represents the supremacy of good over bad. It also honours Radha Krishna’s holy and everlasting devotion.

This can be traced back to the time of Lord Krishna (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu). Lord Krishna is said to have celebrated Holi with colours and thereby popularised the festival. At Vrindavan and Gokul, he used to play holi with his children.

What does Holi represent?

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the coming of spring and the victory of good over bad. It is also said to be a recreation of a game played by Lord Krishna with his consort Radha and the gopis, or milkmaids, in Hindu culture.

Which is a nickname for Holi?

According to Wikipedia: Holi ( ) is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours”, and the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil.

What food do you eat on Holi?

9 delicious food items to lit up your Holi party

  • Thandai. When you think of Holi, thandai will surely cross your mind
  • Dahi Bhalle. The perfect blend of curd and spices, this dish is a favourite of every household
  • Puran Poli. A burst of flavours through the delicious Puran Polis is something you cannot miss
  • Rasmalai
  • Badam Phirni
  • Coconut Milk Murukku
  • Bhang Pakora.

What is the name of the Holi God?

Lord Vishnu is the deity of Holi, the Hindu festival.

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Art Magnum and Art Podium are presenting “Timeless Treasures” an impressive online art exhibition in Singapore Art Week starting from (22nd January-30th January 2021) the artworks will showcase by prominent pioneers of modern art movements in India. The exhibition will display the vibrant aesthetics and artistic capabilities that emerged in the country as it transitioned from British colonial rule to becoming an independent modern nation. As India grappled with its new status of an sovereign nation, these artist started a movement to develop their own language – a powerful combination of the indigenous history and the rich cultural heritage of India. As the name suggests the artwork on display are truly timeless and appeal to all sections of the art fraternity.

The works on display is an eclectic mix of different artistic mediums expressions. The show has brought together over 40 artworks sourced from its own collection, from private collectors across the world and from the artists. They include paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures by modern masters such as Jamini Roy, M F Husain, J Swaminathan, F N Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, Sakti Burman, B Prabha and many others. The works have either been published or have been authenticated by experts and are of known provenance.

Timeless Treasures is supported by the Indian High Commission in Singapore. We are honoured and grateful to have His Excellency Mr Kumaran Periasamy as our special guest who will make the opening address.   

A one day preview will be held on Thursday, January 21st, where all artworks will be available at an exceptional value. Those interested can register to receive the event link here

Part of Singapore Art Week (SAW) 2021, Timeless Treasures will be hosted on www.artpodium.com.sg that will run from Jan 22-30, 2021. Join in as ‘Art Takes Over’ the streets and the digital realm during the 9th edition of SAW 2021 – the Singapore’s visual arts calendar’s pinnacle event. 

On the occasion, Saurabh Singhvi Director Art Magnum said Art Magnum is collaborating with Art Podium to present a unique exhibition during the Singapore Art Week (SAW) called “Timeless Treasures”. The exhibition showcases works of Modern and contemporary Indian Masters and presents a great opportunity to collectors and art enthusiasm all over the world to own one of the masterpieces. It truly represents the vibrant art scene in India and is an ode to some of the great artist we have had over the years

 About the Gallery – Art Magnum

Art Magnum’s current director, Saurabh Singhvi, is taking his legacy forward and has been working for the welfare and promotion of Indian art all over the world. It has worked tirelessly to further the cause of Indian artists striving for excellence. Art Magnum was established to pay homage to established artist as they have worked meticulously to put Indian art on the global scene and at the same time promote young and upcoming talented artist to nurture the future of Indian art. Art Magnum has prided itself to present different medium of artistic expression ranging from the traditional to the modern to the contemporary to the experimental.

Art Magnum was founded with a vision to provide Indian art a platform to showcase its true ability and to support upcoming artist and craftsmen.. Since its inception in 1986, SSPPL has been working in the field of art and crafts. It’s founder Late Shri Prakash Chand Singhvi was a visionary figure who always wanted to further the cause of Indian arts and crafts.

For more information on the show and to avail yourself with attractive early-bird discounts, please write to info@artpodium.com.sg  

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Kumaoni Dubke is one of the authentic dishes of Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Made with locally grown Organic Lentils like gram, green gram, gahat and Bhatt, this is an extremely flavour full and nourishing dish. This one’s a true labour of love. Slow cooked lentils in earthen pots, imparts a distinct smoky flavours and keeps the nutrition locked in.

PAHARI Dubke

  • Whole Moong Dal 1 Cup
  • Chana Dal 1/2 cup 
  • 4 tbsp ghee.
  • 2tbsp crushed garlic. 
  • 2tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
  • Whole red dry chillies. 2-3.
  •  1tsp turmeric powder 
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder 
  • 1tsp garam masala powder
  • Heeng – a pinch 
  • 4-5 cups water

Soak the dals overnight. 

In the morning wash well removing the green peels that separate from the dal.

Grind the soaked washed Dal’s to a fine paste adding enough water.  Set aside.

 In a Lange heavy bottom pot (earthenware) heat ghee.  Put in cumin seeds, garlic, whole red chillies, heeng and fry well.  Put in the dal paste, 4-5 cups of water, salt, turmeric, coriander powder and garam masala. Keep stirring till one boil comes. lower the flame and let it simmer for further 40-45 mins.

Once done temper with ghee and red chilli powder (optional) 

Serve with rice topped with a dollop of ghee.

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