Science Of Some Hindu Food Rituals

New Delhi: Americans love a loaded thanksgiving table, Chinese can’t do without chopsticks, Britons have formal dining traditions and the rest of the world has its own - different cultures, cuisines and customs. With a rich heritage, the history of Indian cuisine is as old as our civilization. The Indian dinning etiquette is built on traditions. And behind almost every tradition are centuries of invasions, conquests, religious beliefs, political changes and social customs.

More interesting is how traditions have come into shape, evolved and transformed over time. They primarily vary by region and religion. In a land of numerous rituals, the act of offering food to deities gave birth to many traditions. The prasadsam served at temples, the langar at Gurudwaras or the lavish Iftar meals are a reflection of our diverse ethnicity. These traditions made their way into our kitchens and influenced how we regard food – sacred and pure. For instance, in some cultures a prayer of thanks comes first and then you reach out for food with your hand.


Science Behind Tradition!

New Delhi: Recently, US based researchers have warned that Sindoor, a traditional red coloured cosmetic powder usually worn by married Hindu women, being sold in the US and India could have unsafe levels of lead. Of the 118 sindoor samples tested, 80% had at least some lead and nearly a third contained levels above the limit set by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Sindoor, also popularly known as kumkum in the southern part of India, is commonly used by all married Hindu women as it signifies the sacred bond of marriage. Indian women used sindoor in their hair-parting (maang) and as a dot on the forehead. It is one of the 16 adornments (solah shringar) in Hinduism. Aside from this, it’s also being applied by the men in form of ‘Tilak’ on their forehead.  

Telangana Welcomes the Festival of Flowers; Bathukamma

New Delhi: Nizamabad MP and Telangana Jagruthi chief K Kavitha is planning to break the Guinness book record created last year. On 26th September 40,000 women would participate and play Bathukamma in Hyderabad at the LB stadium in the heart of the city.
The event is being done in cooperation with the Telangana Government and it is a Government festival. This year the Bathukamma, the festival of flowers will be played in front of the historic places like Charminar and Golkonda in city and others parts of the state also.
What is Bathukamma? 
Bathukamma is a colourful and vibrant festival of Telangana and celebrated by women, with flowers that grow exclusively in each region. This festival is a symbol of Telangana’s cultural identity.


Pitra Paksh - The fortnight of Ancestors

(During Shradh Hindus, pray for their deceased ancestors and their peaceful state in the afterlife.)

New Delhi: In Indian Culture, the day starting from Purnima (full moon night) of Shukla Paksh of Bhadra Pad month till the Amavasya (No moon night) of the Krishna Paksh of Ashwin month is considered to be the period dedicated to our departed ancestors. This period of 16 days is known as "Pitra Paksh or the Shraadh Kaal". The period is said to be very auspicious and holds lot of significance as per Hindu beliefs for performing special rituals known as "Shraadh Karma" for appeasing our departed Ancestors and getting their blessings. These rituals of Shraadh Karma are supposed to be done by every person irrespective of caste, creed and culture as they are mandatory for everyone according to Ancient Vedic Texts.

All about the Auspicious Attire Worn by Kerala’s Women during Onam Festival

New Delhi: There is so much to like and behold in coastal Kerala in Onam festival that even God would be happy to come down to visit ‘God’s own country’. There are exciting boat races, gorgeous looking flower decorations, huge and lavish feast called Onasadya and a virtual pomp show and revelry that are truly colourful and breathtaking in Kerala every year on the harvest festival of Onam.

Guess what makes Onam the popular regional festival of Kerala? It is the return of King Mahabali, the noble ruling demon King that is the prime reason of celebration. People of Kerala decorate their homes with fresh flower mats called ‘Pookalam’ in order to welcome the King Mahabali. The tradition of making Pookalam Designs on the floor along with wearing festive clothes and jewellery is as integral to the Onam celebration.