India is all about culture, religion, language, pilgrimage. And people from India are very much attached to these culturally bound country and have tremendous sentiments in their heart for the religions and so if something is spoken against the religions which may hurt their sentiment they don’t bare it at any cost. Painters, writers, filmmakers, politicians and now even stand-up comedians have over the years been accused of hurting sentiments of the people. However, as now exists the social media world where people raise their voices against injustice and unacceptable behaviour, people keep their opinions out openly in mass and hence the news is created. So social media has somewhat been a platform in terms of India being a democratic country where every person has right of speech.
Nowadays, standup comedians are coming up with their opinions through comedy. We see many restaurants and cafeteria working with comedians for shows. Recently, stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua’s old video has surfaced on the internet and got viral and she has been slammed for “hurting sentiments” of the followers of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Sadly, in the video, Joshua is seen cracking jokes on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s upcoming statue in the Arabian Sea.Trying to be cool enough she also says about the”funny things” that she read on Quora. Someone on website wrote, “This Shivaji statue is an amazing masterstroke by Prime Minister Modi Ji. It will have solar cells which will power all of Maharashtra,” Joshua said. She went on to crack a few more jokes. And surprisingly even the audience had a laugh on her such jokes which could deeply hurt someone’s sentiments
However, with netizens demanding Mumbai Police to take strict action for hurting their sentiments
After the outrage, the stand-up comedian got upset about the hatred she received and instead of apologizing right away she tweeted about the hatred and people entering her space of social media and mentioning her with filths.
Later, this controversy spread massively. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) party whose workers reached the studio where the stand-up video was shot and created. Yash ranade one the MNS workers shared a video. In which the workers are seen kicking and damaging the tables and chairs at the venue. Subsequently, the organisers tendered a verbal and a written apology to the MNS workers for allowing the comedians to air disparaging views on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Agrima Joshua grudgingly apologised for hurting the sentiments of the followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and tweeted that her video has already been taken down from the Internet.
India is home to 1.4 billion people, almost one-sixth of the world’s population who belong to a variety of ethnicities and religions. And these belongingness is from core of heart. A religion for most of the people in India is as important as their lives and also the icon of their particular religion. Maratha icon, the king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, tales of his bravery are countless and stories of his victories innumerable. He himself was extremely secular. Though we are moving towards a modern world we should not forget our culture ethics and to respect our warriors who all their life fought for us. And their sacrifices are beyond explanations. And apart from thier sacrifices they were the creators who made sure to keep our culture into existence at any risk with lot of sincerity. Then we being their followers should make sure we don’t disrespect our religion or the warriors.
RAM NAVAMI: Muhurat, Celebration, Significance, Home celebration
Ram Navami celebrated as the birthday of the lord Ram. It is celebrated in the festival of spring (Navratri), the 9 days long festival of the Navratri comes to the end with the celebration of the epic festival of Ram Navami. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of God Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Beautiful thing about this festival is, people this holy occasion by observing fast, reading Rama’s legendary stories and chanting the mantras. Not only people so this things but they also decorate the house and temple. The visit the lord Vishnu temple and worship him. This year people can’t visit the temple due to the deadly virus, but surely they will stay at home and pray for the betterment of the current condition.
Muhurta for the celebration :
According to sources, the muhurta for ram Navami madhyahna will begin at 11:02 am and end at 1:38 pm. The Navami tithe will begin at 12:43 am on April 21 and end at 12:35 am on April 22. It is believed that lord ram was born during madhyahna period or the middle of the day.
Significance of Ram Navami celebration:
As per Hindu mythology, Lord Ram is the central figure in Ramayana and was born to Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha in Ayodhya. Ram Navami is celebrated to mark the descent of the Vishnu avatar of Lord Ram on earth.
Lord Ram is mentioned not in the ancient Hindu scriptures, but also in Jain and Buddhist texts.
This is how we can celebrate Ram Navami at home:
Clean a nice place or the mandir at home. Lord Rama is the main deity worshipped during Rama Navami, so place a photo or an idol of Lord Ram. Along with Lord Rama, Mata Kaushalya, King Dasharatha, Sita and the three younger brothers of Lord Rama – Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna are also worshipped. Hanuman Ji, the biggest devotees of Lord Ram must be worshipped on is auspicious day.
Involve all members of the family in the Ram Navami puja. Traditionally young girls in the family put teeka on the forehead of all in the family. Ganga jal, roli and aipun are sprinkled on the gods, and then rice is showered on the deities or photos of Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman Ji. After prayers, everyone perform the aarti and bhajans are sung. Finally, prasad is distributed among all family members.
Happy Ram Navami all of you.
Stay home and be safe.
Gudi Padwa – All you need to know
Hindu calendar states that , the Hindu New Year begins at Gudi Padwa. This year, Gudi Padwa falls on April 13, 2021, Tuesday.
Gudi Padwa is a spring-time festival that marks the celebration of the Maharashtrian New Year. The first day of Chaitra month is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in and near Maharashtra and Goa generally.The word padava or padavo comes from the Sanskrit word pratipada which refers to the first day of a lunar fortnight. It is also called as Marathi New year. It is observed by Marathi and Kokani Hindus.Gudhi means flag, erect flag on the houses as part of celebration in Maharashtra where its mainly celebrated.
Murtha for Gudi Padwa:
This year, Pratipada Tithi begins at 08:00 on Apr 12, 2021 ends at 10:16 on Apr 13, 2021.
Arrangements on this day:
On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. Families on this day make sure to adorn their homes with flower garlands, earthen lamps, and rangolis. Then wearing new clothes to offer prayers. Sweets and savouries are distributed to welcome the season of spring.
Traditionally, families prepare a special dish that mixes various flavours, particularly the bitter leaves of the neem tree and sweet jaggery ( gul). Additional ingredients include sour tamarind and astringent dhane seeds. This, like the pacchadi recipe used in Ugadi festival, is eaten as a reminder of life’s sweet and bitter experiences, as well as a belief that the neem-based mixture has health benefits.
Preparation for Gudi:
One of the main preparations on this day is making the Gudi, a flag-like stick hoisted outside homes or even near windows. This is usually created using a long wooden stick wrapped with a New (unused) saree , kalash and decorated with neem leaves and a garland made using sugar candy. This is believed to symbolise victory.
Maharashtrian families also make many other festive dishes, such as shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli on this day. Firstly this dishes are user as Prasad for offering God and guddi. The sugar garland are distributed among the small children in family and neighborhood. This is believed to symbolise the love and good luck for upcoming year.
Significance of gudi :
1. It symbolises the victory of King Shalivahana and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.
2. Lord Ram’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravana. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudhi (flag).
3. Victory of Maratha warriors in processions.
4. Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.
IS DUSSEHRA REALLY OVER?
With the dust settled again there will be rise in rape cases. Why are we Indians so selective about our intrication to the details. We do not follow as we preach. On saturday 24th October, 2020 many Indians followed this tradition of inviting 9 girls to their home and feeding them. It is an old age tradition that is followed across India. We Indians cherish it. We celebrate Navratri with huge pomp and glory. Today was the day when the idols of Ma Durga were immersed in water and we bid adieu to her. Have we asked her to take our sins away? Can she do that? I ask you to answer that but on the other hand everyone will now go to eid then chhath puja then diwali and many more. But the question remains the same. Are we doing enough? There have been many hathras styled events and many worse than that. Have we learnt our lessons no. What is it that we don’t understand? The fact that we are so self obsessed and our ego gets the better of us. It is tough for us to accept girls the way they are. How and when will this end. As you write I want you to understand the exhilarating pain of every Indian woman. She is looked upon, teased, asked to lose weight and whatnot. Think for a second if your entire life you are dictated to this, to do that. How will you feel?
The dust settles there. I do not agree. There will be some reposts on instagram, some of you will add relatable images on your instagram story or you will share this article on whatsapp. That is not enough? What I want you to do is become more human and less devil. Be courteous to your fellow women folk around you. Start talking and lend an ear. Do not judge and don’t try to come to conclusions. If she wants to go and cry let her cry but don’t force her to do things. We are a nation of 130 crore and if we take it upon ourselves to look after each other then such miscreants will automatically be punished. We just have stopped harbouring them and I just don’t want you to be a passive reader. I want you to rise and in a time bound manner make this a better place. Just start helping others. That is all I ask. Stand for what is right and don’t justify wrong things. Even when a woman is abused on social media and you try to ignore those comments section then you are no different. I will not so that they will transform into Maa Kali and kill the devils. I will say that remember that they are the one who give lives. They can take it away also. Don’t test your patience. Be courteous to everyone and follow what your heart says. Aurat word in itself means life. Give life and pounder the cream. Never will you feel alone if you help others and remember it is the greatest joy to keep the creator of life happy and smile.
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