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i am proud to release this 6th edition of fest-In magazine...... I need your valuable comments.
i am happy to say that we have planned to give prizes to the one who sends the correct answer for the questions in ' idhu namma area'.........
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RC of Zenith

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  1. 1.   1   Editor’s PodiumWarm Rotaract Greetings!!!It gives me a pleasure and proud to be the chairman offest-In. You all know that fest-In is an exclusive magazineof RC of zenith and it talks about festivals and culture inour nation. We successfully lunched five editions and nowcame up with 6th edition, Diwali & sashti edition. Bothfestivals are my favorites. So I really enjoyed while workingon this edition. It is the correct time to thank my fest-Inteam and Zenith family members because without theirsupport fest-In is impossible.Dear Readers, you’re the backbone this fest-In. We needyour support and your valuable suggestions always. I hopeyou all will enjoy this edition as you did for fest-In’sprevious edition.Don’t stop with reading alone, also workout the word gamesin Idhu Namma Area. Exciting prizes are waiting for winnerswho finish the game.I wish you very happy Diwali & Kandha sashti. The day mayfill with lights, happiness and blessings of the Holy Spirit…..Regards,Rtr.Premalatha.V‘fest-In’ chairman & Jt-secretary,R C Of Zenith ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  2. 2.   2                                             Appy Diwali… Trigger:The word ‘Diwali’, is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepawali’. Diwali isone of the most important festivals in India. This is an enthusiastic festival forHindus, Sikhs, and Jains. This is the festival loved by all age group fromchildren to elders. Diwali is also called as Deepavali it means festival of lights.Philosophy of this festival is destroying darkness (ignorance) with the light ofwise in your life.Diwali Stories:All our religious beliefs, customs and festivals have some reasons andphilosophy in it. Likewise there are so many stories and believes for why we arecelebrating Diwali.Narakasura’s last wish:This is the common story known by everyone, but we have still more storiesabout Diwali. It’s coming up in next paras, do check out that too. TheBhagavata Purana says Narakasura, an evil demon king who had managed toacquire awesome powers. He conquered both the heaven and earth. Hetyrannized the people and devas. Addicted to power, he even stole the earringsof Aditi, the heavenly mother goddess, and usurped some of her territory. So,affected people approached Lord Vishnu for solicit that to kill the demon andsave us from him. Lord Vishnu incarnated as Krishna, he killed Narakasura andrescued 16,000 women whom the demon had imprisoned in his palace. When hewas defeated by Lord Krishna he pleased him that his death has to be celebratedas a festival. Lord Krishna granted his request. So we are celebrating thedemon’s death as Diwali. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  3. 3.   3  Lord Rama: “We are back!!!”After 14 years of wildlife of rama, sita, and lakshmana with the victory of Ramaon Ravana, they returned to ayothia (their mother land). In joyous celebration ofthe return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama,illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.Apy b’day Goddess Lakshmi:On the day of Diwali Goddess Lakshmi manifested herself from the milkyocean. Hindu scripture says that Devas( gods ) Asuras (demons ) churned theocean together to find out the amirtham ( drink of immortality ). While churninggoddess lakshmi was appeared on the new moon day (ammavasya). ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  4. 4.   4  She was subsequently married to Lord Vishnu on the same darkest night of theyear and brilliant lamps were illuminated and placed in rows to mark this holyoccasion.Pandavas Returns:Mahabharata also tells about diwali. On the day of Kartik Amavashya thePandavas return back from their 12 years of banishment as a result of theirdefeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling) and with thevictory of mahabharata war. The people who loved the Pandavas celebrated theday by lighting the earthen lamps.Diwali for Govindhan:Vishnu purana says, Lord Krishna protected the people of Gokulum from theheavy rain caused by the anger of Deveindra. So the people celebrated diwali tothank Lord Krishna.Sikh peoples Diwali:In the Sikh community, Diwali celebrations have a special importance. On theday of diwali their sixth Guru, Guru Har Govind ji came back from the captivityof the fort of Gwalior city. The people illuminated lamps in the way to ShriHarmandhir Sahib, which is known by the name of the Golden Temple, tohonor and welcome their beloved Guru. And also the third Sikh Guru Amar Dasinstitutionalized the festival of lights as an occasion when all Sikhs wouldgather to receive the Gurus blessings.Jain people’s Diwali:On the day of diwali, the famous Jain prophet Bhagvaan Mahaveer, the founderof Jainism, attained Nirvana. So the Jain people celebrate diwali asremembrance of Lord Mahavira. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  5. 5.   5  Brothers & Sisters’ Diwali: Lord Yamraj, the God of Death, visited his sister Yamuna on the day of diwali.When Yamraj reached Yamunas home, she welcomed him by performing hisaarti, applying Tilak on his forehead and by putting a garland around his neck.Yamuna cooked variety of dishes and sweets for her brother and offered allthose to him. Lord Yamraj ate all those delicious dishes and when he wasfinished, he showered blessings on Yamuna and gave her a boon that if abrother visits his sister’s place on this day, he would be blessed with health andwealth. Thus, it has become a tradition that the day Bhai-Dooj (fifth day ofdiwali) is celebrating.5days Diwali:The first day is called as Dhan Trayodashi or Dhanteras. The people of Indiabelieve that goddess lakshmi appeared from the milky ocean in this day.Lakshmi pooja is conducted on this day. People buy gold and silver on this day.Narak Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali is the second day of diwali. This iscelebrated for the defect of the demon Narakasura.    Therefore this day isdedicated to lights and prayers heralding a future full of joy and laughter.Third day, Padawa is the main diwali. This celebration is for the victory andreturning of Lord Rama to Ayyodhia.  On this day special pooja ceremony isobserved to worship Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi. This is the mostimportant day which seeks colors of fire crackers, lighting of lamps, delicioussweets, new clothes and family get together exchanging gifts.Fourth day of diwali is for Govandhana pooja and the last day is Bhai-Dooj.North – SouthNorth India:North Indians decorates their houses with lights and they prepare sweets andburn crackers. They create colorful patterns (rangoli) at their door steps. Thetradition continues to this day in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  6. 6.   6  Haryana, Bihar and the surrounding areas where huge effigies of Ravana areburned symbolizing Lord Ramas vanquishing of the demon king.In Bengal the worship is completely dedicated to Goddess Kali.  Kali puja is aunique celebration of this state. They place rows of lighted candles and diyasaround individual homes, painting colorful patterns at the doorstep, dressing upin new apparels and paying a visit to friends and relatives. It is also believed thatit is the night of the Pitripurush (ancestors) and lamps are lit on long poles toguide their souls on this night. But the practice is more common in rural areas ofBengal than in cities like Kolkata. In Gujarath images of small footprints arealso drawn over individual’s doorstep which is a way of inviting GoddessLakshmi to the house.South India:Lakshmi Pooja and Narak Chaturdashi are mainly celebrated in south India.In Tamilnadu, the people take oil bath in early morning and wear new clothswhich placed before god. They will prepare sweets and spicy dishes and burncrackers. Thala Deepavali is a unique custom of diwali in Tamilnadu. ThalaDeepavali is the once-in-a-lifetime event. It is celebrated by newly marriedcouples. Newly married couples celebrate their first diwali after marriage in thebride’s parental home. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  7. 7.   7  In Maharashtra it is four day celebration. On the first day, is celebrated byperforming an Aarti (prayer with songs) of the cow and its calf- whichrepresents the love between a mother and her baby. Lakshmi pooja and NarakChaturdashi are celebrates on next days.Rural India:Diwali is celebrated as harvesting festival in some rural regions of India. Invillages across the country, Diwali is the time that farmers celebrate with joyand offer praises to God for granting them a good crop. This is the reason whypeople performing Lakshmi Puja.Tips for Environment-frindly diwali celebration: Use earthen lamps instead of electric decoration lights. Is helps to save electric energy. Do not burn crackers after 9p.m. because there is less amount of oxygen in air at night times. It also help to reduce noise and gives peace full sleep. Kandha SashtiSurasamharamDemon Surapadma’s anarchy:An asura by name Surapadma was ruling Veera Mahendrapuri, anisland fortress. He performed many austerities invoking Lord Shivaand the Lord granted him many boons. Later, the asura becamearrogant and captured all the three worlds—the heaven, earth andthe hell. He made the Devas, the heavenly immortals to do menialtask. The Devas were unable to bear his torture and complained toLord Shiva.Six Sparks, Six babi, and Six face: ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  8. 8.   8  Lord Shiva opened his third eye to create a son to kill Surapadma.Six sparks of fire emanated from the third eye. These divine sparkswere received by River Ganges through Agni, the God of Fire andpassed on to the Himalayan lake, Saravana Poigai, here they weretransformed into six babies. These babies were suckled by the sixKirithika nymphs. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi Devi came toSaravana Poigai, and when Goddess Uma fondly clasped the babiesthey joined together and become Lord Arumuga with six faces andtwelve arms.D-War:When child Arumuga grew up and become a young boy, Lord Shivaasked him to destroy Surapadma and free the Devas from his cruelbondage. Lord Muruga reached Tiruchendur with his huge army andcamped. He sent his lieutenant named Veerabahu to the asura as anemissary and asked Surapadma to release the Devas. SinceSurapadma turned down the request, a war ensued. During the firstfive days of the war, the brothers of Surapadma and all other asurasperished. On sixth day, in the battle fight took place between LordMuruga and Surapadma, the lance of Lord Muruga pierced the bodyof Surapadma, who got himself transformed into a frightful mangotree, and broke it into two. The broken pieces instantly transformedthemselves into a mighty peacock and a co ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  9. 9.   9  .Lord Muruga took the peacock as his vahana or vehicle and the cockon his banner. This event is popularly known as Surasamharam, orthe destruction of Surapadman. After Surasamharam, Lord Murugadesired to worship his father, Lord Shiva. Hence Mayan, the divinearchitect constructed this shrine at Tiruchendur. Even now LordSubramaniyan is seen in the posture of worshiping Lord Shiva inthe sanctum sanctorum.Philosophy of Surasamharam:Surabadmanan refers to anavam(egotism), singamugan refers toKanman (action of world things), Tarakasuran refers tomaya(illusion). These three things made human beings as a sinner.Destruction the asuras by God shows as we have to destroy themwith help of God and make our life towards Holy Spirit. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  10. 10.   10   Snacks Ready!!!!Soan PapdiIngredients:Gram Glour - 1 ¼ cupMaida - 1 ¼ cupGhee - 250 gmsSugar - 2 ½ cupsWater - 1 ½ cupMilk - 2 tbspCardamom seeds - ½ tsp(Crushed coarsely)4" squares cut from a thin polythene sheetMethod: Sift both flours together. Heat ghee in a heavy saucepan. Add flour mixture and roast on low till light golden. Keep aside to cool a little, stirring occasionally. Prepare sugar syrup simultaneously. Bring syrup to 2 ½ thread consistency. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  11. 11.   11   Add the syrup to the flour mixture. Beat well with a large fork till the mixture forms threadlike flakes. Pour onto a greased surface or thali and roll to 1" thickness lightly. Sprinkle the Cardamom and gently press down with palm. Cool it, cut into 1" squares, wrap individually into square pieces of thin plastic sheet. Store in an air tight container.MALPUAIngredients:Sugar - 1 cupWheat flour - 1 ½ cupsYogurt or curd- 4 tbspWhole peppercorns- 10-15Milk & Water – for making batterMethod: Make a batter of all of these dry ingredients, using equal amount of milk and water. And whip till smooth. Add the 10 peppercorns. Keep aside and allow it to rise for about two hours. Heat oil in a khadai on a medium flame. Drop large ladlefuls into the oil to form circles of 6-8 inches. The batter will sink and line the bottom of the kahdai and rise up in the shape of a disc. Fry till the color change into golden. Drain and pat off the oil. Serve with cream or garnished with pista. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  12. 12.   12   Idhu namma area…Word Puzzle:There are twenty English words connected with the Hindu festival of Diwali inthis word search puzzle, find them. G G H K D R C WJ WC H AZ YL H K O O Q S J Q A WC T D P R O S P E R I T Y L M M D J MJ T J M P I WF C S Q L X I V P R A Y E R S O O Z E I I KE L WJ A R P Q A F P V M P N H N Q YL VH A P P Y M Y Y H T Z B Z WQ X J E YAH K Z T F G I F T S N E WY E A R C UHP O K X U H C A WMI Q E Q H B U T R B B E B H B S X M X D T M A L I ML L I AI D K B J N WI S D O M L T F R I E NDS F S I S F V L L O U T T H K L G HB C P E A C E T K Y A L I G H T S R H YODP S Y MR S Y WO F K M Z S S U T ANS U T U K Q WK C I C I S WE E T S GVI R I A N Y H K C M Z T L L F D X H F UUA V V L C O O J B J J Q A T I L H I NDU A V P Z L I Z F U D E M G WR U OS GT L V X F I J WY B N X P B A R WB L DU O N Q C D H Z I Q L E S K L J P XF T MY J C O A C E L E B R A T I O N GF E N Y WG S Y C F I R E WO R K S V S DR K C E R O O H E A L T H B C G V O S S YT D R R FNote: All the words go across from left to right and down from top to bottom.There are no backwards or diagonal words. ‘fest-In’ vol-6
  13. 13.   13   Fun with WordsWord 4d Day:Dad: Dear Son, shall we burst crackers?Son: Yes dad!Dad: Son, as soon fire the cracker come here it will go up and might hurt you.Son: Dad, it didn’t go up.Dad: Son, go up means explode. See the cracker which you fired it gotexplode.Word: ‘Find me if u can’.We two went to our friend place in the evening around 18:00p.m to wish himHappy Diwali. His family welcome us with a smiley face and treat us well. Hismother offered 5 kinds of sweets, it was really awesome and we both loved it.As we had leave for 5 days in our office we planned for short trip to Ooty andKodaikanal. In this trip we totally 26 members went and enjoyed the trip. Againwe are planning for long trip in the month of June - July, probably 25th June willleave Chennai till July end will continue our trip. Editors Rtr.Premalatha Rtr.Saravanan ‘fest-In’ vol-6
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