Fest In - Vol 5   RC Zenith
Voice Of EditorAs a fest-In editor, sorry learner, I would like to wish my Rotary Family Apy Navarathri.We are coming up w...
accumulated power and the weaponsNavaratri                                  given by the gods, Goddess Durga set herNavara...
thereafter. It’s a belief that Sati will visit her who witnessed puja.native place and stay with her parents. Thisoccasion...
set to fire. The theatrical enactment of this   Goddess Durga.dramatic encounter is held throughout the       In Gujarath,...
Saraswathi, Durga, Lakshmi, Muruga) are        are placed. After this animals and birds areplaced. In second step they pla...
Forms of Lakshmi                   Adilakshmi              Dhanyalakshmi              Dhairyalakshmi                   Gaj...
Gallery!      Golu @ Rtr. Meena’s Home                          Golu @ Rtr. Meena’s Home                                  ...
Kitchen Zone...Here some special recipes of Navarathri for you…Saboodana VadaaIngredients: Potato - 1, boiled, peeled and ...
Idhu namma area…Navartri Crossword:Across:3) Navaratri commences on this day.4) Goddess of wealth.7) Gujaratis celebrates ...
How is Your G.K?1) Which form of Goddess Durga is             6) Vaishno Devi shrine is situated in whichworshipped on the...
Find out...Can you find out who are the goddess and the god?                                                        Have a...
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  1. 1. Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  2. 2. Voice Of EditorAs a fest-In editor, sorry learner, I would like to wish my Rotary Family Apy Navarathri.We are coming up with our 5th volume ‘Navarathri’ edition. To talk about this editionwe are having more than one story why we are celebrating Navarathri. Few stories arereally surprising and new to me, even for many. Here I like to thank my co-editor and the‘fest-In’ chairman Rtr. Premalatha for allowing me to learn new myths, scenes, storiesand histories. As a reader we might skip things and shift to our interested area in any ofthe magazine, but as an editor I suppose to go through each and every line of ‘fest-In’.So there is no way to leaving things and shift to my interested area. I personally requestrotaractors to go through each and every topic of ‘fest-In’ especially “Idhu Namma Area”to taste the full essence.Regards,Rtr.Saravanan,‘fest-In’-Editor.IPP SpeaksDear Rotaractors,Warm Rotaract Greetings,It gives me immense pleasure to pen my message for fest - In magazine, that to onthe Navarathri edition. Navarathri is one of my favourite festival for the Golu special,Dhandiya nights, n those yummy sundals (he he).First I would like to congratulate Rtr. Premalatha and the team for bringing such wonderfulmagazine. Its not just an easy task to bring out a magazine, as i have expierence on it.And I thank Rtr. Premalatha for giving me an opportunity to design this edition after along gap. Not only designing, i also enjoyed the myths about navarathri. Topics like idhunamma area, kitchen zone, find out and G.K adds colors to the magazine. On behalf offest In team, I thank Rtr. Subbalakshmi, Rtr. Meena, Shanmugam and Sriram for sharingtheir Golu Pictures.Regards,Rtr. IPP Swathi Sujir,Rotaract Club of Zenithsponsored byRotary Club of Madras North East,Rotary International District 3230.Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  3. 3. accumulated power and the weaponsNavaratri given by the gods, Goddess Durga set herNavaratri is celebrating with fun and trail to defeat Mahishasura. To accomplishreligious fervor by Hindus across India. the task, she fought against MahishasuraThere are many stories (belief) why we are in the war which extended for nine days.celebrating Navaratri every year. After fighting hard with him for nine days, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura on theWar against Mahishasura tenth day. Consequently, she lifted theAccording to a very popular legend, tyranny of the demon off the innocent lives on earth and restored the swarglok to the devatas (Gods). Therefore, Navaratri is celebrated to commemorate her victory over the demon, which symbolizes the victory of the good over the evil. The nine nights of Navratri symbolize the nine nights of the war between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura. Uma became Sati According to the story of Hindu mythology, King Daksha of Himalayas was blessed with a beautiful and virtuous daughter, named Uma. She wished to marry Lord Shiva. In order to tie the wedding knot with Lord Shiva Uma worshipped him and pleased him. Consequently, Lord Shiva married Uma. One fine day, Uma, now the consort of Lord Shiva, wished to take part in a Yagna conducted by her father. Since her fatherMahishasura, the mighty demon worshipped was not in good terms with him, Lord ShivaLord Shiva and obtained invincible power. refused her to witness the Yagna. WithoutSoon, he started killing the innocent lives listening to Lord Shiva Uma alone witnessedon earth and set out to win the seven Yagna. When she turned up to the Yagna,lokas. He acquired the swarglokas. Nobody her father (King Daksha) insulted Lord Shivacould save the living creatures from his by his words. Uma was unable to withstandtyranny. Even the three mighty gods of the the insult and she got angry and decided toHindu Trinity - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu end her life by jumping into the agni kundand Lord Shiva were unable to defeat (Fire). Soon after doing this, she was unitedhim. Therefore, all the gods, including the with the eternity. Therefore, Uma came toHindu Trinity, united their supreme powers be known as Sati. Sati was reborn again.and created a divine named Ma Shakti or In the second birth, Sati married LordDurga, the Warrior Goddess. With all the Shiva and the divine couple lived happily,Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  4. 4. thereafter. It’s a belief that Sati will visit her who witnessed puja.native place and stay with her parents. Thisoccasion is celebrating as Navarathri. Ayudha Puja The ninth day of Navaratri is also called asKonjam Ramayanam Ayudha Puja. The Ayudha Puja is a worshipLord Rama, who wanted to rescue his wife of whatever implements one may use inSita Devi from the demon King Ravana who their livelihood. On the preceding evening,abducts her to his place. To free Sita Devi it is traditional to place these implementsfrom Ravana he was in need of enough on an altar to the Divine. Childrenpower to defeat him. So, he worshipped traditionally place their study books andgoddess Durga in nine different forms for writing implements on the altar. On thisnine days. At end of the day he got enough day, no work or study is done, that onepower to defeat Ravana. Tenth day Rama might spend the day in contemplation ofkilled Ravana. As a note of remembering the Divine.it first nine days we are celebrating asNavarathri and tenth day we are celebrating Dussehraas Vijayadashmi. Navaratri and Dussehra is celebrated throughout the country at the sameTen days time, with varying rituals, but with greatFirst 3 days for Durga who gives us enthusiasm and energy as it marks thecourage, power and energy.Next 3 days for end of scorching summer and the startLakshmi Mata who gives us Wealth, Peace of winter season. The tenth day afterand Prosperity.Next 3 days for Saraswathi Navaratri is called Dussehra. On this day,who gives us Knowledge and Wise. Last in the northern side of India, people burnday i.e.10th day is celebrating as dussehra effigies of Ravana, marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. This day is alsoSaraswthi puja called “Vijayadashmi” i.e. day of victory.The Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped According to Scriptures, by worshippingas the Goddess of Learning, the deity of the ‘Shakti’ on these nine-days theGayathri, the fountain of fine arts and householders attain the threefold power i.e.science, and the symbol of supreme physical, mental and spiritual, which helpsvedantic knowledge. In a well-decorated him to progress in life without any difficulty.room, books and grandhas (holy books) VijayaDashami is considered to be anare tastefully arranged with a picture or an auspicious day for the Indian householder,image of Goddess Saraswathi in front of it. protects and preserves ‘Shakti’ (power) onSometimes weapons and implements are this day. The ‘Ramlila’ - an enactment of thekept by the side of books and garandhas. life of Lord Rama, is held during the nineThen a Puja is performed to Saraswathi. days preceding Dussehra. On the tenthFruits, beaten rice, roasted paddy (malar), day (Dussehra or Vijay Dasami), largerjaggery etc, are offered to her. These than life effigies of Ravana, his son andofferings will be distributed to the people brother - Meghnadh and Kumbhakarna areFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  5. 5. set to fire. The theatrical enactment of this Goddess Durga.dramatic encounter is held throughout the In Gujarath, gujarathis perform songs andcountry in which every section of people dance - Dandiya Raas (dance by women)participates enthusiastically. In burning the and Garba Raas (dance by men) duringeffigies the people are asked to burn the their worships. In Dandiya Raas womenevil within them, and thus follow the path place an earthen pot in the center and theyof truth and goodness, bearing in mind dance around it. The pot is considered asthe instance of Ravana, who despite all his goddess durga. Sometimes durga idolsmight and majesty was destroyed for his also placed instead of the pot.evil ways.We Indians believe that anything which South indiastarted on the day of vijayadashmi will beend with success. So that students starttheir new courses on studies in this day andpeople use their implements and read thebooks which are placed before the goddesson the day of saraswathi pooja, on this day.CelebrationsNorth India In Maharashtra, people worshipped goddess durga on all the nine days and the tenth day they worshipped saraswathi. They keep their books and implements before the image or idol of goddess saraswathi. This day is also considered auspicious to begin any new thing or to buy new ornaments. Kerala, they start the formal education on these nine days and they celebrate the saraswathi pooja on the ninth day. Bommai kolu is arranged in Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradhesh. TheyThe devotees fast for the nine days and believe that goddess durga, lakshmi, andworshipped goddess durga. In Bengal the saraswathi give their presence in the formbengalis worshipped a large idols of durga, of kolu. Traditionally they arrange koluperform songs and dance and the tenth in 3 steps upto 11 steps. They follow aday the idol will immerse into water. They traditional way to arrange the dolls or kolucelebrate kannya pooja on the tenth day; bommais. Usually this order is followed,people worship pre-pubescent young girls, from the top in first step idols of god andknown as ‘kanyas’, as the embodiments of goddess (Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Bhrama,Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  6. 6. Saraswathi, Durga, Lakshmi, Muruga) are are placed. After this animals and birds areplaced. In second step they place avatars of placed in the next step. Reptiles, plants,god (Dhasavatar, Ashtalakshmi). Third step water and the things which are made byis for saints, yogis (munivargal). Followed man (shops, villages, cities, parks etc.) areby this, in the next step human being dolls placed followed by the animal and bird’s dolls.Forms of GoddessForms of Durga Shailputri Brahmacharini Chandraghanta Kushmanda Skanda Mata Kathyayani Kalratri Maha Gauri SiddhidatriFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  7. 7. Forms of Lakshmi Adilakshmi Dhanyalakshmi Dhairyalakshmi Gajalakshmi Santhanalakshmi Vijayalakshmi Vidyalakshmi DhanalakshmiForms of Saraswathi MahaSaraswati Mahaneel Mahavidya SaraswatiFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  8. 8. Gallery! Golu @ Rtr. Meena’s Home Golu @ Rtr. Meena’s Home Golu @ Shanmugam’s Home Golu @ Shanmugam’s Home Golu @ Shanmugam’s Home Golu @ Sriram’s Home with Republic Day Theme Golu @ Rtr. Subbalakshmi’s HomeFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  9. 9. Kitchen Zone...Here some special recipes of Navarathri for you…Saboodana VadaaIngredients: Potato - 1, boiled, peeled and mashed.Green Chillies - 8-10 (crushed), Sago - 1 Cup,Peanuts - 1/2 cup (roasted and crushed crudely,Rock salt (for taste), Oil (to deep fry)Method: • Wash Sago and soak it for about 3 hours. • Add all the ingredients to Sago except oil. Grind it all into a paste. • Heat the oil in a pan. • Make small vadas with the paste. Slip these into the heated oil on medium flame. • Keep frying the vadas till they turn crisp and light brown. • Serve with badaam chutneyAval KesariIngredients: Rice Flakes (poha) - 1/2 cup, Sugar- 1/2 cup, Ghee - 2 teaspoon, Cashews – 5nos,Cardomom - 1/4 teaspoon, Safforn colourMethod: • Melt some gheein a kadai • Roast the cashews in the ghee and put aside. • In the remaining ghee, roast the rice flakes until golden brown. • Pour safforn into some water and bring to a boil. Add the flakes and allow them to get cooked for few minutes. Pour sugar and cardomom to it. • Keep stirring the mixture until it becomes non-sticky. If required, add some more ghee. Add the roasted cashwes to it. Serve hot.Sweet thukkadaIngredients: Maida flour/All purpose flour - 1Cup, Sugar – 1 & 1/2Cup, Cardamom powder - 1/4teaspoon, Water - 3 Cups, Oil - For frying thukkadaMethod: • Make dough with maida flour and roll it into small chappatis • Cut the chappati into small pieces and deep fry these thukadas . • Make sugar syrup which is in one string consistency. • Add the thukadas and cardamom powder to the sugar syrup. • Serve it.Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  10. 10. Idhu namma area…Navartri Crossword:Across:3) Navaratri commences on this day.4) Goddess of wealth.7) Gujaratis celebrates Navaratri with this famous dance.8) The festival that sees nine nights of celebrations.Down:1) One of the nine forms of Shakti, a prominent hindu goddess.2) A demon whose death Navaratri commemorates.5) The goddess of wisdom.6) The festivals comes right after NavaratriFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  11. 11. How is Your G.K?1) Which form of Goddess Durga is 6) Vaishno Devi shrine is situated in whichworshipped on the first day of Navratri? state? • Brahmacharini • Uttaranchal • Chandraghanta • Jammu and Kashmir • Shailputri • Himachal Pradesh • Kushmanda • Rajasthan 7) Which state celebrates ‘Bommai Kolu’2) Who wrote the great epic Ramayana? that is the display of dolls during Navratri? • Veda Vyasa • Tamil Nadu • Valmiki • Assam • Dronacharya • Maharashtra • Vishwamitra • Himachal Pradesh3) Garba’ is the folk dance of which state? 8) Dussehra commemorates Shri Rama’s • Gujarat victory over whom? • Andhra Pradesh • Surpanakha • Maharashtra • Kumbhakarna • Tamil Nadu • Bali • Ravana4) Which place of Karnataka is famous forits elephant processions on the occasion 9) Which of these is not a form ofof Dussehra? Goddess Durga? • Hubli • Katyayani • Bangalore • Sita devi • Mysore • Maha Gauri • Mangalore • Chandraghanta5) In the given picture, the form of Durga 10) Dussera is the state festival of whichis called… state? • Karnataka • Gujarat • Andhra Pradesh • West Bengal • Kalaratri Collections from, • Maha Gauri Rtr. PP Yuvabala, • Siddhidatri Vice President, • Skanda Mata Rotaract Club Of Zenith.Fest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith
  12. 12. Find out...Can you find out who are the goddess and the god? Have a blissful Navarathri! - Zenith Family What dance is this? One of the anti hero character of the navartri Editors: story… Rtr. Premalatha, Rtr. SaravananBy,Rtr.Premalatha,‘fest-In’ Project chairmanJoint SecretaryRotaract Club Of ZenithFest In - Vol 5 RC Zenith

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