Ganesh with a Fist-full of Rice and a Spoon-full of Milk

The birth of Lord Ganesh falls every year in the monsoon months of August or September. He is a very lovable God and worshipped before beginning any work or project. It is believed that Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles and so, one of his names is Vighaneshwar. A long time ago, in a…

Collage Painting Art Competition

This year (2016) when I asked my young artists to conceptualize paintings for an art competition I was pleasantly surprised that the medium was collage. It was a challenge to explain the concept to my young students but once they grasped the concept they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This is apparent in the amazing paintings produced…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of  coconut and thickened milk, musk…

Jagannath Yatra Celebrations

In India festivals are colourful celebrations full of rituals, legends and myths. Food cooked is very special and distinct for every festival.  It is according to the seasons and the harvest available at the time.  On 18th of July 2015 is the annual sojourn of Lord Krishna popularly known as Lord Jagannath from the temple…

Eid Mubarak

I love the festival of Eid. For me growing up in Army Cantonments, all festivals were awaited and celebrated with great gusto.  Being confused as to which Eid is to be celebrated when I was young, for me it was sewai Eid as I love the way Sewai  is cooked for Eid.  Eid ul Fitr is…

Living Tradition of Lord Jagannath in Puri, India

Nabakalebara- Changing the statues of Jagannath Temple in 2015 The replacement of the Statues of , Balabhadra, Subhadra, Lord Jagannath and Sudarshan Chakra is a ritual believed to be followed from the time of Mahabharat, after the death of Lord Krishna. This change is effected within a gap of 12 to 19 years after lunar calculations….

Legend of Jagannath- Conquest of Kanchi.

A long time ago the King of Kanchipuram in South India solemnized the marriage of his daughter Princess Padmavati with the King of Puri in Kalinga. The King of Puri belonged to the Gajapati dynasty and was Purushottam Deva.  Puri’s reigning Deity is Lord Krishna, worshipped as Lord Jagannath.  In Puri, Jagannath Yatra is a…

The day river Ganga came to Earth

  The River Ganga is the most revered river of the Hindus and all of us are aware of its journey from Gangotri in the Himalayas through all the major cities of the plains till it finally flows into the Bay of Bengal in Calcutta.  On its journey it flows through the holy and ancient…

The story of Ram’s birth and the celebration!

Festivals and holidays are a part of our lives.  Almost every week we have a major or minor festival. Festivals are so woven in the fabric of our lives that their celebration and ritual is what contributes to our vivid culture.  On 28th of March this year we celebrate Ram Naumi or Ram’s birthday. The…

The Hindu New Year !

The Hindu New Year is celebrated by different states of India on different days between March and April. These New Year Festivals follow the Hindu Lunar calendar and fall on different dates every year since it follows the movement of the moon. It is known by different names such as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Baisakhi…

Dress the Figure – Tutorial and Challenge ! Last Date 30th April 2015

This is a challenge I am posting. You have to dress the template of the man provided. I am posting the tutorial of how I have done it. You have to dress the figure and click a picture and post it on the website www.culturechauraha.com by 30th of April 2015. The best entry will be…

Story of Holika-

Holi Celebrations have a number of legends related to it.  The most popular is the story of Holika and her nephew Prahlad. Once upon a time there was a King called Hiranyakashap. This is a story from the Puranas.  Hiranyakashyap’s brother was killed by Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was very angry at this. He wanted to…