HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL ON 13TH JAN. 2022 – MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL

HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL ON 13TH JAN. 2022
MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL

HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL


SACRED FESTIVAL LOHRI

Festivals are events so special
Which evoke sentiments
Touching the musical-tones in unison
These are linked with seasons
Or occasioned as National Days of repute
Or have religious overtones
Reason may be any or countless
But fundamental truth remains
We all wait for festivals
Since these special days light-up our inner emotions.

Lohri is a winter festivals
Comes in the month of (13th January) Paush
Which brings about happiness on the faces of the populace
Especially the farmers.

This festival marks the end of winter season usually
But this year seemingly a different one
With rains and snowing heavily unabated
The winter season has spread its wings
But not dampened the spirit of festival.

The farmers start harvesting rabi crops
The crops harvested in winter season
Which include Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Peas, Barley among others which are health giving.

Start of spring season is a Natural gift
Adds additional spice to our festivities
Besides bringing about smiles and festive moods on these occasions.

Customarily, on Lohri day a bonfire is lit so elegantly
Devotees congregate overflying
With reverence in their heart
And take rounds around the fire
Lit with due deference.

And with loving devotion offer
Jaggery (gur), sesame seeds (til)
Sesame coated sugar candy
And popcorns are put into leaping bonfire
The fire lit too shows
That it too is enjoying the act so revered.

The skyward leaping fire flames purify the atmosphere
Showcasing that the fire too is enjoying all acts of devout around
In essence, there is hidden joy
For devotees in this sacred bonfire.

Gathering partake the sacred parsadas offerings
With satiety writ large on faces of devotees
Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’
The five elements of Mother Nature
Fire, wind, water, ether and earth. Deference

Going around the bonfire with great a reverence
And singing traditional songs with dance with due reverence
Makes a huge difference.
And that too in tune with beating of drums, so enchanting!

Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute
Named Dulla Bhatti, a Muslim,
From lineage of warrior race of the Rajputs
In the reign of Mughal king Akbar
Used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers
Thence used to get them married to suitable boys of choice.

People sing Lohri songs with gusto in his praise
To mark and commemorate and appreciate his good deeds. .

Thence other legend of the origin of Lohri
From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’
Who was herself a lady so pious.

DAWN OF HAPPINESS BEGINS WHEN PEOPLE PRAY TO THE SUN GOD IN THE MORNING ON LOHRI’S FESTIVAL
COLOURS OF NATURE ARE OBVIOUSLY MYSTIC


SIGNIFICANCE OF FESTIVALS IN OUR COUNTRY



Notably, our country is a home to multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious society. We can pride ourselves in having different festivals too which are related to religion, caste, faith, culture and traditions. These festivals are seasonal, traditional, custom based, religion based or for that matter any other sacred considerations.

In our beautiful land, every caste, religion and region has contributed its mite for enriching the cultural traditions of our land with variation in the cultural mores of behavior. The reason for the festival(s) may be any but the common thread of all of these is the zest and enthusiasm with which these fairs and festivals are celebrated by all without discrimination.

We Indians enjoy all the religious festivals. It may be it Eid or Prakash Divas/Gurpurab or as Eid or Diwali or Christmas Day. That is the beauty of India. I do not dispute that hotheads are there in any strata of life, those who do not know about their own religious festivals or of others are free to think in any way they like. One thing which pleases us is the discernible shine on the faces of every one of us while celebrating any festival!

LOHRI FESTIVAL & ITS CELEBRATION

Lohri festival is celebrated in Northern Indian states on 13th January – in the month of Pauch or Magha, one day before Makkar Sankranti. We term this festival as a community based one where Bhangra (dance by men folks) and Gidha (dance by women folks) to the beats of drums which brings vitality and jollity to this celebration. Youngsters, by and large, take pleasure in kite flying and enjoy the occasion.

On this festival, seasonal dry fruits peanuts, coconuts are mixed with jiggery (Gur) and sesame seeds (til) to make the eatables. Besides, milk cakes are specially made and distributed amongst relatives and friends.
Following are some of the reasons for the celebration of Lohri festival:-

SEASON RELATED

It marks the end of winter season and beginning of sowing of some crops such as Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas and others. It infuses vitality and special enthusiasm in the lives of people – especially the farmers. The Lohri festival symbolizes prayer to the fire (Agni puja) in the evening. The people take parikarma (rounds) around the bonfire and shower offerings to fire as a mark of respect. Fire ritual or Agnihotra (Specially lit fire – Havan) is the process of purifying the environment and people also consign to the fire a mix of rice, peanuts, walnuts, almonds besides sesame seeds (til) and jaggery to the fire before distributing and taking the same themselves.

FIRE RITUAL

It is believed that the fire ritual has a special significance and possesses healing power besides it helps in happiness of all along with its benefits to the farming community. Special prayers to the God Almighty God are done in order to get the graces of benevolent God for peace and prosperity of all.. Newly wedded couples and newly born babies receive special attention on this festival. People give charity/alms to the needy on this occasion.

DIFFERENT LEGENDS IN RELATION TO LOHRI FESTIVAL

MUSLIM WARRIOR (DULLA BHATTI (RAI ABDULLAH KHAN)

The legend of Dulla Bhatti (Rai Abdullah Khan) is very popular. It is a legend of a Rajput warrior who saved a damsel in distress belonging to the Hindu family from the clutches of lustful and greedy robbers. The brave Rajput adopted her as his own daughter without let or hindrance and married her off to a young and suitable Hindu boy. He also gave her presents – nine mounds of sugar along with other gifts etc on her marriage. This shows that there was a community feeling during those days.

Then question arises, if during those feeling for each others was rampant then why not now!? To appreciate his gesture, the people sing the following song describing the event and also mentioning about the beauty of the girl who was saved.

While I was young, I along with my friends used to go to the houses in our neighborhood and used to sing and get sweets made for this particular day. This song is sung by the youngsters even now on this auspicious occasion :

SUCH IS THE NATUTRE AND ITS UTILITIES


Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
……………………

IN THE MORNING PEOPLE VISIT TEMPLES, FEED BIRDS & ANIMALS AND MAKE MERRY


SANT KABIR & HIS WIFE

There is also a legend of Sant Kabir and his wife names Loi. He used to love his wife immensely. So much so intense was his passion for his wife that one day, he reached his home in the middle of dark night, travelling from a far off place. The door was closed from inside. His wife was sleeping on the first floor. Finding that there was no ladder, he took the help of a rope hanging from the first floor of his house. When his wife saw him, she was very surprised and asked him as to how he had entered the first storey. Thereupon, she along with Kabir saw that the help with which he had reached the first storey was with the help of a hanging python.

Sant Kabir’s wife got upset and in desperation uttered: The passion with which he was nursing for her, if he had the same fervour for the God, he could get anything from God as a reward?

Significantly, we know the life and the personage was Sant Kabir who was a mystical poet whose writings had a deep effect on Bhakti Movement and his verses find place in Sri Guru Granth Sahib too.
He was brought up in a Muslim family but was deeply influenced by his teacher Ramananda but he criticized both in his verses because of his close proximity with both and knew ins and outs of these religions.

In the writings of Sant Kabir, he has emphatically mentioned that the God is only with those who follow righteous lifestyle and also one who follows a detached mode of life. His followers are known as Kabir Panthis.

It was due to the timely advise of his wife named Loi that Kabir had a huge transformation in his life and became a well known Sant who influenced millions with his writings. Lodi or Loi is also celebrated in his and his wife’s honor who was instrumental in transforming his life. There is a sound lesson in this, if two spouses combine together, they can make a huge difference not only for the husband and wife, but to the entire family or when a person is like SANT KABIR & and his LOI, then, a society can be transformed.

MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE, PROSPERITY AND WELLNESS FOR EVERYBODY BY THE BOUNTIFUL GRACES OF CREATOR





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  1. HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL. MAY THIS FETIVAL BRING ABOUT HAPPINESS FOR ALL, PEACE & PROSPERITY INCLUDING GOOD HEALTH & WELLNESS.

    THANKS AND REGARDS,

    HARBANS

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