Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chaitra Month - Ancient Importance & Ayurvedic Health benefits

Lord Brhma created the universe on the first day of shukla paksha (first fortnight / first half of the month) in the month of Chaitra.
He also gradually included planets, stars, ruthu (seasons) and rains for proper balance between born and finish. .
चैत्रामसि जगद्ब्रह्म ससर्जु प्रथमेहानि I
शुक्ल पक्ष समग्रन्थु तदा सूर्योदये सथि II
प्रवर्थया मास तथा कालस्य गणनामपि I
ग्रहान्नागा नृत्हून्मा सास्वथ्सरा न्वथ्सराधिपान् II
Chiatra month begins in March -April,according to position of planets systems. It is believed that each moments of this day is very ospicious. Just like the first rays of the sun touch a distant sky, the New Year ushers in a new hope, encourages a fresh start, in more ways than the sun rises in morning, the first page of the Hindu new calendar opens...

The Hindu New Year begins on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra . As the first day of Chaitra approaches, Nature seems to be conspiring as well to make it the ideal time to celebrate the new year. The spring season is in full swing, and the trees are bearing new green leaves and flowers...
What better season to start the New Year, when Krishna himself has said in the Srimadbhagwadgita (10.35): "Among the seasons, I am Vasant (spring)..." 
Peoples of India celebrates begginig of chaitra as a -
1) Gudi Padwa / Cheti Chand - New year day.
2) Chaitra Navratra - Nine day celebration of Maa Durga as this month is significance of rituals, fasting and devotions.
3) Ram Navmi - Birth of Lord Ram.
4) Hanuman Jayanti - Birth of Lord Hanuman
5) Ugadi - Yug(era)+ Aadi( beginning). Ugadi derivedd frm sanskrit word YUG aadi.
6) Thapna - Rajasthan
7) Cheti Chand - The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. The Sindhi community prays with jyot or oil lamp, misri or crystal sugar, phota or cardamom, fal or fruits, and kalash or water jar.
8) Baishakhi - Sikh devotees generally attend the Gurdwara before dawn with flowers and offerings in hands on the occasion of Baisakhi. Rural areas of Punjab celebrate the festival by performing the bhangra dance.

There are numerous legends associates with the flag hosting on this day as defeats of Shakas by Shalivahan and some people hoist it to commemorate the victory of Shivaji maharaj also.
Now lets see d importance of this month as a health benefits--->>>
This month heralds the onset of the spring – synonymous with ushering in of new life on earth.
Spring is considered as the first season of the year indicating a new beginning. The trees shed old leaves paving way for the new one.
On this day people used to tie mango leaves at d door step of der home. Durning whole month of chaitra Ayurveda suggest to drink NEEM JUICE,d errived from fresh newly arrived neem in this seasons. 
As in this season Pitta dosha accumulate in body, and if it accumulate in more quntity it can cause blood / skin and other various diseases.
People eat d preparatio of neem leaves, jaggery, raw mango, tamarind juice, green chilli and a pinch of salt. The ingredients symbolise six tastes – bitterness, sweet, tang, sourness, heat and saltiness corresponding to six experiences of anger, happiness, disgust, sadness, fear and surprise.
Fasting is usually associated with many festivals, as a symbol of cleansing and purification. During Navratra, poeple on fast consume only fruits, milk, potato and other root vegetables.
Grains are avoided as it is believed that grains absorb negative energies. Sendha namak or rock salt is also used instead of common salt. It goes without saying that only vegetarian food is eaten.
A unique custom related to the festival is the eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree.
Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with ajwain, gul/gur (jaggery), and termaric(haldi) . People can either have the neem leaves or the paste of them. The consumption of the bittersweet neem leaves is supposed to begin the festivities and believed to purify the blood and strengthen the body’s immune system against diseases.
This month is considered to be an auspicious day to start new business and ventures. For farmers, it is the time to plough their field and distribute food to laborers.
People in India prepare delicious ‘puran poli’(sweet roti) / shoonth Panak and Chana,Shrikhanda and distribute it to neighbors, relatives and friends.
As all above mentioned recipies r good to eradicate excessive PITTA from body. So by enjoying the season-festival one remain healthy by Ayurveda-natural way.
Its a celebration of life,
thus announces the beginning of all that is new under the sun – the plant and the animal kingdom. While the festive spirit has dwarfed over time for various reasons, the festival provides an occasion to herald change in one’s life, together.


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