Thursday, November 02, 2006

Winter is here !

So did the Radio announce today ..
and lo, there were a few in the grind today with sweaters and mufflers :) Did we read about the El Nino effect and that the weather patterns had changed. Anyway, Bengalooreans hafta have the fan full swing and the blankets pulled over their heads!

The Nellikai festival - As prescribed in the Puranas Tulasi and Nellikai plants are to be worshipped today. This festival requires that every home have these two plants. ...
Based on Mythology, a demon Jalandhara had a pious wife named “TULASI”. Because of her piety, his bad deeds could not be punished. Vishnu caused TULASI to get bad thoughts so that the path to annihilate Jalandhara could be found. Jalandhara was killed. Tulasi learning about her husband’s death due to the trickery of Vishnu felt very sad and bad. Then Vishnu said that a special new plant would grow out of her burial place. The wood of that plant would be used by Vishnu to make a Mala (garland) and worn around his neck. Vishnu continued and said that he would come to earth on this festival from Vaikuntha to Brindavana when the people would offer him a TULASI MALA. Thus she would find place in Lord Vishnu each year. Vishnu also said that those who show lighted lamp when Vishnu wore the Tulasi Mala would be specially blessed.

Watch out for folks walking around carrying a branch of olives (!) oops.. did i say olives ? Sorry, Nellikai !!

btw, if the gods were to visit Earth, would he be as fashionable as MUNNA BHAI ?

Watch the weather now . .

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