Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shravan: the auspicious journey


The fifth month of the Hindu calendar is called Shravan month and is considered the most sacred and auspicious year. Matches the end of July and the first half of August in our calendar begins when the moon is rising and ends when it is full, the day of Purnima auspicious. This month is linked to the god Shiva and his wife Parvati.


The places of worship sacred to Shiva throng of worshipers and pilgrims offer immense devotion with flowers, incense, holy water and milk to the deity placed in the holiest place of the temple.
According to legend, in this month happened a very important event for the creation of the world. During Shravan took place on churning the Ocean of Milk.

During the churning came out a dangerous poison that threatened to contaminate creation. Shiva realized and swallowed the poison, holding it in his throat. With the passage of time, the poison changed the aspect of Shiva, coloring his skin blue. For this reason he was given the name of Neelkanth; Blue throat. Shiva wore the crescent moon as a diadem to reduce the harmful impact of the poison, while crowds of the faithful and offered to the god holy water of the river Ganga to detoxify.

The most important day of the week in this month is Somvar, and corresponds to Monday. Every Monday of Shravan is a big party. It is the moment in which the rituals of worship are performed with more fervor and great devotion. It is the beginning of the month of Shravan, the moon is growing.

's Monday. None of us remain indifferent to the constant processions of men, women and children, dressed in orange who, like us, are intended to Eklingji; one of the temples of Rajasthan most sacred to Shiva. In this temple is a statue of the linga with four faces carved on each side, said Chaturmukha Linga. As soon as we arrived we were overwhelmed by a crowd of colors, a riot of smells and a strong sense of spirituality.

During the first days of Shravan is celebrated teej. At this time the women wear a red dress, the color of the brides are adorned with bracelets yellow and green and are applying mehendi on hands and feet. Go to temples with offerings, pray for the protection of their husbands, and wish them long life. The girls of marriageable age, however, they pray that they may soon find an ideal man.
Pilgrims carry a stick over his shoulder at the end of which hang two bowls containing the sacred water to offer to the gods.

There are several rivers, lakes and springs sacred in India, of which there are also anthropomorphic representations to the practices of devotion and meditation arrive it is Monday. Our visit is enhanced by fleets of pilgrims came from far away for ablutions in the sacred tanks. After the purification of the body, each one fills their bowls and, with a stick on his shoulder, back to the village to provide water to the sacred deity of the temple staff and the common.

The organization of some groups of pilgrims is perfect. In style street parade the crowd following a pickup truck adorned with images of Shiva and monitor speakers to chant mantras and prayers dedicated to him. We are on the road. We cross train with the endless meadows and remote villages, crops of rice; pilgrims orange are still there. The next goal is to Varanasi; a route that is a continuous crescendo of emotions. It's not Monday is a Saturday, but it does not matter!

Varanasi is an open-air temple, is the city of Shiva and Ganga, the most spiritual Hindus. It rains, the river is in flood, the ghats are submerged, but life, devotion and fervor of the faithful is a fire that is not quenched. Nothing stops; before the rising of the sun reach the faithful under the storm the banks of the Ganga, dressed in dhoti only, orange of course.

They dive, pray, perform their rituals and return home with their bowls filled with holy water. The streets are teeming with people, cremations are in full swing, Varanasi never goes to sleep.

Another time Monday, we are in Kolkata. Ancient capital of the British Government, still carries a strongly Anglo-Saxon, just observe the architecture. In the streets are even prohibited animals.
There are corners of the city, however, when the truthfulness of India has not been eradicated.
The temple of Kali is one of the most interesting places to visit to understand the concept of bhakti, or pure love for divinity. Ends right now the month of Shravan and the temple of Kali is in great turmoil. Families waiting to sacrifice his goat to the goddess, women around the linga of Shiva, all dressed in red, producing a deafening scream, quickly moving the tongue to the right and the left, in the request for husband or protection.

Shravan is finished, our journey came to an end. We just have to say goodbye to India and bring with us a suitcase full of emotions and new experiences in our journey.

Nadeem-Shravan sometimes referred to as Nadeem Shravan is a duo of composers , mainly active in the film industry of Bollywood . The name of the duo comes from the names of the two components Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod . They won on four occasions the Filmfare Awards .

Nadeem-Shravan have been two of the most prominent figures in the industry and Bollywood during the nineties and the early years of this decade . They are known for scoring music very catchy, fast-paced (often accentuated by percussion typical of Latin American music ) and great melodies. The main singers in Hindi language as Kumar Sanu , Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam , Abhijeet , SP Balasubramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal and many others have worked for them.

The duo composed the soundtrack to several films, including Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Dilwale (1994), Raja (1995), Barsaat (1995 ), Agni Sakshi (1996), Jeet (1996), Raja Hindustani (1996), Pardes (1997), Sirf Tum (1999), Dhadkan (2000), Kasoor (2001), Raaz (2002), Andaaz (2003), Tumsa Nahi Dekha (2004), Bewafaa (2005) and many others. For them, it is expressed positively Paul McCartney .

Baishe Srabon a violent story trying to solve the mystery of the stoneman killings which deals with a lot of crudity and rests on basic emotions like jealousy, revenge and justice, both personal and social with Prosenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee and director Gautam Ghose written and directed by Srijit Mukherji is a Bengali psychological thriller produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.

Listen/Download the songs in mp3 format:


Ekbar Bol
Anupam Roy
Je Kota Din (Duet)
Saptarshi Mukherjee; Shreya Ghoshal
Gobheere Jaao (Male)
Rupankar Bagchi
Ei Sraabon
Rupam Islam
Gobheere Jaao (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal


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