September 28, 2015

Shradhs 2015 Begin Today ( 28 /09 /2015 )

Shradh dates 28/09/2015 to 12/10/2015


Navratras 2015

October 13, 2015 – October 22, 2015

September 27, 2015

Sodal Mela Jalandhar 27 and 28 September 2015

Legend of Baba Sodal ( Jalandhar )- Mela on Sunday 27 th and Monday 28 th September 2015

Baba Sodal Mela is the most popular local event of Jalandhar. It is only of this day that an official local holiday is declared in Jalandhar. Devotees not only from Jalandhar but from all over come to prey and participate in the Mela.

Baba Sodal is also the family deity of the Chadda clan.

India is a holy land of fairs and festivals. Thousands of such events are celebrated in form of sacred gatherings and with different rituals. Such is a fair celebrated on Anant Chaudas in Jalandhar, state Punjab. More than one and half million devotees mark their presence for paying obeisance to an immortal legend named Baba Sodal. People from all religion creed and cast attend the festivities with full and show in pursuit of justifying the fulfilled blessings at this holy place.

It is assumed that woman used a pond of water for meeting domestic requirements like washing cloths and so on. The holy mother of legendary Baba Sodal (in his early childhood) accompanied her son to pound. The child started playing mischiefs by making clay balls and throwing at her mother. When utterly disturbed, mother cursed the son badly. Baba Sodal made her mother repeat the rebuking words and then in pursuit of obeying her he jumped into the pound and never reappeared. By hearing hue and cry of mother people gathered. After Relentless search there was no sign of the boy.

It is said that the child appeared in the form of holy snake and declared his farewell from this mortal world.

He also demanded his reincarnation should be accepted by Chadha and Anand families and should be offered Mathi (local flour made snake) called “Topa”. Baba ji declared that he is descendants from Chadha clan. So his part of “Topa” weighing two and quarter ‘Ser’(an old measurement unit) and for each Chadha boy half ‘Ser’. He further said “topa” should be weight against each member of bachelor brahmin’s family. It can be consumed only by members of Chadha clan, even their son in laws not allowed to have the share of “Topa”. On Amawasya ( no moon night) before Sodal fair head of Chadha clan visits the pond and extracts clay fourteen times for his each son. This means to make Baba Ji appear on the day of Tryodashi (13th of local month). Every member pays his obeisance to Sodal Baba , Kasar (kneading of simple flour) is made and offered fourteen times gradually in parts. On Chaturdashi (14th of local month) all members of Chadha clan eat only fried food especially made from a traditional fry pan. Eight days ahead of this festival all members of Chadha clan sow ‘Kheti’ on the name of Baba Ji which means the more prosper the sow, happier and richer will be the family.

( Credit : official site )

September 25, 2015

59 Countries every Indian can visit without a visa!

Let us Protect Our National Heritage

When we were students in Punjab Publlc School , Nabha -PPS ( 1968 -74 ) , we would sneakingly visit Maharaja's "Buggi Khaana " ( Garage ) situated near the Staff Club / Bir ( Forest ) side gate of the play grounds ( Junior School )

The Buggi Khaana housed Maharaja Nabha 's cars. We would peek through the vertical wooden lines of the Gate and one of the cars there was the renowned Swan Car,

Sadly , this piece of National Heritage is now in a foreign land with foreign owners

Please click :-Maharaja of Nabha's - 1910 Brooke Swan Car

September 24, 2015

1857 Rebels Seized Rifles-WHERE HAVE THESE VANISHED ?

When I was in School ( PPS ) , in late 1960 s / early 1970 s I visited the Red Fort , Delhi. From the outer Lahore Gate ( i.e. the Main Gate - Barbican ) , turning 90 o left is the original Lahore Gate.

At this gate on the Left , there is a narrow stair case leading to a floor where there were piled numerous muzzle loading rifles / guns which were seized by the victorious Britishers from Indian rebels / mutineers in 1857 /1858 and stored in Red Fort.

Apart from the patriotic value , such rifles gradually became antiques commanding immense value among collectors.

When I was in College ( St. Stephen's College Delhi ) in mid and late 1970 s, I , again visited the Red Fort and made straight for the room / hall which had earlier housed the then prize less and venerable ( for us ) rifles.

To my utter surprise there was not a single rifle there !!

Thinking these might have been shifted , I made inquiries. But no body could tell me where they went. They said they did not know .
For Pic of the original Lahore Gate of Red Fort and barbican gate, please click :-…/red-f…/red-fort-lahore-gate-large.jpg


 The outer Lahore Gate( from where the PM addresses on 15 th August ) of the Red Fort , is a barbican , i.e. later 
addition to protect the original inner Gate . Red Fort was constructed by Shah Jahan and barbican / outer Gate by by son Aurangzeb. Upon its construction Abba Hazoor expressed his displeasure to son Aurangzeb . " You have spoilt the original beautiful view  of the Darwaza and the Qila. " It is as if a veil ( burqa ) has been put on a beautiful lady