September 23, 2018

19 th Century 's Great and Devout Donor For Haridwar Pilgrims .

Lest We Forget

When I was young , I remember reading an old inscription ( near enclosed Zenana Ghats at Har ki Pauri , Haridwar.

The inscription was about when in 19 th century authorities imposed a Pilgrim tax of One Anna on all pilgrims visiting the Holy city of Haridwar.

This greatly upset a devout wealthy Hindu business man of that time. He vowed to undertake the responsibility on himself of paying the Pilgrim tax of all pilgrims and for all times to come .
So , he paid a sum of Rs. One Lakh ( a princely sum then ) in return for a promise that never again would any tax be imposed on the Pilgrims visiting Haridwar.
It seems the ever voracious tax collecting authorities ( not  sparing even pilgrims and the solemn promise given to the great Donor ) deliberately first, shifted the inscription plate to a secluded place away from public gaze and then may have removed it altogether .

Chohal -Punjab has Both Tata Steel and Reliance Inds. Factories

With India 's leading steel Company , Tata Steel taking over Usha Martin 's steel business , including Usha Martins steel ropes factory at Chohal , Chohal ( Hoshiarpur ) on the Chintpurni Road , has the exclusive distinction of having Punjab's only manufacturing Units of both Tata Steel and Reliance Industries Limited . These Units are next to each other .
( Earlier , JCT 's Polyester fibre Unit at Chohal was bought by Reliance Industries ).

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September 22, 2018

Sodal Mela , Jalandhar on 23 /09/ 2018

Baba Sodal Mela-2018 , Jalandhar on Sunday 23 rd Sept 2018

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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 pray and participate in the Mela.

Baba Sodal is also the family deity of the Chadha 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 www.sodalmandir.com )

September 14, 2018

Petrol Price Differences - Worldwide and in India Worldwide

Worldwide

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world/latest-petrol-prices-at-record-high-countries-where-it-the-most-and-least-expensive-2517207-13.html

Within India

https://www.livemint.com/Companies/nL8Efg6dv27Gug5mFORpxN/petrol-diesel-price-today-mumbai-delhi-bangal

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 In India ,Physically Handicapped get no concession in Petrol prices nor , in Punjab , in Electricity Bills ( unlike Vote Banks including the Rich among them ). Further , in India , Physically Handicapped pay Income Tax whereas some Vote Banks ( including the Super Rich among them ) do not.