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Diwali-Kali Choudas is Day II

Happy and Safe Kali Choudas to all friend. i find following description about Kali Choudas while i surf on net at  wikipedia.org

Kali Chaudas is a Hindu festival and is India’s Halloween falling right before Diwali. It is part of the several days of Diwali festival. Diwali is a common festival between Hindu and Jain religions. This day is also called as Narak Chadurdashi.  

Kali means Dark (evil) and Chaudas – Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated 14th day of Ashwin, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked Raktavija. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. The strength to protect others is referred as Kali, and if its used for God’s work it is called Mahakali. 

Kali Chaudous is also attached to the legend of Lord Hanuman. Hanumanji as a baby was very hungry. Whilst lying down he saw the sun in the sky and thought it was a fruit and went to pick it. He flew into the sky and put the whole sun in his mouth causing darkness throughout the entire universe. Lord Indra requested that Hanumanji return the sun. When Hanumanji refused, Lord Indra unleashed his vajra and knocked Hanumanji down to earth releasing the Sun. 

On this day we offer poojan to Hanumanji as our Kuldev to protect us from Evil. The poojan is performed with oil, flowers, chandan and sindur. Coconuts are also offered to Hanumanji and prashad of Sesame seed, ladoos and rice with ghee and sugar. 

The rituals of Kali Choudas are strongly suggestive of the origin of Deepavaali as an harvest festival is performed. On this day delicacies are prepared from pounded semi-cooked rice (called Poha or Pova). This rice is taken from the fresh harvest available at that time. This custom is prevalent both in rural and urban areas especially in Western India. 

On this day, a head wash and application of kajal in the eyes is believed to keep away the kali nazar (evil eye). Some say that those who are into tantra, learn their ‘mantras’ on this day. Alternatively, people offer Nived (food) to the goddess that is local to where they are originally from. This goddess is called their ‘Kul Devi’, in order to cast off evil spirits. Some families also offer food to their forefathers on this day. The second day of Diwali is known as Kali Choudas in Gujarat, Rajasthan & few part of Maharashtra. This reverence is called “Kali Chaudas or Kal Chaturdasi”. 

ref:

http://en.wikipedia.org/

Manav Parivar’s Free Medical Camp visit_update2

My journey started from Saturday late evening around 10-30 pm. A team of volunteer came to pick me from my location. They were 9 people including one MD doctor and two female. We start our journey toward Matar. I notice one thing that all of the 9 people were so happy, like they are going for some fun point place. They were talking like as its 4th Sunday, we will have more patients. So, I was so curious to see the site.

 

Around an hour and half of driving we reach near to the site.  It was around 00-10 am. Few autoricshow was there full with people. I ask that dr. with me that who are they? He replies to me that they are patients and they are just arrived. I surprise, it was a group of around 30-35 people. So, he told me hold your curiosity, you are going to view something beyond your imagination. It was around 00-20 am and I found 4 volunteer were standing on the road and they were managing parking. I ask dr. again, what is this? he replied that this is the 4 wheeler parking area for patients. These volunteer are giving their service overnight here. We move forward from there and I found a queue of cars parked so nicely and I start counting the cars parked at that time and it was 38 cars. Ohhhhhhh my god, at 00-20, 38 cars were parked in the parking at midnight.

 

I start viewing people sleeping there and I ask dr., does we reached our site, dr. reply me that nooooooooo, we are still away from there and I find people were sleeping there. We are reaching more and closer to the site and I found more and more crowd was there. It was remote area. I just notice farms all around the place. I start noticing light now and found people moving here and there. We reach to the main gate of the Manavparivar’s Medical Camp’s site. It was huge gate. I notice few people were sitting on two tables and I notice that as they see our car, one of them stand up and open the gate.

I ask them how many people are there right now and I get reply from dr. that they have 1500+ patients all ready get the token. Just imagine 1500+ one day ahead of medical camp. It was something I never see in my life.

 

I need to stop here now, will continue with my description in next talk.