• Navratri-Victory of Good Over Evil

    Posted by The Ornamentalist

    India a land full of festivals. Being a highly spiritual country festivals are at the heart of the people. There are many popular festivals in India.

    Navratri is one.

    Meaning

    Navaratri is a festival dedicated to worship the Hindu deity Maa Durga (Maa Amba). Nava meaning Nine and Ratri meaning Nights. Navaratri represents a celebration of the Maa Maa Amba. Navaratri or Navadurga Durga Parva happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional sadhanas and worship of Maa Amba of during these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.  Navaratri is an important major festival and is celebrated all over India and Nepal. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra. Navratri festival is celebrated twice in a year with great devotion and fervor in all over India. First time it is celebrated as Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri in March-April and second time as Sharad Navratri in the months of September-October. During Chaitra Navratri ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami while after Sharad Navratri next day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the victory of good over evil.

    The five types of navratri are as follows:

    They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, the Paush/Magha Navaratri and the Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharad Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri of the Vasanta kala are the most important. The other two are observed by shaktas only.

    1. Vasanta Navaratri: Vasanta Navaratri, it's nine days are dedicated to the nine forms of Maa Amba in the month of Chaitra(March–April) and is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra. The beginning of this Navaratri also marks the start of the new year as per the Hindu mythological lunar calendar (Vikrami Samvat).
    2. Ashad Navaratri  : Ashad Navaratri, also referred to as Gupta, Gayatri or Shakambhari Navaratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Maa Amba in the month of Ashadha(June–July). It is observed during the Ashadha Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). This is mostly observed by shaktas (hindu devotees of maa amba) only
    3. Sharad Navaratri: This is the most important of the Navaratris. It is simply called Maha Navaratri (the Great Navaratri) and is celebrated in the 'pratipada' (first day) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashvin. Also known as Sharad Navaratri, as it is celebrated during Sharad(beginning of winter, September–October).
    4. Pausha Navaratri: Paush Navaratri is observed during the PaushaShukla Paksha, the waxing phase of moon, in the month of December–January.
    5. Magha Navaratri: The Magha Navaratri is also a kind of Gupta Navaratri. The waxing phase of moon in January–February marks the beginning of Magha Navaratri.
           Sharad Navaratri is the most popular one.

    Sharad Navratri (Maha Navratri)

    In eastern India, the festival is celebrated as Durga Puja. Huge statues of the Maa are made and immersed in the holy Ganges River. The festival is an extremely social and theatrical event, with drama, dance, and cultural performances held throughout the country. People worship the Maa where  they keep fast during the day and then they play garba at night.

    Navratri celebration and worshipping style is different in every state of India but the devotion is same. It is celebrated widely in every part of India with great enthusiasm with a different name of Maa, like in Gujarat devotees worship as Maa Jagdamba while in West Bengal it is named as Maa Durga. In Kolkata people build huge Pandals at various places for Maa Durga and set up great idols of Maa Durga for worship. In Gujarat, Dandiya and Garba are the two popular dance forms which are performed by the people during Navratri festival.

     

    Here’s a list of dates followed by name day and which colour to be wear:

     

    Day

    Date

    Color

    Pratipada

    October 1st 2016

    Saturday

    Grey

    Pratipada

    October 2nd 2016

    Sunday

    Orange

    Dwitiya

    October 3rd 2016

    Monday

    White

    Tritiya

    October 4th 2016

    Tuesday

    Red

    Chaturthi

    October 5th 2016

    Wednesday

    Navy Blue

    Panchami

    October 6th 2016

    Thursday

    Yellow

    Sashti

    October 7th 2016

    Friday

    Green

    Saptami

    October 8th 2016

    Saturday

    Peacock Green

    Ashtami

    October 9th 2016

    Sunday

    Purple

    Navami

    October 10th 2016

    Monday

    Sky  Blue

    Dasami

    October 11th 2016

    Tuesday

    Pink

     

    Some Key Points to Remember for Navratri:

    • Sustaining only on fruits and milk for the entire fasting period.
    • Involving yourself in prayer or 'prarthana' and long meditation sessions.
    • Keeping awake all night and participating in 'bhajans' along with family members.
    • Keeping the mind focused on spiritual activities by reading 'Maa Durga Shaptashati' and listening to 'vrat katha' or stories/episodes relating to the nine forms of Ma Maa Durga.
    • Wearing different colors each day to honour Ma Maa Durga's nine forms, such as red on the first day.
    • Tying a garland of fresh flowers every day to the idol/photograph of Maa Maa Durga.
    • Doing charity which includes donating food to the needy.
    • Thinking pure thoughts during the auspicious period. Eating only one meal a day, a vegetarian preparation without onion and garlic.
    • Lighting 'Akhand Jyot' or a constantly burning 'oil lamp' in front of Maa Maa Durga's idol or picture for the entire period.
    • Planting nine varieties of food grains to appease the nine planets.
    • Performing 'arti' in front of the idol/photograph of Ma Maa Durga.
    • Abstaining from wearing leather shoes, shaving, paring nails or cutting hair during this period.
    • Avoiding wearing black colored clothes.
    • Inviting married women and seeing them off with auspicious betel nuts and coconut.
    • Honoring Maa Durga Ma's nine forms by worshipping nine girls and preparing special meal for them.
    • Coinciding the day of starting new ventures or new purchases with Ashtami (eighth day)/Navami(ninth day).
    • Choosing to fast only on the first, fourth and seventh day of Navratri festival.

     

    Garba

    Garba is a Gujarati folk dance celebrated in Navratri, a celebration lasting nine nights. Garba songs typically revolve around the subjects of Lord Krishna or the nine Maaes. Sanedo is an example of a very popular song. Garba styles vary from place to place in Gujarati

    Garba is a form of dance which was originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha (womb) and Deep (a small earthenware lamp). Many traditional garbas are performed around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or a statue of Maa Amba. The circular and spiral figures of Garba have similarities to other spiritual dances, such as those of Sufi culture. Traditionally, it is performed during the nine-day Hindu festival Navratri.

    Modern garba is also heavily influenced by Dandiya Raas,a dance traditionally performed by men. The merger of these two dances has formed the high-energy dance that is seen today.

    Garba and Dandiya Raas are also popular in the United States where more than 20 universities have Raas/Garba competitions on a huge scale every year with professional choreography. Garba is also very popular in the United Kingdom where there are a number of Gujarati communities who hold their own garba nights and widely popular among the Gujarati community even in Canada, where the largest navratri festival in the western world is held annually in Toronto. They say "Ae Hallo" for fun, which means "Come on! Let’s start!".

    How People Dress During Navratra’s

    Both men and women usually wear colorful costumes while performing garba and dandiya. The girls and the women wear Chaniya choli, a three-piece dress with a choli, which is an embroidered and colorful blouse, teamed with chaniya, which is the flared, skirt-like bottom, and dupatta, which is usually worn in the traditional Gujarati manner. Chaniya Cholis are decorated with beads, shells, mirrors, stars, and embroidery work, mati, etc. Traditionally, women adorn themselves with jhumkas, necklaces, bindi, bajubandh, chudas and kangans, kamarbandh, payal, and mojiris. Boys and men wear kafni pyjamas with a Ghagra - a short round kurta - above the knees and pagadi on the head with bandhini dupatta, kada, and mojiris. There is a huge interest in Garba among the youth of India.

    The traditional costume of the Garba dancer is red, pink, yellow, orange, and brightly colored Chanya choli or ghagra choli; odhini with bandhani (tie-die), abhla (big mirrors) or with thick Gujarati borders. They also wear heavy jewelry, such as 2-3 necklaces, sparkling bangles, waist belts and long oxidized earrings.

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    opal birthstone for october

    Considered to be the most magical of all gemstones, opals have an unfortunate reputation for being bearers of bad luck and evil. Read on to learn more about the opal and the many beliefs that surround this mystical stone.

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    A symbol of growth, love and dignity, the Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August. Discover the myths and lores behind the gemstone and learn more about why it is known by many as the 'gem of the sun'

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  • Reasons to Buy Diamond

    Posted by The Ornamentalist

    Psychological Reasons for buying diamond jewellery

    1. I’m worth it

    Right or wrong, some people measure self-worth by the size and quality of the diamond jewellery they receive. “If he spends three month’s salary on an engagement ring, then I know I’m really important to him.” This can also be applied to the quality and value of diamond jewellery that a person may buy for himself. Taking into consideration how much a person can afford, often their purchase will reflect the degree to which they believe they deserve the jewellery.

    2. Let’s celebrate

    When there is a family celebration, or other special events that arise, the elemental nature of the diamond jewellery given reflects both the joy and importance of the celebration. This could be the birth of a child, marked by the mother receiving diamond jewellery from the father, or a couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary, marking 60 years of marriage!

    3. I did it!

    Either in recognition of one’s own accomplishment or of someone else’s, diamond jewellery is a natural choice after overcoming challenges and achieving a significant goal. “Yes! I finally got promoted to VP. Now I can buy myself that fancy college ring that I’ve been wanting all these years.”

    4. I want something truly special

    The rarity of a diamond itself, and its combination of the 4Cs, make all diamonds one-of-a-kind. Presenting a diamond to a loved one can be an expression of this. “Your inner beauty is as unique as this diamond. Please accept this gift as a reflection of all of your virtues.”

    5. Reflecting Diamonds Qualities

    Some may buy diamond jewellery for himself or others as an expression of an individual’s dazzling, distinctive, radiant personality. Other qualities that may also be reflected here are: reliability, inner strength, fire and sparkle. “The qualities I see in myself, I choose in the diamonds I wear. I am a vibrant, strong, stable person.”

    6. Making the right impression

    Generally speaking, when it comes to giving diamonds, this is a male motivation, though occasionally women purchase diamond jewellery with this motivation as well. “These diamond bangles will show her how much I care and want to be there for her.”

    7. The Promise of a diamond

    It's that moment when a man realise that today is his anniversary and he doesn't have a present for his wife! Only a lavish gift will redeem him, and diamond jewellery is the answer. Demonstrating the investment in her happiness shows that she is at the top of his mind. “I don’t know what to get her and time is running out. Well, I can’t go wrong with a diamond, she’ll love it.”

    8. Redemption

    Saying sorry, or the need to make a point of how important a person is to you can be well expressed with diamond jewellery. The symbolism of a diamond as a stone that lasts forever and survives adversity to sparkle on, appeals to this motivation. “I am not sure where I stand in her eyes, and I want to let her know how important she is to me. This heart pin with the little diamond in it should express this.”

    9. Purely a gift

    As diamonds transcend function, giving diamond jewellery means expecting nothing in return. “I’m giving her a diamond and not a household item because I want her to know that she is appreciated by this family for so much more than just the hard work she carries out every day."

     

    Good reasons to buy diamonds online

    By buying diamond jewellery online, you can buy a piece of jewellery at the best price / quality ratio, while enjoying a wide selection of products as well as personalised service. By buying diamond jewellery online, you can buy a piece of jewellery at the best price / quality ratio, while enjoying a wide selection of products as well as personalised service.

    Diamonds at a smashing price

    On the Internet, diamond prices are usually 30% to 50% lower than those of physical stores. E-retailers have the ability to offer exceptional prices because they are more competitive than the jewellers who own a standard shop. Buying diamonds on the Internet does not require any travelling and easily let you compare the price / quality ratio of the jewel.

    Quality assurance

    To ensure product quality, it is very important to remember the 4Cs, namely: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut, as a seller would recommend you in a shop:

    - The Carat refers to the weight of the diamond (1 carat = 0.2 grams)

    - Colour corresponds to a shade of white designated by different letters. The stones in the categories D and E are whiter. From the letter I, the diamond begins to take a slight yellow coloration.

    - Clarity is the degree of purity and the purest stones generally carry the indication IF or internally flawless.

    - Cut refers to the cut of the diamond. Like colour, the cut quality is expressed by letters. EX means Excellent, while P is a very low quality (Poor).

    Tailor made jewellery

    On the Internet, the possibilities for customising a diamond jewel are many, namely: flat, slightly-curved, domed, round, half set, etc. The finish can be polished or mat, the thickness depends on personal taste.

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    Friendship Day

    Since its inception in 1935, Friendship Day and Friendship Day celebrations have come a long way. But however much the ways of celebration have changed, the basic idea behind the occasion remains the same. Friendship Day remains the time when you acknowledge your friends' contribution in your life, express love for them, cherish their presence in your life and pay them a tribute.

    Today, Friendship Day is being celebrated around the globe, across diverse cultures and social segments. The occasion is observed on the first Sunday of every August.

    You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common.

    If you never had friends, you never lived life. 

    You don’t need a certain number of friends. You just need a number of friends you can be certain of.

    Your're never too old to celebrate friendship so Radiant Bay again wants all the friends to cherish their beautiful memories with the Friendship Day Contest.

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