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Bhang the Drink that Adds Zest to Holi

For many Holi is not just a festival of colors but an occasion to revel in ‘Bhang ki Thandai.’ Bhang is made from the leaves of Hemp and is considered to be the least intoxicating of the cannabis preparations in India. But is capable of giving a high for the entire day and is sold openly during Holi festival. Bhang ki Thandai is also given as a prasad in certain temples during the festivals.The Bhang usually comes in two varieties – capsule, dried Bhang leaves and dried plant.The capsules or golis are added to ice cream, sweets, paan etc. The dried plant or leaves is soaked in water and then it is cleaned and finally grounded on a stone slab to get the paste which is taken along with Badam milk or any sweet preparation.The sweet and the Bhang are considered to a highly potent combination and is said to give a real high. Therefore many revelers wait for Holi to get intoxicated in public. For fun, many people are also fed bhang mixed drinks and sweets without their knowledge. Sale of Bh…

Holi Wallpaper

Paint your desktop with some Holi Wallpapers during Holi 2008.
Click on the images for a larger view. To save as wallpaper… right click and use save as.

Saka Year 1930 Begins on March 21

The New Year according to the official Indian Calendar – the Saka Calendar – begins on March 21, 2008. It is also first day of the Chaitra month. The Hindu Saka calendar begins with the Saka Era in 78 A D. This calendar is only followed by a very small section of Hindus in India. The calendar has a major following in Indonesia but the New Year here begins with Nyepi, which falls on the Amavas day, which is around 15 days before New Year in the Indian official calendar.The Saka Hindu calendar is a lunar calendar and is based on the Vedas. The Indian National Calendar or the calendar approved by the Indian government follows the Saka system. Accordingly, the year 1930 in Saka calendar begins on March 21, 2008.The Saka Calendar is confined to a corner in government gazette notifications and is mentioned by the All India Radio in its daily morning broadcast.

Sayings of Basavanna

Why should you try to mend
The failings of the world, sirs?
Correct your bodies first, each one of you!
Correct your minds first, each one!
Lord Shiva does not approve of
Those who shed crocodile tears
To their neighbor’s grief.The rich will make temples for Siva.
What shall I, a poor man, do?
My legs are pillars, the body the shrine,
the head a cupola of gold.
Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving ever shall stay.Basavanna