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Halkhata In Bengal

Halkhata is a new account book opened at the commencement of a new year. Opening of the book of accounts by shopkeepers, money lenders and other businessmen at the beginning of a Halkhata, New Year, is also referred to as notun khata, new book. Halkhata is observed mostly on Bengali New Year’s Day, first day of Baishakh. Some observe it on Akshaya Tritiya and others on Ram Navami. In parts of Howrah, Burdwan and Hooghly, Halsal (current year) ceremony along with Halkhata is held on the 13 th day of Baishakh (around April 26 annually). The business premises and the surroundings are thoroughly cleaned and spruced up with fresh coats of paint. The whole place is then decorated with flowers, mango leaves, sola (pith) flowers and garlands, colored streamers and other decorations. On the day of the puja, the businessman and his family take holy dip and then go to the business premises for the puja, which is performed by a priest. Usually small images of Ganesha and Lakshmi are

Ancient Palm Size Ganesha In Open Grounds In Goa - Extol To Keep Water Body Clean

Ancient Palm size murtis of Ganesha can be found in the open in many places in Canacona Taluka in Goa . The murtis are 4 inches by 4 inches in size and fits in the palm. Elders of the villages where the murtis are found claim that they are guardian murtis and extol people to keep water clean. Most of these murtis are more than 900 years old and people believe it to be of the Chalukya Badami period. The four-handed murti holds a battle axe in the right upper hand and the lower left hand holds a bowl with 'modak' (sweet). The trunk is shown almost touching the modak. The materials in the two other hands are not clearly visible. The belly spots Nagband' jewellery with cobra design. Times of India reports Manguesh Deshpande, former superintending archaeologist at the state archaeology department believes that the statue may have been privately worshipped. "Any statue of less than eleven fingers (angulas) in size is worshipped privately," he said. But the

Words of Wisdom - Dada J P Vaswani

Always Look At the Bright Side of Things Everything has two sides – the bright and the dark or, as I would like to put it, the bright and the less bright. A king had a dream in which he found that all his teeth had fallen out. He wanted an interpretation of the dream. A dream interpreter was sent for. He consulted the ancient books and said to the king – Sir, this is a most unfortunate dream. It signifies that all your family will die during your lifetime. The king was disappointed and ordered the dream interpreter to put in prison. Another dream interpreter was called and he too consulted the ancient books and said – ‘O king, this is a most fortunate dream. It signifies that you will survive all your dear ones. Long live the king!’ The king felt happy and rewarded the dream interpreter. Both the statements have the same meaning. But it is the way you put it or look at it that matters. So always look at the bright side of things. Dada J P Vaswani o

Blood in Dream – Meaning of Seeing Blood in Dream

Seeing blood in dream is considered bad as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Meaning of Seeing Blood In Dream Blood in dream means you might face accidents. It is a sign of something bad is going to happen in life especially damaging the body. It also means you need to be careful while doing all your day today activities. People who have had seen blood in dream have later been part of mishaps and unfortunate accidents. Seeing animals or humans drinking or licking blood is a sign of increase in enemy activity. It is also a sign that a person whom you trust might turn against you.