Category: Culture

60 lakh take holy dip on Somvati Amavasya

An estimated 60 lakh pilgrims took holy dip in the Ganga on Somvati Amavasya on Monday, claim the officials. The arrival of devotees had begun on Sunday, a day ahead of Somvati Amavasya snan.A long weekend and the auspicious occasion beckoned tourists from Delhi NCR region, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Temporary bus stands set up at Rishikul witnessed heavy...

Native languages & culture suffer from Govt apathy

The major native languages of Uttarakhand- Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari continue to suffer due to the apathy of the state government more than 18 years after the creation of Uttarakhand. The speakers of the native languages are decreasing in number as the younger generations lose touch with their Pahadi roots. The general secretary of Garhwal Mahasabha, Roshan Dhasmana says...

Bhuli started by two women promotes U’khand’s culture

A Dehradun based startup Bhuli has been promoting the culture of Uttarakhand through its unique amalgamation of illustrations, folk motifs and nutrition. Founded by fashion designer Tanya Kotnala and nutritionist Tanya Singh, the startup has a following of over 18,000 on Instagram with their page growing in popularity for illustrations that promote the pahadi culture of Uttarakhand. Bhuli (younger...

Devotees throng to Ganga on Akshay Tritiya

Lakhs of devotees took holy dip in the Ganga on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya on Tuesday. The markets of Haridwar were abuzz with shoppers on the occasion as people thronged jewellers to purchase gold. Akshay Tritiya is considered propitious day to start any new venture, since ‘Akshay’ means imperishable so people believe that if they buy any valuable...

‘Hanuman – A true symbol of service’- Harichetanand

Hanuman Jayanti which falls on full moon was observed in various temples of the district on Friday with religious fervour. Special rituals were performed in Anjani Devi temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman’s divine mother, on Neel Parvat near historic Chandi Devi temple. The ascetics exhorted people to serve like Hanuman selflessly to raise the nation to the status of...

Fewer vehicles minimise traffic woes on Friday

Holiday on the occasion of Good Friday and Hanuman Jayanti on Friday came as a blessing in disguise for routine traffic movement in Dehradun. With several religious processions being held in the city, traffic was comparatively less congested compared to when such processions are held on work days. Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Prakash Chandra Arya said, “Yes, obviously on...

Vaisakhi snan passes off peacefully at Har Ki Paidi

The long weekend with back to back snans of Vaisakhi and the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti are a challenge for the district police and administration for which ample security measures were made by the district authorities. On Sunday thousands of people took the holy dip at Har Ki Paidi. The Vaisakhi snan passed peacefully amidst strict security. In the...

Guv greets public on Holi

The Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya wished the people on the occasion of Holi. The time for ‘open-house’ in the Raj Bhawan has been fixed from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on the occasion of Holi on Thursday. Meanwhile, in her message issued on the eve of Holi, the governor said, “Filled with the colours of joy and enthusiasm,...

Traditional rites begin for Jhanda Mela

The Jhanda Mela is slated to begin in Dehradun on March 25. The traditional rites associated with this fair began on Sunday. As part of the traditional ritual, a group of devotees from Dehradun headed by Mahant Devendra Dass reached Aryavala in Haryana and offered prayers to the old ‘Jhanda Ji’. Amidst the presence of hundreds of devotees, the...

Preparations underway for the famous Jhanda Mela in Doon

While preparations for Holi are going on everywhere these days, in the Doon valley are underway preparations for the grand festival which is linked to the origins of the city’s current name –the Jhande ka Mela held every year on the fifty day after Holi. It will begin on March 25 this year. Deep in the heart of the...