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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...

Amid election fever, market comes up for Holi

Ahead of the festival of Holi to be celebrated on March 21 this year, shops selling colours and water guns have started coming up in the market places of Dehradun. As in the past years, the colours in the market range from those made from chemicals to organic colours. However, due to factors like the imminent Lok Sabha elections...

Preparations on for Phool Dei

Uttarakhand’s Spring Folk Festival of Harvest and Well-Being Uttarakhand is a land of many beautiful folk festivals that are unique to this region. It has Diwali celebration in Jaunsar one month after Diwali is celebrated in the rest of the country. Holi in the Kumaon area of Uttarakhand begins in December in the form of Baithhaki, Khadi and kater...

Devotees celebrate Shivaratri

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Monday, thousands of devotes visited various temples located in the city. People of all ages looked equally enthusiastic about the auspicious occasion.  Chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ were heard throughout the day. A big crowd of devotees gathered at the oldest temple of the city known as Tapkeshwar temple. The fabled temple...

Maha Shivaratri celebrated with devotion and fervour in Haridwar

The Shiva temples of the holy city were decked up for the Maha Shivaratri which was celebrated with devotion and fervour on Monday.   Devotees thronged the legendary temples of Daksh, Bilwakeshwar, Shankar Ashram and Pardeshwar in their thousands since early morning. No temple, big or small, was left out of the celebration. Ganga water was offered on the Shivalingas...

Over 8 lakh take holy dip in Ganga on Makar Sankranti

Tarpan offered to ancestors, puja held Since early morning on Sunday, the devotees had started to throng the fabled Har Ki Paidi, braving the biting cold.  Things peaked on Tuesday when lakhs of them took the holy dip in the sacred river Ganga   on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. Though the turnout was heavy the snan passed off...

Security spruced up for Makar Sankranti, lakhs to throng holy city today

In anticipation of a mammoth turnout of devotees on the occasion of Makar Sankranti Snan for two days starting from Monday, the district administration and the police have made ample arrangements to maintain law and order in the district. Though the ritualistic Snan started on Monday, the real Snan would be held on Tuesday during which lakhs of people...

Vivekananda Jayanti observed with enthusiasm

Cultural programme and symposiums were held in several schools in Haridwar to mark the birth anniversary of the nationalist monk Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda Vichar Manch hosted cultural programmes and symposium in Shivalik Nagar during which huge donations were collected for the children from unprivileged families. The students of Madhuram School for underprivileged children and Divya Sewa Mission presented dance...

Paonta & Hemkund: Sites close to heart of Guru Gobind Singh

Monday, 14 January 2019 | Jaskiran Chopra | Dehradun– Two years ago, the 350th Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated the world over. Sunday marked his 352nd birth anniversary. This is an apt occasion to remember the deep connection his life, in his birth as Gobind Singh and in an earlier birth,  had with this mountainous region. The two...