Friday, February 20, 2015

Qissa-e-Sanjan with a twist!

This is a conversation I had with my father a decade ago…

3M: I was reading the Qissa-e-Sanjan… the saga of the Parsi Community… how they came to India!

Baba: Hmm

3M: How they were being driven out of Persia during the Islamic conquests

Baba: Hmm

3M: They realised that the safest place where there would be no religious persecution is India… So they sailed in 7 ships – 18000 in number… finally landing in Sanjan – the southernmost tip of current day Gujarat

Baba: Hmm

3M: On arrival they sent an emissary to the local king Jadi Rana… who sent them a cup filled with milk to the brim indicating that there was no place for outsiders in his kingdom

Baba: Hmm

3M: The Parsi elders sent back the cup after adding some sugar to it… indicating that they will similarly mix among the local populace!

Baba: Hmm

3M: The Rana was delighted. But he allowed them to settle only after they agreed to his conditions
·         Won’t convert the locals
·         Won’t eat Beef
·         The women folk will wear the local dress - Sari
·         Draw a rangoli outside their house
·         Won’t carry Weapons
·         Marriages will happen after sundown

Baba: Hmm

3M: And above all they will speak the local language – GUJARATI!

Baba: So what are you indicating?

3M: Sanjan is less than 5 kms from the border of current day Maharashtra… Had they landed slightly southwards they would have ended up speaking Marathi instead of Gujarati. ;-)

Baba: No way my son! How many non-Marathi people in Mumbai can speak Marathi well?? Marathi Manoos rushes to speak in their tongue to make them comfortable... Had Parsis landed southwards, the local Marathi ruler would have accepted Persian as the new language!


3M was speechless  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

महाराष्ट्रातील हिंदू सण २०१५ Maharashtrian Hindu Festivals 2015



ऋतु
SEASON
मास
MONTH
पक्ष
FORTNIGHT
तिथी
DAY
सण
FESTIVAL
तारीख
DATE
हेमंत
Hemant
(Winter)
पौष
Pausha
शुक्ल Shukla
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14 Jan
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15 Jan
कृष्ण Krushna
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शिशिर
Shishir
(Fall)
माघ
Magha
शुक्ल Shukla
चतुर्थी Chaturthi (4)
23 Jan
पंचमी Panchami (5)
24 Jan
सप्तमी Saptami (7)
26 Jan
कृष्ण Krushna
नवमी Navami (9)
13 Feb
त्रयोदशी Trayodashi (13)
17 Feb
फाल्गुन
Phalgun
शुक्ल Shukla
पौर्णिमा Paurnima (15)
5 Mar
कृष्ण Krushna
प्रतिपदा Pratipada (1)
धूळवड Dhulwad
6 Mar
तृतीया  Trutiya (3)
शिवजयंती Shivjayanti
8 Mar
पंचमी Panchami (5)
रंगपंचमी Rangpanchami
11 Mar
वसंत
Vasant
(Spring)
चैत्र
Chaitra
शुक्ल Shukla
प्रतिपदा Pratipada (1)
21 Mar
तृतीया  Trutiya (3)
चैत्रगौर स्थापना
Chaitragaur Sthapana
22 Mar
नवमी Navami (9)
28 Mar
पौर्णिमा  Paurnima (15)
4 Apr
कृष्ण Krushna
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वैशाख
Vaishakh
शुक्ल Shukla
तृतीया  Trutiya (3)
अक्षय्य तृतीया  Akshay Trutiya
21 Apr
पौर्णिमा  Paurnima (15)
बुद्धपौर्णिमा Buddhapaurnima
4 May
कृष्ण Krushna
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ग्रीष्म
Grishma
(Summer)
ज्येष्ठ
Jyeshtha
शुक्ल Shukla
पौर्णिमा  Paurnima (15)
वटपौर्णिमा Vatpaurnima
2 Jun
कृष्ण Krushna
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आषाढ
Adhik Ashadh
शुक्ल Shukla
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कृष्ण Krushna
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आषाढ
Nija Ashadh
शुक्ल Shukla
नवमी  Navami (9)
कांदे नवमी Kande Navami
25 Jul
एकादशी  Ekadashi (11)
आषाढी एकादशी Ashadhi Ekadashi
27 Jul
पौर्णिमा  Paurnima (15)
गुरुपौर्णिमा  Gurupaurnima
31 Jul
कृष्ण Krushna
अमावस्या  Amavasya (15)
दिव्याची अवस Diwyachi Awas
14 Aug
वर्षा
Varsha
(Rains)
श्रावण
Shravan
शुक्ल Shukla
पंचमी Panchami (5)
नागपंचमी Nagpanchami
19 Aug
दर मंगळवार
Every Tuesday
मंगळागौर Mangalagaur
18/25 Aug
1/8 Sep
पौर्णिमा Paurnima (15)
नारळी पौर्णिमारक्षाबंधन
Narali Paurnima/ Rakshabandhan
29 Aug
कृष्ण Krushna
अष्टमी Ashtami (8)
गोकुळाष्टमी Gokulashtami
5 Sep
नवमी  Navami (9)
गोपाळकाला  Gopalkala
6 Sep
अमावस्या Amavasya (15)
पोळा Pola
12 Sep
भाद्रपद
Bhadrapad
शुक्ल Shukla
तृतीया  Trutiya (3)
हरितालिका (गणेशोत्सव)
Haritalika (Ganeshotsav)
16 Sep
चतुर्थी  Chaturthi (4)
गणेश चतुर्थी (गणेशोत्सव)
Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganeshotsav)
17 Sep
पंचमी Panchami (5)
ऋषीपंचमी (गणेशोत्सव)
Rushipanchami (Ganeshotsav)
18 Sep
षष्ठी Shashthi (6)
गौरी आवाहन (गणेशोत्सव)
Gauri Awahan (Ganeshotsav)
19 Sep
सप्तमी  Saptami (7)
गौरीपूजन (गणेशोत्सव)
Gauri Pujan (Ganeshotsav)
20 Sep
अष्टमी Ashtami (8)
गौरी विसर्जन (गणेशोत्सव)
Gauri Visarjan (Ganeshotsav)
21 Sep
चतुर्दशी  Chaturdashi (14)
अनंत चतुर्दशी (गणेशोत्सव)
Anant Chaturdashi (Ganeshotsav)
27 Sep
कृष्ण Krushna
पूर्ण पक्ष Entire Fortnight
पितृपक्ष   Pitrupaksha
28 Sep -12 Oct
शरद
Sharad
(Autmn)
अश्विन्
Ashwin
शुक्ल Shukla
प्रतिपदा Pratipada (1)
घटस्थापना (नवरात्री)
Ghatasthapana (Navratri)
13 Oct
पंचमी Panchami (5)
ललिता पंचमी (नवरात्री)
Lalita Panchami (Navratri)
18 Oct
सप्तमी Saptami (7)
सरस्वती आवाहन (नवरात्री)
Saraswati Avahan (Navratri)
महालक्ष्मी पूजन (नवरात्री)
Mahalaxmi Pujan (Navratri)
20 Oct
अष्टमी Ashtami (8)
दुर्गाष्टमी (नवरात्री)
Durgashtami (Navratri)
21 Oct
नवमी Navami (9)
दशमी Dashami (10)
महानवमी (नवरात्री)
Mahanavami (Navratri)
दसरा / विजयादशमी (नवरात्री)
Dasara/ Vijayadashami (Navratri)
22 Oct
पौर्णिमा Paurnima (15)
कोजागिरी पौर्णिमा
Kojagiri Paurnima
26 Oct
कृष्ण Krushna
द्वादशी Dwadashi (12)
वसुबारस (दिवाळी)
Vasubaras (Diwali)
8 Nov
त्रयोदशी Trayodashi (13)
धनत्रयोदशी (दिवाळी)
Dhanatrayodashi (Diwali)
9 Nov
चतुर्दशी Chaturdashi (14)
नरकचतुर्दशी (दिवाळी)
Narkachaturdashi (Diwali)
10 Nov
अमावस्या Amavasya (15)
लक्ष्मीपूजन (दिवाळी)
Laxmipoojan (Diwali)
11 Nov
कार्तिक
Kartik
शुक्ल Shukla
प्रतिपदा Pratipada (1)
बलिप्रतिपदा / पाडवा (दिवाळी)
Balipratipada/ Padva (Diwali)
12 Nov
द्वितीया Dwitiya (2)
भाऊबीज (दिवाळी)
Bhaubeej (Diwali)
13 Nov
एकादशी Ekadashi (11)
कार्तिकी एकादशी /
Kartiki Ekadashi /
22 Nov
द्वादशी Dwadashi (12)
तुळशी विवाह
Tulashi Vivah Aarambh
23 Nov
पौर्णिमा Paurnima (15)
देव दिवाळी  / त्रिपुरी  पौर्णिमा
Dev Diwali/ Tripuri Paurnima
तुळशी विवाह
Tulashi Vivah Samapti
25 Nov
कृष्ण Krushna
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हेमंत
Hemant
(Winter)
मार्गशीर्ष
Margashirsha
शुक्ल Shukla
षष्ठी Shashthi (6)
चंपाषष्ठी Champashashthi
17 Dec
पौर्णिमा Paurnima (15)
24 Dec
कृष्ण Krushna
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