Karva chauth fast

How to Celebrate Karva Chauth
1. karva Chauth is one of the traditional Hindu festivals celebrated mostly in North India by married women. Karva Chauth is a oneday festival celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The fast is observed in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, western Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik. Sometimes, unmarried women observe the fast for their fianc .....
Become familiar with the point behind Karva Chauth
2. It is a one day festival when devoted Hindu wives carry out auspicious rituals for the well being of their husbands. They fast the whole day without taking any food or water in order to show their devotion and readiness to suffer for their husbands and to ensure the long life of their husbands. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karva Chauth Katha (the legend). The fast is broken after sighting the moon. .....
If you are participating in it as a woman you will need to fast for the day
3. Start the fast at night after the first appearance of the moon. You must be within sight of your husband. .....
Wait for the moonrise on the next night to begin the fastbreaking activities
4. That evening, dress in your finest, including jewellery and henna in preparation for the sighting of the moon. .....
Offer food and prayer to the moon upon seeing it
5. Make lots of the variety of food on this special day. And give to god with the prayer. .....
Take the first bite of food and water from your husband
6. This should be followed by a special meal that has been prepared just for this event. .....
Etymology and origins
7. Karva is another word for pot (a small earthen pot of water) and chauth means fourth in Hindi (a reference to the fact that the festival falls on the fourth day of the darkfortnight, or krishna paksh, of the month of Kartik). It is uncertain how the festival originated and how it came to be celebrated only in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. One hypothesis is that military campaigns and longdistance travel usually resumed around the time of the festival, as the area dried and numerous rivers of the region (see Sapta Sindhu) subsided from the effects of the monsoon. Women observed the fast to pray for the safety of their husbands at this time as they ventured away from home. The festival coincides with the wheatsowing time (i.e., the beginning of the Rabi crop cycle). Big earthen pots in which wheat is stored are sometimes called Karvas, so the fast may have begun as a prayer for a good harvest in this predominantly wheateating region. .....
Rituals
8. Women begin preparing for Karva Chauth a few days in advance, by buying cosmetics (shringar), traditional adornments or jewelry, and puja items, such as the Karva lamps, matthi, henna and the decorated puja thali (plate). Local bazaars take on a festive look as shopkeepers put their Karva Chauth related products on display. On the day of the fast, women from Punjab awake to eat and drink just before sunrise. In Uttar Pradesh, celebrants eat soot feni with milk in sugar on the eve of the festival. It is said that this helps them go without water the next day. In Punjab, sargi is an important part of this predawn meal and always includes fenia. It is traditional for the sargi to be sent or given to the woman by her motherinlaw. If the motherinlaw lives with the woman, the predawn meal is prepared by the motherinlaw. .....
Popular cultural aspects and critiques
9. In modern North Indian society, Karva Chauth is considered to be a romantic festival, symbolizing the love between a husband and wife. It has been celebrated in Bollywood movies such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, where an unmarried woman signals her love for a man by keeping the fast for him and he reciprocates by secretly fasting as a gesture of empathy, as well as demonstrating his concern for her during the day and breaking her fast by feeding her at moonrise, and Baghban, in which a man persuades his elderly fasting wife to break her fast over the telephone because they have been separated by their uncaring children.News coverage of celebrities sometimes highlights the keeping of the fast by an unmarried public figure because it indicates a strong and likely permanent romantic attachment. Similar to Valentines Day, the lack of a romantic partner can acutely be felt by unattached women.The festival is used extensively in advertising campaigns in the region, for instance in a Chevrolet TV spot in which a man demonstrates his caring for his wife by buying a car with a sunroof so he can drive her around on Karva Chauth night until she spots the moon through it. .....
Sikhism and Karva Chauth
10. Sikh doctrine opposes austerities and ritualism for spiritual benefit, including the concepts of pilgrimage and fasting. The Sikh gurus did not support the idea of any spiritual or religious benefits of fasting. Specifically, while fasting is permitted for health reasons, fasting as an austerity, as a ritual, as a mortification of the body by wilful hunger is forbidden in Sikhism, whether it is Karva Chauth, Ramadhan or any other fast. This approach has been documented in Sikh scripture. The Adi Granth (verse 1136) says, I do not keep the fast (vrat) nor Ramadan. I serve only the One who will save me in the end. In addition to registering their disagreement, in Guru Granth Sahib, on the religious/spiritual aspects of fasting, they specifically rejected the idea of Karva Chauth: She who partakes in forsaking grain and doing such a hypocrisy is neither married nor widowed, from AGGS, p873).For strict adherents, the observance of fasts by Sikh women are outrageous and nothing short of blasphemy. .....
The Story of Queen Veervati
11. A beautiful queen called Veervati was the only sister of seven loving brothers. She spent her first Karva Chauth as a married woman at her parents house. She began a strict fast after sunrise but, by evening, was desperately waiting for the moonrise as she suffered severe thirst and hunger. Her seven brothers couldnt bear to see their sister in such distress and created a mirror in a pipal tree that made it look as though the moon had risen. The sister mistook it for the moon and broke her fast. The moment she ate, word arrived that her husband, the king, was dead. Heartbroken, she wept through the night until her shakti compelled a Goddess to appear and ask why she cried. When the queen explained her distress, the Goddess revealed how she had been tricked by her brothers and instructed her to repeat the Karva Chauth fast with complete devotion. When Veervati repeated the fast, Yama was forced to restore her husband to life.In a variant of this story, the brothers build a massive fire behind a mountain instead and trick their sister by convincing her that the glow is the moon. She breaks her fast and word arrives that her beloved husband has died. She immediately begins running to her husbands house, which is somewhat distant, and is intercepted by Shiv[disambiguation needed]Parvati. Parvati reveals the trickery to her, cuts her own little finger to give the wife a few drops of her holy blood, and instructs her to be careful in keeping the complete fast in the future. The wife sprinkles Parvatis blood on her dead husband and, coming back to life, they are reunited. .....
The Legend of Mahabharata
12. The belief in this fast and its associated rituals goes back to the preMahabharata times. Draupadi, too, is said to have observed this fast. Once Arjun went to the Nilgiris for penance and the rest of the Pandavas faced many problems in his absence. Draupadi, out of desperation, remembered Lord Krishna and asked for help. Lord Krishna reminded her that on an earlier occasion, when Goddess Parvati had sought Lord Shivas guidance under similar circumstances, she had been advised to observe the fast of Karva Chauth. In some tellings of this legend, Shiva tells Parvati the story of Veervati to describe the Karva Chauth fast. Draupadi followed the instructions and observed the fast with all its rituals. Consequently, the Pandavas were able to overcome their problems. .....
The Legend of Karva
13. A woman named Karva was deeply devoted to her husband. Her intense love and dedication towards him gave her shakti (spiritual power). While bathing at a river, her husband was caught by a crocodile. Karva bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn and asked Yama (the god of death) to send the crocodile to hell. Yama refused. Karva threatened to curse Yama and destroy him. Yama, afraid of being cursed by Pativrat (devoted) wife, sent the crocodile to hell and blessed Karvas husband with long life. Karva and her husband enjoyed many years of wedded bliss. To this day, Karva Chauth is celebrated with great faith and belief. .....
The Story of Satyavan and Savitri
14. When Lord Yama came to procure Satyavans soul, Savitri begged him to grant him life. When he refused, she stopped eating and drinking and followed Yama who carried away her dead husband. Yama said that she could ask for any other boon except for the life of her husband. Savitri asked that she be blessed with children. Yama agreed. Being a PatiVrat (devoted) wife, Savitri would never let any other man be the father of her children. Yama was left with no other choice but to restore Savitris husband to life. .....
karvachauth Festival & its Social Significance
15. The festival of Karva Chauth was emerged as a day to celebrate the season of autumn and enjoy the company of friends and relatives. But later on, many mythological legends were added to give it a religious touch. This festival is glorified and widely solemnized by the Hindus and Sikh of northwestern India. As the name signifies, Karva meaning a clay pot and chauth corresponding to the fourth, this festival is commemorated on the the fourth day after the Full Moon in Kartik month of Hindu calendar.A few days before Karva Chauth, married women buy new karvas, the spherical clay pots and paint them on the outside with beautiful designs. Inside the pot, they put bangles and ribbons, homemade candy and sweets, makeup items and small clothes e.g. handkerchief. The women then visit each other on the day of Karva Chauth or immediately afterward, and exchange these karvas. Seasonwise, soon after the harvest, it is an excellent time to enjoy festivities, meet one another and exchange gifts. During the time of Karva Chauth, parents send gifts to married daughters and their children. .....
Regional Significance of Karva Chauth
16. karva Chauth festival has an extraordinary observance rate among married women in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. This is a significant day for married women as they keep fast for the longlife and wellbeing of of their husbands. The way of celebrating karva Chauth vary from each other on regional basis. .....
karva Chauth in Punjab
17. The festival of karva chauth is one of the most important festival for married women in Punjab. Few days before this auspicious festival, all the markets in Punjab gets flooded with various accessories and decorative items including bangles, beautiful sarees, embroidered suits, stalls of sweets and eatables. Number of artists from different cities like Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, etc gather here with their special mehndis to decorate hands of women. In some parts of Punjab, young damsels too keep the fast in the hope of winning a loving husband. .....
karva Chauth in Rajasthan
18. Among the women of Rajasthan, the festival of karva Chauth has its own meaning. The women make the karvas with mud and fill them with rice and wheat. They wear their weddingday dress or chunris on this auspicious day. karva Chauth generally falls on the full moon day of the month Jyeshtha. This is also known as Vata Purnima. Interestingly, the woman who observes this fast is not only blessed with welfare of her husband but also wins the same husband for the next seven births. .....
karva Chauth in Uttar Pradesh
19. In Uttar Pradesh, the married women keep the fast and pray for the longlife of their husband. They decorate the walls of their home with drawings of Gauri Ma, the moon and the sun. They also make the karva with mud and perform the evening puja with earthen lamps. Before looking at the moon, the women pray to the figurines at their doorstep. .....
karva Chauth in Other states
20. Other Indian states also observes this fast. In Gujarat, many women observe this fast with great spirit. In Madhya Pradesh also, most of them follow the traditions of the women from Uttar Pradesh. In all these states the first Karva Chauth of any new bride is a very important festival. New clothes, new jewelery and gifts from both mother and motherinlaw are received. The wedding day outfits are worn once again, mehndi is applied and the family gathers to celebrate it with them. There are many similar stories associated with this festival in different parts of India. In Maharashtra this particular fast is not very popular but a similar one called Vaat Savitri is kept by married women. .....
Regional Names of karva Chauth
21. karva Chauth
Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi and others.

VatSavitri Puja
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Orissa.

Teej Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

Mahashivratri
Throughout India (major states include Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Maharastra)

Gangaur
Rajasthan, Gujarat & Bengal

Varalakshmi Vratham
South India states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka

Karadaiyan Nombu
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. .....

karva Chauth Celebrations
22. The day of Karva Chauth is celebrated mostly amongst the entire North Indian community settled either in India and other parts of the world. The most important aspect of this day is that a dawn to dusk fast is undertaken by the North Indian ladies and seeing the moon they finally break the fast. The Karva Chauth fast is unique perhaps because nowhere in the world does a wife go without food or water just to pray for the longevity and wellbeing of her husband. In modern day, with all the trappings of commercialization attached, Karva Chauth, the big fasting day has turned into a fullfledged event. The event is growing bigger with each passing day. Karva Chauth celebrations promise to grow bigger with each passing year. The Halwais, the Mehendi and Churiwallis have traditionally been busy on this auspicious day. But joining the bandwagon in recent times are the beauty parlour owners, the event managers and the restaurant owners. Karva Chauth special eateries are gearing up for now. Cashing in on the popularity of eating out most restaurants have special menus for this special day. No wonder almost every happeningeating joint around town is offering plenty of attractive options to choose from. Various clubs organize special events on this festive day with various stalls, bumper Tambola and even a dance competition. With so much feasting and fun added to it, fasting had never been so good before. .....
The Tradition of karva Chauth
23. The traditional Indian calendar is one long pageant of colorful festivals, a colorful mosaic of festivals, fairs and fasts as diverse as the land itself. The festival and fast of Karva Chauth is celebrated with much exuberance and fanfare. It is considered an important and auspicious day for married women. A married woman celebrates this day with great fervor and dedication, by observing a fast and praying for the long life of her husband. The fast is observed during the month of Kartik on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha (descending moon). This generally falls in the month of October.The earliest reference of a Karva Chauth can be found in the great epic of Mahabharata. As per Mahabharata, Arjun, a supreme warrior and one of the Pandavas, went to the Nilgiri Hills to offer his prayers and worship the gods. Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, was accompanying him. On the way, Draupadi was struck with fear believing that she was alone in the forest with no one to protect her. As she treated Lord Krishna as her Brother, she invoked him to appear before her and help her out of this grave situation. On listening to her fear and perplexity, Lord Krishna cited an example of Goddess Parvati. Parvati in a similar situation asked Lord Shivas help. Lord Shiva explained to her that to ward off such apprehensions, a woman could observe a fast on Kartik Krishna Chaturthi as a remedy. Lord Krishna advised Draupadi to undertake this fast and also assured her of he victory of the Pandavas. Women also pray to Lord Ganesha for the fulfillment of all their wishes. The fast has all the trappings of festivity. Women dress up in their best finery, with hennadecked hands, bindis, colorful bangles, vermilion in their hairparting and the best of jewelery. However, they do not eat even a morsel of food, neither drink a drop of water, from dawn till the moon rises. Finally, when the moon is sighted, the wife goes out to view it. The moon is worshiped and then she turns to view her husbands face through the pores of a sieve, praying for his long life. After performing the puja, its finally time for food. .....
First karva Chauth
24. Karva Chauth is of great importance for married Hindu women but the festival is seen as a big occasion for women undertaking their first Karva Chauth fast after marriage. A newly married woman is given utmost importance by relatives and immediate family members when she observes her first fast for the long life of her husband. She is showered with blessings of blissful married life and loads of Karva Chauth gifts especially by her motherinlaw.

First SargiMotherinlaw prepares an elaborate Sargi (the predawn Karva Chauth meal) when her daughterinlaw observes her first fast. She wakes up much early to prepare a sumptuous and lavish meal inclusive of sweets and other delicacies for daughterinlaw. Saasuma blesses her bahu with an ashirvaad of Sada Suhagan Raho which means, may you always enjoy a blissful married life when the latter touches her feet with reverence. She also presents her daughterinlaw with gifts, which may be a piece of jewelry or a heavy saree on the first Karva Chauth.

First BayaBaya is a gift given to a daughters motherinlaw on the occasion of Karva Chauth. It usually consists of salted mathris, dryfruits and some gifts. This Baya is a little more special when the daughter is observing her first Karva Chauth. Mothers of newly wed daughters bring gifts for all her family members. Some utensils are also included in the baya which are to be distributed amongst women who join the newlywed on her first Karva Chauth Puja.

Elaborate Puja PreparationsElaborate preparations are made for the customary evening Karva Chauth Puja in a family where a newly wed daughterinlaw observes her first KarvaChauth. Married female relatives are invited to participate in the puja. The newly married woman often wears her bridal lehanga or a heavy saree and adorns herself with lot of jewelry and make up. After the puja ceremony she seeks blessings for happy married life from all elder women. The newly wed woman distributes mathris or utensils amongst the ladies that were a part of baya.

Gifts from HusbandHusband of the woman who observes her first Karva Chauth feel proud and great to see her better half observing such a rigorous fast for him. He gets overwhelmed with love and respect for her wife and pampers her with loads of Karva Chauth gifts. These days husbands also takes her wife out for a dinner to save her from the drudgery of days cooking work. .....

karva Chauth Puja Process
25. The fast of karva Chauth is kept 9 days before Diwali. It falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month by the Hindu calendar (fourth day of the waning moon or the dark fortnight).

The pooja preparations start a day in advance. Married women buy the shringar or the traditional adornments and the other pooja items like the karva, matthi, heena etc. Early in the morning they prepare food and have it before sunrise. The morning passes by in other festive activities like decorating hand and feet with heena, decorating the pooja thali and meeting friends and relatives.In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple or a garden or someones place who has arranged the pooja. An elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the legend of karva Chouth.The essentials of this gathering and listening of the karva chauth story , a special mud pot, that is considered a symbol of lord Ganesha, a metal urn filled with water, flowers, idols of Ambika Gaur Mata, Goddess Parwati and some fruits, mathi and food grains. A part of this is offered to the deities and the storyteller.Earlier an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cowdung. Now just an idol of Goddess Parwati is kept. Every one lights an earthen lamp in their thalis while listening to the karva story. Sindoor, incense sticks and rice are also kept in the thali.At this time the women wear heavy saris or chunries in red , pink or other bridal colors, and adorn themselves with all other symbols of a married women like, nose pin, tika, bindi, chonp, bangles, earrings etc.Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta or a sieve. They offer water to the moon and seek blessings. They pray for the safety, prosperity and long life of their husbands. This marks the end of the day long fast. .....

Importance Of Fasting
26. Hindus believe it is not easy to unceasingly pursue the path of spirituality in ones daily life. Therefore a worshiper must strive to impose restrains on to get the mind focused. And one form of restraint is fasting. However, fasting is not only a part of worship, but a great instrument for selfdiscipline too. It is a training of the mind and the body to endure and harden up against all hardships, to persevere under difficulties and not give up. .....
karva Chauth Fast
27. karva Chauth is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the longlife, wellbeing and prosperity of their husbands. Married women keep a strict fast and do not take even a drop of water. It is the most important and difficult fast observed by married Hindu women. It begins before sunrise and ends only after offering prayers and worshiping the moon at night. No food or water can be taken after sunrise. The fast is broken once the moon is sighted and rituals of the day have been performed. At night when the moon appears, women break their fast after offering water to the moon. .....
karva Chauth Items
28. karva Chauth vrat is an ancient Indian tradition, which is still followed with full warmth and admiration by almost all married Indian women. Indeed, every women want to pray for the happiness and long life of her husband. Food items, beauty essential or makeup items, clothing items, and puja items constitute the significant items that are required for karva Chauth festival by the woman performing the karva Chauth Fast (vrat). .....
Tradition of Gifting
29. Inspite of being one of the toughest fast, Karva Chauth is always looked forward and is welcomed by married woman with great fervor. One of the reason behind this joy and happiness is the golden chance of receiving expensive and beautiful gifts from their husbands and relatives. As this festival is considered very important for married women, all the symbols that reflects the marriage status of a woman is in high demand such as jewelery, bangles, henna, sarees, lehnga choli and many other traditional gifts. Gifts given on the Karva Chauth day is an expression of love between man and wife. karva Chauth is particularly special for a newlywed woman who gets decked up in her bridal finery. The most common gifts given on this day range from new clothes, sweets, jewelery to anything that can make a married woman feel happy and satisfied. During this festive occasion, jewelers and apparel makers get into the act, with special collections and designs at every price point imaginable. Thus, women observing a fast for the wellbeing of their husbands are rewarded with gifts by their husbands, mothersinlaw and other relatives. .....
Henna Designs For Palm
30. A full hand design, either palm or back with the help of henna paste looks always trendy. While Arabic henna designs are usually large, floral patterns on the hands, Indian mehndi involves fine, thin lines for lacy, floral and paisley patterns covering entire hand and also forearms. Most traditional henna patterns are based on very simple shapes circles, triangles and lines are the most basic. These shapes can be combined to create a very intricate pattern and a very beautiful henna design on palm.The various mehendi designs meant for hands include flower arches, henna web, flower net, flowery trails, lucky lotus, leaves chains etc. While decorating an entire hand, one can start where it is most comfortable, depending on the design. Common starting points are the line where the fingers bend bordering the palm, the wrist, or the center of the palm. It is usually easiest to begin by covering the palm, and then doing the fingers. .....
Henna Designs For Feet
31. Henna designs done on the feet, involves painting beautiful and elaborate patterns with a dye made from crushed leaves of the henna plant. The Middle Eastern style consisted mostly of floral patterns inspired by Arabic carvings, paintings and textiles. This casual style did not usually follow a specific pattern. The North American style accentuated the shape of the feet using geometric floral patterns. The Indian and Pakistani designs are made up of intricate, repetitive paisley patterns, lines and teardrops.Some of the popular designs for feet include flowers, leafy tendrils, and abstract shapes. Applying henna designs on feet are a little more difficult, but can be created easily with a bit of concentration. Usually, the sides or bottoms of the feet, are decorated with blocks of color on the tips of toes. .....
Henna Designs For Body Decoration
32. Henna artisans brings along its creative henna art that include all the latest trends that come in, to give a continues variety. From tiny roses on shoulders to full body motifs, tattoos have made their way into the mainstream life as a modern genre of artistic expression.Intrigued by the creation of beautiful designs on the body, henna mehndi is being used by women worldwide as a mode of selfexpression. The designs originate from the practices followed on these occasions and represent specific objects, dresses, floral designs, leaves, flowers and birds associated with the festival. .....
karva Chauth Thali Decoration
33. A decorated thali is a very important component for performing the Karva Chauth puja. A puja thali, also known as Baya, containing the roli, vermilion, sacred water, dry fruits like almonds, pishta etc., earthen clay pots, diyas and different types of Indian sweets, in their respective katoris, is tastefully decorated. The art of creating attractive thalis for puja may also contain the ritualistic decoration like rangoli and alpana. Puja thali can be decorated with floral designs with the help of flowers, leaves, color and also with multicolored pulses.On this auspicious day, Ma Gaura or goddess Parvati is worshiped. Married women sit around Gaura ma and pray to her for the well being and long life of their husbands. A small pitcher or Karva with some water is placed in the center. While the story is being narrated, ladies circulate their decorated Baya thalis. After the puja, this thali is given to the eldest member of the family who blesses the woman with all the happiness in life. .....
Karva Chauth Greeting Cards
34. Apart from the traditional customs ranging from women wearing bright new clothes and fast the whole day for the long lives of their husbands, the recent trend also include exchanging greetings cards. This can be given to the married woman by her husband or inlaws, or from her own parents and friends. As this traditional festival is not only celebrated in largely agrarian, maledominated states like Punjab and Uttar Pradesh but also in relatively liberal metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai, thousands of greetings cards are exchanged that make up the event.Greeting card companies make a killing with cards specially designed for the occasion. Most shops come out with beautiful greetings cards and website displays fabulous ecards, all designed specially for the festive occasion of Karva Chauth. Thus, inspite of not being a must part of the rituals, nowadays greetings card hold their specific place during the festive season of Karva Chauth. .....
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Skeet shooting. Skeet is a word of Scandinavian origin, though the discipline originated in America. Targets are thrown in singles and doubles from 2 trap houses situated some 40 metres apart, at opposite ends of a semicircular arc on which there are seven shooting .....
Astrology
Aries Inner Self. Aries ( Mar 21 - Apr 19 ) Inner Self : You like to be in charge you want to control your own projects and plans and not be under anyone else's thumb. You have an intense drive to succeed and put a lot of pressure on yourself. Inside, you're filled w .....
Healthy Head
Get Fit. As if this isnt beaten into our heads enough, we now have another reason to get our butts, or brains, to the gym. Your brain needs circulation, blood flow, and oxygen just as much as other organs and muscles do in order to function productively. Acco .....
Benefits of Radish
Insect Bites. Radishes have antipruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites and bee stings. Radish juice alsoreduces pain and swellingand soothes the affected area. Radishes also contain an important isothiocyanate antioxidant co .....
What to Eat in Arunachal Pradesh
lemon pickle. Preserved lemon or lemon pickle is a condiment that is common in Indian and North African cuisine. It is also known as country lemon and leems. Diced, quartered, halved, or whole, lemons are pickled in a brine of water, lemon juice, and salt; occasio .....
Greatest NBA Players of All Time
Tim Duncan. American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association, Tim Duncan isn t nicknamed the Big Fundamental for nothing. His style of play is simple and down to earth. Nothing flashy fo .....
Isaac Newton
Enlightenment philosophers. Enlightenment philosophers chose a short history of scientific predecessors Galileo, Boyle, and Newton principally as the guides and guarantors of their applications of the singular concept of Nature and Natural Law to every physical and social fie .....
Tips to succeed in GATE Exam
Pattern and Details of the Exam. The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions MCQ and numerical answer type questions. The pattern of q .....
What to Eat in Karnataka
Semolina. Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used in making pasta, breakfast cereals, puddings, and couscous. The term semolina is also used to designate coarse middlings from other varieties of wheat, and from other grains, such a .....
What to Eat in Orissa
Chhena Gaja. Chhena gaja is a sweet dish from Orissa, India. Unlike some other popular chhenabased Oriya desserts, such as rasagolla, which have spread throughout India, the chhena gaja remains largely popular within the state itself. Although the ingredients of .....
Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Buy local. Once again, if you keep things local it will reduce the amount of fuel that is required to get the food from the farm to your fridge. The same concept goes for other goods and services as well. .....
Problems Only 00s Girls Will Understand
Figuring out what your most flattering webcam angle was. When girls hit the age of thirteen, they, for some unknown reason get overly obsessed with their appearances. Before the age of the camera and computers, it was the mirrors that teen girls befriended to tell them the truth about their looks. Today, m .....
Forever Young Naturally Lifestyle
Healthy heart Get exercise. The hearts of people who exercise show fewer signs of aging. Regular exercise reduces risk of heart attack and stroke, lowers blood pressure, and raises levels of healthy cholesterol. T'ai chi benefits heart health, too, found researchers from Tufts .....
Amazing Staircases Around the World
Santorini Stairway Greece. In 1715, the island inhabitants built a rough stairway into the side of the sheer mountain so they could hike to the summit. Before long, donkeys were enlisted to help carry cargo and passengers to and from the ships and town. In 1930, the stairway w .....
Movies for Valentines Day
P S I Love You. Director Richard LaGravenese, Cast Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler An American film based on the novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. Plot The story revolves around a married couple Holly Kennedy Hilary Swank who is smart and beautiful and Gerry Ge .....
Men Like in Women
Eye Contact. Make yourself irresistible by looking at his eyes and putting across your point. Don't be shy. .....
100 Places to visit in India
Ujjayanta Palace. Another beautiful palace in the state of Tripura is the Ujjayanta Palace. The palace, located in the capital city of Agartala, was built by Maharaja Radha Manikya in 1901. The palace originally built by the king was located about 10 km away from the .....
Largest Zoos in the World
San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is internationally known for its commitment to conservation, protection and, yes, exhibition of animals and plants throughout the world. Covering about 100 acres, the zoocontainsmore than 3,700 rare and endangered animals represen .....
Strangest Prehistoric Creatures To Rule The Earth
Eurypterid. A combination of two of humans biggest fears alligators and scorpions Eurypterid was like a scorpion which, from one found fossil, could reach the size of an alligator. Primarily an oceandweller, this creature was not a true scorpion. Found all over .....
Most Beautiful Eyes In The World
Angelina Jolie. She is drop dead gorgeous and has got New feline eyes that men drool over whenever she appears on screen or off screen. Cat eyes or eyes sans makeup, she stuns everyone on this planet with her sharp looks. .....
Embarrassing Celebrity Moments
Zac Efron brings protection. At the premiere of Lorax, Zac Efron was trotting the red carpet like his normal cool self. Suddenly, as he reached out to hug somebody, a small piece of something flew out of his pocket. Efron calmly ignored the object and continued walking. Turns ou .....
Astrology
Love Compatibility between Libra and Scorpio. Libra and Scorpio - Love Compatibility Profile : When Libra and Scorpio come together in a love match, they tend to make a very emotionally connected and mutually satisfying union. Though Scorpio is a brooder who can get lost in the confusing welter .....
Makeover Tips for Cheeks
Get Fuller Cheeks. Sunken, sallow face does not make an attractive site to look at. Some people in their desperation to have a chiselled face go a little too far that their face end up looking bony and unhealthy. Trying to get chubby face or cheeks does not mean piling .....
Weird Plants
Figs. Most of us have eaten figs, in large part due to the popularity of a certain cookie, so what is so strange about them? How about the fact that they digest wasps? According to the U.S. Forest Service, a number of figs are pollinated by wasps that are .....
Myth about Acne
Sweating helps get rid of acne. You can sweat out your acne, by going to a steam room or using hot towels. But in fact, some studies suggest that high temperatures and humidity can worsen the condition, so you might do best to keep it cool. .....
Benefits of Pomegranates
Pomegranates. Pomegranates are one of the best things you can put into your body. For starters, theyre a good source of vitamin C, a proven immunity booster. Just one fruit provides 16% of your recommended daily intake. (Unfortunately, you wont get added C from dr .....
Swach Bharat Abhiyan
Railways to Launch Massive Cleanliness Campaign throughout the Country on 2nd October 2014 under Swachh Bharat Mission. As part of the Swachh Bharat Mission announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi , Indian Railways will be launching a massive special cleanliness campaign on 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanti Diwas involving Shramdaan and awareness activities thro .....
Benefits of Artichoke
Attractive vegetables. The artichoke is a large thistle that belongs to the sunflower family. The green vegetable has several thick pointed leaves attached to a central heart. It resembles a large flower bud on top of a slender stalk. The soft petal bases and heart of the .....
Healthy Nails
Base and top coats are manicure essentials. According to Lippmann, wearing polish protects the nails and keeps them in better condition. Never skip base coat or top coat, especially base coat, she adds. .....
Success Tips For Life
Be a man of action. From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. .....
Forever Young Naturally Lifestyle
A good night s sleep Scheduling sleep. If you crave an extra hour's sleep, but can't fit it into a busy working life, add time incrementally by hitting the sack just 15 minutes earlier. After a week add another 15 minutes. Repeat until a month later you retire one whole hour earlier. .....
Craziest Perfume Bottle
Freak by Illamasqua. It s got opium flower, belladonna, poison hemlock, and queen of the night blossom. .....
Most Difficult Languages to learn in the world
Hungarian. The official language of Hungary, this language is a European Union language that is spoken not just by the communities of Hungary, but also by Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia and Romania. It belongs to the Uralic language family and has mutually intelligi .....
Rules to play Aquatics
Zero depth entry pool rules. Throwing toys or balls may be limited for safety. Children must wear a swim diaper if not toilet trained. No climbing or hanging on play features. No climbing or hanging from ramp railings or walls .....
Propose Day
Photograph Proposal. Hire a professional photographer to take a couples session for you and your girlfriend. Then propose to her during your photo shoot while the photographer captures every precious moment. .....
Weird Places On Earth
The Door to Hell. This was once a gas field, but the Soviets set it on fire. Now, it has been burning for over 40 years. It seems that the dangerous pit of fire will never stop burning. .....
Simple Science
The Musical Scale. Sound: When we talk, the pitch of the voice changes constantly and adds variety and beauty to conversation; a speaker whose tone, or pitch, remains too constant is monotonous and dull, no matter how brilliant his thoughts may be. While the pitch of t .....
Most Charming Alpine Towns
Chamonix France. Found at the base of Europes highest mountain, Mont Blanc, there is no shortage of incredible views to be found here. .....
Hairstyles To Compliment Your Saree
Loose Braided Side Chignon. The side chignon is stylish and pretty with a very tousled flair. It s a pleasant change from the conventional bun. Make sure you embellish it with flowers. .....
Benefits of Oregano
Perfume. Oregano makes a lovely scent for your skin similar to patchouli. It is guaranteed to drive the ladies wild, gentlemen. Because it is a commonly used ingredient in pizzas and spaghetti, dont be surprised if people, especially former carb addicts, bite .....
Rules to play Snow Sledding
Choose the Right Hill. When hills get coated with snow, they may all look like great locations for sledding. But not all hills are safe. Choose yours carefully. Here are a few guidelines to followSelect a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom fo .....
Cool Gifts College Students
BRAVEN 805 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. College students love to listen and share their music and what better way to do it than by cranking up this groovin BRAVEN 805 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker which works with your iPad, iPhone, and iPod. .....
Flowers
Cytisus Laburnum. Of the Laburnum, our nurseries afford two principal varieties, the broad and narrow leavd, the latter (which is the one here figured) Mr. Miller was induced to make a species of under the name of alpinum, it certainly differs very materially from the .....
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