Jun 23, 2012

Shoolini Fair-2012

Shoolini fair, which signifies our belief and faith in our local deity Maa Shoolini has started today on 23-6-12. This fair means colorfulness, excitement, zest & zeal, cultural programs, different types of rides, Jalebi wala, Gubbare Wala, Maut Ka Kunwa and many more colors. 
The three day Shoolini fair started amidst great enthusiasm and zeal today in the historic Thodo Ground of Solan.  The whole city has been decorated with bright lights and looking like a new bride. The festival started with colorful Shobha Yatra of  the presiding Deity. After the Yajna the August Palanquin (Palaki) of Divinity was taken out from the temple and the possession covers the rout of Solan City. Many vehicles with decorated with beautiful seens, predicting the religious and cultural events joins the Shobha Yatra. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple early morning . People form Solan, Shimla, Sirmour, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana joined the festivities. Cultural nights are organized , where prominent local as well as national artists perform during the fair.
The Shoolini fair was started hundreds of years ago to encourage and preserve the culture of the region.
Events like Thoda, traditional Himachali archery; wrestling and exhibitions are the other attractions of the fair, which concludes on Sunday. The devotees of Mata organize Bhandaras (feast) at many places in the city for the public.
Here are some photographs of Beautiful of the fair:

Where the whole city is in a kind of spiritual and cultural hangover there are some negative issues related to this sacred occasion. These are like huge uncontrollable gathering, unnecessary trafic jam, intolerable noise pollution, eve teasing, street fights, indiscipline, wastage of food, city full of filth and garbage etc.
Now question arises that, who is responsible for this? Is it lenience of administration, inability of organizers or lack of discipline and knowledge among general public?
Many businessman and people due to their faith organize Bhandaras at many places but the cleanliness of the city is completely ignored. They do not make provision of dustbins for the empty plates and cups. Some opens water taps for public directly on the road, and the garbage and water makes road slippery and very dirty. There are empty plates  and cups all over. However some have placed dustbins but these dustbins were longing for garbage and people irresponsibly throwing garbage on the road. It is very unfortunate that we worship the goddesses but we are making her place messy.
Please show that you are not illiterate or uncivilized.

Jun 17, 2012

Karol Darshan- Pandava Gufa.

Karol Fair 2012.

Karol fair is being organised since centuries on the Top of Mount Karol in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh , India on second Sunday of June every year. This year it occurred on 17th of June, 2012. To reach on the top one has to trek around 4 KM a steep mountain slope, but this journey is worth enjoying because of mesmerizing beauty of thick forest.  Its a paradise for nature loving persons. 
My only request is when you visit such place please do not throw empty bottles, plates or any kind of garbage there. Look around for dustbin or bring it back in your bag and throw it in dustbin. Imagine if you go to see a beautiful place and you find a dirty place. Care for nature. 

A Village surrounded  by pine trees

Please don't spoil nature

Nanga Baba's Aashram on the way to Karol

Radhakrishan Temple near Pandava Cave
Radha and Krishan

Opening of the Cave

Small stalls in village fair

Jalebi Bai

Kali Temple on the top of the Karol

Dazzling view of thick forest

Wild fruit Kashmal

Jun 13, 2012

Street Act by School Students- Environment Week 2012

Some talented students of a Private School gathered on the Mall Road, Solan and performed a Street Drama on the Environment issues. They played it so gracefully that a huge gathering. The drama taught the audience importance of trees in our daily life. The ironical part was how we elders are ignorant about nature. Actually we are so selfish that to fulfill our own needs we never hesitate to conquer the nature. We never give a second thought that we are putting the life of our coming generation in danger.

Students of Blossom High School, Solan performing a street act
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Audience clapping for the outstanding performance and the valuable message given by the students through their Act. 

We all are knowingly or unknowingly responsible for environmental imbalance. So by taking following simple steps you can also contribute to save environment:

  1. Plant an herb garden. 
  2. Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs .
  3.  Create a homemade compost pit.
  4. Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” rating).
  5. Stop using polythene bags use reusable cloth bags instead.
  6. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles. 
  7. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  8. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  9. Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
  10. Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
  11. Better yet, walk or ride a bicycle to your trips that are two miles or closer.
  12. Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
  13. Turn off your computer completely at night.
  14.  Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.
  15. Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
  16. Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or Free cycle.
  17. Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.
  18.  Fix leaky taps immediately and save water.
  19.  Make your own household cleaners. 
  20. Line dry your laundry instead of using dryer of your machine.
  21.  Learn with your kids about another country or culture, expanding your knowledge to other sides of the world.
  22.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances. 
  23. Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
  24. Switch to cloth diapers – or at least do a combination with disposables. Even one cloth diaper per day means fewer disposables in the landfill each year.
  25.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
  26. Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.
  27.  Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and be utterly inspired.
  28.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.
  29.  Donate to—and shop at—thrift stores.  You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, you’ll be supporting your local economy, and you’ll be saving money.