Monthly Archives: August 2013

Shreenath ji Temple in Nathdwara

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As per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna had lifted the Govardhan parvat (mountain) on his finger to protect the people of Mathura village from heavy rain. Lord Krishna can be seen in the same form, holding the parvat on one finger and playing flute with his other hand, as an idol at the Shrinathji temple, Nathdwara, Rajasthan. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, so it is also known as the haveli of Lord Krishna. The Shrinathji temple also houses the idol of Shrinathji, who was an incarnation of Lord Krishna in 14th century. The same idol was initially worshiped at Mathura but it was brought to Nathdwara as Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, was destructing Hindu idols. Nathdwara is a small town located at a distance of 48 km from Udaipur. After this deity, Nathdwara also became famous by the name of ‘Shrinathji’.

Legends say that the idol of Lord Krishna when being transferred from Vrindavan to a safer place, then at the same place where the temple is located today, the wheels of the bullock cart carrying the idol got struck in mud. It was not moving further. After seeing this, the accompanying priest realized that this is the chosen place by the Lord himself. So, the temple was constructed on that very place.

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Opening hours of the temple are from 4-5 am till 6 pm. Whether it is a weekday or weekend, the Shrinathji temple is always crowded and full of devotees. But the ideal time to visit this temple is early morning.

The ‘chappanbhog’ aarti is one of its kinds at the temple in which 56 kinds of different food are offered to the Lord and after this these are distributed as prasadBoondi ladoos and mohanthal are the most popular food items.

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The Shrinathji temple is the prime attraction of Nathdwara. But Nathdwara is also famous for many other things such as milk-made sweets, handmade terracotta and ‘pichhwai’ paintings. In Pichwai painting legends from the life of Lord Krishna is shown on a large piece of cloth. All the festivals related to Lord Krishna such as Janmashtmi and Holi are celebrated with great fervor at Nathdwara. There is another festival known as Annakutta that is very popular at Nathdwara. This festival is connected with Lord Krishna and his lifting of the Govardhana parbat. Annakutta is celebrated inside the temple.

 

Jaipur’s Chanakya Restaurant reopens in a new Avatar !!

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Iconic Rajasthani speciality restaurant ‘Chanakya’ is reopened in #Jaipur with the opening of ‘Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya’ at M.I. Road.

Australia-based hotel management group StayWell Hospitality announced the opening of its first project in India at Chanakya renaming it to ‘Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya’.

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“India is one of the key market for us and we will be opening more hotels in country in coming years,” CEO of the company, Simon Wan, said on the launch.

He said the group, which has partnered with Jaipur’s Chanakya hospitality for the project, chose the city of Jaipur for foraying into the business in India due to considerable footfall and presence of other key players.

Besides vegetarian restaurant Chanakya, the 52-room hotel will have Cafe viva having wide range of continental foods and a roof top bar and grill.

“Menu of the roof top bar and grill will be on i-Pad and there will be no paper work,” Rohit Vig, MD (India)- StayWell hospitality group, said.

Janmashtami celebration in Jaipur

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With the harmonious tunes of Shehnai and the bass of drums, Janmashtami festival kicked off in Jaipur.  Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon. The popular Hindu festival, Janmashtami is a festival of joy and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the Hindu people. According to the legendary tale, Lord Krishna is presumed to have made his divine appearance at midnight, in the 28th year of Dwapur Yug.

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Janmashtami is celebrated with tremendous fervor in Jaipur and the epicenter for these celebrations is the popular Govind Devji Temple in City Palace premises.

From now on, till Janmashtami, the 28th August, 2013, the idols of Radha Govind ji will be placed in a specially decorated swing and the temple would explode with colors and energy.

Thousands of worshipers will multitude the temple and celebrate the festival with an outpouring of poetry, ecstatic music and dance in both classical and common languages amid the soothing sound of temple bells.

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Till August28, 2013 temple will follow new time schedule. According to this Gwal Jhanki will be open at 5.45 pm, Sandhya Jhanki at 6.30 pm and Shayan Jhanki at 9.30 pm.

Be a part of the celebration and get engrossed in the melodious ambiance of Janmashtami celebration at Govind Dev ji Temple in Jaipur.

 

Lagan Mandap Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition

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This one’s for those who are soon going to tie the knot of togetherness and planning for an extravagant wedding. The Lagan Mandap Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition 2013 will be held from 29 to 31 August 2013 at SMS Convention Hall in Hotel Rambagh Palace, Jaipur. Timings would be 10.00 am to 08.00 pm

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The 3 days fashion show event will cater to all the requirements of the bride, bridegroom & their relatives. The show will have experts and specialists coming together to fulfill all the needs & requirements of a wedding  from wedding cards, jewellery, designer wear  to tent, catering, honeymoon packages and much more.

The Lagan Mandap Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition 2013 would also give the attendees a chance to share their opinion with professionals and to add more glamour to their lifestyle.

New superfast special train between Jaipur and Jodhpur starts

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A long pending demand of passengers for a morning train service between #Jaipur and #Jodhpur has been approved.
A new super fast special train commence its first journey from 21st August. 

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The train with 15 coaches, including AC and non-ac chair cars, will leave at 6 am and reach Jodhpur at 10:30 am. In return journey from Jodhpur, the train will depart at 6:15 pm and reach Jaipur at 10:40 pm. The train will have brief stoppages at Phulera, Kuchaman City, Makrana, Degana, Merta, Gotan and Rai-ka-Babh.

Women in Rajasthan to get free bus rides on Rakshabandhan

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Women in Rajasthan can enjoy a free ride in State-run buses on the occasion of Rakhi “Raksha Bandhan” on August 20, 2013.

The State Government has announced free travel for women passengers in all buses of Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). Officials have issued the orders regarding the same and have started advance booking for it.

According to the spokesperson of Rajasthan Roadways, females will be benefited with this service in all categories of buses operated interstate. They can prevail free service from 19th august at 12 a.m midnight till 2oth August at 12 a.m midnight.

Also, orders regarding free travel in low-floor bus services in Jaipur will be issued by Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd.

Forhex Fair- Jaipur starting from tomorrow

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The handicraft exporters and buyers/ delegates interested in handicrafts from within the country and abroad shall experience the marvels of Handicrafts and explore the unique world of Handicrafts from Rajasthan. The Forhex Fair starting from August 15 to 18, 2013 at B.M Birla Auditorium open Ground shall serve as an opportunity in Jaipur to come closer to handicrafts fraternity and interact with the members, some of them are nationally renowned.

To add more grandeur in the Fair the committee would also organize Craft Vision on 16th August Night to honor the talents of the trade coupled with entertaining performances by renowned celebrity or group.