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4 Countries Where Maha Shivratri Is Being Celebrated Yesterdayday!

Cox & Kings 24 Feb. 2017 22:31

Maha Shivratri, which translates to 'the Great Night of Shiva', is an annual festival celebrated by Hindus in the glory of Lord Shiva—one of the most revered Gods of the religion. The annual event is marked by the gathering of sadhus, chanting and revelry. Devotees keep fasts, participate in song-and-dance rituals, celebrate throughout the night, and partake of bhaang thandai, believed to be a favourite of the blue-throated, serpent-wearing God. Although a major festival in India, Maha Shivratri is also celebrated around the world as Lord Shiva's devotees reside all over. Here's a look at how this event is celebrated in various countries.

I. India

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on a grand scale in India
The home of Shiva, India also hosts some of the biggest Maha Shivratri celebrations in the world. The festivities across different states draw in hordes of travellers from other countries, who come to witness the magnificence of the occasion. There are 12 Jyotirlingas (holy shrines) in India, all of which celebrate the festival in a grand fashion. Visit these five places in India to experience Maha Shivratri at its best.
1) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Although celebrated by various temples, the high point of the celebrations in Varanasi is the spectacular wedding procession, where people dress up as various Gods and Goddesses.

It's not just Hindus, Lord Shiva is worshipped by people of different religions and countries!
2) Jammu and Kashmir: Kashmiri Hindus celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati with festivities that last for days.
3) Orissa: According to legend, Puri used to be a major centre of Shiva worship. Even today, Maha Shivratri is celebrated with pomp and show at the Lokanath Temple among other places.
4) Mandi, Himachal Pradesh: This is the biggest Maha Shivratri celebration in India, with a week full of festivities organised by the Bhootnath Temple.

Thousands of devotees gather for the Maha Shivratri procession in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
5) Karnataka: This South Indian state also celebrates the festival with a vibrant Sri Shidlingappa's fair. Devotees also visit Hampi, where they bathe in the Tungabhadra River before going to see the deity.
Fact File
Location: South Asia
How to Reach: Airports in major cities as well as smaller towns, with international flights available from metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, etc.; India has the world's largest railway network that connects all the places within the country; buses and cars are available to travel between the states, and also connects to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
Official Language: Hindi and English
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Different zones, ranging from tropical to alpine
Food & Drink: Regional cuisines, in a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Kashmiri Wazwan, Mughlai, Kolhapuri, etc.
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II. Nepal

Maha Shivratri in Nepal is celebrated as grandly and with equal fervour as that in India
Another country with a majority of Hindus in its population, Nepal is home to several temples and places of religious importance. The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu has the country's biggest Maha Shivratri celebrations, with believers from all across the world travelling to Nepal just to be part of the festivities.
Located by the Bagmati River in Nepal's capital city, Pashupatinath is a sprawling temple complex and one of the most significant Shiva temples. According to legend, the 12 Jyotirlinga in India form a body, with the Pashupatinath linga as the head. It's also counted among Shiva's 275 holy abodes, making it a sacred place for devotees.

Nepalese chant and play musical instruments to celebrate the festival of Maha Shivratri
The Shiva lingam at Pashupatinath is about one metre high, and features faces in the four directions, each representing a different aspect of the God. During Maha Shivratri, there is a colourful fair with henna artists, snake dances, music, circus and several stalls. On this auspicious day every year, around 700, 000 devotees flock here and wait in long queues just to glimpse the deity and give their offerings.
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Location: Himalayan region, bordering India and China
How to Reach: Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu; there is a railway route between Nepal and India that goes to Janakpur Dham; buses and cars can enter Nepal from India at different points.
Official Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese Rupee
Time Zone: UTC+ 5:45
Climate: Various zones ranging from tropical to arctic, depending on the altitude
Food & Drink: There are a number of ethnic cuisines, ranging from Khas and Pahadi, Thakali, Newari, Terai, Lohurung, and other variations.
Interested? Book your tour now! Explore Nepal!

III. Mauritius

Lord Shiva is also revered in Mauritius, which has impressive Maha Shivratri celebrations
During Maha Shivratri, thousands of devotees gather at the Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin), a lake that is considered sacred. The preparations begin weeks in advance as people of all ages follow a strict vegetarian diet, after which they start their journey to the lake. Many devotees also prefer to dress in white as a symbol of purity.

Devotees gather in huge numbers at the Ganga Talao in Mauritius during Maha Shivratri.
Once the prayers are done, devotees collect holy water from this lake and carry it back home to be poured on Shiva lingams. On their pilgrimage, most devotees carry a beautiful structure known as a kanwar on their shoulders as a means of expressing their love and respect to Lord Shiva. The festivities come to an end with Char Pahar ki Puja, an overnight ritual during which devotees pray, chant and make special offerings to their beloved deity.
Fact File
Location: Part of the African continent, it is an island in the Indian Ocean
How to Reach: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Port Louis; being an island nation, there is no railway line; there is also no road connectivity to Mauritius, but one can reach by sea on cruise ships.
Official Language: No official language, but English and French are used in the Parliament
Currency: Mauritian Rupee
Time Zone: UTC+04
Climate: Tropical
Food & Drink: The cuisine has a blend of Chinese, European and Indian flavours, with a growing popularity of some French dishes
Interested? Book your tour now! Island Holidays!

IV. Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, little boys dress up as Lord Shiva as part of the Maha Shivratri celebrations
Maha Shivratri is also celebrated in Bangladesh, one of India's neighbours. Here, Bangladeshi Hindus get together to pay their respects to Lord Shiva at Chandranath Dham in Chittagong.
Chandranath Dham is a famous Shakti Peeth and according to Hindu scriptures is the place where the right arm of Godess Sati (an incarnation of Parvati) fell to Earth. The temple also houses an idol of Lord Shiva, locally known as Chandrashekhar. The Hindus here believe that fasting and performing pujas on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri will help them get a good spouse, which is one of the reasons behind the immense popularity of this festival.
Fact File
Location: South Asian country, which shares borders with India and Myanmar
How to Reach: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at Dhaka; There is a railway service from Kolkata (India) and Dhaka; there are two points of entry by road on the India-Bangladesh border, and there are buses to Dhaka from Kolkata and Agartala.
Official Language: Bangla
Currency: Taka
Time Zone: UTC+6
Climate: Tropical monsoon
Food & Drink: Mainly Bengali cuisine, with local variations in the fish, meat, rice and vegetable preparations
Interested? Book your tour now! Experience Bangladesh!
Maha Shivratri is believed to mark the occasion of Lord Shiva's marriage with Parvati. This divine union is celebrated with utmost zeal by devotees not only in India but several other places, including Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bali, Sri Lanka, and even the USA and UK.

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‘India ranks 4th among world’s most vacation-deprived nations’ | PTI

India is the fourth most vacation-deprived nation globally, with 65 per cent saying they feel very or somewhat vacation-deprived, according to a survey.

About 65 per cent of Indians feel they feel very or somewhat vacation-deprived, and 20 per cent said they are very vacation-deprived, full service online travel site Expedia’s ’2015 Vacation Deprivation’ survey has revealed.

UAE topped the list of most vacation-deprived countries in 2015 (76 per cent), followed by Malaysia (73 per cent) and Singapore (71 per cent).

If they had more vacation days, most Indians (67 per cent) would travel to new places (rather than favourite or usual ones), it revealed.

The annual 2015 Vacation Deprivation survey is about vacation habits across multiple countries and continents.

It was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally—integrated strategic insights consulting firm.

This survey was conducted online from October 6—22, 2015 across 26 countries of North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific among 9, 273 employed adults aged 18 years and older.

Globally, Indians are the most likely (61 per cent) to associate vacationing a great deal with their overall happiness, followed by Thailand (56 per cent) and UAE (55 per cent), the survey revealed.

“Vacations play a critical role in creating a work—life balance as it reenergises people to be more focused at work (53 per cent Indians agree). According to the survey, 54 per cent of Indians would prefer more vacation days over a pay rise, the highest globally. About 61 per cent associate vacations a great deal with their overall happiness, ” Expedia India’s Manmeet Ahluwalia said.

The survey found that vacations continue to outrank happiness derived from finding money, getting a tax refund, celebrating a birthday and even being told they look younger than they are.

Ahluwalia said, 94 per cent are ready to make sacrifices for just an extra day of vacation.

“The deprivation Indians are feeling may stem from the fact that 68 per cent of Indians have cancelled or postponed their vacation due to work commitments, ” he added.

The interesting fact, he said, is that while Indians are receiving on an average one additional vacation day this year (from 20 days last year to 21 days this year) and are more likely to say their bosses are supportive of them availing their vacation time than they were last year, they continue to avail fewer days than they receive (an average of 16 days this year and last year).

“This clearly shows that Indians are addicted to their work so much that they often choose to work even when they have earned their time off, ” he added.

Despite not availing all the vacation days they receive, 73 per cent Indians feel they deserve more vacation than they currently get, and that they should receive on an average 15 extra days, according to the survey.

Further, the survey noted that vacations are considered important to travellers’ relationships with their significant others. This is particularly true in India (71 per cent strongly agree), Brazil (66 per cent) and Mexico (65 per cent).

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#Sabari Yatra Tour Package 2015-16.... Special Package from Diwan Holidays..
TOTAL PACKAGE COST IS RS.14, 499/- PER PERSON
Itinerary:
Day 01 : HYDERABAD—COCHIN—PAMPA
Departure From Hyderabad Airport , arrive to Cochin Airport.
After Arrival Meet Our Representative and start your journey to Sabarimala, Enroute visit Erumelli, .
Arrive Pampa , have a dip in the holy river pampa, before commencing the trek through the forest to Sannidhanam. It is believed that, one who detaches themselves from all the worldly pleasure, can see Lord Ayyappa in real sense. After climbing up the eighteen steps ( Pathinettampady ) reverently, one symbolically detaches oneself from all the worldly ties that bind one physically and mentally to the world. After the Holy Darshan, overnight stay at Sannidanam.

Day 02 : PAMPA-GURUVAYOOR
Morning pick up from pampa and drive to Guruvayoor .Overnight at Guruvayoor.

Day 03 : GURUVAYOOR – COCHIN
After “ Nirmalyam “ ( Optional ) return journey to cochin Airport.

TOTAL PACKAGE COST IS RS.14, 499/- PER PERSON

Inclusions :
Ø Return Airfare Economy class ( HYD-COK-HYD )
Ø All transfers by Non A/C tempo traveler as a group for 3days
Ø 01 night in Guruvayoor (Accommodation at Hotel on sharing basis )

Exclusions :
Ø Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary
Ø Room service, Telephone calls, Laundry, any portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, mineral water charges, entrance fees and all items of personal nature
Ø Any meals
Booking Procedure :
Ø Please check the availability with us before giving the confirmation to the guest.
Ø To book the seat you need to pay Rs.10, 000/- per person as an advance.
Ø Blocking of seats is Not permitted.
Ø Balance amount should be paid Minimum 15 days prior to the departure date.
Cancellation Procedure :
Ø NON-REFUNDABLE amount of Rs.10, 000/- will be charged for cancellation.
Ø Full Cancellation charges(total package amount), if the guest cancelled 48 hrs prior to the departure.
Ø DATE CHANGE is permitted depending on the availability of seats for the next requested dates. If the ticket is not issued.
Ø NAME CHANGE is Permitted Minimum of 20 days prior to the departure date.

Important notice:
Accommodation at Sannidanam will be taken care by the guest on their own.
Once ticket issued, it is non refundable and no transferable.
If the guest fails to check in to airlines, Diwan Holidays will not be responsible for future actions.
Diwan Holidays is not responsible for any changes or cancellations done by the airlines.

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FLT NO
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RETURN DATE
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6E 317 // 6E 442
28-Nov-15
30-Nov-15
2
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
30-Nov-15
2-Dec-15
3
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
2-Dec-15
4-Dec-15
4
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
5-Dec-15
7-Dec-15
5
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
7-Dec-15
9-Dec-15
6
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
9-Dec-15
11-Dec-15
7
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
12-Dec-05
14-Dec-15
8
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
14-Dec-15
16-Dec-15
9
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
16-Dec-15
18-Dec-15
10
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
17-Dec-15
19-Dec-15
11
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
18-Dec-15
20-Dec-15
12
HYD/COK/HYD
6E 317 // 6E 442
9-Jan-16
11-Jan-01
13
HYD/COK/HYD
6E317 // 6E315
18-Dec-15
20-Dec-15
14
HYD/COK/HYD
6E317 // 6E412
19-Dec-15
21-Dec-15
15
HYD/COK/HYD
6E317 // 6E412
20-Dec-15
22-Dec-15
16
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG1068
21-Dec-15
23-Dec-15
17
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG1068
22-Dec-15
24-Dec-15
18
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG126
23-Dec-15
25-Dec-15
19
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG126
24-Dec-15
26-Dec-15
20
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG126
8-Jan-15
10-Jan-15
21
HYD/COK/HYD
SG1067 // SG126
10-Jan-15
12-Jan-15
22
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG126
11-Jan-15
13-Jan-15
23
HYD/COK/HYD
SG421 // SG126
12-Jan-15
14-Jan-15

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