Maha ShivaRatri

Maha Shivratri 2020: Maha Shivaratri is a major festival in Hinduism annually observed in honour of Lord Shiva which is also known as the ‘PadmaRajaRatri’ and ‘The Great Night of Shiva’. On this day devotees worship Lord Shiva, observe a strict fast and do various religious activities to please Lord Shiva. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shiva on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of his/ her past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.

The day marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is said that Maha Shivaratri marks the anniversary of the cosmic dance performed by Lord Shiva.

Shivratri is celebrated on the 14th day of every month, one day before the new moon. Among the 12 Shivratri’s celebrated in a year, Mahashivratri is the most important one generally celebrated in February or March depending upon the planetary position. Accordingly this year’s Maha Shivaratri falls on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Married women pray to observe fast on Maha Shivratri for the well being of their husbands and sons, whereas unmarried girls pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.

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Posted by on 21/02/2020 in Uncategorized



১৯৫২ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারি।পৃথিবীর ইতিহাসে এই দিনটি বলিদানের দিন,নিজের মাতৃভাষাকে প্রতিষ্ঠিত করার দিনও বটে।পাকিস্তানি সরকারি বাহিনীর গুলিতে প্রাণদান করে বাংলা মায়ের দামাল ছেলেরা। সালাম-বরকত-রফিক-শফিক-জব্বার আরও কত নাম না-জানা সেসব শহীদের আত্মত্যাগে আমরা ফিরে পাই আমাদের প্রাণের ভাষা বাংলা। জাতিসংঘের স্বীকৃতির ফলে একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি আজ আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে পালিত হচ্ছে সারা বিশ্বে।দিনটি ১৯৯৯ সালের ১৭ নভেম্বর। ফ্রান্সের রাজধানী প্যারিসে ইউনেসকোর ৩০তম অধিবেশন বসে। ইউনেসকোর সেই সভায় একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারিকে আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে ঘোষণার প্রস্তাব পাস হয়। ফলে পৃথিবীর সব ভাষাভাষীর কাছে একটি উল্লেখযোগ্য দিন হিসেবে একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি স্বীকৃতি পায়। বিশ্বের দরবারে বাংলা ভাষা লাভ করে বিশেষ মর্যাদা। ঠিক পরের বছর ২০০০ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারি থেকে পৃথিবীর ১৮৮টি দেশে এ দিনটি আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে পালন শুরু হয়।

১৯৯৯ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারির আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবসের মর্যাদা লাভ শুধু বাংলা ভাষার বিশ্ববিজয় নয়; পৃথিবীর সব মাতৃভাষার বিজয়। আজ আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবসে ভাষা শহীদদের জানাই সশ্রদ্ধ প্রণাম। (সংগৃহীত)

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Posted by on 21/02/2020 in History, matribhasha


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A rare bloom

A rare bloom

I never knew that Lucky Bamboo plant blooms so heavily, beautifully and with so much sweet fragrance. Observed that the flowers bloom in the evening and starts spreading the fragrance through out the night and the flowers collapses before dawn. The flowers stay for long. 3-4 days.

After many years, the plant bloomed for the first time. Years back I bought it as a indoor plant from a local fair and later I planted it in the soil in front of my building. It grew well and became bushy. Week back I found something like buds but I ignored since no flower was noticed as it was blooming in the night, I missed the flowers for 2-3 day but later one evening the strong fragrance took me near to the flowers and it was discovered with great surprise. It’s a wonderful gift of nature.

Day time
Night Time bloom
kept a branch in my drawing room, which bloomed before evening today at about 4-30PM
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Posted by on 18/02/2020 in Nature


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A Swan in the lake

A swan in the lake Lucerne, switzerland which was shot by me when I visited the Lake. This picture of mine was a casual entry to a photo contest of twenty20 website but surprisingly secured a place in that.

 The Lake is located in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. Steamers and other passenger boats ply on the lake. It is a popular tourist destination, both for native Swiss and foreigners. There many swans are seen in the lake and in dark blue background the swans are favourite subject for the photographers.

Main attraction on the lake is the Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss diagonally in the city of Lucerne. This topic will be covered in a separate post. Till then stay tuned.

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Posted by on 10/02/2020 in Nature


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Freiburg Bachle

Freiburg was visited by me in the year 2011. From Switzerland (Basel) it took one hour by train. Freiburg was incorporated in the early 12th century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region. The city is known for its ancient university and its medieval minster, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany. Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism.

The city Freigurg of Germany has an unusual system of gutters (called Bächle) that run throughout its centre. These Bächle, once used to supply water to fight fires and feed livestock. Water in the Bachle constantly flowing day night, with water from the river Dreisam. This river water is fed to the Bachle and runs continuously. These Bächle were never used for sewage, as such usage could lead to harsh penalties, even in the Middle Ages. During the summer, the running water provides natural cooling of the air, and offers a pleasant, gurgling water flow sound. It is said that if you fall or step accidentally into a Bächle, you will marry a Freiburger. 

(Info source : wikipedia)


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Posted by on 02/02/2020 in History


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Welcome 2020


Posted by on 01/01/2020 in Newyear, Uncategorized


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A midnight call

Discussion by a couple over mobile late at night.

WIFE : Where are you? Speaking so tensed. What happend???

HUSBAND : I’m in the car dear.
But the steering wheel, clutch pedal, brake pedal, accelarator pedal are all stolen from our car..
What to do now ??

WIFE : You drunk again??

HUSBAND : .A little… but how does that matter? Think about the car first dear.

WIFE : Expected.!! . You stupid idiot..!! Change from left seat to the right seat. You’ll find everything..!!!!

Nobody knows you better than your WIFE..😂

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