Friday, 4 August 2017

Vulture Peak - Buddha’s favorite retreat in Rajagaha

✎The Vulture Peak or Griddhakuta Peak was the Buddha’s favorite retreat in Rajagaha and the scene for many of his discourses. It is located in Rajgir, Bihar, India.

✎It is called a Vulture Peak due to its shape and frequent visit of vultures. The place hold an important position in history as it is reckoned to be the spot where Lord Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra in order to convert Mauryan King Bimbisara. It is also believed that Buddha started the second wheel of law and delivered several sermons here.

✎The peak has a Peace Pagoda said to have been built by Buddhist of Japan. There are couples of caves here as well that further enhances the thrill of reaching here by a chairlift.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Bawanbuti Sari - The iconic 52 bootis

✎Reverberating with the rhythmic sound of looms, the regions of Nalanda and Gaya in Bihar -The town famous in ancient India as a centre of learning- supported thousands of weavers with their generated revenue, sustaining a major cultural industry. 

✎The Bawanbuti sari, perhaps based on the iconic 52 bootis (miniature motifs) woven on its body, was the favoured everyday wear in coarse counts and in finer counts, for special occasions.

✎Motifs created of Dots is a pure hand work and requires special skills, where artisans have to do needle work on the fabric and it takes day & half to complete one saree.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dal Puri- A very popular Bihari recipe

  • Dal Puri is a very popular & traditional Bihari recipe.
  • In rituals No salt is added to the dish during festivals and is served with kheer after offering dal puri and kheer to Gods
  • To make these Dal puris, one can also add moong dal instead of channa dal which is used in this recipe
  • This amazing dish is deep fried heaven made from a spicy Bengal gram filling in wheat flour.
  • Almost all Bihari foods are made with nutritious ingredients and the Dal Puri is a meal in itself and delicious at that.
  • The Dal poori is served even in normal days in a Bihari family with any Indian curry'sabji' of your choice or curd or with kheer like Bihar’s festive serve. .

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

वैशाली- भगवान् बुद्ध की ऐतिहासिक प्रिय नगरी

★ वैशाली का इतिहास काफी मजबूत है। वैशाली एक सुंदर गांव है जहां आम और केला के बड़े – बड़े बाग और खेत पाएं जाते है। वैशाली पर्यटन, अद्भुत बौद्ध स्‍थलों के लिए जाना जाता है, यह एक सुंदर गांव है। वैशाली को शुरूआत से ही पर्यटक की दृष्टि से एक विशेष स्‍थान व अध्‍याय के रूप में देखा गया है। अगर इसके इतिहास के बारे में बात की जाएं तो वैशाली का उल्‍लेख, रामायण के काल से होता आ रहा है। महाभारत में भी वैशाली का उल्‍लेख है।

★ भगवान महावीर के जन्‍म से पहले, यह शहर लिच्‍छवि राज्‍य की राजधानी हुआ करता था। इस स्‍थान का गहरा आध्‍यात्मिक महत्‍व है, यह एक गणराज्‍य है जहां भगवान महावीर का जन्‍म हुआ है। भगवान बुद्ध ने इस स्‍थल को अपने मार्गदर्शन से यादगार बना दिया।
वैशाली गंगा घाटी का नगर है, जो आज के बिहार एवं बंगाल प्रान्त के बीच सुशोभित है। इस नगर का एक दूसरा नाम ‘विशाला’ भी था। इसकी स्थापना महातेजस्वी ‘विशाल’ नामक राजा ने की थी, जो भारतीय परम्परा के अनुसार इक्ष्वाकु वंश में उत्पन्न हुए थे। इसकी पहचान मुजफ्फरपुर ज़िले में स्थित आधुनिक बसाढ़ से की जाती है। वहाँ के एक प्राचीन टीले को स्थानीय जनता अब भी ‘राजा विशाल का गढ़’ कहती है।
★ प्राचीन नगर ‘वैशाली’, जिसे पालि में ‘वैसाली’ कहा जाता है, के भग्नावशेष वर्तमान बसाढ़ नामक स्थान के निकट स्थित हैं जो मुजफ्फरपुर से 20 मील दक्षिण-पश्चिम की ओर है। इसके पास ही ‘बखरा’ नामक ग्राम बसा हुआ है। इस नगरी का प्राचीन नाम ‘विशाला’ था, जिसका उल्लेख वाल्मीकि रामायण में है। गौतम बुद्ध के समय में तथा उनसे पूर्व लिच्छवी गणराज्य की राजधानी यहाँ थी। यहाँ वृजियों का संस्थागार था, जो उनका संसद-सदन था। वृजियों की न्यायप्रियता की बुद्ध ने बहुत
सराहना की थी।

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Sattu Sharbat

✎Sattu Sharbat is a Bihari drink which is loved almost everywhere. Sattu powder is mixed with roasted ground black chana, roasted jeera and bay leaves which are blended together. It is also used as a condiment in various other dishes like Litti Chokha, Laddoos and even Parathas.

✎Sattu can either be served sweet by mixing it with sugar and water or with jeera, hara dhaniya (coriander leaves), green chillies and kaala namak (black salt).
✎Sattu Sharbat is very filling and healthy. It is full of nutrients, fiber and protein and is a brilliant summer cooler..Try the best drink of Bihar this Summer.

Health Benefits of Drinking Sattu Sharbat in Summers

  • Drinking the Sattu Sharbat helps you stay energetic throughout the day. During summers, you tend to feel fatigued and exhausted due to excessive sweating and eventually all your energy is drained. During this time, you get an urge to drink something cool and hydrating, that's when you should consume the Sattu Sharbat as it has cooling properties that keep you active throughout the day.
  • If you want to battle dehydration and heat stroke, Sattu Sharbat is the perfect drink
  • This drink is great for women during pregnancy and menstruation as it replenishes the lost nutrients in the body.
  • Your skin needs nourishment too. Sattu has amazing hydrating properties, hence if consumed regularly; it can help restore your natural glow
  • Sattu has a low glycemic index that keeps our sugar levels in check. The namkeen sattu drink may be a good option for diabetics
  • Sattu has a high amount of dietary fiber which promotes the movement of food through your digestive system towards the intestinal tract and thus, helps in digestion.
  • The presence of fiber, makes sattu a very filling and satisfying drink. It keeps you full for a longer period of time and so, helps in preventing unwanted hunger ache

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Reasons Why Bhagalpuri Silk Sarees are extremely popular

Bhagalpur is a small town situated on the banks of the river Ganga. The speciality of this town is the special silk fabric known as tusser silk or Bhagalpuri silk. The silk produced in this town is exported globally. Bhagalpur is also known as the silk city.

✎ Bhagalpuri silk sarees are loved by women of all age groups in India and other parts of the world. You may be wondering why Bhagalpuri silk is always under the spotlight.
Here are few reasons why –

The core strength of Bhagalpur
★ Approximately 200 years ago, Bhagalpur was filled with a lot of skilled craftsmen who specialised in weaving a special kind of silk which was later introduced as Bhagalpuri silk.

★ The Dying technique of a Bhagalpuri Silk Saree 
The dying technique of a Bhagalpuri silk saree is what sets them apart from the regular art silk sarees available in India. The popularity of Bhagalpuri is not just confined within our country. As per a popular online shopping portal, Bhagalpuri Silk is talked about in some countries of Europe, Japan, US, UK and France.

★ Success story of Bhagalpur and its Silk
Bhagalpur boasts of over 35000 weavers with 25000 looms and has a total business of 100 crores per annum. Around 1 lac people are involved in the process of separating silk from the cocoons.

★ Fashion designers eyeing on Bhagalpuri Silk
Renowned fashion designers from India are also incorporating the usage of Bhagalpuri silk in their latest collection.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Kesaria Stupa

✎ KESARIA STUPA is the largest in the world, with a height of 104 ft, and attracts lots of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. Excavated in 1998, the stupa is rare example of Buddhist architecture and archaelogical preservation.

✎The stupa competes with that of Borobodur (103 ft) in Java, a world heritage site, of 103-m height. It is believed that the stupa has further immersed into earth after the famous 1934- earthquake before which, the height of this stupa was 123 ft. Huen Tsang has mentioned, in his travelogue, about this giant stupa. Some important aspects of Buddha's life are associated with Kesaria. It is known that he spent a night at this place before his Nirvana, and gave his begging -bowl to the people of Vaishali. Buddha also asked Lichhivis to return to Vaishali after his death and its believed that Lichhivis built this stupa.

✎Kesaria is located at a distance of 110 Km from Patna, in the Champaran (east) district of Bihar.
✎The stupa is believed to be of a height of 150 ft while the Borobodur is of 138. The striking similarity in the two is that both have six floors, and the diameter of the Kesaria stupa is equal to that of the width of the Borobodur. The stupa was built to commemorate the end-life of Lord Buddha, by Licchvis, as for the matter of fact Buddha held the Lichhvis high and also preached others to do so.
✎The place is a reminiscent to the Buddha's last phase of life, his humanitarian approach towards all, independent of caste and creed. His simple and ethical principles also come into mind while one travels this huge Stupa, nearly twice as large as that of Sanchi.
✎Excavated in 1998, this place has become a global tourist attraction within a short span of time. The place exerts a spiritual effect on everybody and relieves the aesthetics. According to some archaeologists, this monument dates back to 200 AD to 750 AD, and is associated to some Raja Chakravarti. The circumference of this brick monument is nearly 1400 ft which, is a certificate of its bulky structure.
✎The excavation led to many significant findings such as Islamic coins, arrow heads, copper and terracotta items etc.
✎The landscape is also quite attractive and has a heartwarming effect on the tourists travelling to the city.