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होली फाल्गुन मास की पूर्णिमा के दिन मनाई जाती है। फाल्गुन मास हिन्दू पंचांग के अनुसार वर्ष का अंतिम मास होता है। इस वर्ष होलिका दहन 1 मार्च को सुबह 8 बजकर 58 मिनट से पूर्णिमा तिथि लग रही है लेकिन इसके साथ भद्रा भी लगा होगा और धुलण्डी 2 मार्च को मनाई जाएगी। होली को फूलों का त्योहार भी कहते हैं क्योंकि फाल्गुन मास में बसंत ऋतु अपनी चरम उत्कर्ष पर होती है एवं चारों ओर फूल खिले रहते हैं। प्राचीन काल में होली केवल फूलों से, या फूलों से बने रंगों से ही खेलने का प्रचलन था। परंतु आधुनिक समय में रंगों एवं गुलाल से होली खेलने का प्रचलन बढ़ गया है। 

भक्त प्रहलाद की याद में किया जाता है होलिका दहन

भक्त प्रहलाद राक्षस कुल में जन्मे थे परंतु फिर भी वे नारायण के अनन्य भक्त थे। जैसा कि सर्वविदित है कि भक्त प्रहलाद के पिता हिरण्यकश्यप को उनकी ईश्वर भक्ति अच्छी नहीं लगती थी तथा भगवान भक्ति से उनका ध्यान हटाने के लिए हिरण्यकश्यप ने उन्हें नाना प्रकार के जघन्य कष्ट दिए थे। उनकी बुआ होलिका जिसको ऐसा वस्त्र वरदान में मिला हुआ था जिसको पहन कर आग में बैठने से उसे आग नहीं जला सकती थी। होलिका भक्त प्रहलाद को मारने के लिए वह वस्त्र पहन कर उन्हें गोद में लेकर आग में बैठ गई थीं। परंतु यह आग भक्त प्रहलाद का बाल भी बांका नहीं कर पाई और इस आग में होलिका स्वयं ही जल कर भस्म हो गई क्योंकि भगवत कृपा से वह वस्त्र तेज हवा चलने से होलिका के शरीर से उड़कर भक्त प्रहलाद के शरीर पर गिर गया। इस प्रकार यह कहानी यह संदेश देती है कि दूसरों का बुरा करने वालों का ही बुरा पहले होता है। तथा जो अच्छे एवं बुरे दोनों समय में भक्त प्रहलाद की भांति ईश्वर में अटूट विश्वास रखते हुए अपना कार्य करतें है उनको भगवत कृपा प्राप्त होती है। होलिका के भस्म होते ही भगवान विष्णु नरसिंह अवतार में खंभे से निकल कर गोधूली बेला यानी सुबह व शाम के समय का संधिकाल, में दरवाज़े की चौखट पर बैठकर हिरण्यकश्यप को अपने नुकीले नाख़ूनों से उसका पेट फाड़कर उसे मार डालते हैं।

राधा-कृष्ण के पवित्र प्रेम से जुड़ा है होली का त्योहार

होली का त्योहार राधा-कृष्ण के पवित्र प्रेम से भी जुड़ा है। बसंत में एक-दूसरे पर रंग डालना श्रीकृष्ण लीला का ही अंग माना गया है। मथुरा-वृंदावन की होली राधा-कृष्ण के प्रेम रंग में डूबी होती है। बरसाने और नंदगांव की लठमार होली जगप्रसिद्ध है। होली पर होली जलाई जाती है अहंकार की, अहं की, वैर-द्वेष की, ईर्ष्या की, संशय की और प्राप्त किया जाता है विशुद्ध प्रेम।   

होलिका की आग में क्यों डालते हैं गेहूं की बालियां

होली को लेकर भक्त प्रहलाद की कथा तो हर कोई जानता है, लेकिन होली को लेकर कई प्रकार की परंपराएं भी प्रचलित हैं। इन्हीं में से एक है होली की आग में गेहूं की बालियां डालना। हममें से लगभग सभी लोग इस परंपरा को मानते हैं और प्रत्येक वर्ष होली की आग में गेहूं की बाली डालते हैं, लेकिन कभी सोचा है कि आखिर ऐसा क्यों किया जाता है ? फाल्गुन मास की शुरुआत और नए धान की पैदावार घर-घर में खुशियां लेकर आती है। घर में सुख-समृद्धि की कामना के लिए होलिका दहन में गेहूं की बालियां भी डाली जाती हैं। मान्यता है कि पहली फसल का पहला गेहूं ईश्वा और पूर्वजों को भेंट करने से पूरे साल घर में पूर्वजों के आशीर्वाद से सुख, शांति और समृद्धि बनी रहती है।सात बालियों की देनी चाहिए आहुति -होली की अग्नि में गेहूं की 7 बालियों की आहुति दी जाती है। 7 के पीछे मान्यता यह है कि 7 का अंक शुभ माना जाता है। इसलिए ही तो सप्ताह में 7 दिन और विवाह में 7 फेरे होते हैं। यही वजह है कि गेहूं की 7 बालियां होलिका में डाली जाती हैं।  

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KEDARNATH

Kedarnath is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a Nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Chota Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by snow-capped peaks.Kedarnath is named in the honor of King Kedar, who ruled in Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for several years and the land is named after her as Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there.But Lord Shiva was angry with them, so they disappeared from there. It is one of the most important dhams amongst the Chota Char Dham. The Shiva statue here is considered to be decapitated whereas the head is believed to be in Doleshwor Mahadeva Temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

BADRINATH

Badrinath is a holy town and a Nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the temple of Badrinath.Badri refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and Nath means “Lord of”. Badri is also the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree, which has an edible berry. Some scriptural references refer to Jujube trees being abundant in Badrinath.The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. According to legend, Shankar discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs.In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple.The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 m) tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof.The facade is built of stone, with arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway, which is the main entrance. The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhist temples.Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared hall that leads to the garbha grha, or main shrine area. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.

GANGOTRI

Gangotri is a town in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100 meters (10,200 ft). According to popular Hindu legend, it was here that Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri. 1)- Places to visit near the Gangotri Temple 2)- Bhagirath Shila is believed to be the holy rock where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva. 3)- Pandava Gufa, located 1.5 km from Gangotri, is the place where the Pandavas are believed to have meditated and rested en route Kailash. Pilgrims will have to trek up to the Pandava Gufa. 4)- In the pilgrimage journey of Chota Char Dham, Gangotri is often visited after Yamunotri (located in the western region of Garhwal Hills). Pilgrims generally make Uttarkashi as their base camp. The time taken from Uttarkashi to Gangotri temple is about 4 hours by road.

YAMUNOTRI

Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 meters (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India’s Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away).The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Surya Kund is the most important kund. Near the Surya Kund, there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes, tied in muslin cloth, to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam. The pujaris of Yamunotri come from the village of Kharsali near Janki Chatti. They are the administrators of the sacred place and perform religious rites. They are well-versed in the Shastras.Yamunotri Temple is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,235 meters (10,614 ft) near the river source. The original temple was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the 19th century. The current temple is of recent origin as earlier constructions have been destroyed by weather and the elements. There seems to be a confusion as to who built the temple of Yamunotri.

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