All work and no play

Holidays are over!

Work again

Holidays are over. I did the fasting on the first Monday of Saavan. And now it’s time to return to the College and start studying again! I hope I would improve my pointers this time. Strange, people not giving Mid Sem gets 9.2 on their report card and they asks notes from me during Exams, means does not even concentrate during lectures! Strange! strange!
I don’t mind helping people, so my class notes are available to all! (But not my personal notes that I prepare by myself 😉 ). So catch you guys after reaching the hostel. Some nice posts from my hostel soon! Stay tuned!
Cheers 🙂

Traditional Jharkhand cuisine

Rugra -- The Jharkhandi Mushroom (raw)

Jai Gurudeva 🙂

Many of you must be wondering, what is ‘Rugra’ ?

Rugra is a local Jharkhand cuisine that tastes like Mushrooms and is very tasty. It is available in bulks during rainy season. It has also many advantages in terms of  health!

Delicious Cooked Rugra

Rugra — It is an indigenous variety of vegetable, which are rich in proteins and minerals and have low calorific value. Rugra and khukhri are two varieties commonly found in the forests of Jharkhand, especially under sal and sakhua trees. Both the types are available in plenty all over the state during rains.

Its my favorite dish and Mum cooks this for the entire family (tasty recipe by Mosi), but I takes the maximum share 😛 . I like it either with Chapatis or Rice with huge lot of Ghee on my rice 🙂 . It is cooked just like the mushrooms.

We are living in Ranchi from many years and so the ‘Rugra’ was cooked in our home, since my Mummy and Mosi were kids! Nani used to cook rugra for them 🙂 . It is highly recommendable as it’s very healthy. If you visit Jharkhand during monsoon, do taste it once!   I bet you will add it in your fave’s list.

For more details: Pls visit The Telegraph or  Jharkhand Cuisines

Cheers 🙂

NASA App

NASA has launched the Android version of the NASA App just in time to use it to watch the space shuttle Atlantis launch.

The same app has been available for the iPhone and iPad for some time and has achieved over 5 million downloads. That’s due in no small part to the number of features on offer, with the most useful today being access to live streaming NASA TV feeds.

As well as the ability to watch the space shuttle Atlantis launch from your Android device, the NASA app offers up thousands of images from NASA’s growing collection, a library of NASA videos, mission information both past and present, launch countdown clocks, visible pass information for the International Space Station, ISS and Earth Orbiting Satellite tracking, and access to social features such as NASA Twitter and Facebook posts. It’s effectively a treasure trove of information for all the NASA fans out there, and looks to be kept up-to-date with new information of a regular basis.

Best of all, the app is free to download and use. It’s a 4MB download and works with Android 2.1 onwards.There is a note next to the NASA TV feature that states it isn’t compatible with all devices, so you’ll have to check if it works with your particular hardware. Even so, the app is getting very positive reviews from the 22 users who have took the time to rate it so far. Download it to get the updates of the space shuttle Atlantis. Cheers 🙂

via NASA

Jagannath Rath Yatra Puri

Lord Jagannath, Maa Subhadra, Lord Balaram

Ratha Yatra (Odia: ରଥଯାତ୍ରା) is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa, India during the months of June or July. Most of the city’s society is based around the worship of Jagannath with the ancient temple being the fulcrum of the area. The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha mata’s temple via aunt’s home (Mausi Maa Temple which is near Balagandi Chaka in Puri).
Puri, situated on the eastern coast of Orissa, has immense historic and religious significance. It boasts of a moderate climate throughout the year with scenic beauty. It is known globally for its Jagannath and Konark temples, Chilika lake – one of the world’s largest brackish lakes and a home for migratory birds.

Jagannath Rath Yatra, Puri

Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Orissa, on the east coast of India. The presiding deities of the main temple, Sri Mandira, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel Sudarshana are taken out from the temple precincts in an elaborate ritual procession to their respective chariots. The huge, colourfully decorated chariots, are drawn by hundreds and thousands of devotees on the bada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha temple, some two miles away to the North. After a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode in Srimandira.
Ratha Jatra is perhaps the grandest festival on earth. Everything is on a scale befitting the great Lord. Full of spectacle, drama and colour, the festival is a typical Indian fair of huge proportions. It is also the living embodiment of the synthesis of the tribal, the folk, and the autochthonous with the classical, the elaborately formal and the sophisticated elements of the socio-cultural-religious ethos of the Indian civilization.

Sanctity and Significance of Ratha Jatra

The festival is also known as Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra and by a variety of other names. For the devoted and believers, it is considered the most auspicious occasion. Rathe tu vamanam drishtwa punarjanmam na vidyate A glimpse of the Vamana, the dwarf form, an incarnation of Lord Jagannatha, is sure to ensure emancipation, release from the cycle of birth and death.
Jatra is an essential part of the ritual of the Hindu system of worship. Jatra literally means travel or journey. Normally, it is the representative deities of temples more popularly known as Utsava Murti in south and Chalanti Pratima or Bije Pratima in Orissa, partake in these journeys. It is rarely that the presiding deities come out of the sanctum for such ritual journeys. The Jatra for the Ritual Journey take two forms – one involving the short circumbulation around the temple and other involving a longer journey from the temple to some other destination. The Jatra is considered as an important part of festivities and ceremonies of each temple and is considered as a special and sacred occasion.
Rath Jatra being unique among all Jatras is the grandest festival of the supreme divinity who has manifested himself in the Kali Yuga to emancipate humanity and to relieve them from their sufferings. Lord Jagannatha is identified fully with Vishnu and Krishna. In his original manifestation as Nilamadhaba, he was worshipped in a sacred Nyagrodha Briksha or banyan tree. The branches of the tree had spread for several miles and any one entering this area was instantly emancipated and was relieved of the travails of the birth and re-birth. In fact, the influence of Yama, the God of Death, is supposed to have been curtailed in the sacred city of Puri – Srikshetra on account of the presence of Lord Jagannatha and therefore it is also called the Yamanika Tirtha.
A glimpse of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is considered to be very auspicious and saints, poets and scriptures have repeatedly glorified the sanctity of this special festival.
The sanctity of the festival is such that even a touch of the chariot or even the ropes with which these are pulled is considered enough to confer the results of several pious deeds or penance for ages. In fact, there is a famous Oriya song which says that on this occasion, the chariot, the wheels, the grand avenue all become one with Lord Jagannatha himself.
The concept of the chariot has been explained in the Kathopanishada in the following words-

                                             Atmanam rathinam viddhi sareeram rathamevatu
                                    Buddhim tu saarathim viddhi marah pragrahameva cha.

The body is the Chariot and the soul is the deity installed in the chariot. The wisdom acts as the charioteer to control the mind and thoughts.
The Skanda Purana glorifies the sanctity of the Rath Jatra in the following words-

                               Gundicha mandapam namam yatrahamajanam pura
                                 Ashwamedha sahasrasya mahabedi tadadvabat.

Those who are fortunate to see the deities of the Srimandira in the Gundicha Temple, the final destination of the procession of the chariots, derive the benefits of a thousand horse sacrifices, an immensely pious deed. Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja in his famous Vaidehisa Vilasa mentions that the Lord comes out from his sanctum for participating in the Gundicha Jatra, another name of the Festival of Chariots, only for redeeming the fallen, the patita jana who get the opportunity to behold their dearest god at close quarters on this occasion. Similarly, saint poet Salabega waxes eloquent in praise of his dearest dark darling and says that the Lord swaying and moving like a wild elephant arrives at the Grand Avenue and rides his chariot and destroys in a flash all the sins of his devotees, even if these may be grave or unpardonable.

I wish all of you a very Happy Jagannath Rath Yatra 🙂 .May Lord Jagannath, Maa Subhadra, Lord Balaram Bless us all 🙂
Jai Jagannath

My Birthday Gifts :) :)

My Birthday was on 25th June. What happens after the Birthday? — Gift unwrapping session (My favourite! 😉 ) . This time I got lots of gifts that I really like! I simply love gadgets and my family knows that 🙂 . I often buy gadgets from my pocket money. Anything from a mp3 player to a cell phone! Dad surprised me, by gifting me a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPod on my Birthday. He even gave me his Sony Vaio laptop that he had been using in the office.I hadn’t asked him for all these things, but yet he gave them to me. I was really surprised. I am so happy to have these in my collections! The Samsung Galaxy Tab is simply awesome and it has Android OS in it! I had training on Android Software development and have spent hours on Android development Emulator and programming the applications that are originally used as the Android applications. The code, taught to us were  some of the frequently used applications on Android phones and other devices. The book by Reteo Meir consists of almost all the codes, from a ‘text diaplay’ program to ‘Camera’ and many others interesting stuffs. My project was on Live aquarium wallpaper for the Android device.
So having spent lots of time on my laptop programming these interesting apps, I could handle the Samsung Galaxy Tab swiftly on the very first go! When Mosi and Mummy asked me how could you do it so easily, without even referring to the instruction guide, I said, because your daughter is a software engineer after all! But when I took the Apple iPod, that I was handling the very first time, I had problem in browsing the songs and videos. When I called Dad for help, he asked me if I am a software engineer, and started laughing 😛 It happens!! 😉 Sometimes even Engineers didn’t get it! lol! :P.

Apple iPod

The most interesting application is the ‘e book’, you can simply load lots of books on your tab and get the feeling of reading the original book. The way you change the page in the tab, gives you the feeling as if you are using a real book! The camera is also awesome! I have to load songs, videos, e books and wallpapers(designed myself on Android emulator!) and many other stuffs in it! Lots of things to do, C ya Cheers 😀 😀