The 6 seasons of the Indian year are as follows:
Grisham- Summer-April & May are Dry & Hot.
Varsha- Monsoon- June & July are Wet and Humid.The landscape around Jaipur turns green.
Sharad August & September are less hot
Hemant- October & November are the start of winter
Shishir – December & January are Cold. Winter has set in.
Basant-Spring – February & March Not too hot not & too cold.
A Mustard Field in Full Bloom
Basant officially starts after Basant Panchmi or Rishi Panchmi ( 5th day of the Magh month), the day when goddess Saraswati was born and is worshiped with Lord Sri Krsihna and Kamdev and his wife Rati .Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, art & music. The goddess is dressed in white and her vahan are white swan and peacock. In her hands She holds a veeana, a book and a string of beads.She is worshipped in three roops, Maha Sarawati,Maha lakshmi and Maha kali.These are the three roops worshiped in the caves of Vaishno Devi. People dress up in yellow to worship her and offer her yellow sweets and flowers and lotus. It is the most auspicious day to get married also. And people do so too in large numbers.
Basant is the king of all seasons. This is when nature rejuvenates itself. Taking a cue from nature hearts of all men and women sing the joyous songs of life. Suffice it to say here that great writers and poets in India and abroad have written panegyric after panegyric in praise of this season, in particular. Bihari and Padmakar,two poets from Jaipur, writing in Brijbhasa, have outdone themselves in describing basant.
On this day the idols in the Govind Dev Ji’s Temple wear yellow also.
Holi is its main festival.
It was Rishi Panchmi when Lord Sri Ram graced Shabri mata’s hut with his presence. He was on his way to find Goddess Sita.
In 1192 A.D. on Basant Panchami Prithviraj Chauhan and poet Chandbardai stabbed each other to death after a blind Prithviraj Chauhan had killed Mohammed Gahori in his own citadel.
In 1872 on Basant Panchami Guru Ram Singh Kuka was apprehended by the British Forces and sent to Burma to be incarcerated till death in 1885 in the Mandalay Prison.
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‘The gorgeous peacock is the glory of God’.A sanskrit verse says.It seems the poachers are only interested in its white meat and eggs and tail feathers and not in its glorifying God.Due to poaching and use of pesticides their numbers are decreasing alarmingly.So much so that the 11th bird fair in Jaipur was dedicated to the peacock to bring awareness to its plight. A census was also organised to count the actual birds.
There was a time when these birds were everywhere in the north,west and central India.It had been proclaimed the national bird so it was protected by law and according to the scriptures it was thought to be a vehicle of Goddess Saraswati( learning),Kartikeya(god of war) and Subrahmanya (god of yogic powers).
Alexander the great took back with him to Greece 200 birds and they spread to western Asia,north Africa,Europe and America.
It is said that on the peacock throne of Emperor Shah Jahan there were two figures of bejeweled peacocks.
Indian Peacock has fan shaped tips to their tail feathers and the Burmese sub species has pointed tips.The peacock unfurls these feathers to attract the pea hen.They shed all their tail feathers every year and grow new ones.
The Peacock is the first bird to sound the alarm of the approach of a tiger or a leopard in the jungle.
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