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Desi Coolers! 10 Amazing Indian Summer Drinks worth trying this Season

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May 6, 2017: If you are tired of having countless glasses of water this summer, fret no more! Beat the heat and quench your thirst with 10 amazing Indian summer drinks and feel refreshed like never before-

  1. Lassi

Lassi, Wikimedia

Lassi is an extremely popular drink in Northern India. It originated in Punjab and is made my skimming curd. It is available in various flavours and colours. It can be made light or heavy by choice.

  1. Aam Panna

Aam Panna, Wikimedia

Aam panna is renowned for its heat-resistant properties. It is made from green mangoes and is yellow to very light green in color, and is consumed as a tasty and healthy beverage to fight against the intense Indian summer heat. It is considered great for treating gastro-intestinal disorders

  1. Thandai

Thandai, Wikimedia

Like Tom and Jerry, Thandai and Holi are incomplete without each other. The staple drink is prepared with a mixture of  prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds(watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. This too can be prepared in many ways like Rose , mango and badam thandai.

 

  1. Jaljeera

Jal Jeera, Wikimedia

Jal-Jeera or cumin water is a cool drink again originating from North India. The main preparation is actually lemonade with Jaljeera powder. It aids digestion and prevents anemia due to rich amount of iron.

  1. Kokum Sherbert

Kokum Sherbet, Wikimedia

Kokum which is also known as the Malabar Taramind is mixed with jeera and black pepper to create the Kokum Sherbert. It has a pulpy texture and pristine aroma. Due to its amazing weight loss properties Kokum can be your breakfast essential!

  1. Sugarcane Juice
Sugarcane Juice, Wikimedia

Extracted from fresh sugarcane it is a quick cooling reagent loaded with carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It contains only 15 calories so we can now shed our winter tummies in a quicker, healthier and tastier way.

  1. Coconut water

Coconut Water, Wikimedia

Available not only throughout the country but also, most parts of the world.  Just cut the top of a coconut and escape the torturing heat. Commonly called as ‘natures sport drink’ or ‘life enhancer’ So just stir it up and drink immediately!

  1. Shikanji

Shikanji, Wikimedia

Lemon, cold water and sugar. Best detoxifying agent and one of the easiest things to prepare to brighten up your day. It makes you leaner and helps in preventing infections. Remember this, the next time someone throws lemons at you.

  1. Piyush

Piyush, Source: Sanjeev Kapoor

Made from curd / buttermilk and shrikhand spiced with cardamom, and nutmeg powder, Piyush is an excellent coolant for summers.It is thicker, creamier and sweeter than Lassi. This drink is great especially if you are fasting as it keeps your hunger pangs away.

  1. Paan (Betel Leaf) Juice 

Paan (betel Leaf) Juice

It is made from paan or betel leaves and a little bit of rose sweetener gulkand.  The aroma though is beyond words. To make it cooler you can also add sabza or basil seeds. It controls bad breath and cogh and has aromatic  simulative properties.

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

Mahalaya
An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Mahalaya
Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC