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Hindu akharas to observe Holi with Gobar and flowers

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Ujjain: Simhastha is hovering over the head and the 13 pillars of Sanatan Dharma have camped in the city for the preparations of the mela. With around a month remaining for Simhastha mela the 13 akharas are currently planning to observe the festival of colours with fervor here in the city.

Also you may have heard of Chhadi Maar Holi, Holi of nuts and even Holi of Laddus, but the Sanyasis who are told are disciples of lord Shiva play Holi with fresh Gobar (cow-dung). Yes…you read that true cow-dung! The cow dung Holi is favourite of Nagas, who will rub the same on each other’s faces.

Although functionaries of the akharas have already left the city to prepare for the Simhastha mela and come back with Sadhu Sanyasis, but the remaining will observe the festival with fervour here.  Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri on Sunday told Free Press that Niranjani akhara will host the celebrations of Holi on March 23. He said functionaries of 13 akharas will celebrate the festival on a single stage at the akhara, a feast will also be organised. He said the invitations will also be handed out to the mela authorities.

General Secretary of the akhara Mahant Hari Giri said Gobar Holi is part of Sanyasi culture. In old days colours were not readily available, whereas cow-dung was. Also the cow-dung observed as holy item in Hindu mythology and is given equal rights to as of gods, so we prefer it. The Mahant said on the morning of Holi the Sanyasis will play Holi with cow-dung and in evening floral Holi will be exchanged. Mahant Satya Giri of Avaha Akhara said Holi symbolises the birth of goddess Annapurna, it is the day when lord Bramha, created her to feed his creation. So Holi will be celebrated with delicacies in the Avahan Akhara.

Source: http://www.freepressjournal.in

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Here’s How You Can Take Care of Your Skin and Hair Post Holi

Aneesh Sheth’s CEO, Dr Sheth’s and Madhavi Irani, Chief Officer, Content, Nykaa.com, an online all brand make-up store — have listed out ways to take care of your hair and skin after playing Holi

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The colourful festival of India
The colourful festival of India "Holi" celebrations at Vrindavan. Wikipedia.

Holi colours can damage your skin and leave your hair lifeless for days. Use a good moisturizing face wash on your face after playing Holi and apply a clarifying shampoo to rinse colour from hair, say experts.

Aneesh Sheth’s CEO, Dr Sheth’s and Madhavi Irani, Chief Officer, Content, Nykaa.com, an online all brand make-up store — have listed out ways to take care of your hair and skin after playing Holi.

* Use a good moisturizing face wash on your face after playing Holi. The colours can be very drying and using soap or harsh facewash can irritate the skin further.

* After deep cleansing, apply a soothing anti-oxidant cream which contains Vitamin E that works to repair and hydrate the skin to keep it soft and supple all day long.

* For a home remedy, mix yoghurt and honey with some rose water and apply it as a mask. This will calm and nourish the skin that has been damaged.

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How to take care of skin and hair post Holi, find it out here. Pixabay

* Use a clarifying shampoo to rinse colour from hair. After using shampoo, apply conditioner on the lengths of hair. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse with cold water. Use colour protect conditioner for colour treated hair.

* After your shower, don’t forget to apply a nourishing body lotion and face moisturiser as the skin tends to become dry due to excess colour and sun exposure. Applying a good moisturizing cream after your bath will also help restore your skin’s lipid balance and soothe irritated skin.

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* All that scrubbing can leave your facial skin dry and inflamed. Choose a light face oil, that works best for your skin type, on thoroughly cleansed skin to soothe and hydrate it.

* A simple home remedy to fade stubborn colour that simply won’t wash off: Make a mixture of gram flour, sweet almond oil and milk cream in rose water. Apply the paste on the areas where the colour has settled. Let the paste dry on the skin and rub it in circular gently to remove it. (IANS)