Thursday, February 14, 2013

Re: [prpoint] How ancient India celebrated Lovers Day? Interesting facts.


Thanks very much Srinivasan for this interesting facts esp how ancient India celebrated this day.  It was revered then.
To be gentle and to respect a relationship is a lost virtue with the current era of youngsters! On my part of the world (Kuala Lumpur) it is a 'fashion statement' and contemporary in  approach, not to mention the commercial value with most venues!

Happy Valentine's day All.


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Subject: Re: [prpoint] How ancient India celebrated Lovers Day? Interesting facts.
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 8:36 AM


Thank you so much for this excellent information on this lovely month and the Valentine Day. Grateful.

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Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 9:22 PM


hi all

14th April is being observed as Valentines Day in Western Countries.  In the recent years, Indian youngsters also celebrate as Lover's Day.  It has become a fashion to spend the day or night in pubs or night clubs or dinners.  Many times, such celebrations go beyond control causing anxiety to  parents and police officials.

Not withstanding the current happenings, in the early days, the relationship between the lovers and the married people were more gentle and they treated the relationship with more divinity, giving respect for the relationship.    In the ancient India, such celebrations were done for a month, probably to develop more intimacy between the married people.  It was not a showy event then. 

In those days, it was celebrated  in the company of our loved ones, adhering to the norms of a civilised society, in a civilized manner.  It is a time for re-establishing the sense of harmony between loved ones and with Nature. 

In order to enlighten our readers, I had a detailed discussion with Mr D K Hari, who contributes to our ezine PreSense on 'Ancient Indian Wisdom'.  I reproduce below the note sent by him.  Please read his interesting article.

Prime Point

February is best suited for Lovers

February is a short sweet month. It is a time when the cold winters have just receded.  A month which is not yet hot.  A transitory month.  A month of spring in some parts of the world. A month where trees, plants and over all nature bloom forth with life after the cold, when they were in hibernation.

This is the month, when nature begins to bloom. In recent times, this month is much awaited for, for the celebration of Lovers' Day, Valentine's Day on February 14th. 

Who are Valentines?

Why is this day alone celebrated as Lovers' Day? And what is its connection with Saint Valentine? 

There are at least 3 Saint Valentines in the early part of the first millennium.  These three different Saints were all known by the name Valentine or Valentines. 

Emperor Claudius of Rome thought that single men made better soldiers than married men with wives and families. 
So he outlawed marriages for young men. Saint Valentine defied the decree of Emperor Claudius and got young lovers married, in secret. When this act of Valentine was discovered, he was put to death. This probably could be the reason for linking Saint Valentine to young lovers.

How ancient India celebrated this as Vasantha Utsav?
In all the old cultures of the world, including India, this transitory month between winter and summer, February and March, was earlier celebrated as the Vasantha Utsav month. The Vasantha season was considered fit not only for humans to fall in love this month and marry, even the divinities thought this month fit to marry in. 

Thus Rama married Sita, Shiva married Parvathi, and in South India, Kartikeya married Devasena during this period. 

It is a season of celestial marriages when nature is more pleasant and conducive for endearing thoughts and deeds. It is in this month that Krishna played with the Gopika. 

The Vasantha Utsav, the month long celebration culminates in the Holi festival, festival of colours, festival of joy when people come together;  forgive each other, bond with each other, forgetting the mistakes of the past.
In Punjab it is celebrated as Basant Panchami, also has "Hola Mohalla" festival. 
In Rajasthan as "Gajh Shingaar", "Jamboo Holi" and in Bengal as "Nabanna Utsav".  In Goa it is celebrated as "Shigmotsav". 

In down south, in Tamil Nadu, from time immemorial, it has been celebrated as "Indira Vizha" or the festival of Indra, for the whole month.  

In Tamil Nadu, one of the descendents of the Maratha King, Chatrapati Shivaji, a king by the name Sarfoji Maharaja of Tanjavur, used to visit the Manmada temple, the temple of Cupid (God of love), with his wife everyday of this month and encouraged young lovers to visit the riverside and enjoy the beauty which nature has to offer. 

Courtesy : Mr D K Hari and D K Hema Hari  

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