Magh Mela – the Mahasangam of holiness @Allahabad 3

Allahabad, a city that has made itself shine globally because of its holiness. For those who are still now aware of the history of the city, word lets me sum it up in a word, Sangam. The city of Allahabad is known for its policial affluence as it has given most number of Prime Ministers to the nation but here I am not discussing the political history of this city, rather I will be taking you through the mythological importance of Allahabad.

Often in Hindi movies, you would have heard a lot about Kumbh ka Mela where thousands of people come from across the globe come here to dip in the Holy Ganges. The city of Allahabad hosts Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela. This year, Magh Mela was held in Allahabad, religious it’s a religious affair which continues for more than a month.

As per Hindu Mythology, Magh Mela is considered to be the beginning of the Universe. During this event, people take a dip in the Triveni Sangam which is the confluence of three rivers, The Ganga, the Yamuna and The Saraswati. Whereas you can easily see the meeting point of the two rivers the Ganga and Yamuna but you can’t see the water of river Saraswati because it is believed that it flows beneath the two rivers. At the Triveni Sangam, you can see the two-coloured water ie the muddy water of river Ganga and green water of river Yamuna.

This year, Magh Mela was held in Allahabad, religious it’s a religious affair which continues for more than a month. As per Hindu Mythology, Magh Mela is considered to be the beginning of the Universe. During this event, people take a dip in the Triveni Sangam which is the confluence of three rivers, The Ganga, the Yamuna and The Saraswati. Whereas you can easily see the meeting point of the two rivers the Ganga and Yamuna but you can’t see the water of river Saraswati because it is believed that it flows beneath the two rivers. At the Triveni Sangam, you can see the two-coloured water ie the muddy water of river Ganga and green water of river Yamuna.

The Magh Mela is a smaller version of Kumbh; during this tenure of 45 days people from across the globe and observer Kalpvas. Apart from this you can also see various Rishis here enchanting mantras and can also enjoy handcraft work from different states.

If you have still not visited this city, you still have time; the last bathing of Magh Mela will be on 24th February ie the Mahashivrathri. Do come and enjoy the festivity and holiness of Ganga.

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Hands up if you absolutely adore puppies. I am sitting here in-front of my stupid screen but I can see many hands up and mine is up tooooooo!!

As a kid I always wanted a pup for myself, they radiate energy like no one else and they love you like you are the world to them. I never got one, because my mom is scared of dogs and both of my parents are working so my wish…well…it is still a wish. But guess what…a Gurgaon based start-up has come up with an amazing amazing idea that can make my wish come true (sort of) and make millions of the worked out souls happy and de-stressed.

FUR BALL STORY. Established in December by the Shrishti Sharma, who was a law student and shared her idea with two of her friends, Arushi Dixit, who is a designer, and Kunal Daral, who is an IT professional. Upon further research, they realised that the “pet therapy” concept was already widely popular in the West. With an idea that is relatively new to our country, the startup came into being in December last year and is now bringing smiles all over Gurgaon.

Currently, they have adopted three doggies namely, Muffin (a labrador), Cocoa (a shih tzu) and Angel (a golden retriever) — who are trained as therapy dogs and can meet over 40-50 people in a day without barking or snapping at them — and have been holding pet therapy sessions in various universities, corporate offices, hospitals and even private residences.

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The adorable canines are presently undergoing an internationally certified training. Several sessions have already been conducted in companies like Nagarro and MakeMyTrip, a few educational institutes, and also at several homes. they are planning to start a bigger centre in Gurugram, where people can just come and unwind in the company of lots of dogs. We will also be getting a psychologist to be a part of this centre so that people can evaluate their progress.

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Lucknow Memoirs 3

Some cities are close to our hearts. Mostly because we have spent a lot of time there especially our childhood. For me the city holding,  that special place is Nawabon ka Shehar Lucknow!!

Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it has an old world charm and enthusiasm of new age too. A beautiful city emerging as a cosmopolitan, saving essence of its culture, Tehzeeb.

Whether you choose to travel by train or by air, the moment you land, you can feel the aroma of Lucknow. The language though mainly hHindiis spoken with a touch of Urdu and typical accent, and few words are the patent of this city!

The roads and lanes are good, comparable to any other city. The best time to visit is between Oct-Feb when it is the onset of cold till peak cold arrives. Summers are hot and humid too. The temperature may go up to 45 degrees.

The city has rich cultural heritage. Make sure to visit places like Bada ImamBara, Chota ImamBara and Residency. You will brush up with the slice of history and its grandeur.

The amazing thing about the city is that many big malls have come up with awesome architecture and  Brands to envy of but the city manages a balance between the two.

My personal favourite time to visit them is the early morning where you can see the beauty of pebbled streets and can relish the amazing breakfast of khasta kachori and jalebi at a small shop near 8 number crossing called Aath number chauraha!

The city has one of the most amazing food with distinct flavours and taste. It has many delicacies both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which are recorded in Indian cookbooks.

Different areas of Lucknow are associated with different tastes. So when you visit old Lucknow, Chauk, Ameenabad do stop for the ultimate kebab junction. Whenever you visit don’t forget to taste the most famous of kebabs ” Galawati kebab” famously known as Tundey ke kebab , served with saffron flavoured roti called sheermaal .You will  give your taste buds a treat.

Radhe Lal ki lassi is something which is subtle sweet with the saffron aroma.

Prakash ki kulfi in Ameenabad is a place running since 1960s.More than 50 years and the place has kulfi which is distinct in taste and preparation!

And yes do taste Lucknow ki chaat , if possible visit Royale café in Hazratganj which is like  Connaught place of Lucknow and serves the best basket chaat called tokri chaat .

The trip cannot be complete without shopping. The city of Lucknow boast of some awesome street markets.So shop till you drop for chikankari suits in Hazratganj , Ameenabaad  according to accessibility and budget.

A hidden treasure is Nakkhas market which is famous for its sunday market and the attraction is pets and birds. Just for the fun and some old world chaos you can visit this too.

Overall a  must visit city at least once to take away beautiful memories!!