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GREESHM: JYAISHTHA- ASHADH FESTIVALS

INDIA can boast of six seasons, while most other countries have simply four. For the Hindus, the Seasons have always been sacred and they have frequently been personified, addressed to in Mantras and hymns, and worshipped by offering libations. Seasons mark the appropriate time for sacrifices, worship and other auspicious ceremonial activities. Greeshm or hot season occurs in the two months of Jyaistha and Ashadh. During Greeshm, the full moon stands in the castellation Jyaistha, and during Ashadh in the castellation Ashadha. I the words of Kalidas:

Pitiless heat from heaven pours

By day, but nights are cool;

Continual bathing gently lowers,

The water I the pool;

The evening brings a charming peace,

For summer time is here.

The sunbeams like the fires are hot

That on the altar wake;

The enmity is quite forgot

Of peacocks and of snake;

The peacocks spares his ancient foe

For pluck and hunger fail;

He hides his burning head below

The shadow of the tail.

Beneath the garland of the rays

That leave no corner cool,

The water vanishes in haze

And leaves muddy pool;

The cobra does not hunt for food

Nor heed the frog at all

Who finds beneath the serpent’s hood

A sheltering parasol.

Man maintains an intimate relationship with season. He has composed poems and hymns are praise of season because his environs and its science are sacred to him.

The summer months offer him the gift of such festival as Vata Savitri, Ganga Dussehra, Nirjala Ekadashi, Rath Yatra, Guru Purnima ad others, when he with a sense of beatitude reaffirms his faith and devotion in his creator by observing certain rituals, vows, feasts and festivities. It is an expression of music within, which, so well harmonizes with the universal symphony of creation without.