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Flaxseed Chutney

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The history of Indian cuisine starts over 5k years back when various cultures interacted with India and led to diversity flavors. This cuisine also depends on the soil texture, regional culture, season, etc.

Flax seed is very healthy for anyone who is nonallergic to it. It contains Omega 3 or alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is an essential fatty acid. And hence can reduce cholesterol levels. Besides this, it also in holds ligands that contain antioxidants and estrogen. This keeps the heart healthy and also reduces the risk of certain type of cancer. Flaxseed is also rich in protein, fibers, vitamin B1, magnesium, and more.

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But not every healthy food is tasty. So are flax seeds. They are included in the diet in different forms like flaxseed oil, flax seed chutney, baked flaxseed, etc.

Among all this, we could say that flax seed chutney is most tasty and along with flaxseed it also includes other ingredients such as garlic, Indian spices, rock salt, sesame seeds, etc. Again all this all good for health.

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The chutney could be either dry or paste. They have different flavors depending on the different regions and uses. You can eat flax seed chutney along with idli, roti, dosa, rice, or sprinkle it on toast, pizza, and any food you like.

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Jagannath Rath Yatra – Chariot Festival #Celebrating India

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Jagannath Rath Yatra of Puri also well known as the Chariot festival commences on Asadha i.e Rainy Season of Odisha, usually falling in the month of June or July.  It is considered as one of the most awaited festivals of the state as well as the country.

Numerous devotees, artists, and volunteers come forward to put their best effort in construction and decoration of the Three Chariots. Strings of ropes used to pull The Three Chariots are a highlight of this festival.

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Lord Jagannath’s Chariot also named as Nandighosa comprises of 18 wheels and is of height 45.6 feet. Balabhadra’s Chariot is of height 45 feet comprises of 16 wheels and is named as Taladhvaja.

Subhadra’s Chariot also named as Devadalana comprises of 14 wheels and is of 44.6 feet in height. Bada Danda, the Main street of Puri is the place where Rath Yatra commences when all the three chariots appear one by one. First Lord Krishna’s chariot, then Balabhadra’s followed by Subhadra’s.

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The three chariots are taken to Shri Gundicha Temple their aunt’s house where the deities reside for nine days and are served with sweet pancakes.

The most famous ritual associated with Rath Yatra is Chhera pahara. It is where the Gajapathi King sweeps all around the deities and chariots with a gold-handled broom and then sprinkles sandalwood water and powder both on the first day when the three deities go to their aunt’s house and on the last day when they are ceremoniously brought back to the Puri Temple. The significance of this event is to show that be it a king or a commoner it is the same for Lord Krishna.

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On their way back to the temple from their aunt’s house, the chariots halt at Mausi Maa Temple where the deities are offered Poda Pitha, a sweet baked cake consumed only by poor sections.

The celebration of this famous festival is dated back to the Puranas, and also the descriptions of the festival can be found in Padma Purana, Brahma Purana, Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita. During Rath Yatra, Puri is flocked with numerous devotees both national and international. With sheer joy and enthusiasm, devotees participate in rath yatra and worship the gods to pay their honor to the deities and seek their divine blessings.

– Rekhaa Nagoji

Dree Festival : Traditional Agricultural Rite Of Arunachal Pradesh #Celebrating India

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Apatani’s are very well known for their unique practice of wet rice cultivation.They reside in a tranquil pine clad valley called Ziro at the core of Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh. Their unique method of irrigated rice cultivation without the help of scientific technologies is making many people wonder even today.

Rice is the staple food of Apatani’s. Every year to avoid famine or wrath of gods, the Apatani’s celebrate a festival Dree which is considered as a traditional agricultural rite of Arunachal Pradesh. It is celebrated on 4th to 7th July every year.

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The festival involves the sacrifice of fowls, eggs, and animals to please gods Tamu, Metii and Danyi Pilo (Sun and Moon God).  Also, Pri-Dances, Daminda and other folk dances add color to the Festival.

The Apatanis celebrate the Dree festival centrally at Nenchanglya, the present Dree ground near Hija School. This venue was mainly chosen because it is centrally located in the valley, for its easy access of conveyance and the place has sufficient ground area for construction of sheds for a huge gathering.

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The financial aid for this event comes from two groups of people. One group would go to Ziro and collect contributions or donations in kinds like mithun, goat, fowl, eggs, rice and other necessary materials for the celebration. The second group led by shri Lod Kojee was to proceed to Shillong for approaching the then NEFA Administration for financial assistance.

With proper administration and civilized society coming together the Dree festival is being organized on a large scale at a centralized place which brings together not only Apatani’s but other communities as well cementing the bonds of unity, integrity, and friendship.

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Thus the event happens every year not just leaving it as a normal traditional rite, but it is considered as a rich traditional cultural heritage of the Apatani Community.

– Rekhaa Nagoji