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  • Aug 11 2010

    Why Toshali Sands is The Place for Next Corporate Meet !

    30 acres of lush greenery, beautifully landscaped, on the stunning Konark marine drive Toshali sands, the ethnic village resort was designed and conceived to be an ideal environment in complete harmony with the habitat. We have one of the country’s most comprehensive conference and convention Centre, 103 rooms, health spa, the Phulpatna restaurant with its multi cuisine spread. 

    Toshali Sands Collage

    Toshali Sands, has the largest conference centre in Orissa ” now its is called ODISHA”, located in the Temple city, Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath. Its unique location, surrounded by the sea, river, reserve forest and acres of greenery, makes Toshali an ideal conference destination with leisure. We strove hard to provide a set up with facilities equivalent to any five star resort hotel.

    Conference Facility at Toshali Sands

    Indraprastha is our large conference hall that can accommodate between 44 to 220 plus depending on seating arrangements. Panchayat Conference hall can accommodate upto 200. And Mantrana Conference hall – the smallest can accomodate upto 100 people. We offer you Audio – Visual facilities, use/hire of PCs and printers, Secretarial Services, Telephone, Fax, E-mail & other matters of communication, providing materials for writing, etc.

    Toshali Sands Conference Facility

    We’ve thought of everything to create the perfect atmosphere. Your dedicated conference coordinator will act as your personal point or contact for all arrangements we offer a lighter buffet lunch and breakfast, as well as tradition fare. Should your event call for themed Gala dinner, bar-be-que, or a special menu of any kind, you’ll find the hotel welcomes your suggestions and requests.

    Today’s conference organizers and training providers recognize the great potential of time outside the seminar room. At Toshali Sands, we have taken care to ensure that we offer the best strange of in-house and external activities to complement to your conference programme. So you can relax individually in the swimming pool, sauna, hi-tech gym or exercise room etc.

    Toshali Sands_ Conference undergoing

    We can help you include team-building activities in your schedule with combat or adventure games. Through Toshali Sands, you also have access to a wide range of adventure activities designed to challenge and motivate, from forest trekking, beach walk, river crossing and lots more. You will find your Toshali Sands, conference co-ordinator more than happy to organise special events for whole conference, for a small VIP group, or as individual incentives. We can even arrange an workshop with the world renowned sand sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik for you. We are also in the process of identifying a cycling trek through the banks of the serene Nuanai, the reserve sanctuary and who knows in seasons maybe para-sailing and kite boarding too. Toshali Sands depends on YOU for the inputs and ideas. We are what you want us to be.

    So do write in.

    Toshali Sands Coconut trees

    To Know and book the conference venue for your Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Boardmeetings, Sales Meeting, AGM, Product Launch, Reseller, Distributor  & Dealer meeting, Corporate Event Management, etc. Please contact our conference manager or simply mail your query at metu@toshali.in ; Facebook Photo Walk -Through of Toshali Sands Resort, Puri http://bit.ly/b2afDi

  • Aug 08 2010

    Jhulan Yatra – The Golden Swing Festival of Lord Krishna

     

    “Jhula Jhule Radha Damodara Vrundavan Main,

    Kaisi Cchayi Hariyali Ali Kunjan Main”

    Jhulana Yatra ia a favourite pastime of Srimati Radharani and Lord Sree Krishna’s. It celebrates Srimati Radharani’s yearly sojourn to Varshana to her parents’ house. Another myth is that with the onset of monsoon, when the nature assumes green form, Sri Radharani prepares a swing deep in the jungle and invites Lord Krishna for ‘Raasleela’. In Vrindavan among the local villagers and inhabitants this festival lasts for 13 days. It starts on Shravana Dasami, the bright fortnight and lasts until the full moon night of the month.

    Some of the main temples where this festival is celebrated at are the Banke Bihari Temple and the Radha-Raman Temple in Vrindavana, the Dwarkadish temple in Mathura, and the Larily Lal Temple in Varsana, and selected Mathas such as Emarmath, Radhaballavi Math, Uttarparsa math and many mothas and the temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri, Odisha. In some temples it is observed only for seven days. In some temples on all five days from Ekadashi to Poornima.

    Jhulan Yatra Festival Celebration in Mathura

    Jhulana is celebrated in other parts of India in Shravana. For example in Shree Kshetra Lord Jagannath’s Utsav Vighraha (Madan-Mohan ji), celebrates Jhulana from Shravana Shukla Dashami (10th phase of the Moon of the light fortnight) until Pratipada (1st tithi of the dark fortnight), a period of seven days. Sri Madanmohan ji, goddess Laxmi and Vishwadhatri are placed on a decorative wooden swing on Muktimandap of Puri (Jhulana Mandap). There worshippers swing the Lord, symbolically playing with and entertaining the Lord of the Universe.

    On the day of the full moon (Gamha Purnima or Jhulana Purnima), Lord Balabhadra’s appearance day is celebrated. Lord Jagannath is but another form of Lord Krishna, but Jhulana Yatra became popular in Puri, Odisha after Sri Chaitanya visited and the festival in the temple was first initiated by the Gajapati king Dibyasingha Dev-II (1793-1798). These days Jhulana Yatra is scrupulously observed in the temple of Lord Jagannath and other Mathas in Puri, for a week.

    Jhulan Yatra Festival Celebration in Vrindavan

    In the ISKCON headquarters in Mayapur Jhulan is a major festival. It is one of the Astaka Lila pastimes of the Lords.  It is celebrated for 5 days.

    The Lord Shree Krishna resides as Jhule Lal in Gujarat and festival of Janmasthami is celebrated in dedicated temples in a big way, during month of Shravan, for example in Dwarka.

    Vaishnavism is popular in Manipur too. Mandil Nartan is a festival dance performed during the Jhulana Yatra there. The dancers use small cymbals (Mandila) to provide the musical accompaniment to their dance depicting Sri RadhaKrishna on the swing surrounded by Gopis.

    Childhood memories of cutting and arranging moss beds, decorating a swing and placing an idol of Sri Radha Kishna, lighting it all up is still fresh. Sometimes the idol of Sree Radha Krishna were substituted with a small boy and a girl – gorgeously dressed up, complete with a flute. I fondly remember Jhulana Yatra used to be a favourite excuse for staying out till late evening :)

    This year Jhulan Yatra is celebrated on 19 August 2010 for next 13 Days. Toshali Resorts has exclusive arrangement to manage your tour and travel to witness and make you participate in Jhulana Yatra Festival. Contact your travel manager metu@toshali.in or just post the details on the comments to find out more details.

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    ~~ Radha Ramana Hari ~~ …. Keep Chanting….

     

  • Aug 07 2010

    Born Free, Forever Free – India Celebrating 64th Independence Day

     

    India National FlagOn the midnight hour of August 15, 1947 India got its freedom. There was delirious excitement as the new sun dawned on a new country. A freedom won at much cost, an occasion to be cherished and remembered for eons to come. A nascent, bruised nation faced a lot of challenges along the way; we have a long way to go but are happy to be here.

    During school it used to be a flag hosting ceremony, followed by a full day’s telecast from Doordarshan – patriotic films, holiday, delicious smells wafting in from the kitchen, playing in the dust with equally scruffy friends and then a minor scolding later, after a delicious lunch – a little nap, then usually an outing on a stately rickshaw. Off late the day means pleasant traffic, a thinly populated office, decorated with rangolis and the customery samosa, jelebis, shared with the lucky/unlucky ones working on the day.

    The Prime minister would hoist the tricolour and address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, like always. This year inflation, rising prices, red terror, commonwealth Games mess will likely be issues he addresses. But as a nation we are entering a stage where the next 20-25 years would shape the destiny of the country for a long time to come.

    “Jana Gana Mana” –  India Natioanal Anthem

    For me August 15 is usually a working day but between renewing your pledge for a better tomorrow you can drop by at a nearby resort – add the Friday, the Saturday and maybe the Monday – a short drive to Shilon Bagh, Shimla or a near empty bus to Puri – depending on where you are. The country’s birthday needs to be celebrated well and never let the sombreness of the occassion pull you down, for all its sombreness the very word independence is a synonym of joie de vivre for me. Born free, forever free. Laud the achievements of the country but remember if everyone of us does their bit the country would be better, for it is not soil that make a land – its people.

                 “Vande Mataram” – India National Song

    We all know a lot about the pros and cons of our beloved motherland but for me August 15 has always remained and will always remain a personal experience, one which you can feel but can’t express. Prior to this 64th Independence Day I will renew the pledge to do my bit, do join me – as drops makes an ocean so will each of us take our motherland just that little bit forward in her journey.

    Are you planning for a soaking, peaceful and tranquil weekend getaway to spend Independence Day in a lovely place amidst the beauty of nature. Then what are you waiting for, check out for an independent villa along Sea Beach or in the panoramic view of Himalayas….. Rush in your queries for exclusive monsoon discount bonanza at –  http://bit.ly/drz01n

    Jai Hind….

  • Aug 01 2010

    Tranquil of Monsoon in the Shimla Hills “Toshali Royal View Resort”

    “I percieve in an instant. Friend your delays on
    Mountain after Mountain, Scented with flowers”
                                                    Quote – Kalidas (Meghdoot)

    Even the great poet hailing from the plains knew that the monsoon clouds tarry on hill tops and embrace mountains on its journey North. TRVRBravo

    Poetry apart – Ever walked through a cloud? Walked right through it and got drenched to emerge to an astounding visual symphony of greens and whites and a riot of colours. Ever felt the soothing finger of monsoon rains that seems to make the hills more beautiful. Just be there and out of your window you’ll see the clouds moving from valley to valley, touching its midas finger along the way. When the skies are clear you can see kinnaur kailash in the distance and the Shivaliks too. 

    Toshali Royal View Resort Shimla

    Feel the freshness of nature with stunningly beautiful views which one can see only during monsoon season. The temperature drops, light wollens are out – walking through mist and fog and clouds are ethereal, a journey into a fantasy world. The natural vegetation comprises of pine, oak, cedar or Himalayan deodar, and rhododendron, as well as maple and horse chestnut. During monsoons, many wild flower species, wild strawberries are abunduntly found in forest. Cobra Plant is plentiful during monsoons.

    Toshali Royal View Resort

    The Britishers introduced non-local trees and flowering and the Weeping Willows, Silver Oak and chestnut have fared remarkably well locally. The nearby Chharabra village, part of Shimla Reserve Forest sanctuary and catchment area provides breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a look at the aforementioned flora and fauna and sometimes a jackal, kakkar (barking deer), the occasional leopard, and bird species like the Himalayan eagle, pheasants, chikor and partridges.

    Toshali Royal View Resort_shimla

    Toshali Royal View Resort is just 24 kms off Shimla on the Chail Khufri road. Its not only the views itself. You can visit the 67-meter high Chadwick Falls. There are some ancient temples near the falls too. The museum and the mall have got so many references I am skipping them. Prospect Hill is another nice place on the Shimla Bilaspur road. The ancient shrine of Kamma Devi tops the hill. Jakhoo temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman and considered as the highest point in Shimla. Mashobra, a quaint little village offer pleasurable walks in densely wooded areas. During this time the aged Queen of hill stations comes alive in all its glory. And when you return after a tiring trek the warmth of our hospitality will only be matched by the warmth of your steaming cup of tea.

    For exculsive Monsoon Package, Wedding Package, Honeymoon Package, Festive Package, Winter Vacation package at Toshali Royal View Resort, post a comment on your travel plan or mail to “metu@toshali.in We will send best budget package. Share this post with your friends at Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, Linkedin and other Social Networking sites…

  • Jul 31 2010

    Beauty of Monsoon at Puri Sea Beach “Toshali Sands”

     

    Scorched by the summer heat, I lie withered almost defeated
    Fervently, silently awaiting, Deliverance by your Healing cooling caresses
    That could ignite me….

    Quote by Taara Nandita

    If it had words such would have been the sea shore’s lament. By June the weather is typically that of a tropical summer, very hot and humid. The parched lands wait for the monsoon rains. By mid July the monsoons arrive  low, dark clouds move over from the sea, the wind suddenly stops and there is complete silence – then with a loud thunder clap it literally pours. It seems that the heavy deluge will wash away all the dust and heat of the summer with it. It cools the environs appreciably. Small rivulets make their way through the beach to the sea. Everywhere you look there is greenery, parched vegetation is replenished, new plants spring up, all around it looks greener than ever before.

    Toshali Sands Cottage

    Traditionally monsoon was the off season for tourists. Monsoon tours started with Goa, it gives you a unique, personal perspective of a place otherwise teeming with tourists. The monsoon mood of a beach resort is guided by the mood of the sea. The Arabian Sea is a much calmer compatriot of the Bay of Bengal. This is a turbulent sea. The beauty of it – especially during the monsoons can be both breathtaking and awesome at Balighai Beach, Puri.  

    Toshali Sands Collage

     Toshali Sands looks bedecked in emerald. It’s a riot of greens. Every leaf, every blade of grass glimmers. It is instantly refreshing. The otherwise placid Nuanai river is full to the brim. The nearby sanctuary is a riot of colours. In the eastern parts of India it can literally rain for days. The gray, looming sky matches with the slate gray of the sea, the white of the breaking surf adds to the allure. Looking at a foaming raging sea can be somewhat intimidating but it is beautiful, uniquely beautiful. You can rest assured that one single look and you’ll be hooked.  

    Balighai Beach Puri Balighai Beach, Puri

    Life in Toshali Sands goes on as usual, a little relaxed. There are a lot of special offers for the Monsoons. This is the traditional rice planting season. While on a trip to a nearby village of artisans, if you wish you can see traditional farming, still practiced in most parts of India. So if you have heard someone asking tourists to give beaches a miss during the rains don’t listen, just go ahead, carry a big umbrella and head for an one of a kind experience at ethnic village resort “Toshali Sands.

    Post your monsoon exprience. To book your exclusive Monsoon Package, Honeymoon Package, Wedding Package… post a comment or contact your travel consultant at Toshali Sands “metu@toshali.in

    Website : www.toshalisands.com

  • Jul 28 2010

    Career Opportunity for SEO Professional “Search Engine Optimization”

    We offer opportunities beyond boundaries, if you have passion, ideas and believe in quality deliverables …..

    Toshali Resorts International is celebrating 25 glorious year of customer satisfaction. Toshali Resorts International is – (A division of TK International Limited), owned and managed by travel and tourism professionals with over 35 years of experience. It was incorporated in 1982, is engaged in development of luxury and ethnic village holiday resorts and has become one of the leading integrated tourism companies in India. All the properties are breathtaking tourist resorts in India.

    Position  :   SEO Professional (Search Engine Optimization)

    Job Description

    Person should have a good knowledge of designing tools and must be well versed in internet marketing concepts and should have worked extensively in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism related websites with the knowledge of using important key words with search engine optimization for a minimum period of 3 years and along with technical knowledge on hardware and software. Should be a qualified web designer in all respects.

    Who should apply?

    Qualification         :   Graduate / Post Graduate in any discipline. Strong Technical Knowledge or Diploma or Degree in Web Designing or Search Engine Optimization “SEO” and having knowledge on overall user interface designing of any kind.

    Proficient in          :    Photoshop, Micro media Flash MX & Micro media Flash Object Models, HTML, DHTML, CSS, JavaScript and Web Design Tools, can use any HTML Designer IDE’s (Dream Weaver/VS.Net/Front Page), Professional Website etc.

    Should be efficient in creating web pages for the company .The candidate should have preferably involved in designing of website on Tourism/Travel, Hotels and Resorts Industry.

    Experience           :    Candidates with minimum 3 Years SEO experience. Real time experience on Search Engine Optimization is a must.

    Work Location   :    Gurgaon (Delhi NCR)

    Job code                 :    SEO/IM/2010

    Salary                    :    It will be commensurate with qualification and experience and will not be a constraint for the right candidate.

    Date: July 28, 2010

    If you think you are the right candidate and interested in growing your career at Toshali Resorts International, do email your resumes with your photograph to hrd@toshali.in indicating the position and the job code in the subject line.

    * Please do not apply, if you have been interviewed in the last 6 months.

  • Jul 20 2010

    Golden Attire – Suna Besha of Lord Sree Jagannath, Puri dham

    The Suna bhesa or Bada Tadau bhesa or Raja bhesa happens the day after the return of the Lords from Gundicha. On the day of Bada Ekadasi, the 11th day of the bright fortnight in Asadha. The deities, on their chariots itself don the golden attire or the suna besa, with hands, arms and crown made of solid gold. They are decorated with gold diadems, hands and feet made of gold. Lord Jagannath holds a gold Chakra (Disc) in his right hand and Silver Sankha (Conch) in his left hand. Lord Balabhadra holds a gold Hala (plough) in his left hand and a golden Gada (mace) in his right hand. The dress reportedly weighs one ton. They are also offered sweet drinks, adhara pana, on huge cylindrical earthen pots reaching up to their lips. They are taken down from the chariots in a ritual descent to enter the temple. 

    Golden attire – Suna Besha of Lord Sree Jagannath, Puri Dham Orissa

    Other than the Rath Yatra, the Lord Sree Jagannath is dressed in this regal attire on festivals like Dasahara, Kartika Purnima and Pousa Purnima (Pushyabhiseka Besha).

    After this the very human and amusing feud takes place between the Lord and Goddess Laxmi in the main gate of SreeMandir, Puri dham. Ultimately the humility of the Lord prevails and he is allowed entrance to his abode. There is great ullulation and fanfare and in his stately ‘Pahundi’ style the Lord returns to his seat – marking an end to the grand spectacle of Rath Yatra. It is said that a ardshan of the Lords Sree Jagannath in “Suna Bhesa” frees one from the cycle of rebirth.

    This year you can see the Lords in their golden attire, popularly known as Suna Bhesa on July 22 and after the symbolic Laxmi-Narayan feud the Lords will enter SreeMandir on July 23’ 2010 bringing to an end the grand festival of Rath Yatra – The Car Festival.

    To take part in the conclusive part of ‘Rath Yatra” – The “Suna Bhesa” Festival on 22nd July 19, 2010, Toshali Sands, Puri has exclusive arrangement to take you on visit to the “Sree Mandir” Bada Danda  – The Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri Orissa ‘now called as Odisha”. To Know more, leave your comment or contact travel desk ‘metu@toshali.in, we will get back to you.

    I would be glad to hear more about the Holy Ritual Costume or Attires or Bhesas, please post if you feel any information’s in the blog is missing. And would be gald to have you as their guest at Toshali Sands, Puri

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  • Jul 20 2010

    Bahuda Yatra – The Return Festival of Lord Sree Jagannath, Puri Rath Yatra

    King Indradumnya asked the Lord to keep him issuless, as then nobody will be able to claim the Jagannath temple as his own. The Lord agreed but queen Gundicha was aghast – with no earthly heirs she took the Lord to be her son and extracted a promise that he will visit his Gundicha home for a week every year. According to some treatises of Mahabharata Subhadra, wanted to visit Dwarka, her parent’s home, and her brothers took her back to Dwarka on this day. Thus, The Chariot Festival or The Car Festival or popularly called as Rath Yatra is a commemoration of that visit.

    Another legend says, the festival has its foundation in the residents of Vrindavan bringing back their Lords, Krishna, Balaram and Lady Subhadra from Kurukshetra.

    The Bhagavad Purana says that it was on this day that Krishna and Balarama went to Mathura to participate in a wrestling competition, at Kansa’s invitation. When the brothers were ready to leave for Mathura, the Gopis and Gopals – blocked their way and relented only when the Lord consoled them and allayed their fears. The Festival commemorates this overwhelming separation.

    On the day of Rath Yatra the chariots of Lady Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra reach directly the Gundicha temple, the chariot of Lord Jagannath stops at his Mausima (Aunt’s) Goddess Ardhamsini temple. Here the Lord is offered with Poda Pitha then the chariot proceeds towards the Gundicha Temple. After reaching the Gundicha Temple the Lords receive all the routine Rituals same as they used to receive in the main temple.

    The Lords reach the Gundicha temple. There, in their Garden House, Adapa Mandapa, also known as their place of birth, the deities stay for seven days. On the ninth day of the festival, Bahuda Jatra, the grand return journey takes place. On the way back they stop for a short while and partake of poda pitha (sweet reciepie), a type of cake made of rice, lentils, jaggery and coconut, offered by their aunt. On reaching back the main temple, the deities, on their chariots, don the golden attire or the suna besa, with hands, arms and crown made of solid gold. They are also offered sweet drinks, adhara pana, on huge cylindrical earthen pots reaching up to their lips. They are taken down from the chariots in a ritual descent to enter the temple.

    The Lord does not have it easy however – Goddess Laxmi, angry at the Lord having left her alone refuses him entry into the temple. Her anger, jealousy and frustration is articulated by her companions, represented by a group of servitors from inside. Another group representing Lord Jagannatha respond with entreaties and endearments. The Lord has to answer 9 questiones posed by the Goddess. In the answer, equality between all devotees and social status and freedom of ladies are recognised by the Lord. After re-enacting this drama of daily domestic tiffs of mere mortals, the celestial couple finally make up.

    The Lord uses Oriya in his cajoling of Goddess Laxmi – there are many versions but it basically starts and end this way:

    Who are you? (Kia aschi)

     I’m Ramanatha Nathoramayah (husband of Rama or Maya)

    But why should Maya’s husband come to see Laxmi ?

    Who is Laxmi to Him ?

    The Lord says, “Laxmi is my life, she is in my heart”


    If Laxmi was in His heart, why should He come searching for her here. The lord wonders – Where is the cool touch of the sea, the liquid lucidity of the looks of Payodhitanaya in her words.

     According to some versions Lord Balabhadra or Borthakur intervenes:

     “Hey Bhadre ! if my brother, Jagannatha is a wrongdoer for lapses, if any, I too am not free from your accusation. Our darling Subhadra accompanied us because of the candid wish of both the brothers and not of Jagannatha alone. Subhadra cannot remain without her brothers. And so, you were left in the temple for the genuine reason best known to you.

     After all, you are the divine proprietress of the grand temple. Mind not my brother’s mistake, if any. Now open the door and let my brother enter the sanctum of the temple.”

     The lady ‘Goddess Lakshmi’ gives in and finally the Lord moves into his own house house i.e in devotion called as Sree Mandir – Sree Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri dham.

    In the answer, equality between all devotees and social status and freedom of ladies are recognised by the Lord. After re-enacting this drama of daily domestic tiffs of mere mortals, the celestial couple finally make up.

     And thus ends with “Bahuda Yatra or Bahuda Jatra” – one of the inseperable part of Sree Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra.

    This year the return journey or Bahuda Yatra or Bahuda Jatra or Ulto Rath Yatra is celebrated on July 21’ 2010. Then you can witness the Lords in their Golden Attire – Suna Bhesa ritual on July 22 on Bada Danda, Puri and after the symbolic Laxmi-Narayan feud, the deities “Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra  will enter SreeMandir on July 23’ 2010 bringing to an end the grand festival of Rath yatra – The Car festival

     Toshali Sands, Puri has exclusive arrangement to take you to be the part of  The Lord Jagannath Temple “Bahuda Yatra” on 21st July’2010, and entry to Sree mandir on 21st July 2010. To know more, leave your comment or contact travel desk ‘metu@toshali.in, we will get back to you.

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  • Jul 19 2010

    SreeMandir Traditional Holy Attires or Bhesa of Sree Lord Jagannath, Puri

    In Hindu mythologies and rituals Gods and Goddesses are revered and loved just as family. Probably belonging to the bhakti yoga culture popularized by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – they wake up to strains of music, are offered prasadas, bathed, anointed with fragrances, dressed in finery and jewelry and fall asleep to lullabies. You can either view it as humanization of a deity or the acknowledgement of the Lord’s omnipresence.

    In the Sree Mandir tradition of Sree Lord Jagannath, Puri there are altogether 24 beshas or Holy Attires or Ritual Costumes or  the Vastra Shringar of which 22 are used regularly while two beshas are used rarely. The Nagarjuna and Raghunath Besha. In all the attires or bhesas, Sree Lord Jagannath is the focal point except for the Pralambasurabadha Besha used to commemorate slaying of a demon of same name by Sree Lord Balabhadra.

    The bhesas or the holy attires are:

    • Abakasha or Tadapa Uttari Bhesa

    This is done daily, after mangala arati. Abakash is the tooth brushing and bathing ritual.

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    • Badasrunghara Bhesa

    It is the nightly retirement dress. This is mostly made of different kinds of flowers and silk clothes.

    Badasrunghara copy

    • Chandana Bhesa

    This bhesa is done for 42 days, beginning on Akshaya Trutiya.

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    • Hati Bhesa or Gajanana Bhesa

    On the full moon day of the month of Jyestha, after the bathing ceremony is over, the Deities are dressed to resemble Lord Ganesha.

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    • Suna Bhesa

    When the Deities return from the Gundicha Mandir on their chariots, they appear in the Golden dress. It is said that a darshan of the lord in Suna Bhesa frees one from the cycle of rebirth.

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    • Raja Bhesa

    The Lord dresses up in this attire on the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Aswina, the full moon of Pousa and the full moon of Phalguna.

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    • Banabhoji Bhesa

    On the 10th day of the dark fortnight in Bhadra, the Lords are dressed for a picnic, like the cowherds.

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    • Kaliyadalana Bhesa

    On the 11th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra the Lord is dressed as Krishna the slayer of serpent Kaliya.

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    • Pralambasura Badha Bhesa

    On the following day, the 12th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra the Lords are dressed to commemorate Lord Balaram’s slaying of the demon Prahlamba. his is the only beshas when Lord Jagannath’s elder brother Lord Balabhadra occupied the central place.

    pralambasurabadha copy

    • Krishna-Balarama Bhesa

    On the 13th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra, the Lords are dressed as Krishna and Balarama.

    krushnabalarama copy

    • Bali Vamana Bhesa

    On the 12th day of the bright fortnight Bhadra, the Lord is dressed in the image of his reincarnation as Vamana, the slayer of demon Bali.

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    • Radha-Damodara Bhesa

    From the 11th day of the bright fortnight of Ashwina to the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika, the Lords are dressed with a rope around his waist in reminiscence of his bal-leela with mother Yashoda.

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    • Thiakia or Laxmi-Narayana Bhesa

    This bhesa is used on the 11th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika.

    costumes_laxminarayana copy

    • Bankachuda Bhesa

    The curly haired make-up. Used on the 12th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika.

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    • Adakia or Trivikrama Bhesa

    Attire used on the 13th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika.

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    • Dalikia Bhesa or Laxmi Nrisimha Bhesa

    Used on the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika.

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    • Raja Rajeswari Bhesa

    Attire on the full moon of Kartika.

    rajarajeswari

    • Chacheri Bhesa

    From the 9th day of the bright fortnight to the full moon of Jyestha except the 14th day, this dress is used.

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    • Nagarjuna Bhesa

    In honor of Parasurama. It is used only occasionally – during the month of Kartika, when there are six days of Panchaka. This was done six times in the last 30 years on 11/3/95, 11/16/94, 11/26/93, 11/3/68, 11/16/67 and 11/26/66.

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    • Ghodalagi and Jamalagi Bhesa

    From the 6th day of the bright fortnight of Margasira (Odhan Sasthi) to the 5th day of the bright fortnight of Magha (Basanta Panchami) to Dol Purnima – the Deities wear winter clothes.

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    • Padma Bhesa

    On Saturdays or Wednesdays between the new moon of Magha and Basanta Panchami. The dresses are made from lotus, sola lace and paper.

    Padma Bhesa copy

    • Gaja Uddharana Bhesa

    On the full moon day of the month of Magha. It commemorates the story of Gajendra, the king of the elephants, and the alligator.

    Gajaudharana Bhesa copy

    Toshali Sands, Puri has exclusive arrangement to take you on visit to the “Sree Mandir” – The Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri Orissa ‘now called as Odisha”. To Know more, leave your comment or contact travel desk ‘metu@toshali.in, we will get back to you.

    I would be glad to hear more about the Holy Ritual Costume or Attires or Bhesas, please post if you feel any information’s in the blog is missing. And would be gald to have you as their guest at Toshali Sands.

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  • Jul 16 2010

    XIX CommonWealth Games 2010 : Impact on India Tourism Industry after Recession

    “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”-Martin Buber

    Like the quote mentions, offbeat, secret, exotic destinations of Incredible India await to be explored by the tourists and travelers, when they arrive for the XIX CommonWealth Games to be held from 3rd to 14th October, 2010 at New Delhi.

    However, I agree to witness the changes after the recession a bit – but overall the scenario painted is far rosy than what will eventually materialise. However budget tourism and Northern Indian packages will receive a boost – more as a result of ending of the recession. A personal opinion – the influx of tourists to Northern India will be because of the Dushera / Diwali rush rather than the Common Wealth Game 2010. In fact in view of the paranoia among the Westerners over security I feel that Delhi will not actually be swarming with tourists.

    ASSOCHAM predicts India is going to earn around USD 16,915 million in the year 2010 from tourism. The Common Wealth Game 2010 will give them the impetus. Foreign tourists will depend on tour and travel agencies for reservations, flight bookings and other travel services. Expectedly over 2 million foreign tourists and 4.5 million domestic tourists will grace Delhi on the eve of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

    The Ministry of Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India has launched ‘Discover India in Common Wealth Game 2010′ in road shows in CommonWealth countries as heavy tourists arrival is expected from these places. Delhi is getting beautified. Tourists will be able to hop on and off dedicated tourist bus services from mid September. Heritage, religious and adventure tourist sites in the northern states are getting repackaged. From spa to spirituality everything is on the menu. Bhangarh – one of the 100 most haunted place worldwide will welcome tourists under an initiative ‘Ghost to be Host’ :).  Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh Nainital, in Utaranchal and Puri, a beach destination and such popular tourist destinations are expected to be crammed with tourists as CWG 2010 corresponds to the domestic tourist season.

    Athletes, besides free accommodation, security, transportation would reportedly be offered trips to the Taj and heritage sites likeFatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Sariska, Mathura, Vrindavan among others.

    Since Delhi is staging the games Northern Indian destinations in Himachal, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan will definitely see an increase in tourist influx but overall Kerala, Orissa, Goa, Andamans etc will also benefit. Alternative, niche focus areas like Medical Tourism, Yoga, Ayurvedic rejuvenation packages, Tribal and Village tours will get a boost. Already popular destinations like Shimla in the north, Puri in the east etc will be choc a bloc. As there will be a heavy rush in the Northern India, domestic tourists will flock to Orissa and other Southern states. Puri (Orissa) is an evergreen destination and this time a significant number of foreign tourists will also visit the Buddhist circuit in Orissa, driving on the local economy. Chandragiri and adjacent places are nearly perfect destinations for tribal or rural tourism. North eastern states are natural havens and nature seekers will not give it a miss. Kaziranga with the highest tiger density in India is the gateway.

    Offbeat destinations like Similipal Tiger Reserve Forest and Sanctuary, Jatinga bird sanctuary, Naga headhunter villages like Mon and Longkhum, adventure tours in caves of Mizoram, including one full of human skeletons from ancient history (Milu Puk) are one of a kind experience. Budget Tourism is a sector that will register heavy growth. The unheralded bread and breakfast scheme, with firm focus on “Atithi Devo Bhava” has open up new avenues of niche accommodation.

    Commonwealth Games “CWG” is expected to bring a boom to the medical tourism industry. With such anticipation both the healthcare providers and the medical tourism facilitators, are making extra efforts to gain from this opportunity.

    Foreign tourist arrivals between January-June 2010 were 26.32 lakh compared to 23.76 lakh in the same period in 2009 (up 10%). According to India tourism ministry data foreign exchange earned by India increased by 28.1% in June 2010 over June 2009. Foreign exchange earnings during January-June 2010 were $6,842 million with a growth rate of 36.6% compared to $5,007 million in 2009. Foreign tourist arrivals in India during June 2010 were 3.70 lakh compared to 3.42 lakh during June 2009. Forex earned in June 2010 was $1,020 million compared to $796 million in 2009.  Things are looking upbeat for CommonWealth Games 2010.

    The schedule of the CWG has coincided with the end of recession. This should provide the perfect opportunity for an under pressure tourism sector to erase deficits and launch itself on a path of high growth in the next decade.

    For more details on the package and your travel management in India, contact your travel manager – metu@toshali.in

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