Monday, 27 January 2014

Technologies

KONY Lead

The candidate should be 7+ of total exp and relevant can be around 3+ 

The candidate should be good in Kony coding, good working knowledge in Kony studio and Kony latest frameworks. 

He should be well versed in Java scripting and also with mobility background. 

Location: Chennai


UI Lead

Location: Kolkata/ Mumbai

Salaries will be best in the Industry

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Pongal(Sankranthi)



                                      HAPPY SANKRANTHI 





Sankranti is the biggest festival celebrated in Southern part of India and it is one of the most auspicious occasions for Hindus.This festival belongs to Sun god and as he is regarded as symbol of divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. Sankranti is celebrated almost in all parts of India and Nepal. It means the transmigration of sun from one rashi to another as per Indian astronomy. Hence there are 12 Sankranthi’s in a year. They are marked in sidereal solar calendars, Bengali calendar and Georgian calendar. Important of the twelve is :




1. Ayan Sankranti:- Makar Sankranti and Karka Sankranti are two Ayan Sankranti which are also known as Uttarayana(6months time period when sun moves into Northern hemisphere) Sankranthi and Dakshinayana(6months time period when sun moves into Southern hemisphere) Sankranthi respectively. These are conceptually equivalent to winter solstice and summer solstice in Hindu calendar and these Ayani Sankranti are drifting apart from seasonal Solstices due to precision of earth. For thousands of years of time these two Ayan coincide again with seasonal Solstices.






Makar Sankranthi:- It signifies the transition of Sun into Makara Rashi( Capricorn) on its celestial path. Our Indian calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranthi is a solar event. The date of Makara Sankranthi lies constant for a long term which is Jan 14th.



2. Maha Vishuva Sankranthi:- This signifies the new year in the traditional Hindu Solar calendar. This is celebrated as Vaisakhi by Sikhs and North Indians. On this day sun enters the sidereal Aries ( mesha rashi). It is also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranthi. Mesha Sankranti and Tula Sankranti are the two which belongs to this. They are also known as Vasant Sampat and Sharad Sampat respectively. These are conceptually equivalent to Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox in Hindu calendar and these vishuva sankranthi are drifting apart from seasonal equinoxes due to precision of Earth. These two sankranti’s coincide again after thousands of years.



3. Vishnupadi Sankranti:- Simha Sankranti, Kumbha sankranti, Vrishaba Sankranti and Vrischika Sankranti are the four which belongs to this segment.



4. Shadshitimukhi Sankranti:- Meena, Kanya, Mithuna and Dhana Sankranthi’s are the for which belongs to this segment.



Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. Sankranthi marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season. It is not known when exactly this festival began but it can be traced back to the Sangam age ie 200BC to 300AD, as historians have identified pongal with Thai Un and Thai Niradal which were celebrated during the Sangam era. As part of the festivities, maidens of the Sangam era observed penance during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January). A major festival during the reign of the Pallavas (4th-8th century AD) was “pavai nonbu” observed by maidens during Thai Niradal, in the Tamil month of Margazhi. Young girls (kanyas) prayed for rain and prosperity and avoided milk and milk products the entire month. They would bathe early in the morning, not put oil on their head, and did not use harsh words in their speech. They worshipped goddess Katyayani whose idol was they made with wet sand. This penance would end on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai (mid January - mid February). This tradition is supposed to have given birth to the festival of Pongal.



On this day, everyone wears new clothes, prays to God, and make offerings of traditional food to ancestors who have died.





On the day after Makara Sankranti, the animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. Young girls feed the animals, birds and fishes as a symbol of sharing. Travel is considered to be inappropriate, as these days are dedicated for re-union of the families.



 Sankranti in this sense demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation. And finally, gurus seek out their devotees to bestow blessings on them.





This festival Sankranti is celebrated in almost every village and town with adventurous games in South India. 



Whether it is the cock fights in Andhra, Bull fighting in Tamil Nadu or Elephant Mela in Kerala, there is huge amount of illegal betting but the so-called "tradition" continues to play a major role in the festival.





Another notable feature of the festival in South India is the Haridasa who goes early in the morning around with a colourfully dressed cow, singing songs of Lord Vishnu (Hari) hence the name Haridasu (servant of Hari). It is a custom that he should not talk to anyone and only sing songs of lord vishnu when he goes to everyone's house. 



During these days people from Hyderabad fly kites from terraces of their buildings. Children and elders enjoy this kite flying occasion.





Mythological Significance:-



One of the most important myths is the death of Bhishma Pitamaha in the Mahabharata. Bhishma chose the Uttarayan period. (Bhisma had got a boon from his father that he will only die when he wishes.) It is believed that people who die during Uttarayana merges with the Brahman, thus ending the cycle of rebirth.




Legend also has it that Lord Vishnu buried Asuras on this day beneath the Mandara Mountain. It signifies the end of evil and the dawn of righteousness.





Another legend is that King Bhageeratha brought Ganges down into Patala on Makara Sankranti day. This was to get salvation to his ancestors who were cursed by Sage Kapila and turned into ashes. On this day millions of people take bath in the Ganges. Makara Sankranti is also an important bathing date during Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela. 





Puranas state that on Makar Sankranti day, Surya visits Lord Shani. In mythology Lord Shani, is the son of Surya.






Monday, 13 January 2014

Bhogi


With the Best wishes on BHOGI Festival, here is my article on our beautiful festival. My objective is we should never forget or leave behind the reason for our celebrations on any festival eve.







Bhogi festival is the first festival of the year celebrated on the last day of the Tamil month of Margazhi, for the prosperity of every family in the new year. Bhogi festival or Bhogi is the first day of Pongal and is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, "the God of Clouds and Rains". Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Thus, this day is also known as Indran. On Bhogi all people clean out their homes from top to bottom, and collect all unwanted goods. This day is meant for domestic activities and of being together with the family members.



Most of the people know Bhogi for another ritual observed on this day, i.e., Bhogi Mantalu, when useless household articles are thrown into a fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes. Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of the gods, the spring and the harvest. The significance of the bonfire, in which is burnt the agricultural wastes and firewood is to keep warm during the last lap of winter.



One more happy & beautiful ritual celebrated on this day is the infants and children at home are blessed for health and wealth with “BHOGI Fruits”('Jujubee' or ' Indian Berry') by everyone. 



All the houses from the richest to the humblest are thoroughly scrubbed and whitewashed. Homes are cleaned and decorated with "Kolam" - floor designs drawn in the white paste of newly harvested rice with outlines of red mud. Often pumpkin flowers are set into cow-dung balls and placed among the patterns. Fresh harvest of rice, turmeric and sugarcane is brought in from the field as preparation for the following day.



Mythology

The Bhogi festival according to some is also a commemoration of the lifting of mount Govardhan by lord Krishna when he was still very young. According to the Vishnu-Purana the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honour of lord Indra and worshiped him at the end of every monsoon. Even as a child, lord Krishna decided to teach a lesson to lord Indra who became arrogant after becoming the king of all deities. 

One particular year the young Krishna asked all the cowherds to stop worshiping Indira.This angered lord Indra and in a fit of anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul. People were scared and realised that the downpour was due to their neglect of Indra. But Krishna assured them that no harm would take place. He lifted mount Govardhan with his little finger and sheltered men and beasts from the rain. This gave him the epithet Govardhandhari. Later, lord Indra realized his mistake and divine power of Krishna and accepted the supremacy of Krishna.


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Kaveri



River Kaveri is one of the sacred rivers in India. It originates at Talakaveri, Kodagu of western ghats in Karnataka state. Its Basin is estimated as 81,155km2. It covers 3 states –Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and a Union Territory-Pondicherry. Rising in southwestern Karnataka state, River Kaveri flows southeast some 475 mi (765 km) to enter Bay of Bengal.







                 

East of Mysore it forms the island of Shivanasamudra, on either side of which are the scenic Shivanasamudra falls that descend about 320ft. Asia’s first hydroelectric plant which was built in 1902 was on the left falls and supplies power to the city Bangalore.




Srirangapatna is another island formed in its way. Jog falls also stand as a beautiful site seeing place on the banks of kaveri.


Tributaries are:-

  1. Hemavati River
  2. Shimsha
  3. Arkavathy
  4. Kabini
  5. Harangi
  6. Bhavani
  7. Noyyal
  8. Amaravathi




Crocodiles stand as special appearance to the people who visit the banks of river Kaveri.



Mythological Significance:-

The most popular one is that a king by the name of Kavera lived in the Brahmagiri hills and prayed to Lord Brahma for a child. He was blessed with a daughter whom he named Kaveri. She was the water manifestation of the human form. The great sage Agastya married her and kept her in his kamandalu or the spouted jug. When a terrible drought trounced the land, Ganesha in the guise of a crow, tipped the kamandalu and out flowed Kaveri. 


A river like Kaveri is not just a stretch of water. It is an active, living and moving force. The river is life-visible and invisible and, depending on its mood and has the power to create or destroy its adjoining banks. There are many different stories behind the origin of River Kaveri.



Another  myth says that in the ancient times the state of the south India was getting worse due to the severe drought in the area, then this sage Agastya felt very sad and prayed to the Lord Brahma to help the mankind to come out of this situation. 


Brahma asked the sage to go to the place where Lord Shiva lives and gather some of the snow water that is unending. This water will help to start a new river. Rishi Agastya traveled to the Mount Kailash, filled his pot with the snow water and went back. He started searching the appropriate place to start the river in the hilly Coorg region. He became tired searching for the right place and handed his pot to a small boy who was playing there. That little boy was actually the Lord Ganesha who selected the place to start the river and slowly dropped the pot and disappeared. 


After some time Agastya called out - Little boy what do you think. He got no answer. Soon he noticed a crow trickled the pot of snow water on to the ground. After some time Lord Ganesha came instead of crow with the smiling face. He said I have done nothing wrong but have helped you in searching the right place to begin the river. Sage Agastya smiled and Ganesha disappeared. This is how Rishi Agastya brought River Kaveri into the Himalayas.