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Putrada Ekadashi : Story of the ancient king Suketuman

This Ekadashi has three names, Pavitropana and Pavitra Ekadashi, this has its significance among the chain of 52 Ekadashis across the year.

So today is 11th lunar day of Shrawan waxing moon phase, according to the Padma Purana, the brat of Putrada Ekadashi is performed for worldly happiness and attainment of a son.

According to the scriptures, King Suketuman ruled the city of Bhadravatipuri in ancient times. Concerns were added to the royal family because the king was childless. Even King Suketuman's father was worried about not having a successor. As the day wore on, one day King Suketuman rode through the forest and reached the dense forest. He was tired and thirsty because he had gone deep into the forest. In search of water, he rushed more into the jungle. In the distance, he saw a lake of water, but there the sages had built an ashram and were reciting the Vedas. After getting off his horse, King Suketuman drank the water of the lake and greeted the sages.

The king asked the sages why they were gathered in the lake. The sages also replied that they had gathered for bathing as Putrada Ekadashi was approaching. When the king inquired about the brat of Putrada Ekadashi with the sages, the sages said that the brat of Ekadashi was essential for having a son and offspring. The king also completed all the rituals and observed the brat of Putrada Ekadashi. As a result, according to the legend that he had a son, even today, the Mahatma of Putrada Ekadashi Brat is considered important.

Best wishes on this Ekadashi

Kheer Khane din: Shrawan Pandhra

Milk-rice is a sweet and nutritious food and this is the dish that is prepared after the combined cooking of Sankhar or Gund with our favorite milk rice, Kheer. Kheer is said "Rice Pudding" in English, but today I am not translating the term, Kheer in Nepal is Kheer with all our Nepali way and significance, let me begin from here, welcome to the Shrawan 15th, Kheer khane diwas of this year.

It is said that the taste of Kheer depends on the quality of rice grains, rare and exclusive grains like Basmati, Taichin, and Kariyakamat adds more aroma, taste, and texture to Kheer. Kheer is made by adding milk to the rice we have, especially raisins, cashews, coconuts, chowda, etc.

 In the Nepali tradition, kheer is celebrated with importance in various festivals, commemorations, poojas, and weddings. It is known as an indispensable dish of the Nepali family and a popular cultural dish among Nepalis. I remember my childhood when we were offered Kheer in the large leaves of Saal, Bhorla, banana, and Duna Taparis. Kheer is best complimented by Sel roti, traditional Nepali sweet, a default recipe of Nepali kitchen.

Human civilization, grains, and milk have an inextricable link, Kheer is the triangular meet of all these three aspects. Kheer has managed to become popular in the world community especially for its purity, health, and distinctive taste.

The unique combination of grains and milk among such dishes is the food, nutrition is its attraction in this dish. This food mixed with white milk and white rice is associated with the ancient churning of the sea by the gods, since then it has been considered as a polyunsaturated nectar mixed with milk purifying elements and nutrients.

Even in Ayurveda, Kheer is described as an ancient food. The word kheer is also believed to have come from the Sanskrit word 'kshirma'. Kshir means a dish made from milk and grains.

Even in Roman civilization, it is customary to consume kheer as an indispensable element of food. It is called 'Payas' and in some places, it is also called 'Tasmai'. In the Vedic Sanatan rites, it is customary to cook kheer as a mixture of milk and grains to offer to the ancestors.

Lord Krishna one day disguised as an ordinary saint went to "Baag Chaal" ancient game like ludo, with a king, and in return for the victory he made a condition to feed Kheer for the poor and needy in different temples for free.
In remembrance of Lord Krishna's victory over the king in that game, it is still customary in the temples to distribute kheer prasad to the poor. Khir is made from raw coconut milk in South India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Kingdom of Siam (Thailand).

We are rich in culture and philosophy, Kheer Khane does not have to wait for any work or occasion, however, the 15th of Shravan is considered as a special day to eat Kheer, i.e. the center of Shravan is prevalent for Kheer. And you brought milk to make kheer? Today, milk is widely sold in Nepal. Milk shops have been crowded since morning, don't forget to make kheer for yourself. If it is in the city, then the milk in the dairy, which runs out at 3-4 PM on other days, may run out before 9 a.m... It may not be available when it is late!

May the sorrows of Ashadh and Shravan be transformed into happiness and joy in Mangsir and may the main thing become pure, clean, and sweet thoughts like Kheer, good luck with Kheer!

World Day against trafficking in person

Human trafficking is a crime that forces women, children, and many men to engage in wrongdoing, such as labor and sex. The definition of confining trafficking in women, girls, sex workers, or entertainment is simply obsolete, trafficking has several dimensions and dynamics in today's world. The trend of human trafficking is changing. Any form of exploitation, domestic work, mutilation, prostitution, or any other form of sexual exploitation through the use of threats, coercion, and deception against the will of any person is human trafficking.

The world is now in the age of modernization, but human trafficking is still a serious problem in many countries of the world, including Nepal. Lack of employment and foreign employment, poverty, lack of education, and public awareness, are becoming the main causes of human trafficking. Today, as every year, the United Nations is celebrating "International Day against Human Trafficking in person" on July 30 to raise awareness about human trafficking. There are some common examples of human trafficking and trafficking in the lure of foreign employment and the lure of opportunity and prosperity. To end human trafficking, every nation's government must adopt a policy of emphasizing poverty alleviation and creating employment opportunities. In Nepal too, the government has enacted laws on human trafficking and smuggling control, but the lack of effective implementation has not ended the situation where perpetrators can easily escape and victims cannot get justice.
Let's raise our voices against human trafficking.
Alarms and awareness

Suyog Dhakal

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