Navratri 2016

Normally, I blog about Navratri each year and list places of Garba in Bangalore.
So, for 2016, places are:

  • Indiranagar (1-10 Oct) at Brigade MLR Convention Centre, Besides Mahadverapura Fire Station Lane, Beside Decathlon, ITPL Main Road
  • Koramanagala (1-10 Oct) at Chamundeshwari Temple, Adugodi Police Quarters
  • Jayanagar (1-11 Oct) at Star Convention Center, Opp Brigade Milennuim, J P Nagar 7th Phase
  • Palace Ground (1-11 Oct) at Nalapad Pavilion by Sri Gujarati Vaishnav Samaj, Palace Ground (Gate No 5), Bellary Road, Near Mekhri Circle
  • Palace Ground (6-10 Oct) at Gayatri Vihar, Palace Ground, Bellary Road, Near Mekhri Circle
  • Hulimavu (1-10 Oct) at Sri Shirdi Saibaba Temple, AECS Magnolia Maruti Public School, Shantiniketan Layout, Behind Hulimavu Gate
  • Vasantnagar (1-11 Oct) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, Millers Tank Bund Road, Vasantnagar (Behind Mavaveer Jain Hospital)

Wish you all Happy Navratri !

Diwali in Bangalore

Happy Diwali
&
Saal Mubarak

I’m residing in Bangalore for more than 7 years but first time I spend Diwali time in Bangalore. Few things, I observed:

  • Most office had one or max two days off, but plenty of people were on leave.
  • At lot of locations, people were firing crackers on street. Few places, apartment residence were also firing cracker on street instant of inside campus.
  • Since lot of Bangalorean keep dog as pet, dogs had hard time dealing with firework, which was visible.

Navratri 2013

During 2008 to 2010, I bloged about Navratri [2008, 09, 10] but during 2011 & 2012, I did n’t blog about it. But that does not mean that I was n’t playing :).
During last couple of year more number of places garba are started showing up or organization matured more.

This year, Navratri is coming from 5th Oct till 13th Oct. In Bangalore, I’m hoping to visit,

  • Vaishnav Samaj Garba at Palace Ground
  • Jayanagar (BMS College of Law)
  • Indiranagar (Gopalan Signature Mall)

I might even visit Sardar Patel Bhavan in Vasanth Nagar and Rajajinagar too.

Wish you all Happy Navratri !

Navratri 2010

This year Navratri was from 8th to 16th October.

Compare to previous two navratri (2009 & 2008), this year I played more Garba & Dandiya. I played for 7 out of all 9 nights. This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function along with my friends. Once we went to Palace Ground too and played garba at venue orgainzed by Gujarti Vasihanav Samaj.

We ate (good amount of) fafda with sambharo and marchi and (hot) Jalebi on Dasara.

Navratri 2010 Navratri 2010

All and all, to enjoy garba in Bangalore, Jayanagar and Palace ground are best palace. Obviously this year too, during navrati, I met more new gujarati people in Bangalore and had nice time with them.

Navratri 2009

This year Navratri was from 19th to 27th September. For typically Gujarati person, navratri means

– To participate in arti (and obviously dont miss prasad)
– Do garba (in all possible stype, steps, as long as he can do)
– Play rass (with as many people as possible)

On top it, if he can do
– Play Sanedo
– Eat good fafda with sambharo and marchi and Hot Jalebi on Dasara

Similar to Last year, This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function, my friends and me did all above stuff :). Everyyear, it is held at BES college in Jayanagar.

This time, I did better garba, rass than last year and obviously enjoyed more. To add more, as always, last night, we had unlimited Fafda Jalebi 🙂 All and all, to enjoy garba in Bangalore, Jayanagar and Palace ground are best palace. Obviously, during navrati, I did meet more new gujarati people in Bangalore and had nice time with them.

Navratri ’08

This year Navratri dated during September 30 to October 8, 2008. We also had couple of leaves owing to Eid (October 1) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Thus, we end-up having lot of garba and dandiya.

I had gone with my room-mate and few friends. We went to Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal’s Garba for 3 nights. The venue was BES Law College ground. Typical, it starts at 10 pm with first aarti followed by slow garba. Garba picks speed over a half an hour. Besides Garba, we had Raas and Sanedo. Raas is traditions dandiya-raas, mostly as shown in plenty of hindi films. Sanedo is centuries old traditional Gujarati folk song type. During sanedo, basically we sing couples of song, covering topics like general critics, current social issues and players follow his tune.

On the last night of Navratri and next morning (on Dasara day), Gujaratis eat Fafda, Gathiya and Jalbi. We were lucky, as organizers at Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal had decided to provide free and unlimited fafda and jalbi. We had four rounds of it. Last night, we played and enjoyed till 5 am in morning. You can see few snaps here:

Navratri 2008