Skip to main content

Nag Nathaiya Leela of Varanasi

Varanasi is world famous for annual celebration of Ram Leela and Krishna Leela. Leela or Lila means an act or dance. Particular chapters of the Leela have got associated with particular places in the city. Like, Bharat-Milap (when Ram returns to Ayodhya and meets his younger brother Bharat) of Naati Imli, Ravana-dahan (burning the effigy of Ravana on the tenth day of Dussehra) of RamNagar and Nag Nathaiya of Tulsi Ghat.
Krishna and Balram at the Leela
It’s said that the Leela of Nag-Nathaiya was started way back in 16th century by Tulsidas. The tradition is still being followed at the Tulsi Ghat and is being organised by Tulsi Das Akhada. Tulsi ghat is almost adjacent to famous Assi Ghat. Nag Nathaiya is celebration of young Krishna’s victory over a gruesome serpent Kaaliya. It is organised on the Chaturthi tithi of Karthik month of Hindu calendar. This is the fourth day from Diwali and falls in the month of November-December. Nag Nathaiya basically means 'controlling (Nathaiya-to put a nose ring) a serpent (Nag)'.

Embarrassingly, this was for the first time I witnessed the Leela, though I have been a city dweller for over 24 years. We got to know about the event two days before the date when we stumbled upon Krishna Leela on Tulsi Ghat. It was about the chapter from Krishna Leela, where a young Krishna was ashamed about his ignorance of art of milking a cow. His friends came forward and taught him how to do it.
Sangeet Mandli - The Chorus group
An embarrassed young Krishna
Friends of Krishna planning how to teach Krishna
Krishna learning to milk the cow 
An spectator saving the memories :)
Later, my best friend got us arranged VIP passes for the world famous Nag Nathaiya. When we reached the ghat, it was already packed with thousands of people. There was literally no place to place a foot. Thanks to our passes and the camera we were carrying, we received a welcome deserved by VIP+Media personnel. We got a place next to Mahant ji of Shri SankatMochan Hamnuman temple. Following is the description of Leela with the photographs:
A panoramic view of Tulsi Ghat filled with devotees
Balram and Krishna (Krishna-swaroop)
Krishna swaroop means the it's Krishna Himself and not just the Actor
Kadamb Tree - Krishna will climb the tree and jump in the River Yamuna (Ganga)
Mahant ji of Shri SankatMochan Hamnuman temple
Notice the Krishna in the Background and Krishna-Swaroop in front
(Krishna in background is the Actor, and in foreground is the embodiment of the Krishna)
Krishna-swaroop climbing Kadamb
Krishna-swaroop on the Kadamb
Krishna-swaroop jumping in the Yamuna to bring the ball that he and his friends including Sudama
threw into the river, where lies a notorious serpent Kaaliya
Krishna-swaroop fought with the Kaaliya and emerging out of water
A victorius Krishna on to the Kaliya (an effigy propelled by boatmen)
Kashi Naresh watching the procession
(As a tradition, Kashi Naresh gifts a golden coin to the actor)
A brahmin doing aarti of Krishna
Krishna-swaroop Darshan
Balram and Krishna
Our own Krishna on my friend Kaaliya ;) 
and this is me :)

Our VIP pass ;)
This old city of Varanasi, Banaras or Kasi has lot to say. I feel overwhelmed, every time I try to write something. This time, I am able to write it sooner, and must thank Arti for motivation :) And, due thanks to Ashwini (Kaliya with our own Krishna in above picture) too arrange VIP passes ;)

Would soon be sharing pictures from Subah-e-Banaras and a few of Chatt puja.

Top Blogs Related Posts with Thumbnails
Enhanced by Zemanta


Popular posts from this blog

Trekking Ghansoli Gawli Dev (Parsik) Hill

It’s been there for geological ages, we have been looking at it for last about 4years and I have been planning to trek it since a long time. Finally, few weeks back, we trekked the Ghansoli Hill.

Ghansoli Hill is located at the eastern boundary of Ghansoli town, behind our office complex at RCP. The hill or better hillock is a part of small range that separates Kalyan and Navi Mumbai towns. A search on Google Map returns with a name Parsik Hill for it, though there is one more rather famous Parsik Hill in Navi Mumbai. We also found a NewsArticle, that talks about NMMC plans to develop Nature Awareness Centre at this hills and calls it Gawli Dev Hill. Here, we would be calling it Ghansoli Hill. I asked my colleague about it and he readily agreed. The very next Sunday we did it with another friend. We weren't aware of the route. All we knew is that a Central Road runs along the western edge of the hill and can be reached through the Vashi-Mhape road. We later found that there’s a Bus…

AshtaVinayaka Yatra with Bisons

(This post has already appeared on Bisons Ride Hard website, to check out click here) Ever since I read Vinni’s post on last year’s Ride of Faith, I have been waiting for this year’s ride. The day I came to know about the Bison’s schedule, I started preparing, until I realized I don’t have leaves. Few days left to the ride, multi-reminders received and I was like, will I be able to make it? Something happened, meetings deferred, jobs got completed and I was able to ask my boss for leaves; and, who can deny you leaves that too for a Ride of Faith, Ride to AshtaVinayaka! I felt blessed that day, and now after the hard ride we had, I know I’m blessed! We are a nation of faith, which plays an immensely large role in our lives, being homely, officially or on the tar. Though Bisons have started riding hard the day they first met at BKC on a fine Sunday evening of July 23, 2011 at BKC; official announcement was made on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chautrthi, Shukla Paksha, Bhadra maas, i.e. Se…

Tata Safari Storme Meet with Anil Kapoor and Indibloggers

It was not just another sunny Weekday, it was a day when we were scheduled to meet and have lunch withnon-other than the JhakkasAnil Kapoor. Well, it all started a few days back at around 11PM when I received this mail from Indiblogger to confirm if I would like to have anExclusive Lunch with Anil KapoorcourtesyTata Storme and 24 – The Show. Not very much into Bollywood, I asked my friends should I go. And, it was like everybody had a single answer,of course. (check out the the blogpost which led me to this meet)

I was picked up at Vashi with another Indiblogger Deepti by Abhinav in a Bus bound to Pune from Dadar. There I met Ira and another guy (probably Varun) and also the other 3 bloggers (Megahna, Nandini and Vaisakhi). A group oftweepleswas also there, who have won some twitter contest. As the journey took its course, I befriended with the Bloggers and few of the tweeples. With the day unfolding we came to know more about the event. We reached Tata’s Pune factory at around 10 AM, a…