Yugadi and the science behind Bevu-Bella

Initially published on 21/03/2015 Yugadi is the First day(Yuga-Era, Adi-Beginning) of the New year for people who follow the lunar calendar. It is an auspicious day, as it signifies the first day after the solar eclipse(20th March 2015). Also, it is the first day of the summer. The day starts off by taking castor oil bath and then offering initial prayers to God. After which Bevu Bella is eaten as prasad. 4529047_orig   Bevu(Neem)-Bella(Jaggery) symbolises Sadness and Happiness. Eating this mixture states the fact that life is a composition of good and bad experiences. We have to take it equally with a rational approach. Scientifically Neem(Bevu) helps for healthy hair, detoxification of blood, balancing blood sugar level. Jaggery(Bella) contains several vitamins and minerals which helps in balancing blood pressure. Yugadi is celebrated particularly in the southern region of India. Special dishes are made on this occasion, Holige/Obattu is one such sweet dish. 7533621_orig One famous Yugadi household song which is common in karnataka written by Da.Ra.Bendre(Ambikatanayadatta) goes this way. 400695_orig ಯುಗ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ ಹೊಸ ವರುಷಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಷವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ. ಹೊಂಗೆ ಹೂವ ತೊಂಗಳಲಿ, ಭೃಂಗದ ಸಂಗೀತ ಕೇಳಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೇಳ ಬರುತಿದೆ. ಬೇವಿನ ಕಹಿ ಬಾಳಿನಲಿ ಹೂವಿನ ನಸುಗಂಪು ಸೂಸಿ ಜೀವಕಳೆಯ ತರುತಿದೆ. ವರುಷಕೊಂದು ಹೊಸತು ಜನ್ಮ, ಹರುಷಕೊಂದು ಹೊಸತು ನೆಲೆಯು ಅಖಿಲ ಜೀವಜಾತಕೆ. ಒಂದೇ ಒಂದು ಜನ್ಮದಲಿ ಒಂದೇ ಬಾಲ್ಯ, ಒಂದೇ ಹರೆಯ ನಮಗದಷ್ಟೇ ಏತಕೋ. ನಿದ್ದೆಗೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಿತ್ಯ ಮರಣ, ಎದ್ದ ಸಲ ನವೀನ ಜನನ, ನಮಗೆ ಏಕೆ ಬಾರದು? ಎಲೆ ಸನತ್ಕುಮಾರ ದೇವ, ಎಲೆ ಸಾಹಸಿ ಚಿರಂಜೀವ, ನಿನಗೆ ಲೀಲೆ ಸೇರದೂ. ಯುಗ ಯುಗಗಳು ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ. ಹೊಸ ವರುಷಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಷವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ. English Translation of the above song Many Yugadi's have passed by yet there's one more. The New year has lots of joy and brings something new. In the Branches of Honge(a form of tree) there is the music of generosity. The bitterness in life has been overshadowed by the sweetness of flowers, to bring back the vitality. Let there be a new life every new year and a place for happiness for all living beings. In this entire life there's just one childhood and one old age. Why is that so ? Why is there no death as we sleep everday ? and why there is no birth as we wake up everyday ? Oh lord sanathkumara the eternal and adventurous one, playfulness does not belong to you. Many Yugadi's have passed by yet there's one more. The New year has lots of joy and brings something new.  

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