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April 22 – Earth Day: Shelter Base Mother Earth

Since ancient times, Indians wake up early in the morning and pray to the earth that O Earth Goddess, You are the basis of the whole world, you hold me too I’m stepping on you Forgive this crime. According to Indian belief, Shri and Bhumi are the goddesses of Vishnu. In mythological tales, Lakshmi says that I become the earth, the pastoral creatures and the river, I wear mountains and seas. I am the creator of food, and in the form of fire and sun, I give light and ripen fruits etc. In the Vedas, the land and the earth etc. have been described as the name and form of God Himself.

In Indian culture, Earth is considered to be the biggest god. The earth is the basis of the entire deity, and all the symbols of the deity tree, stone statue, mridmurti, Giriraj sila and Shaligram etc. are ultimately the forms of the earth itself. It is the earth because of life, it is the earth because everything is on it from birth to death. Because of bearing the burden of all, he is samvarsaha, and because of being able he is forgiveness. Water, land, river, sea, mountain, forest, island-island, country, district, city and village are spread on the earth itself. That is Vishwambhara. She is Annada and Annapurna for giving food to everyone. Being a mine of stones, medicines and gems, she is Ratnagarbha and Vasundhara.

This is the reason that since ancient times, Indians wake up early in the morning and pray to the earth that, O Mother Earth, you are the support of the whole world, you hold me too, I am setting foot on you, forgive this crime. According to Indian belief, Shri and Bhumi are the goddesses of Vishnu. In mythological tales, Lakshmi says that I become the earth and hold the pastoral creatures and rivers, mountains and seas. I am the creator of food, and in the form of fire and sun, I give light and ripen fruits etc. In the Vedas, the land and the earth etc. have been described as the name and form of God Himself. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, while revealing the meaning of the word Bhoomi in the first chapter of Satyarth Prakash, has quoted the mantra of Yajurveda 13/18 and said that Bhavanti Bhootani Yasyan Sa Bhoomi: That is, in which all the living beings are there, hence the name of God is Bhoomi. While explaining the word Prithvi in ​​the same verse, Swami Dayanand has said that Prithu Vistare proves the word Prithvi from this root. Yah parthati sarvam jagadvistriati tasmat sa prithvi means – the one who is the one who is the one who expands the whole wide world, hence the name of that God is Prithvi.

According to mythological belief, the word Prithvi is also associated with the name of Maharaja Prithu. Prithu was the first emperor of this earth. At that time the earth was rough, which Maharaja Prithu made level by making it agricultural. According to the legend, once when there was no fruit on the trees, the people, distraught with hunger, reached Prithu. Maharaj Prithu started agricultural work since then. This event is known in mythological texts as earth tapping. In this, the earth became a cow, Swayambhuva Manu milked the crops as a calf.

At that time the sages milked the Vedas, the gods got the nectar and morale, the demons got the liquor in the form of infusion, the Gandharvas and the Apsaras got the music and the melody and the beauty, the animals got food in the form of grass and the trees got different types of food. Received milk in the form of juice. Maharaja Prithu leveled the earth and built villages, towns, cities, settlements of Ahirs (Ghosh), Khevats, Kharwats. It is said that before Prithu, there was no department of Pur-gram etc. According to the Jain tradition, in the past there were Kalpavrikshas which provided bountiful results to human beings. When the Kalpavrikshas had decorated their glory, then Lord Shabhadev established the agricultural civilization, and created the caste system.

According to the belief, Mars is also called Bhaum due to the origin of a planet named Mars from the womb of the Earth. The earth is called Medini because it is born from the fat of the demons named Madhu and Kaitabh, the earth is the daughter of Brahma because of the creation of Brahma. Due to this religious-spiritual importance of the earth, since ancient times, Indians have been showing respect to the earth as a mother, worshiping and respecting it, but now in the whole world there is a new attitude towards the importance of the earth and its protection and promotion. Consciousness has arisen, and now Earth Day is being organized annually on 22 April every year to create awareness about earth and environmental protection in the whole world. Earth Day, established by US Senator Gerald Nelson in 1970 as environmental education, is now celebrated on 22 April every year in more than 192 countries. This date of April 22 is the astronomical mid-spring in the northern hemisphere and the astronomical mid-autumn season in the southern hemisphere. At present, the importance of Earth Day increases very much because, through this, we get to know about the impact of global warming on the environment through environmentalists. Earth Day creates awareness about saving life property and keeping the environment right. Population growth has put unnecessary burden on natural resources, the importance of programs like Earth Day has increased for the right use of resources.

In fact, in the Indian tradition, the concern of the environment has been done since the time immemorial. Here all the nature is considered to be worshiped. The importance, protection and worship of nature are available in many references in the Vedic texts. A popular mantra 36/17 of Yajurveda has wonderful praise for making the whole environment peaceful. In this wonderful hymn of Swastivachan, praying passionately for peace from the earth, space and earth, it has been said that water should give peace, medicines and plants give peace, the forces of nature – Vishwadev, may the whole universe give peace. May there be peace everywhere, may peace also give us peace.

Here Shanti is also described as a deity. In Rigveda 1/99/6,7,8, it is said that air is sweet, wishing every particle of air, water, and earth to be sweet. May the waters of rivers be sweet, medicines and plants sweet. May the Raja particles of Mother Earth be sweet, Father heavens sweet, May the sun rays be sweet, Sing honey and give milk. A complete hymn of Atharvaveda – Bhoomi Sukta, while worshiping as the mother of the earth, eternal knowledge has been imparted to man about the importance, need of his planet, earth and environment. While saluting Mother Earth in this Bhoomi Sukta, it is said in its praise that truth, cosmic divine laws, spiritual power existing in the Almighty Parabrahm, sacrifices and austerities performed by the devotion of sages and sages, all these have blessed Mother Earth for ages. – Preserved and maintained over the ages.

The earth is for us a companion of the past and the future, a witness, lead our soul through its purity and pervasiveness from this world to that divine cosmic life. Through her mountains, slopes and plains, Mother Earth, which provides uninterrupted freedom to humans and all living beings, both external and internal, gives birth, nurtures many plants and medicinal herbs of different capacities. May he enrich us and make us healthy.

This hymn, known as Atharvaveda 12/1 Dyavaprithvi, shows the importance of land, that is, the earth holding it. In one of this mantra, the verses mentioned in it – Mother land, sons Aham Prithivya:. According to it, the earth is the fertility, the mother, the mother. Birds get the same fruit and humans also get paddy and fruits from it. According to Indian belief, the universe appeared in the form of a sprout, and two leaves sprouted from the sprout, one leaf became mother earth and the other leaf cloud father. Lokmanas considers the relation of husband and wife between the earth and the cloud. Just as a woman is adorned by a husband and a son, so is the beauty of the earth by the raining clouds and seeds. The earth resides in the constellation Ardra in Ashadh and asks for donations from the cloud. The god of clouds is considered to be Indra, so there is also a belief that Indra provides the juice and the earth receives the juice.

In Indian culture, the concept of Mother Earth, Mother Earth, Mother Earth, etc., is deeply pervasive in the village-village, due to the fact that the earth has been considered as a mother since the ancient times. Like the mother’s son being the shelter and support, the earth has also been considered as the shelter and support. All beings are born from the earth, food is obtained from the earth in the form of energy of life and they get absorbed in the earth itself. Due to the eternal practice of worshiping Mother Earth, the concept of Vande Mataram is also a sign of respect for the Indian psyche in this spirit. Earth is the basis of all rituals. In the beginning of the Yagya, it is customary to clean the ground, clean the square with colored metals, worship the earth before building a house and digging a well, and holding the urn by smearing the pavilion with green dung and yellow soil. For making the altar for Navdurga worship, women go to collect yellow soil while singing Mangal.

The farmer reaches the field for seeding i.e. Vamani, after taking off the bundle of seeds from the head, soon puts a lump of the same field in the bale by saying that the earth is Maia. This is a ritual of Annapurna for sash barkat. In villages, women worship the grandson by making five clods or dhondhas of clay and five black earthen dhondhas. While worshiping Ghura in marriage, barley is caught after all, it is a form of earth worship. In all auspicious works, by wrapping Molly on a yellow earthen lump, to establish it as Ganapati, to worship the earth’s daughter Gagan Vasini Gajapanmesuri in the form of human form from potamitti in the form of a platter and Aschauth. The tradition of dissolving clay on a lease is still seen in India today. In this way, many personal, family, cultural and social rituals of Indians are interdependently connected with the land being addressed by many names like soil, earth, earth etc. The dedication of Indians can certainly be seen even in the present day. The customs prevalent among Indians of caste and circumambulation etc. is also an expression of godliness towards the earth. According to a legend, the decision to be the first worshiper among the gods was also taken on the basis of completing the circumambulation of the earth first.

Panchkosi Parikrama of Mathura to be done on Akshaya Navami in place of earth circumambulation, Adivaraha Parikrama, Braj Chaurisi Kos, Vrindavan, Garudgovind, Govardhan and Intergehi Parikrama and finally the concept of any temple etc. I have started, all this circumambulation reveals the devotion towards the earth. The circumambulation performed by the followers of Islam who went on Hajj can also be seen in this form. Due to the belief of purification towards the soil in Indians, that is, the tendency to consider the earth as holy, the proverbs named Aank Pavitar, Dhak Pavitar and Pavitar Dharti have become the same. Even the impure becomes pure by the touch of the soil. That is why there is a law to wash hands with soil after defecation-retirement. Mud bath means bathing by rubbing the body with mud, etc., is also a sign of this form. The tradition of keeping the soil of seven places in the Mangal Kalash also shows its importance. When a person dies, it is customary to bury his dead body, burn it and throw it in water, thus the final movement is also soil. In the soil everything becomes soil.

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