Varsha Ritu-Rainy Season in India




*Translation of the Parjanya Sukta from the Rigveda sung in Monsoon Ragas with specific metres:
“Then the winds blow…
Then the lightning’s fall…
Then, the flora sprouts and grows
Then the space overflows,
Then the land prepares for the welfare
When Parjanya the Rain God protects the earth by waters!”
 Rigveda 8.53 Parjanya Sukta
Varsha Ritu
July 20th-September 20th
Includes the months of Shraavana and Bhadrapa
Very Hot, Very Humid and Heavy Monsoon Rains
Season Festivals-Raksha Bandan, Krishna Janmaashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam

Origin of the Monsoon

These short-lived tempests prelude the grateful bursting of the monsoon, and introduce the varsha ritu or rainy season. The south-west monsoon blows steadily during this period and should bring with it abundance of rain. The rivers are swollen and sometimes impassable for days. The face of nature is clad in green and the ploughed fields receive the precious seed.
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Varsha Ritu                In this season varun (synonym of rain) and Vayu (considered to be as monsoon) starts flowing, this is very essential for agriculture purpose. In this whole sky gets filled with clouds. Western winds blow. Air is damp and chilled. Rivers are flooded with water. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) flowers bloom in rainy season. There is lightening in sky. Thunder sound is quite common in rainy season. Peacock (pavao cristasus) and an insect named indragopa (mutella occidentalis) appears in this season. Rainbow appears in sky after rain. Land is muddy and wet and there is vegetation all over the earth due to enough supply of water. In this season the digestive fire which got decreased in summers gets ignited again. Indian calendar marks this season as shravan-bhadrapada

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Ayurveda Varsha Ritu

Menu for Varsha Ritu

Monsoon with Man-Mohan-A depiction of the Monsoon Season in Nathdwara, Rajasthan

Monsoon Flowers
Kadam
Lotus 
Jasmine 


OF MALLIGAI AND MULLAI (JASMINE FLOWERS)

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Hemant Ritu

Hemant Ritu

Includes Indian months of: Margashirsha (Agrahayana) and Pausha
November 20 to January 20
 Includes Indian festivals of: Pancha Ganapati (mid-Winter celebration), Bihu, Pongal, Sankranthi

Hemanta Ritu ( Winter Season )/Shishira Ritu ( Cold and Dewy Season )

Diet
Lifestyle

During this season, digestive acitivity becomes powerful and sweet, salty &
sour food stuffs can be taken, which will keep in check the increasing Vata.
. Rising vata is obstructed by cold atmosphere. Wheat/ gramflour products,
corn, edible oils & sugarcane products can be incorporated in diet.

Oil Massage Therapy ( Abhyangam Achareth Nithyam ) to be done.

Exercise ( Vyayama ) .

It is better to clothe oneself in leather, silk & wool.

Be under the Sun for sometime - Sunlight is rich in Vitamin D - lest you be
affected by the Seasonal Affectional Disorder ( lack of Sunlight )

Dos in hemanta ritu (vihara):

1) You should give your body abhyanga or oil massage everyday.
2) Apply hair oil to head regularly.
3) Do sunbathing.
4) Stay in warm and cozy places.
5) Wear warm woolen clothes.
6) Apply lepa or paste of agaru or Eaglewood (Botanical name: Aquillaria agallocha) to the body. It keeps the body warm.
http://www.augustayurveda.com/showarticles1.asp?id=233

 

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Commercial Cultivation of cardamom

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Ritu(Seasons of India) Attars

In ancient India, a great importance was laid upon adapting oneself to the changing seasons which were six in number. In that earlier time none of the modern conveniences such as heaters, air conditioners, etc existed to make one partially immune to the many environmental factors that accompany each season(spring, summer, rainy season, cold season etc) Instead people changed their diet, the type of clothes they wore, the cosmetics and perfumes they used, etc so that they could remain comfortable and happy.

To celebrate this ancient heritage of adaptation to ones environment which existed in India, a series of Attars is being created that utilizes aromatic plants that either grow during a particu lar season or was used in one form or another to help the human body and mind to remain in a state of equilbrium during the times of external change.

The first in this series is Grishma Ritu(Summer or Hot Season)Attar. It contains Ruh Gulab/Rosa damascena(which was renowned for its cooling propertie, Mukhallat Attar(for its fruity floral notes as fresh and delicious fruits were highly recommended), Majmua Attar(which contains Ruh Khus/wild vetiver and Mitti/earth both having cooling properties) and other select nat ural essences and contained in a pure sandalwood base

Grishma Attar is a golden yellow liquid displaying a soft, sweet, fresh, roseaceous-fruity bouquet with a delightful cool, earthy, resinous undertone of very good tenacity.

Within the next couple of months we shall be introducting Varsha(Rainy Season), Basant(Spring Season), etc Attars