Haryana: Welcome to the land of Milk, Khaats and Hookahs

Imagine a land where opulence is determined by the number of cows each family has! Where the morning sun skates its rays over lush green paddy fields and evenings dive into the heart of a colorful horizon that bespeaks an impeccable embroidery of a martial language and inimitable cordiality. The hookas, the khaats, the peepal, the bargad, the kuan, the daaman…..Yes, this is our very own Haryana. Though we say that it is the “green belt” of our country, but we have proved the world that Haryana is no more a “bread-basket” but is also the central hub for the country’s major industries, specially the most emerging ones are finding their way straight away to Haryana.

Haryana Cultural Dance

It was here that the Vedas were written, as the Aryans chanted their sacred Mantras. Replete with myths and legends, Haryana’s 5000 year old history is steeped in glory. Kurukushetra may look like an unprepossessing regional center, but it is in fact the birthplace of the Universe and the spot where good triumphed over evil-at least according to Hindu teachings. Brahma created man and the Universe here, and Krishna delivered his epic Bhagwad Gita sermon. It was on this soil that saint Ved Vyas wrote Mahabharat in Sanskrit. Before the Mahabharat war, a battle of ten kings took place in the Kurukshetra region in the Saraswati valley. But it was the Mahabharat War, approximately in 900 BC, which gave to the region worldwide fame. Mahabharat knows Haryana as Bahudhhanyaka, land of plentiful grains and Bahudhana, the land of immense riches.  Haryana has been the scene of many wars because of it being “The Gateway of North India”. The three famous battles of Panipat took place near the modern town of Panipat in Haryana.

The villagers here are unlike anywhere in the world…their openness humbles me..overwhelms me. The food..how can one forget the food??:) We live for food. makhan, doodh, khoya, malai, choorma, laddu, gur, kadhi, bathue ka raayta, baajre ki roti..? ”Jit dudh dahi ka khana, Isa maahra haryana”….you must have heard it a hundred times but still it perfectly describes the Haryanvi cuisine. It’s the same land where still the farmers while going to the fields carry with them the roti and ganthas(onion), where breakfast is still incomplete without dahi or lassi and a person can’t go asleep without a glass of hot milk. We have set up courts and police stations in every region, but even today we believe in panch-parmeshar and the conventional panchayati raaj, still we believe in dissolving our disputes through mutual discussions and negotiations inspite of dragging each other to the court of law. Though the modern era has changed us a lot but even today we have joint families in Haryana, specially in villages where we can find chacha-chachi, tau-tai, dada-dadi, bhaiya-bhabhi…..all in the same house. Even today we don’t make decisions, whether small or big, without the consultation of our parents. Though we have adopted the modernized approach, but even today we serve our elders first and then only we consider our turn for the meal.

Haryana Hukkah

Haryana is a state which astonishingly combines both-antiquity and plenty. It has been a cradle of Indian culture and civilization. The people of Haryana are simple, straight-forward, enterprising and hard-working. We are still conservative and continue to follow old practices as a matter of routine and custom, whether it is the hals or the kuans…. Haryana has a rich cultural heritage that goes way back to the Vedic times. The state is rich in folklore with the oldest extant romance of Sorath and Dhaj, Ror Kumar. Raagni are very famous in Haryana and it is a part of folk music in Haryana. The people of Haryana have their own traditions. The age old customs of meditation, Yoga and chanting of Vedic Mantras, are still observed by the masses. Famous yoga guru Swami Ramdev is from Mahendragarh in Haryana. We celebrate festivals with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour…….holi, diwali, teej, maker sankranti, rakhi, dussehra…..saavan ka jhoola is a part of our tradition….mehndi is an intergral part of all of our festivals. Our culture and popular art are expressed through mimes, dramas, ballads and songs in which they take great delight. The concept of saang is popular in villages. The women are devoted and diligent and assist their men-folk on the farms. A blanket or chaddar serves as wrapper. A duppata or overcloth, kamiz or skirt, pajamas, salwar or ghagra with differences in make and colour is generally the female dress. People are very fond of ornaments here. The ornaments are usually made of gold and silver. The main items include haar (necklace), hansli (heavy bangles) made of silver, jhalra (long hanging string of gold mohars or silver rupees) Karanphul and bujni of gold and dandle of silver for the ears.

The most striking feature of Haryana is its language itself; or rather, the manner in which it is spoken. Popularly known as Haryanavi, with Bangaru being the most widely spoken dialect, it is perhaps a bit crude, but full of earthy humor and straightforwardness. Isn’t it amazing to meet people who carry a tough air around themselves, but are as soft as butter from inside? And to savour the butter of brotherhood, you need to come to Haryana. Haryana has always remained a rendezvous for diverse races, cultures and faiths.

Haryana has marched towards modernity with leaps and bounds. Today, it enjoys the unique distinction inIndiaof having provided electricity, metalled roads and potable drinking water to all its villages within record time. Haryana is among the most prosperous states in India, having one of the highest per-capita income in the country.

No doubt, there is so much to do and experience here, things that you will love to know more and more about…

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