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The Holy Myrrh, Guggul and Incense

The Holy Myrrh, Guggul and Incense

Ever wondered where your incense comes from? Did you know that guggul is a resin secreted by the Mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), which grows in India, Central Asia, and North Africa? In India, incense sticks are a critical element in most Hindu celebrations. During pujas and festivals, incense sticks or dhoop are used liberally.

Unconventional love stories from India

Unconventional love stories from India

Valentine’s day has finally approached. A day to bestow love and admiration upon that every person who holds a special place in your heart. And, whose presence has been marked with golden letters in your life. Several stories are there surrounding this special day, and the bond of love, in general. But today, I am

Valentine and Kamadeva, the Indian Cupid

Valentine and Kamadeva, the Indian Cupid

The most delightful season of the year, Spring is here! And I could not be more excited. As the flowers have started blooming in my backyard garden, I can sense the arrival of the day-of-love just around the corner. Don’t you? Valentine and the Indian Cupid Valentine’s day often gets connected with the Cupid —

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

Did you know Christmas trees are not just a Christmas tradition alone? For ages people in many countries believed that having an evergreen would keep witches, evil spirits and illness away. Around the winter solstice, ancient people believed that the sun god was weak in this time but will come back healthy and powerful. Having

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali!

We wish you all a very happy and prosperous diwali. WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants – how plants live, survive. Nature at its best is a great repository of knowledge and most of it is still a mystery to our

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Sivakasi was a sleepy little town established in the 15th century by Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian. With black soil that doesn’t get enough rain to grow any crops other than cotton, chillies and millets, people in this town had nothing of interest happening until two brothers did something amazing. Within few years Sivakasi claimed its place

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

With Diwali around the corner, the festive frenzy is at its peak. We are all geared up to have fun. But is it fun without crackers, diyas and friends? Buying crackers brings back so many memories from childhood. It was a ritual we all would wait eagerly.  Would you like to know about the origin of firecrackers?

7 pumpkin facts you didn’t know

7 pumpkin facts you didn’t know

Pumpkins facts & health benefits Pumpkins originated in North America around 5500 BC Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables Pumpkins grow (almost) everywhere Pumpkin word originated from “pompions,” which meant ‘gross melons’ Pumpkins are 90% water Pumpkins are full of valuable nutrients, high in antioxidants Pumpkins are linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers They

Was Halloween started in India by Aryans and taken to Celtic region?

Was Halloween started in India by Aryans and taken to Celtic region?

“Place me in that deathless, undecaying world,where the light of heaven shines in everlasting lustre. . .Make me immortal in that realm . . . where the worlds are filled with light;in that realm of bliss let me realize my immortality.”– Rig Ved Samhita If you are celebrating Halloween, you must wonder if this is

The Konkan fruit festival

The Konkan fruit festival

Now that we know of many festivals around food and music around the world, let us find out some closer to home starting from the west coast. We have our own fruit festival on the west shoreline of India in Goa – The Konkan fruit festival. More than 20,000 individuals visit this festival (the number

The Battle of Oranges

The Battle of Oranges

This festival of throwing oranges at each other is the largest food fight in Italy. It is celebrated in the city of Ivrea, where thousands of locals gather and divide into nine combat teams and then throw oranges at each other. The Orange Battle, or Battaglia Delle Arance to locals, is a three-day festival celebrated

Maa Durga’s Hibiscus

Maa Durga’s Hibiscus

Did you know Hibiscus is the preferred flower for Maa Durga and is offered as an offering in puja and rituals? Well, with the festival season around the corner, we thought you would love to know the various health benefits Hibiscus has for #SkinCare. At Plant Science, we are always amazed by the way plants

Mud festivals you shouldn’t miss

Mud festivals you shouldn’t miss

If, as a child, you had an opportunity of playing with elements, you would have enjoyed playing with mud! many of us still love creating something nice out of the mud. While the finer art of turning clay into artefacts has lured many, the childish joy of playing is always an allure. Imagine this as

Japan’s Bean-throwing Festival : Setsubun

Japan’s Bean-throwing Festival : Setsubun

If you have been following our posts, you would have definitely enjoyed the arious #Crazy Festivals, we have been covering. Today we are introducing you to the famous bean throwing festival from the island of the rising sun – Japan. Traditionally known as Setsuban, is celebrated at the beginning of spring. This festival is celebrated

Albuquerque international balloon festival

Albuquerque international balloon festival

One of the most captivating sights is looking at a hot air balloon slowly rising against a clear sky defying the gravity and showing its colors in full grandeur. Only if you have seen this happen would you appreciate the sight? Now just imagine hundreds of hot air balloons going up like birds in the

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