By AUTAR MOTA
Close to Navreh comes another cultural ritual known as Zang-Trei or third Auspicious day ; A ritual of Shakti tradition of ancient kashmir. Centred around women considered as harbingers of peace and prosperity for a family , Zang Trei festivity coincides with a visit to shaktipeeth Sharika Temple at Hari Parbat Srinagar. A fair at DeviAngan or the spring time festivity at blooming Badaam vaari garden nearby was another attracttion of NAVREH . The busy water chestnut ( Gaer or singharra) sellers, Halwai shops, water Baloon sellers , toy sellers and so many other attractions for children at Devi Angan, Badaamvaari or outside Chhatti Paadshashi Gurudwara. No more chills or snow or cold winds now. Flowers , greenery ,sunshine and pleasantness all-around.
On Zang Trei or third day of Vikrami New year, kashmiri Pandit women visit their Parental home for sometime . This is the first auspicious visit of the year intended to seek long life and prosperity for parents and other family members by the married woman. She is received with hugs, tears and love in her Parental home. After having tea and bread etc , She is given some cash (Attagath or conveyance money in kashmiri ), a packet of Salt ( Considered Auspicious by kashmiri Pandits as Salt is linked to Goddess Lakshmi ) and Bakery ( Tseot or kulcha) that she carries to her in law’s house.All these small gifts are intended to seek prosperity and Long life for her husband, children and other members of the family in her in law’s house. It is a day of reunion and get together . Those amongst the married Kashmiri pandit women who are far off from their parents and consequently unable to visit their parental home , pay a visit some Temple or some family close by to be a part of this ancient tradition. They also return to their homes with Attagath and a packet of salt.
WHY ON THIRD DAY OR TREI ?
To this Query, Pandit Raghunath Kokiloo (a Saint and practioner of Shaivism) has told me something like this:
“Zang trei is linked to our Shaiva Darshana. Three is auspicious and very important in Shaiva Darshana . What is a
TRISHULA ? Understand it as three fundamental dimensions of life . You can also call it ida, Pingala and Sushumna. These are the three basic nadis ; one to the left, second to the right and third in the centre of the pranamaya kosha ( Energy body) of the human system.
Three is AUM depicted by three curves .And Bhur, Bhuva and Swaha or the triple control over thought ,word and deed exercised by a shaivite .
Again , the Rhythm of the universe lies in the trinity symbolized by Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesha representing creation, preservation and destruction respectively.
That is why so many shaivites all over the world put three lines of Ash over their forehead.”
And stalwart Modern Kashmiri poet Dina Nath Naadim also describes Zang Trei festivity in one of his poems..A poor mother alongwith her son is on a visit to Zang Trei festivity in Badaam Vaari Garden. The boy is tempted by so many toys while the poor mother is quick to distracts his attention . I add select lines from the to conclude this post..
Fraekvin Phulayaa , Lukka Arsaatha
Taaran Peith Peith Katiji Jamaata .
Zangtrei Hunz Grukh
Val Saa Maaleyah
Dabluss Ponsuss Soruy Duniya
Meiti Guchh Peen Pan( Whistle )
Tot Kya baa Chhukh
( Dina Nath Naadim )
Abundance of spring Flowers ,
Noise of sparrows on overhead electric wires ,.
A crowd celebrating Zangtrei festival,
Sun shine on all sides,
“Come dear child
Come son come dear
Entire world for a penny “
“ I too want to buy a whistle mother“
“Oh you look Febrile,
Let us quench our thirst first .”
(Autar Mota )
Autar Mota is a noted columnist and his articles are published in national papers and magazines.
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