Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This 8:00pm. 13th February, 2013, Wednesday in India. Friends, love is in the air; tomorrow is Valentine’s day! What is your plan for the day? I have a lot! Now it’s time to know you about India! Today, I think it would be appropriate to share about Valentine’s Day in India. So here I go!
In India, in the antiquity, there was a tradition of adoring Kamadeva, the lord of love; exemplificated by the erotic carvings in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments and by the writing of the Kamasutra treaty of lovemaking. This tradition was lost around the Middle Ages, when Kamadeva was no longer celebrated, and public displays of sexual affections became frowned upon. The festival of Rasa (Rasa Utsav), a celebration of Radha and Krishna's legendary love affair; once popular in the Eastern part of the subcontinent (Bengal and Odisha) is also noteworthy in this context; though at present times this is observed by a small number of people. In the state of West Bengal, Saraswati Puja, a festival observed in early spring where Saraswati, the goddess of learning is worshiped; has often been seen as a Bengali version of Valentine's day; especially among the urban middle class youth. Around 1992, Valentine's Day celebrations started catching up in India, with special TV and radio programs, and even love letter competitions. The economic liberalization also helped the Valentine card industry.
Well, that's all for today! Enjoy the Valentine's Day with your beloved! Take care! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.