Do you know ‘Yogi’? It’s the mascot of the Chandigarh Yoga Festival, held from 9th to 12th June at different places in Chandigarh. This is being celebrated at different venues in Chandigarh to create buzz about the main event, which is to be held at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh on International Day of Yoga i.e. 21st June, 2016. Our honourable Prime Minister will grace the event with his presence.
Meet ‘Mr. Yogi’ in the following image:
Isn’t it cute? I really liked the logo. Did you recognise this animal? It’s the Grey Indian Mongoose (Nevla); it is also the state animal of Chandigarh. Quite popular it is. There’s also one story – ‘The mongoose and the farmer’s wife’; per Wikipedia, it is “one of the world’s most travelled tales”. Let me share it with you here:-
In a village, a farmer and his wife lived with their 1 year old son. They had a pet mongoose and their little boy was very fond of it. They both used to play with each other. One day, the farmer and his wife had to leave home together and they thought of leaving the baby with mongoose as it was very protective of the little boy so they left home for a while thinking he will be safe with the mongoose. The little baby was fast asleep on a bed and the mongoose also lay down near his bed. After a while, the mongoose saw a black snake moving towards the baby. On seeing this, he quickly jumped up and attacked the snake. A ferocious fight started between both of them and by God’s grace, the mongoose won the fight and saved the child. The farmer’s wife returned earlier and saw the mongoose at the door, there was blood all around its body. She thought the mongoose killed her child and in a fit of anger, she bit the mongoose with a stick and rushed to the room where child was sleeping. On reaching inside the room, she was surprised to see her baby playing happily on the bed. Seeing this, she quickly ran towards the mongoose and found it dead on the floor. She cried out loud and repented on her hasty action.
Moral of the story: Think before you act.
I heard this story when I was a kid and the lesson we learn from it is something, which we should always keep in our mind because the moment gone is moment lost, you just can’t roll it back and change things.
Anyway let’s get back to mongoose. I personally find this creature very fascinating, there are some interesting superstitions associated with it. Read them here:
- Mongoose is associated with the hidden treasures under the earth. It is believed that if a mongoose stays in your home then it is a sign of good luck and prosperity for the family.
- While going for an important task, if a mongoose crosses your path, your job will definitely be done.
- If you see a mongoose, leave everything that you are doing and follow the path that it is taking as it will bring you good luck.
I do believe in all these omens and feel they were created because of some past experiences and each of them has a story to tell.
In Feng Shui, a Golden Mongoose resting on a mound of coins and ingots is used to activate wealth luck. It is believed to bring all types of riches. I am thinking of buying one. After all, who doesn’t want to be rich? Ain’t you?
By the way, I forgot to tell you one thing. We have many mongooses in our lawn area at home. 🙂
Note: I wrote this post in July when I started creating this blog. This post hasn’t been promoted as yet so now I am submitting it for #DailyChatter #UBC Day Five. And it is also dedicated to ‘World Animal Day’.