Here comes a great Indian festival, ‘Maha Shivaratri’ or ‘The Night of Shiva’. Maha Shivratri is celebrated to revere Lord Shiva, an important deity of Hindus. This festival has a lot of significance in India. It is believed that the ethereal world touches the earth on the day of Maha Shivratri, which remains ten inches above the earth for the rest of the year. The day symbolizes the merger of the materialistic entity with the omnipresent. Temples of Lord Shiva are ornamented with vibrant garlands and myriad candles. Devotees often express their devotion by performing sacred rituals and worshipping Shiva-Lingam. Also, there are numerous cuisines which are relished on this devout night but the one which makes us chase is a spirituous drink popularly known as Thandai.
Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink, energized with dry fruits & spices and garnished with rose petals or saffron strands. It has a thick creamy blend of milk, water, spices, and almonds. The aroma of saffron, cardamom and fennel seeds rise atop the dense flavor of creamy boiled milk, to pamper the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. It is consumed in certain provinces of North India and Rajasthan.
Thandai has a special place in the hearts of Shiv Disciples. Every year numerous stalls are arranged near the Lord Shiva temples, so as to spread the taste in the air and to replenish the energy of devotees.
The festive mode has started, the chase has begun and the air has a tempting ecstasy of Thandai. And so, this is your time to allow your taste buds to feel the zeal of this festive drink.