‘Shiv Vivaha’ by The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho – The Lalit Arts Festival 2016

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

March 5, 2016

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Khajuraho – a UNESCO world heritage site is a city of beautiful temples that date back to 950 AD. Embellished with inspirations from this rich and exotic locale, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, overlooks the Western Group of Temples famed for their erotic sculptures.

 

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A destination of contemplation and calm, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is located just minutes away from the international airport and railway station. The hotel features 47 exquisitely appointed rooms & suites, fine dining restaurant & a bar, besides three banquet & conference venues and the award-winning Rejuve – The Spa.

 

The Lalit Temple View organises special evening programmes for guests reflecting the heritage and culture of the City of Exotic Temples like an in-house light and sound show and the traditional Sandhya Aarti (evening ritual).

 

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Lord Shiva’s union with Devi Parvati is celebrated with zeal and fervour in the form of Shiv Ratri. Igniting the Holy Spirit on this auspicious day, the celestial temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, come alive with celebrations of Shiv Vivaha. With a mission to develop destinations and not just hotels, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho will celebrate this Shiv Vivaha on 6th March, in the auspicious temples. This divine union of Shiv Shakti is the main theme of The Lalit Arts Festival 2016. With Shiv Vivaha in its sixth year, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group aimed to revive the essence of art & culture in the city of famed temples – Khajuraho.

 

 

DAY 1: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Traditional welcome at The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho
2:00 pm onwards – Lunch at Panna Restaurant (Optional)
4:00 pm – Visit to Raneh falls ( Optional)
6:30 pm – Sandhya Aarti at the Hotel Temple
7:30 pm – Khajur Vahika – a multimedia light & sound show on Khajuraho
8:30 pm onwards Buffet Dinner

 

DAY 2: Sunday March 6, 2016
6:30 am to 7:30 am – An energising yoga session
7:00 pm onwards – Buffet Breakfast at Panna Restaurant
12:30 pm onwards – Lunch at Panna Restaurant (Optional)
2:00 pm – Visit to Panna National Park ( Optional )
7:00 pm – Departure of the Shiv Baraat to the Temple Grounds
7:30 pm – Musical recital by Ms. Meena Pandit, followed by Multimedia Production
Choreographed in Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi styles inspired by Parvati Managal of Tulsidas
9:00 pm onwards – Buffet Dinner at The Lalit Teple View Khajuraho

 

Day 3 : Monday, March 7, 2016
6:30 am to 7:30 am – Recharge yourself with a yoga session
7:00 am to 10:30 am – Buffet Breakfast at Panna Restaurant
12:00 pm – Departure from the Hotel

 

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The festivities will offer a traditional Indian wedding. In evening, the Shiv Baraat procession will proceed from The Lalit Temple View Kajuraho to the Western Temple Festival Grounds. The baraat will be welcomed with an ensnared dance drama Shiv Shakti – musical recital by Meeta Pandit which will weave the spectators in a silken web of magic and Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi performances inspired by Parvati Mangal of Tulsidas, choreographed by Kamaiani Dutt, Sharon Lowen and Deepti Gupta, will render the evening with joy.

 

The Shiv Vivaha is open to the local people of Khajuraho and nearby towns. Over 5000 people are expected to witness the commemoration of this auspicious wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati including the local inhabitants, tourists and important dignitaries will also participate in it.

 

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Commenting about the event, Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group said, “The annual Lalit Arts Festival has picked up great momentum since its first edition local people as well as tourists both look forward to it. The Lalit Group’s ethos is to not just promote our hotels but the destination itself – the annual Lalit Arts Festival is certainly, a step in that direction. Shivratri is celebrated as one of the most important festivals of Khajuraho, and our efforts have been aimed at re-energizing it.”

 

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Elaborating on the special Shiv Vivah presentation, Dr. Suri further added, “We have created this presentation with local nuances to bring alive the art & culture of the city. The whole of Khajuraho is our guest today and celebrates the festival with us in the form of Shiv Vivaha.”

 

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A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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