World Sparrow Day: व‍िश्‍व गौरया द‍िवस - 20 March

World Sparrow Day: व‍िश्‍व गौरया द‍िवस – 20 March

World Sparrow Day: 20 March

The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds you can remember from your childhood. Their nests dotted almost every house in the neighborhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations, where they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness how the house sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds. The association between humans and the house sparrow dates back to several centuries and no other bird has been associated with humans on a daily basis like the house sparrow. It is a bird that evokes fond memories and has thus found mention in folklore and songs from time immemorial.

Unfortunately, the house sparrow is now a disappearing species. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and are now facing an uncertain future, their numbers are also declining across their natural range. The reasons? Certainly, there is no one single reason for the decline of house sparrow. Its slow but noticeable disappearance has been labeled as one of the biggest mysteries of recent times. A leading newspaper in the United Kingdom – a country that has witnessed one of the biggest declines of the house sparrow population in recent times – declared a cash prize to anyone who could solve the mystery. Needless to add, the reward lies unclaimed.

The house sparrow is believed to be declining for various reasons ranging from the destruction of its habitat to lack of insect food for the young and even the increasing microwave pollution from mobile phone towers.

Theme:

The theme for World Sparrow Day is I Love Sparrows. The theme has been inspired by the hope that more and more of us will celebrate the relationship between PEOPLE AND SPARROWS.

After all, we’ve lived in close harmony with these adorable little birds for 10,000 years. So, the main aim of the theme is to highlight the love that people have for sparrows and the seemingly small things that they do to make a big difference to sparrows. Through this year’s theme, we aim to highlight how citizens from different walks of life are making amazing differences and expressing their love for sparrows by telling the world the ways in which they are helping conserve sparrows.

The theme is centered around People and Sparrows because both are an integral part of a relationship that celebrates thousands of years of togetherness. In our busy lives, we have lost that bond with sparrows in particular and with nature, in general.

Through this theme, we want to bring some amazing people into the limelight, people who are not only helping in conserving sparrows but are also spreading love for sparrows, awareness about their importance in our lives and tips on their conservation. Looking at them, we hope others will be inspired and join the conservation movement to save sparrows by doing small things that have major functional conservation values.

Loving is doing. Warming up to sparrows is not just about looking at them and admiring them. It’s about doing something for them that will help them fight contemporary challenges to their existence. Sparrows need us for their survival in this ever-growing concrete jungle and we need them for our ecological system to be balanced and indeed, for our very own existence.

World Sparrow Day: How to celebrate

The sparrows are known to live in the backyards and green patches in urban areas but “in the last two decades, their population is on the decline in almost every city,” according to the wwfindia.org. On this World Sparrow Day let’s encourage children and others around us to respect spaces for sparrows.

  • Developing sparrow-friendly habits: It’s never too late to learn. Alongside teaching our kids to keep a bowl of water and grains in the balcony for sparrows to feed on, we can also do things to have more greenery, which will encourage sparrows to visit us more often.
  • Go for a sparrow walk with kids: Since it’s a Saturday, go for a local sparrow walk early morning. Don’t forget to take binoculars and cameras.
  • Make sparrow posters: Draw posters and paintings on sparrows and other birds that visit your balcony often. This helps develop awareness on the birds.

व‍िश्‍व गौरया द‍िवस:

नन्‍हीं च‍िरैया जानें लाती है क‍ितनी खुश‍ियां

कभी छत पर तो कभी घर की दहलीज नन्‍हीं च‍िरैया गौरैया की संख्‍या द‍िन-ब-द‍िन कम होती जा रही है। ऐसे में गौरैया के संरक्षण के ल‍िए प्रत्‍येक वर्ष व‍िश्‍व स्‍तर पर “व‍िश्‍व गौरैया द‍िवस” मनाया जाता है। ताक‍ि लोगों को इस नन्‍हीं च‍िरैया के प्रत‍ि जागरुक क‍िया जा सके। लेक‍िन आपको जानकर हैरानी होगी क‍ि गौरैया का घर के वास्‍तु से भी गहरा संबंध होता है। तो आइए जानते हैं क‍ि कैसे गौरैया घर का वास्‍तु सुधार देती है

तुलसीदासजी ने भी क‍िया है गौरैया का वर्णन

गौरैया का हमारे जीवन में क‍ितना महत्‍वपूर्ण स्‍थान है। यह तो हम सभी जानते हैं लेक‍िन क्‍या आप जानते हैं क‍ि गोस्‍वामी तुलसीदास ने भी राजा दशरथ के घर में गौरैया के घोंसले का वर्णन म‍िलता है। वास्‍तुशास्‍त्र के अनुसार अगर घर में उत्तर दिशा और ईशान कोण में गौरैया अपना घोंसला बनाए तो यह अत्‍यंत शुभ होता है। इससे घर में सुख-समृद्धि का वास होता है और पार‍िवार‍िक द‍िक्‍कतें भी धीरे-धीरे दूर होने लगती हैं।

महाभारत काल का भी म‍िलता है उल्‍लेख

पक्षी विज्ञान के जनक गौतम ऋषि के अनुसार अगर क‍िसी जगह पर गौरैया का घोंसला हो। तो यह अत्‍यंत शुभ संकेत माना जाता है। कहते हैं क‍ि इससे 10 प्रकार के वास्तुदोष अपने आप ही दूर हो जाते हैं। मान्‍यता है महाभारत काल में महारानी कुंती के महल में भी गौरैया का घोंसला था।

बन जाते हैं ब‍िगड़े काम

वास्‍तुशास्‍त्र के अनुसार गौरैया का घर में आना बहुत ही शुभ होता हैं। इनके आने से जीवन में मधुरता आती हैं। ब‍िगड़ते कार्य बनने लगते हैं। कार्यक्षेत्र में सफलता मिलती हैं। इनका सुबह-सुबह दिखना बहुत ही शुभ माना जाता हैं। कहते हैं जो व्यक्ति इनको देख लेता हैं। उसका पूरा दिन शुभ हो जाता हैं। उसे हर कार्य में सफलता म‍िलती है।

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