Ram Navmi: The Holy Festival of Hinduism
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

In incarnation of God, an ideal man, dutiful son and just king: these are just a few ways to describe Lord Rama, an exemplar of honor, reverence, self-control and duty. He fought battles, became king, married a Goddess, traveled far and befriended exotic beings who were steadfast in their loyalty and courage. Rama Navami is the celebration of His birthday, when Hindus honor and remember Him with devotional singing, dramatic performance and non-stop recitation of His remarkable life story, the Ramayana. Rama Navami is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya. He is the ardha ansh of Vishnu or has half the divinitive qualities of Lord Vishnu. The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April/May) (8 days after Yugādi) and coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chait Durga Puja. Therefore in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days. This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as the marriage day…

25 March : Hindi Acting Contributor Farooque Shaikh
History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

Farooque Shaikh was born in 25 March 1948 at Amroli near Surat in Gujarat. His father name is Mustafa Shaikh and Mother Farida. His father Mustafa Shaikh was a lawyer settled in Mumbai, whose family hailed from Hansot village (Bharuch district, Gujarat). Shaikh’s family were Zamindars (landowners), and he grew up in luxurious surroundings. Shaikh attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and then graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He then studied law at Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. Shaikh came to acting after failing to relate to his profession in law. At St. Xavier’s College that Shaikh met with Roopa, his future wife. Both of them were active in theatre while at college and later they got married. They have two daughters, Shaaista and Sanaa. His younger daughter Sanaa works with the NGO United Way Mumbai. Career and Professional Life He was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa, where Farooque had a supporting role and the leading man was Balraj Sahni. He first gained popular recognition as a quiz master on radio, but it was his participation as an anchor…

23 march : Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh
History , Travel and Destinations / March 23, 2018

Today is 23 march and it is also known as saheed divash of the Bhagat Singh, RajGuru and sukhdev. India will never forget their sacrifice. By this article we Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on the day of their martyrdom. India will never forget their courage & sacrifice. On 17th March, a telegram was sent to Home Dept preponing the execution date to 23rd March, and was hanged to death at 7.30pm on 23rd March 1931. The execution was a great blow to the sentiments of Indians who in turn were deeply moved and held demonstrations all over the country. There were many who blamed Mahatma Gandhi for not saving Bhagat Singh and held hartals in protest against the Mahatma. Every year, 23rd March is observed as Martyrs’ Day in honor of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev. A salute to our martyrs for giving up their lives during freedom struggle so that subsequent generations could live in peace & prosperity. Background British Govt implemented an act to suppress freedom struggle, it gave the British Police a freedom to arrests anyone without any permissions. In this context Bhagat Singh and his friends carried out a plan to use low intensity…

22 March : Katsuko Saruhashi (1920)
History / March 21, 2018

Saruhashi Katsuko is born Mar 22, 1920, in Tokyo, Japan. She is the first female who earned doctorate in chemistry from University of Tokyo. She was a geochemist who made first measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in seawater and subsequently showed the evidence in seawater and the atmosphere of the dangers of radioactive fallout. Personality When Saruhashi Katsuko was a young child, people would mock her about the ironic contrast between the name given to her and her personality. Her given name, Katsuko, literally translates as strong-minded or victorious. However, she was quite the opposite. Born in Tokyo in 1920, she was the long awaited baby girl of Saruhashi Kuniharu and Saruhashi Kuno. Spoiled by her parents and older brother Eiichi, Saruhashi was a shy, weeping, introverted little girl. She was a successful geochemist, who worked at the Japanese Transport Ministry’s Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) for 35 years. She was the first woman to be elected as the member of the Science Council of Japan, the country’s “parliament of science” (1981-1985). She was the first woman to receive the Miyake Prize for geochemistry in 1985. She established the Society of Japanese Women Scientists, but not just as a “system…

What Is Lingayatism : Religious Identity
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 20, 2018

The terms Lingayatism and Veerashaivism have been used synonymously, but Veerashaivism may refer to the broader Veerashaiva viewpoint, to the historical community now called Lingayats, and to a distinct contemporary Saiva subtradition with Vedic influences. Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava and spread by his followers among the Sharanas. Lingayatism is often considered a Hindu sect, sharing beliefs with Indian religions, but it rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system, and Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Shiva as the universal god in the iconographic form of Ishtalinga. What are the cultural differences between Lingayats and Brahmins Here are some differences We don’t need to go to Temple to worship, God is within you, in the form of ista linga and consider God is with you always and behave yourself in talking to others where God feel good about your talking. There is no hell or heaven, if you follow lingayath practices (good behavior) then you are a lingayath so, you will meet the god (Eshwara) directly. There is no concept of hell or cycle of birth or death. No need to see horoscope and other things…

Best Places to Visit in India in summer Season
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 17, 2018

Summer is upon us. We can feel the heat slowly creeping into the cold breeze that kept us happy and cozy over the past couple of months. It is now time to brace ourselves for the scorching summer season when throats dry faster and our bodies tire quicker. Mercifully, there are a number of places in India where you can escape the crazy summer heat and have an excellent vacation in a calm and soothing setting. When the hot summers take control of the Northern Plains and Central India, the heat-oppressed souls are provoked to escape in search of respite. Thankfully, a number of summer holiday destinations in India extend pleasant asylums against the rising mercury. No wonder that these wonderful havens summon tourists from every corner of the world. Lazy summer afternoons, temperatures lingering with ice-teas and lemon sodas and idle holidays almost asking you to step out into a vacation. List of Places to Visit 1. Shimla The Queen of Hills continues to enjoy its position among top India summer travel destinations in 2018 as well. The British-invented summer retreat with breathtaking mountain views, captivating pine landscapes and cool surroundings never fails to embrace the visitors. Colonial heritage, an array of temples and the…

Top 5 Wedding Destination Places in India
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 15, 2018

It seems a lot easier than being done when we say it takes a lot of time and energy in checking everything off that wedding planning checklist and most importantly, deciding the wedding destinations in India. Since it’s more about two families coming together to celebrate a new beginning of their loved ones, perfect Indian wedding destinations get etched in everyone’s memories for a lifetime. Wedding tourism, also known as destination tourism or marriage tourism, wherein the bride and groom travel to a serene destination, along with guests to exchange vows, has moved from strength to more strength and has already carved a niche in the global tourism industry. The International bodies, Government, ecosystem players in addition to the end users derive considerable benefit out of this arrangement. Marriage, by definition, is a formally recognised union of people as partners in a personal relationship. However, in India, it equally involves the families of the two. In fact, it has evolved into a status symbol in the present-day medieval-Indian society. And Indians leave no stone unturned to add that extra dash of colors, drama, and glamor to the wedding functions of the family. So, it isn’t very surprising that the past few decades have seen…

Mandu: Legends of Love in the City of Joy
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 15, 2018

Nestled in the enchanting forests of Madhya Pradesh is the little town of Mandu. A site of extravagant festivities under the Mughal rule, Mandu, with its lakes and palaces was a pleasure resort. Mandu is a historic city in Malwa plateau with large number of historic monuments. In past it is known by the name of Mandavgarh & Shadiabaad. It is a celebration in stone of life and joy called ‘the city of joy’ by the muslim rule’s, between 1401 and 1561 it was the capital of a Muslim state in the north of India. Under the Mughal rule, Mandu was a pleasure resort, its lakes and palaces the scenes of splendid and extravagant festivities, and the glory of Mandu lives on, in legends and songs, chronicled for posterity. History of Mandu According to a Sanskrit inscription of 555 A.D, the History of Mandu goes back to the 6th century when it was a fortified city. It was later named Mandhavgarh in the 10th or 11th century, by the rulers of the Parmara kingdom. In the year 1261, even the capital of the Parmaras was transferred from Dhar to Mandu. Later still, in 1305, the Parmars were captured by the…

Place of white tiger and royal dynasty : Rewa
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 14, 2018

Rewa is a city in the north-eastern part of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is the administrative centre of Rewa District and Rewa Division. The city lies about 420 kilometres northeast of the state capital Bhopal. Rewa derives its name from another name for the Narmada River. The territories now included in the district were held by the imperial Maurya dynasty, which ruled in the 3rd century BC. The area came under the Kalachuris from the 9th to the end of the 12th century. In the 13th century, Ulugh Khan, brother of Sultan Alauddin, drove the Baghela king east into the area, where he founded the Princely State of Rewa. This dynasty continued until the last successor, Martand Singh, abdicated and acceded rule to the Dominion of India in 1947. The present Rewa district came into existence in 1950 when the Provinces. Places of attraction in rewa Govindgarh Fort Govindgarh was considered as the summer capital of the King of Rewa which is around 13 km from the town of Rewa. Famous for its Sunderja Mangoes, Govindgarh is also known as Mini Vrindavan. It is believed that around one-third of this region was covered with dense forests and was…

Satpura ki Rani Pachmarhi : Important places to visit
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 13, 2018

Pachmarhi is a hill station in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh state. It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani (“Queen of Satpura”), situated at a height of 1067 m in a valley of the Satpura Range. The name Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch (“five”) and Marhi (“caves”). According to a legend, these caves were built by five Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha during their thirteen years of exile. Places of tourist interest Tourists visit Pachmarhi throughout the year. Pachmarhi has numerous nature spots, greenery, scenic views, waterfalls, mountain streams and rare wildlife. Jatashankar Jatashankar is natural cave, a Hindu shrine located north of Pachmarhi. Cave is located in deep ravine, with enormous boulders perched above. Cave contains stalagmites revered as naturally formed lingams. Cave serves as a shrine to the God Shiva and is popular destination for pilgrims. Jata means hair and Shankar is another name of Lord Shiva. There are two different types of little pond, fed by springs, found in the locality, one of cold water and the other one of hot water. Dhoopgarh The highest point in the Satpura range, Dhoopgarh hilltop is a beautiful spot to see marvelous sunsets and…

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