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According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Ganesha is believed to be the God of wisdom and good fortune

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  • Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival and devotees bring idols of Ganesha to their houses and place them on raised platforms in homes
  • On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea
  • In 2016, Hyderabad and Cyberabad jointly will have a hundred thousand Ganesh pandals. And more than 20 feet tall Khairatabad Ganesh statue along with other statues will be immersed on September 15

India doesn’t need any introduction and it is complete in its own way. Apart from unity in diversity that India is proud of, it is also a land of festivals that keeps it alive throughout the year. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, and others of different faiths and traditions celebrate various festivals during the year. These festivals bring people together and add a new dimension to the daily routine of life. Although most Hindu festivals are religious in nature, they have cultural and regional diversities as well.

However, the essence and spirit of Hindu festivals remain the same throughout te country and anywhere Hindus reside. The festivals teach us to be physically and mentally pure and help people resolving conflicts and bind them together in harmonious living and welfare. Hindu festivals reflect the mind and philosophy if India in various epochs. Hindu festivals also have a deep spiritual meaning and purpose and remind us of the presence of supreme reality, or God.

One of the major festivals in Hinduism is Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha on the fourth day of bright fortnight of Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar (September/ October). Lord Ganesha is the god of wisdom as well as of good fortune. He is believed to be the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

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Legend has it when Shiva was coming back from his samadhi, he didn’t know that Ganesha was his son. Ganesha did not let Shiva enter the house because mother Parvati was bathing. Shiva got angry and cut his head off and went into the house. When Parvati saw Ganesha dead, she cried and told Shiva that Ganesha was his son.

To ease Parvati’s grief, Shiva promised to cut off the head of the first living thing he would see and attach it to Ganesha’s body and that creature was an elephant. Ganesha was thus restored to life and honored his courage by being made the Lord of the new beginnings and guardian of entrances. Ganesha is believed to be the destroyer of obstacles- ‘Vighna Vinashaka‘ and one who makes wishes come true – ‘Siddhi Vinayaka‘. As a granter of boons, Ganesha, the elephant-headed God is propitiated before all the Gods and at the start of any new task.

Large statue of Ganesha on the water, surrounded by people
Ganesh Visarjan, Wikimedia Commons

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival and on the commencement of the festival , devotees bring idols of Ganesha to their houses and place them on the raised platforms in homes. The priest then invokes life into idol amidst the chanting of mantras. This ritual is called pranapratishtha and after this shhodashopachara (16 ways of praying tribute) follows. Coconut, jaggery, 21 modakas (rice flour preparations), 21 durva (trefoil) grass and flowers are offered to the idol, to make Him happy and seek his blessings. The idol is anointed with red Chandan (sandalwood) and throughout the ritual, Vedic hymns are chanted.

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Devotees sing and dance ecstatically before the idols of Ganesha. On the 11th day, the idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing and later to be immersed in the river or the sea.

Khairatabad's famous ganesh idol
Khairatabad’s famous Ganesh idol, Wikimedia Commons

This year in 2016, Ganesh Chaturthi date falls on September 5. According to hinduismtoday.com Website, Hyderabad and Cyberabad jointly will have a hundred thousand Ganesh pandals, this year and more than 20 feet tall Khairatabad Ganesh statue along with other statues will be immersed on September 15. Samiti secretary R. Shashidhar said, “the number of pandals in the twin cities and Cyberabad will be 100,000. We are expecting more to be set up Khairatabad will have the tallest statue at 58 feet.

“We have asked the organizers to avoid the Metro Rail corridor and accept the state government plan to decentralize the immersion process with special enclosures for immersion at 10 lakes in the city including Hussainsagar.” Besides, HMDA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) has purchased a US$445 million machine to take out the statues once they are immersed.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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  • AJ Krish

    Festivals in India are really expressive . Crackers, sweets ,and lightnings add to grandeur of the festivals. Everyone comes together for these events, especially during Ganesh Chaturti.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

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What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.