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Ganesha festivities: Social themes rule the roost

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Lucknow: It seems that managers and convenors of Ganesha Chaturthi appear to have drawn strong inspirations from Durga Puja organisers in West Bengal. Socio-cultural themes this year are pining for attention in league with comic characters in the pandals.

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The festivities on the Hindu God Ganesha kick off on Thursday with the fabricated structures housing the idol presenting glimpses of contemporary issues such as Swachh Bharat (clean India), Yoga, scourge of terrorism and saving the girl child.

These issues are close to the heart of PM Narendra Modi, as seen in his campaigns. Also vying for attention are the ubiquitous Walt Disney characters such as Micky Mouse and the all-time favorite of people of all ages, Spiderman.

Gone are the days when people in the ‘City of Nawabs‘ would stand in serpentine queues waiting to seek the blessings of the pot-bellied Ganesha. The pandals across the city now throw in entertainment to bring in the crowds, not unlike their counterparts in Kolkata or elsewhere, where Durga puja celebrations bring in a touch of fun.

According to the organisers, not only Ganesha would be granting the faithfuls the darshan but the pandals will also enlighten them on where the government and perhaps society wants them to go– towards cleanliness, health and social consciousness.

At the Ganesha pandal at Ramadhin Inter College, there will be large cut-outs of cartoon characters urging parents to send their children to school. A pandal, where a mid-sized Ganesha has been brought from Maharashtra, would depict the ugly face of terrorism through pictures of the terrorist attack on a Pakistani school.

At Bada Shivalaya in Sankatadevi temple, the idol will talk about the menace of reservation in jobs and seeking its support to end it, according to an organiser.

At Aminabad, Ganesha would be seen in 16 postures of Yoga. Organizer Atul Awasthi says the hall would be plastered with posters in yoga mudras, stressing on the need to be healthy.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors

The more the women in the study practised yoga, the better their results

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Breast cancer survivors, if they practise yoga for as little as three months, may significantly reduce fatigue and inflammation, shows research.

“Modest yoga practise over a period of several months could have substantial benefits for breast cancer survivors,” claimed Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University in the US.

“The results could easily generalise to other groups of people who have issues with fatigue and inflammation,” added Kiecolt-Glaser.

To reach this conclusion, researchers asked 200 participants to practise yoga in small groups twice a week for 12 weeks.

Women in the control group were instructed to perform normal routines and not to do yoga.

Results showed that on average, fatigue was 57 percent lower in women who had practiced yoga compared to the non-yoga group, and their inflammation was reduced by up to 20 percent.

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Representational image. Pixabay

“The participants had completed all breast cancer treatments before the start of the study,” said the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The more the women in the study practised yoga, the better their results.

“Though many studies have suggested that yoga has numerous benefits, this is the largest known randomised controlled trial that includes biological measures,” Kiecolt-Glaser said.

Chronic inflammation is linked to numerous health problems, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and alzheimer’s disease.

A secondary analysis showed that more frequent yoga practise produced larger changes in fatigue, vitality and depressive symptoms as well as between an average 4 to 6 percent reduction in two of the three pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Also Read: Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting

The yoga group also reported significantly improved sleep compared to the control group.

“Yoga has many parts to it – meditation, breathing, stretching and strengthening. We think the breathing and meditation components were really important in terms of some of the changes we were seeing,” Kiecolt-Glaser stressed.

Reducing fatigue enables women to engage in other activities over time. So yoga may have offered a variety of benefits in addition to the yoga exercises themselves, added the study. (IANS)

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