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7th Edition of the Vintage Car Rally Season Kicks Off February 17 in New Delhi

Classic cars and motorcycles is all set to take us down the memory lane as the the seventh edition of the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally and Concours

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New Delhi, Feb 10, 2017: A royal rendezvous with hand-picked Vintage and Classic cars and motorcycles is all set to take us down the memory lane as the seventh edition of the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show returns to the Capital later this month.

Scheduled to take place from February 17 to 19, this year’s edition will see a major participation from the US, France, Germany, Italy and UK, the organisers said at a press conference on Friday.

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The vintage drive will witness rare cars dating from pre-World War II era to the glorious 1960s. One of the very precious and exclusive vintage cars on display would be a 1911 Silver Ghost from London.

Along with a sensational display of vintage beauties from venerated collectors and car enthusiasts, the audience will also experience the classic and vintage car-race on February 19 at the Buddh International F1 Track in Greater Noida.

“The 7th edition of vintage car rally will be organized at a much larger scale and is expected to have more eyeballs than the previous editions owing to the enthusiastic and stylish atmosphere,” said Madan Mohan, Founder and Managing Trustee of the annual event.

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“With nearly 100 hand-picked vintage and classic cars from India, Germany, France, US, Italy and UK, this year’s rally will be grander than the previous editions. The vision of the event is to place India as a world-class global motoring tourism destination,” he added.

The spectacular cars will be accompanied by 25 motorbikes from many parts of the world, the organisers said. It was also revealed that dance performances and food delicacies from various parts of the country would add charm to the event. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC