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8 Topmost Places to Visit in Uttar Pradesh

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August 01, 2017: Experience a fine meld of a preserved past and a changing present at the most culturally rich state of India. Yes, we are talking about “Uttar Pradesh” the most vibrant state of India. The states majestic architectural work on the monuments, the piquant and mouth-watering Awadhi cuisine, the fine chicken work on fabrics and the brass work on utensils is something every traveller or a tourist should not miss upon. Here are the topmost 8 places to visit in Uttar Pradesh to broaden one s horizon on Indian history and culture.

1. Taj Mahal – Agra Present in Agra, and also known as the “Crown of Palaces” in Arabic, this immortal masterpiece is an awe-inspiring structure anyone could ever see in their lifetime. It’s a gem of Islamic art, however it combines Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles which were a part of the Mughal Empire. A visit to this 7th wonder of the world is a must and shouldn’t be missed upon at all!

 

2. Kusum Sarovar – Mathura

 About 25 kms from the town of Vrindavan, this magnificent historical sandstone       monument lies on the sacred Govardhan Hill in Mathura. Its Rajasthani architecture and nonchalant surroundings is the most vital part which attracts tourists and travellers to it. The entire vicinity has spiritual energy due to the pastimes of Lord Krishna and his eternal consort, Srimati Radharani . So, head on here to experience this divine beauty !

3. Kumbh Mela – Allahabad Held once in 12 years, Hindu pilgrims from all over the world gather here to bathe in the holy river during the Kumbh as they believe this will help in washing away their sins, make them perpetually blessed by the divine and take them a step closer to salvation. It’s one of the largest gatherings in the world and is known to be over 2000 years old !

4. Dhamek Stupa – Sarnath Dhamek Stupa a.k.a Dhamekh or Dhamekha is cylindrical in shape and built with red bricks and stone with the lower part being entirely covered with aesthetically appealing carved stones. Located 13 km northeast of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, this unique Stupa depicts great craftsmanship of Buddhist art and sculpture and attract attention of thousands of visitors round the year including national and international pilgrims, tourists, dignitaries, archaeologists and historians. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world including many national and international dignitaries visit the Stupa to offer prayer to Lord Buddha.

5. Bara Imambara – LucknowAmong the grandest buildings of Lucknow, Bara Imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. This monument s roof is made up from rice husk which makes it a unique building. Also this city of Nawabs depicts an amazing blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture. So fine is its literature, cuisine, performing arts, chicken embroidery, zardozi and tehzeeb, that it puts it at the zenith and the world knows it. Don’t forget to eat the Kebabs and Biryani, since they are the most delectable and popular amongst the cuisine of Lucknow.

6. AyodhyaFamed as a city of temples, Ayodhya is an important pilgrimage centre situated on the right bank of the river Saryu, about 110 km from Lucknow. Hundreds of devotees come here to take a holy dip in Saryu (a sacred river) throughout the year on various religious occasions. Also, the remnants of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can still be found in Ayodhya. So, head here for a deeply spiritual experience.

7. Fatehpur Sikri World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of Akbar’s kingdom from 1571 to 1585. Today, the historic ruins and red Sikri sandstone buildings that stand here take you back in time to the royal Mughal era. The marvellous architecture of Buland Darwaza and Panch Mahal here are not to be missed.

8. VaranasiVaranasi a.k.a Kashi, Banaras is known to be one of the most vibrant and magical place on earth. It is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. It is famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, ivory works, perfumes, and sculpture. Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth).

– By Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram

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  • That is a great place to visit. And I am from UP, I love my city as well. there is a lot to see.

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All You Need to Know About the Sport of Jallikattu

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

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banned bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu
Jallikattu sport of Tamil Nadu, Wikimedia

By Ruchika Verma

  • Jallikattu is a traditional Tamil sport
  • The sport involves bulls and humans, the latter trying to control the former
  • The sport was banned in 2014, which created a lots of controversy

Jallikattu or Sallikkattu, also known as ‘eru thazhuvuthal’ and ‘manju virattu’ traditionally, was in news last year, around this time due to the ban imposed on it by the Supreme Court. The ban was much hyped and gathered a plethora of media’s attention.

Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons
Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons

Jallikattu ban has also garnered lots of political attention due to the involvement of Tamil Nadu and Central governments. The issue is much hyed due to the political context involved in it too.

What exactly is Jallikattu ? 

Jallikattu is a traditional sport and spectacle in which bulls of the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds are released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to control the bulls while they try to escape.

Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr
Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr

Jallikattu is practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. The districts, Madurai, Thanjavur, and Salem are the most famous for conducting Jallikattu. The game dates back to Tamil classical period, which went back to 400 BC. Ancient Tamil Sangam literature described the practice as ‘Yeru thazhuvuthal’ which literally means “bull embracing.” With time the sport has become synonymous with valour and bravery.

Also Read : Tamil Nadu legalises Jallikattu with a New Law

What happens in Jallikattu and how?

The bulls participating in the game are all lined up behind a narrow gate and released one by one into the arena. The participants have to either control the bull by holding its hump or clutch away a flag attached to the horns. Owners of the bulls often announce prizes for the man who gets the hold of their bull.

The objective of the game is not to kill or overpower the bull, but to hold onto their hump for a certain amount of time or distance.

The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com
The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com

There are three variants to the game. First, when the  bulls are released from an enclosed area. Second, when the bull is directly released into open ground. And third, when bull is tied to a rope as the only restriction, and a team of 7-9 members has to untie the prize from the bull’s horns in 30 minutes of time period.

The gate through which bulls enter the arena are called vadi vasai. The bulls charge at the men standing most near to the gate. One of the rules also say that a participant is only allowed to hold bull’s hump and no other body part. The other rules varies from region to region.

Also Read : Animal rights organisations challenge new law on Jallikattu

Jallikattu Ban and Controversy

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

In 2014, The Supreme Court banned the sport, endorsing the activists’ concerns according to which, Jallikattu is not only cruelty towards the animal, but also poses a threat to humans. According to the data provided, between 2010 and 2014, 17 people were killed and approximately 1000 were injured during Jallikatu.

The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.
The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.

However, the ban invited a lots of protests. Many Tamil communities called this ban a violation of their culture and tradition.

In 2017, many lawyers plead to remove the ban which was rejected by the court. After requests and arguments of Tamil communities, central government reversed the ban, however, after Supreme Court stuck the order down, the ban was imposed again. However, the government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned the sport and brought it back into the practice.