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Cash prize of Rs. 5 Lakh will be awarded to each member of the T20 World Cup winning Indian blind cricket team, Union Sports Minister, Vijay Goel announcedcas

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New Delhi, Feb 22, 2017: Putting rest to speculations, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for each member of the victorious Blind cricket T20 World Cup winning squad.

Speaking at the launch of the Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav here, Goel told reporters that the government is committed to supporting the differently-abled players.

“Each player of the blind cricket T20 World Cup winning squad will receive Rs 5 lakh prize money,” Goel said.

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With an aim to promote indigenous games and unearth talents from the remote parts of the country, the Sports Ministry will hold a multi-sport championship — Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav — from March 25 to 31.

“The festival will help involve rural youths in large numbers to participate in popular sports and will encourage them to achieve excellence and adopt a healthy lifestyle,” Goel said.

“This will also help in bringing out local talents, who can be groomed for representing the country at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

“We want to take the games to the rural and tribal areas, starting with Delhi and gradually taking it to the other states,” he added.

The Games will be held initially at the Block level after which competitions will be held between various Blocks followed by the final.

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Goel announced that five blocks, namely Alipur, Nangloi, Najafgarh, Mehrauli, and Shadara, will participate in the games, where the qualifying matches will be organised.

The inter-block competitions will be held in Bawana and finals will be conducted at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here. The opening ceremony will be held on March 28 and the conclusion of the Games will be followed by a closing ceremony on March 31 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

Goel also announced a Gramin Marathon for unity to promote Digital India, which he claimed was a dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (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