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Itanagar, May 2, 2017: A six-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) arrived here on four-day visit to assess the damages caused by natural calamities like flood, cloud burst, landslides in the northeastern border state.

The central team headed by Joint Secretary, Home, V Shashank Shekhar also called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who explained to them in detail the recurring losses caused to the state due to unpredictable climatic conditions and rough terrain.

He reiterated that in terms of disasters caused by nature, the state faces an uphill task in relief and rehabilitation process besides restoring the losses and disrupted services.

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Khandu called for viewing Arunachal Pradesh from a different perspective while drafting a report on the losses faced by the state which unfortunately has become a yearly phenomenon.

“Every year we face the same situation. Every year we lose precious lives. Every year the losses caused in infrastructures like roads, houses, water supply and power lines, bridges, agricultural land and crops, livestock, etc are huge,” he said.

Khandu also requested the central team to give more emphasis on agriculture sector as majority of the people are marginal and poor farmers, who face huge loss during the monsoons.

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The central team admitted the challenges faced by the state in terms of coping with natural calamities and providing relief and rehabilitation to affected people and assured the Chief Minister that they will work out with departments concerned and find out ways and means to offer the best possible assistance to the state government.

The central team are slated to visit places like Namsai, Pasighat, Mebo, Dambuk, Bordumsa, Tawang and other affected places of the state if and as the weather permits.

Chief Secretary Shakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary Disaster Management J. Angu and Director Disaster Management Y.W. Ringu were also present during the meeting.

Earlier, the central team held a detailed meeting with departments concerned where officials made powerpoint presentations on the damages caused and loss incurred last year. (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 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