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BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY
India is known around the world for its pleasing culture and rituals which are followed by the majority of Hindus. Therefore, when it comes to ceremonies, customs, and rituals, the list of Hindu traditions is endless. It is not unfortunate that despite having observed or been a part of this affluent culture, we are unable to realize the true meaning of many rituals and often dismiss them as superstitious and meaningless.
However, by the end of the article, you would be astounded to learn how thoughtful our forefathers were in creating these practices and traditions for our health and well-being.
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Applying Tilak on the head
A position on the forehead, between the two eyebrows, has long been thought to be a significant nervous position in the human body. Tilak is believed to inhibit energy loss and regulate different degrees of concentration. The points in the central region of the eyebrow called the ‘Ajna Chakra’ are immediately pressed as tilak is applied. This intervention improves the blood flow to the facial muscles. Our ancestors also discovered that a paste of sandalwood, turmeric, and saffron is very effective if applied to the Agna Chakra.
The Indian ladies can often be seen flaunting the rich color of their Henna during certain auspicious events. Since it is a wedding tradition to apply Mehendi, it not only helps to beautify the bride’s hands but also helps to relieve tension since it is a medicinal herb. It is thought that applying Mehendi will reduce stress because it has calming properties that make the body calm and can help with stress, headaches, and even fever. Mehendi also safeguards them from bacterial and fungal infections.
Wearing toe ring
In India, wearing toe rings is very popular and is originally worn as a sign of marital status by Hindu women. They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the feet’ second toes. Wearing toe rings is not only symbolic to married women but there is science behind it as well. A nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and travels to the breast. The uterus is strengthened by wearing a toe ring on this finger. It keeps the uterus stable by controlling blood supply to it and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. Ayurvedic medicine has long been used in simultaneity with acupressure. Since silver is a strong conductor, it consumes energy from the earth’s polar forces and transfers it to the core of our body, thereby refreshing the whole system within us.
Yagna can seem to be a pointless exercise in which ghee, oil, spices, and other ingredients are burned to ashes. Regardless of what it may look like, performing Yagna is a sophisticated procedure that has been practiced in Hindu culture since the time of the Vedas to purify the surroundings. Many contemporary scientists have recognized its advantages as well. Ghee lamps and incense sticks were often used to create a positive aura in the surroundings.
Hindus are taught from a young age to greet their elders by touching their feet. According to science, when you approach an elderly person’s feet, their heart emits happy thoughts, and energy is transferred to us through their hands and toes. This, in essence, facilitates the transfer of consciousness and enhances cosmic energy by connecting the mind and heart. Your fingertips and thumb become the receptors of energy, while the older person’s feet become the provider of energy.
Sleeping with head turned to the north
According to Hindu tradition, a dead body is buried with the head pointed north. The truth is that the human body has its own magnetic field, and the Earth is a massive magnet. The balance is broken when we lie with our heads to the north. This causes complications with blood pressure, coronary disease, Alzheimer’s, headaches, and other harmful diseases.
Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. Many strays lose this battle trying to find food and warmth under a scrap of clothing or caged up in the corner of streets. The Perroayuda Welfare Foundation (PWF), a Delhi-based animal welfare organisation, recently held a Mega Stray Feeding Drive in Lajpat Nagar with the goal of feeding all of the area's stray animals. These wonderful Samaritans come from all around Delhi-NCR with one goal in mind: to rescue, feed, and adopt all animals in need.
Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. | Af.Mil
PWF has previously staged feeding drives in Netaji Subhash Place, Connaught Place, North Campus, Delhi University, and other locations throughout the city. A group of 70 volunteers fed over 100 stray dogs in the vicinity and provided water in earthen bowls. To raise awareness about the issue of stray animals, volunteers talked with businesses, local authorities, customers, and hawkers. The actions of this group of young animal advocates were recognised and supported.
"Donations come in from all around the world." To save strays and pay for their treatment, we rely completely on donations. "Every day, our organisation feeds roughly 1000 stray dogs," says Arpit Mathur, the organisation's founder. "Throughout the day, we receive SOS calls. We can only accomplish so much with our limited staff and resources. We hope that more young people, like us, would join us in this cause." In Rohini, the NGO also maintains a recovery centre. Currently, the recovery centre accommodates roughly 40 animals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, and a few unusual birds.
To rescue, feed, and adopt all animals in need is the goal of these people. | Photo by Camilo Fierro on Unsplash
PWF seeks to discover and feed all stray animals in need, as well as provide them with food, care, affection, and medical treatment, and organise Mega Stray Feeding Drives to raise awareness and adoption. "We discover stray animals, pet them, and feed them - no one deserves to be hungry," Mathur adds. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: adopt, feed, rescue, goal, Delhi-NCR, Perroayuda Welfare Foundation, Winter, stray animals, Help, Initiative, volunteer)
Indonesian lawmakers passed a law on the relocation of the nation's capital to the island of Kalimantan, which shares borders with Malaysia and Brunei, from the most populated island of Java. The move is a step forward in one of the most ambitious projects initiated by the country's President Joko Widodo, Xinhua news agency reported. Some former presidents had floated ideas of relocating the capital city in the past. The president, widely known as Jokowi, three years ago vowed to relocate the capital city to the province of East Kalimantan due to a number of issues like high population density and land subsidence in Jakarta which is home to more than 10 million people.
Indonesian lawmakers passed a law on the relocation of the nation's capital. Aditya Joshi / Unsplash
Nusantara, which the new capital is called, will be built in two districts in East Kalimantan -- Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kartanegara. It is set to occupy about 256,000 hectares of land. The name of Nusantara, which can be translated as an archipelago in English, was chosen by President Jokowi, Minister for National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa has said. Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is home to some 270 million people, consisting of about 17,000 islands. "The national capital has a central function and serves as a symbol of a country to show the identity of the nation and state," Minister Monoarfa explained during a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
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The ground-breaking of the construction project that is slated to cost $32 billion was initially expected to be conducted in August 2020, but the Covid pandemic has forced the government to put it on hold. Some of the projects on the construction of the new capital will be carried out by public-private partnerships, and the early stage of the relocation will begin this year and is expected to end in 2024. At this stage, the government will build a presidential palace, parliament buildings, and a housing complex in the primary zone. The move of civil servants at the early stage must be completed before August 16, 2024.
The construction project is slated to cost $32 billion.Sulthan Auliya / Unsplash
Nusantara will serve as the centre of government, while Jakarta would remain the business and economic centre of Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy. A day before the lawmakers passed the bill, President Jokowi stressed that that new capital is not only about physically relocating the offices of government institutions, but also "building a new smart city." It has been reported that Nusantara will be headed by an authority chief appointed by the president and its level of position is equal to a minister. Several former government officials which will likely become the chief include Jakarta's former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and former minister for research and technology Bambang Brodjonegoro. (IANS/SP)
(Keywords : Indonesia, Parliament, law, relocate, capital, Nusantara, Jakarta, government, Kalimantan, President, country, people, meeting, construction, palace, buildings, housing, officials.)
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By Olivia Sarkar
Everyone has a special affinity with their pets. Furry friends are there for you in good times and bad, and they know how to cheer you up. After a hard day's work there's nothing like coming home to your own bundle of joy. Here's a round up of some celebrities who can't do without their pets:
Shraddha Kapoor's pet, Shyloh, is her best buddy. Kapoor is frequently spotted spending peaceful time with her all-time bestie.
Shraddha is frequently spotted spending peaceful time with her all-time bestie. | IANS
Pulkit Samrat's devotion to his dog Drogo has resulted in an Instagram account especially for the adorable canine. We can't get enough of how adorable these two are.
Pulkit Samrat's devotion to his dog Drogo has resulted in an Instagram account especially for the adorable canine. | IANS.
Disha Patani is an animal lover and she has not one, not two but four pets. Besides her dance routines, Patani frequently posts images of Bella, Jasmine, Goku, and Keety on social media. The actress also has an Instagram account dedicated to pictures of her pets.
Disha Patani is an animal lover and she has not one, not two but four pets. | IANS
Dude is very close to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma's heart. The actress has uploaded numerous photos of herself spending quality time with him.
Dude is very close to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma's heart | IANS.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Priyanka Chopra has a series on social media titled 'Diaries of Diana'. After she tied the knot, she and Nick have adopted Gino and Panda, to complete the family.
After she tied the knot, she and Nick have adopted Gino and Panda, to complete the family. | IANS
Alia Bhatt adores cats. The actress continues to express her affection for her cats by posting photographs of them on Instagram. She has a cat named Edward, who is her all time favourite companion.
She has a cat named Edward, who is her all time favourite companion. | IANS
Actress Kriti Sanon has Disco and Phoebe. The actress keeps sharing videos and images of her furry friends often cuddling or playing with her.
The actress keeps sharing videos and images of her furry friends often cuddling or playing with her. | IANS
Genelia Deshmukh and Riteish Deshmukh
Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh are a power couple, but its only a party when their pooch is in their Instagram-worthy frame.
Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh are a power couple, but its only a party when their pooch is in their Instagram-worthy frame. | IANS
(Keywords: Genelia Deshmukh, Riteish Deshmukh, Kriti Sanon, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Anushka Sharma, Disha Patani, Pulkit Samrat)