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Celebration of Vaibhavotsavam at Hindu temple in St. Louis. ians

St. Louis: The Hindu Temple of St. Louis conducted Vaibhavotsavam during September 1-3 in the form of Homams to all temple deities, and Srinivasa Kalyanam.

Utsavam in reference to worship is conducting of a ritual worship on a grand scale. The temple has undertaken elaborate efforts to conduct this event as per scriptures.

The event started with ceremonial entering of the Yagashala devotees who were given deeksha with clothes to be worn for the next 3 days.

After Agnimathananam, the start of fire by friction, for the homam, was conducted, Ganesh Homam was performed followed by Mantrapushpam and Prasadam to conclude the Day 1 events.

Day 2 events commenced with Yagashala Pravesham and Ganesha Pooja. Later, Kalasasthapana and Chatusthana Archana were conducted.. Sudarshana Homa in the morning session and Chandi Homa in the evening session were conducted as Pradhana Homas.

The Homas continued on the Day 3 with Rudra Homa. Prior to homa, the priests chanted Mahanyasam.

After every homa purnahuti was offered with precious elements, ratnas and herbs in a silk cloth. After the purnahuti of each session, the devotees followed the priests in circumabulating the yogashala.

The president Sharath Rao thanked Mrs. Padmasai Dammalapati, chair of pooja committee for takeing alead along with Dr. Venkat Dharmavarapu, Prasad Bokka, Prasanna Ayer, Hari Kanuri and Phani Raju Nachu. President also thanked chairs of the committees, Raja Shankar Kasinaduni, Mrs Rajyalakshmi Naidu, Hema Bagavondoss, Kanta Ro Minneganit, Prasad Swarna for their continued support. The event was helped by many vonunteers lead by Ratnasri Mogalapu, Rama Rao Kaza, Vishweswara Rao Kaza, Harihara Thotapalli, Pavan Kumar, Gopal, Anjali Mehta and ohters including the children from temple youth group. President also thanked to all the priests including those who travelled from other temples.(IANS)



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Killer Smog in Delhi.

Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS ( is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences