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Photo of Swami Vivekananda in Chicago in 1893 with the handwritten words "one infinite pure and holy—beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee"

By Sudeshna Paul

Swami Vivekananda belonged to an upper middle-class Bengali family in Calcutta. He was born in 1863 and was known as Narendranath Datta. Maharaj Ajit Singh of Khetri had given him the name 'Vivekananda' before he left for America to speak about Hindu spirituality.

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amã Stays & Trails' Tea Estate Bungalows in Munnar provide guests with a choice of seven historic planters' bungalows to experience life on a tea plantation in the past.

By Olivia Sarkar

Tea has long been associated with India. There isn't a problem that a steaming cup of tea can't solve. DTaj, SeleQtions, and Stays & Trails facilities nestled in the heart of India's significant tea sites as the chill of winter makes its presence felt across the country. At Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa in Darjeeling, sip a steaming cup of some of the world's best blends while taking in panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. This resort will ignite the tea enthusiast in you, as it is located in the heart of the Makaibari Tea Estate.

Alternatively, relax in the warm comfort of Makaibari Bungalow by ama Stays & Trails, which captures the beauty of a tea planter's home. Guests can visit the tea factory to have a hands-on experience of picking, plucking, and processing tea from the plantations to their cups. Head to the Savoy in Ooty or Gateway Coonoor -- both SeleQtions hotels, for a taste of colonial life. The history of these heritage hotels, together with the region's unique and flavorful teas, makes them ideal for a holiday, complete with classic high-teas and sessions with the resident tea expert.

amã Stays & Trails' Tea Estate Bungalows in Munnar provide guests with a choice of seven historic planters' bungalows to experience life on a tea plantation in the past. At the Tata Tea Museum, immerse yourself in the journey and art of producing the region's tea while taking in the beauty and peace of the mist-covered hills.


(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)

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pūjas is one of the easier means to achieve the purity of mind.

By- Devakinanda Ji

OṀ MĀNASOPACHĀRAPŨJITABHŨMYAI NAMAH:

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One in every three females in the developing world gets married before the age of eighteen; one in every nine gets married before the age of fifteen.

A child is defined as a male under the age of twenty-one and a female under the age of eighteen under the Child Marriage Prohibition Act of 1929. Getting a child married or engaging in it is a criminal offense under this act. Child marriage means any legal marriage or illegal partnership between two minor children of eighteen or under eighteen or a child with an adult. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Despite the law prohibiting it, the practice is still prevalent globally.

The reasons for underage marriages are numerous. Some of the well-known causes of child marriages include a sense of insecurity; increased food insecurity, poverty, cultural and religious traditions, and joblessness.

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