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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur sets up Plant Biodiversity Park to conserve vulnerable, threatened Local Plant Species

The park is home to more than 80 plant species such as Telegraph plant, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow and All-Spice plant

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Kolkata, March 27, 2017: The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur on Monday announced it has set up a plant biodiversity park to “conserve vulnerable, threatened and endangered local plant species” that are either of botanical value or medicinal and aromatic importance.

The park is home to more than 80 plant species such as Telegraph plant, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow and All-Spice plant.

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“This park will serve as a repository from which the community can source seeds and saplings for restoration and to sustain livelihoods. It will be an information resource both for students and teachers and the community at large and a model initiative to revive endangered, vulnerable and threatened floral species,” an IIT-Kgp statement said.

Ideated by professor Adinpunya Mitra, the park also seeks to educate future generations about conservation.

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“Under the Green Agenda of IIT Council, Ministry of Human Resource Development desires that special emphasis should be given on biodiversity. IITs have been built on erstwhile clear land that was the habitat for one species or another. Development need not be at the expenses of flora and fauna; a pressing need for protection of these flora and fauna in the campus in a scientific way must begin in its right earnestness,” the statement added. (IANS)

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  • Prof. Jayanta Kumar Roy

    Great…………..initiative …..Thanks to Dr. PPC, Director,IIT KGP/Dean/Admin…………..IIT KGP. But IIT Kharagpur..one of the oldest………..largest…reputed…IIT in India must take a special drive- care to protect also.its………IIT KGP Talent ( human )…who are going to be extinct……without any Global contribution ( nevertheless of having….SUPERNATURAL TALENT………………..) All the best……

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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