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Owing to heavy rains, swollen Ganga Floods low lying areas in Varanasi

The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river

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(Representational Image) Varanasi Flood 2013. Image Source: YouTube.com
  • The Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh
  • The river had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark
  •  Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine

Owing to heavy rains the Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh, while one of its tributaries has inundated some areas here, officials said on Monday.
The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river, which originates near Bhadohi and joins the Ganga in Varanasi, the officials said.

 

The Ganga had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark. The administration has taken flood prevention measures and urged people living near the banks of the Ganga to move to safer places.

Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

The Manikarnika Ghat, used for cremations, is on the verge of being swallowed up by the Ganga, a resident told IANS.

Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine.

Ensuring necessary safety measures,the administration has banned the small boats and steamers on the Ganga. (IANS )

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  • AJ Krish

    Evacuations should take place before the water reaches the danger mark. Warnings should be issued and the disaster management team must be kept on standby.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This more than normal rainfall will prove not only an advantage but also a disadvantage too. It will increase the flood risks in the country just like in Varanasi.

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  • AJ Krish

    Evacuations should take place before the water reaches the danger mark. Warnings should be issued and the disaster management team must be kept on standby.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This more than normal rainfall will prove not only an advantage but also a disadvantage too. It will increase the flood risks in the country just like in Varanasi.

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Top 3 Most Famous South Indian temples

These temples' architecture is very good. Apart from this, the art in these temples holds great importance

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Temples in South India are decorated with art and paintings. Pixabay

Here is a list of top 3 South Indian temples.

1. Tirupati Tirumala Temple, Lord Vishnu

The Tirupati Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. This Temple is very much popular with all the pilgrims and is located in Chittoor, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Daily, a lot of pilgrims are visiting this temple from all over India, and also from foreign countries. It is one of the richest temples in India. Every year, crores of rupees are received from the devotees through hundial, and also received from various endowment donations. Nithya annadanam scheme is very much popular in Tirupati. A lot of devotees are consuming good and tasty divine food daily. Hence it is a must to visit this temple, at least once in a year and to offer our prayers, to have annadanam and to offer money based on our financial background, and to get Lord Sree Venkateswara’s divine blessings forever.

2. Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Lord Shiva:

The Ramanatha Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated at Rameswaram.

People are visiting here for doing their ancestral rituals, and it is very famous for that. This is one of the ancient temples of South India. Free food is offered in the temple for more than 100 devotees. Aadi Amavasya, Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya pitru rituals are very popular in this temple. We can take a bath from the sacred wells situated inside the temple. It is a must to visit this temple, to get relieved from various sins, and also by clearing our ancestral debts by doing pitru tharpan. Many sites seeing places are also there nearby Rameswaram. We can visit Abdul Kalam Sir’s Memorial also in Rameswaram. Dhanushkodi is the best sightseeing place situated near Rameswaram.

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There are hundreds of temples in South India where people go to worship. Pixabay

3.Virupaksha Temple of Lord Shiva

The virupaksha temple is one of the most famous temple of south India situated at Hampi, Karnataka. This is one of the sacred temples of Lord Shiva and it was established in 7th century AD and also it is one of the oldest temples in India. It is a must to visit this temple since it is surrounded by natural beauty. The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the marriage festivities of Virupaksha in the month of December every year.

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(Hindu Council of Australia)