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Saibaba Temple in Shirdi receives Rs 32 crores in Donations post Government’s demonetization step

Post demonitisation, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust has received a lump sum amount of around 31.73 cr in donations

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Shirdi (Maha), Dec 30, 2016: The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust at Shirdi  has received donations of  a sum of almost Rs 31.73 crore during the past 50 days post the government’s demonetization step, according to an official.

Sachin Tambe, one of the trustees of the Saibaba Sansthan said that these donations include Rs 4.53 crore in the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.80 crore in the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes denominations.

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During the last 50 days, the organization has received Rs 18.96 crore in donation boxes, Rs 4.25 crore, including Rs 2.62 crore through credit/debit cards, at its various donation counters, Rs 3.96 crore through bank demand drafts, Rs 1.46 crore in donations online and Rs 35 lakh through money orders, mentioned PTI.

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Cash donations were not all. The trust also received gold jewellery weighing nearly 2.90 kg worth around Rs 73 lakh and silver ornaments of 56 kg worth about Rs 18 lakh, he informed.

The trust also got Rs 3.18 crore from VIP devotees through darshan and aarti paid passes issued to them after November 8, Tambe mentioned.

In the last financial year, the famous Saibaba temple had received Rs 162 crore through donation boxes. This comes out to an average of Rs 44.38 lakh in a day.

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However, after demonetisation, the Sansthan received an average Rs 37.92 lakh donation in a day, Tambe added.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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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.”

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Hundreds of Needy People are Fed Everyday by India’s First “Roti Bank” in Mahoba District

A group of 5 elders and 40 youngsters manage and run the Roti Bank

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Roti Bank ensures Right to Food for underprivileged people. Wikimedia
  • Mahoba is one of the most backward districts of Bundelkhand
  • But Right to Food is turning into a reality for the needy people of the district
  • India’s first “Roti Bank” has been set up to help hungry people have access to basic necessity of food

Bundelkhand, August 21, 2017: India’s first “Roti Bank” is now operating successfully in Bundelkhand’s one of the most backward districts called Mahoba.

This “Roti Bank” is ensuring the most basic human right, i.e. the Right to Food is met for hundreds of people in dire need.

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A group of 5 elders and 40 youngsters manage and run the Roti Bank. The noble initiative provides vegetables and home-cooked rotis to the underprivileged. Knocking on the doors of residents, the 40 youngsters ask for a donation in the form of two rotis to their “bank” which will go into feeding the hungry.

The Roti Bank was started in April 2017 under Bundeli Samaj’s supervision and began by feeding the beggars at railway stations. Slowly, it gained the confidence of the local people. Four months later, the generous organization is feeding about 400 people every day.

Slum Dwellers, patients outside the hospitals and the poor are now served through Roti Bank. The people behind Roti Bank have one collection point where all the donations are put together. Volunteers take the food from here and distribute it. The collections are done from 8 different sectors into which the city is divided.

Although, many supporters of the initiative are offering help, Tara Patkar, the mind behind the Roti bank explains, “We are scared of wastage. We will not increase operations till we are sure of the beneficiaries.”

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Saibaba Sansthan Trust to Organise a year- long Festival to mark 100th Year of Saibaba’s Samadhi

To make the centenary celebration a grand occasion Saibaba Sansthan Trust of the Shirdi Temple will organize a festival from October 2017-18

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Saibaba Sansthan Trust will organize an year long festival
Saibaba Sansthan Trust will organize an year long festival. Wikimedia
  • This year marks 100th year of Saibaba’s samadhi
  • Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is organizing various cultural, religious, and social performances by nationally and internationally famed, highly reputed and renowned artists
  • There are over 3,000 big Saibaba temples in India and over four hundred globally

New Delhi, August 11, 2017: On the occasion of 100th year of Saibaba’s samadhi, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust of the Shirdi Temple is going to organize a year-long festival from October 2017 to October 2018.

To make the centenary celebration a lifetime event for generations the trust has planned to arrange top class programs in Shirdi. Dr. Suresh Haware, the Chairman of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has declared the festival claiming that it would be ‘the biggest Sai movement in the world’.

Sadguru Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Embrace at Shirdi will attain 100 years on October 18, 2018. On this auspicious occasion, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is organizing various cultural, religious, and social performances by nationally and internationally famed, highly reputed and renowned artists. The devotional performances will be like a ‘Service in the Lotus Feet of Shri Saibaba’, with no charges.

ALSO READ: 72-year-old Italian Woman donates a Gold Crown of Rs 28 Lakh to Saibaba in the famous Temple in Shirdi

According to ANI report, Dr. Suresh Haware, President of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi said, “This auspicious occasion is of extra ordinary significance and lifetime memories, from Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, as well as Sai devotees all over the world. Hence, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has decided to celebrate this holy event as a grand festival, starting October 1, 2017, through October 18, 2018.” There are over 3,000 big Saibaba temples in India and over four hundred globally (according to the numbers provided by the trust).

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The trust is inviting representatives from all the Saibaba temples across the globe for the occasion. The trust will be spending around Rs. 3,000 crores during the festival in order to introduce several facilities for the devotees

It is presumed that the footfall of this grand event will be more than the Kumbh Mela which is organized in Nagpur. On a regular day, the temple welcomes over 30,000 devotees; however, over 50,000 people are expected during the festival.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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