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Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, who is known as Lord Shiva's and Goddess Parvati's son. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha represents new beginnings and removes all obstacles.
Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with full zeal and zest. The festival will take place from September 10 till September 21.
It must be noted that this festival is celebrated majorly in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. Devotees of these states celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with full enthusiasm, and they even start preparing for this festival from months ago.
Generally, the festival begins with Pran Pratishtha of Lord Ganesha's idol. This is a ritual in Hinduism, wherein an idol is placed in the temple. Then, for the next 10 days, devotees of Lord Ganesha worship him and pray for prosperity. Devotees, at the same time, also offer Modak, which is a kind of sweet, to Lord Ganesha. On the last day of the festival, the idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in a waterbody like a pond or a river, which is known as Ganpati Visarjan, with much glitz. This ritual marks the return of Lord Ganesha to his holy abode.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha helps end all troubles and hurdles. This is the reason why he is also known as Vinayaka and Vighneshwara, both the terms mean “remover of obstacles".
Keywords: Ganesh Chaturthi, India, Hinduism, Festivals, Temples
India is renowned for its diversity as it is home to not only a mix of cultures and cuisine, but also varied landscapes. While the country houses a plethora of well-known tourist attractions, it also has a myriad of such lesser-known jewels that make even the most intrepid traveller swoon in awe struck delight.
With travel restrictions easing and Covid cases consistently dropping across the country, domestic travel is booming. In fact, visiting smaller, unknown destinations, far from the city, away from the crowds and stress helps to satiate your travel appetite.
Avoid the crowd with EaseMyTrip.com shares list of India's most enchanting and lesser-known destinations:
A hidden gem in India for tranquillity seekers is Jawai, named after the river with mesmerising views. The experience offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with nature and wildlife. The granite landscape and highlands that surround Jawai are a sight to behold. As leopards dwell wild and free, Jawai symbolizes human-nature coexistence. The leopard safari is one of its kind in this wildlife haven, the city is home to wild animals, including nilgai, bears, wolves, hyenas, and chinkaras. In addition, Jawai is a well-known winter haven for migrating birds.
The leopard safari is one of its kind in this wildlife haven, the city is home to wild animals, including nilgai, bears, wolves, hyenas, and chinkaras. In addition, Jawai is a well-known winter haven for migrating birds. Wikimedia
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh:
While rolling over Scotland's lush green pastures may appear to be a distant travel goal on your bucket list, you can get all of this in India for half the price and twice the joy. With abundant reserves of untapped natural beauty, Ziro is a modest picturesque town, nestled away in the enchanting mountain-scape of Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to its unrivalled scenery and wildlife splendour, the tranquil town is known for its distinctive Apatani tribe. Verdant greenery and breathtaking paddy fields, a fascinating tribal culture unlike any other, and a pleasant weather all year round makes it a must-visit travel destination. Since the past few years, there has been a growth in airline routes to the region resulting in swifter travelling options.
Morachi Chincholi, Maharashtra:
Located 50 km away from Pune, this quaint village is the unofficial peacock sanctuary of Maharashtra. As the name suggests, Morachi Chincholi is a village of tamarind trees and dancing peacocks. Legend has it that the tamarind trees were planted during the Peshwa dynasty, which attracted peacocks to the village. A visit to this picturesque village will provide travelers a unique Maharashtrian village life experience as the villagers here offer visitors a bullock cart ride to the farm and help them get a practical experience of irrigation and farming life. One can also enjoy a simple meal of organic vegetables against the backdrop of lustrous ruby-green farms and dancing peacocks, which is a perfect escape into tranquility.
A visit to this picturesque village will provide travelers a unique Maharashtrian village life experience as the villagers here offer visitors a bullock cart ride to the farm and help them get a practical experience of irrigation and farming life. Wikimedia
Varkala, located in the southern part of Kerala, is known for its calm ambience and vibrant, serene beaches. The red sandstone cliffs and lush greenery around is a sight to behold. The coastal area is home to a black sand beach which is a hidden gem within the area. It is also a hub for the adventure enthusiasts as it is known for its water sports and adventure activities such as paragliding, rafting and parasailing. The destination is home to several fisheries, freshwater springs, hills and forts. Apart from holding the charms of a quiet beach, the coastal area is also home to pilgrimage sites such as the 2000-year-old Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Sivagiri Mutt, which can be spiritually rewarding as you travel to explore the unexplored.
With majestic Himalayan peaks and verdant woods surrounding it, Chaukori is a lesser-known hamlet with jaw-dropping splendor. It is one of India's finest and most distinctive hill stations, with breath-taking views of Nanda Devi, the Panchachuli peaks, and Nanda Kot. It is noted for its numerous Hindu temples, picturesque scenery, and tranquil ambience, and should be in the travel wish list for a peaceful getaway. In Chaukori, one may engage in leisurely walks and high-intensity treks, both of which provide a magnificent perspective of the landscape. Right from the scenic hill stations to gorgeous beaches to peaceful getaways among nature and culture, there is an interesting melange of landscapes across the country which are perfect alternatives for curious travelers looking for something different from the hustle and bustle of big, crowded cities. While travel slowly resumes in the country, it is important to ensure that safety remains paramount. (IANS/ MBI)
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A Maharashtra archaeologist may have hit a jackpot by discovering several potteries and artifacts, dating back to the later era of the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), at Yawal in Jalgaon district. The finds are mainly big and small pieces of pottery and vessels, depicting Harappan-style pictographic scripts that excited the discovery team led by Bhujang R. Bobade, Director, Heritage Foundation.
"We found the pottery pieces in the white mounds near the entrance of the Nimbalkar Fortress, around 20 km from Bhusaval... It's virgin territory, hitherto unexplored by any archaeologist," an enthusiastic Bobade told IANS from the site. Scores of pottery pieces, which were the major industry during the IVC with its unique potteries like glazed, incised, perforated, or knobbed, have been found in barely 500 sq ft area after the first dig at Yawal.
Bobade said that while most potteries of that era were plain, the others were uniquely painted with scales, chequers, images of trees, birds, animals, or fish, mostly with plain bases and some with ringed bottoms. The pottery pieces discovered here are mainly wheel-made wares, both plain (red clay, with or without a fine slip) and painted (in red and black colors), as was common in the flourishing IVC era over 3,000 years ago.
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"Another unique thing here is that besides the ancient Harappan-style artifacts, we also found some pieces dating much later, to the medieval era, or 15th-16th AD. This is probably unprecedented anywhere in India," Bobade said. He said the "twin discoveries" indicate that this particular region of north-Maharashtra was inhabited for an extended period, very long after the IVC faded away into the pages of history.
Lothal Harappan Civilization.Wikimedia Commons
The Director of the Directorate of Archaeology, Tejas Garge, said that it could also date back to the Satavahana period, or roughly the time when the famous paintings were said to have been made in the Ajanta Caves, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Incidentally, the 76m long, 68m wide, and 45m tall Nimbalkar Fortress, which stands near the site, was built by the local ruler, Rao Dhar Nimbalkar, in 1788 and at one time it was in the possession of the royal family of Gwalior, the Scindias.
However, several discoveries of bronze artifacts during excavations in 1958, 1974, and 1978 in Daimabad and Ahmednagar suggest that the late Harappan culture may have extended to this region of modern-day Maharashtra, said Bobade. Nevertheless, the potters' wheels, which were made of wood, have not survived the ravages of time, but the remnants of their creations are found scattered here, over 1,000 km away from the heart of the Harappan Civilization.
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The team members, including Bobade, Samadhan Mahajan, a government official, and his son Parth Mahajan, consider this as ï¿½truly astonishing' and said this will need massive further excavations, study, and research.
"Yet, it's still a mystery as to how such a large geographical area exhibited a uniform pottery tradition informs, paintings and pottery designs similar to Harappa," Bobade said.
The IVC was at one point the largest ancient human civilization in terms of its geographical spread, with a core area of over 1,500 km, along with the 3,200 km-long Indus River system of north and north-west India before it drains into the Arabian Sea near Karachi, Pakistan. Bobade is confident that after the latest discoveries in Jalgaon, the Archaeological Survey of India and other experts will carry out further excavations and investigations to reveal more of the ancient era to the modern world. (IANS/KB)
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday announced plans to establish a permanent ‘Kashmir Trade & Culture Centre’ in the state’s cultural, academic and IT capital this year in collaboration with an NGO Sarhad.
Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol made the announcement at the inaugural of Sarhad’s periodic weeklong J&K Handicrafts Festival in Kothrud where artisans from the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are showcasing the best of their talent and products.
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“The trade & culture centre marks a revival of the country’s first ‘sister-city’ agreement signed between Pune-Srinagar around 13 years ago. It will boost the farmers, artisans, businessmen of Jammu & Kashmir and further strengthen the cultural bonds between the diverse communities of this state and the Union Territory,” Mohol said.
Present at the occasion were Kashmir Hotels & Restaurants Owners Federation President Wahid Malik, Deputy Commissioner of Police (one-III) Pournima Gaikwad-Khandare – the wife of IPS officer Satish Khandare, who is the Additional Director-General of Police, Leh (Ladakh).
Slated to become operational by 2021-end, this will be the first-ever permanent trade & culture mission outside Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh in Pune, officials said.
Pune-Srinagar already enjoy strong academic bonds with around 250 students from the 2 UTs currently studying in various top educational institutions here, besides another 4,500-plus in Mumbai and other parts of the state, according to Sarhad President Sanjay Nahar.
“During the Corona pandemic last year, many students returned to their homes territories but after the educational institutions reopen, they will return and the figures could be nearly double,” Nahar told IANS.
Mohol said that after the abrogation of Art. 370, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, farmers and artisans of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh suffered immensely owing to a severe drop in tourism and related activities.
Besides, the developments resulted in a lack of markets for their traditional products which in turn led to an increase in overall unemployment and fuelled poverty in the two border UTs, he added.
On its part, Sarhad took the initiative to mitigate the farmers’ sufferings by organising regular sales in Pune for fresh and dry fruits, arts and handicraft products and other activities.
“The proceeds from the sales not only ensured improved financial condition back home for the farmers in the 2 UTs, but also helped pay the fees and other expenses for many Kashmiri students here, who were cut-off for prolonged periods from their families,” Nahar explained.
DCP Gaikwad-Khandare said that the concept of farmers to consumers is mutually beneficial for both, boosts the local economy and helps generated employment opportunities in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Other dignitaries were Sachin Jamge, Asim Sarode, Yuvraj Shaha, Shailesh Wadekar, Nilesh Navalakha, Shailesh Pagaria, Sanjay Sonawane, Amol Deolekar, Anna Raut and Vijay Kumbhar.
Simultaneously, after nearly nine years, the PMC has decided to beautify and augment facilities at the ‘Pune-Kashmir Friendship Square’ in Katraj, at a cost of Rs 5.50 million, and to be opened in the next couple of months, said Nahar.
The PKFS will have a large mural depicting a Kashmiri and Maharashtrian girls holding hands, a Peepal and Chinar tree in metal, highlights of the culture of the 2 UTs and this state, landscaping with lush greenery and colour lightings plus a children’s play area. (IANS)