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Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, India

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.

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visiting smaller, unknown destinations, far from the city, away from the crowds and stress helps to satiate your travel appetite.

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 shares list of India's most enchanting and lesser-known destinations:

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Remains of harappan civilization.

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.

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Kasmiri craft and culture centre opened in Pune. Pixabay

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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