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Thousands of Devotees Reach Vijayawada to get Blessings from Goddess Durga

Goddess Kanakdurga was dressed up in a gold-hemmed sari wearing about 5 lakhs bangles.

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Picture of Goddess Durga. Wikimedia Commons

October 27, 2016: The Kanaka Durga temple of Vijayawada witnessed the presence of about 30,000 devotees on Tuesday. The devotees reached in such a large number to get the blessing of the presiding deity who was decorated with a sari with golden border.

Vijayawada is the center of Andhra culture. It preserves three ancient temples. The temple of Kanaka Durga is one of the most sacred and one of the most powerful temples which attracts a large number of worshippers.

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The gold-hemmed sari was denoted by the Chairman and Managing Director of Hetero Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bandi Parthasaradhi Raddy. The Goddess was ornamented with nearly 5 lakhs bangles of four different colors.  Some people believe that if you get a darshan of the deity wearing bangles, you will be blessed with a healthy and long married life.

According to the officials, 30,000 devotees had a darshan of the Goddess which is much higher than the devotees’ count on the normal days. A number of worshippers are expected to visit the temple in the coming days. The officials are all geared up to handle the rush. Temporary shelters are constructed for the devotees. Also, additional prasadam has been secured for the devotees.

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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, along with his wife Bhuvaneshwari presented silk clothing for the presiding deity decorated as Saraswati Devi. Speaking to media, Mr. Naidu said, “I prayed the goddess to enrich the state with good harvest, development and completion of Polavaram project in time.”

He added,”The International Musical Festival would be conducted in Vijayawada in December”. Minister for Endowments P. Manikyala Rao, Minister for water resources D. Umamaheshwara, MP Kesineni Srinivas, collector Babu A and Commissioner of Police, D. Gautam Sawang accompanied the Chief Minister.

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Movie Artist Association President, Mr. Rajendra Prasad, visited the temple in the morning. The VIPs were scheduled to visit the temple between 2 and 4 p.m. The Prakasam Barrage, one town flyover, was closed for the traffic. All the roads leading to the temple were provided alternative routes.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Unique Cross-Cultural Experience In The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival

The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience

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Colors of Rajasthan at the Jodhpur RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The desert of Rajasthan is home to a plethora of folk arts, and public festivals celebrating these folk forms are growing by the day. One such event, the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), in its 12th edition between October 10 and 14, will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience.

The Jodhpur RIFF, as it is called, takes place annually at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, and is curated by Divya Bhatia, who feels music events or festivals are “among the few forums left that allow for a joyful, shared experience for all, irrespective of background or social standing. One needs no prior knowledge or understanding to lose oneself in the art form, he added.

Bhatia also gave IANS a sneak peek into the lineup of the upcoming festival. “We have a new thrust on original and contemporary writing in the regional traditions and will be exploring some new lyrics and poetry from Rajasthan and Punjab,” he said.

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Colors of Rajasthan at the RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The festival will also feature a collaboration between Rajasthani and Irish musicians and new work with Ballake Sissoko from Senegal, with the Authentic Light Orchestra from Switzerland and with the master of the Armenian duduk, Emmanuel Hovhannisyan.

Yissy Garcia from Cuba will be at the gala as first woman ‘Rustler’ — an artiste who collaborates with musicians of diverse forms. Ghatam maestro and Grammy-winning Vikku Vinayakram is also scheduled to perform, along with a performance by wonderful Punjabi singer Bir Singh, Afrobrat DJ Jose Marquez and some legendary Rajasthani music.

“Jodhpur RIFF recognises and celebrates our Rajasthani intangible heritage. Moreover, it creates opportunities and facilitates the judicious use of resources for the revitalisation of this heritage – providing inspiration, engagement and livelihood for traditional artists.

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“Today, because of the festival, our international collaborations and presentations across the world, Jodhpur RIFF has become the consistent single largest employer of Rajasthani folk musicians,” said Bhatia.

Does he find folk musicians stable and secure in their practice and livelihood?

“Folk musicians across India can do with much more stability and security. As listeners, I would encourage us to learn about them, discover them, buy their music, invite them to perform for us and attend all their live concerts,” he said. (IANS)