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The weeklong International Shivratri Mandi Fair, also known as "Chhoti Kashi" was inaugurated on Saturday by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh

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Mandi, Feb 25, 2017: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday inaugurated the weeklong International Shivratri Mandi Fair in this town popularly known as “Chhoti Kashi”.

Speaking on the occasion, he announced a medical university would be set up here.

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Earlier, the Chief Minister participated in religious ceremonies in the ancient temple of Lord Madho Rai, an incarnate of Lord Vishnu and the chief deity of Mandi.

Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, he led the colorful procession that also saw participation of nearly 200 assembled deities from hundreds of temples located in the region.

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The assembled deities follow the chief deity in beautifully decorated palanquins, as per protocol.

The festivities of Mahashivratri began here a day later when celebrations ended in other northern states. It will conclude on March 2.

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The celebrations date back to 1526 when this town was founded during the rule of Ajbar Sen (1499-1534). He had “invited” all the local deities to mark the founding of the new town.

Two more such processions, locally called ‘Jaleb’, would be taken out — another in middle of the festivity and the last on the concluding day of the fair.

Mandi, located on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21, is dotted with more than 80 temples built in typical hill architecture. The prominent temples are those of Bhutnath, Triloki Nath, Jagannath, Tarna Devi and Jalpa Devi.

The Chief Minister announced an increase in the ‘nazarana’ or honorarium of deities by 10 per cent.

He said the life of the people of the state revolves around the local gods and goddesses, which are are an inseparable part of life and participate in almost all the activities. “We should perform all the religious ceremonies as per the traditional practice.”

Transactions worth millions of rupees are conducted during the festival. Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, handicrafts, carpets and dry fruits are a major attraction for the customers. (IANS)

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Baldi said that the vision of the policy was to establish Himachal as a model state for electric vehicle adoption and to provide sustainable

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A meeting to frame the draft for the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 was held here, chaired by Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi. Pixabay

Himachal Pradesh is aiming to achieve 100 per cent transition to electric vehicles by 2030 in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, an official said on Wednesday.

A meeting to frame the draft for the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 was held here, chaired by Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi.

Baldi said that the vision of the policy was to establish Himachal as a model state for electric vehicle adoption and to provide sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, inclusive and integrated mobility.

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Himachal Pradesh is aiming to achieve 100 per cent transition to electric vehicles by 2030 in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, an official said on Wednesday. Pixabay

The policy aimed to save the environment, accelerate demand for electrical vehicles, promote a sustainable transport system and create a public-private charging infrastructure, he added.

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The Chief Secretary said that a provision for charging spots in commercial buildings such as hotels and shopping malls has also been included in the policy. (IANS)