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Writ petition against State Government of West Bengal for prohibitory orders on Durga Idol immersion during Muharram

The writ petition has been filed in the Calcutta High Court by challenging the order by petitioners, Ajoy Kumar Dutta and Kanchan and the petition is to be heard on Monday

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Durga Idol Immersion. Wikimedia

October 3, 2016: State government has issued a strange order that prevents the immersion of Durga idols from October 11 to 12 after 4 pm due to the fact that Hindu Festival Vijay Dashami coincides with Muharram on that day.

As a result, the writ petition has been filed in the Calcutta High Court by challenging the order by petitioners, Ajoy Kumar Dutta and Kanchan and the petition is to be heard on Monday. The petition terms the order “illegal, wrongful, mala fide and without any basis.” It asks the order to be revoked, and further it accuses the officials of “putting in peril the freedom of religion and the right of the petitioners to observe and celebrate their religion,” mentioned the Indian Express report.

Muharram. Wikimedia
Muharram. Wikimedia

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In West Bengal, traditional Durga pujas, commonly known as ‘Bonedi Bari Puja,’ is celebrated in the city’s ancient residences and the petition was filed on behalf of that. According to the Indian Express Report, the petitioners have filed the writ against the Kolkata police commissioner as well as deputy commissioner of police (North) besides the state, and have sought “permission for immersion of the deity of Holy Mother Durga on October 11, 2016, at around 6 – 7 pm.”

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The leading news portal reported that “there will be no idol immersion after 4 pm on October 11, which is Dashami, as the Muharram procession, will start after that. On October 12, again, there will be no immersion due to Muharram. On October 13 and 14, people will be allowed to carry out the immersion process for the whole. As per now, this is the final plan,” as said by Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar. As the two festivals are colliding, the government had made similar arrangements last year in 2015.

The petitioners also mentioned that the decision had a huge impact on the scores of pujas celebrated in the city’s old homes, that is mainly concentrated in north Kolkata, where some pujas had a history of over 150 years.

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 “We are all very concerned about this. The modern pujas, in big pandals, aren’t as affected. But for us, tradition dictates that the goddess leaves our home by 4 pm and is immersed by 7 pm. This is according to the rituals of Hinduism and hasn’t been violated for over a century. This decision has hurt our sentiments greatly,” said a patriarch of one such puja, who didn’t wish to be named, to Indian Express.

– prepared by NewsGram Team.

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Offbeat destinations for new year's getaway

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Every traveller will love visiting these travel destinations. Pixabay

This holiday season, treat the traveller inside you with offbeat destinations nestled in the lap of refreshing natural landscapes.

1. Ponmudi Hill Station, Kerala

Ponmudi offers so much to travelers who love to explore the winding paths and surely have a thing for long drives. Set in the Western Ghats of Kerala, it is a picturesque hill station that is surrounded by lush greenery and a sheen blanket of mist. Trekking is one of the most adventurous activities that one may wish to delve in, here.

The place has started getting traction in recent years, which has resulted in the creation of cottages and resorts in the hilly area. A hill so close to the city, Ponmudi hills makes it a perfect choice for travelers who look for small weekend getaways.

Those planning to visit Ponmudi, the time between November and March is highly recommendable.

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Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge where a traveller can enjoy the dazzling peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Wikimedia Commons

2. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

Another natural piece of wonder located in the godly lands of Kerala, Silent Valley National Park is the finest destination for every nature lover, ever existed. It offers the opportunity to be exposed to wild jungles and its wilderness enveloped by numerous adventurous activities.

Apart from the purest marvels of nature, this place offers rich history and grandeur and remains the largest tract of evergreen rain forests in the North-eastern corner of Palakkad district. The flow of river Kunthi that descends from the Nilgiri hills makes it a natural splendor and one may want to keep watching it, forever.

It is recommended to visit this park between December and April, as heavy rains from June till November makes it difficult to explore the beauty of this place.

3. Sandakphu, West Bengal

Situated at the peak of West Bengal, Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge where tourists can enjoy the dazzling peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga as the first sunlight strikes the surface. River Teesta that flows through this place makes it a perfect destination for water-sport aficionados.

To enjoy all of these, one must trek around 8-10 km from Maneybhanjan. It will take around 12 hours to reach the finishing line. Although it sounds tiring, the activity will certainly make you feel refreshed when you finally reach the peak – the beautiful vantage point from where you can clearly view the natural wonders.

Best is to visit this place between October and January.

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If you’re a traveller seeking an adventurous trekking experience then you must visit Sar Pass in Himachal Pradesh. Pixabay

4. Jawai Hills, Rajasthan

Also known as the Leopard hills, Jawai is located in the Pali district of Rajasthan and is home to leopards and other wild animals such as chinkaras, jackals, hyenas, etc. It is also a place where you will find migratory birds aplenty. Apart from these, there is a Kalka Devi temple, where one can find the maximum leopards roaming around the caves and stairs.

Here one gets amazing options of Safari rides to relish the inner view of the wilderness and also peek into the lives of local people who live there. A wonderful place to find solitude, Jawai is a perfect destination for tourists who wish to chill and adventure, away from the hustle-bustle of the cities.

The best time to visit Jawai is between October and April to avoid humidity and enjoy chilly nights.

5. Sar Pass, Himachal Pradesh

When speaking of winter breaks, it is the thought of hill stations that first crosses our mind. One such hill station that meets all your trekking desires is Sar Pass. Perfectly nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain range, Sar Pass is completely surrounded by high-rise mountains, waterfalls, and lush green forest.

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Although very tough, it is still one of the best routes and longest treks (5-7 days) in Himachal Pradesh that offers great campsites with views never-seen-before. You can start the trek from Kasol, also known as Mini Switzerland, and relish the nature all across the way till you reach the zenith.

October is the best time to visit Sar Pass, but since it’s a winter trek, there is no harm in planning for the later months. (IANS)