11 Astonishing Facts About Jagannath Temple In Puri

It took three generations worth of time and effort to brick up the humongous walls of the famous Puri’s Jagannath Temple located in Odisha. The temple is of utmost importance to the Hindu devotees as it is one of the Char-Dham Pilgrimages. It also serves as a mighty historical structure built about millennia ago, in the year 1078. Millions of people visit Odisha to gain Lord Jagannath blessings. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra which is witnessed by millions as the three colossal chariots carry the deities.…

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K’taka CM announces SIT probe into audio clip row to ‘bring out truth’

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Monday announced a comprehensive SIT probe to “bring out the truth” after an audio clip he released showed state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa in a purported conversation to lure a JD (S) MLA. Kumaraswamy made the announcement in the state assembly after Speaker Ramesh Kumar suggested a special investigation team probe the episode to “establish the truth” as his name has also been dragged into the row. “Constitute an SIT to establish the truth. Give me relief in 15 days,” a visibly…

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First phase timber for chariot construction reached Puri

Puri: Ahead of the annual Rath Yatra festival of the Holy Trinity-Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra in July, preparation for the mega event began on Monday with the arrival of first phase timber wood required for the construction of the three chariots of the sibling deities. Around 57 logs of wood of specified species of trees from Nayagarh forest division reached the holy town on Monday evening. As per sources, 4 logs of 20-feet length Dhaura wood, 11 logs of 20-feet Asan wood and 20 logs of 12-feet…

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Nepali Women Dies Of Suffocation In Outlawed ‘Menstruation Hut’

A Nepali woman has died of suspected smoke inhalation while banished to a hut during her period, police said on Sunday, just weeks after the deaths of a mother and two children in similar circumstances sparked outrage. Many communities in Nepal view menstruating women as impure and in some remote areas they are forced to sleep in a hut away from the home, following a centuries-old tradition known as “chhaupadi”. Parbati Bogati, 21, was found dead in a smoke-filled hut on Thursday morning in the western Doti district when her…

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500-mtr area around Somnath, Ambaji temples declared ‘veg zones’

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday declared as “vegetarian zones” a 500-metre area surrounding the famous pilgrimage sites of Somnath temple in Saurashtra and Ambaji temple in north Gujarat. The announcement was made by Rupani at a gathering in Palanpur in Banaskantha district, around 145 km from here. The move means that non-vegetarian food, such as meat and chicken, cannot be sold near the premises of these two temples. While the Somnath temple is in Gir-Somnath district, the Ambaji temple is in Banaskantha district. “I hereby declare a 500-metre…

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India invites Pakistan for talks on Kartarpur corridor project

Taking forward the Kartarpur corridor project, India on Tuesday announced the coordinates for the construction of the religious corridor and invited Pakistan to send a delegation for the expected official talks in February and March. “Pursuant to the decision taken by the Government of India on 22 November 2018 to expeditiously realise the long-pending proposal to establish Kartarpur Corridor, India today shared the coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press release. The…

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Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara passes away at 111

Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara passes away at 111

BENGALURU: The pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, 111-year-old Shivakumar Swami, died on Monday after a prolonged illness and slow recovery. The State Government has declared a one day holiday for all schools, colleges and Government offices as well as a three-day state mourning. Popular for providing food, shelter and education to lakhs of students across society, the pontiff was popularly known as ‘the walking god’ and was active in spite of his advanced age. His cremation will be held on Tuesday at 4.30 PM at the Mutt premises.…

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111 Year Old Shivkumar Swamiji on Ventilator, Siddaganga Mutt Floods with Devotees

111 Year Old Shivkumar Swamiji on Ventilator, Siddaganga Mutt Floods with Devotees

Bengaluru: Siddaganga Seer Shivkumar Swamiji’s health condition has deteriorated, forcing doctors to put the 111 year old on life support late last night. The Lingayat seer has been in and out of hospitals for the past 2 months. Medical experts from Bengaluru will be visiting the Siddagana Mutt in Tumkuru district of Karnataka in order to advice the doctors’ treating the seer currently. Dr Paramesh Shivana, the head of Siddaganga Hospital where the Swamiji is currently being treated, informed media that his health was very critical, adding that his protein…

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Woman Who Rewrote History by Entering Sabarimala ‘Attacked’ by Mother-in-law, Hospitalised

Woman Who Rewrote History by Entering Sabarimala 'Attacked' by Mother-in-law, Hospitalised

Thiruvananthapuram: Kanakadurga, who became the first woman of menstruating age to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple, was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law after she returned home on Tuesday morning. According to initial reports, the 44-year-old was hit by her mother-in-law on the head, following which she was taken to Perinthalmanna hospital. The woman had returned home under police protection and eight personnel were deployed outside, but the incident occurred inside her residence. Forty-two-year-old college lecturer Bindhu and Kanakadurga created history on January 2 by becoming the first woman of…

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Meet the Australian Sadhu Who Broke Barriers of Faith and Found a Family at Kumbh Mela​

Prayagraj: For some sadhus gathered at Sangam, the tolerance of differences and diversity is a central tenant of Hindu faith. But only a few would understand the power of acceptance more than Shravan Giri. After all, the Australian man stands out among the rest of his family. But looking different from other sadhus is not an impediment for Giri, who has found among these ascetics a family for himself. Giri first came to India in 1998 and knew almost instantly that he wanted to follow a new path. Recollecting his…

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