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Banishing evil of pollution

Ravana effigy makers around the city are doing their bits to save the environment during its burning on Dussehra, discovers Team Viva while Pankaj Kumar captures it Lying in various colours — pink, green, orange and silver with paper-mache and stout bamboo frames — are the heads of Ravana in Titarpur, Dwarka and Tagore Garden. It’s that time of the year again, when...

Colourful seasonal vegetables adorn this goddess on ‘Ashtami Pooja’

New trends may have emerged in the recent times of adoring the goddess Durga, but this temple in Haridwar continues its old traditional custom of decorating the goddess with vegetables and dry fruits giving her the title of Shakumbhari. Built in south Indian style, the temple continues its tradition of making rosaries of vegetables for the Ashtami Pooja. One...

Festival of nine auspicious nights begins

Nine days of Navratri are devoted to the goddess (shakti) without whose power, even Shiva is like a shav (corpse). These goddesses represent 10 mahavidyas. Adi Shankaracharya advocated performing of yajna for Raj Rajeshwari Tripur Sundari to get eternal bliss and prosperity, said Brahmchari Kailashanand of Kali temple near Chandi Ghat. With the starting of the first of the Navratri the holy city of Haridwar...

Worshipping the divine architect Vishwakarma and the tools

Vishwakarma Puja is an occasion to worship the tools important for work and focus on their maintenance so that they continue to be the means of livelihood. Whether a writer or a mechanic, each has a tool, computer, pen and machines which need to be taken care of. Vishwakarma Puja was observed in all industrial units, schools and offices...

Ganpati Visarjan conducted with devotional fervour

The 10 day-long Ganapati festival which began on Ganesh Chaturthi on September 2 came to an end on Thursday. Different religious groups had organised different platforms for worship of Lord Ganesha for durations ranging from one and a half-day to 10 days as per the time availability and devotion but all groups performed visarjan (submersion) in Ganga on Thursday...

Devotees throng Naina Devi temple on Nandashtami

Devotees thronged the Naina Devi temple on the occasion of Nandashtami during the 116th Nanda Devi Mahotsav underway in Nainital. Elaborate worship and rituals were held on the occasion on Friday. Early in the morning, the Pran Pratishtha in idols of goddesses Nanda and Sunanda was done by the priests. In addition to devotees from various parts of the state,...

Dance workshop held by disciples of Birju Maharaj

The Divine School of Dance organised a three-day Kathak workshop with trainers from Kalashram founded by Kathak maestro Pundit Birju Maharaj. The students learnt the nuances of the classical dance with expressions and the various courses available to become a professional Kathak dancer. About 70 students attended this workshop which concluded with annual Kathak exam. The disciples of Pundit...

2L devotees partake of Prasad at Kainchi Dham Mela

About two lakh people partook of the Prasad in the famous Mela of Kainchi Dham here on Saturday. Devotees could be seen thronging the Ashram to pay obeisance to Neem Karoli Baba and lord Hanuman till late in the evening. The Kainchi Mela is being held here every year since Neem Karoli Baba ceremoniously installed the idol of lord...

Lakhs reach Haridwar on Ganga Dussehra

Lakhs of pilgrims took holy dip in the Ganga river at Har Ki Paidi on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra on Wednesday. The festival was observed with much religious fervour with devotees thronging the Ganga Ghats from morning. With two back to back snans of Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadeshi, pilgrims thronged from across the different states of the country to the holy city. The security was...

60 lakh take holy dip on Somvati Amavasya

An estimated 60 lakh pilgrims took holy dip in the Ganga on Somvati Amavasya on Monday, claim the officials. The arrival of devotees had begun on Sunday, a day ahead of Somvati Amavasya snan.A long weekend and the auspicious occasion beckoned tourists from Delhi NCR region, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Temporary bus stands set up at Rishikul witnessed heavy...