Grand Finale of Rangarang held at DVG Road

Grand Finale of Ranga rang – The Rangoli Utsava was held at DVG Road Basavanagudi, on 19th September’10 Sunday. Around 100 women displayed unique designs on the road which was closed for the public from 8 am to 10 am.

The final winners have been selected by a jury consisting of eminent personalities viz., Dr. Kulkarni (Principal of Chitrakala Parishat), B K S Verma (Artist of high repute), Mano Murthy (Music Director) and Rajesh Krishna (Popular Singer). The playback singer Sonu Niigaam distributed prizes at the end of the competition. Post-completion, the road was opened only for pedestrians.

The rangoli utsava was organized as an attempt to revive the fading art form by Shree Vidyraranya Yuvaka Sangha as part of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava 2010-Rangarang. The preliminary round was held at APS College Grounds, Basvangudi on 8 August 2010 and over 1500 women will participate and displayed their rangoli skills. The best 100 was chosen to participate in the Grand Finale round. The grand finale was held at DVG Road on September 19th.

First Prize-Bharathi Suresh
Second Prize-Suvarna Keshav
Third Prize-Veena Rajendra

Prizes in gold were sponsored by Shree Sai Gold Palace, DVG road, Basavanagudi. Rangarang – the Rangoli Utsava was a part of 48th year celebration of the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha.

Courtesy: Times of India & Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava 2010

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Green Ganesh at Puri beach

International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh with giving message “Go Green” at Puri beach in Orissa.

On the eve of Ganesh Puja sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a green Ganesh where Lord Ganesh spreading awareness about Global Warming.”I believed that people will accept this “Go Green” message and save the planet from Global Warming” said Pattnaik.

Murali fans are struggling to come out of his shocking death news

Tamil and Kannada actor Murali died of heart attack on Wednesday morning and his sudden death has shocked thousands of his fans. Murali passed away at the Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai at 4.00 am on 8th September. He was rushed to the hospital on Monday after he complained of chest pain on Monday. But he died on Wednesday morning following a massive heart attack.

The talented actor was known for his honesty and friendship. He considered them more than anything else in life. The bilingual actor had fans both in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Some of his fans from Kannada and Tamil film industries, who are currently staying in different countries, were thunderstruck when they read his death news.

Recently, Murali had introduced his son Atharva with the movie “Baana Kaathadi” in which he himself had played a pivotal role. A few days ago, the actor was on a private TV channel “Kadhai Alla Nijam” with Laxmi & direct live interview in a local Tamil channel. Murali had performed the engagement ceremony of his daughter Kaavya on September 05. He had also attended the marriage of Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya. Several of Murali fans wanted him to enter politics. He is survived by his wife Shobha, daughter Kaavya and son Atharva.

His sudden death has shocked thousands of his fans and his fans are struggling to come out of shocking death news. On behalf of Murali fans we express deepest condolences to the actor family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.

Green Ganesha for Ganesh festival

There are many campaigns going on for celebrating eco-friendly or green Ganesh festival. Ganesh festival or Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals in India. This Year Ganesh Chaturthi falls on September 11, 2010 Saturday. Lord Ganesh is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganesh Festival is celebrated all over India as the birthday of Lord Ganesh.

The most serious impact of the Ganesh festival on the natural environment is due to the immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris (POP) into lakes, rivers and the sea. This year,hundreds of housing societies have registered with the Green Ganesha drive, mainly those that have awakened to the cause and are willingly opting for eco-friendly idols this year.

Celebrating Eco-friendly Ganesh festival enables you to celebrate festival grandly without harming environment and other living beings. Return to the traditional use of natural clay icons and immerse the icon in a bucket of water or a tank specially made for the purpose.Banning or reducing the use of loudspeakers will go a long way in reducing noise pollution.Crackers and other explosives that pose a threat to public health shall not be used.

Celebrate this Ganesh festival with Ganesh idols made of Clay and natural colors.Pledge to celebrate Green festivals and spread awareness among friends and neighborhood for celebrating green ganesh festival. Stop polluting water by using clay or natural idols and immerse the idol in the tank specially made for the purpose. Ban on the immersion of plaster icons into lakes, rivers and the sea.If one is using a POP idol, simply sprinkling a few drops of water on it as a symbolic immersion and donating the idol to be recycled for the following year.

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you and all

Gowri Habba Celebration 2010

Gowri Habba or Gowri vrata is a Hindu festival celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi.Swarna Gouri habba 2010 date is September 10. As the name suggests, Swarna Gauri Habba is dedicated to Goddess Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva.On the day of Gowri Habba, Goddess Gowri is welcomed to her parents house. On next day, Lord Ganesh visits his mother and takes her back to Kailash.

Godess Gowri is the symbolization of Sumangali. Hence all married women and young girls of marriageable age offer prayers every year for Dheerga (long ) sumangalya, for the health and long life of the husband.

On the Gowri Habba day, the house is cleaned thoroughly. After bathing married women and young girls in the family dress up neatly.A small temporary shrine is erected using banana leaves and banana stem. This is decorated with mango leaves, turmeric, tulsi and sandalwood paste.Then they do the ‘sthapana’ of either jala-gauri or arishinada-gauri (a symbolic idol of Gowri made of turmeric).

Source: Gowri Habba celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi

Tainted Pak players dropped from England series

Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir have also been dropped for the Tewnty20 and the one-day series that begins on September 5 in England. The three Pakistani cricketers involved in the no-ball conspiracy are now being questioned in London about their alleged role in what seems to be a scam that covered a range of matches in multiple countries.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said the Pakistan Cricket Board has been asked to provide alternate players for the one-day series. Yawar Saeed said on Thursday that the three have not been suspended but they will not play in the remainder of the tour.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has promised that an example will be made of anyone found guilty. Butt, the Pakistani test captain will have to defend himself against charges that he is “the ring-leader” of a team that has collaborated with middlemen for spot-fixing and match-fixing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is also expected to formally grill Asif, Amir and Butt later today.  Its Anti-Corruption Unit is conducting a parallel inquiry into the allegations of match-fixing.

“From head to toe, Pakistani players and officials are involved in match-fixing. I had gone with Asif to Bangkok before Pakistan’s tour of Australia. Asif told me he was offered US $ 40,000 by an Indian bookie to under-perform in Australia but he demanded US $ 200,000,” said Asif’s ex-girlfriend, actor Veena Malik. She said she has handed over ‘proof’ that Asif has a history of working with bookies.

British newspaper ‘News of the World’ alleged Sunday that Amir and Asif were paid to deliberately bowl no-balls in the opening day of the fourth test against England at Lord’s last week.

Dahi Handi Celebration

Dahi Handi is celebrated on the next day of Janmashtami, during Nanda Utsav. Maharashtra is famed for its adventurous sport of Dahi Handi that is hanged up in sky-high heights. Govindas form human pyramids to reach up to the Dahi Handi that is usually filled with butter milk and silver coins. People around make the sport more daring when they splash water on govindas to prevent them from grabbing the Handi. Several teams come prepared and compete with each other at different places in the city.

Dahi Handi though portrays the playful and adoringly mischievous attitude of Krishna, it also carries a profound philosophy behind it. The pot is the ego or the sense of the body mind identification that dangles in the grasp of Samsara. The butter or Dahi which forms the content is embodied as the essence, or the being. The Lord breaks the pot or the ego to release the content from the binding Samsara. His eagerness to savour it reveals the bliss that one enjoys on realising the true essence or the true self.

On the occasion of Janmashtami, the dresses that have been stitched for the deity are mostly of yellow colour, because yellow colour is the favourite of Lord Krishna.

In some places either Human pyramids are formed to reach the pot or the contestants are given a stick to hit the pots when they are brought down by the means of a pully. It is definitely a challenging game to get hold of it as eager contestants make their way up to it, water is sprayed on them continuously by the onlookers to distract them.

Dahi handi breaks religious barriers as mandals are peppered with Muslims, Christians and South Indians who give it a secular flavour.  Today Dahi Handi and Janmashtami is celebrated by all and there is nothing religion in the celebration.

Lord Krishna’s birth is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in International society for Krishna consciousness, popularly known as ISKCON was founded by Swami Prabhupada. The devotees are mesmerized by the songs depicting Lord Krishna’s arrival. The idol is well embellished with flowers. An offering of 108 dishes to Lord Krishna known as ‘Bhog’ takes place at midnight and thereafter it is distributed among devotees.

Lets us hence celebrate Dahi Handi grasping the philosophy behind it and seek the Lord’s blessings to realise our true self.

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