7 Fruits for Summer in India

Seven fruits that helps to keep you cool and healthy in this Summer.

1) Water Melon: This fruit is number one in the list as it helps to protect the skin against sun damage and has high water content. This helps to keep you hydrated and refreshed. Good source of Vitamin A and C

2) Mango: Who can avoid this fruit which also known as the king of all the fruits. Mangoes are native to South Asia and it won’t be wrong if we say the National fruit of India. A summer drink called aam panna, a thick juice made of mangoes with sugar and milk and famous in this season. Rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C as well as minerals like potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

3) Papaya: A delicious tropical fruit that helps in the proper digestion of proteins. Extremely high in vitamins A, vitamin C, folate and other phytochemicals. If used for skin or home made treatment gives the fresh glow to skin and slow down the ageing process.

4) Banana: Highly nutritious food to keep you energetic and active. Banana has vitamin A, phosphorous, carbohydrate, and iron and when the banana get ripen, it comprises glucose, fructose, sucrose and fibre. It enhances the mental alertness and boost brain power.

5) Lemon: Like Water melon, Lemon is also an important fruit for summer which is advised to be taken as juice with salt or sugar mixed in water/soda to quench your thirst. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C.

6) Orange: Orange helps in refilling the lost potassium through sweat and the source of vitamin C, thiamin and folate for you which provides you natural UV protection, brings down stress levels and enhance the production of red blood cells in your body. Also replenish the potassium lost through perspiration and provide relief in muscular cramps.

7) Grapes: Grapes are an obvious summer choice – readily available, easy to eat and excellent in quenching hunger and thirst and thus best choice for summers. Low on saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. A good source of Vitamin C and K.



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Amavasya or no moon day in August 2016

Amavasya or no moon day in August also known as Aadi Amavasi in Tamil Nadu, Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala and Bheemana Amavasi in Karnataka. As per tradition, in some part of India it is observed as Shravan Amavasya and some part as Ashada Amavasya.

This day is considered both auspicious and inauspicious. As per tradition, people offer tharpanam a ritual for offering the tribute to their ancestors like their deceased father, mother or family members. They pray to their ancestors to remove the curse on their family and bless the family for good and happy life.

It is recommended that brahmins or those who wear the sacred thread from left shoulder to right shoulder to change it vise-versa before beginning of the ritual. You can seek a pujari help to do Tharpanam on this day. Tharpanam should always to be done to elder family members who are deceased and not for younger family members or to people who are still alive. The ritual can be performed in house, beaches or banks of sacred rivers, temples or sacred spots designated for tharpan or Pitra Tharpanam.

Amavasya or no moon day in 2016 falls on August 2, 2016 and begins at 3:14 AM and ends at 2:14 AM on August 3.

Mysore Dasara 2015

Dasara_Navaratri_Festival_Lights_Mysore_Palace_IndiaThe Nadda Habba Dasara or Mysore Dasara or ‘Navaratri’ is celebrated with a lot of pomp, spectacle and joy in Mysore. The festivities will be low-key this year as the state government wants to keep it simple due to the farmers’ deaths in the state. All cultural programmes will be restricted to the Mysore Palace and there will only be two cultural programmes a day. On the inaugural day of Navratri, the ‘Rajya Sangeeth Vidwan’ award will also be presented.

13 October 2015 to 22 October 2015

Mysore Dasara Tableau
Mysore palace light show timings

Oct 13: Inauguration at Chamundi Hills
Oct 14 – Oct 21: Cultural programs at palace premises, Jagan Mohan Palace, Kalamandir, etc. On Oct 21, Hungarian dance troupe to perform at palace grounds.
Oct 22: Ayudha Puja and Cultural Programme; Mysore Dasara Procession – Jamboo Savari (elephant procession) where main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari that sits on top of an elephant; Torchlight parade at grounds at Bannimantap. The traditional Nandi Puja will be offered between 1.10 pm and 1.25 pm. Post that, the floral tributes to the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari placed in the Golden Howdah on top of the elephant will be offered between 3:12 pm and 3:30 pm. Thus begins the ‘Jamboo savari’.

Refer for details: http://www.mysoredasara.org/programme.html

Mysore Dasara Tableaux: Themes

  • Tourism: Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Chamarajanagar.
  • Royal dynasty: Bijapur, Bangalore, Mysore, Bellary.
  • Science and Technology: Hassan, Chitradurga, Bagalkot, Raichur.
  • History/folklore: Mandya, Gadag, Haveri, Koppala, Bidar, Tumkur.
  • Kannada literature: Shimoga, Belgaum, Udupi, Kolar, Dharwad.
  • Regional Special: Gulbarga, Ramnagar, Bangalore rural, Chikkaballapur, Yadgiri

Mysore palace light show timings

The palace will be illuminated with more than 97,000 light bulbs from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM from 14th October to 21st October 2015 & from 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM on 22nd October 2015



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Mysore’s New Maharaja Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs

Yaduveer Raj Urs adopted as heir of Mysuru Royal Family, heir of the 700-year-old Wadiyar dynasty and rechristened Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar. Yaduveer arrived at the specially erected ‘mantapa’ in the Kalyana Mantapa of the Palace accompanied by his parents Tripura Sundari Devi and Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs.

Yaduveer is the great grandson of Subramanya Raj Urs, the younger brother of Chamaraja Wadiyar X.

A team of priests supervised by Brahmathantra Swatantra Paraka Mutt Swamiji overlooked the adoption rituals conducted by Indrakshi Devi, sister of late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and monitored by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar.

An adoption is taking place in the family after 135 years and after the princely states were dismantled in 1967. The event sets all speculation to rest on who will be the next crown prince to succeed Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar who died in December 2013. The adoption comes 14 months after the death of Srikantadatta, at a time when the family is facing a crisis, given the state government’s move to acquire the palace, their abode for over two centuries.


US Thanksgiving 2014-Thursday November 27

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. It is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal.

Thanksgiving Day a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It also end of the harvest season and starting of winter season.

Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan in Bangalore

Swachh Mandir Cleanliness is godliness and temples in Bangalore are ensuring temples and that their surroundings are clean with their Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. Banashankari temple is one of many in the city to have adopted Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. These temples come under the department of religious and charitable endowments or Muzrai.

Boards have been installed to educate visitors on cleanliness; they tell visitors where dustbins are located. Those who don’t dump waste at the designated place or carrying a plastic bag into the premises will be fined.

A waste audit of 40 temples in the city found they generate around 5,600 kg of waste every week. All 70 temples un der the muzrai department will undertake the waste management exercise in the coming days. The department will extend the campaign to all its 34,000 temples in the state. The department has tied up with BBMP to dispose of dry waste at recycling units.

Source: TOI