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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.

Source- TOI , TOI, THE HINDU

Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif shook hands Saarc summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands and met briefly during the retreat at the Saarc summit on Thursday.

Both the prime ministers were seen talking during a reception hosted by Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday evening in honour of visiting Saarc heads of state and government.

“Yes, they have met and shook hands at the retreat,” Nepal foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said over phone from Dhulikhel, where the retreat is being held on the second day of the two-day Saarc summit.

Source: TOI

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

‘Alamkara’ jewellery show reopens in Delhi

Delhi’s National Museum turned into India’s largest repository of antique jewellery when “Alamkara”, the gallery that was last functionable in 2006 reopens in Delhi. The exhibition showcase 5,000 years of antique jewellery. The oldest jewels, dating between 2600 and 1900 BCE, belong to Indus Valley civilization Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro.

The collection had different themes & follows chronology.

First glass-case showcasing objects of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, the next segment on Taxila has jewels from the 1st century CE. Further, the gallery has cases with themes such as ‘God’ (jewels seen on deities) and ‘Maharajas’ in the next two glass cases. Next comes typology, ornaments worn from head to toe. Then there is a set of four glass cases, displaying the stylistic difference of articles from the country’s north and south.There are also exhibits showing the flora and fauna used in ornamentation.

News Source: Firstpost
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Malayalam month Vrischikam onnu

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Vrischikam Masam which starts in the mid of November is popularly known as Mandala Kalam for Ayyappa Devotees in Kerala. Vrischikam 1 also known as Vrischikam onnu is highly auspicious month and 41-day Sabarimala Vratham starts on Vrischikam 1.

In 2014, as per malayalam calendar the November 17 to December 15 is Vrischikam Masam and Vrischikam 1 falls on November 17, 2014.

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