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.

Abdul Kalam’s memorial inaugurated in Delhi

A_P_J_Abdul_KalamDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Dilli Hatt, NIA in south Delhi. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Tourism and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra, Kalam’s grandnephew, A.P.J. Sheikh Salim were also present on the occasion.

After his death, Kalam’s belongings were sent to his native place in Rameshwaram. A team constituted by Delhi government had brought his belongings back to Delhi in April. On last Saturday (September 30), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, inaugurated Kalam’s memorial.

Nation paid tribute on his first death anniversary. Inaugurating Kalam’s memorial, Kejrial congratulated the team who participated in the construction of the memorial and said the memorial will inspire the youths. “Kalam sir is one of those people who seldom take birth on the earth and whose thoughts remain immortal. We should implement his thoughts. He used to listen to the voice of common people and always wanted the youth to be instilled with good thoughts and knowledge,” Kejriwal said on the occasion.


CommonFloor initiative #WeAreWithChennai to Help Chennai Flood Victims has started an initiative – “WE ARE WITH CHENNAI” to provide readily available data to relief seekers stuck in Chennai floods. :

ChennaiPic Courtesy: CommonFloor – a leading real estate portal in the country has started an initiative- #WeAreWithChennai to help the people in Chennai to find safe shelter. #WeAreWithChennai webpage which is part of comprises of two important activities i.e. ‘Need For Shelter’ and ‘Provide For Shelter’.

Need For Shelter’ provide readily available data to relief seekers who is stuck in any part of Chennai, to find safe shelter. Those who are in Chennai and willing to help by providing shelter can share their details at #provide-shelter.

According to a press release, and its Twitter page have become epicenter for crowdsourcing all kinds of information: including adding requests for rescue, offers for shelter, listing of homes for shelter, info on affected as well as safe areas to travel etc.

CommonFloor has also allocated 2,000 free SMS credits to all apartment association accounts of CommonFloor Groups their apartment management platform and tool so that they can reach out to residents and communicate important messages.

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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’.

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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.


CommonFloor Retina Virtual Reality for consumers in Real Estate

CF retina_1, India’s leading online real estate platform introduces CommonFloor Retina. It allows property buyers to experience both the interiors and exteriors of the property in an interesting manner. To use CommonFloor Retina, a user simply needs to sport the headgear to experience virtual tour of the property of his/her choice. The simple magnet on the headgear acts as a navigation tool. The App also saves the builders the cost and space to construct a model apartment.

Commenting on the launch of the biggest technological innovations witnessed by the real estate world, Sumit Jain, Co-founder & CEO,, said, “As a new-age online realty player, technology and innovation are part of our core DNA. Property buying demands huge time and financial investment by the buyer and it is our constant endeavour to create tools and technology that makes property search easy for the consumer and gives them a wow experience. CommonFloor Retina is a result of one such quest that adapts technology smartly to the consumer’s advantage.”

Lalit Mangal, Co-founder and CTO, said, “We believe in making strategic investments in building cutting edge technology. This product is pegged to be a game changer in the real estate industry in India and globally. We will work closely with the builder community to scale-up the number of projects listed, thereby helping property buyers to choose from as many projects that may want to visit.” Register here to win a virtual reality headset*

The app offers a real-time property experience for the seekers allowing them to view/review/assess multiple properties from anywhere at any point of time. The app works on the Android platform.