Month: October 2017

Best Places to Visit in Puducherry- Holiday trip to Pondicherry

Pondicherry- India’s French Connection

Whenever we speak about English, Dutch and French invaders and their influence on our country, we cannot escape from taking about Pondicherry.  Pondicherry became a notable place during foreign invasions, especially during French entrance. Though French invasion and trading started long back during the 16th century, still Pondicherry acquired its fame and name in 1673. During 1673, French acquired this area from the Qiladar of Valikondapuram during the rule of Sultan of Bijapur. And French people named this place as Pondicherry. Now the name changed to Puducherry which is derived from the original name “Puducheri”, it means “new settlement” in Tamil local language. Though Puducherry had its existence since back from Roman times, its existence and other details in recorded since 1674 after the French started to reside and operate from this place.

As per the archaeological department records, there are indications that Romans visited the place back in first century AD for trade. Remains have been found during excavation done in Arikamedu which is just 7 kilometers towards the south of Pondicherry. Reference has been found that Romans used to come to trade at Poduca in Indian coast which meant Pondicherry.

Do you know?

Francois Martin founded Pondicherry who was the First Governor General of the place. He was also the Commissioner of French East India Company.  He made Puducherry the capital of all the four territories- Yanam, Mahe, Karikal, and Chandernagore that were under French rule.

 

Pondicherry has a huge influence of Portuguese, The Dutch, The French and the English, you can find different culture here, and the place has all such references too. Initially, it was a small fishing village and with time it grew to be a huge port city which was and is accessed for trading and import and export of valuable materials. The place has its vintage history and you can still find the air is filled with those foreign cultures and practices.

Pondicherry is a beautiful place with Bay of Bengal at its one border. The place has temples, churches, and mosques. People of different culture and tradition reside over here. It is a laid-back beach city often called a French colony. The place is neat and clean. Different from other cities in India, this place has all the roads, with a name engraved on a board with direction, this will help to navigate easily even without a GPS.

Do you know?

 Puducherry is still a Union Territory of India. And being a Union Territory Pondicherry has its own Legislative Assembly.

 

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How to Celebrate Green and Pollution free Diwali this Year?

Celebrate Green Diwali in 2017

This Diwali celebration is surrounded by a lot of restrictions, be it Firecracker ban or a movement towards avoiding China product usage. I thought a lot on this…as since from childhood for us, Diwali meant lighting in the whole house with small ‘tuni’ bulbs and diyas, sweets and lots of firecrackers. And now all of a sudden when obstructions and restrictions are coming in our way, then how can we celebrate it with the fun of that similar level. I thought a lot and came up with small ideas. Today I am going to share those with you, hope this will help you to celebrate your Diwali in a similar way.

Emotional touch.

Have you ever seen a dog or cat or any other animal running about here and there during each Diwali while people start bursting crackers? You must have noticed. We all know animals are far more sensitive than a human being, especially they can hear and smell more deeply than us, and all of a sudden when the crackers start bursting they cannot relate it and out of fear they start to run here and there. Last year, I still remember the very next day of Diwali I saw a black colored roadside dog of our locality got severely ill, due to a sudden burn on his back and spinal area due to flying crackers which came and burst over him, Thank God! He is still alive now far better and can move on himself, but he lost his running capacity. And this is a true story! This happens everywhere. Coming to air pollution, you all know how our area and environment is getting polluted day by day. Now even kids along with elders are suffering from asthma, do you know why? It’s just because of air pollution. So if we can contribute little to stop or lessen this air pollution rate, then why not?

So this Diwali let us make a promise to make our world and environment better. Let’s try to give a healthy life and environment to our elders, younger fellows and to those innocent animals and pets.

Twelve Ways to Celebrate Green Diwali this Year:

But still we cannot miss our happiness, fun, and celebration so let’s check out what we can do this Diwali:

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Know the Heritage Sites which are Must Visit Places in Nalanda, Bihar

Nalanda- The Most Ancient Treasure Of India In Respect To Education, History, Culture And Religion

Bihar has always been another treasure of our country. With times there may be a deterioration of the place due to some political and social issues but yes, if you want to look back towards our treasure of history, Nalanda will come up to be a gem place. Nalanda has been the first global seat of learning. This was the oldest university and eminent center of learning that existed in the ancient age before Oxford or Cambridge. This place got its reference even in the writing of Huan Tsang and I- Tsing. Nalanda is located in Southeast direction of Patna and is about 95 kilometers away from Patna near Bihar Sharif. Nalanda was the pride of Magadha (currently known as Bihar) which still infuses a feeling of nostalgia among us.

Nalanda word is basically a Sanskrit word which comes from three words- Na+alam+Daa that mean “no stop for giving out knowledge”. It was Mahavihara which had a lot of nalas- which means lotus stalks. That is why Lotus symbolizes knowledge.

It is believed that Gupta Dynasty founded the university. Shakraditya is accredited for the foundation of the University. Nalanda University was established probably during the reign of Kumara Gupta. In 1193, Nalanda University was completely destroyed by Turkish Army which was led by Bakhtiar Khilji of Mamluk Dynasty.

In 1915 during an excavation done by Archeological Survey of India, remains of Nalanda University were found out. Nalanda University rather Nalanda the place has its great importance in Buddhism and Jainism. It is said that Mahavira had spent near about fourteen rainy seasons in Nalanda and Gautama Buddha used to deliver speeches to his disciples at Nalanda. 

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Harshavardhana, Dharmapala, Vasubandhu, Suvishnu, Dharmakirti, Asanga,  Shantarakhsita, Aryadeva, Nagarjuna, Padmasambhava, Hwui Li, and  Xuanzang were some notable scholars who passed of Nalanda University.

 

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Renaissance- The Story of a Cadet’s Life.- Episode 15

 Renaissance- The Story of a Cadet’s Life.

Recap- In the last episode we have seen on the train there was a girl named Samiksha, she was sitting all alone but she was lost in some thoughts, she missed Nagina, and an old lady asked her where she was going. Suddenly Samiksha came out of her thoughts and replied to the aunty what she can do for her.

 Episode- 15

 That lady looked at her and murmured “kothaye jaachho tumi”. Samiksha has no idea what that lady is asking she looked everyone as someone going to help her. “Kahan Ja Rahi ho(where are you going)”someone translated that kothaye jaachho tumi as a favor for Samiksha she smiled at the lady and said, “to the last station”. And started looking outside with an expression as she is no more interested answering her queries, Plugged her earphone again and started listening songs shuffling her playlist she chooses that title track from movie Kal ho na ho.

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Renaissance- The Story of a Cadet’s Life.- Episode 14

Renaissance- The Story of a Cadet’s Life.

Recap- In the last episode, we have seen  Shaksham and Farhaan were trying to get inside the coach but all the doors were closed. They were struggling here and there to make some place in it, but things were not getting matured. In the meantime the train started to leave the station and Shaksham anyhow managed to cling to a door, which was closed, he tried to hold it tight and reach next station so that he can find out a way to get inside the train.

 

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 ANOTHER SURPRISE

 After a long wait and so terribly hassled by the commander’s lecture Shaksham was in between the edge of life and death. There were thousands of passengers in the train with their own reason for the journey. But there was someone inside in the train in deep thought with some unanswered questions in her mind. Samiksha Pandey from Saharanpur With an average physics, beautiful eyes, short lengthened layered hair, small glittering earrings and a nose ring. She was sitting in some dilemma. She was listening song on her phone by plugging earphone but her expressions were clear that she’s into deep thought. She was so lost and don’t even noticed that Nagina station had passed. Inside her compartment, everyone kept looking at her as she was the only passenger on the train. Some Bengali aunties kept chattering about the possibilities that how come a girl without luggage traveling like this. When Samiksha boarded the train from Saharanpur she was in trouble and was fearing like anything. All these things did not bother Samiksha.

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Ayodhya- Know When, Why and How to visit this Holy Place

Ayodhya- the holy city of Lord Ram

When we speak about our great Hindu Mythology then Uttar Pradesh in North India has a special importance. Both for Ramayana and Mahabharata has evolved from the same state. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Ram and Hastinapur is the place from where Mahabharata still have its existence in Uttar Pradesh.  And being an Indian everyone has a curiosity about the place. Today we are going to explore Ayodhya which inculcates the complete set of Ramayana.

Ayodhya being considered as one of seven important pilgrimage sites or Saptapuri has great importance. Later during Mughal rule, Ayodhya was also named as Awadh and during the rule of Babar, a mosque was erected in the place of the temple which was considered as the birthplace of Lord Rama. Later this mosque was demolished and currently, there is a small temple. Ram Janmbhoomi has always been a highly debatable question. And this debate has always made this place scary for common people to visit due to often disputes that keep on going. Though the place is few kilometers away from Lucknow, and one of sacred pilgrim places still there are few visitors every year. Whatever it is Ayodhya has always been a historical place and Indian have lot see and know about the place. So today I will be sharing with you few places which make Ayodhya unique and a true destination point.

Do you know?

Ayodhya was previously known as Saketa or Saket. Saketa is a Sanskrit word which means Heaven. This place was considered to a place where God used to reside.

 

Places to visit in Ayodhya

Let’s check what the “must see” places in Ayodhya are:

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

The place of Ram Janam Bhoomi has always been a debatable one. As per Hindu mythology, Ramayana-Ram’s birthplace is considered as the Sarayu river banks. But the Hindu section demands the land of Ayodhya where Babri Masjid used to be during the 16th century as the exact birthplace of Lord Rama. History says during Mughal rule under the instruction of Babar the temple was demolished and was a mosque was erected which later during the 20th century the mosque was broken down and a temple was erected. And as per the excavation report by Archaeological survey of India, there was a temple beneath the mosque. After the riot, the temple is now under construction. The place is under the high security of commandos. There you have to go through tough security check. You will find a lot of monkeys jumping here and there. The passage of entrance is narrow. You will find the idol of Ram Lalla inside. Initially, the temple was temporarily on Swiss tent but now the construction work is on.

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