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Be A Part of the Journey of Lord Jagannath, in Maha Rath Yatra, Puri Odisha from July 4th to 15th

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Lord Jagannath Maha Rath Yatra

India is a country of diversity. It is diverse in culture, religion, political views, etc. The country celebrates many different festivals throughout the year. Some of the festivals are so grandly celebrated that people gather to witness not just across the state, or country but the entire globe. One such auspicious festival is Jagannath Rath Yatra, in Puri.

The festival is about the public procession of deities Jagannath (Vishnu avatar), Balabhadra (his brother), Subhadra(his sister) and Chakra. The festival is celebrated mainly in Puri, Orissa but the people of all the other states love to peek at this auspicious yatra of their lords.

Be a part of this fabulous festival of joy, faith, and celebration. Join the iconic Rath Yatra of Lord of Lords, Lord Jagannath in Puri, Bhubaneswar:

Every year the festival for Ratha Yatra is celebrated with equal excitement, it is celebrated in the month of monsoon (which is July mostly). This year the propitious festival is being celebrated for July 4th to 15th of July. Devotees from across the globe travel to Puri, Odisha in order to be part of the biggest Ratha Yatra. It is believed that those lucky people, who attend Ratha Yatra gets moksha and goes to heaven.

Lord Jagannath Maha Rath Yatra

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Ratha Yatra starts from the main temple where the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. They also pay a visit to their mausi at the Mausi Maa Temple. They are also accompanied by the iconic weapon on Lord Vishnu, Sudarshana chakra. Then the deities (Ratha Yatra) return to the Main temple. While going to the Gundicha is called Rathajatra returning back to the of Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra.

The crowd at the streets are undeniably huge and it seems that whole India has come down on the street to be part of the Yatra. People try to be able to as close to the chariot as possible as they believe they are not the deities that are traveling on chariot but the lords themselves. Everyone wants to catch glimpses of the deities. It is also believed that pulling the chariot is a great fortune and people actually travel from different part of the country to pull the chariot for the rope.

Jagannath Rath Yatra

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The three chariots resemble identically to the temple are pulled through the streets of Puri called Badadanda. The decorative chariots are pulled mainly by the priest and devotees take turns in between to help the priest throughout the 2 km journey. The procession is accompanied by the joyous beating of drums, aatris, and dancing. It is a festival of celebration, people totally lock their houses and business throughout the course of the eleven days. The only thing that happened in Puri this time is the Ratha Yatra. It seems like an array of Hindu festivals altogether.

When the deities return there is a small play that people enact. Wife of Lord Vishnu doesn’t allow him to return to the temple as she is accusing him of being away from her without informing her about the journey and then Lord offers him sweets and she gradually submits to Lord’s charm.

Every the same process is repeated without the slightest change yet devotees are excited every year as if they are witnessing it the first time. If you ever plan to visit Puri this is the best time to visit the place. To reach there one can hire a cab from Bhubaneswar which is connected by airport an railway, too.

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7 of These Foods Will Take You Back in Your Childhood Days As You Loved Them All

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When you think of your childhood, you may have stronger memories associated with a certain set of foods like Parle-G, Natkhat, Poppins, Sweet Cigarettes, Popsicles, Rola Cola, Fatafat and many others. I know these fun foods were more than love for most of the kids and even now. But sadly, some of the products have become extinct now and we couldn’t help. That is why I will take you through your childhood days foods again by mentioning here some of the all-time favourite foods of the kids when they were in their childhood. No matter whether they are with you today or not, but whenever you heard of them or come across they make you happy and nostalgic at the same time.

Let me take you through some of the foods that helped shape your childhood.

1. Phantom Sweet Cigarettes

Phantom Sweet Cigarettes

One of the sweetest childhood memories that we all have. These cigarettes were famous among every kid and they used to love and flaunt them along with their friends just to become super cool. They looked similar to a cigarette only but were mint flavoured.

2. Natkhat

Natkhat

Then and now, Natkhat is still one of the most loved snacks of every kid. Do you remember the packet costs only Rs. 1 which you will find hard to get nowadays? We used to love carrying these packets when we go out for a picnic.

3. Gold Spot and Rola Cola

Gold Spot and Rola Cola

Forget about today’s coke or slice. Nothing could ever beat the taste of Gold Spot and Rola Cola. Gold Spot was a bit sweet in taste with some fizz, while Rola Cola was the super solid candy which tastes like a cola. They both were so amazing and we still remember that.

4. Crax

Crax

Crax was spicy and masala flavoured ring-shaped snack which was also among the kid’s favourite during the 90s. Besides eating them, children also used to make fun by wearing the rings on the finger taking the feel of a ring. And, it also didn’t costs a fortune, just Rs. 5 only.

5. Parle-G

Parle-G

Parle-G is still our favourite, whether you dip it in a cup of tea or a glass of milk. It tastes completely awesome. Thank god this is not extinct and you can easily find out them easily in any grocery store.

6. Fatafat

Fatafat

These were actually the digestions pills similar to Hajmola, but we never used them like pills. Its tasty tangy flavour had made everyone go mad for it.

7. Rooh Afza

Rooh Afza

One of the tastiest and refreshing drink that we all had during our 90s. It was more like a welcome drink and was served to the guests who visit our houses. Seriously, its rose flavour was loved by every kid, especially when it was mixed with cold milk. Isn’t it?

So, these were some of the fun foods that were our all-time favourite and even now. How many of you would like to taste them again?

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6 Teachers Who Gave Up Their Dreams To Make The Life of Underprivileged Children

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After our parents, teachers are the one who holds a very important place in our life. Not only for me but for everyone. I know each one of you who are reading this may have one or other best memories related to their teachers and of course the valuable lessons given by them to you which you still remember by heart. Seriously, no other than teachers could do anything for us to make our life and our career.

To see us reap those heights, they took so much of pain and manual labour that we can’t even imagine. On this Teacher’s day, let’s pay our whole-hearted tribute to them who made us what we are today and we can’t forget that ever.

Take a look at some of the great examples who gave up everything to make the career of students.

1. Shopkeeper, Rajesh Kumar Sharma

Rajesh is a popular teacher among hundreds of slum children who are taught by him under the metro bridge near the Yamuna Bank metro depot in Delhi. He is a shopkeeper by profession and is known as ‘Masterji’ among his students. It was him only who started the novel initiative, “Free School: Under the Bridge”.

2. A resident from Pune, Rajnikant Mendhe

Rajnikant Mendhe

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A resident from Pune, Rajnikant Mendhe was really passionate about teaching children. To teach only 12 children, he travelled 12 km to a remote village in Chander district. As there was an extreme shortage of teachers at the school, kids started to leave the school but it was Mendhe who never gave up and he still continued his journey of teaching to only one student who didn’t leave the school.

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3. Physical education teacher, Rajaram

Rajaram who is a physical education teacher took that extra mile and decided to drive the school bus so that the students do not take admission anywhere else. To keep the school’s strength at par, he with the help of old student’s association bought a mini-bus so that the parents are comfortable in sending their children to school in the bus only.

4. Physically challenged, Sanjay Sen

hysically challenged, Sanjay Sen

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What a wonderful and kind-hearted man he is which is very hard to find nowadays. Despite being a physically challenged man, he never gave up and challenged himself to make the life of thousand’s of children by giving them the ocean of the knowledge he has. His motivation and kind dedication made everything possible for him even if he can’t. Since 2009, he is into the teaching profession and is employed in one of the government school located in Rajasthan.

You can also read: Inspiring Story of Padma Shree Awardee Subhasini Mistry

5. A teacher from Kenya’s remote village, Peter Tabichi

Peter Tabichi is a math and physics teacher from a school located in Kenya’s remote village. He has also received the Global Teacher Prize for his hard work and dedication towards teaching. And do you know he is the man who gives away his 80 percent of the monthly income to the needy and helpless people just to make them happy?

6. Zindagi Founder, Ajay Bahadur Singh

Ajaya Bahadur is the one who established the Zindagi Foundation in the year 2017, where he used to give free coaching classes to the medical students who couldn’t afford expenses for that. And do you know it was due to his ultimate guidance 12 out of his 18 students cracked medical exam and got admission in medical colleges in Odisha? Though he aspires to become a doctor himself, he gave up his dreams and continued to teach underprivileged students to make their career.

I know you have become a bit nostalgic after reading this article. We accept that teachers are really amazing and what they do for us is valuable.

You can also read: 8 Inspiring Individuals Who Are Using Social Media For All The Right Reasons

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6 Benefits Brought By British Raj To India That Has Changed The Nation

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6 Benefits Brought By British Raj To India That Has Changed The Nation

We very well know what Britishers did to us. Lots of destructions and everything bad to put an end to everything as their main intention was to rule India. This is true but we cannot ignore what they did great for us. Still, most of us have a mindset that Britishers were there only to rule India and to create harm to Indians and the Indian culture. But with everything bad, good also comes and we must appreciate that. They brought to us many benefits which have helped develop Indians as well as the Indian society. Examples are many like they introduced the English education system, developed railways abolished cruel social practices and many more.

Let’s have a look at the benefits brought by the British Raj for India which has proved that Britishers has helped a lot and did many things to build our nation.

1. Developing the English Language

The British Raj has established modern English education system for masses. Now, we better understand how important English language is for us. Whether you accept it or not, the education system in India was genuinely backward during previous times. It was Britishers only who have decided to introduce scientific education through the medium of English in India after the Charter Act of 1813.

2. Introduction of Indian Railways

Britishers only have laid the foundation of establishing the railway networks to ease the travel of the individuals. The railway was inaugurated under the governor generalship of Lord Dalhousie. Most of the central railway infrastructure has been established by the Britishers themselves. Thanks to them for helping and making our travel so easy.

You can also read: Everything You Need To Know About The Scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A of The Indian Constitution and How It Bifurcates J&K and Ladakh

3. Removal of Cruel practices

The biggest contribution of Britishers in India was the abolition of certain social practices like Sati, Child marriage, Female Infanticide, Human Sacrifice, etc. Various Indian social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy worked along with the Britishers to introduce various acts and reforms against these cruel practices.

4. Unification of India

Literally, there was no India before the British Raj. There were a bunch of independent kingdoms that were ruled by their independent government and administration. The British Raj was the only one that has transformed a fragmented India into a unified India to bring the feeling of unity among the masses.

You can also read: 8 Signs That tell India is Lagging Behind in Good Factors and Leading with The Wrong Ones

5. Developed Indian Army

We are extremely proud of our Indian Army, it was also formed in the British era. All the rules and system were set up by the Britishers themselves.

6. Introduction of Administrative services

Introduction of Administrative services

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The British Raj has also introduced administrative services like IFS, IPS, and IAS which is one of the most disciplined and civilized careers in today’s modern world.

So, these were some of the benefits that were brought by the Britishers that had done only good to Indians and we really appreciate that.

You can also read: 9 Reasons I Love My India More Than Any Other Country

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