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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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Nobel Laureates Making India Proud By Rocking That Desi Swag in Dhoti and Saree While Receiving Nobel Prize

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Our India and its culture are incredible and we know that. No matter where we go and what we become, we can’t forget that desi swag whether for food or in terms of clothing. And these Nobel laureates are better proving that who proudly receives the Nobel Prize by ditching their official dress code and choosing to wear dhoti and saree and this is what has won our hearts.

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee and his French-American wife Esther Duflo along with their colleague Michael Kremer have received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their outstanding contribution towards alleviating global poverty.

Banerjee and his wife were looking dapper in Indian attire

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo

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The US-based economists looked dapper with Banerjee turning up in a black Bandhgala with traditional white-gold bordered dhoti as a nod to his Bengali origins, while his wife Esther wore a blue saree and red blouse along with the bindi at the event. Their colleague Kremer was dressed in a formal black suit.

Though the official dress for men was white tie and tails and women were supposed to wear evening gowns. But the duo has decided to break the code and go with the Indian attire which has won millions of hearts.

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize Committee tweeted

In a tweet, the Nobel Prize committee shared a small video of Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer receiving the award. “Watch Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer receive their medals and diplomas at the #NobelPrize award ceremony today. Congratulations!

They were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty,” Nobel Prize tweeted.

Also read: 6 Couples Who Received Nobel Prize in Different Fields for Their Outstanding Contribution and Hard Work

Twitter users were attracted to their Indian attire

More than the prize, it was their dress that caught the attention of Twitter users. A user wrote, “It’s so heartwarming to see #AbhijitBanerjee in Dhoti and #EstherDuflo in Saree…Proud moment for all Indians. Another user wrote, “A moment of pride for every Indian around the world.”

After Amartya Sen, Banerjee becomes 2nd Indian to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics

After receiving this award, Banerjee is the only second Indian to receive this Nobel Prize in economics after Amartya Sen.

Even Prime Minister Modi also congratulates him

Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has also congratulated MIT Economist Abhijit Banerjee on his Nobel Prize for ‘approach to elevate poverty’.

Taking to Twitter, he tweeted: “Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on being conferred the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation.”

Also read: Youth Activist Greta Thunberg is Inspiring Everyone with Her Motivation Speech at UN Global Summit

Little Brief about Banerjee and his wife

Banerjee was born in 1961, He has completed his studies at Presidency College, Kolkata, and JNU in Delhi. After that, he completed his Ph.D. from Harvard University, US where he also taught and currently he serves as a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Not only this, but he is also the author of four books including Poor Economics that has won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

He has also directed two documentary films. While his wife, Duflo is the second-youngest woman to be awarded the prize in economics. Do you know she is also the former advisor of ex-president Barack Obama?

Featured image source: The Statesman/ Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND

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7 Amazing Things Which You Will Miss About Your Parent’s Home After Getting Married

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7 Amazing Things Which You Will Miss after marriage

In India, Weddings are no less than fun where people eat together, dance together and do loads of entertaining stuff. Undoubtedly, weddings altogether mean fun but one could not deny the fact that girls have to leave their home after getting married and this is what makes them a bit emotional. Leaving your parent’s home and them behind is not an easy task. We could never forget the memories that we cherished in our parent’s house. No matter where we go and who do we marry, Sasural always fails to match with our first home. Hold on girls, I am taking you through an emotional ride.

Have a look at these things which you will be missing when you will get married.

1. Mumma’s special head massage

Do you remember how does your all-day-long stress vanish away when you get that magical Champi from your mother’s hand? If you are already missing your mom, go and visit her soon and grab that golden opportunity again.

2. Coming home after partying hard

Coming home after partying hard

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How can we ever forget getting inside a home with your siblings after getting drunk? The best part is when you aren’t able to look into your parent’s eyes and pretending that you aren’t drunk and you were not partying.

3. Night outs with your girl gang

Those sleepless nights, late-night movies, stealing each other’s dresses for parties and cooking food together. All these special things which you have spent with your BFFs are memories to cherish forever which you can’t get back now.

4. Those serious fights with your siblings

Those serious fights with your siblings

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The best part about living at our parent’s home is staying with our siblings and fighting with them all the time absolutely without any reason. Fighting over your favourite food, fighting over who will sleep with Mumma and what not. How can we ever forget these? Now, you miss them like hell in your Sasural.

5. Stealing attires from your sister’s and mom’s almirah

No matter how many dresses you have, you always tried to steal something from your mom’s and sister’s almirah. Be it farewell or party with your friends. They have always helped you when you needed anything.

6. Secret talks with your elder sister

Secret talks with your elder sister

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Your elder sister is just like your best friend. You can trust her no matter what. You are always ready to share your secrets with her, stories about your breakups, boyfriends, etc.

7. Maa k hath ka khana

Maa k hath ka khana

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You know that well nothing could beat the taste of your mother’s hand cooked food. No matter where you go and where you are, you can never forget the taste of your mother’s hand because you have become used to it and now you miss it.

So, these were some of the things which you can’t find anywhere else than your parent’s home. Try to enjoy these moments if you are getting married soon because you are going to miss these little moments together.

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5 Reasons Why Singapore’s Education System is More Successful Than Any Other Nation in The World

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Singapore's Education System is More Successful Than Any Other Nation

Singapore is popularly known for its strong education system in the whole world. They have the best students as compared to other nations. Why are we not like them? If we talk about Singapore’s education system, they are following such things that we do not follow. These things are important to make our education system much better.

The education system here is much flexible than ours. Teachers here are more focussed on making their students learn rather than teaching them. There are many other things that make Singapore’s educational system much better and successful than any other nation in the world.

Do you want to know the reason behind this? Have a look

1. They have high teaching standards

This is the main reason why Singapore has the best education system and why we don’t have it. Here in Singapore, teachers are first properly screened, trained and developed professionally before finally hiring them.

If we talk about the students, only the top third graduates are selected who have a strong academic ability as they have to undergo training recommended by the National Institute of Education (NIE). After training completion, the teachers are also asked to attend a professional course of 100 hours.

2. They have a different learning strategy ‘Teach less and learn more’

The government of Singapore has adopted a unique learning strategy which is known as ‘Teach Less, Learn More’ to focus on educations’ quality, not on quantity. Parents also play an important role in shaping their child’s careers. They help their kids with the necessary educational resources, books, and extra classes. Even the libraries here are stuffed with lots of educational books to support these students.

Also read: 7 Exciting Things To Do At Singapore’s Changi Airport That You Might Not Know Till Now

3. They don’t keep focus only on marks

Do you know students in Singapore aged six to eight are not evaluated on examinations and are motivated to inculcate self-learning? The ministry here is focused more on reducing stress by not laying emphasis only on marks. Instead, they try to focus on traditional learning. Students here are encouraged to become lifelong learners.

4. They have a unique English literacy programme ‘STELLAR’

Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading or (STELLAR) is a literacy program conducted in Singapore in which students are made familiar with multilingual languages with the help of role plays and drama techniques.

Also read: The Future of Public Education According to The Pragmatic Thinker

5. They follow a Mastery of Maths System

Yes! We all are scared of doing those calculations. But students here are a pro in doing calculations. All thanks to the mastery approach mathematics where students learn mathematics using visual and hands-on aids like blocks, cards and bar charts. Besides this, they are also given enough time to learn the tricks and approaches as they can’t move to the next level before passing the previous one.

Conclusion

So, these were the main reasons that make Singapore’s education system so much successful and most unique. We also wish that we get such a system so that we also become brilliant like them.

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