Hindu devotees are going to celebrate Ramanavami festival with utmost respect. What is Ram Navami? Hindus celebrate Ram Navami as the day of Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu's seventh human incarnation on earth. Born to King Dasarath and his wife Kaushalya on the 'navami' or the 'ninth day' of Chaitra month, Ram Navami is celebrated as the auspicious day. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama came on earth invested with the divine qualities of Lord Vishnu, associated with purity of soul, beneficence and humility. From the mythological perspective, Lord Rama is seen as eternally blissful and in his earthly form came to exemplify the perfect man, referred to as 'Maryada Purushottam'. It is this aspect that is recalled during the Ram Navami festival. Lord Rama's dutifulness, integrity and magnanimity are detailed out through the various episodes of the epic 'Ramayana'. Ramayana is a very instructive tale and Lord Rama along with brother Lakshman, wife Sita and devotee Hanuman represent various divine aspects in their earthly journey of life. The situations in their life have echoes in today's life as well where man is accosted with unforeseen events that test his ego and moral sense of duty and humaneness. Thus, recitations and discourses from the Ramayana help us to take cues from Lord Rama's demonstration of integrity and courage in order to triumph over evil motives and selfish desires. Thus, Ram Navami festival is for all those who want to imbibe these qualities in thought and action. It is with this spirit that Ram Navami is celebrated in all parts of the country, with instances of full nine-day celebration and fasting rituals to seek Lord Rama's grace throughout the crest and troughs of life. On Ram Navami, people follow rituals include recitations from 'Ramayana' or Tulsidas's 'Ramacharitmanas', long renditions of bhajans and kirtans and awe-inspiring puja and arti. The bhajans are very uplifting as they eulogize the virtues of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman. Hanuman is known for is his devotion to Rama, and a lot of devotees recite 'Sunderkand' that strengthen qualities of courage and dedication. In Rishikesh, which is an important seat of Ram worship, special payers dedicated to Lord Rama, japas and constant chantings invoking Lord Rama's name is a common practice. Mantras like 'Om Sri Ram', 'Jai Sri Ram' raise the higher energies around the place. One can opt to fast from sunrise till sunset on the Ram Navami day itself. On the final day of the Ram Navami festival, Lord Rama is adorned beautifully as well as temples are bedecked majestically with lights. Devotees listen to discourses which are supplemented by ample leaflets, booklets and books on Lord Rama's life and teachings. Ram Navami celebrations Ayodhya, Lord Rama's holy birth place witnesses a huge congregation of devotees who come to take a holy dip in river Saryu on the pious occasion of Ram Navami. People pray wholeheartedly to earn Lord Rama's blessings. A most awaited event is Ayodhya is the two-day fair that includes 'rath yatras', a ceremonial procession that involves carrying the deities of Ram, brother Lakshman, wife Sita, and Mahavir Hanuman in chariots. The gaudiest aspect of the Ram Navami celebration is the Ram Navami procession. Donning a pageantry look, four persons attired suitably pose as Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman and do the rounds of the city in a 'rath' - a ritual which devotees look forward to every year.
Panakam is one of the traditional recipes of drink that is served in temples. It is a specially prepared on Sri Rama Navami festival which marks the birthday celebration of Hindu Lord Rama, who is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is also known to be a thirst quencher and perfectly prepared by mixing Jaggery and Pachai Karpooram (edible camphor). As this drink also adds lemon in it, it will definitely taste good s well as healthy. Follow these simple steps to prepare Panakam or Panagam drink: Recipe Cuisine: Indian Recipe Category: DrinkPrep Time: 10 mins Serves: 2 Ingredients: Jaggery, powdered/ Palm Sugar: 1/2 cup Lemon: 1 Elachi/cardamom : 2 Dry ginger powder/sukku: 1/4 tsp Pachai karpooram/edible camphor: A generous pinch Salt: A pinch Water: 2 cups Thulasi/holy basil leaves: few Nutmeg powder(optional): A pinch Preparation: Take jaggery in a bowl, add in some water and leave it aside till it is melted. Now strain this and add in more water.To the above mixture squeeze lemon, add powdered elachi, dry ginger powder, edible camphor, salt and nutmeg powder.Filter it using a strainer, add the thulasi leaves if desired and you can also add the skin of the elachi without discarding it, as it adds more flavor.Adjust Jaggery and lemon according to your taste. Serve chilled though tastes great as such!! AW: Lizitha
Newly formed NITI Aayog which has replaced the planning commission will set up a working group to prepare a draft report on how to make implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) more effectively by taking into account suggestions made at the first meeting of the sub-group of Chief Ministers. "We have decided to set up a working group under NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar to prepare a draft report on the suggestions made by various Chief Ministers in the meeting," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, convener of the sub-group comprising 11 Chief Ministers. The culmination of sub-group will facilitate smooth functioning of NITI Aayog. The sub-group will discuss the draft report at its meeting next month and then move towards making recommendations said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He will be meeting officials of central departments running various schemes on April 16 to know their experience and suggestions. The sub-group has been constituted to deliberate on funding pattern on CSS as the states' share in central taxes has been increased to 42% from 32%, as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. Among others, the meeting was attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. Over 30 CSS have been identified to be transferred to states because expenditure on them has already been taken into account as state expenditure. By Premji
Indian National Security Advisor National Security Advisor said that increasing radicalisation in Pakistan is a major concern. “The threat is real and the threat is imminent. There is change in Pakistan and Afghanistan, particularly in Pakistan. The radicalisation of Pakistan’s society is a matter of added concern,” Doval said. We are skeptical about the abilities or the competence and the will and desire of the Pakistan government to take on and control the situation, though we would like them very much to do so,” he said. “We want to deal with Pakistan in a way which is fair, correct, transparent,” he said, adding that India would not bend to “pressure tactics or blackmailing, or the thinking that the nuclear threshold will leave India with no option but to accept the covert war as a reality to which they don’t have any response.” “I don’t say there is an imminent threat from China or Pakistan. When I say we should be prepared, I am not talking about any immediate war. Preparedness does not mean war, it is a deterrent,” he said. Pakistan known for its proximity towards terrorism is always in a proxy war with India. The country does not have a perfect law to govern the country. Mostly the laws are written and implemented by the terror outfit which are having the backing of Pakistan Army and ISI. By Premji
Two American lawmakers have introduced a resolution in the US Senate calling on the US Postal Service to issue a postal stamp to commemorate the Hindu festival of Diwali. "This commemorative stamp is an important recognition of the significance of Diwali to more than three million Indian-Americans and one billion Indians worldwide," said Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of Senate Indian Caucus, who introduced the legislation along with Senator John Cornyn. A stamp commemorating Diwali is a significant and meaningful way to honor the importance of the festival of lights to so many Indian-Americans, both in Texas and across the country," Cornyn said. The US Postal Service has issued similar stamps in the past for other popular religious celebrations in the US such as Christmas, Eid, Kwanzaa and Hannukah. This will be a goodwill gesture to the Hindus who celebrate this festival as the symbol of prosperity. By Premji
Bollywood mega star Salman Khan is recording his statement in a court in Mumbai on 13 year old hit and run case. The actor was accused of running over pavement dwellers in Bandra in Mumbai with his SUV in the early hours of September 28, 2002. One person was killed and four were injured. Judge DW Deshpande has summoned Salman Khan to appear today to give his statement under section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPc). Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told that, under this act, the actor many be questioned to clarify any ambiguity that many have cropped up during the trial. Even after recording his statement, the actor may also get an opportunity to examine defence witnesses upon his interest. The court would then give its verdict by hearing the arguments from both sides. The prosecution has also alleged that actor was under the influence of liquor and examined his blood samples to prove that before the mishap he had gone along with his friends to a bar in a hotel in the late hours on that day. On the other hand, Mr Khan has denied the prosecutor allegations that he was under the influence of liquor and that he was driving the car at the time of mishap. But the prosecution also examined the eye witness who saw actor getting down from care on the day of accident. AW: Lizitha
Senior Congress leader, and former Union minister and former governor of Karnataka, Hans Raj Bhardwaj made a direct attack on party president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that she "shared no responsibility". "Does Sonia Gandhi not understand what happened, why it happened and who did it? Everything is known. That is the style. Sharing no responsibility and yet do everything," Mr Bhardwaj told. “Sonia threw me out of Congress. Those around her threw me out as a minister because I wouldn’t toe their line in the 2G case,” Bhardwaj said. “Congress has gone down because of these leaders who were involved in scams.” “It is a matter of great sorrow that our leaders are getting summons from the court. Those at the top level including at the level of the Prime Minister,” he added. The 77-year-old, once known to be a Gandhi family loyalist, alleged that Mrs Gandhi is "in the grip of couple of sycophants and corrupt people". Bhardwaj said: "People are not ready to listen any more. Congress won't rise again. Congress is responsible. "Aur main us bechari (Sonia Gandhi) ko koi dosh nahin deta (And I don't blame that helpless lady)," he said. "The new forces are very strong. There are three to four leaders, they only decide what is right and what is wrong," Bhardwaj said. "And Congress took the senior experienced leaders by the ear and took them out. Imagine the amount of foul play when a man like (former prime minister) Manmohan Singh is summoned by a court," Bhardwaj said. The opinion said by the once royal to Gandhi family, Shri Bharadwaj is the reflection of the people of this country. The wrongdoing by the party has alienated it from the common people. Modi’s Congress mukt Bharath has aggravated the fall of the old party. By Premji
The French prosecutors identified the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight as the major suspect in the crash. The plane A 9525 went aground two days back with 150 passengers on board. A voice recorder that was found in the debris suggested Andrews as the black sheep. The voice recorder has last 30 minutes of the communication in the flight and The 27 year old Andrews Lubitz grew up in Montabaur, a Rhineland town of some 15,000 people, a neat, pretty place of timber and brick homes in western Germany. As investigators continued to pore over the clues, and search crews scoured the rough French terrain for more, relatives of the victims began arriving Thursday near the site of the crash, where a makeshift chapel has been set up, and where psychologists are providing support. Lufthansa was to operate two special flights for family members from Barcelona and from Dusseldorf. A charter flight with 62 relatives and friends of victims landed in Marseille on Thursday after leaving Barcelona shortly after 10 am, Spanish television reported. Other relatives traveled overnight from Barcelona, by bus. Online, Lubitz appeared to be a keen runner, including at Lufthansa's Frankfurt sports club, and had completed several half-marathons and other medium-distance races, including an annual New Year's run in Montabaur in 2014. A Facebook page with a few tidbits of his possible "likes" was visible Wednesday but had been removed by late morning on Thursday. It showed a photograph of a young man near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, though there were no clues to when the image was taken or any other details.
indian President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee will be presenting the Bharat Ratna award to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today at his residence in New Delhi. In a departure from tradition, President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the residence of the former Prime Minister, today. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the right person to be honoured with the highest award of the country. He is been admired and accepted by one and all irrespective of cast, creed and political affiliations. His contribution to the country is immeasurable. Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha nine times and twice to the Rajya Sabha. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai. Vajpayee was one amongst the founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, When Janata government collapsed, Vajpayee restarted the Jana Sangh as the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980. 25 December 1924 Gwalior-born Vajpayee, was prime minister for the first time in 1996 and then again from 1998 to 2004. His tenure was a golden saga for the country. Vajpayee will be the seventh prime minister to receive the award, after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda. He has been credited with taking bold initiatives, notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration. Vajpayee's detractors called him the "mask" of RSS but still always had good words for him. Vajpayee was a staunch swayam sevak of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh from 1939 and became a "full-time worker" in 1947, technically a pracharak. His association with RSS has paved the way in mentoring him as the best politician to fight for the integraty of the country. He has been detained by the congress government led by Smt Indira Gandh during the black days of Emergency. By Premji
Bollywood hearth rob and most stylish actor Shahid Kapoor’s marriage news has been in headlines for almost a week now. Since yesterday the media went in to tizzy over confirmation and denials, but Shahid dint respond for any statement. Last night at HT style awards, the Haider actor confirmed that the actor is getting engaged in this December. "I'm not engaged yet but marriage is on cards this December. Please co-operate with me, I will let you know about everything soon, “he said. She's just a regular girl and (I am ) a regular guy. Can't say anything more. I am very happy” he added. Shahid is reportedly to marry a Delhi college girl Mira Rajput, 23 who met her at a religious group Radha Soami satsang Beas. Even the rumors were wide spread about his engagement with her in last December. However the actor denied this statement. This news would heartbreak many girl fans of Shahid. Nonetheless, we wish the 'Haider' actor congratulations! AW: Lizitha