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ShiviMay 14, 20216min360

Gloomy story; Maldives closed its door for India, due to rich Indians, perhaps.

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Gorgeous beaches, lively shorelines, beautiful sunsets and much more… Maldives has been the most loved destination among Indians. The Maldives was one of the three destinations that have opened their boundaries post-COVID 19 pandemic 2020. It showed a significant increase in numbers of tourists from South Asian countries of which India was the highest.

 

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The Maldives saw every second Indian celebrity holidaying in Maldivian Islands. When the social media and personal accounts got flooded with their flaunting pictures, it took them for a ride. People started criticizing their pictures saying amid the second wave in India when the situation is way worse, these pictures are distressing and how they are being allowed to travel. (yet it is their choice). 

 

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Due to this elevated numbers of tourists and India becoming the epicenter of the COVID 19 pandemic, Maldivian Government has regulated new rules by restricting the entry of Indian tourists. Maldives has now joined a slew of nations announcing travel bans and restrictions on flights from India including countries like Germany, Iran, the UK, US, Hong Kong among others.

 

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The new travel restrictions are commencing from 13th May 2021. On 8th May Maldives suspended the entry of work permit holders from south Asian countries. The list which included these south Asian countries are – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Maldives has now banned travel from India. Maldivian government issues this notice with effect from 13th May 2021. Thus the rich Indians are no abler to fly to the Maldives during the pandemic situation.

 

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What are your views on the same, leave a comment and let us know what you have to say about it.

Is it great that rich Indians shall have this privilege all the time without serving the society in any way, except putting glossy Instagram pictures?  Or they shall be responsible enough towards their humanity.

Despite all this where tourism contributes 21% of the total GDP of Maldives, it will tough for the hoteliers and locals to keep the pace up. But guess, it is right for now.

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ShiviApril 26, 20216min1840

Travel restrictions in Himachal Pradesh – Check before you travel


To start this blog, I would like to first appeal to everyone not to travel for some time more until the situations become under control. India is on the brim of herd community and we may see it happening in coming weeks. I’m not scaring you, God forbid if the infection catches you and your loved ones it is super tough to come out. COIVD is not a joke. Anyway moving further to what I wanted to convey is the latest travel restrictions in the Indian state Himachal Pradesh.

 

We saw a surge of tourist flagging to this beautiful and holy state of India in the months from Jan 2021 to April 2021. Still, there are tour operators who are working on the packages and are ready to take the road trips and hiking tours.

OKAY, I know that the industry had immensely affected by the pandemic and the tourism industry is one of the most impacted and is going under loss. However, breaks are imperative on this phenomenon as it is, directly and indirectly, increasing the cases. The worst part is that this virus mutant shows signs in 14 days and it remains for around 14 days, which makes it daunting to monitor and know where al all it is spreading.

To know all about Kumbh mela in 2021 click here.

 

In Himachal recently the Government has imposed a night curfew in certain districts. Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra, and Una, imposed night curfew from April 27th to May 10th – 10 pm to 5 am. Also Himachal Pradesh government also made the RT-PCR test mandatory within 72 hours for those who are coming into the state. Those who are not tested will be required to go into home quarantine or isolation at their residence for 14 days.

 

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Additionally, other states have restricted the entry of buses, flights, and inter commute for a certain period. Please make sure to move only if it is necessary and urgent. Request everyone to be safe and avoid travelling for leisure and holidays for some time.

 

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ShiviApril 18, 20212min1970

 

Kumbh is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in India — Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. In normal circumstances, Kumbh continues for nearly four months but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of the congregation has been curtailed to one month.

 

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The first shahi snan was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second was held on April 12. Kumbh Mela Officer Deepak Rawat Tuesday inaugurated the world’s largest Diya on Aastha Path, according to the state government. The diya is also named in the Guinness Book of World records.
Wow, this is incredible – India is incredible but are we meaning with it.

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Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals.

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“Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. This event comes in the backdrop of the state recording its highest single-day rise in India of COVID cases.


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ShiviMarch 18, 202114min5930
Global Recycling Day – Did you Know about it? We are Dying!

 

Global Recycle Day

 

Today the world is moving towards a sustainable future. Business tycoons, big conglomerates, huge industries, start-ups, small and medium scale business are understanding the need to work on reducing waste and working on sustainable grounds for the impact of the global waste management crisis.

In 2018 it called for a dire need to commemorate Global Recycling day. The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don’t make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation. (www.globalrecyclingday.com).

 

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This directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing. We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organisations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.

Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.

The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future that will benefit all.

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Below are 10 ways to recycle, some of which also help with reducing and reusing.

 

Use reusable bags instead of plastic

Using plastic bags are banned in some parts of the world. Still, there are places where they are used, sadly it is not beneficial for the environment and health too. What you can do is, instead is to use cotton or cloth bags. Reuses them, wash, dry, use and reuses – with the same process.

 

Reuse scrap paper for crafts

This is something I would like to point out as reusing the scarp papers at the office and in the house of elsewhere is a wonderful technique to reduce waste. Wasting paper is wasting trees. We can reuse these scrap papers for mailing craft, strips tapes, colorful and decorative paper strips for other crafts decoration etc.

Use cloth napkins and towels Using cloth napkins and towels in the kitchen and bathrooms will help to reduce paper consumption and give you a reusable product, possibly saving you a couple of hundred dollars a year.

 

Repurpose glass jars and containers

Why pay extra for these food-filled glass containers, why not reuse them for other household items that need a new container? You can look up many DIYs and green décor ides on Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. They show how to reuse and recycle plain glass jars into pretty home-products, ranging from food containers to decorative light-hangers.

 

Recycle Electronics

Even if you’ve tried everything you can to revive your electronic device, laptop or computer, don’t just dump it in the garbage. You can donate it to charities that can fix it up or send it back to the manufacturer that will end up recycling the body and parts for other products. Some ink cartridge manufacturers will give you a prepaid label to mail back used-cartridges to recycle. Look into the manufacturers of your devices and find out about their recycling programs.

 

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Some are extreme ways to recycle

The above are the basic that you can do every time daily. Now 5 extreme ways to recycle, and if you are super serious about green living then you can continue using these tricks for recycling.

Recycle water – This one is a big investment, as you’d have to reconfigure your water pipes so that bathwater and sink water can be used for either flushing the toilet or for watering your yards. You’ll be recycling the water to serve more than just a single purpose and as a result, also saving more on your water bills.

Make your compost – How much do you consciously and unconsciously leaving behind the waste have you ever realised. What you need to do is leave your organic waste in a compost bin to decompose so that you can recycle the compost for plants. Be sure that you have the right container and put only decomposable items in.

Switch to using cloth diapers – Using cloth diapers for your child may seem outdated, but women used them for ages. Today what we have – Disposable diapers aren’t usually put into recycling categories, so you can choose to use cloth diapers if you truly want to go green. Search on google you may find many companies and start-ups that are providing these.

Collect rainwater to use for watering plants – if you are not living in a state like California or an Indian state like Chennai – which is almost a draught then you can perfectly harvest and conserve rainwater. You must take advantage of the rainy season and recycling the rainwater. Save more money on your water bill by using natural water for watering your indoor or outdoor plants.

Buy secondhand furniture on Craigslist or eBay – Check out secondhand furniture found on Craigslist or eBay. It’s one of the greatest ways to recycle furniture that is still usable and also reduces trash in the landfill.

True green living requires a lifestyle change, but there are little things you can do that will help our landfills from becoming unusable. Just follow these ways to recycle, and you’ll be on your way to having less garbage and wasted resources.

 

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Quick Facts:

India is known to generate over 65 million tonnes of waste every year. Not to your surprise it is one of the highest in the world.

India ranks third in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. All thanks to poor waste management.

By 2050, if the world survives India will be staggering to 88 square km of land for waste disposal through landfilling.

As per the recent report by a private research frim India is 77%  of waste is disposed in open dumbs, whereas 18% is composted, and only 5% is recycled.

Not to shock you – India is also the third-largest in the world for producing electronic waste after China and the USA.
Globally 23% of disposable water bottles are recycled each year

Glass is 100 % recycled and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in quality and purity. However if unrecycled it could take 4000 years or more for it to recycle or decompose naturally.

70% of total waste in Indian offices is of paper.

The whole idea is that today we have a couple of sustainable options for living wherein we can use them and we have a means for producing them too. The only thing lacking is we do not do it on our own. We preach and only preach. I have started my bit in my way for plastic, reuse glass bottles, cloth bags, planting trees, kitchen garden, sustainable tourism, handmade paper use, reuse of paper etc. if I initiate this from my home, my kid is watching and doing the same.

 

Please start today! Do your bit, if you want the planet to be as beautiful and gorgeous as it is.
#makeachoice #doit #pledge #bedetermined #gogreen #saynotoplastic

 

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ShiviMarch 10, 20213min4640

 

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva – Significance of Mahashivaratri

Maha Shivaratri or the ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ is one of the most significant festivals for Hindus across the world. The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivaratri.

Among all the twelve Shivaratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance.

 

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Mahashiavratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga originated.

Here’s the facts and some lesser known things about Shiva temples in India

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva

 

The Tungnath Mandir in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand is considered the highest Shiva temple in the world and the most scared. Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila. The temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the of the Panch Kedars.

 

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ShiviMarch 4, 20216min12880

This year the theme for World book day is – share a story. It is apt, as all of us have ample stories and experiences to share. This is the 24th year that the event has been held. It comes around on the first Thursday of March every year, in the UK. This day is also acknowledged globally in over 100 countries across the world. Other countries celebrate World Book Day on William Shakespeare‘s birthday – April, 23.

 

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What’s happening this year?

Due to Corona Virus Pandemic things are quite silent this year. Everything is virtual and webinars are held online. There is hardly anything happening offline. Books are offered for just £1 – through book tokens, and they can be used to buy one of the exclusive books on offer through the scheme or used to buy a full-price book or audiobook that costs £2.99 or more. Kids are also being encouraged to share their stories with one another and prizes are on offer for the best. A selection of free audiobooks are also on offer, which launched on February 18. A Book Club is also being launched in March 2021.

 

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On this note a quick tips for kids on how you inculcate them to read more and share more. Let them share their stories and encourage them to become who they want to:
  • Create a reading area.
  • Read in front of your child
  • Make reading a daily habit.
  • Create a reading space.
  • Take trips to the library.
  • Let your child pick what to read.
  • Re-read favorite books.
  • Find reading moments in everyday life.
Remember: READING SHOULD BE FUN, NOT FRUSTRATING!

 

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ShiviFebruary 15, 20219min6160
Year of the Metal Ox – All you need to know

 

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So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years. The Ox represents the first year of the 12-year zodiacal cycle, with 2020 being the “Year of the Metal Rat.

 

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How it is significant to the world? Ohh yeah it is, Friday, 12 February, 2021 celebrated “Chinese New Year,” it is one of the globe’s biggest annual celebrations as a fifth of humanity celebrate with rice cakes and dumplings despite it being a mostly virtual event this year. We all know why…

 

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However, as well as also being called “Spring Festival” it’s also referred to as “Lunar New Year.”

Why? What has this occasion go to do with the Moon? How is Chinese New Year calculated and why is Chinese New Year always on a different date? What Chinese New Year animal are you? And what is a “lunar year” anyway?  Here’s all you need to know about it all.

 

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Chinese New Year 2021 starts on the day after the first New Moon that falls between January 21 and February 20 each year—which this year occurred on Thursday, February 11, 2021—and ends on the first full Moon of the lunar calendar two weeks later. This new year begins on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022.

 

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The Chinese New Year 2021 animal is the Ox. Each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac (literally “circle of animals”), which is based on the Moon and has a 12 year cycle. Interestingly, so does the planet Jupiter, which takes about 12 years to orbit the Sun. However, there is also a cycle of five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—which together creates a 60 year cycle. So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years.

 

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Which Chinese New Year animal am I?

Don’t make any assumptions if you’re born in January or February and want to find what Chinese New Year animal you are. It’s no use knowing that, for example, 1976 was the “Year of the Dragon.” It was, but only for those both on or after January 31, 1976. What you need to know is that exact date of Chinese New Year in the year of your birth. For example, anyone born on January 30, 1976 was born in the “Year of the Rabbit,” and anyone after that in the “Year of the Dragon.” calculate what Chinese New Year animal you are.

 

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It’s the final full Moon of the astronomical season of winter in the northern hemisphere. In China the celebrations close with a Lantern Festival. 

 

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“Chinese New Year” or “Lunar New Year?” While the former refers to the event in China, the latter—and another term, “Spring festival”—is used to recognise the fact that the event is celebrated all over Asia, not just in China. Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam as Tết, as Losar in Tibet and as Solnal in Korea. 

 

Vietnam as Tết

When is the next Chinese New Year? 

In 2022 Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 when it will mark the beginning of the “Year of the Water Tiger.” 

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes. 

Facts and Dates with Data taken from – Jamie Carter (Forbes)

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ShiviFebruary 11, 202110min9020

Bheemkund – Mysterious water pool in India #incredibleindia

 

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It is a magical water pool. Natural in nature, with clear blue waters. Also known as Neelkund. There is an uncovered story about this place, which keeps you intrigued. It is situated near Bajna village in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. It is 77 km away from Chhatarpur by road in the Bundelkhand region. Bheemkund is astonishingly a natural water reservoir and a holy place that purportedly dates from the era of the Mahabharata. The water of the Kund (tank) is so clean and transparent that one can see fish swimming in the water.

 

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The pool lies in a cave, about 3 metres from the mouth. To the left of the passage is a small Shivalinga. The pool is a deep indigo blue which distinguishes with the red stone walls. Folklore attached to this place dates back in the times of Mahabharata, linking Bhimkund with the Pandavas. Exhausted under the sweltering sun, Draupadi fainted of thirst. Bhim, the strongest of the five brothers, hit the ground with his Gada, water swelled out and the pool came into being.

 

The roof of the cave has a small opening just above the kund; this is the place Bhim is said to have hit with his Gada. Closely monitoring, it does look like the head of a Gada. It is 20 meters in width. During the Tsunami in India, there were 30ft high jump in water levels. 10 ft high tides arose from the deep waters. The locals have observed it.

 

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The water is blue, deep blue naturally. It keeps on shifting its colours as well. No one till date could examine the depth of – the real depth of this bheemkund. 200 ft deep down the pool if you go you experience water cyclone. Whenever there is a natural calamity there is an effect of it seen in this pool.

Even the earthquake of Nepal had an impact of it here. The pandits and locals have witnessed 7 ft high tides of water. Same was with the earthquake in Japan. It is being said that this place always indicates about the natural calamities to take place. It is a mystery that how this place indicates the natural calamities before it even occurs. And after a few hours, we see some of the other natural mishap happening.

The water is holy and can be kept for years as it is. No algae, no bacteria, and no dilution occur in the water. It is like Ganga and other holy water we keep with us. If this has a connection with oceans or a way to the ocean, then why this pool does not have saltwater. There are theories based on them but no one can prove it. Chattarpur has no connections with the ocean for 1000s km.

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Pujari Ramesh Prasad Pandey Ji – serving there for four generations of his. To know the real depth of this pool huge pumps and pipes have been places and people have returned from 80mtr saying that we can’t go deep than this. The administration had tried to pump out the water for 24 hours everything outside was blocked but the water was not dipping an inch also. They were amazed.

 

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International sky drivers and researchers came to know the mystery they put the camera down and took pictures of somewhere around 200ft down and still did not got the ground layer. Another mystery is that if someone gets drowned in the water and dies – the body is undiscoverable. One cannot find the body of the person, usually, the body of the person floats on the water once dead, but here it vanished.

 

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The archaeologists and the excavators have used their best methods to measure the depth of this Kund but none have succeeded so far. A few years ago a team from “Discovery channel” visited BheemKund and tried to calculate the depth of Kund but unable to do so.

Usually, when a man dies underwater, his body floats above the surface after his death. Whereas, the body once drowned in Bheemkund, never floats up and shockingly the body goes missing and can never be found back.

 

What you have to say about this mysterious place in #india Tell me in the comments below. 

Location: Bheemkund 

State: Madhya Pradesh

Country: India 

Reach by road from Chattarpur District 

Air Route: Indore or Bhopal or Gwalior

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ShiviJanuary 29, 20216min4530

2020 has been particularly hard, and it has taught us some important lessons. How about stepping into 2021 with this checklist of how to stay content and feel happy? We think it’s a great plan!

 

Wake up early 

It may sound alarming and awkward to many but it is the need of the hour 

Start practising a routine for a healthy life. Practice a routine of sleeping on time and waking up at the same hour every day. Start your day with a positive mood. How about giving it a try huh! 

Begin every morning with a smile

Just a smile for 10 secs maybe. You may think of  doing it while no one is around. It may sound funny, trust me to start the day with a smile is something will for sure work. Tell yourself it’s going to be a day full of happiness and contentment, and have a wide smile on your face. It might sound silly, but trust us, it will set the tone for the day ahead!

If possible start meditation 

People who are not used of it and don’t know how to start, gear up for a minute. Start at least for a once guys it will help. In fact, research shows that our brain releases an anti-anxiety chemical called GABA when we practice meditation or yoga. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found there is a 27 per cent increase in GABA levels after an hour of meditation.

Take up a habit of reading 

I know I know many would say that if not possible because I can’t read a single page. I have language issues and many others would have other excuses for not reading. The biggest of them is the time. DO not worry, take out10 minutes’ start reading in whichever way you wish to and whatever you love to. Get a book from your favourite genre, slip into the quilt, and sip on some hot chocolate as you immerse yourself in a different world.

Last but not least -Give hugs and love 

Spread more and more and more. When you hug a person, your body releases the cuddle chemical, oxytocin. That’s why you end up feeling happy! It is a hormone that is linked to social bonding, fostering trust and loyalty. Moreover, a hug also lowers your blood pressure and helps you release anxiety. So, hug away to glory.

 

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ShiviDecember 31, 20206min5390
Stay home for New Year 2021 – Home Celebrations

 

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Amidst of the whole pandemic in 2020, the time has come when the world faced COVID across the globe. The devastation which this pandemic has brought to this world has not ended yet. The vaccines are deployed in certain parts, yet the effectiveness is due on to the authorities.

With lockdowns, mental health issues, insecurities, job loses and the entire havoc the world is ready to witness the new beginning of 2021. With fingers crossed, we are all set to bid adieu to 2020 and ring in the new year with renewed hopes of happiness and prosperity. However, several countries will witness tepid New Year celebrations as the risk of Covid-19 is not over yet. Here’s what you need to check for 2021.

 

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Germany has banned the sale of fireworks

From New York’s Times Square to Sydney Harbor, big public blowouts have been turned into TV-only shows and digital events, reported The Associated Press.

Fireworks displays have been cancelled from the Las Vegas Strip to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Even private parties in some places are restricted.

Toughening the Covid-19 restrictions in parts of England owing to the “sheer pace” of the spread of a new variant of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday urged people to stay at home on New Year’s eve to contain the outbreak.

In India, Delhi has announced a night curfew on New Year’s eve restricting more than five people to assemble at a public place.

According to the order, no celebratory events, congregations and gatherings at public places are permitted from 11 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1, 2021.

 Bengaluru, too, has imposed Section 144 from 6 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1, 2021.

In Maharashtra, while hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars will close at 11 pm and large gatherings are prohibited in public places, families can hold parties in residential places provided it is a small group and social distancing norms are maintained. 

In Ahmedabad, the restrictions will be effective between 10 pm, Thursday 31st and 6 am Friday 1st Jan. The police has restricted hotels from hosting any late night parties on New Year Eve on Thursday.

On December 27, the Goa airport handled 72 arrivals and 72 departures with more than 11,000 passengers arriving and nearly an equal number departing, the highest traffic since the lock down and 85% of the pre-Covid levels.

 

We ready for you!

 

I just hope that this year bring ample love and kindness. May the world witness empathy and generosity in abundance. Be Blessed! 

 

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ShiviDecember 17, 20207min7010
A rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will be as close as pinkie finger on 21st December

Team NASA has a surprise for you all. You all are excited for this Christmas, though it will not be the same for many due to Corona Pandemic. But the lore of the celebration will be cherished round the world. So what exactly is happening on the 21st of December 2020. 

Alright, the guesses aren’t working and you must be thinking that Christmas is on 25th. Yeah, this year we would get a chance to enjoy a Christmas kiss under the moonlit on the 21st December – which is also named as “The Great Conjunction”. 

 

Credits NASA Bill Ingalls

 

So what will happen on this day?

As the NASA Saturn and Jupiter will be the closet. last they were seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Luray, Virginia. And now they both are heading towards the great conjunction The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart.

In rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will nearly ‘touch’ on the winter solstice. On the night of December 21, stargazers will be in for a holiday treat as the two bright planets appear closer together than at any time in the past 400 years.

 

Where did it come from?

In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the night sky, discovering the four moons of Jupiter – Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. In that same year, Galileo also discovered a strange oval surrounding Saturn, which later observations determined to be its rings. These discoveries changed how people understood the far reaches of our solar system.

Thirteen years later, in 1623, the solar system’s two giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, travelled together across the sky. Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn, in an astronomical event known as a “Great Conjunction.” (Taken from Nasa.gov). 

 

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A delight for stargazers:

Every 20 years these two planets appear to pass each other in the solar system. But with this position, aligned in the sky comes about once in 20 years. What makes this year’s spectacle so rare, then? It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.”

On the 21st, they will appear so close that a pinkie finger at arm’s length will easily cover both planets in the sky. The planets will be easy to see with the unaided eye by looking toward the southwest just after sunset. How? 

 

Credits NASA JPL-Caltech

Follow the steps by NASA:
  • Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
  • An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible. Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21, when Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky.
  • The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.

 

Source NASA

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ShiviDecember 11, 20205min10460

International Mountain Day #mountainmatters Travel Blog

International Mountain Day 2020: India is proud bearer of the mystic Himalayas, its stunning landscapes, snow capped peaks and unique mountain biodiversity, makes everyone awe-stuck. The Himalayas or other mountain ranges in the world have attracted climbers for years. Not from India, they have come from all over the world. International Mountain Day is celebrated every year on December 11. On International Mountain Day, let’s take a look at few facts and the theme that make India proud.

 

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International Mountain Day 2020 theme

The theme of International Mountain Day 2020 is Mountain Biodiversity. It focus to celebrate the rich biodiversity of the mountains and also address the threats they face. Celebrate International Mountain Day by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MountainsMatter. Tag @authorontravel @mystic_author with your best pic with mountain, we will repost and share it.

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To know more do read my previous blog – Best Mountains in India 

Did you know that the world’s highest post office is in India in the Himalayas? It is the Hikkim Post Office, located in the Spiti Valley at the height of 4,400 metre, “where even mobile or internet fail to reach”.

 

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The most famous and the highest mountain range of India is the Himalayan range. It is also the youngest and the longest mountain range in India and has almost every largest peak of the world. The Himalayan mountain range bisects India from the rest of Asia and is the primary source of mighty rivers in India.

 

Himalayas

 

Do you know that 15% of the world’s population lives in the mountains? Therefore, the conservation of mountains is a crucial factor. Mountains are not only important for inhabitants but also for millions of people living in lowlands. They are the sources of the world’s major rivers and also play a crucial role in the water cycle.

 

Indian Himalayas

Though IndiaNepal, and Bhutan have sovereignty over most of the Himalayas, Pakistan and China also occupy parts of them. The Champa, Ladakhi, Balti, and Dard peoples live to the north of the Great Himalaya Range in the Kashmir Himalayas. The Dard speak Indo-European languages, while the others are Tibeto-Burman speakers.

 

Rocky Mountain

 

Famous Mountain Quotes: 

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs

“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” – Richard M Nixon

 

 


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ShiviNovember 14, 202010min5040
Located in Gurgaon, it is a 10 miles’ kingdom like property for everyone who wishes to stay in solace and enjoy the genuine beauty of nature amidst the city’s hustle and bustle.

 

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This beautiful place is just where nature meets luxury. We had a great time staying in the villa and get to explore the resort to the fullest. It is a lavish resort in Gurgaon and a treat to be there. For me, the best part of Karma Lakelands is a huge golf course. They have a 9-hole golf course with 18-hole experience with around over 200, 000 trees. This is spectacular and super soothing.

 

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Their golf course has received an award of Eco-friendly golf course in 2016 for Golf digest. Area of the campus is approximately 300 acres and the one fact which amazed me a lot is that nearly 60% of ingredients are organic and sourced from our organic nursery. Isn’t this just splendid?

 

golf course karma

Our was a fantastic stay, and here’s what we have experienced at karma Lakelands:

We got villa 49, which is one of the best architecturally designed and built villas at Karma Lakelands. The view of the room is green and full of nature. You can spot a Neelcow and go fishes in the man-made lake near to the villa. If you also looking to unwind and rejuvenate yourself, then there is a mediation centre by Isha Foundation.

 

villa

 

Ensuring hospitality and services par excellence, Karma Lakelands takes great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Their environment-friendly farm-to-table model of having & preparing food is in sync with the healthy food revolution around the world. “Real farm-to-table cooking requires us to consider ingredients first, and recipes second,” says our Executive Chef Jayanandan, who along with his team is committed continuously to enhance the overall experience for guests.

 

villa 49

 

So they welcome you to the restaurant where you can expect atmospheric elements that inspire and cultivate a healthy relationship between the dining table and our planet.

  • Welcome drink was awesome–they call is Karma Orange Drink
  • They have five chalets and the price differs as per the time when you are booking like weekends are costly.
  • Enjoyed their gym, spa, tennis and badminton courts.
  • Just read a book sitting on the balcony and witnessing pure nature
  • The food and hospitality is remarkable
  • One can enjoy bird watching and nature walks for a long time.
  • They make their mocktails with Karma Oranges, Karma Honey, Rock Salt & Mint Leaves

 

Our food was from their restaurant OnKourse. Their best is Veg Thai curry, Mutton soup, Tom yam salad, Prawns dish, Thai curry veg.

 

food karma

Apart from this the setup and interiors is soothing for anyone to enjoy the delicacies to its fullest. Not only Indian, you get Italian, Mexican and other continental dishes. Not to miss is the Klub Karma. An array of dishes can be enjoyed with drinks. The AK’s bar is ravishing and a great place to chill.

 

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Our villa had an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. They have 5 architecturally varied villas with all distinct designs of each. All the villas offer stunning views and rich nature walks. You experience a glimpse of eco-responsible living without compromising on style and comfort. What you get are terrace villa, pavilion villa, courtyard villa, portico villa and atrium villa. All the five villas are decked lavishly with amenities that you would not like to miss.

 

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Adding more charm to the property they have luxury tents. Check the images below and you would understand what I’m trying to say.  These luxury tents have everything you need for your perfect stay. Comfortable beds, air conditioners, suitable and spacious bathrooms and all the view you need.

Pizza bay is one place to relax and munch at the same time. It is open in the evenings for you to enjoy the fresh breeze. For all the pizza lovers, this is the place to hang out.

 

klub

 

Last but not the least, the fantastic part of Karma Lakelands is organic farming and sustainable living which they are prompting by their property. In fact, one can learn about organic farming as well. They are using these organic products like vegetables in their cooking too.

 

golf course

 

 

Thanks to the entire team of Karma Lakelands for a wonderful staycation. Our gratitude to your staff who has to arrange a cake for our friend’s birthday. The cake made by the chef was scrumptious. Special mention to the butler Amin and Vikas, they were supportive and brilliantly helpful in decorating the room. The whole staff and management was friendly and warm hearted. Do visit it once, you would revisit again.

 

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ShiviOctober 29, 202013min14150

Navratri Celebration in Gujarat

One of the most awaited festivals in the colourful state of Gujarat is Navratri. Celebrated on the first nine days of Ashwin month, devotees keep fast for 9 days and worship Maa Shakti. In the evening, an earthen pot with holes and diyas inside, also known as “Garbi”, is lighted and women perform arti with it. 

 

Gujarat Navratri

 

During Navratri, Garba dance and Dandiya Raas are popular forms of dances performed by both men and women, wearing their traditional dresses.

 

 

Gujarat Navratri

Navratri Celebration in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam &Bihar

 

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In the eastern part of India, in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja and it is observed in the last four days of Navratri. These days are referred to as Saptami, Ashthami, Navami and Dashami. Durga Puja is the main festival of the people of West Bengal.

 

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Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and glitter in various parts of the states in big pandals, where large sized idols of Goddess Durga on her lion, demon Mahishasur, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are erected. Men and women come wearing their best colourful dresses. It is a very common sight to see Bengali women wearing their traditional red saree, decked up completely. 

 

Navratri in assam

 

 

The sounds of Dhol, Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh, the fragrance of agarbattis fill the air with freshness and purity. The celebrations of Durga Puja in West Bengal should be “must-watch” for everyone once in his lifetime.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Tamil Nadu

Navratri is also celebrated in Tamil Nadu as a religious celebration to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati in the nine special nights. These three goddesses are worshipped for three days each. Friends, relatives and neighbours are invited and clothes, jewelleries, sweets and other gifts are exchanged among them.

 

Kolu Tamil Nadu

 

One interesting feature as a part of the celebration is the decoration of the “Kolu” which is actually a staircase having 9 stairs, representing the 9 nights and each stair is decorated with beautiful dolls, and idols of gods and goddesses. It is said that the dolls that are used are handed over from generation to generation.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration Andhra Pradesh

The “Kolu” celebration of Navratri in Tamil Nadu is celebrated as “Batukamma Panduga” in Andhra Pradesh, which means “Come Alive Mother Goddess”. The nine nights are dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Women make a beautiful flower stack known as “Batukamma”, which is arranged with seasonal flowers. 

 

Andra pradesh navratri

 

Women wear new saree and jewellery, perform puja in front of the Batukamma for 9 days and then on the last day they set afloat their Batukammas in a lake or any other water body.

Navratri Celebration in Kerala

In Kerala, Navratri is celebrated in the last three days and Keralites give importance to learning during these three days. They place books and musical instruments in front of Ma Saraswati’s idol on Ashtami, and worship the books and Ma Saraswati till Dashami. On Dashami, the books are taken out for reading.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Karnataka

It is a strange fact that even today people in Karnataka celebrate the 9 nights of Navratri in the same manner as was celebrated way back in 1610 by the great Vijayanagara dynasty. Navratri is known as “Naada Habba” in Karnataka. 

 

Karnataka navratri

 

The rituals include elephants’ procession on the streets, including fairs and exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Maharashtra

The celebrations are similar to Gujarat. Navratri in Maharashtra implies new beginnings. Hence, purchasing of a home or a car or new business deals or engagement is very common during this time. Married women invite their female friends, put haldi and kumkum on their foreheads and gift them with a coconut, beetle leaves and beetle nuts. 

 

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This gesture is referred to as “Saumangalyam” which means remaining the wife of her husband till her death. Each and every locality in Maharashtra has its own garba and dandiya nights celebrations.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Himachal Pradesh

For the Hindus in Himachal Pradesh, Navratri is a great celebration. Here, the celebration starts on the tenth day of Navratri when the festival ends in other states. 

 

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People celebrate the tenth day, also known as “Kullu Dussehra” as the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. On this day, the idols from the temples are taken out in processions. 

 

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During the Navratri festival, the devotees visit various temples in Kangra, Una and Bilaspur districts of himachal Pradesh to pay worship to Goddess Durga.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Punjab

In Punjab, the people keep fast on the first 7 days of Navratri and end their fast on Ashthami or Navami by worshipping 9 little girls and a boy, which is known as “Kanjika”. The Punjabis organize jagratas where they keep awake the whole night and worship Goddess Shakti.

 

 

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ShiviOctober 18, 202011min4600

The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, Nava meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights. It means nine nights of the feminine goddess that are worshipped in our culture since ages.

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Navratri is a nine-day festival that celebrates the nine forms of goddess Durga. On each day of Navratri, a special colour is worn that is dedicated to a goddess and holds special significance.

The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra when the idols of Goddess Durga are immersed into the water body. This is what we know about Navratri. And this what we have been celebrating since ages. What I wish to convey form this video is my perception and my understanding of these nine days.

I’m a firm believer of Shiv and Shakti. Durga Ma is also a form of Shiv+Shakti. 

Navratri – 9 days of Feminine energy, nine days of the feminine divine goddess. Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati are three dimensions of feminine energies. They also represent tamas rajas and sattva these are basic qualities of human existence and its elements.

 

Navadurga

 

  • Tamas is the nature of the earth and literally means inertia
  • Rajas mean passion
  • Satva means breaking boundaries melting and merging

 

Navratri falls twice a year. Sharada Navaratri: the most celebrated of the four Navaratri, named after Sharada which means autumn. It is observed in the lunar month of Ashvin (post-monsoon, September–October). In many regions, the festival falls after the autumn harvest, and in others during harvest.

Vasanta Navaratri: the second most celebrated, named after Vasantha which means spring. It is observed in the lunar month of Chaitra (post-winter, March–April). In many regions, the festival falls after spring harvest, and in others during harvest

Read Navratri Festival | Gujarat Tourism | Travel Blog

 

Let me tell you the nine forms of Goddess worshipped on all nine days.

Day 1 – Shailaputri

Known as Pratipada, this day is associated with Shailaputri (literally “Daughter of Mountain”), an incarnation of Parvati. Shailaputri is considered to be the direct incarnation of Mahakali. The colour of the day is red, which depicts action and vigour.

 

Shailaputri

 

Day 2 – Brahmacharini

Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Parvati, is worshipped. In this form, Parvati became Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is worshipped for emancipation or moksha and endowment of peace and prosperity. Depicted as walking bare feet and holding a japamala and kamandal in her hands, she symbolizes bliss and calm. Blue colour depicts tranquillity yet strong energy.

 

 

Brahmacharini

 

 

Day 3 – Chandraghanta

Tritiya commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta – the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with the ardhachandra (lit. half-moon). She is the embodiment of beauty and is also symbolic of bravery. Yellow is the colour of the third day, which is a vivacious colour and can pep up everyone’s mood.

 

Chandraghanta

 

 

Day 4 – Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on Chaturthi. Believed to be the creative power of the universe, Kushmanda associated with the endowment of vegetation on earth and hence, the colour of the day is Green. She is depicted as having eight arms and sits on a Tiger.

 

Kushmanda

 

Day 5 – Skandamata

Skandamata, the goddess worshipped on Panchami, is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The colour of Grey is symbolic of the transforming strength of a mother when her child is confronted with danger. She is depicted riding a ferocious lion, having four arms and holding her baby.

 

Skandamata

 

Day 6 – Katyayani

Born to sage Katyayana, she is an incarnation of Durga and is shown to exhibit courage which is symbolized by the colour Orange. Known as the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Devi. In this avatar, Kātyāyanī rides a lion and has four hands. She is a form of Maha Lakshmi

 

Katyayani

 

Day 7 – Kalaratri

Considered the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is revered on Saptami. It is believed that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The colour of the day is White. On Saptami, the Goddess appears in a white colour attire with lots of rage in her fiery eyes, her skin turns black. The white colour portrays prayer and peace and ensures the devotees that the Goddess will protect them from harm.

 

Kalaratri

 

Day 8 – Mahagauri

Mahagauri symbolizes intelligence and peace. The colour associated with this day is Pink which depicts optimism.

 

Mahagauri

 

Day 9 – Sidhidatri

On the last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Siddhidhatri. Sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess and bestows all types of Siddhis. Here she has four hands. Also known as SriLakshmi Devi. The light blue colour of the day portrays an admiration towards nature’s beauty.

 

Sidhidatri

 

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