January

31Jan2019

Panchavati is a very important place in the Ramayana. It was the place chosen by Lord Rama to stay during his exile from Ayodhya. It was a beautiful place. It got its name from five banyan trees growing there, which are known as ‘vati’ in the local language. Panch Vati means five banyan trees. The River Godavari flowed nearby. Events that happened there led up to Lord Rama’s war with the forces of Ravana, king of Lanka. […]

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30Jan2019

The Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab, also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, is considered the most sacred place by followers of the Sikh religion. The temple itself is only part of the huge complex, which includes a man-made lake, a very important part of the complex. It is known as Amrit Sarovar, or the Lake of Holy Nectar. Amritsar takes its name from the lake. Devotees come from all over the world to have a dip in the Sarovar. […]

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25Jan2019

Kalamkari is an art that was perfected around 3000 years ago! Traditionally, it’s done with organic dyes on cloth, using twigs as pens and brushes. It’s a complicated process involving more than 20 steps. Only some people in some regions of India know how to do it. […]

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23Jan2019

Lathmar Holi, which literally translates to mean a festival of sticks and colours, is celebrated in the towns of Barsana and Nandgaon, near the Mathura (in Uttar Pradesh), before the festival of Holi (usually in February or March). […]

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22Jan2019

Amartya Sen was born on November 3rd, 1933, at Shantiniketan, the University town in Bengal established by Rabindranath Tagore. It is believed that Tagore himself named the little boy. His name means ‘immortal’ – an apt name, because his work has influenced the world so much that he will always be remembered. […]

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22Jan2019

Sugarcane is first said to have been cultivated in New Guinea, around 10,000 years ago. From there, knowledge relating to cultivation of this plant spread to southeast Asia, southern China, and then India. In 510 BC, Emperor Darius of Persia invaded India where he found ‘the reed which gives honey without bees’. […]

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21Jan2019

The Indian general election of 1951–52, held from 25 October 1951 to 21 February 1952, was the first election to the Lok Sabha after India became independent on August 15, 1947. 1849 candidates competed for 489 seats in the Lok Sabha, and more than 173 million people (out of a population of about 360 million) were eligible to vote – which made it the largest election conducted at the time. Voter turnout stood at 45.7 per cent. […]

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19Jan2019

Kodinhi, a village in the Malappuram district in Kerala, has the unusual reputation of having the most number of twins in the country. It is estimated that there are at least 400 pairs of twins in a population of 2,000 families. The national average of twin births is not more than 9 in 1,000 births – in Kodinhi, it is around 45 in 1,000 births. […]

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18Jan2019

According to the 2011 census, Sikkim is the least populated state in the country. Sikkim is famous for its historical temples and beautiful views. The state sees a lot of tourists every year. The population of the state is just 6,07,688 and the state is spread over an area of 7096 square kilometres. 75% of the people live in rural areas and the remaining 25% people live in urban areas of the state. […]

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14Jan2019

Literacy rate in India has always been quite uneven, with different States and Union Territories having their own literacy rates. Kerala is the only state that has constantly been credited to being called the most literate state in India. According to Census 2011, Kerala has the highest total literacy rate and the highest female literacy rate as well. […]

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11Jan2019

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC as it is popularly referred as, is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles catering tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian Railways, with around 5 to 6 lakhs bookings everyday is the world’s second busiest. Its tagline being “Lifeline of the Nation”. […]

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