The Kumbh Mela is considered the world’s largest religious gathering. Millions of people gather at particular places on the banks of one of four rivers during a specific auspicious period, and take a holy dip in the river. It is believed that doing so will wash away the sins of that person and his ancestors. There are various types of Kumbh Melas, and they occur at specific times. […]
India is known as a land of festivals. We celebrate religious as well as cultural festivals throughout the year. Almost all of them are declared as holidays for schools, colleges and Government institutions. But not all of them are celebrated by everyone everywhere in the country on the same day. There are three celebrations that are held across the country on the same date every year. These three dates are called ‘National Holidays’ because they are important to India as a nation. They are – Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi. […]
The tradition of hand weaving fabrics has been a part of Indian knowledge systems for over 5000 years. However, the “Khadi” movement got a great stimulus when Mahatma Gandhi revived the ancient hand weaving tradition as part of his freedom movement. […]
What does it take to prepare food for thousands of people every day? Is it state-of-the-art machinery? A lot of manpower? An endless supply of groceries or is it just pure hard work and dedication? Well, the answer is, all that and more. Here’s a sneak peak into one of India’s mega kitchens that will give you some perspective the next time you struggle to cook instant food for 5 of your friends. […]
Do you know that india has the proud honour of being the home to the highest airstrip in the world? […]
Yes, we have heard of ID cards for people, both adults and children. We have heard of cute name tags for household pets. But have we ever heard of ID Cards for cows?
Yes, indeed, surprising as it may seem, along India’s border, authorities have come up with a novel solution to prevent the smuggling of cattle into Bangladesh.
Photo ID cards! […]
Savitribai Phule (3 January 1831 – 10 March 1897) may not be as famous as Mahatma Gandhi or Swami Vivekananda. But every girl child who goes to school today owes it to her efforts. She was a visionary who fought for the empowerment of Indian women of all castes and communities.
When she moved to her husband’s house after marriage in 1840, he was very impressed by her passion to study. It was he who taught the little girl to read and write. […]
Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000. […]
Zamindars are people from the Muslim Rajput castes who settled in rural areas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from Pakistan to Bangladesh.
A Zamindar is a holder or occupier (dār) of land (zamīn). The root words are Persian, and the resulting name, ‘landowners’ was widely used wherever Persian influence was spread by the Mughals or other Indian Muslim dynasties. […]
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, is one of the world’s largest planned townships, created specifically to reduce congestion in Mumbai. […]
Not many people know that a number of exhilarating adventures are also possible in India. Imagine walking over frozen river ice with a large bag on your back and freezing water rushing along just a few inches below your feet. […]
National Security Day is celebrated on 4th March every year to observe and praise the work of various security forces in India. It is also known as the Rashtriya Suraksha Diwas. […]
Isn’t it interesting that a structure that was first used over 3000 years ago continues to be used for transportation even now? The Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the state of Kerala. They are huge and slow-moving and have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. Kettu means “tied with ropes” and vallam means “boat”. […]
The blue wheel at the center of India’s national flag is known as the Ashok Chakra. It has 24 spokes. […]