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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished people on the first day of the nine-day festival of Navratri, hoping for a safe, healthy and prosperous planet as the country and the world battles the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which has affected and killed millions across the globe.

“Many congratulations on the auspicious festival of Navratri. May jagat janani Ma Jagadamba bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all of you. Jai Mata Di!” PM Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister also invoked Goddess Shailaputri, meaning the daughter of the mountains and one of the nine manifestations of Durga, who is worshipped the first day of Navratri.

“Pranams to Maa Shailputri on Day 1 of Navratri. With her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous. May her blessings give us strength to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor and downtrodden,” he added.


There is some good news from Uttar Pradesh,

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday directed officials to improve facilities in Sanskrit schools. He said students in Sanskrit schools should be provided with free meals and other facilities.

Launching the website of Madhyamik Sanskrit Shiksha Parishad, the chief minister said  to promote Sanskrit, it is pertinent to link the subject with modern relevance. He said, “Alongside the traditional way of teaching the subject, students should be taught about Mathematics, sciences and computers.”

He said his government is determined to promote Sanskrit language in the state if necessary, with help of NGOs.


Here is another important news from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh……………………………..

Enraged over the killings of priests and seers reported from several states in the recent past, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, an umbrella body of Hindu seers, has said it will launch a nationwide stir if the government does not provide security to seers.

The demand for security for the seer community was made at a meeting of seers from across the country was held and presided over by the samiti’s general secretary Swami Jeetendrananda Saraswati in Varanasi on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Patalpuri Matt’s mahant Baba Balakdas Maharaj alleged that Naxals were behind the attacks on seers.

On April 16 this year, two sadhus and their driver were travelling from Mumbai to attend a funeral in Gujarat’s Surat when their vehicle was stopped and they were  attacked and killed by a mob in a village in Palghar town of Maharashtra in the presence of police.

On October 7, a priest was allegedly set afire in Rajasthan’s Karauli district, and four days later, on October 11, a priest was attacked in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Three years ago, prominent seer Mahant Mohandas, the pontiff of Shri Panchayati Akhara Bada Udasin went missing while on his way to Mumbai from Haridwar on a personal visit. He was last seen at Meerut railway station and his mysterious disappearance led to major resentment among the saint community.

Now, even after three years, the police have not been able to trace or get a clue about Mohandas’ whereabouts.


Now some news coming from Kerala……

The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala has resumed darshan for pilgrims as the temple opened for monthly pooja on Friday evening. Pilgrims who reached the base camp are allowed to go up the hill after conducting Covid-19 tests;  only those testing negative are allowed into the temple. This is the first time pilgrims are allowed after six month break due to virus scare IT LOST A REVENUE OF RS.150 CRORES IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS BECASE OF BAN ON PILGRIMS.

COVID protocol announced by the Kerala Government includes

  • All  pilgrims will have to register on the portal — https://sabarimalaonline.org
  • COVID negative certificate is mandatory for darshan 
  • Children and elders will not be allowed to visit temple 
  • Ghee Abhishekam, bathing at Pampa river will not be allowed

ANOTHER INTERESTING NEWS FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , CAPITAL CITY OF Kerala is the visit of Tamil Nadu Gods from the neighbouring state.

The Navarathri idols from Padmanabhapuram Palace that were taken out in a procession from Thuckalay in Kanyakumari district were brought to Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiru Anantha Puram on Friday. The Navarathri pooja began on Saturday the 17th of October.

The idols are brought to the temple every year during the Navarathri pooja. The idols were brought in a procession as usual in the traditional way.

The idol procession was given traditional salute by the police of Tamil Nadu and Kerala  The idols are placed in three places for nine nights,  and devotees  offer prayers starting Saturday .


And here is news from Andhra Pradesh

The nine-day Dasara festival at Sri Durga Temple atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada, kicked off on Saturday. The presiding deity Sri Kanaka Durga Devi’ was decorated in the ‘Swarna Kavacha   Alankaaram  .

Though pilgrims from various parts of the state reached the temple early morning, they were allowed for darshan around 10 am. 

According to temple officials, around 12,000 devotees thronged the temple on the very first day and took blessings of the goddess.


In the meantime,

Bathukamma, Telangana’s major cultural festival, has doubled the joy of residents.

With Telengana’s hinterland becoming verdant stretches of bumper Kharif crops, and its lakes and reservoirs teeming with water, the festival of colours is turning out to be very different from the ones that Telangana has known before.

The nine-day Bathukamma  festival is the  quintessence of Telangana culture .

During these nine days, the menfolk of the house in rural areas would go out every morning into the agriculture fields or forests to pluck flowers. The entire family would then sit together and help each other arrange these flowers into a Bathukamma. 

Comprising seven concentric layers, the Bathukamma is stacked in the shape of a temple’s ‘Gopura’. Gauramma, a symbolic idol of Goddess Gowri made of turmeric, is placed on top of the flowers.

This little floral mountain is worshipped as Goddess Bathukamma. Flowers of various hues and species are used in the arrangement.


Maathaa Vaishnava Devi Cave temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus in North India.

The nine-day long Navratri festival at Goddess Vaishnava Devi shrine began with Chandi Maha Yagya and chanting of Vedic hymns along with other rituals last week

The ‘Maha Yagya’, being performed at the holy cave shrine nestled in Trikuta hills in Jammu division for peace, prosperity and health of humanity, will conclude with Purna Ahuti on Mahanavami or the ninth day of the Navratri festival.

The Chandi Maha Yagya is telecast from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 pm daily during Navratri festival.


And last but not the least is some good news from London

Every ten years a big International Stamp Exhibition is held in London. This year it has to be held virtually because of the COVID virus scare. N. Ragupathy, an avid stamp collector from Nagappattinam in Tamil Nadu , has displayed his stamps in the London Exhibition. He has been collecting stamps on Hindu Gods and Hindu festivals from different countries. He displayed his stamps in Four Large Frames in the London Stamp Exhibition. Mr Ragupathu has won several awards for his Hindu Stamp Collection.




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