WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 18-7-2021 (Post No.9865)

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Padma Shri awardee Rabindra Narain Singh elected as VHP president

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has elected Rabindra Narain Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon and a Padma Shri awardee, as its new president on Saturday. Singh replaced 82-year-old Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, who has been in the post since April 2018.

“Kokje ji is now 82 years old. He wanted to be relieved of his responsibilities as the VHP president. The election has been conducted as per his wishes and our constitution,” VHP’s joint general secretary Surendra Jain said at a press conference.

Rabindra Narain Singh was the vice president of VHP. In 2010, he received Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medical sciences. Elections were also held for the post of the general secretary and Milind Parande, the outfit’s current general secretary, was unanimously re-elected.

During the meeting, the outfit discussed the “condition of Hindus” in Haryana’s Mewat and issued a statement demanding that the state government must ensure “protection of Hindus” in the Muslim-dominated region.

Jain said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, after visiting Mewat last year, had announced that his government would bring a law against forced religious conversion, effectively implement the law against cow slaughter, constitute a Dharmada Board to look after the religious estate of Hindu-minority areas and set up a camp of paramilitary forces in Mewat district.

“It has been a year since his announcement, but nothing has yet been done so far,” the VHP leader said while appealing to the Haryana chief minister to act on his promises “to establish rule of law” in Mewat.

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Lucknow University to get new faculty on Shaivism

The Academic Council of Lucknow University has approved setting up of a new faculty by upgrading the status of Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy.

The council also approved new courses from next session. 

The Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy, named after the philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir, was constituted in LU for research in Shaivism. 

Till now, it was an autonomous institute, but now it will have faculty status. The institute will have more power and resources for teaching and research. It will run a full-fledged paper on Shaiva Philosophy and Aesthetics in MA (Sanskrit) course and  conduct doctoral studies. 

This is LU’s eleventh faculty. Other faculties include arts, science, commerce, law, education, fine arts, engineering, Unani, ayurveda and yoga and alternative medicine. 

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748 acres deleted from records of Simhachalam Temple says the Inquiry team

The three-member inquiry committee constituted by the Special Commissioner of Endowments to probe irregularities in Simhachalam temple and MANSAS lands in Andhra Pradesh, has gathered evidence to prove that 748 acres belonging to Simhachalam temple were deleted from 22A of the records in 2016. The committee completed its inquiry into the temple lands  on Tuesday. It went to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands.

The committee comprising Deputy Commissioner E Pushpavardhan,and two more members , visited Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the morning and verified the land records.
Pushpavardhan told TNIE that there was a prima facie case even before they began inquiry into the temple lands. 

“We have gathered all the evidence with regard to irregularities in the land records. The deletion of lands from Section 22A, which prohibits sale and fresh registration, was done in 2016. Though the temple executive officer was not empowered to delete the lands from 22A, the then EO had done it,” Pushpavardhan said. 

“No constructions have been taken up in the said land and the entire land in question is located in Visakhapatnam district,’’ he said, adding that the inquiry went on smoothly as the land records of both Simhachalam temple and MANSAS were digitised.

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Drop one-child norm from draft population policy, VHP tells UP govt

Raising concern over the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked the panel to delete the one-child norm from the draft.

In a letter to the UP Law Commission, Alok Kumar, working president of the VHP, said they have read the draft of the UP Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 inviting suggestions for modification.

 “The preamble of the Bill states that this is a Bill (6) inter alia to stabilize the population and (ii) promotion of two child norm. The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) agrees with both objects.” the letter says.

However, the VHP has raised objections to Sections of the bill that “incentivise public servants and others to have only one child in the family go well beyond the said objectives”.

The Uttar Pradesh government released the first draft of the proposed ‘UP Population (Control, Stabilization, and Welfare) Bill, 2021’ Friday and has invited suggestions from the public by 19 July.

The proposed law offers multiple incentives to families that follow the two-child norm. This includes two additional increments during service for government employees, subsidised purchase of plot or house, and 3 per cent increase in EPF.

There is more on offer for those who have just one child, including two additional increments and free healthcare for the child till he/she attains the age of 20 years. A single child will also be given preference for admission in all education institutions.

Special incentives for parents who have only two children, and restrictions from availing of government schemes for those who have three or more — these are among the provisions of the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday.  

The draft bill proposes some stringent measures to restrict couples from having more than two children, and promises cheaper home loans and free education for voluntary sterilisation.

Those who follow the proposed two-child norm would be offered incentives like tax rebates. 

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Uttar Pradesh govt cancels Kanwar Yatra

Kanwar yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwariyas, to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch Ganga waters to anoint lord Shiva lingams at Shiva Temples at their respective places.

On Friday, the Supreme court gave the state government time till Monday to reconsider its decision of going ahead with allowing the pilgrimage.

While asking the UP government to reconsider allowing even a symbolic physical yatra this year, the apex court on Friday had underlined that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount”.

Meanwhile, the Centre, in reply to the court notice, said that the states, instead of allowing the Yatra, must make arrangements to supply Gangajal to devotees at designated locations.

The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday too suspended the Kanwar Yatra amid threats of a possible third wave of Covid-19.

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ONE TON FLOWERS USED TO DECORATE THE FLORAL PALANQUIN in Balaji Temple

On the occasion of Anivara Asthanam, Pushpa Pallaki Seva took place with utmost religious fervour in Tirumala on Friday evening along the four Mada streets  .

Decorated with dazzling jewels, colourful silk vastrams, flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi, Sri Malayappa Swamy took out a celestial ride to bless the devotees on this finely decked floral palanquin.

Varieties of flowers weighing about one ton are used to create this colourful palanquin by 15 florists for three days. The palanquin carried the images of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and anjaneya Swamy which stood as a special attraction. 

TOTAL PILGRIMS WHO HAD DARSHAN ON 16th July was : 16,787

9,329 people had Tonsures

Hundi collection on that day was  Rs.1.40 Cr

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Bonalu festivities in Telangana

The annual Ashada Bonalu festivities commenced at the Goddess Jagadamba Temple atop the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad on Sunday with the offering of Bonam in a decorated brass pot to the deity. Ministers A Indrakaran Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav, and Hyderabad Deputy Mayor Srilatha Reddy presented silk robes to the Goddess on behalf of the Telangana State government

As part of the festival, a colourful procession was taken out from Langer Houz to the Golconda Fort.  Women in colourful robes carried the ‘bonam’ on their heads to the temple. 

Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu on July 25

The famous Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad will be held on July 25 and in Hyderabad including Old City on August 1. The Telangana government gave the status of ‘State festival’ to Bonalu after the formation of the new State in June 2014.

Bonalu is celebrated to ward off diseases and usher in good health, peace and prosperity.

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WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 13-6-2021 (Post No.9727)

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Tamil Nadu likely to allow women priests in temples soon

The Minister for the HR and CE temples (managed by the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments department) PK Sekar Babu on Saturday hinted that women who wish to take up the job of a temple priest, would be given training for that.  

The Minister said in response to a woman reporter after holding detailed discussions with senior officials of the HR and CE department from across the State.

Sekar Babu had earlier said that the ‘all-caste archaka’ scheme would soon be implemented in HR and CE temples in the state.
  
Asked whether the government would accept women coming forward to work as priests, the Minister said, “If women wish to work as priests, training will be provided to them and steps will be taken to appoint them as priests. This will be done after getting the approval of the Chief Minister.” 

There has been a long-drawn debate on female priests in Hindu temples. Social reformers have been advocating it to establish gender equality in the job of priests too. 

Minutes after the remarks of the Minister, there were criticisms against this move in social media. In the coming days, this topic is likely to become a point of debate. 

On Tamil archana in temples, the Minister said “Already, Tamil archana is being performed in HR and CE temples. In 47 big temples in the state, a board will be displayed with the words “Tamil Archana will be performed in this temple.” Also, training will be given to the priests in performing archana in Tamil.  

Responding to a question, the Minister reiterated that the ‘All-caste archaka’ scheme would come into force within 100 days of assumption of office of this government. You will see archakas from castes functioning in the temples.” 

The Minister said recently the Madras High Court has given 75 recommendations to temples which included preventing idol theft, maintenance of ancient temples, etc. and they were discussed during the meeting. Already, the government started implementing a few of them while other recommendations would be enforced in due course.  

Answering a question regarding the appointment of a new Jeeyar in Srirangam temple, the Minister said, “The procedure followed for appointment of a new Jeer so far will be followed in the present case too.  The Chief Minister has advised that as far as religious matters are concerned, the sentiments of any section of the people should not get hurt– Sekar Babu added. 

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Priest asked to bring God’s Aadhaar to sell temple produce

In a bizarre incident, a priest who went to a government procurement centre to sell wheat grown in land belonging to the temple, was asked to produce the Aadhaar card of the deity. The incident took place in the first week of June in Kurhara village in Attara tehsil in Uttar Pradesh.

Mahant Ramkumar Das, the priest and chief caretaker of the Ram Janki temple, said he wanted to sell 100 quintals of wheat in a government mandi (market). He had done the online registration with the help of others.

The caretaker priest of the temple arrived at the government mandi to sell the crops grown on the temple land. It was then that he was asked to produce the Aadhaar card of the deity in whose name the land was registered.

The seven-hectare land is registered in the name of the deity, in this case, Lord Ram and Janki. “The registration was cancelled as I could not produce the Aadhaar card, where do I get Aadhaar of the Lord?” he asked.

The priest said that he spoke to the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Saurabh Shukla. The SDM said that the priest was not asked to produce the Aadhaar card of the deity, but he was explained the process. “The policy has been decided at the government level and purchase was being done on the basis of that policy,” he said.

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Ramdev’s U-turn: All ‘good doctors’ are messengers of God, will get vaccinated soon

Yoga guru Ramdev, who had said he does not need the Covid vaccine as he has protection of yoga and ayurveda, on Thursday did a summersault, saying he will soon get the jab and described doctors as “God’s envoys on earth”.

Ramdev had earlier stirred a controversy with his comments on the efficacy of allopathic drugs against COVID-19, drawing the ire of the medical fraternity. Now, welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement about free vaccine to all from June 21, Ramdev described it as a “historic” step and appealed to all to get themselves vaccinated.

 “Get both doses of the vaccine and the double protection of yoga and ayurveda. They will combine to give you such a robust shield of protection that not a single person will die from Covid,” he told reporters in Haridwar.

Asked when he will get the vaccine shot, the yoga guru said, “Very soon.” Ramdev also heaped praise on good allopathic doctors, describing them as “God’s envoys on earth”.

On the ongoing confrontation with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ramdev said he cannot have any animosity with any organisation. All he was against the exploitation of people in the name of medicines, he said.

 “I am not against any organisation. Good doctors are a real boon. They are God’s envoys on earth. But individual doctors can do wrong things,” he said. He also said for emergency treatment and surgery, allopathy is the best.

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Tamil Nadu government retrieves encroached land of Chennai’s Vadapalani temple

PK Sekar Babu, Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department on Monday informed about the official retrieval of land of the Vadapalani Murugan temple here.


“It is the policy of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin, that no one should be hindered from worshipping as per religious rites of his choice. The property of the Lord is the property of the government. The Chief Minister will take action against whoever misuses those assets,” DMK minister.


“Today, this land which had been encroached is retrieved officially,” he said.

The property of Vadapalani Murugan temple worth Rs 250 crore located at Karunanidhi Street, Gandhinagar, Chennai had been occupied by the vehicles belonging to the film industry.


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FIR Against Instagram For Showing  Lord Shiva Sticker With Wine Glass & Phone

In the latest development, an FIR has been lodged in Delhi against social media platform Instagram for allegedly showing Lord Shiva in an objectionable manner.

An FIR has been lodged in Delhi against social media platform Instagram for allegedly showing Lord Shiva in an objectionable manner. The FIR, filed by Delhi resident and BJP leader Manish Singh, was lodged against Instagram after stickers depicting Lord Shiva with a glass some liquid that perhaps most closely resembles wine & a mobile phone in his hands whilst winking were seen available in the platform’s story section.

The complaint was lodged against Instagram for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Hindus.

The sticker has been designed “with the sole intention of inciting” the Hindu community, the BJP leader said in his complaint.

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Lightning strikes Bijli Mahadev temple in Himachal’s Kullu,

A video of lightning striking the hilltop of Bijli Mahadev temple area in Himachal’s Kullu valley has been getting viral on social media.

Located at an altitude of about 2,460 metres, Bijli Mahadev is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Lightning incidents occur here like once in over a decade and this time it broke the Shivlinga inside the temple premises.

After the incident, the Shivlinga was coated with butter by the temple priest to bring it to original form.

Located 14 km from Kullu across the Beas river, it can be approached after a trek of 3 km.

A panoramic view of Kullu and Parvati valleys can be seen from the temple. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun.

It is said that the tall staff attracts divine blessings in the form of lightning, thus the name Bijli Mahadev.

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7-2-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH (Post 9240-A)

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Tamil Nadu Governor  hands over Rs 6 crore collected by Kanchi Mutt Seer to Ram Temple

On behalf of the Kanchipuram Sankara Mutt, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has handed over contributions made by devotees to Treasurer of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Theerth Kshetra Trust Swami Govind Dev Giri Purohit on 1st February.

Presiding over the function organized by the Kanchi Mutt. Governor Banwarilal Purohit  said that the ancient Sri Kamakshi Amman temple and the Sankara mutt have a divine and historical link with Ayodhya. He said the Sankara Mutt seers have been closely associated with efforts for a Temple for Lord Ram at his birthplace in Ayodhya.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday contributed Rs 11 lakh for the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. Prasad handed over the cheque to Mohan Singh and Rajesh Pandey, representatives of Sri Rama Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust.

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Vande Mataram to rend air on Chauri Chaura centenary as UP targets world record

  • Uttar Pradesh  government organised a Vande Mataram recitation event and made around 50,000 students recite Vande Mataram in a bid to create a world record.

The Uttar Pradesh government  geared up to create a world record during the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations, which saw thousands of children from across the state recite Vande Mataram from 10am on February 3 to 12 noon on February 4, said officials.

 Around 50,000 students together sang Vande Mataram in a bid to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records. Currently, this record is held by a gathering of 20,000 who sang it together, said Vinay Kumar Pandey, director, secondary education in the state.

As part of the mission, thousands of students  recorded video clips of their own recital of the first stanza of the patriotic song while standing in the salute pose. They were required to send the clips to their respective schools, which will be uploaded on a link to be made available by the Guinness Book of World Records.

What is Chauri Chaura’ Centenary Celebrations?

February 4th 2021 marks hundred years of the Chauri Chaura incident that had led to Mahatma Gandhi calling off the Non-cooperation Movement.

  1. The incident occurred at Chauri Chaura in the Gorakhpur district of the United Province, (modern Uttar Pradesh) in British India ON 4TH FEBRUARY 1921.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  inaugurated the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations at Chauri Chaura in Uttar Pradesh on February 4 via video conferencing.

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KANNADA WRITER ATTACKED BY A WOMAN

 Rationalist Kannada writer K.S. Bhagawan was heckled and attacked with ink by a lawyer named Meera Raghavendra while visiting a Bengaluru court on Thursday February 4.

A video of the incident has been circulating on social media. In the video, Raghavendra can be heard shouting that Bhagawan should be “ashamed” of his views on religion.

Bhagawan is a Kannada writer, translator, critic and former professor of English.

A case has reportedly been filed against Miss Meera Raghavendra for wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation. She had earlier filed a private complaint against Bhagawan, saying he had insulted Hindus and the Hindu god Ram. When the writer arrived at the court and got out his car, she attacked him with ink.

“Two months back, he had given a statement in a press meet in Mysore where he claimed there was no religion called Hindu religion. He asked people not to use the word Hindu. This has hurt all the Hindus,” Ms Meera Raghavendra had earlier said.

Meera  also expressed no remorse for her action against Bhagawan, saying she wanted to “teach him a lesson”. “As a lawyer, I respect the judiciary. Besides the law, as a woman born as a Hindu, I wanted to teach him a lesson. This is also a message to people who take undue liberties to criticise Hindus and Hindu religion. People like Bhagawan wouldn’t dare insult or degrade Islam or Christianity.,” she said.

Two weeks ago, Karnataka  state education minister S. Suresh Kumar said government libraries would not purchase his book Rama Mandira Eke Beda (Why Ram Mandir is not Needed) because it could “hurt public sentiments”.

An FIR had also been filed against the author K S Bhagawan  by  Hindu  groups for allegedly insulting Hindu religion and religious beliefs.

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Anna Prasadam to commence in Andhra Pradesh temples

All the major temples, where Anna Prasada Vitarana was implemented but was stopped since the outbreak of Covid-19, can restart the service following precautions.

Endowments in-charge commissioner T Chandra Kumar gave permission to restart the Anna Prasada distribution, but the temple managements have to ensure that the occupancy of the devotees at a time shall be restricted to 50 per cent of the actual occupancy of the hall. 

Similarly, the staff should always wear a face mask and maintain a minimum of four feet distance between the devotees in the queue lines as well as while sitting in the dining halls. 

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NOW, HERE IS A NEWS REPORT FROM KERALA

Hindu Aikyavedi General Secretary RV Babu was arrested for appealing to boycott HALAL products

Hindu Aikyavedi has given a call for state-wide protests against the arrest of RV Babu. Five of the Hindu Aikyavedi activists were earlier arrested for protesting against the Halal symbol in a bakery. The organisation had accused the Halal system of being discriminatory against non-Muslims and eventually leading the monopoly of various businesses in the hands of Muslims.

Earlier in an Interview, RV Babu told Organiser Weekly, “In India Halal certification authority, for example, Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind trust charges a certain amount as fees from the applicant. They give a portion of this amount as Zakat which is used for purposes that trigger suspicion. It is used for providing legal aid to terror accused people who are currently behind the bars. Every such activity is listed on their website,”

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SOME INTERESTING HISTORY NEWS ITEMS HAVE APPEARED IN POPULAR DAILIES IN INDIA

Archaeologists discover Vishnu sculpture from 12th Century AD in Karnataka

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Vishnumurthy sculpture of 12th century AD near a Karnataka temple on January 31. T Murugeshi, associate professor, department of ancient history and archaeology, MSRS College, Shirva who led the discovery said that the idol was discovered in a dilapidated well near the ruined temple filled with architectural remains and laterite bricks.

ANOTHER HISTORY FLASH CAME FROM ODISHA

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday stumbled upon an ancient structure, believed to be the floor of a temple, while carrying out scientific cleaning of the two acre land adjacent to the Suka-Sari temple complex in BHUBANESWAR.

The structure was unearthed in the wake of the demolition work being undertaken by Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation Limited and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) as part of the Ekamra Kshetra project for beautification of Lingaraj temple and its periphery.

ANOTHER NEWS CAME FROM TAMIL NADU

TWO SHIVA LINGA STATUERS WERE DISCOVERED IN A BUSHY AREA OF TIRUVANAIKKAVAL AKILANDESWARY TEMPLE . THE TEMPLE IS UNDERGOING SOME  RENOVATION WORK. WHEN THE WALL NEAR KUBERA  LINGESWAR SHRINE INSIDE THE TEMPLE WAS DEMOLISHED THEY FOUND TWO SHIVA LINGAS 3 FOOT AND TWO FOOT TALL IN A BUSH BEHIND THE WALL. PEOPLE HAVE STARTED COMING TO WORSHIP THE NEW STATUES.

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Last but not the least , some interesting news item about Hindu wooden slippers

Khadau’ gains popularity in Maagh Mela

One of the fastest selling items at the ongoing Maagh Mela in Prayagraj this year, is the ‘khadau’  that is wooden slipper.

While it is normal for saints and seers to wear the ‘wooden slipper’ since they avoid wearing leather slippers or shoes for obvious reasons, this year, a large number of devotees, particularly the youth, can be seen wearing the ‘khadau’.

Prem Srivastava, 23, a student from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh who is visiting the Magh Mela for the first time, flaunts his ‘khadau’ wooden slipper  said, “I bought a pair of ‘khadau’ out of curiosity because so many people were wearing it. It has been four days since I am wearing it and I can already feel the difference. I feel more at peace with myself and physically too, I feel better and my shoulder pain has gone.”

Seeing the growing popularity of the wooden footwear, a large number of stalls selling ‘khadau’ have come up in the Magh Mela township and their sales are outstripping the sales of even the religious memorabilia in the Mela.

“Earlier, I could manage to sell two to three pairs of ‘khadau’ in a day but this time, I am selling about half a dozen pairs every day,” said Kamlesh, a wooden slipper’ seller. The ‘khadau’ costs about Rs 300 per pair and prices go up to Rs 900 per pair, depending on the quality of wood.

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