Mystery of Ganga water…..

Ganga water

Ganga water does water from the River Ganga or “Gangajal” have special self-cleansing properties that kill its high bacterial content?

The devout have never demanded proof; they believe that the water from the river is holy and use it for “purification,” in religious rituals and other things.

But now, several credible scientific institutions have joined hands to unravel whether a mysterious substance indeed imparts to the water of the Ganga the property of not turning putrid. And the Health Ministry and the Water Resources Ministry of the Centre have launched a Rs. 150-crore study to discover what is being called the mystery X-factor.

In six months time we will present a paper on the health effects of Ganga water,” said Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Water Resources, who is also tasked with a massive “Ganga rejuvenation” project.

About 200 scientists gathered at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences today to understand the mystery. “Whenever someone visited Haridwar, people would request them to get Gangajal and the water would be stored for years, without spoiling. Now we need scientific studies to prove this property,” JP Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare said.

Past studies from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur have indicated that water in the Ganga carries a special load of killer viruses that attack bacteria and knock them out.

Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi said, “There is a high concentration of bacterio-phages, these are viruses that infect bacteria and this may account for the purifying properties of Ganga water. It is the self-purification property.” ICMR is proposing a large study, she added.

The scientific fraternity now hopes that their study will eventually benefit humans as the world runs out of new antibiotics.

“Once identified these can then be used against multi-drug resistance or MDR infections. If so, then yes, Ganga water can be used for medicinal purposes,” said MC Misra, Director, AIIMS.

Mehndi,Story

Mehndi,Story

Mehndi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In India, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. Indian people are ardent lovers of beauty and elegance. This is what reflects in the Mehndi ceremony before marriage. Mehendi ceremony has been prevalent since ages and forms such an integral part of the wedding ceremony that it cannot be imagined without it. Furthermore, Mehandi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride and her beauty is incomplete without it.

Mehndi ceremony usually takes place just before marriage. According to the ritual, the bride does not step out of the house after this ceremony. Mehndi ceremony is essentially organized by the family of the bride and is usually a private affair which takes place in the presence of friends, relatives and family members. However, the scale of the ceremony depends upon individual choice. Some people celebrate it with great pomp and show. Sometimes, the Mehndi ceremony resembles another sangeet ceremony.

Nevertheless, during the ceremony, turmeric paste is applied on bride’s face, feet and hands. After this, the Mehndi application begins. For applying Mehndi to the bride, a skilled Mehndi expert is called. He applies Mehndi on bride’s hands, arms, feet and legs. Traditionally, the Mehndi applied to the bride was obtained by drying the leaves of the Henna plant. Nowadays there are various types of Mehndi designs available in the market. Continue reading Mehndi,Story

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Kristen Stewart Says Dating Robert Pattinson Was ‘Not Real Life’

The actress has opened up about her love life in a magazine interview where she talks about Robert Pattinson and her girlfriend.Kristen Stewart has said her relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson “wasn’t real life” and that became “gross” to her.

The Hollywood actress has admitted her high-profile romance with Pattinson became a product after the pair shot to fame while starring in the vampire movie series. 

The couple were together for five years but split up after she was unfaithful with her Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in 2012.

In an interview with the New York Times’ T magazine, the 26 year-old said: “People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product.

“It wasn’t real life any more. And that was gross to me. It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life.  Continue reading News Update

The Villager and the Happy Man, Story

In a small village, in the valley, lived a man who was always happy, kind, and well disposed to everyone he met. He always smiled, and had kind and encouraging words to say, whenever it was necessary. Everyone who met him, left feeling better, happier and elated. People knew they could count on him, and regarded him as a great friend.

One of the village dwellers was curious to know what his secret was, and how he could always be so kind and helpful. He wondered, how is it that he held no grudge toward anyone, and always was happy.

Once, upon meeting him in the street he asked him: “Most people are selfish and unsatisfied. They do not smile as often as you do; neither are they as helpful or kind as you are. How do you explain it?”

The man smiled at him and replied, “When you make peace with yourself, you can be in peace with the rest of the world. If you can recognize the spirit in yourself, you can recognize the spirit in everyone, and then you find it natural to be kind and well disposed to all. If your thoughts are under your control, you become strong and firm. The personality is like a robot programmed to do certain tasks. Your habits and thoughts are the tools and programs that control your personality. Become free from being programmed, and then the inner good and the happiness that reside within you will be revealed.”

But a lot of work is necessary. Good habits have to be developed. The ability to concentrate and to control the thoughts has to be strengthened. The work is difficult and endless. There are many walls that need to be to climbed. It is not an easy task.” Lamented the villager.

“Do not think about the difficulties, otherwise this is what you will see and experience. Just quieten your feelings and thoughts, and try to stay in this peace. Just try to be calm, and do not let yourself be carried away by your thoughts.” Continue reading The Villager and the Happy Man, Story

Science Museum, London

Science Museum

Science Museum A museum was founded in 1857 under Bennet Woodcroft from the collection of the Royal Society of Arts and surplus items from the Great Exhibition as part of the South Kensington Museum, together with what is now the Victoria and Albert Museum. It included a collection of machinery which became the Museum of Patents in 1858, and the Patent Office Museum in 1863. This collection contained many of the most famous exhibits of what is now the Science Museum. In 1883, the contents of the Patent Office Museum were transferred to the South Kensington Museum. In 1885, the Science Collections were renamed the Science Museum and in 1893 a separate director was appointed. The Art Collections were renamed the Art Museum, which eventually became the Victoria and Albert Museum.

When Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the new building for the Art Museum, she stipulated that the museum be renamed after herself and her late husband. This was initially applied to the whole museum, but when that new building finally opened ten years later, the title was confined to the Art Collections and the Science Collections had to be divorced from it. On 26 June 1909 the Science Museum, as an independent entity, came into existence.The Science Museum’s present quarters, designed by Sir Richard Allison, were opened to the public in stages over the period 1919–28. This building was known as the East Block, construction of which began in 1913 and temporarily halted by World War I. As the name suggests it was intended to be the first building of a much larger project, which was never realized. However, the Museum buildings were expanded over the following years; a pioneering Children’s Gallery with interactive exhibits opened in 1931, the Centre Block was completed in 1961-3, the infill of the East Block and the construction of the Lower & Upper Wellcome Galleries in 1980, and the construction of the Wellcome Wing in 2000 result in the Museum now extending to Queensgate. Continue reading Science Museum, London

Kullu and Manali,India

Kullu and Manali

Kullu and Manali have always been one of the favorite hill stations for tourists. Located in the heart of Kullu valley, Manali is at the altitude of 1950 m. Whether it’s for honeymoon or for any holiday trip, these spellbinding cities of Himachal Pradesh have given great pleasure to visitors till now. The places are very popular due to its exciting attractions and adventure activities. People from all across the globe come to see the snow-capped mountains and natural beauty of the city. Visiting here is like being in the lap of nature. In every trip, it gives a new feeling and joy. Elegant flora and fauna surrounded by pine and cedar trees simply add glisters to landscape beauty. Kullu and Manali are beautiful places that have several tourist spots to discover and explore.

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Garhwal Himalayas, India

Garhwal Himalayas

Garhwal Himalayas If you are fond of trekking, this is the ultimate route for you. You will love the aromatic place in the womb of Garhwal Himalayas with excellent lakes scattered everywhere in the path of this trekking route. You might have never seen so many swimming pools at the same time. This is the beauty that you will find while skiing. Two of the lakes, Masar Tal and Sahasra Tal, among all are excellent in beauty and solace. Khatling is the glacier, from which the river Bhilangana rises. The spot, you will have to reach in the first half of the trek, is the valley of this Bhilangana. All the lakes including the two above and Vasuki Tal are preserved by nature in this valley. In the distant horizontal view from the valley, you will find several peaks, making competition with each other for their height. Sphetic Pristwar, Barte Kauter and Meru are the renowned among all, covered with snow cap on their heads. Continue reading Garhwal Himalayas, India

Yamunotri district of Uttarkashi, India

Yamunotri

Yamunotri is a sacred place for Hindu religion and is Mata Yamuna is believed to reside in Yamunotri. Yamuna River originates from Yamunotri. Yamunotri is located in Garhwal district in Uttrakhand at an elevation of 3293m. It is considered a holy place and one of the four destinations of Char Dham Yatra in India. There is a temple devoted to Yamuna Mata in Yamunotri along with a hot water spring at Janki Chatti.

The original Temple of Yamunotri was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur. The temple was rebuilt by Maharani in 19th century and the current temple is of new origin. The weather attributed most to the demolition of earlier construction. There is confusion about who built the temple of Yamunotri but as the sources say, the temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal.

The actual source of Holy River Yamuna is a frozen lake of ice and glacier known as Champasar Glacier. The glacier is located at an altitude of 4421m on the Kalind Mountain. The holy shrine has been located on the foot hill as the actual site is inaccessible and offerings and prayers are done at the temple only. The hot spring of water located near the temple is known as Surya Kund. The Divya Shila near the Surya Kund is worshipped before the Pooja in the temple. Pilgrims prepare rice and potatoes tied in muslin cloth as offerings. The pujaris at Yamunotri temple come from the nearby village Kharsali.

Palanquins and even horses are available on rent from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri Temple. There are two routes to Yamunotri temple, one via Markendya Tirth and the other one via Kharsali. Markendya Tirth is famous because Markendya Purana was completed here by Sage Markendya. Continue reading Yamunotri district of Uttarkashi, India

Gangotri district of Uttarkashi India

Gangotri

History of the pious destination Gangotri can be traced from the ancient Hindu mythologies. According to it, King Sagar’s grandson Anshuman remained unsuccessful to bring Ganga on earth and same was with his son Dilip. However, King Anshuman’s grandson Bhagirath was very resolute for this task and meditated at Gangotri. After numerous years of meditation, Ganga came down from the paradise but remained in suspense in the coils of Lord Shiva’s hair. Determined to bring Ganga, King Bhagirath started meditation in order to win Lord Shiva. Being pleased with it, Lord Shiva released the Ganga as three streams. One of these streams came on the earth in the form of Bhagirathi. The stream of River Ganga ashes embraced the ashes of 60,000 sons of King Sagar and they all rose to their eternal rest. The reef on which it is deemed that the King Bhagirath meditated is dubbed as ‘Bhagirath Shila’ Perched close to the shrine of Ganga.

One of the prominent shrines in Gangotri, Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is positioned near the sacred stone known as Bhagirath Shila, where it is said that the king Bhagirath paid his homage to Lord Shiva. The height of the shrine is about 20 feet and white granite has been used to build it. It was erected by Amar Singh Thapa, a Gorkha Commander in the early 18th century and later it was reconstructed in the 20th century by the Maharaja of Jaipur. The temple is nestled amid the beautiful surroundings of deoder and pine trees. The lush-green environment and the chants of ‘Mantras and Slokas’ provide a very peaceful feeling and transport you to another world. Continue reading Gangotri district of Uttarkashi India

Nag Tibba Trek Garhwal in Uttarakhand India

Nag Tibba trek

Nag Tibba trek Famously called the ‘Mountain of the Serpent’, the Nag Tibba trek starts north east of Mussoorie, at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, at an altitude of 3,048 meters. The local people have been offering prayers (puja) to the Snake God (Nag Devta) at this peak which is testament to its sanctity. They believe that the Snake God protects their cattle from snake bites.nag-tibba

The Mussoorie-Nag Tibba trek will delight every trekker, whether amateur or veteran. For visitors coming from Delhi, it is an idyllic and ideal weekend trek. The trek offers visitors the chance to savor a variety of enchanting experiences, from the vision of the majestic snow-capped mountains to camping under the star-lit night sky and walking in the verdant lush forests.

 

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