Special aarti was performed at bank of Sarayu River in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya on the occasion of 'Ram Navami' on April 21. 'Ram Navami' is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri which marks the birth of Ram, seventh avatar of Vishnu.
India leaves the entire world awestruck with its ability to be home to a number of different cultures and religions and imbibe them peacefully. During a number of occasions, people of various castes and communities could be seen gathered under one roof as a mark of brotherhood and bonhomie among them. A similar scene was witnessed in the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir where people of different religious communities came together to be a part of Baisakhi celebrations at Nangali Sahib Gurudwara. Devotees of all faiths gathered at this Gurudwara in Poonch and offered their prayers to mark the auspicious occasion. As food plays a major role in uniting different faiths, a community kitchen or langar was also organised in which devotees of different faiths and backgrounds sat together and enjoyed the meal. This year as Baisakhi, Ramadan and Navratri fell on the same day; an even more secular picture of our country was witnessed. It is due to events and occasions like these that citizen of different castes and communities get a chance to come closer and learn about the traditional heritage of various cultures.
In view of 9-day long Navratri festivity, Delhi's famous Kalkaji temple has issued a link, which is available on temple's website, to allot day and time to devotees who wish to seek blessings from goddess. Navratri, festival of goddess Durga commenced from April 13 and will end on April 22. Devotees observe a fast for nine consecutive days and pray for health and well being of their loved ones.
Pilgrims from across country arrived at the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir's Katra to seek blessings as the auspicious festival of Navratri commenced from today. COVID protocols are being followed strictly by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. COVID negative reports have been made mandatory for the pilgrims. Navratri, festival of goddess Durga commenced from April 13 and will end on April 22. Devotees observe a fast for nine consecutive days and pray for health and well being of their loved ones.
Mamata Banerjee launched a scathing attack on BJP as the campaign for Bengal polls intensified. Addressing a rally in Bankura, the West Bengal CM alleged that BJP is meddling with EC. Mamata accused HM Amit Shah of running EC and asked if he's giving instructions to the poll panel. “With my due respect, who is giving instructions to EC? I hope it’s not you. We want free and fair elections. Who is Amit Shah to guide EC? He is interfering in EC’s day-to-day work. They have even removed my director security. Do they want to kill me,” she said. Mamata Banerjee was referring to the recent evaluation by the poll regulatory body. Election Commission rejected the allegations of conspiracy over the Nandigram attack. The TMC supremo also chanted 'Durga path' while speaking at the poll rally in Bankura. Bengal will hold elections for its 294-member assembly in eight phases starting March 27. The voting will conclude on April 29 and the counting will take place on May 2.
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The country is celebrating Ram Navami today. Three hotel workers in Bengaluru dressed up as Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman on the occasion. Abhishek, Naveen and Basha distributed masks among people to spread COVID awareness. COVID has tightened its grip across the country and over 2.95 lakh new cases were reported today.
While addressing a rally at Midnapore on Friday, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan targeted Trinamool Congress and created a new full form of word 'Didi' and called Mamata Banerjee a 'dictator'. "To me, 'D' of Didi means dictator, which she is, 'I' is being 'insensitive' towards people, 'D' means Deed of spreading fear and 'I' means an 'Incompetent' CM. In 1906, the British divided West Bengal and now you've divided Sonar Bangla into Hindus and Muslims," said Shivraj. "When I use word Didi, picture of Mamata Didi used to come and Mamata Didi you have destroyed West Bengal and you have no right to remain in power," he added. "Mamata Didi, why you get panic on Shree Ram name? While Lord Ram is our god, soul and identity, why you used to shout TMC? Please answer," he further said.
Two Afghan refugees, a couple, involved in supply of heroin were arrested by the Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS) of Delhi Police in the West district of national capital on May 07. Authorities arrested the heroin suppliers with 125.84 kgs of drug worth Rs 860 crore (as per international market) and a car from their possession, police said. The accused were sent to five-day police custody.
UP govt started the first phase of vaccination for 18-44 age group in seven districts. CM Yogi Adityanath launching the programme from Avantibai Hospital in Lucknow. He said people above 18 years are being vaccinated for free with priority in seven districts. These districts include Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Kanpur and Meerut. The districts have reported high Covid positivity rates and have high active caseload. At least 85 centres have been dedicated to people above the age of 18 years. So far, over 1.23 crore vaccine doses have been administered to people in the state.
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Amid the second wave of pandemic, demand of oxygen cylinders have increased across country. In order to ensure seamless and unhindered supply of medical oxygen to the hospitals in Varanasi, staff at Oxygen plant is working day and night. Varanasi's Oxygen plant manager said, "Earlier we used to sit here for 3-4 hours, now we barely get 4 hours to sleep. 1500-2000 calls are received everyday. We are working at capacity." The plant produces 1400 cylinders on a daily basis. Demand has gone up by 4-5 times compared to the common days.
Large number of devotees celebrated Ugadi festival by offering prayers at prominent Sharana Basaveshwara Temple in Kalaburagi. Devotees offered prayers and prayed for the wellbeing of their loved ones..