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Sambalpur, historical city with traditions April 20, 2015 19:57

Sambalpur is a city in Sambalpur district in the Indian state of Orissa. It lies at a distance of 321 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Sambalpur is the headquarters and the largest city of Sambalpur district. It is also the commercial capital of Western Orissa. The District is surrounded by Deogarh District in the East, Bargarh and Jharsuguda Districts in the West, Sundargarh District in the North and Sonepur and Angul Districts in the South. Sambalpur derives its name from Goddess Samaleswari, an incarnation of Shakti and the presiding deity of the Samaleswari Temple located in the city which is one of the major tourist attractions. Sambalpur derives its name from that of the Goddess Samalei who is regarded as the reigning deity of the region. In history, it has also been known as 'Sambalaka'.Sambalpur has been a great centre of diamond trade. Kendu leaf (Diospyros Melanoxylon) is also produced in Sambalpur. Tendu leaf is one of the most important non–wood forest products of Sambalpur and is also called as green gold of Odisha.Sambalpur celebrates many beautiful festivals round the year. Sital Sasthi is observed in the month of June. This festival is the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Nuakhai is the most important social festival. Bhaijiuntia festival is celebrated on the Mahastami Day of Durga Puja. The Puajiuntia festival is observed by mothers to invoke the grace of Lord Dutibahana for the long life and prosperity of their sons. Other religious festivals which are observed include Shiva Ratri, Dola Yatra, Durga Puja, Janmanstami, Diwali, Ganesh Puja and Saraswati Puja.Sambalpur District experiences extreme type of climate with 66 rainy days and 153 centimeters rainfall on an average per annum. Most of the rainfall is confined to the months from June to October due to south west monsoon. Mercury rises upto 47 degree C during May with intolerable heat wave and falls as low as 11.8 degree C during December with extreme cold. HistoryThe history of Sambalpur, as depicted by eminent historians, is full of events including Indian freedom struggle representing the different sections of society. Sambalpur is an ancient district of India, which survived even in the prehistoric age and holds a very important place in the history of Orissa and India.Sambalpur is mentioned in the book of Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaist) as Sambalaka on the left bank of river "Manada", now known as Mahanadi, other evidence are available from the records of Huan Tsang and in the writings of the celebrated King Indrabhuti of Sambalaka of Odra Desha or Oddiyan (oldest known king of Sambalpur), the founder of Vajrayana Buddhism and the Lama cult. He has written the book Jnanasiddhi.French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier (1605–1689) in his travel account wrote about the numerous famous diamond mines of Sumelpur (Semelpur), the present day Sambalpur. He states that, 8,000 people were at work in these mines at the time of his visit, in the dry season at the beginning of February.History reveals that in 4th century Samudragupta defeated King Mahendra of Koshala, the kingdom that included Sambalpur. During 5th and 6th centuries Sambalpur came under the rule of Sarbhapuriyas. In 7th century Panduvansi king Trivaradeva took the charge. Further, towards the close of 9th century king Janmajaya I Mahabhavagupta extended his empire. Later his dynasty came to be known as Somvanshi dynasty. At the end of the Somvanshi rule, Sambalpur was occupied by the Kalachuris of Ratnapua. Acrid fight was seen between the Kalachuris and the Gandas in 13th century. Later on, the Gandas occupied Sambalpur.In mid of 14th century Ramai Dev laid the foundation of Chauhan rule in western Odisha. However, the Chauhan rule ended in April, 1800, when Sambalpur was occupied by Marathas. Sambalpur District was occupied by British on 2nd January, 1804. Finally it passed on to the British rule in 1817. The following years witnessed the movements of the Kandhas and Binjhal Zamidars against the British. The erstwhile Sambalpur District was divided into four Districts on 31st March, 1993.Vajrayana BuddhismAlthough it is generally accepted that Tantric Buddhism first developed in the country of Uddiyana or Odra Desha under King Indrabhuti, there is an old and well known scholarly dispute as to whether Uddiyana or Odra was in the Swat valley, Orissa or some other place.Indrabhuti, the oldest known king of Sambalpur founded Vajrayana while his sister who was married to Yuvaraja Jalendra of Lankapuri (Subarnapura) founded Sahajayana. These new Tantric cults of Buddhism introduced Mantra, Mudra and Mandala along with six Tantric Abhicharas (practices) such as Marana, Stambhana, Sammohana, Vidvesan, Uchchatana and Vajikarana. The Tantric Buddhist sects made efforts to raise the dignity of the lowest of the low of the society to a higher plane. It revived primitive beliefs and practices a simpler and less formal approach to the personal god, a liberal and respectful attitude towards women and denial of caste system.From the seventh century A.D. onwards many popular religious elements of heterogeneous nature were incorporated into Mahayana Buddhism which finally resulted in the origin of Vajrayana, Kalachakrayana and Sahajayana Tantric Buddhism. Tantric Buddhism first developed in Uddiyana, a country which was divided into two kingdoms Sambhala' and Lankapuri. Sambhala has been identified with Sambalpur and Lankapuri with Subarnapura (Sonepur).The Leaning Temple of HumaThe Leaning Temple of Huma is located about 25 km from Sambalpur. The 17th century temple of Huma leans at an approximate angle of 47 degrees to the west. Samaleswari TempleThis is the main temple of Goddess Samaleswari, located on the banks of river Mahanadi. Sambalpur owes its name to her.Ghanteswari TempleLocated 33 kilometres south-west of Sambalpur and on the bank of river Mahanadi, this temple played an important role for navigation in the past. It was called a light house without a light. A temple also existed here, of Goddess Ghanteswari from whom the place got its name. Earlier there were some large bells on this spot and with the help of wind those created enormous sound which made the navigators aware of this treacherous spot. This area being the conglomeration of three streams of water of the Mahanadi River, the water current here is very dangerous forming a whirlpool. Here the wind blows quite heavily which caused the bells to produce sound. The specialty of this temple area is thousands of bells hanging everywhere, the only place of its kind in Orissa.   By Premji  

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Stop this Anti-Religious moment April 20, 2015 19:16

Just two months after a temple vandalized in Washington State, another heinous attack took place in North Texas, where the vandals wrecked a temple with vulgar Graffiti painted on its walls. The attack was the third in three months. This comes nothing, but as revenge to the recent Church vandalisms in India.So, where are we heading to? When shall we learn?When Barrack Obama visited India in January, he received a warm welcome from our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both exchanged talks, gifts, and views in accord. Before winding his three-day visit, Obama even urges for a global peace, where people can live without ‘fear’ (the word graffitied on the temple wall?).While the ‘World’s largest and oldest democracies’ are trying to mending the fences, some narrow-minded people or rather crooked minds are attacking the religious freedom and liberty of people, which is truly uncalled for. This is truly lack of awareness on religion and its values. Neither Hinduism nor Christianity preaches ‘eye for an eye theory’. Moreover, the ‘religious intolerance’ only fuels the hatred feelings and jealousy. Whether it is in India or in US, people who are practicing their respective religions over the generations, doesn’t see the temples and/or Churches just as places of worship, but also as platforms to let their children stay connected with their roots. Though Obama celebrated Diwali at White House last year to spread the message among Americans, the ethos and values are ‘to-be’ reached and well-understood by them.Also the Indian politicians and media have to be faulted and to be blamed for the Church attacks in India. Each time an attack happens, ‘our pseudo secular ‘leaders’’ promise to secure the religious identity and conveniently ignore the issue afterwards. Adding to the woes, media also spotlight the incident when it happen and didn’t highlight the aftermath. - Manohar

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Yes I’m a comedian, any problem ? April 20, 2015 19:03

Rajendra Prasad swearing in ceremony acquired a huge significance in the film industry and many film industry biggies congratulated Rajendra Prasad attending the ceremony.   Speaking to the occasion, Rajendra Prasad said “few of them criticized and made fun of me that I’m acting as a comedian in real life too after acting in movies. But yes I'm a comedian and I'm proud to be so. Its a privilege to make people smile and laugh. Those people who do not know the value of smile, its their problem to correct themselves” he said.  It is known that Jayasudha commented in the above way on Rajendra Prasad.On the other side, he clarified that not even a single paisa is going to be wasted in MAA, and I'l not even use a Paise for Tea and coffee too.. every rupee will be properly accounted and be used only for the welfare of the poor artists in the industry. He assured pensions for the eligible candidates in just a month as promised in the elections. Its not only the money from MAA, but Rajendra Prasad also assured some or the other kind of support from the  government too. If all those promises are kept by according to the pre plan, then it can be taken as granted that not only through comedy, he can even make people smile through these kind of service to the public and his place in their hearts will last forever.By Phani

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Mahesh's girl friend counters Radhika apte April 20, 2015 18:45

Few days back, it was known that Radhika apte was involved in some hot comments on Telugu film industry saying that it is a male dominated one. Her comments went very viral into the industry and few  even turned against her. Now, the 1, Nenokkadine actress Kriti Sanon went on to oppose Radhika comments Krithi told that there is no such domination in Telugu film industry.  I worked for two films here and the movie unit of both the movies are very friendly and supportive. But in the case of domination, its on the name of heroes that most of the films be honored with. This is not only the case of Telugu films, but even Bollywood has the same situation. So the actress has to just keep in mind that, if any one is intentionally hurting, only then it should matter to them, but not on this type of issues.  Whatever Krithi was applauded by many for such concern on the industry, even it is her intelligence to make a right comment at a right time where her career is in a pick up stage now.

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Breast cancer reoccurrence is prevented by soy foods April 20, 2015 18:20

Previously women with breast cancer are advised not to eat soy foods or soy foods supplements during the treatment as it interferes with anti-estrogen treatment.  Turning that statement, the research done by the Prof Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD stated that “soy foods could actually cut the risk of breast cancer recurrence”. Usually soy is not advised as specifically genistein (an isoflavone) in soy could stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt anti-estrogen treatment. This has been based on studies in mice that didn't have immune cells known as cytotoxic T cells, known to attack breast cancer. This reason led oncologists to advise their breast cancer patients not to eat soy foods.The researchers investigated if their previous findings could be explained by changes in tumor immune responses. While T cells can attack tumor cells, other immune cells can disable the ability of these T cells to recognize that tumors are present, allowing breast cancer to grow unchecked by the immune system. The researchers found that women who have long been consuming more than 10 mg isoflavones daily are at reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence, compared with women who consume less than 4 mg isoflavones daily. "One cup of soymilk has about 30 mg isoflavones, the majority of which is genistein."By Lizitha

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At Vizag, Pawan fans target Bunny April 20, 2015 18:08

“Thank you function”, a  new word coined by Trivikram for Attharitniki Daaredi and the legacy is being carried on by himself again for his latest flick Son of  Satyamurthy.It was already decided to arrange a function for Son of Satyamurthy in the past at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad. But due to many issues and few conflicts with the venue authorities, the function was canceled. Now after few adjustments, the film's unit is again decided a fresh date for arranging the function. It is on the 23 rd of April and the venue is at Vizag. According to the buzz, the reason behind changing of the venue is the torture of Pawan Kalyan fans. Where ever the city corners, for any mega hero functions, the slogans of only Pawan kalyan are heard. Due to this, it is already known that Bunny gave a serious warning indirectly to all the Pawan fans. In this critical situation , if Bunny is again seen in any public function in Hyderabad, Pawan fans would increase the love on their hero, just because of the rivalry on Bunny too.  So at this point of time, it is a wise decision of Bunny to change not only the venue, but also the city for conducting it.  But the logic Bunny missed out is, Vizag is the other place where Pawan fans go much more wild. Now will the consequences of his Hyderabad' s speech against Pawan fans be reflected in front of Vizag fans ?       By Phani

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Risks of wearing High heels April 20, 2015 17:47

High heels have become an integral part of women’s wardrobe now-a-days. It might make you look trendy and stylish but the experts have proved that wearing high heels often may lead to several complications. According to study by Stanford University, wearing high heels for extended periods of time can cause serious problems like arthritis or require you to have a knee replacement surgery. To prove this, scientists have scanned the knees of healthy woman as they walked at a normal place in flat shoes, with 1.5 inch helps and 3.5 inch heels. They found that the knees of women who wear high heels are held in awkward, bent position causing the joints damaged and also increased the risk of osteoarthritis. As the entire body weight is concentrated on high heels, most of the women suffer from foot pain after walking with high heels. It also affects spine and your natural posture. So, it is better to walk your way with normal flat footwear. By Lizitha

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Reason behind Pawan fans to go mad April 20, 2015 16:59

We can guess when the Seshachalam encounter case comes to an end, we might even dare to expect when can a corruption less country can be formed, but there are two things in the world which can never be guessed. One is a reason behind a girl's smile and the other is, when and how Pawan Kalyan appears in the next meet..The star is now out to meet his fan Srija, the girl who recovered out of cancer previously. It  was known that in the past Pawan once went to meet Srija who was critically suffering from cancer. But by the god's grace, she was cured completely. So, Pawan finally met her to know the present health condition and spent some quality time with her. Anyway keeping that a side, it is the appearance of Pawan that is mattering to this fans now. Pawan is always known for this simplicity and most of the time, when away from shootings, he prefers to be in pyjamas. Here is his present look in a simple pyjama and dhoti. May be because of this easy going nature, his fans go mad of him        by Phani   Click Here For Srija Family Meets Pawan Kalyan

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Hyundai ix25 perfect SUV April 20, 2015 16:46

Hyundai, the country's second largest automaker has finally confirmed that it will be bringing its ix25 compact SUV to India. Auto aficionados have to wait a little longer to get their hands on this latest offering from Hyundai as it would not be launching before July 2015. It would be locking horns with Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano. The Hyundai ix25 compact SUV adorns company's latest Fluidic design philosophy.Hyundai ix25 DesignThe front consists of triple slat matte grille flanked by LED daytime running lamps. Front bumper is combined with a broader air dam with an integrated pair of fog lamps. Above the air dam, there is a silver skid plate. It would sport stylish diamond-cut alloy wheels.Hyundai ix25 interiorsThe compact SUV boasts of roof rails and turn indicators integrated ORVMs. At the rear end, the urban crossover comprises of a LED tail-lamp cluster. The interior cabin is the most contemporary and has sophisticated features such as automatic air conditioning, LCD screen multimedia system, leather wrapped multi-functional three-spoke steering wheel, leather wrapped gear-knob etc. The seats are done in black shade with contrasting stitches that would further enhance the ambience of the cabin. PerformanceAcceleration & Pick-UpAccording to the speculations, the petrol variants are likely to be mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. Market sources believe that the diesel variants could be paired with a six manual transmission gearbox.Engine PerformanceVehicle is believed to come with a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine options. Its petrol engine is based on a VTVT technology that has multi-point fuel injection system. It has four cylinder and 16-valves that displace 1396cc. This can produce a maximum power of 105.5bhp at 6300rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 135.4Nm at 5000rpm. The diesel variants are most likely to get a 1.6-litre VGT engine that has common rail fuel injection system. It comprises of six cylinders, each of which have 4-valves that displaces 1582cc. This diesel engine is further incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger that allows it to develop a maximum power of 126.2bhp at 4000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 259.8Nm between 1900 to 2750rpm. Both these engines are expected to be paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox.MileageHyundai ix25 SUV diesel variants are most likely to host a 1.6-litre VGT diesel that has common rail fuel injection system. This will deliver a maximum mileage of approximately 21 Kmpl and a minimum of 15 Kmpl. Its petrol variants are expected to get a 1.4-litre, VTVT engine that has multi-point fuel injection system. This can produce a minimum mileage of around 13 Kmpl on city roads, which might go up to a maximum of 16 Kmpl on highways.Power of Hyundai ix25The petrol variants are speculated to be equipped with a 1396cc engine that has 4-cylinders based on a DOHC valve configuration. The diesel variants could be powered by a 1582cc mill that is incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger. Stereo & AccessoriesUpcoming Hyundai ix25 SUV is going to get a proficient music system that has FM tuner, CD player and ports for AUX-In and USB devices. It is also expected to have Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and call function with control switches located on steering wheel. Braking & HandlingThis vehicle is expected to get conventional front discs and rear drum braking system. Its top end variants may also get rear disc brakes. It may also get anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist system, which helps to reduce possibility of skidding. As far as its suspension is concerned, its front axle can be offered with McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension system. By Premji

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Doctors dont suggest to eat apples April 20, 2015 16:18

Doctors hate the patients who eat apples. Do you know why ?An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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