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Triveni Sangam - Confluence of Holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswathy September 05, 2015 18:23

Allahabad or “Settled by God” in ancient Persian (now called Dari), is a name given by Mughal kings to the ancient Prayag, being the second oldest city of India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located 205 KM south of the state capital Lucknow. Allahabad is accessible by Road, Rail and Air.The city of Allahabad is among the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh and situated at the confluence of three holy rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. The meeting point is known as Triveni Sangam and is especially sacred to Hindus. The earliest settlements of the Aryans were established in this city, then known as Prayag. All sins are cleaned with an entry in Prayag (the ancient name of modern time Allahabad) Prayag is one of the historic and mythological cities of India with glorious past and present. It continues to enjoy the distinction of being a place of haunting and lasting memories. History The Present Jhunsi area which is very close to Sangam was the kingdom of Chandrabanshiya (lunar clan) king Pururava. Nearby Kaushambi bloomed to prosperity during Vatsa and Maurya Rule. The earliest monument of antiques, Ashok Pillar with inscriptions of the third century B.C. clears the inscriptions of his directions to his fellow Rajas and praise of King Samudragupta. The Chinese traveler Huan Tsang in 643 BC found Prayag inhabited by many Hindus who regarded the place very Holy. In ancient times, the city was known as Prayag (place of the confluences). For Hindus, Prayag and the district of Kaushambi are important parts of their territory. The area became a part of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires of the east and the Kushan Empire of the west before becoming part of the Kannauj Empire.Allahabad became a part of the Mughal Empire after their invasion of India in 1526. In 1575 AD Emperor Akbar founded the city by the name of “Illahabas” which has now become Allahabad, “The City of Allaha” impressed with the strategic importance of the Sangam. In medieval India the city enjoyed the honour of being the religio-cultural center of India. For a long time it was the provincial capital of the Mughals. Later it was captured by the MarathasThe Founder of Sikh Religion Guru Nanak Devji Visited Allahabad, then known as Prayag and the Ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur visited Allahabad in 1666 and Sikh Religion was preached in this City.In 1765, the British established a garrison at Allahabad fort. From 1801 AD British history of the city begun, when the Nawab of Oudh ceded it to the British Throne. British army used the fort for their military purposes. During 1857 AD the town was the centre of the war of Independence and later became the crucible of Indian Freedom Movement against British. In 1857, Allahabad was active in the Indian Mutiny.In 1858 AD The East India Company officially handed over India to British Government here at Minto Park. After the first war of independence the town was named “Allahabad” and was made the capital of the United Province of Agra and Oudh. In 1868 AD it became a seat of Justice when the Allahabad High Court was established.1871 AD British architect Sir William Emerson erected a majestic monument All Saint Cathedral, thirty years before he designed the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. In 1887 AD Allahabad became the fourth oldest University. Allahabad has been rich in numerous Victorian and Georgian buildings made in synthesis with Indian architectural traditions.This city was the heart of the Indian Freedom Movement against the British rule with Anand Bhawan being the epicentre. It was in Allahabad, Mahatma Gandhi proposed his program of non-violent resistance to liberate India. From the days of civilization Allahabad has been seat of learning, wisdom and writing. It is the most vibrant, politically spiritually conscious and spiritually awakened city of India.In 1931, at Alfred Park in Allahabad, the revolutionary Chandrasekhar Azad killed himself when surrounded by the British Police. Legends The ancient name of the city Prayag (Sanskrit refers to it as a "place of sacrifice") and is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world. It is one of four sites of the mass Hindu pilgrimage Kumbh Mela, the others being Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. It has very importance in Hindu scriptures for it is situated at Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswathy.Its sanctity is manifested by references to it in Purans, the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose a land on earth (i.e. Prayag) to perform ‘Prakrista Yag’, at the beginning of the creation and he also referred to it as Tirtha raj or the King of all pilgrimage centres’ As per writing of ‘Padma Puran’ - “As the sun is amongst the moon and the moon amongst the stars, likewise ‘Prayag is best amongst all places of pilgrimage”. In Brahma Puran it is mentioned that bathing in the month of Magha at the Sangam of Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswathy in Prayag bestows results of millions and millions of Ashvamedha Yajna.Prayag is the birth place of Som, Varuna and Prajapati. Prayag has been associated with mythological personalities in Brahmanical (Vedic) and Buddhist Literatures. It was the seat of the great Sage Bhardwaj, Sage Durvasa and Sage Pannas. Sage Bhardwaj lived here circa 5000 BC and taught more than 10000 disciples. He was the greatest philosopher of the ancient world.Kumbh MelaEvery year thousands gather at Allahabad to take part in the festival on the banks of the Ganges, the Magh Mela. The same festival is organized on a larger scale every 12th year and attracts millions of people and is called the Kumbha Mela. Kumbh Mela (especially the Maha Kumbh Mela) is the most sacred of all the pilgrimages. Thousands of holy men and women (monks, saints and sadhus) attend, and the auspiciousness of the festival is in part attributable to this. The sadhus are seen clad in saffron sheets with plenty of ashes and powder dabbed on their skin as per the requirements of ancient traditions. Some called Naga sanyasis or 'Dhigambers' may often be seen without any clothes, even in severe winter, generally considered to live an extreme lifestyle. Sangam Located approximately 7 km from Civil Lines, it is actually the confluence of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. As per Hindu tradition Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three rivers. Sangama is the Sanskrit word for confluence. The point of confluence is a sacred place for Hindus. A bath here is said to wash away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth. Here the mud and pale-yellow waters of the Ganges merge with the blue waters of Yamuna. While the Ganges is only 4 feet deep, the Yamuna is 40 feet deep near the point of their nexus. The river Yamuna merges into the Ganges at this point and the Ganges continues on until it meets the sea at the Bay of Bengal. At the confluence of these two great Indian rivers, where the invisible Saraswati conjoins them, the many Tirtha yatris take boats to bathe from platforms erected in the Sangam. Allahabad Fort Allahabad Fort at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India was built by Emperor Akbar in 1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near the site of confluence with river Ganges. It is the largest fort built by Akbar. In its prime, the fort was unrivaled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. This huge fort has three galleries flanked by high towers. The outer wall is intact and rises above the water's edge. Inside the fort there is the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BC Ashoka pillar and Saraswati Koop as well, said to be the source of the Saraswati River. The Patalpuri temple is also here. Patalpuri Temple and Akshaya Vat Located in the Allahabad Fort, this is actually an underground temple, alluding to associations with Lord Rama. The famous Akshaya Vat one of the most revered trees of the Hindus is also sited within the temple. It is believed that Lord Rama has visited this temple. Famous Chinese traveler and writer Huan Tsang also visited the temple. The undying banyan tree or 'Akshayavat' within the Patalpuri temple has found state in the account of several ancient scriptures, writers and historians. This place of worship inside the Fort is an important place of pilgrimage. It dates from the epic age. Huan Tsang, the Chinese traveler who visited the Fort in 634 AD during his journey through India, mentioned its imprinted stone divinity. It became an underground holy place when Akbar constructs his Fort over and around in 1583. A permit from the Ordnance Depot or the Tourist Office is required for visiting the Patalpuri Temple and the Akshaya Vat. It is near the southern wall and is one among the many frees seen from outside the south wall of the fort. Hanuman Mandir Located near the Allahabad Fort, it is famous for the image of the reclined position of Lord Hanuman. The idol of Shri Bade Hanumanji, situated in Sangam Kshetra is very magnificent and gorgeous. This idol is lying in Veermudra. The broad forehead, large arms, wide waist spontaneously arouses the feelings of valour in the minds of devotees. Thus the devotee becomes completely overpowered by devotion. The place where the idol of Shri Bade Hanumanji is laid, it is believed that it sets the mixed holy waters of Mother Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in an intrinsic and an unseen way continuously. Under the right foot of Shri Bade Hanumanji’s idol the statue of Ahirawan is situated; which is, being looked at as the destroyer of ill-feelings and bad-actions; under the left foot of the idol of Shri Bade Hanumanji the statue of Kamada Devi who is considered the Goddess of willpower and is Aradhya Devi of Ahiravana. Near the idol of Shri Bade Hanumanji and towards forehead the idols of Shri Ram Ji and Laxman Ji are situated. By seeing these symbols, it seems that this idol of Shri Bade Hanumanji is full of feelings of victory upon foes.By Premji

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Rishiteshwari case: Forensic reports state all proofs are original September 05, 2015 17:43

The forensic reports state that, all the diaries, suicide notes that are found in Rishiteshwari room and at her home, are proved to be original.   Anu ragging case, Rishiteshwari suicide case again has come into the light after a small gap. When Rishiteshwari diaries and other suicide notes are found, the culprits who performed the ragging tried to fool the law, saying that, they are not original, and are rewritten by others. In fact, at some point, even the police and other officials opined that, it might be duplicated by Rishiteshwari parents for a right justice to their daughter. From the first diary, there are no exact points stating the way the three students Anisha, Srinivas, Charan performed the ragging. Even there are few names that are struck off in the first diary.This made the case stand still and immovable for a quite some time. But the case speeded up after the second diary was found in Rishiteshwari home. But, the girl parents are alleged that, they might have created the diary. However, to prove all the facts to be original or not, all the proofs are taken to the forensic lab. After a detailed study for a quality number of days, the reports are now out, stating that, there is no duplication in the proofs and all those are originally written by Rishiteshwari herself. Meanwhile, principal Babu Rao is put behind the bars and was rejected the bail recently and Rishiteshwari case is even getting viral in the assembly too. YSRCP MLA Roja is demanding the proper justice by Andhra Pradesh government regarding the issue. Big names in Rishiteshwari case? In fact, it is for these reports, Rishiteshwari suicide case is paused or to say silent these days. But after the forensic lab reports, all the culprits are more deeply cornered now. It is not only those culprits, but also many big names are expected to come out now, as it is to be remembered that, all the officials like KCR, Jagan, Naidu are silent on Rishiteshwari case, though the issue is shaking the dual Telugu states. By Phani Ch

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Centre announces One Rank One Pension September 05, 2015 16:53

Just a while, the Indian government finally announced OROP scheme, assuring an equal pension to three million military personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, regardless of the date of retirement. Upon the several days fight from the public, finally in a press conference held today, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar announced the scheme. The government took this decision to remove disparities in veterans’ pensions, by effecting the revision every five years. The new pension scheme would be followed, having 2013 as the base year. The discrepancies if any, between the present and the previous pensioners, would be reportedly settled every five years.       Regarding this, to look into the various aspects of OROP including inter-services matters, the government would constitute a single-member judicial committee. In the next months, a report would be submitted on the issue.  To implement OROP, the annual payout from the government’s pocket would be in the range of Rs.8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore. However, the figures are expected to rise in the future years. Along with this, even the arrears are expected to show the figures between Rs. 10000 crore to Rs. 12000 crore too.       Through OROP, the widows will be benefited through arrears in lump-sum, while the others will be paid in half-yearly installments for four times. However, under OROP, the army personnel, who have taken voluntary retirement, will not be covered.   By Phani Ch

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Pawan and Prabhas fans fight goes viral September 05, 2015 16:10

On the occasion of Pawan Kalyan’s birthday on September 2nd, along with the fans of the actor all over the world, even Pawan fans in Bhimavaram celebrated their hero birthday, installing the flexies all over the city.But allegedly, Prabhas fans destroyed and burnt all the flexies of Pawan Kalyan in the late hours of the day. The issue went viral, after Pawan fans came to know about it, in the next day morning.Pawan fans immediately attacked a few of Prabhas fans houses and meanwhile the police interfered in between and arrested Pawan fans. As of now, the officials announced 144 section in Bhimavaram, after the fans destroyed public and private property.Reacting to this, other Pawan fans busted on the police, saying, “It is our hero flexies they burnt and again only our hero fans are arrested. What kind of justice is this?” Questioning in this way, Pawan fans even conducted a rally on the road, in spite of 144 section is announced. They even attacked the police station and demanded the release of all Pawan fans. But as of now, the police did not release any of the fans.Pawan Kalyan gives an immense honor to the fans and he even expressed his love on them in many public meetings. On the other side, Prabhas is committed to his profession and do not involve in any type of controversies and does his job silently.  In fact, Pawan Kalyan and Prabhas maintain a respectful relation among them. Pawan Kalyan attended Prabhas Varsham movie success meet in the past and also recently applauded his movie Baahubali. Even Prabhas hinted that Pawan Kalyan is the number one hero in Tollywood saying that, a hero who does not have a single success since ten years and is still getting record openings for every movie, will actually be called as the top hero.  It is known that, Pawan did not have proper hit after Kushi and got a massive hit in the form of Gabbar Singh after 10 years of Kushi.  At that time, Pawan fans backed Prabhas and applauded. But now, without any clarity, the situation has changed. In fact even in Baahubali audio function, when Pawan name was taken by Adivi Sesh, Prabhas fans busted on Sesh, to stop taking the name. Now Prabhas fans tore and burnt all the flexies of Pawan Kalyan. Why is that tough rivalry going on between Prabhas and Pawan fans? In fact, if the same rivalry took place between Pawan and Mahesh fans, then there would have been clarity, as Mahesh and Pawan are nearing the top chair. But this kind of rivalry between Prabhas and Pawan fans is not at all expected. However, it is to be seen, where the conflict ends finally. By Phani Ch

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Krishnashtami celebrated with lot of enthusiasm across India September 05, 2015 15:14

One of the popular Hindu festivals Janmashtami or Krishnashtami is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm across India. On the eighth day of Krishna paksha in Shravana masam, according to Hindu calendar, Krishnashtami is celebrated as the birth day of Sree Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna was born on the earth to kill all evil and eradicate sources of evil. The main purpose of his birth or avatar is to restore Dharma on earth. The Hindu mythology believes that Lord Krishna was exchanged with a baby girl child of Yashodha and Nand after his birth to Devaki and Vasudav. Krishna was born in the midnight to Devaki and Vasudav in a prison. They were poisoned by King Khansa, Devaki’s brother, as he was sacred of the death in the hands of Devaki’s eighth child. To protect little Krishna from his maternal father, the infants were exchanged. However, Lord Krishna eventually killed Kansa and saved Mathura from the evil.The message of Janmashtami lies in the story itself. The celebration marks the importance of eradicating the evil and protecting the goodness or Dharma on earth. Divine power arrives onto the earth to relieve everyone from the turmoil or darkness. The message of kinship and fraternity lies in depth as people congregate on the occasion to celebrate the eve.Devotees and enthusiasts celebrate Janmashtami with immense ‘bhakti’ and enthusiasm. Hindus fast and be awake till midnight. Devotees congregate to celebrate the eve by reciting Hindu scriptures and singing devotional songs. They also recite Hindu scriptures. Symbolizing the birth and arrival of Lord Krishna onto the earth, they place the idol of 'Baal Gopal' or Little Krishna in a cradle, while singing songs and gently rocking the cradle. They recite hymns joyfully. ‘Prasads’ or ‘Naivedyam’ like butter, cheese, milk etc. will be offered to the lord and are consumed later by the devotees.-Sumana

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Thief says “Catch me if you can”, owner does it September 05, 2015 13:52

A thief could perfectly stole all the items in a super market and was about to leave safely. But out of over confidence, he shouted saying “Catch me if you can”. When he is that much encouraging, why cannot the shop keepers accept the challenge? Also read: Viral: Man hides on roof, while police are at the doorThe same thing happened and the thief was put behind the bars now. But even after being caught, see what the posh thief does in the shop. By Phani Ch

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Husband and wife logic in Jagan and Naidu assembly counters September 05, 2015 13:23

News: Jagan is cornering Naidu with cash for vote and phone conversation issues.Punch: It is common to dig out the old reasons, when wives have no new ones. By Phani Ch

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Weekend cinemas report September 05, 2015 13:17

This week, we had three releases in Tollywood, Bale Bale Magadivoy, Dynamite and Jayasurya, out of which, two are direct Telugu movies and the rest other is dubbing one.As expected, director Maruthi again came with an innovative concept like Bale Bale Magadivoy and chose perfect casting. Nani and Lavanya Tripathi perfectly suited the roles they performed in the film. From the beginning, the movie had a positive buzz and it continued even after the release. Currently, Bale Bale Magadivoy is running with the houseful crowds.   Next is Manchu Vishnu Dynamite movie. As Vishnu has only comedy movies as hits in his career and director Devakatta, though has critics appreciations and awards, but not hits in his career and all the above, the release date is pending since long, all these points boosted the speculations on Dynamite movie saying that, it might go in the regular result list of Devakatta movies. But to the shock, Dynamite movie earned a huge positive buzz, right from the first show itself. Especially, the movie is being applauded by the youth and the dialogues are said to be on the top notch in Dynamite movie. On the other side, Vishal Jayasurya movie could not reach the expectations. The characterizations, Vishal’s performance and also the visuals lacked uniqueness and the audience declared it as a routine police drama. Above all, Jayasurya movie is smelled as a Tamil one and so the Telugu audience could not own it.         Overall, for this weekend, the action movie lovers can choose Dynamite, which can guarantee a perfect action entertainer, with a variety of martial arts. The soft movie lovers can choose Bale Bale Magadivoy, which thoroughly entertains with the healthy comedy.       Click on the link, for all the three movie reviewsBy Phani Ch

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Prank: Truck pulls a ‘TREE’! September 05, 2015 12:28

Real success is not only doing the impossible thing, but also making the people believe, that you can do an impossible thing. Also read: Prank: Brick wall blocks train doorHere is one such guy, who made us believe that, he is going to move a tree with his truck.  But after watching the ending, it will make you say nothing but “hahahahahaha” By Phani Ch

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Parents dead, kid lived alone for two days September 05, 2015 11:54

A one year old kid lived two days with the dead bodies of his parents in the house in Hyderabad. Manjunatha and Meenakshi, the child parents, are living in a flat in Prasanna Nagar, Jeedimetla. They are originally from Bangalore.  Manjunatha was working as a sales associate at Adishwar Electronics at Kukatpally, while Meenakshi was working at Hyper Mart in Kukatpally. The duo is allegedly involved in several financial conflicts regularly. Also read: Two girls’ suicide case: Kadapa bandh todayAs the financial problems are burdening their regular life, both decided to commit  suicide and so did it on last Tuesday night, leaving a suicide note, written in Kannada. Since then, at the frequent intervals, the child cries are being heard from the house. At the beginning, everyone took the issue normally, but after hearing the continuous cries from the house and also not collecting the milk packet from the gate, the owner suspected and walked towards their flat. Upon finding both the parents dead, he alerted the police and the child has been shifted to a baby care centre at Kukatpally. Currently, the police are trying to locate the relatives if any, and the dead bodies are shifted to post-mortem. Suicide note: Wife’s illegal relationship is the reason? When the neighbors around the house are suspecting that the financial issues killed the parents, on the other hand, another story is also being heard in this case.According to the suicide note, five months ago, the couple had moved to Hyderabad from Kolar in Karnataka. Manjunatha and Meena are lovers several years ago, but as their parents did not accept their marriage, the duo got married to different persons. Also read: Girl commits suicide for toiletBut five months ago, both of them left their spouses and came to Hyderabad and started living together, without even divorcing their partners. Meena found a job in a cloth store and Manjunath worked in several odd jobs.   When the life is going on in this way, Meena allegedly was having an affair with a colleague at the cloth store and regarding this, the couple is regularly quarreling.            However, the police are trying to investigate the case further and are expecting the case to have more turns, after the investigation gets completed. By Phani Ch

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