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Pattadakal - A Fusion In Architecture July 21, 2017 20:28

Pattadakal - A Fusion In Architecture:- Famous for its temples and other world heritage sites depicting a fusion architectural style, Pattadakkal is located in Bijapur district of Karnataka. A town close to Aihole and Badami, and is situated on the banks of the Malaprabha river. The temples here which are amazingly crafted are the main attractions in Pattadakal, which showcase the best of various types of architecture. This blend gives the town a good deal of significance in the tourism and architectural scene. These temples offer the town its unique identity. The various temples her that one must visit are Jain temple, Papanatha temple, Galaganath temple, Sangameshwara temple and more. A famous historical site, Pattadakal is visited by tourists from all over. It is a favorite destination for historians and archaeologists. It is ideal for family vacations even. Accommodation has to be arranged in Badami, where there are mid and low range accommodation options for tourists in badami. Being a small town, there are very few luxury resorts in Badami - Best Time To Visit : October - March History Not only empire builders, but the Chalukyan rulers were great patrons of art whose encouragement prompted the artists and craftsmen to experiment and innovate in different architectural styles and giving it a new dimension. The transition from rock-cut medium to structural temples took place in their period. The place is not only famous for Chalukyan architectural activities but also a holy place for royal coronation, “Pattadakisuvolal”. The blend of temple buildings can be seen with the architectural styles of Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana. The oldest temple at Pattadakal is Sangamesvara built by Vijayaditya Satyasraya (AD 697-733). The Kadasiddhesvara, Jambulingeswara are the other notable temples at Pattadakal, both which attributed to 7th century A.D. A century later, the Galaganatha temple was built in the style of rekha nagara prasada. The last to be built in early Chalukyan style, was the Kasivisvesvara temple. To celebrate the victory over the Pallavas by her husband Vikramaditya II, the Mallikarjuna temple was constructed by Rani Trilokyamahadevi. Influenced by the architecture of the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram, she is also credited to have built the Virupaksha temple. For the Rashtrakuta ruler Krishna I (757 -783 A.D.), the Virupaksha temple later served as a model to carve out the great Kailasa at Ellora. However, during the reign of Rashtrakuta ruler Krishna II of the 9th century A.D, the last addition at Pattadakal was made in form of a Jaina temple, locally famous as Jaina Narayana. The southerly elements in their vimanas, as crystallized in the contemporary Pallava temples are exhibited to a large degree by the Sangamesvara, Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples at Pattadakkal. How To Reach: Pattadakal is well connected by Air, Rail and Road, being a major tourist destination. - By Air The nearest airport is at Belgaum, which is around 180 km from Pattadakal. Although there are not many flights that operate from Belgaum Airport, flights from Indian cities like Mumbai and Chennai operate to Belgaum. The nearest international airport is at Hyderabad. - By Rail Located about 22 km from Pattadakal, the nearest rail head is Badami. Trains from major cities such as Bengaluru, Solapur and Ahmedabad stop at the station. To reach Pattadakal from the station, one can hire a taxi or board a bus. - By Road Pattadakal is well connected by road. From all the major cities of Karnataka such as Bengaluru, Bijapur, Hubli and Belgaum, the State-run buses and tourist buses ply regularly. Places To Visit 1) Virupaksha Temple Built by Queen Lokamahadevi in the 8th century to commemorate the victory of Vikramaditya II over the Pallavas of Kanchi. This is the largest temple in Pattadakal. Multiple inscriptions and stone carvings are featured on the stone mantapa. Sculptures of various Hindu Gods are housed in this temple. Earlier, it was known by the name Lokesvara Temple. The Karnataka government organizes the annual Virupaksha temple car festival which draws large crowds every year. 2) Kashiviswanatha Temple Constructed during the 8th century by the Rashtrakutas, this temple displays the Nagara architecture. The pillars in the passage of this temple have female figurines engraved on them. The monument is craved in the history, and the artistic perfection of the engravings make it a must visit destination in Pattadakal. 3) Jain Temple The Jain temple is made following the Dravidian architectural style and has various beautiful and intricate sculptures. It may have been built in the 9th century by King Amoghavarsha I Or his son Krishna II. There is still ambiguity over the identity of the monument’s chief patron. This is the only Jain temple in Pattadakal. Several thousand tourists visit this monument every year to savor its artistic excellence. 4) Sangemeshwara Temple One of the oldest temples in India, it was constructed between 696 and 733 AD by the Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya. Displaying Dravidian architecture, it was earlier known as the Vijayeswara temple. Sangameshwara stands between the Virupaksha and Galaganath temples. Following the Dravidian style of architecture, the edifice was constructed and is remarkable for its intricate and detailed design and architecture. 5) Papanatha Temple Originally to be built in the Nagara style, this temple was later built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Thus the temple contains elements of both. Various beautiful carvings can be seen on the walls of the temple, including depictions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The ceiling is adorned with remarkable figures of Shiva-Parvathi with the Gandharvas and Vishnu. In the beauty of the temple, the expertise of the artisans is evident. Several art and history enthusiasts visit this monument every year. 6) Galaganath Temple Constructed in the first half of the 8th century. It faces to the east and is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. This temple has a sculpture of Lord Shiva killing the demon Andhakasura. Also, small figures of Gajalakshmi and Kubera are featured within this temple. SUPRAJA

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Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez July 21, 2017 18:08

Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez:- India has always been recognized for its unusual and elegant traditional attires for women, which not only makes them gracious, but it also determines a woman’s elegance in a way that perhaps no attire could. Since the modern days, Indian fashion has always ruled the fashion industry. Indian traditional dresses are known for their beauty and charm. The traditional Indian Salwar Kameez is the favorite dress of working women as well as homemakers because it provide absolute freedom of movement without deviating from the traditional roots.   The Salwar Kameez is the traditional outfit of the women of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and it has its roots in central and south Asia and is an everyday dress of both men and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Salwar Kameez is a dress that has three parts of clothing. The first part of Salwar Kameez is - the Salwar or loose pajama like trousers, the Kameez or tunic that can be of short or long length and a long dupatta or scarf that is used to cover the head. All these three parts of the Salwar Kameez can be designed in so many different ways to give a unique look to every dress. Modern women use the scarf as a stylish accessory and drape it around the neck or over one shoulder in order to have a stylish and elegant look. History And Origin Of The Salwar Kameez It is believed that the first traditional Salwar Kameez was designed and worn by the Turkic-Iranian horse riding people of Central Asia. A considerable number of people from this group converted to Islam. Starting from the 12th century, the descendants of these groups started invading India and the Islamic Turkic-Iranian rule was set up in India through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in Delhi and the influence of the Mughal rule was spread over much of northern India and Pakistan. As a result, their culture, traditions, food and fashion, everything infiltrated into these areas and the Salwar suit became a popular outfit among the inhabitants as well. Presently, the Salwar Kameez is worn by women of various religions. Most Essential Kinds Of Indian Salwar Kameez 1) The Short Kurta This is one of the recent styles of Salwar kameez developed in India which has a smart fitting dress. It is mostly worn by girls and suitable for slim women. Worn by practical women, these kurtis look very trendy and modern. These short kurtis give a professional look. So it can be worn at office or any other formal place. 2) The Indo Western Style Indo western is another modern style of the Salwar Kameez dress developed by designers in India. As the name tells itself that it is inspired from western dressing and it combines with the Pure Indian style and an indo-western style to make it more unique and stylish. The pajama of this dress is replaced by a legging or fitted pants and the kurti is gracefully and smartly tailored. 3) Churidar Kurta One more colorful and showy style of Salwar Kameez is Churidar kurta. It is extremely well-known among all age of woman, particularly the young girls, who like to dress in their outfits in a more stylish way. They can be printed, simple or can be in beautiful embroidery salwar kameez suit styles. 4) Anarkali Style One of the most elegant and intricate styles of salwar kameez dress is possibly Anarkali. At this time, this style is extremely eminent as a wedding dress. Here the outfit is made in flowy frock style and it represents the modern Indian - particularly of the Mughal times. These Anarkali suits have lately made a great comeback in the world of fashion after many years, and are absolutely here to be in fad. 5) Patiala Salwar Kameez This is the most common type of salwar kameez that falls in the group of traditional Indian clothes. As the name suggests, the Patiala salwar is a special type of salwar that has its origin in Patiala, a state of Punjab. The salwar has a loose baggy style, and it is paired with a short kameez. This is one of the classical salwar styles that have been worn by women for ages, but it never goes out of style. The Punjabi salwar kameez consists of a three piece set of the salwar kameez dupatta. The salwar kameez and dupatta are brightly colored and decorated with zari work, sequins and gotta. The salwar of a Punjabi salwar kameez is loose and pleated at the thighs or waist, and narrower at the ankle and the kameez is a short tunic of thigh or knee length. The outfit is extremely comfortable and stylish and is beautifully complemented by the colorful dupatta. 6) Designer Salwar Kameez In order to create elegant and gorgeous party salwar kameez that are ideal for all occasions, the modern designer salwar kameez blends the traditional charm with western designs. The designer salwar kameez are adorned with intricate stones, beads and sequins along with modern neck designs, sleeve designs and innovative patterns that transform the complete look of the salwar kameez. Designer salwar kameez come in a wide range of option such as printed salwar kameez, silk, chiffon, tussar and georgette salwar kameez and hand embroidered and chikankari salwar kameez. SUPRAJA

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Munna Michael Movie Review Rating Story & Crew July 21, 2017 17:45

Munna Micheal is the story of Micheal who works as a background dancer in films. He loses his job after which he spots a baby in a garbage. Michael raises the child who grows up dancing to the tunes of Michael Jackson. He turns up Munna (Tiger Shroff) and becomes a dancer after which his father wants him to settle well and get married. It is then Munna challenges rich kids in pubs and starts earning huge money. He gets banned in Mumbai after which he shifts to Delhi. It is there he meets Mahinder Fauji (Nawazzudin Siddiqui), a gangster. Mahinder requests Munna to teach him dancing in 30 days to impress Dolly (Niddhi). During this process Munna falls in love with Dolly and the rest of the film is what happens next. Watch Munna Micheal to know about the complete story.

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Vaisakham Movie Review, Rating, Story & Crew July 21, 2017 17:17

Vaisakham is the story of Venu (Harish) who is a spoiled brat and is not bothered about his future. The other neighbours staying in the locality have such a bad impression on Venu and his friends, that they wait for a solid reason to throw him away. Venu falls in love with a beautician Bhanu (Avantika Mishra). Though they start up fighting initially, Venu falls for her however she turns down his proposal. The rest of the movie is about Venu's past and what happens next. Watch Vaisakham to know about the complete story and what happened next.

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The Five Best Yoga Asanas For Back Pain July 21, 2017 16:53

The Five Best Yoga Asanas For Back Pain:- Do you experience an achy back? Then, try giving yoga a go. Yoga, the power of the ancient practice mainly focuses on stretching, strength and flexibility and also to relieve back soreness. In fact, multiple studies have shown that when it comes to improving back function, yoga can even provide the usual care for back pain. Study says, individuals who took yoga or stretching classes are more likely to cut back on pain medications for their back aches. However, yoga is not a good idea for those who have severe pain. Those with occasional soreness or acute aches may greatly benefit from certain postures. These postures can help lengthen your spine, stretch, strengthen your muscles and return your back to its proper alignment. Before starting a new fitness regimen, it is always a good idea to ask your doctor, especially if you are prone to pain. Try these seven soothing poses for back pain, once you get the green light. You can do these poses in any order. Increase the intensity gradually, by holding them for longer amounts of time. Yoga Poses For Back Pain Relief 1) Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) A great and a classic yoga pose for total body stretch. The large muscles or the back extensors are mainly targeted, that help form your lower back, support your spine, and help you stand and lift objects. How To Do It: - Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. - Raise your knees away from the floor by pressing back and toward the ceiling lift your tailbone up. - For an added hamstring stretch, gently push your heels toward the floor. - Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat the pose five to seven times. Benefits: - Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands - Strengthens the arms and legs - Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause - Relieves back pain - Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis 2) Balasana (Child’s Pose) It may look like you are resting, but child’s pose is an active stretch that helps elongate the back. It is also a great de-stressor before bed at the end of a long, exhausting day. How To Do It: - With your arms stretched out straight in front of you, start on all fours. Sit back so that your butt muscles come to rest, just above. Make sure your do not touch your heels. - Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat as many times as needed for a good, soothing stretch. Benefits: - Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees and ankles - Relaxes you spine, shoulders and neck - Increases blood circulation to your head which reduces headaches - Calms the mind (central nervous system) thus helping relieve stress and tension - Deeply relaxing for the back 3) One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Pigeon pose, which can be a little challenging for yoga newbies, stretches hip rotators and flexors. It may not appear like the most apparent position to treat a back pain, but to lower back pain, the tight hips can be a contribution. How To Do It: - Start in downward-facing dog with your feet together. - Then draw your left knee forward and turn it out to the left so your left leg is bent and near-perpendicular to your right one; lower both legs to the ground. - You can simply keep your back right leg extended straight behind you, or for an added hamstring stretch - seasoned pigeon posers, only! - Pull your back foot off the ground and in toward your back carefully. - Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, then switch to the other side, and repeat as needed. Benefits: - Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck - Stimulates the abdominal organs - Opens the shoulders and chest 4) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) A great pose for strengthening the legs and back is the triangle pose. Along the sides of your torso, it can help lengthen your muscle while stretching the muscle fibers along your outer hip (your IT, or iliotibial, band). How To Do It: - Start standing straight with your feet together. - Next, back three to four feet lunge your left foot, and point your left foot out at a 45-degree angle. - To the side, turn your chest and open up the pose by stretching your right arm toward the ground and the left arm toward the ceiling, keeping both your right and left legs straight. - You may not be able to touch the ground with your right arm at first, so do not over-stretch - only bend as far as you can while maintaining a straight back. - Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, then switch to the other side, and repeat as needed. Benefits: - Strengthens the legs, knees, ankles, arms and chest - Stretches and opens the hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine - Increases mental and physical equilibrium - Helps improve digestion - Reduces anxiety, stress, back pain and sciatica 5)  Cat And Cow Pose (Marjaiasana - Bitilasana) Treat an achy, sore back with these perfect poses of cow and cat. This yogasana stretches loosen back muscles, whether as part of a yoga routine or as a warm-up for another workout. How To Do It: - Starting in an all-fours position, move into cat pose by slowly pressing your spine up, arching your back. - Hold for a few seconds and by scooping your spine in, move to cow position, by pressing your shoulder blades back and lifting your head. - Moving back and forth from cat to cow helps move your spine onto a neutral position, relaxing the muscles and easing tension. - Repeat 10 times, flowing smoothly from cat into cow, and cow back into cat. Repeat the sequence as needed. Benefits: - Stretches the back torso and neck - Provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs - Stretches the front torso and neck SUPRAJA

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple’s Vault B should be Opened July 21, 2017 15:57

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple’s Vault B should be Opened:- Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is said to be the wealthiest temple of the world and the focus has been shifted towards the temple located in Trivandrum after the Vault B of the temple made it into the controversies. Opening the Vault B turned out to be one of the biggest mysteries of the country and the highest court Supreme Court too asked the committee of the temple to take the call without making it into the controversies. For a common man, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Vault B is a huge suspense whether it should be opened or left closed. There are talks that the Vault has been filled with treasures that includes gold, silver, diamonds and other precious stones, cast into ornaments, idols, coins, vessels and many more. The estimated value of the treasures of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is said to be Rs 1 lakh crores which is huge. Veteran journalist Malayinkil Gopalakrishnan who is an authority of Travancore history revealed that there are no documents what remains in Vault B of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. However he said that there have been lot of speculations floating about this which is not good for the temple. Gopalakrishnan said that from 14th to 17th century, the day to day history has been recorded on the palm leaves. Using materials like Thali Ola and Narayam, there are 3.5 lakh bundles written as per the history. All these are under the custody of State Archives informed Gopalakrishnan. The oldest document located among them has been from 1336. These documents revealed that the temple has been quite rich from the 14th century itself. Along with acres of land, huge amounts of gold and ornaments are said to be a part of the temple’s wealth. Gopalakrishnan revealed that there are historic theories how these massive ornaments reached the temple. Most of the wealth has been donated by the Kings of Travancore. After an extensive research, Gopalakrishnan says that the Vault B with immense treasures should be opened. Following the Guruvayoor temple, he suggests, the administration can be handed over to a trust that includes members of the royal family.

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Four Rich Kids Addicted To Drugs July 21, 2017 15:51

Four Rich Kids Addicted To Drugs:- The sensational drug scam has been creating ripples across the Telugu speaking states. The recent drug racket that has been busted in Hyderabad revealed the names of several celebrities. The focus has been completely shifted towards Tollywood and some of them have been issued notices. The investigation started with sensational director Puri Jagannadh and it has been taking place in Special Investigation Team (SIT) office in Nampally. The news channels have been circulating the news without any breaks and several celebrities have been badly disturbed with the news as their families will have a huge impact on this drug issue. There are even talks that the children of several celebrities and businessmen have been involved and to deviate this, the film celebrities have been issued notices. Telangana government asked Enforcement director Akun Sabarwal not to bend to any political pressures and continue with the investigation. Before all these, SIT issued notices to several schools and colleges as Calvin and his gang targeted students. Several international schools have been issued notices and the cops alerted the parents to keep an eye on their children. The latest update is that four young kids are completely into drugs and all these are kids come from established families. One is a son of a doctor, the other son of an IAS officer, one is the son of a company’s director and the other is the successor of a software company. It has been revealed that all the four students have been taken to an unidentified location and have been given counselling. They revealed that they have been getting the drugs through courier and they have been consuming them on regular basis. Calvin and his team have been targeting rich kids and the cops have been investigating about this completely. Calvin’s phone has been cracked recently and the cops are yet to find many more through the call records and whatsapp chats. Some other celebrities are said to be issued notices soon.

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AP Woman Allegedly Held Captive By Employer In Saudi Arabia July 21, 2017 15:41

AP Woman Allegedly Held Captive By Employer In Saudi Arabia:- In yet another Gulf tragedy, a 30-year old woman from Andhra Pradesh who was seeking livelihood, has been allegedly kept in captivation by her employer in Damman of Saudi Arabia. Though the Indian Embassy in Riyadh has started following the issue, in the absence of valid documents, they are having tough time in contacting her or her employer. The victim has been identified as A Ravanamma hailing from Mulagapadu in Railway Kodur Mandal of Kadapa district. To work as a housemaid in Damman, she went to Saudi Arabia more than six months ago. Her husband who is in their hometown, died a couple of days ago and her attempts to return home has turned out to be futile. Her employer in Damman had reportedly refused to let her go and when she insisted, she was kept in captivation. “She could not attend the funeral of her husband and has been suffering the brutalities of the Saudi bosses. On Tuesday, she called me using Whatsapp video calling and informed that her employer was not allowing her to go out and harassing her. Thereafter, our attempts to contact her turned futile and she remains unreachable,” said Alla Narsimhulu, her brother-in-law, told a leading daily. With the help of BJP Hyderabad City Gulf NRI’s Coordination Committee chairman TR Srinivas, the family members have contacted the Indian Embassy in Riyadh. According to Srinivas, all through their conversation over telephone, the young housemaid was in distress and has been crying. “Her employer is not letting her go and the agent is not helping either,” he said on social media. The Indian Embassy responded promptly and informed that it was aware of the issue and was doing its best to contact Ravanamma. The Embassy officials, to expedite the process, have asked the family members to send a copy of Visa and other contacts. The family members informed that with the help of an agent, she went to Saudi Arabia who in turn contacted another agent in Saudi to get her employment. However, Srinivas feared that without providing her proper documentation, the agents might have sold her to her employer. Meanwhile, efforts are on to reach out the victim and get her released from the captivity of her employer. SUPRAJA

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SC Asks Centre, States Not To Protect Any Kind Of Vigilantism July 21, 2017 15:10

SC Asks Centre, States Not To Protect Any Kind Of Vigilantism:- In a major development, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre and the States not to protect any kind of vigilantism. It even sought response on raging incidents of cow vigilantism. The Centre was informed by a bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra. The bench stated that “law and order is a State subject, but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country.” The bench, also comprising AM Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar, said, “You say that law and order is a State subject and States are taking actions as per law. You do not protect any kind of vigilantism.” Moreover, the bench also sought the aid of the Centre and States in removing any violent content related to cow vigilantism uploaded on social media. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said, “Law and order is a State subject and Central government does not have any role into it. However, Union of India is of the view that no vigilante group has any space in the country as per procedures of law. It does not support any kind of vigilantism by private persons.” Appropriate action has been taken against those involved in violent activities related to cow vigilantism, informed the Counsel appearing for BJP-ruled Gujarat and Jharkhand to the court. Their submission was recorded by the bench, which further asked the Centre and other States to prepare a report in four weeks time, regarding the violent incidents. The bench posted the further hearing on September 6. On April 7, the apex court had sought the response of six States, on the petition that was filed on previous year of October 21. The petition sought stringent action against cow vigilantes who were allegedly indulging in violence and also committing barbarity against minorities and Dalits. Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, in his petition, said violence committed by these ‘Gau Raksha‘ groups have reached such proportions that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared them as people who were “destroying the society”. The plea also alleged that these groups in the name of protecting cows and other bovines, were committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities. They needed to be “regulated and banned in the interest of social harmony, public morality and law and order in the country”. “The menace caused by the so-called cow protection groups is spreading fast to every nook and corner of the country and is creating disharmony among various communities and castes,” the petition submitted. The plea sought to declare as “unconstitutional” section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954, Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, and Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, which provide for protection of persons acting in good faith under the Act or rules. The petition seeking action against the vigilantes, under various provisions of IPC and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989 said the atrocities committed by them were punishable. SUPRAJA

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