Category Articles: Religious

Diwali festival about 100 years ago in rural Gujarat as described by Ravi Shankar Maharaj

October 19, 2017
Diwali festival about 100 years ago in rural Gujarat as described by Ravi Shankar Maharaj

Ahmedabad: Pujya Shri Ravishankar Maharaj, a man who inaugurated Gujarat state in 1960 had penned down how Diwali was celebrated in rural Gujarat about 100 years ago. While several Diwali customs narrated by Maharaj are still in practice in Gujarat today, some others have discontinued. Following are the highlights of Pujya Shri Ravishankar Maharaj’s notes on the festival of Diwali: -There were four major festivals. While Raksha bandhan(Balev) was perceived as the festival of Brahmin and ...Read More

Akshardham Gandhinagar adds ‘Sanatanam Show: An Immersive Experience’ as new attraction

October 18, 2017
Akshardham Gandhinagar adds ‘Sanatanam Show: An Immersive Experience’ as new attraction

Gandhinagar: Every year thousands visit Akshardham to see its Diwali lighting. This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary, visitors will be able to enjoy this excellent special show instead. To commemorate the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, the ‘Akshardham Sanatanam Show: An Immersive Experience’ has been created for the first time. This 15-minute show was ritually inaugurated by senior BAPS sant Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami on 17 October. Using ...Read More

Jain Muni arrested for allegations of raping 19 year old girl to undergo potency test

October 15, 2017
Jain Muni arrested for allegations of raping 19 year old girl to undergo potency test

Surat: The potency test of an around 50 year old Jain muni who has been arrested and jailed for allegedly raping a 19 year old girl will be conducted. CMO of the civil hospital here Archana Patel said that certain physical examinations of the accused have been done but the potency test to ascertain his ability to indulge in sex was yet to be done. Some forensic investigation was also to be conducted. The victim, a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh living in ...Read More

Hindu is not a card but a culture and the prana (life-force) of India: Yogi Adityanath

October 14, 2017

Bhuj: Uttar Pradesh CM and firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath today objected to using the term 'Hindu Card' saying that Hindu was not a card but a culture in itself and the Prana (life-force) of India. Yogi, on the second and final day of his two day Gujarat visit after offering prayers at the Swaminaraya temple in this headquarter town of Kutch district, told newsmen that Hindu was a culture. 'Hindu is not a card but a culture. It was the prana or life-force of this cou...Read More

Gujarati Calendar 2018 : Vikram Samvat Year 2074

October 13, 2017

Gujarati Calendar 2018: Vikram Samvat Gujarati year of 2074 Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat, 13 October, 2017 We have created Gujarati calendar 2017 with added Gujarati flavor. In our endeavor to cater the best that Gujaratis across the world need, we are launching Gujarati Calendar consequently for second year. This year we have created a Gujarati calender in bigger size, so that you can make a wall-paper out of it for your pc. Some Gujaratis related affairs are added in relevant date boxes o...Read More

Morari Bapu was in forest on invitation in connection with Wildlife Week awareness programme: Forest department

October 11, 2017
Morari Bapu was in forest on invitation in connection with Wildlife Week awareness programme: Forest department

Junagadh: North Range Forest Officer of Forest department of Gujarat, S.D.Tilala has said that Ram kathakar Shri Morari Bapu was given entry into forest with permission by forest department in connection with Wildlife week celebration in order to create awareness among people. Morari Bapu had also visited places of religious interests. Some lions were spotted on his way. Forest department staff was with him at that time. Forest department has made this clarification following controversy r...Read More

National Marine Police Institute to be set up at Dwarka, study assigned for scope of tourism linked to submerged original Dwarka: PM

October 07, 2017

Dwarka: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today made announcement to set up first National Marine Police Research and Training Institute near Mojab in Devbhumi Dwarka district of Gujarat. Prime Minister speaking at stone laying function of new sea bridge connecting Okha to Beyt Dwarka said the country is modernizing its marine police force and their training will be specialized. The institute will become a point to visit this place for many from across the country and it will help local e...Read More

PM Modi visits Jagat temple in Dwarka, performs puja of lord Dwarkadheesh

October 07, 2017
PM Modi visits Jagat temple in Dwarka, performs puja of lord Dwarkadheesh

Dwarka: PM Narendra Modi, who arrived today on 2 day Gujarat visit, started his trip by offering Puja at Dwarkadheesh (Jagat) temple here. PM Modi reached the temple premises at around 1040 am and spent around 20 minutes there of which the special puja with vedic Shodsopachar vidhi took around 10 minutes. Lord Dwarkadheesh was decorated in blue attire on the occasion owing to today being Saturday (There is a day specific dress colour code of sorts for the temple ). the background of the lo...Read More

PM inaugurates Umiya Dham Ashram Haridwar, recalls his old association with Umiya Sansthan, cautions youths against intoxicants

October 05, 2017

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated Umiya Dham Ashram at Haridwar and addressed the gathering on this occasion via video conference. Umiya is supreme Goddess of Kadva Patidar community which has large presence in North Gujarat region. Prime Minister in his address said, ' I have grown up between you, whatever I achieved in my life, I achieved it by spending time between you. We the people in North Gujarat including me grew up at feet of Ma Amba, Ma Bahuchar, Ma Umi...Read More

Somnath Series: How a decision to replace ruined old Somnath temple with a new grand one arrived at

October 03, 2017
Somnath Series: How a decision to replace ruined old Somnath temple with a new grand one arrived at

Somnath Series by Japan K Pathak In this series, I intend to cater various articles on Somnath temple, covering the period between its last destruction and final reconstruction. To clear any doubts or to obtain more details, you can reach me at my email address japanpathak [at] deshgujarat [dot] com. In the previous article which was the fourth article in this series you read how Mahatma Gandhi favored the restoration of old Somnath temple which was in ruins. Gandhiji however objected any po...Read More

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