What Type Of A Devotee Are You?

By: Vijay Kumar Verma, Editor-ICN Group In Shri Bhagwat Puran, there is a beautiful conversation between mother Devhooti and her son Kapil Muni.  After the departure of her husband Kardam Rishi for tapasya,  Ma Devhooti addresses her five year old son as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and wants him to cut the tree of her ignorance with the axe of his divine knowledge. She wants  to know the properties of a true devotee. To this, Kapil Muni replies that there is only one key that can turn us towards Jagat…

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Nation Celebrates Krishna Janmashtami Around The World

The Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are held across the country and also in various parts of the world. The festival is known by several names like Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti, or simply as Janmashtami. NEW DELHI: Lord Krishna was believed to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August – September), according to the Hindu calendar. This year Janmashtami is being celebrated on September 2 and September 3 with the Ashtami Tithi beginning from 8:47 PM on September…

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Harela Celebrated With Full Zeal In Uttarakhand

By: Alok Singh, Editor-ICN Harela is celebrated thrice in year, the first two are during both the Navratis, Chaitra Navrati in the month of Chaitra and Sharad Navratri in the month of Ashwin. This is followed by Bhaitauli or Bhitauli wherein gifts are given to girls of the family. NAINITAL: The Shravan Harela is celebrated as the first day (Kark Sankranti) of Hindu calendar month of Sravan (late July). It is also symbol for the onset of rainy season (Monsoon) as Harela literally means “Day of Green”. Agriculture-based communities in…

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SPIRITUAL MELODY OF AZAAN

By: Maryam Hedayat (Libya) LIBYA: Every individual in the society looks at things from his/her own perspective. A writer’s way of looking at things is different from an engineer’s way of interpreting events. The profession of an individual is the guiding principle of observing life. An actor will search elements of acting into day-to-day events while a musician will do the same but in other ways. “Beautify your Azaan with melodious voice, lest it become a rebellious noise” goes the status update of one of the practicing Muslims who has considerable number…

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Should Eclipses Eclipse Our Clean Stream Of Reason ?

By: Barnali Bose ( Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group ) KOLKATA: The other day I met a friend after what seemed to be ages.“What is the matter you seem to be seen once in a blue moon?”,said I. Both of us fell silent for a moment and as the implication of the idiomatic phrase dawned upon us,we burst into laughter.Last month, skywatchers and enthusiasts waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon as it passed through the earth’s shadow for the second time in January 2018. Nasa accorded itthe nomenclature…

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Badrinath- A Glimpse Of Heaven

By: Alok Singh ( Associate Editor-ICN Group )  NAINITAL: “Travel”, sometime you travel to explore the world around you and sometime you travel to rediscover yourself. One such travel where you discover yourself stays very close to your heart and remains in your memory forever. It was one of my many visits to Garhwal in 2007, I went to Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun for some research on my documentary subject , this was the period when I was struggling for success, which was eventually away from me from past few…

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Kartik Puja : Customs And Beliefs

By: Barnali Bose ( Associate Editor-ICN Group ) Kartik puja is celebrated with great exuberance and gaiety  in Chinsurah and Bansberia in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. Last friday,the 17 th of November, early morning,I was awakened by the sound of excited voices. Peals of laughter intercepted by the blowing of conch shells,made me quickly glance out of the window. The scene that met my eyes left me smiling, as the significance of the day dawned upon me. I saw the bashful, newly married lady next door, clutching an idol…

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Jagadhatri Puja: The Autumn Carnival Of Chandannagar

Special Report By: BARNALI BOSE CHANDANNAGAR: Bengal has long been known to be a ‘Land of festivities’. In fact, an oft-quoted Bengali adage says that in twelve calendar months, Bengalis celebrate thirteen festivals.This is rather  an understatement if one goes by the umpteen pujas performed one after the other. The three-eyed, four-armed goddess is depicted as being the colour of the morning sun, rides a lion standing on the dead ‘Karindrasura”, the Elephant Demon and holds a conch, a chakra, a bow and an arrow in her hands. The snake, the…

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Jagadhatri Puja: The Autumn Carnival Of Chandannagar

Special Report By: BARNALI BOSE The uniqueness of the Jagadhatri idol of Chandannagar lies in her gigantic size and ornamental glory. CHANDANNAGAR/HOOGHLY: Bengal has long been known to be a ‘Land of festivities’. In fact, an oft-quoted Bengali adage says that in twelve calendar months, Bengalis celebrate thirteen festivals.This is rather  an understatement if one goes by the umpteen pujas performed one after the other. With Durga puja followed by Lakshmi puja , Kali Puja and BhaiPhota, the grand Autumn festivities are almost over for the rest of Bengal, while Chandannagar, in…

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Know Thyself -Judgement Day

By: Vijay Kumar Verma (Editor-ICN Group) SHIMLA: We often wonder how our karmas of life are assessed by God at the end of our lives on the day of Judgement . The theory of karma talk about repercussions of good or bad karmas. But still the surveillance of God may not be functional round the clock for everyone, many of us believe. Obviously there is hardly any evidence to witness all our karmas, they feel.  How and when one is prompted to perform bad karmas. Obviously when it is dark,…

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