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Mahisha Dasara: The Controversial Alternative Celebration of Dasara in Karnataka

Mahisha Dasara is an alternative celebration of the Hindu festival of Dasara that is antithetical to the narrative that Mahishasura was a demon. The celebration is held in coastal Karnataka's Udupi district, and it has been celebrated in various forms in coastal Karnataka for a long time. Mahishasura is worshipped in Barkur, where there is a shrine dedicated to him, and a Brahmin priest offers daily puja to him. A three-day festival called 'sedi utsava' is celebrated to honour the daiva. The celebration of Mahisha Dasara has touched a nerve among Hindutva supporters in coastal Karnataka as Mahishasura is commonly portrayed as a demon in Hindu mythology. The opposition to the alternative celebration has come from the right-wing organizations Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. Mahishasura, according to Hindu mythology, was once a ruler of the land now known as Mysuru, and he was considered a demon due to his alleged wrongdoings. The mythological story behind Karnata

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The newly inaugurated Cheriyapani Ferry service between India and Sri Lanka is a significant development in regional connectivity. The ferry service between Nagappatinam in India and Kankesanthurai near Jaffna in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka commenced on October 14, 2023, after almost 40 years. The high-speed ferry operated by the Shipping Corporation of India has a capacity of 150 passengers. It covers a distance of about 60 nautical miles (110 kilometres) between Nagapattinam and KKS in approximately 3.5 hours depending on sea conditions.  The Government of India supported the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board in upgrading facilities at the Nagapattinam port to commence the service. Similarly, the Government of Sri Lanka has created the necessary infrastructure at the port of KKS. The direct passenger ferry between Sri Lanka and India will provide an efficient and cost-effective means of travel for the people of the two countries, boost tourism and trade links, and strengthen people-to

AI Startups in India: Prospects of Success and Profitability

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Gol Gumbaz: A Neglected Marvel from the Adil Shah Dynasty

Unraveling the Mystery Behind UNESCO's Repeated Oversight India, a nation steeped in history and adorned with architectural treasures from various dynasties, boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites that draw tourists from all corners of the globe. These sites are not just repositories of history; they are also symbols of cultural and architectural excellence. However, one monument that has continuously eluded this prestigious list is the Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur, Karnataka. Gol Gumbaz Despite being one of the oldest surviving architectural wonders from the Adil Shah dynasty, Gol Gumbaz remains conspicuously absent from the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. In a perplexing turn of events, other monuments from the region, such as the Chennakesava Temple of Belur, Hoysaleswara Temple of Halebidu, and Somanathapura Temple of T Narasipura, have managed to secure coveted spots on this esteemed list. In this report, we delve into the historical significance of Gol Gumbaz, examine the reas

Ashish Vaswani: Transformer Architect and AI Pioneer

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General Knowledge - Quiz

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चलो बापू की राह पर

सब के लिए आदर्श है बापू का आचरण,  आज भी उपयुक्त है उन सब का पालन. सादगी भरा जीवन है सर्वोत्तम, मन की शांति मिले उससे हरदम. हिंसा से तो और भी बिगड़ जाए हालात, अहिंसा से सुलझ जाए हर बिगड़ी बात. सत्य की राह पर चाहे थोड़ी मुश्किल आए,  पर अंत में जीत हमेशा वही हमें दिलाए. स्वच्छता का पालन तो है ईश्वर भक्ति की राह,  स्वस्थ और निरोगी जीवन का होता उससे निर्वाह. जो बदलाव दूसरों में लाने की हो अपनी आस, पहले "स्वयं" उनका पालन करने का करें प्रयास. बापू की राह पर चलने का मिलकर करें संकल्प,  सफलता और खुशहाली का है यही उत्तम विकल्प. By: Kaizad B Irani Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi(Mahatma Gandhi(Bapu))

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