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Tripura: Feeding on rubber leaves, Spectacled monkey population rise by 2 percent

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Agartala: In the dark and deep Tripura forests, there lives a goggle-eyed shy primate that can leave you amazed at the first appearance. 

Known for their agility and shyness, Tripura’s state animal the Spectacled Monkeys, are a kind of dominant force in Tripura’s wildlife genus. And, what can be seen as a significant development, the population of this folivorous species has recorded an increase of two percent despite rapid loss in its habitat. 

There are no ways to rule out the fact that the natural habitat of all wildlife creatures are facing exploitation and encroachment with the speedy expansion of human settlement. But, in Tripura these primates seem to have adapted a new technique to survive–the thriving rubber plantations.

The spectacled monkey scientifically recognized as Phayre’s leaf monkey is listed as endangered and its population is estimated to have more than halved over the last three generations (36 years).

In India, the animals are found in large numbers in fragmented forest patches of Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. Tripura is the only state that has accorded the state animal status to this monkey species. 

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is known as the safest habitat of this animal with regular sightings. Given the conducive nature, the central zoo authority has notified the sanctuary as the National Breeding Centre for the leaf monkeys. The forest department has started both in situ and ex situ breeding drives for the animal and seemed to have bagged initial success, sources in the forest department said. 

“Their numbers are increasing in Tripura. We have noticed about a two percent rise of the Phary’s langur in Tripura. A recent study in Sepahijala revealed  that seven tribes, comprising around 100 individuals are present in the sanctuary”, said the source adding that in other places like Assam, Mizoram, and in parts of abutting Myanmar and Bangladesh the numbers are only dwindling. 

What was striking, the monkey that feast on leaves in recent years developed affinity to the rubber plantations. Tripura which is the second largest producer of natural rubber saw high dependence of this animal on the cash crop plants. 

“It is the survival instinct of the animal that drives it to feed on rubber leaves. Apart from that, they love to enjoy joint feasts on a wide range of fruits and horticultural products”, the source added.

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi

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Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 

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Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.

 

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Lucknow shoot done for Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Khuda Haafiz 2’

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Mumbai, Oct 1: Actor Vidyut Jammwal’s ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ shoot in Lucknow has been completed.

The film stars Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the leading roles.

Talking about the experience of shooting in Lucknow, director Faruk Kabir says: “I have to say that Lucknow showed us a great time. We lived like a family for almost two months. The film’s team was relentless in ensuring that we finished the day’s work as planned. We’re happy that the schedule has concluded within the intended number of days. The team is at it to be certain that we bring the audience an intense action love story very soon.”

The film is written and directed by Faruk Kabir, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, co-produced by Sanjeev Joshi, Aditya Chowksey and Hasnain Hussaini, with music by Pritam, lyrics by Irshad Kamil,

‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ is a Panorama Studios Production.

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