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Tripura to host first Brazil cultural festival

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Agartala: The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council is all set to host the Brazil Cultural Festival in the month of November in an attempt to exchange social, cultural and linguistic values.  

This announcement came shortly after a delegation of the TTAADC members met the Brazilian Ambassador to India with an aim to begin fresh ties with the Country and solicit technical guidance on various aspects. 

Addressing the 12th foundation day ceremony of Tripura Tribal Folk Music College at Khumulwng, TTAADC executive member for ARDD department Kamal Kaloi said, “In the month of November, the TTAADC will host the Brazil Cultural Festival to make our people aware of their culture and make them know as to how enriched our culture is. The prime motive of organising the festival is exchange of cultural values.” 

He also informed the gathering that very soon folk music centres would be opened in all the 33 sub-zonal areas and people who have been associated with cultural activities would be coaxed in the centers forming a cultural advisory committee. 

During the function, Chief Executive Member TTAADC Purna Chandra Jamatia said, “Our new council under the able guidance of royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman is putting every effort to ensure that our culture can be promoted worldwide. Very recently, we have met Brazilian and Israeli envoys to India for cultural exchange programmes.” 

TTAADC chairman Jagadish Debbarma also spoke on the occasion highlighting the importance of culture and language for a race. The function was organized at Nuwai auditorium Khumulwng where several cultural groups have staged their performances to mark the occasion.

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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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VHP wants Govt to declare Bhagwatgita National Book of India

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New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants to give a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Srimad Bhagwatgita as the National Book of the country. The VHP has been demanding it from very long and has been working in this regard. Now, some other sections of the society too have started demanding it to be declared as the National Book.

The VHP also wants to hand over a memorandum to ensure security of saints and sages across the country in view of attacks, lynching and murders of sains in the country. Secretary VHP Acharya Radha Krishna Manodi will speak to media on September 30, 2021 in detail on this issue and tell the strategy of the organisation on this.

This is to recall that the then External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj also demanded that Srimad Bhagwatgita must be declared as National Book of the country way back in 2014. She had said that initiative in this regard has already been taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Srimad Bhagwatgita to the then US president Barack Obama. She said that just a formal announcement has to be made.

Several other BJP members in the Lok Sabha made a strong plea for declaring Bhagwad Gita as the National book. The issue was raised during zero hour by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who is Uttar Pradesh Chief minister at the moment, said the teachings of the Gita have become all the more relevant at a time when the world is concerned over ‘jehadi’ terrorism. Noting that the scripture teaches immortal values and is a guide to humanity. He also wanted that learning of Bhagvad Gita be made part of school curriculum.

Speaking on the occasion of International Bhagvad Gita Mahotsave at Kurukhshetra in 2018 Sushma Swaraj said that Lord Krishna was a great philosopher besides many other qualities attributed to him, but he was a greater psychologist to understand the feelings of Arjuna that he was undergoing at the time of the great war of Mahabharata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released one of the interpretations of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on March 9 2021 and said, “We are releasing 11 editions that bring together 20 interpretations of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I respectfully salute all the scholars and others for their efforts behind this sacramental work and congratulate them. You have done a great job of making such a huge repository of knowledge accessible to today’s youth and for generations to come.”

The Prime Minister said, “Through the Gita, India has served the entire humanity outside the boundaries of the space and time. The Gita is a treatise that is for the whole world, every creature. It has been translated into so many languages of the world, so many countries are doing research on it and so many scholars of the world are associated with it. It is the Gita that introduced the world to the ideals of India like selfless service. Otherwise, India’s selfless service, our spirit of ‘universal brotherhood ‘, is nothing short of a surprise to many.”

Bhagwatgita is a complete book and it must be declared as the National Book. The VHP will not only give a memorandum but also start a campaign to get this book declared as National Book of India, said the VHP source to the RiseEast.

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