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Ardh Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2007 Official Website

The Ardh Kumbh Mela Sangam, Allahabad, 2007 official web site is well designed and contains useful information. Apart from the legend and myth and religious aspects associated with the Ardh Kumbh Mela, the web site has maps of the city and the Ardh Kumbh Mela Area. The map is exhaustive and gives a clear picture of the Mela area.
The site contains information on the facilities available in and around the Mela area. It also has a Lost and Found section.

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Insurance cover for the devotees attending Ardh Kumbh 2007

People sustaining injury during Ardh Kumbh Mela at Sangam, Allahabad, will be compensated by Oriental Insurance company. During the last Kumbh Mela, the insurance cover was only for death. But this year all people who get injured or disabled during Ardh Kumbh Mela will be compensated. The insurance cover will be effective from January 1 to January 25, 2007.Hindustan Times reportsIn case of death of people between 5 -18 years the insurance company will pay their family a sum of Rs one lakh. This sum will be doubled in case of people dying between the age of 18-60 years. Family members of those above the age of sixty years will get a sum of one lakh in case they die on the banks of sangam. In case people aged from five to seventy suffer from any physical disability they will be paid a sum of Rs one lakh and those who suffer from partial physical handicap will get Rs 50,000.

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70 million people expected for Ardh Kumbh Mela

It is expected that more than 70 million people will participate in the Ardh Kumbh Mela of 2007 at Sangam, Allahabad. Reuters has written an article about the Ardh Kumbh. Soon the article will appear in most of the newspapers around the world. Reuters calls the Ardh Kumbh Mela as ‘Half-Pitcher Festival’ and the Maha Kumbh Mela as the ‘Great Pitcher Festival.’As usual the pictures that are being shown in major newspapers are that of the Nag Sanyasis or that of holy men smoking. It is quite strange that the photographers only find Nag Babas at the Kumbh Mela. The 42-day event will be reported widely especially during the initial phase and during the important bathing dates.

Earlier:What is Kumbh Mela?Legend of Kumbh MelaSignificance of Kumbh MelaWhat is Ardh Kumbh Mela?Ardh Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2007

Caste Continues To Be a Major Factor in India

According to Hindustan Times-Cfore survey among 1,067 persons with different backgrounds:53% opposed inter-caste marriages.57% opposed alliances with persons below their caste.55% opposed marriage outside their community.Caste is a major consideration for residents of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as it is for those living in Chandigarh, Patna, Lucknow and Bhopal.The very same people who support caste system chose Mahatma Gandhi as the country's best brand ambassador!!!!!!
It is very hard to imbibe true knowledge and it is even harder to practice it…all suffering and illusions like ‘Caste’ comes out of ignorance….Hope the dawn of knowledge sets in soon…

International School of Bhagavad Gita, Trivandrum

Swami Sandeep Chaithanya at a young age has attained fame around the world for his unique presentation of Bhagavad Gita in 108 days. Now, Swami Sandeep Chaithanya is planning to develop an ‘International School of Bhagavad Gita’ in Trivandrum, where people from various religious and national backdrop can come and learn and do research in Bhagavad Gita.The school will be part of ‘Salagram’ (Salagramam) – an ashram visualized by Swami Sandeep Chaithanya. The Salagram Ashram is to be located on the banks of KaramanaRiver at KandamankadavuVillage in Trivandrum. Swamji wants to transform the International School of Bhagavad Gita into an InternationalUniversity for Bhagavad Gita.Swamiji talking in an interview said that several people are forced to abandon their spiritual search due to the lack of proper guidance. The school is intended to help all the spiritual seekers in finding answers to their questions. Salagram is meant for people of any age and they can make use of resources availabl…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in January 2007

3rd January 2007 – Paush PoornimaArdh Kumbh Mela begins at Sangam, Allahabad.13th January 2007 – Lohri14th January 2007 – Makar Sankranti – Makarajyoti at Sabarimala – Boghi Pongal15th January 2007 – Pongal16th January 2007 – Mattu Pongal18th January 2007 - Thai Amavasai19th January 2007 – Mauni Amavasya23rd January 2007 – Vasant Panchami{please feel free to send more auspicious days to add to the list and also point out if any discrepancies}

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