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Significance of Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa is the new year of Maharashtrians. It is also the first day of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu calendar, and the spring season commences on this day. Legend has it that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. The day begins with an extensive oil bath. After this, each door in the house is decorated with mango leaves and red flowers. Then prayers are offered to Lord Brahma. The most important event on this day is the hosting of ‘gudhi’ – Lord Brahma’s flag (Brahmadhvaj). There are numerous legends associated with hoisting the flag. Some say it is hoisted to the celebrate Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after killing Ravana. Some Maharashtrians hoist it to commemorate the numerous victories achieved by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.People in Maharashtra erect a gudhi or bamboo staff with a green or yellow colored silk cloth. A bright garlanded goblet is hung on top of it. Neem leaves, mango leaves, garland of red flowers and gaohi (sweet) are hung on the gudhi. Rangol…

Action game based on Mahabharata

Mahabharata – the dawn of Kaliyuga is a high paced action game from syncere arts. Based on the epic Mahabharat, the gamer enacts the role of Arjuna, who faces epic battles to save the world.
Found in 2005 by Vaibhavi Pathak,Syncere Arts has it headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and a production facility at Anand, Gujarat.
The game is scheduled for an April 2008 release.
More details about the game can be found here.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar initiates a process of reconciliation between the Dalits and upper caste Hindus

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living, along with other NGOs has initiated a process to bring about reconciliation between the Dalits and upper caste Hindus. Leaders of Dalits and upper caste Hindus will be taking part in a conference called ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ at New Delhi as part of the initiative. This Conference will see a 7- point concrete action-plan which will take the message to rural India. (link) These Seven points are:·Temple entry for Dalits ·Collective celebration including community feasts ·Abolition of separate utensils for Dalits ·Empowerment of women from economically weaker sections of society ·Providing educational facilities especially to weaker sections of society ·Providing spiritual and religious education to Dalit children, which they have been deprived of for hundreds of years ·Equality and justice for one and all without any discrimination. The conference is on 9th of March, 2007 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan, New D…