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Importance of Gangaur Festival

Gangaur is one of the important festivals in Rajasthan and is celebrated in the month of Chaitra (March – April). ‘Gan’ is Lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ is Gauri or Goddess Parvati. In 2018, Gangaur Festival is on March 20. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati underwent severe austerities to get married to Lord Shiva. The Gangaur celebration symbolizes the marital happiness achieved by Goddess Parvati through intense determination and dedication.

During the Gangaur festival, married women in Rajasthan pray for a happy married life and for the long life and good health of their husbands. Unmarried women pray for good husbands. The festival also marks the onset of spring season.
Special wooden idols of Goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva are brought for the pujas. The festival begins in the first week of Chaitra month and ends on the fourth day of the bright half of the month. Women worship the idols for the entire fortnight and on the last day the idols are taken out in a colorful procession to be di…

Soon River Ganga Might Not Reach the Ocean

For Hindus, the Ganga is both goddess and river. The soul is liberated (moksa) by bathing in the waters of the Ganga or being cremated on her banks. Millions of people come to her banks to attain ‘moksha’ but sadly not even one percent of those millions are interested in the health of Ganga. A new global study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has included River Ganga in the world's top 10 rivers at risk. Fast receding rate of feeding glaciers due to global warming and pollution is the prime reason for the potential death of Ganga. The report says that Gangotri, the feeding glacier of Ganga, is receding at nearly 21 meters per year. Excessive extraction of water and industrial and religious pollution fastens the pace of fresh water crisis.Around sixty percent of the flow of River Ganga is diverted for irrigation purpose. The higher level toxins in the Ganga is affecting agriculture, livestock and human beings. The high level of pollution is already threatening the livelihoods of people…