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Tungabhadra Pushkaram in Andhra Pradesh

Pushkaram is a major Hindu spiritual event happening once in every 12 years at each of the 12 major rivers in India. Pushakram festival takes place when Jupiter enters certain signs of the Zodiac. It is similar to the famous Kumbh Mela held in North India. Tungabhadra Pushkaram happens once in 12 years when the Brihaspathi (Jupiter) enters Makara Rasi (Capricorn). The 12-day Tungabhadra Pushkarams begins on December 10, 2008. The main ritual during the period involves taking a dip in the TungabhadraRiver. It is popularly believed that snana (bath), dana (charity), japa (recitation), archana (worship) and dhyana (meditation) performed during Pushkaram will help a person attain Moksha. Thousands of pilgrims take holy dip along the course of TungabhadraRiver at Mantralayam and other places in Kurnool and Mahboobnagar districts. Cultural and spiritual programs are a major event during the period.

National Geographic Channel India – The Habitat Young Visionary Awards 2009

National Geographic Channel and India Habitat Centre are inviting essays for The Habitat Young Visionary Awards 2009. The essay topics are India’s Youthful Energy: Power and Potential: Your Vision. Phase 1: Entries (till 15th December’08) Participants to send across their visions in the form of essays on the given topic. Single topic for a fair basis of judgment. Phase 2: Semi Finals (28th January’09) Of all the entries received, 15 short-listed candidates present their visions in the presence of a jury. Best 5 are then selected as the finalists. Phase 3: Finals (30th January ’09)5 Finalists to present and defend their visions in a large forum and in the presence of an eminent jury.Grand Prize is a Summer Programme at the CambridgeUniversity, London. Runners Up will be given internship with Nat Geo and other reputed NGOsParticipants can send their entries either directly to IHC or by entering the YVA microsite on the NGC website. You can find more details about the The Habitat Young…