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Story from Hindu Tradition on why Snakes have split Tongue

There is an interesting story in Hindu tradition that explains why snakes have split tongue. The story is associated with the famous rivalry between Garuda and Nagas (Snakes or Serpents). Kadru and her Naga sons cheated Garuda and his mother Vinita and enslaved them for life.

Vinita and Garuda were thus forced to serve Kadru. They were treated badly by Kadru and her sons.  Later the Nagas agreed to free Garuda and his mother, if he brought the Amrit, or Elixer of life, which was in the possession of Indra, the king of Devas.

 Garuda got Amrit from heaven and freed himself and his mother from servitude. He placed the Amrut pot on Durva Grass.

But Garuda played a trick on the Nagas as he did not want them to become immortal after drinking the Amrit.

After giving the Amrit to the Nagas, he asked them to consume it only after purification of the body. When Nagas went to take bath, Indra took back the Amrit.

Nagas were disillusioned as they could not consume the Amrit. So they rolled on t…

A Durga Puja Pandal Theme in Kolkata in 2011 will be based on German Contemporary Art

A popular south Calcutta Durga Puja Committee will have German artist Gregor Schneider, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, designing its Durga Puja Pandal in 2011 (October 2 to October 6, 2011). The pandal will be a thematic recreation of the ancestral home of the Gregor Schneider, born in Rheydt, now called Mönchengladbach-Rheydt. The entire project is known as The Euros-100,000 project — “It’s all Rheydt, Kolkata 2011, Unterheydener Straße 12” — to be part-funded by the German foreign office in India. The project will be the highlight of the inaugural events of the ‘Germany and India Year 2011-12’ and is supported by the German foreign office and German industry, with the Goethe-Institute coordinating on the ground with the local puja organizers. The Telegraph Calcutta reports
Schneider, whose main area of work is constructed rooms, will create the model of the pandal, to be executed by the puja committee and local craftsmen, integrating their own inputs. Haus u…