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Dev Podhi Agyaras

Devo Podhi Agiyaras marks the beginning of the Chatur Maas in western parts of India especially in  Gujarat and Maharashtra . It begins on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Ashada Month and ends on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Kartik Month. Dev Podhi Agiyaras 2023 date is on June 30, 2023. The popular belief is that the period of four months is when Vishnu goes to sleep. Certain Vishnu temples especially those dedicated to Vitthal – Rukmini organize processions to mark the Dev Podhi Agiyaras. Marriages and most auspicious ceremonies are not held from the Dev Podhi Agiyaras day till the end of the Chatur Masa. In 2023, Devo Podhi Agiyaras ends on November 24.

Baphuon Temple in Cambodia Restored – World's Largest Three Dimensional Puzzle

Located in Cambodia , Baphuon is an 11th-century temple built to honor Hindu God Shiva. Baphuon was in ruins – what was left was 300,000 of the sandstone blocks. None of the blocks were of the same dimensions. No mortar was used to fix the stones. This means like in a puzzle each stone had a proper place in the structure. Now the temple has been restored and is open to public. Baphuon Temple restoration was first started in 1960 but had to be stopped due to civil war and later the Khmer Rouge that came to power in 1975 destroyed all the documents related to restoration. The restoration was restarted in 1995 and was funded by the French Government – under the leadership of architect Pascal Royere from the Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient (EFEO). Built around 1060 by King Udayadityavarman II in honour of the Hindu god Shiva, Baphuon is 35 meters high (114 feet) and measuring 130 by 104 meters (426 x 340 feet). Mysinchew reports   The story of the 10-million-euro ($14m) r