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People have been given a good opportunity to visit the historic monuments through means of photo exhibition that is going on in Gaiety to mark the celebration of National Heritage day.

“If any lay man visits this exhibition I am sure he/ she will surely understand why Himachal is called Dev Bhoomi”, Rajesh Thakur, a local resident and a spectator

Shimla- Three days long exhibition; that is from April 18 to 20; on the monumental heritage of Himachal Pradesh to mark the celebration of the National Heritage Day (April 18), by Archaeological Survey Of India, Shimla Circle and State Archaeology Language and Culture Department, Himachal was organized at the historic Gaiety Theatre.

In the exhibition photographs of the existing Heritage monuments in the State were exhibited. The main thought behind the showcased photographs was to make the people aware about the rich heritage that the State has inherited from ancestors and to make people realize the worth of it by creating awareness among them.

In the exhibition there were approximately 150 photographs showcased including photographs of heritage temples like Nag Temple, Chaupal; Narvadeshwari Temple, Sujanpur; Hatkoti; Surya Narayan Temple to name some. It also showcases forts and Palaces in Himachal too giving insight into rich architecture of the state.

In the exhibition work of seven photographers including – Er. C.L. Kashyup, Archeological Engineer; Er. Sudershan Sharma, Addl. Asst. Engineer; Er. Naresh Thakur, Addl. Asst. Engineer; Late Hakam Sharma, senior photographer; Pyar Chand, Senior Photographer; Pritipal Sharma, Commercial artist and Satwinder Kaushal, Junior technical assistant with the department LAC have been showcased and cameras like Cannon Rebel XT; Sony Alpha100; Sony Cyber Shot W520; Nikon DMat; Sony Alpha100 and Nikon DMat; Cannon Powesrhot 640 and Sony Cyber Shot W520 have been used by the photographers respectively.

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While sharing his experience Pyar Chand, one of the photographers said, “My showcased work includes photographs that I have clicked way back in 1983 and I have tried to capture the spirit of each monument that I have clicked. Eight five percent work displayed is result of roll cameras as it has been not long since when the digital cameras caught up which has made photography really easy as compared to what it usually was in olden days.”

The brief description about the monuments are also coming handy for the people as Anniruddha Thakur, on one of the spectators, while commenting on the exhibition said, “It is really an outstanding exhibition as it is quite informative and one can easily learn about the rich architecture and culture of Himachal Pradesh. I got a glimpse of places that otherwise I would not have been able to see as it is not possible for one to pay personal visit to all the places.”

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“Main focus of photographers has been temples and I really feel that they have captured the essence of each temple as I personally felt that I am standing right outside the temples. If any lay man visits this exhibition I am sure he/ she will surely understand why Himachal is called Dev Bhoomi”, Rajesh Thakur,
a local resident and a spectator.

For any person weather religious or not it is a good opportunity to confront the rich architecture of various monuments as it showcases architecture from Century 7 to 17 with all the minute changes that the hill architecture went through over the period of time.

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Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe

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Shimla-Otherwise blatantly vocal and distinctively mass-mobilizing government of India is suddenly in the most subdued self after its proclaimed victory over the deathly virus; participation in uncontrolled election rallies; and permitting maha melas. The stalwarts are in the hiding, while helpless citizens – who voted them into power not once but in landslide victories twice – are dying due to lack of oxygen, poor – unavailable – medical facilities, and the denial stance of the ignorant in the helm.

Drawing a comparison between the fatal coronavirus and the mismanagement of the entire situation by the appalling government; a Himachali folk artist has released a factually appropriate lyrical satire that will tickle your mind and leave you to imagine what has brought this catastrophe onto us. The song is written by Rameshwar Sharma and music by Lalit Sauta. 

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International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties

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Mandi-International Shivratri Fair of Mandi district on the occasion of Mahashivratri began on March 12, 2020, at the historic Paddal ground. While Mahashivratri is celebrated for one day in most parts, the fair in Mandi goes on for seven days.

After Pagri and worship ceremony at Raj Madhav Rai Temple – abode of principal deity Madho Rai- begun the taditional Jaleb, Shobha Yatra. This yatra is held on every every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It starts from Raj Madhav Rai temple to conclude at the Paddal ground. This year, over 150 deities participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra from almost all parts of the district. A total of over 200 deities have been invited this year.  

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Thousands of people dressed in their traditional attire participated in the procession carrying their local deities dancing all the way upto Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman International Shivratri Fair Organizing Committee Rugved Thakur informed this year as many as 216 deities were invited to participate in this fair.
He said that awareness Rath has also been included in the procession to drive in the theme of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. It was followed by the performances by pahari artists on the first night of the fair.

An increase of five percent in honorarium of Bajantries accompanying the deities was also announced.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur also participated in the Yatra and Puja (worship). The state government is celebrating the festival as Swarnim International Shivratri Fair to mark fifty years of Statehood.

Though the Chief Minister cautioned the people that the world hasn’t come out of corona pandemic and there is a need to be cautious, he himself participated in the fair without wearing a mask or taking any visible measures for social distancing. From the crowd, some people were also heard asking the Chief Minister where his mask was . 

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He said that fortunately, the number of covid-19 cases were declining constantly, which was a big sigh of relief. 

Chief Minister couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to speak about his government’s achievements on the this occasion. “Three years tenure of the State Government has been full of achievements and accomplishments,” he said.

“This year the Mandi Shivrati has gained more importance as it was being celebrated this year when the Nagar Parishad has been upgraded to Municipal Corporation,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

Further, various Departments, Boards and Corporation have set up exhibition at Paddal Ground.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10

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Shimla- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 6830 by September 4, 2020. Yesterday the State reported 215 new positive cases with two deaths. The COVID-19 death tally rose to 48 with these new casualties reported from Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

According to the yesterday’s COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department, highest 37 cases were reported in Kangra district followed by Solan (35) Sirmaur (33), Chamba (33), Mandi (32), Una (20), Bilaspur (7), Hamirpur (7), Shimla (8), and Kullu (3). Till Friday evening, the number of active cases in the state was 1815 as 4920 persons had recovered.

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Amid this steep rise in cases in Himachal, the State Government on Friday held a Cabinet meeting in which it decided to open temples and religious places from September 10.

 The Language, Art and Culture Department will prepare SOP in this regard.  Registration would be required for people entering the State till September 15. The quarantine requirement would be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The District Administration would strictly enforce the use of masks and social distancing in the field, the government said.

The Cabinet decided to provide wheat flour and rice to the income tax payee APL Consumers under Public Distribution System as was being provided to them earlier on APL rates and provide them pulses, edible oil, salt and sugar on zero-subsidy on actual rates.

The State Cabinet decided to request the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) related to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme with the state government.

It decided to fill up 10 posts of class IV employees in Panchayati Raj Department.

It gave its approval to transfer Gram Panchayat Kot from Police Station Shimla East (Chhota Shimla) to Police Station West (Boileauganj)  in district Shimla to facilitate the people.

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