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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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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.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for August 4, 2020 ( 9 PM)

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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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Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18 Announced, These 4 Persons Would be Honored

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Shimla– ‘Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman’ Award has been announced for the year 2017-18, informed the Secretary Academy Dr. Karam Singh on June 6, 2020.  

The recommendation of the jury the winners have been announced, he said, adding that four Shikhar Samman (awards) would be given in the field of language, culture and literature for two years and Rs. one lakh each would be given to each awardee.

He said that for the year 2017, Prof. Keshav Sharma would be honoured for contribution in Literature and special achievements. Folk Singer Mohan Rathour would be honoured with Language and Culture Shikar Samman.

For the year 2018, Dr. O.C. Handa would be honoured with Sahitya Shikhar Samman, whereas Dinesh Kumari of Kangra would be honoured in Art and Culture sector.

The ‘Shikhar Samman’ is given to the Himachali writers in the field of art and culture and to littérateurs from the country who worked for the promotion of Himachali language, traditions and culture.

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Video: Replica of Himachal’s Bhimakali Temple at International Surajkund Mela Becomes Centre of Attraction

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Shimla- The replica of Bhimakali temple in the ongoing 34th International Surajkund Crafts Mela has become the main attraction. The real temple is located in Sarahan of Shimla district and dedicated to goddess Bhimakali.

Himachal is a theme state for this event. A large number of people are visiting to see the permanent structure of the Bhimakali temple, which has been built in traditional style.

Earlier, in the year 1996 also Himachal was the theme state and permanent replica of Maheshwar Devta temple was set up there. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism has organized the event in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs from 1st to 16th February .

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Besides this, five temporary gates and one permanent gate made in traditional Himachali style have been set up in the Mela ground, giving a glimpse of the state. Two-storey Apna Ghar made in traditional Pahari style has also been set up and a family from district Chamba is starting in it this family is providing the tourists with an experience of rural culture and lifestyle of the state.

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The stalls of handicrafts and handlooms of the state are also being much liked by the tourists. Various cultural programmes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the state are being presented during the Mela.  A large number of tourists are also visiting the information centre set up at the Mela ground.

 The government claims that in order to attract national and international tourists, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh is marketing and publicizing the tourism potential of the State.

The government claims such international level platform will help in the promotion of Tourism as well as rich cultural heritage, folk songs, handloom-handicrafts, cuisines of the state and these tourism-related products are the attraction for the tourists.

 

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