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Raksha Bandhan 2018: Celebrating the unbreakable bond of brother-sister love

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New Delhi, Aug 26: The Festival of Love and bond of brother and sister ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is being celebrated across the country today.

In Northern India, this festival is dedicated to the unbreakable love of brother and sister, and the prevalence of this festival has described as centuries old.

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On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.

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The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.

Raksha Bandhan as a religious festival focuses on performing the aarti and saying prayers prior to tying the rakhi. The prayers draw inspiration from the Hindu scriptures. The other religious feature is the application of the tilak on the forehead of the person wearing the rakhi.

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Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means “the tie or knot of protection”.The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances.

Different kind of sweets and unique handicrafts can give the occasion of Rakhi a more personal touch.A combination of bal mithai from Uttarakhand and a handcrafted pair of leather juttis with tilla embroidery can make your gifts more unique.

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What is the History of Raksha Bandhan?

The history of Raksha Bandhan is connected to Lord Krishna and Draupadi. When Lord Krishna killed King Sishupala, the blood was flowing with the figure of left hand of Krishna, Draupadi was very unhappy when he saw it and shared the piece of her sari and tied it in the figure of Krishna. It is believed that since then Krishna has considered Draupadi his sister. Draupadi was considered to be a sister because Lord Krishna protected her sister when someone did not accompany her. When Pandava was defeated in gambling and was being ransacked Draupadi in crowded assembly, Krishna saved Draupadi`s shame.

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Date- 26th August

Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time – 05:59 to 17:25

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US-based artiste gives ‘refreshing touch’ to India’s national anthem

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : Sparsh Shah, a 15-year-old singer, rapper and a motivational speaker from New Jersey, and singer-composer-producer Rohan Puntambekar have recreated a version of Indias national anthem, the “Jana Gana Mana”.

The new version of the song has been sung by Sparsh. The music has been produced by Rohan.

“Both me and Rohan were planning to do a musical collaboration. We met on Facetime and decided to start a music project around the Republic Day occasion. So, we brainstormed and came up with a recreated version of our national anthem and tried to give it a refreshing touch,” Sparsh said in a statement.

“We did the recording and video shooting via FaceTime, Skype and other modes. The entire process was simply amazing”.

Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disorder. But this didn’t stop him from dreaming big. He has already enthralled audiences across the globe with his inimitable singing and rapping.

He is a professionally trained singer in Hindustani classical and American vocal music.

“Sparsh is an exceptionally talented boy and at such a young age, he has become an international fame. This is my first collaboration with him and it’s a pleasure recording ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with him,” said Rohan.

“Jana Gana Mana” is Times Music’s exclusive release and is available across all the digital platforms.

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J&K: Two killed, many injured as bus falls into gorge near Ku Nallah

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Srinagar, Jan 24: At least two persons lost their lives and 28 were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Ramnagar-Udhampur road.

The incident took place near Ku Nallah.

More details awaited….

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Body of worker pulled out of Meghalaya mine

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Shillong, Jan 24: After more than a month, the body of a worker was extracted from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

A highly decomposed body was pulled to the water surface by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) and then taken out, a senior rescue official told news agency IANS.

The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village. Only five managed to escape.

The families of miners have said that they want the mortals to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order.

Coal mine accidents have been rampant in the mountainous state due to unscientific “rat hole mining” even after a National Green Tribunal imposed an interim ban in April 2014.

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