<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khichdi, India’s ultimate comfort food, is set to be designated as the national food.According to recent media reports, the announcement is likely to be made during the World Food India 2017.The mega event organised by the Ministry of Food Processing will also see India’s best chefs coming together to make 800 kg of Khichdi.According to a Navbharat Times report, food ministry headed by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had proposed khichdi’s name for national dish to the Centre, which was duly approved.The ministry feels that the dish is favourite of every person cutting across all boundaries of class or religion. The ‘queen of food’ essentially made of rice and lentils has been party of India’s culinary history.Some historians believe that the British Raj was so fascinated by Khichri that they took it with them and adopted it as ‘kedgeree’.The humble dish is prepared and loved in its various avatars across India.While North India calls it Khichdi or Khichri, in southern parts, the dish is known as Huggi, Pongal and Pulagam.From being cooked in its sabudana variation during Navratri, West Bengal likes its Khichdi along with fried fish and vegetables.With the announcement on November 3 or 4, Khichdi would officially become the national dish of India at the World Food India event.The bumper show will be attended by over 50 global CEOs and 200 companies.Many food giants such as Nestle,The Hershey Company and GSK Consumer Healthcare would participate in the event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar is engaged in yet another showdown with its outstation students, as the administration has issued a notice regarding the Navratri event organised at the institute and students are alleging it has a communal ring to it.In the notice, the Dean has alleged that while the Navratri festival was organised with “religious fervour”, the ensuing ‘Garba Night’ involved drinking and DJ sets that “played only filmy songs instead of religious songs”. Owing to this, “no such such event will be allowed in future”, the notice reads.However, students at the institute insist that the move was motivated by ulterior motives, as the college wanted to muzzle all Hindu festivals on the campus. “The same organising committee that the Dean has congratulated for the successful Navratri festival was the one that organised the latter event. How can they be heroes and villains at the same time? Basically, since the administration cannot straightaway muzzle Navratri, they have tried to circumnavigate the issue,” said a student from UP, requesting anonymity.Meanwhile, the braid-chopping controversy, which has sparked furious protests and a renewed efforts by separatists to rally people, has threatened to singe the campus too.Some students allege that a few days ago, locals had jumped the boundary wall and accused the outstation students of being involved in chopping braids. The college, since then, has started fencing the boundary wall with severe restrictions imposed on the movement of students.Registrar of the college, SA Mir, said, “Whatever has been done, it has been done to ensure that students remain safe. We don’t want any stray incident to spark any controversy as in 2016.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, when the rest of Gujarat was celebrating Navratri, two minor siblings were allegedly raped by two youths when they were sleeping on the terrace of their house in Dholera Taluka’s Khoon village.The village is situated some 110 kilometer South West of Ahmedabad. Two minor sisters, Anokhi and Ananya (names changed) were asleep on the terrace of their house on Friday night. “At the time of the incident, the mother was sleeping on the ground floor and father had gone to attend a religious sermon in the village,” said SM Jadeja, Sub Inspector, Dholera Police.Jadeja added that the two accused, Vishnu Vasani and Haresh Vasani, had threatened the girls of dire consequences if they told anyone about the incident. Two days later, on Monday, the sisters finally confided in their mother after the pain became unbearable. According to the FIR filed by the family, Vishnu is 19-years-old and Haresh is 20.The case is registered under relevant sections and a manhunt to nab the accused has been launched. Both victims have been sent to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital for a medical test, Jadeja added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shraddha Warpe had dressed for the last day of Navratri celebrations and was with her colleague from the Maharashtra Labour Board. Both worked for the same government agency and had got down from the train at Parel on Friday morning.Warpe, 22, a resident of Kalyan and her friend Meena Varunkar, a resident of Vikhroli had left their residence dressed in attire for the Navratri celebrations.Warpe was a resident of Ramnagar in Kalyan East and resided with her parents. The colleagues of both the victims rushed in large numbers and demanded action against the railway authorities for being negligent and irresponsible to handle the situation.A senior representative of the Maharashtra Labour Board, said, “Both young women were innocent and they have lost their lives due to the negligence.” The family members from Kalyan and Vikhroli arrived at the hospital and said, “We are in shock, many family members have not been informed about the death and have just informed them that they are injured in the incident.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A glimpse of Bagaria village in Bhopalgarh tehsil is enough to see the example of mutual brotherhood and communal harmony of Hindus and Muslims. Durga Mandir of this village is always in limelight during the Navaratri festival.It is a Hindu multiplicity village where the temple of Durga Mata draws a lot of Hindu devotees but surprisingly, all the priests of this temple are Muslims. Pujari here recites Durga Saptashati with the nine-day flame intact in the temple. The significance of this temple is that one can always hear the jaykara of mata whether its Ramzan or Navratri.The priest family considers this Goddess as their kuldevi and their true reverence and immense faith in this temple is well-known in the surrounding Hindu villages.Eighty-year-old Jamaluddin Khan, the priest of the temple, says about 500-600 years ago, a group of Muslim traders from Sindh province of now in Pakistan was passing through here with their animals. They were going to Malwa in the then Central India.They stayed at Bagriya village in the night and the Goddess Durga appeared in the dream of one of his ancestors and said that you worship my statue. They built a temple and the worship of the Goddess Durga has been going on. Jamaluddin says that “the chief priest is appointed from our family and after my father, I have been serving the temple as a priest for nearly 50 years.” Pujari Jamaluddin said that devotees of every religion come to this temple. Presenting the cordial picture of Hindu-Muslim relations, there is also a madarsa near the temple.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of the festive Navratri season — when Goddess Durga is worshipped across the country as a symbol of power — Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today recalled an age when the deity was the defence minister.”From Puranas we find that the education minister was Goddess Saraswati, defence minister was Durga Devi and finance minister was Laxmi Devi,” he told would-be business leaders here, drawing a round of applause from the gathering.In a paean to the strength of Indian women, he said they were given the highest importance in “our philosophies … our culture”.The country’s major rivers — Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri, Narmada, Mahanadi, Tapti — were all named after women, he said at the 15th edition of the Indian School of Business Leadership Summit 2017 here.”We also call our country Bharat Mata or Mother India,” the vice president said, as he stressed the need to empower women and give them equal opportunities. PTI SUN VSD BDS
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his first visit to Varanasi since the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gifted Rs 1,000 crore Navratri bonanza to his ‘home’.Inaugurating as many as 17 infrastructure projects at Bada Lalpur in Varanasi, PM Modi also launched a Rs 305 crore handicraft trade centre.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, UP Governor Ram Naik, Union Minister Smriti Irani were also present during the launch.The highlight of the first day of the PM Modi’s visit was the launch of Mahamana Express.PM Modi launched the Varanasi to Vadodara train via video conferencing.Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, PM Modi said that “development is the solution for every problem.”He also said that “we complete every project that we launch.”This is PM Modi’s 11th visit to his Lok Sabha constituency.Before the September visit, PM Modi had held a roadshow in the city during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Over 500 meat and chicken shops here today were allegedly shut down by Shiv Sena workers for Navratri festival.”We have served notices to every meat and chicken shop.This time we have not served notices to restaurants, such as KFC and other food chains which serve chicken in their restaurants as it is not seen openly.One will have to face consequences in case he does not follow instructions,” general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon wing Ritu Raj told PTI.The sainiks also served notices to owners of non- vegetarian food outlets, asking them to close down their shops till nine-day Navratra is over.The Shiv Sena workers assembled at Palam Vihar and forced shut down of meat markets in Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 5 and 9, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazaar, Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.”We had on Tuesday served a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh demanding shutting down of raw meat shops for the next 9 days in view of Navratras but the district administration did not direct the meat shop owners to shut down,” Raj said.A senior police officer told PTI, “We are looking into the matter and no one is authorised to take law into his own hands. If the shops were forcefully shut down by the workers of Shiv Sena, we will take strict against them and are awaiting for the complaint to be registered in this regard.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, senior Congress Narayan Rane quit the part, accusing them of not keeping promises made to him. He said that he will now go on a state-wide tour of Maharashtra which will start from Nagpur. He stated that he will announce his next move after Navratri.He claimed that he was constantly humiliated by the party. He submitted his resignation as MLC to the speaker at 2:25PM. He also attacked Ahmed Patel and Ashok Chavan, claiming he was promised the CM’s post.Rane was CM of Maharashtra for eight months between 1 Feb and 17 October 1999, when he was part of Shiv Sena and succeeded Manohar Joshi.Rane, who has pockets of influence in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, was expelled by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after he voiced displeasure over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.Rane, a tough talking Maratha leader, who was handpicked by Bal Thackeray as chief minister when he decided to remove the genial Manohar Joshi ahead of the 2005 Assembly elections, claimed he had received an offer from the Sena to return to its fold. He, however, did not say if he was offered any post.”It’s not about any post. I said I don’t want to rejoin the Sena. If the Sena doesn’t want me, why would the offer have been made,” Rane told a Marathi news channel.However, Rane’s open revolt against Bal Thackeray and Uddhav still rankles with most leaders and members of the Sena, whose threat to pull out of the coalition government is being seen as an attempt to thwart the Maratha leader’s entry into the BJP.The speculation about his joining BJP got triggered with reports that he had met BJP president Amit Shah in Ahmedabad a few months ago. During the recent Ganesh festival, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had visited Rane’s residence, fuelling it further.Rane said Sena often enacted the “drama” of threatening to quit the government while enjoying the privileges of power.More details awaited
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move to step up its security during Navratri, the city police have extended the duty hours from 9 pm to 1 pm. Sleuths of local police and Mahila crime branch will be deployed across the city to maintain peace. The cops have created three teams which will closely monitor the 58 garba venues during the nine-day festival.In order to avoid traffic snarls, at least across the main city arteries, the cops will also deploy teams outside the venues.As per Mahila crime branch officials, around three teams of Mahila police officers have been formed, who will be traditionally dressed during celebrations. The cops will also keep a special watch with CCTV footage to prevent any harassment of women. Besides, the cops in uniform will also be deployed across all venues.Panna Mommaya, ACP Mahila Crime branch, said, “The teams will be deployed in both western and eastern parts of the city. For safety of women, our officials will be deployed across major garba venues. The woman officers will also be present at different venues for immediate assistance.”Restriction on heavy vehiclesIn order to maintain a smooth vehicular movement during the nine-day festival, the traffic police department has issued a notification to band heavy vehicles on SG Highway. The vehicles will be diverted to alternate routes between 11 pm to 3 am to avoid any congestion. Around 14 towing trucks will be deployed outside major Garba venues to clear the vehicles which will be parked on the roads and creating congestion. At the major crossroads, more traffic personals will be deployed to maintain the traffic movement.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No cyclone warning in Mumbai, don’t trust WhatsApp messeges: IMDAs heavy rains pounded the Mumbai city and suburbs for the second day on Wednesday, WhatsApp messages of certain major roads being closed for vehicular traffic turned out to be fake. Heavy rains have disrupted flight operations at the Mumbai airport and delayed suburban train services in the financial capital. The weather department also said that people must not believe on fake news of cyclone warning. dnai.in/f5aACalcutta High Court to Bengal govt: Don’t create line between 2 communitiesThe Calcutta High Court on Wednesday while hearing of petitions for extension of immersion schedule for Durga puja that has been restricted by the West Bengal government in view of Muharram asked that why can’t two communities celebrate together. The High Court bench had some pointed questions for the West Bengal government. HC told state government, ” When you (state govt) are firm there is communal harmony in the state, why are you creating communal distinction b/w the two?”, reports ANI. dnai.in/f5byAIADMK power struggle: Madras HC extends stay on floor testThe Madras High Court on Wednesday extended its stay order on a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly till further directions. “There will not be floor tests for next days until counters are filed,” said Aryama Sundaram, lawyer of Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal. dnai.in/f5aHRs 1,756 crore approved to enhance and improve sports infraThe Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.dnai.in/f5bBSanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati’s first look to be unveiled tomorrowThe long wait is over. The first look of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is set to be revealed tomorrow, September 21, marking the arrival of Navratri. The timing couldn’t be better. Rani Padmavati aka Deepika Padukone arrives as the country prepares for devisthapana. Bhansali’s latest offering, Padmavati, celebrates Indian culture and the director thought it was an auspicious occasion to reveal the first look of his film. SLB confirms, “I’m happy to bring the story of the Rani Padmavati to the screen. It was a fitting date for us to launch the first look of the film and celebrate this auspicious occasion.” dnai.in/f5bi
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ actress Dalljiet Kaur’s second innings on telly has been making heads turn every now and then. Last seen as Manjari on Zee TV’s ‘Kaala Teeka’, the actress stunned all with her drastic weight loss and glamorous makeover. Now she will also be seen in the most powerful female character ever.Dalljiet Kaur has bagged a special Navrati series on Big Magic titled ‘Maa Shakti’. It is a show with 28 episodes and will start airing from September 21. Dressed in the character, Dalljiet shared her picture on Instagram with a caption, “Power of a woman is personified in my new project… #somethingnew #womanpower” Excited about her new role, Miss Kaur even spoke to Bollywood Life and said, “This is my first mythological and I am very excited. We are shooting in Gujarat. I have got my son Jaydon here with me. He is missing school, I am taking a risk but this role is very special for me. This is a character for my soul. I am so happy to see the interest in the news. The response by fans has been very good.” She is taking three hours to get decked for the character of Maa Durga and is enjoying every bit of it. “This feeling … when u r walking on an unknown path …. butterflies in my stomach …. overnight there is sooooo much response …. ooooooooo i better do it right hehe…A post shared by DALLJIET KAUR (@kaurdalljiet) on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:41am PDT Cashing on the festivities of Navratri, the show captures the entire journey of Maa Durga right from the time she was created by the Gods to the death of Mahishahasura. Getting into the skin of her character, Dalljiet says it’s important to tell the story of Maa Durga. The actress said, “I am a non-vegtarian but I have decided to abstain from non-veg till I am doing this show. The writing is excellent. Every dialogue gives me the goose-bumps. There is so much in the character of Shakti/Durga, that it is great for an artiste. I have been reading on the various myths and tales surrounding her. Young people love Dandiya and Garba but they should know what is the tale behind the existence of Durga. As a woman, it is about having the fighting spirit and lot more. She is a mother, she is a destroyer. When a mother turns destroyer, God save the world.” Power of a woman is personified in my new project… #somethingnew #womanpowerA post shared by DALLJIET KAUR (@kaurdalljiet) on Sep 17, 2017 at 1:05pm PDT We’ll have to wait and watch if Dalljiet Kaur’s fans also enjoy the show as much the actress is having a good time shooting for it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While former Shiv Sena rebel and Congress leader Narayan Rane is waiting in the wings to join the BJP, the Shiv Sena has served yet another ultimatum to walk out of the Devendra Fadnavis-led dispensation in which it is a junior partner. However, it did not set a deadline for the decision, which leaders said would be taken by party president Uddhav Thackeray at the “right time.”Sources said the Shiv Sena’s elected representatives had also expressed their discontent at the party’s own ministers in the state government in a meeting held on Monday by Uddhav at his residence at Matoshree in Bandra East. The Sena has 12 ministers, including five with cabinet rank, in the Fadnavis government and a lone representative — union heavy industries minister Anant Geete —in the Narendra Modi cabinet.The Shiv Sena will organise a show of strength through a morcha (protest march) across the state and in Mumbai later this week. The party, which is gradually losing space to the resurgent BJP, is also eager to ensure a good turnout at its Dusshera rally. It has also girded its loins to ensure success in the polls to gram panchayats.The party had maintained intense secrecy about the meeting with ministers, MPs and legislators being asked to leave their mobile phones outside the hall.“There is intense discontent against the government in legislators and MPs as their development works are not being done. Even the people have immense anger and disillusionment about this dispensation. Prices are rising and many legacy issues are yet to be resolved. While it is the BJP’s government, the people are blaming the Shiv Sena. The time has come for us to decide if we want to stay in the government or not and we have come close to that point,” said Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, who is the executive editor of the party organ Saamna.He denied that the issue of Rane’s entry into the BJP was discussed in the meeting. Rane had earlier hinted that his induction into the ruling party was likely during Navratri.“Not just legislators and MPs, even the common man is not happy at the government. They are hit badly by rising prices of essentials and those of petrol and diesel,” said a senior Shiv Sena MP, adding they wanted to tap into the sentiment.Environment minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam admitted that several Shiv Sena legislators had expressed their discontent at the slow pace of development and had sought that the party quit the government. “Uddhavji will take a right decision at the right time,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This year, Navratri aartis from the Chira Bazaar Tadwadi Mandal will be broadcast live on Facebook. This is an attempt to not only reach a bigger audience, but also include those neighbours who have moved away from Girguam and can’t be present in person.The mandal is famous for its 18-ft idol, the tallest in south Mumbai. “We are planning to go live on Facebook with our aartis, even the day when we are bring the idol to the mandal. It is a huge celebration,” said Amit Bhadricha of the mandal. He added, the traditional music will only be played once we enter Girgaum. “Why trouble people and cause unnecessary traffic jams on road? When we enter Girgaum, we start our celebrations,” said Bhadricha.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Association (NPCCA) has written a letter to the commissioner of police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), asking them to review relaxation of silence zones in the area.The letter, signed by the president of the Association Swarn Kohli, reads: “As we approach the festive season, it has come to our notice that silence zones will not be observed and use of loudspeakers permitted during the Ganpati festival, can continue for all other festivals, during Navratri / Christmas etc. Sir, as you are aware, this is a hazard to health and well being of senior citizens and the sick, and a disturbance to work and students (sic).”Residents of the area added that quality of life is also determined by the sound and environment one lives in. “At any given time the sound is 60, 80 or even 100 decibels. During the festival period, it goes out of control. What we are asking for is only enforcement of permissible decibel levels,” said Atul Kumar, vice president of the association.He added, “Celebration does not have to be correlated with the noise produced. It can be silent and peaceful. Diwali is an outstanding example of a festival that is becoming increasingly environment-friendly. It has gotten quieter and prettier every year. There are crackers with less noise and there is also a significant reduction in smoke pollution. Crackers also tend to harm birds and animals. Only permissible decibel levels should be followed. There is a reason why decibel levels are set.”Despite repeated messages, the commissioner of police and BMC’s municipal commissioner did not respond to queries from DNA.AT A GLANCERecently, the government informed the High Court that it is relaxing noise pollution norms for festivals
Residents have written to the BMC and the Commissioner of Police for enforcement of permissible decibel levels
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>demonetization, GST and RERA have taken toll on one of Mumbai’s most vibrant festivals —Navratri. While commercial Dandiya organisers insist their patrons haven’t left them, they claim their sponsors, mainly real estate developers are backing out.Apart from the money issues, restrictions on noise pollution and subsequent cases are also deterring organisers. Jignesh Bhutta, the man behind Dandiya events in Borivli (lead singers Prieity, Pinky) and Vile Parle (Bhumi Trivedi) confessed that demonetization, RERA and GST affected his main sponsors. Devndra Joshi of Sankalp Dandiya, where Falguni made her fortunes, blames organisers for reducing the stature of the festival.”This used to be a national event. Today, it is reduced to some pockets in Borivli and Ghatkopar. Why would a developer sponsor local events?” he says.It is only Falguni Pathak’s event at Borivli that has still managed to get builders’ support. “They get the audience they want and at cheaper rates than TV or newspapers,” said Pankaj Kotecha, organiser of Kora Kendra dandiya. While the crowds have still not turned their backs, organisers find it difficult to follow noise pollution limits — 55 db in residential zones. “We are holding events in areas over one lakh square feet. It’s very difficult,” says Bhutta. He moots the idea of forming a pressure group like the Dahi Handi, who managed to get the height restrictions off their heads through association.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Hindu outfit, Hindu Utsav Samiti (HUS), has demanded that Aadhar card be made mandatory at all Garba events in Bhopal to prevent entry of non-Hindus during the upcoming Navratri.Saying that all the Garba pandals in the city must be made accessible to the Hindu men, president of HUS Kailash Begwani said, “We received a lot of complaints last time. A number of girls and their families complained that a number of non-Hindus would enter the Pandal and misbehave with them. So, we are taking the step to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”Begwani said that they would seek to verify identity with the Aadhar as it, unlike the license, cannot be tampered with or copied.He added that the Hindu festivals should be limited to only the Hindu community and other communities should refrain from being a part.”The district collector has assured us to take up with Garba organisers our demand to make Aadhar card mandatory for men entering the garba venue,” he said.He added that if the committee doesn’t comply with them and they keep receiving such complaints, they’d have to take even more severe steps next year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it was awaiting presidential assent to the Maharashtra Transport and Road Safety Act 2017 aimed at penalising needless honking by vehicles and reducing noise pollution. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhkoni told a division bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi that the Act has been passed by the Maharashtra Assembly in April this year but is yet to be implemented as the state government is waiting for presidential assent to it. The section 20 of the Act prohibits drivers from honking “needlessly or continuously or more than what is necessary to ensure safety” besides honking in silence zones and using multi-toned horns that create harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise and also from driving vehicles after modifying exhaust silencer, making it more noisy. The section 23 of the Act provides penalty of Rs 2,000 for each of the contraventions. The government apprised the court of its wait for the presidential assent to the law today during hearing of a bunch of petitions seeking strict implementation of the Noise Pollution Rules especially during the festive occasions like Ganeshotsav, Navratri and Dahi Handi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Holy festival of Ram Navami is being celebrated across the country on Tuesday. The festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Rama as per Hindu mythology, falls on the ninth day of Navratri.He is considered to be seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is best known for the many ideals he had besides killing the demon kind Ravana and shedding the world of evil.RSS in West Bengal, however has planned to celebrate the festival on April 5 in a big way to “unite” the Hindus “It (Ram Navami) is a religious festival but through it we plan to organise the Hindus and unite them against the fundamentalist forces,” a RSS functionary here said.Ram Navami sees elaborate celebrations across the country on this day by Hindus mostly.Let’s have a look at celebrations across the country:Celebrations at Kalkaji temple:Muslim women celebrating Ram Navami: Celebrations at Ram Mandir in Mumbai: Decorations at Shirdi: Bike rally to spread the message of unity: (With agency inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Holy festival of Ram Navami is being celebrated across the country. It is a festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama and falls on the ninth day of Navratri.President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari have greeted the people on the occasion.In his message, President Mukherjee said, Lord Rama was an embodiment of great virtues and highest values.Vice-President Ansari expressed hope that the virtuous life of Lord Rama helps in inspiring everyone to uphold his noble ideals and high moral values.Meanwhile, politicians and celebrities alike have come together to greet the nation on the occasion.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the last day of the Budget Session, the Gujarat Assembly has made amendments to the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954. The punishment for those involved in cow slaughter, transportation and sale of beef or beef products has been increased to life imprisonment.Presently, the punishment for cow slaughter is seven years of jail term and Rs 50,000 penalty, which has also been doubled to Rs 1 lakh.“During this auspicious occasion of Chhetri Navratri, the government, on suggestions of several sadhu-sants, has made amendments to the Gujarat Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2011. This is the harshest law in the country,” Minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told Hindustan Times.
ALSO READ No beef now? Meat traders meet Yogi Adityanath, say no bone with crackdown on illegal slaughterhousesWhen Narendra Modi was chief minister, the Gujarat government had imposed a complete ban on cow-slaughter, transportation and selling of cow-beef by amending the erstwhile 1954 Act in 2011. Since then, crimes related to cow slaughter in the state are covered under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 2011.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A couple of days after the Gurugram unit of the Shiv Sena demanded that shops and restaurants that served non vegetarian food downed their shutters for the nine-day Navrati period, a group of men entered a mall in Ghaziabad with the same demands.On Thursday, the group of men entered the Opulent Mall in Ghaziabad and reportedly told eateries, McDonald’s included, not to serve non-vegetarian foodWhile the incident has been captured by CCTV cameras, a Times of India report says that security personnel who were interviewed after the incident maintained that the men did not misbehave or threaten anyone.
ALSO READ Gurugram unit of Shiv Sena forces 500 meat shops, including KFC to down shuttersThe men also went into a McDonald’s store in the mall. Staff members, who were interviewed, said that they were told to take non-vegetarian food off the menu for the next nine days. “They were convinced and went away. However, they told us that they will return to cross-check if we are actually adhering to their directions or simply hoodwinking them,” a staff member reportedly said.However, eyewitnesses tweeted the account.
ALSO READ Hindu groups enforce Navratri meat ban in Gurugram
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Mustaqeem Qureshi, it was for the first time in his life that he was forcefully asked to close down his famous biryani shop, that too for nine consecutive days. There are many like Qureshi who are in a fix on the meat ban imposed by Hindu vigilante groups.Hindu right-wing groups, claiming to be affiliated with Shiv Sena and the Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Kranti Sena, forced more than 300 meat shops, including an outlet of popular fast food chain KFC, to shut down in Sector 14 area of Gurugram on Tuesday. They cited Navratri as the reason.They also demanded that Tuesday be declared a weekly closure for restaurants serving non-vegetarian food. According to meat sellers in Old Gurugram’s Masjid area, a group of around 30 men armed with lathis and stones ordered the market to be closed down on Tuesday.They later held a meeting with the pradhan (chief) of the market who was threatened with dire consequences if he does not cooperate with the directive.Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said: “Neither the state government nor the administration has ordered the shutdown of restaurants serving non-vegetarian food. We have not received a single complaint but would take action against those found guilty.”“We have been selling non-vegetarian food for the past 50 years in this area. It is for the first time that we had to shut our shops down without our consent,” said Mohammed Tahir, pradhan of the meat market near Sadar Bazar Masjid of Old Gurugram.“Shiv Sena and other Hindu groups had previously sent letters to meat owners and the Police Commissioner to ban meat during Navratri as we do not want anyone to hurt the feelings of Hindu devotees,”said Ritu Raj, who refers himself as district media coordinator of Shiv Sena.However, when DNA queried about the letter that was sent to restaurants, all of them denied any such notification from the Shiv Sena.An outlet of popular food joint KFC was also targeted by the group. According to eyewitnesses, around 3 pm, some men arrived and talked to the manager and workers of the restaurant. They ordered them not to open it till the end of nine days.A KFC worker, who does not wish to be named, said: “As a responsible corporate citizen, KFC operates in compliance with the laws of the land. We have not received any notification from the authorities on limiting operations during the Navratri or Tuesdays. We would like to remind that KFC has the highest respect for the cultural and religious beliefs of all communities and believe that consumers are free to make choices and decisions.”On Wednesday, a day after the closure of shops was forced upon the restaurant owners, there was no meat served to customers.A supplier of meat expressed his grief because of the shutdown. “The meat needs to be served fresh, and, since morning, no one has ordered it. It is a big loss for me.” Restaurant owners calculated their loss for two days at Rs 12,000-15,000.Later in the afternoon, a police team went to various places and told restaurant owners to continue business without fear and assured them safety.“What happened here is a repercussion of Uttar Pradesh. Why is it happening this time only? We have been doing this business since the past 50 years. Why is it happening now?” said 72-year-old Saifuddin Qureshi.Shops in Bhondsi, Badshahpur and Sohna were also closed down on Wednesday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With great power comes great responsibility. And a combination of the two is forcing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to forsake a 24-year-old tradition – of observing complete solitude and silence during the nine-day period of Navratri that starts today.Yogi Adityanath has been strictly following the nine-day Durga puja schedule and agyaatvaas (solitary confinement) during Navaratri since 1993. But after his recent elevation to the chief minister’s chair, he now has little time to follow his rigorous routine of more than two decades.Though the CM will fast starting Wednesday – surviving on only fruit and water – he will break the practice of confinement as he can’t afford to stay away from the calls of duty.“Being the chief minister, his main duty is to serve the people of the state. Serving human beings is the purest way to earn punya than anything else,” said a Cabinet colleague, who did not wish to be quoted.Yogi, who is Peethedheswar (head priest) of the famous Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, would typically break his fast on the last day of Navratri. During the nine-period, he would be in seclusion and offer daily prayers amidst chanting of mantras by 21 priests to different avatars of Goddess Durga.He would come out from his confinement on the ninth day only after performing “kanya puja” on the eighth day of Navaratri. Yogi Adityanath would wash the feet of nine girls with Gangaajal (water of the holy river Ganga) and feed them with a variety of delicious food. After performing a puja, donning a special cap given to him by his religious guru and predecessor Mahant Avaidyanath, he would touch their feet and offer them sweets and gifts.“Kanya puja on the eighth day of Navaratri is considered to be of a high religious significance and the most adorable way to please Goddess Durga, a symbol of naari shakti (women power),” claims Sushain Kumar Nigam, a famous astrologer and a Durga devotee.Until last year, after performing ‘kanya puja’, Adityanath would perform a special havan and go to his gaushala(cowshed) at the Gorakhnath temple to feed the cows there.Others point out that the chief minister has to pay the price for heading the state by curtailing his religious duties at the Gorakhnath temple. Though there is no change in his daily routine of getting up at 3.30 am sharp and offering prayers after taking a shower at a special suite of the VVIP Guest house, the saffron CM is his religious chores.After the ‘purification’ of his official residence at 5 Kalidas Marg in the state capital of Lucknow, the CM is likely to shift there on one of the auspicious days during Navaratri. He may perform the “kanya puja” at his official residence but is almost certain to give the annual confinement a miss.A team of 21 priests has already arrived in Lucknow to assist Adityanath in performing his Navaratri pujas. They have brought Gangajal, cow’s milk and desi (countrymade) ghee from his gaushala in Gorakhpur, along with materials used in havan and puja. “We have made all arrangements for CM’s Navaratri puja,” said one of his staff members, on condition of anonymity.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The traditional Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day festival which commences on March 28 and will culminate with Ram Navami on April 5. Marking the beginning of a new year for a lot of communities in the country, quite a lot of people observe fast during these nine days. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi also observes fast during both Chaitra Navratri as well as Sharad Navratri. For 18 days in a year, his diet only consists of fruits consumed once a day, and intake of lemon juice throughout the day. In 2012, PM Modi had mentioned in a blog that he has been fasting during Navratri for 35 years.Whereas newly appointed CM of Uttar Pradesh, Aditya Nath Yogi also observe fast during Navratri. He eats fruits twice in the day and is on liquid diet throughout the remaining part of his day.
ALSO READ Chaitra Navratri 2017 Schedule: Importance and Puja Muhurat timingsIf you are wondering what you can or cannot eat during Navratri, here’s the list that will help you:1. Kuttu Atta (buckwheat flour): You can make khichdi, paratha, poori and halwa
ALSO READ Navratri: PM Modi to join devotees in observing nine-day fast2. Sabudana (sago/tapioca pearls): Have sabudana kheer, payasam, khichdi, vada3. Sama Chawal (barnyard millet): Can be used to make idli, uttapam, dosa and puri for vrat
ALSO READ Gudi Padwa 2017: From PM Modi to Virender Sehwag, luminaries extend greetings4. Herbs and spices: sendha namak (rock salt), cumin seeds (jeera), green cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg, cinnamon and green chilli5. Tea is allowed, but you cannot consume coffee.6. Dairy products: milk, curd, paneer, butter, ghee, khoya and condensed milk7. Onion and garlic are strictly not be consumed while you are observing fast.8. Makhana (fox nuts): Make kheer or aloo makhana9. Fruits and vegetables: All fruits are allowed. You can also coconut dishes or have coconut milk and water. You can opt for potatoes, sweet potatoes, suran, tomatoes, pumpkin, bananas and papaya.10. Dry fruits: Almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts and kishmish are eaten during fast.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The traditional Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day festival which commences on March 28 and will culminate with Ram Navami on April 5. Also known as Vasant Navami, it is the celebration of victory of good over the evil. Devotees will worship Goddess Durga and her nine forms throughout this nine days. These nine days will be marked by fasting and abstinence. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Prince Sudarsana who won the battle with the divine blessings of Goddess Shakti. Navratri is celebrated twice in a year. The festival kicks off with Ghatasthapana .Ghatasthapana timing = 08:26 to 10:42 AM Duration = 2 Hours 15 MinsGhatasthapana Muhurat falls on Amavasya Tithi Due to skipped PratipadaPratipada Tithi Begins = 08:26 on 28/Mar/2017Pratipada Tithi Ends = 05:44 on 29/Mar/2017Here is the schedule for Navratri festival:28th March- Maa Shailputri Puja (Ghatasthapana)29th March- Maa Brahmacharini Puja30th March- Maa Chandraghanta Puja31st March- Maa Kushmanda Puja1st April- Mann Shandamata Puja2nd April- Maa Katyani Puja3rd April- Maa Kalaratri Puja4th April- Maa Mahagauri Puja5th April- Maa Siddhidatri Puja Navratri Parana (After 10:05:29)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> During the auspicious occasion of Navratri which begins on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe his nine-day fast, a practice that he has been following for more than four decades. The Prime Minister will strictly maintain a diet consisting only of warm water for nine long days, joining millions of other devotees who will be observing fast on the pious occasion. In 2012, Prime Minister Modi had mentioned in a blog that he has been fasting during Navratri for 35 years. During his U.S. visit in 2014, he did not break his tradition and strictly consumed only lemon water.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)