During Chaitra Yatra Lakhs of devotees expected to throng Tara Tarini Hill shrine

During Chaitra Yatra Lakhs of devotees expected to throng Tara Tarini Hill shrine

 Hill shrine to be made polythene free this year

Devotees to the shrine will be asked to refrain from bringing bags to the temple

Like previous years, Lakhs of devotees are expected to throng the Tara Tarini hill shrine on famous Tuesdays During Chaitra Yatra festival. During that time the hill shrine would be made completely polythene free. The  Chaitra Yatra on this Month is celebrated on all Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra and these days are very famous among the devotees of Adi Shakti. This year the festival would be celebrated at the famous hill shrine on five Tuesdays that fall on March 14, 21, 28 as well as April 4 and 11.

Noteworthy, Tara Tarini is the second highest visited Religious destination in Odisha after Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. It also caught national attention when Government of India named a Ship of Indian Navy on the name of this famous Shakti peetha recently and for the first time Modi government recognized it’s ancient presence as the famous goddesses of Sea Traders on the Kalinga coast.

Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha on the Purnagiri (Also known as Ratnagiri, Kumari hills, Parvata, Tarakashya Mahagiri in different periods of time in different Texts and Jatakas) at the bank of the holy River Rushikulya near Brahmapur city in Ganjam District, Odisha, India is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.


Tarini Ship


The mythological and Tantric texts recognize four major Shakti Peethas: Tara Tarini (Stana Khanda), near Brahmapur; Odisha, Bimala (Pada Khanda) inside the Jagannath Temple, Puri; Odisha, Kamakhya (Yoni khanda), near Guwahati; Assam and Dakshina Kalika (Mukha khanda) in Kolkata, West Bengal. Including these four there are 52 other sacred Shakti Peethas, which originated from the limbs of Mata Sati‘s corpse in the Satya Yuga.

As per the information, cleaning up of the hill shrine ahead of the Chaitra festival was formally started on Wednesday. Senior officials of district administration, including the district collector and authorities of the Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), took part in the cleaning process.

Cleaning of the hill shrine was started from the foothill and in the coming days the whole hill is expected to be cleaned up. TTDB secretary Pramod Panda said it has been decided to make the hill shrine completely polythene-free during the festival.

During Chaitra, TaraAll shops at the foothill and the hilltop have been informed about the perils of polythene use. All visitors to the hill shrine would also be requested to refrain from throwing polythene bags and other non-biodegradable materials in the hill shrine region. The local tehsildar has been tasked to ensure minimal use of polythene at the hill shrine.

During Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival, ten buses would be provided by TTDB for transportation of devotees to the hilltop through the ghat road. Ticket for the to-and-fro journey would be ₹ 50 per passenger. Except for these buses and a few vehicles used for official purposes, no other vehicle would be allowed to travel to the hilltop.

This is being done to avoid traffic congestion on the ghat road during the festival days. A Ropeway and traditional steps also lead to the top of the hill shrine.

It has also been decided that the irrigation department would release some water from the barrages in the Surada area so that the Rushikulya river at the foothill contains adequate water for the bathing of the devotees on Tuesdays of the Chaitra festival. On these days, three temporary medical centres would be opened at Tara Tarini.

BERHAMPUR, MARCH 02, 2017

Hanging Library in Ganjam to encourage children to read

Hanging library in Ganjam, Odisha to encourage children to read

‘Hanging Library’ DEAR an innovative interactive  movement

Schoolchildren in Ganjam district of Odisha are being lured into the reading and writing habit in an entertaining manner through a unique project named ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) a Hanging Library.

DEAR, an innovative interactive library movement project, was initiated in the district around three years ago. It has already earned national recognition. In 2015, the project was selected for a national award for innovation in educational administration. The project was started in Ganjam district in December 2014 in around 1,000 schools. At present, the project is successfully continuing in over 4,000 government managed or aided schools of Ganjam district.

Hanging Library, statDEAR, an innovative interactive library movement project, was initiated in the district around three years ago. It has already earned national recognition. In 2015, the project was selected for a national award for innovation in educational administration. The project was started in Ganjam district in December 2014 in around 1,000 schools. At present, the project is successfully continuing in over 4,000 government managed or aided schools of Ganjam district.

 “This project targeted the alarming issue of declining reading habit among school students, which was also affecting their writing skills. Students were found to be concerned only about their textbooks and we wanted to make the children feel that reading is linked to studies and examination only. It can also be entertaining and activity of pleasure,” said District Education Officer (DEO) of Ganjam, Sanatan Panda.

But dearth of adequate number of books in schools, especially the rural ones, was a major obstacle in the path of enhancing the reading habit among students. In addition, books in school libraries also remained locked in almirahs, out of reach of the students. As an initial step, all schools in Ganjam district were advised to display most books in their libraries before students. Books in school libraries were also segregated as per their suitability for children of different age groups.

Sib Kumar DasBERHAMPUR, MARCH 01, 2017

Indian Navy honours Tara-Tarini hill shrine by naming sailboat

Indian Navy honours Tara-Tarini hill shrine by naming sail boat

Tara-Tarini was the traditional patron deity for ancient Odisha sailors

Induction of the Indian Navy sailboat INSV Tarini, named after the Tara-Tarini hill shrine in Ganjam district of  Odisha, has become an event of joy and pride for the inhabitants of the district.

TariniThe first all-women crew on board INSV Tarini will set sail in August this year to circumnavigate the globe. But for the people of Ganjam district, naming of the sailboat is an honour for the Tara-Tarini shrine and Odia maritime history. In Sanskrit, the word Tarini means both boat and saviour. Tara-Tarini was the traditional patron deity for sailors and merchants of ancient Odisha, who worshipped it for safety and success at sea.

The boat draws her origin from the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Odisha’s Ganjam district. Tara-Tarini is the patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshiped for safety and success at sea from ancient period it self. Only for that mega ports like Manikpatna, PALUR, DANTAPURA, SONAPUR, KALINGA NAGAR and PITHUNDA flourished in Ganjam region very near to the Tara Tarini Shakti peetha.

Even the earliest reference to Palur port appears in the work of the Greek sailor Ptolemy during the 2nd century CE who has named it as Paloura.

Tara-Tarini of Odisha is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei — the exclusive boat deity of Goa’s Mhadei river. In Ganjem of Goa, Tara Tarini of Odisha have been worshiped as Tarini Tara vis since ancient times. Both the deities have sculptural similarities and similarities in their puja system.

In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. A team of six women Officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for this project. These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meterology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi. After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back. Following that, they sailed the boat on a grueling voyage to Cape Town in Dec 16.

Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB) secretary Pramod Panda said the Tara Tarini shrine represents reverence for mother deity and acceptance of mother nature as the protector. Mr. Panda thanked the Indian Navy for naming the new sailboat after the hill shrine.

According to him, this small but great gesture will surely draw attention of people all over the country towards this famous hill shrine of south Odisha.

Rich maritime history

In a statement, cultural organisation ‘Utkal Parishad’ expressed joy over the homage to the deities of the Tara-Tarini hill shrine through the naming of INSV Tarini. According to the organisation, it recognises the rich maritime history of Odisha and Ganjam district. Members of civic organisation ‘Forum for Ganjam’ also celebrated this naming of naval sailboat. J. Suresh of the organisation said this will surely make the young generation become proud of the rich culture and heritage of Odisha and Ganjam region.

Tara-Tarini shrine is located on the Kumari hills on the banks of Rushikulya river in Puriushottampur block of Ganjam district. According to historians, this holy shrine may be linked to the worship of Tara, the primordial deity of the Mahayana Buddhism. Later, it became a major shrine of Tantra.

Buddhist links

A small idol in meditating posture found in the sanctum sanctorum of Tara Tarini temple hints at its ancient Buddhist links. ‘Sadhabas’, the ancient sea faring merchants from Odisha revered Tara-Tarini and worshipped at this shrine before starting their sea voyage.

BERHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

India test fires exo-atmospheric ballistic missile

India tests exo-atmospheric ballistic missile interception

India on Saturday successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) of ITR at about 7.45 am.

India tests exo-atmospheric ballistic missile interception - Know all about it

India on Saturday successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the Odisha coast.

The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) of ITR at about 7.45 am.

With this, India has achieved a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.

This mission, termed as “PDV mission” is “for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of earth’s atmosphere”, said a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) official.

“Both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target missile, were successfully engaged,” he said.

The target was developed for mimicking a hostile Ballistic Missile approaching from more than 2,000 km away and was launched from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal.

In an automated operation, radar-based detection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy’s ballistic missile.

The computer network with the help of data received from radars predicted the trajectory of the incoming Ballistic Missile.

PDV, that was kept fully ready, took off once the computer system gave the necessary command for lift-off. The Interceptor guided by high accuracy Inertial Navigation System (INS) supported by a Redundant Micro Navigation System moved towards the estimated point of the interception.

Once the missile crossed the atmosphere, the Heat Shield ejected and the IR Seeker dome opened to look at the Target location as designated by the Mission Computer.

The interceptor is based on the nuclear-capable Prithvi Missile.

With the help of Inertial Guidance and IR Seeker the missile moved for the interception. All events were monitored in real-time by the Telemetry/Range Stations, at various other locations.

(With Agency inputs)

-February 11, 2017, Balasore

 

Agni IV, ballistic missile successfully test fired

Agni-IV, nuke-capable ballistic missile with 4000-km strike range, successfully test fired off Odisha coast

India on Monday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4000-km, from Balasore test range off Odisha coast.

Agni-IV, nuke-capable ballistic missile with 4000-km strike range, successfully test fired off Odisha coast

India on Monday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4000-km, from Balasore test range off Odisha coast.

News agency PTI quoted defence sources to confirm the development.

According to reports, Agni-IV is capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 km.

The missile, which is about 20 metres tall and weighs 17 tons, was earlier flight-tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, in November.

The launch was spearheaded by India’s ‘missile woman’ Tessy Thomas. This was the fifth trial of the Agni IV missile. This fire-and-forget missile is navigated using a jam proof ring laser gyroscope.

It “met all objectives as monitored and confirmed by the telemetry” and ships located in the down range monitored the “terminal event” which is the explosion of the dummy warhead, a release from the Ministry of Defence had said.

India already has a battery of nuclear capable missile like, the Agni series, Prithvi series and the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile.

Agni-IV missile is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances, they said.

The most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS), ensures the vehicle reaches the target within two-digit accuracy.

The re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of 4,000 degrees centigrade and makes sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degrees centigrade.

-January 2, 2017, New Delhi

 

Agni V successfully test-fired from Odisha coast

Agni-V test-fired successfully, entire China now within India’s strike range

Agni-V test-fired successfully, entire China now within India's strike range

India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in Balasore district.

This is the fourth and final test of the missile that has a range of over 5,000 km covering the whole of China.

Defence sources said that the successful test-firing today will pave the way for user trial of the most potent Indian missile and its eventual induction into the special forces command (SFC).

The successful test firing of Agni V is the result of the hardwork of DRDO & its scientists. I congratulate them. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the successful launch.

“Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni-V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “The successful test firing of Agni V is the result of the hardwork of DRDO & its scientists. I congratulate them.”

It was launched at around 11.05 am from a mobile launcher complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), defence sources said.

“We are analysing the test launch after collecting information from radars. The report suggests it is a successful launch,” said an official source.

Meanwhile, the DRDO said the launch of Agni-5 is a major achievement for India both in terms of technology and military might. Former DRDO spokesperson Ravi Gupta told news agency ANI that with this missile capabilities, current advisories will not dare to attack India with any nuclear weapon.

Here are a few facts about the missile:

  • The Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has the capability to strike targets anywhere in all of Asia and parts of Africa and Europe.
  • Agni-V is one of the most advanced missiles, which is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. It is about 17 metres long, 2-metre wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
  • The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
  • Once the Agni-V is inducted in the Indian military, India will join the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and Britain.
  • A lot of new technologies developed indigenously were successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial. The redundant navigation systems, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) had ensured the Missile reach the target point within few metres of accuracy.
  • The high-speed onboard computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus guided the missile flawlessly.
  • The missile is so programmed that after reaching the peak of its trajectory, it turns towards earth to continue its journey towards the intended target with an increased speed due to the attraction of earth’s gravitational pull and its path precisely directed by the advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system. The atmospheric air rubbing the skin of the missile during the re-entry phase raises the temperature to beyond 4000 degrees Celsius. However, the indigenously designed and developed carbon-carbon composite heat shield continues to burn sacrificially protecting the payload, maintaining the inside temperature below 50 degrees Celsius. Finally, commanded by the onboard computer with a support of highly accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system, the most modern micro inertial navigation system (MINS), fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics, the missile hit the designated target accurately, meeting all mission objectives.
  • The ships located in the midrange and at the target point tracked the vehicle and witnessed the final event. All the radars and electro-optical systems along the path monitored all the parameters of the missile and displayed in real time, the sources said.
  • India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.
  • The first test of Agni-V was conducted on April 19, 2012, while the second test was launched on September 15, 2013, and the third was on January 31, 2015.
  • The missile is developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

-December 26, 2016, New Delhi

 

Berhampur man in ‘India Book of Records’ for Ganesh idol

Berhampur man in ‘India Book of Records’ for Ganesh idol

Satyanarayan Moharana, a youth from Berhampur, Odisha has received national recognition by getting a mention in the ‘India Book of Records’ for constructing an image of lord Ganesha using smaller Ganesha idols carved out of pieces of soap.

Earlier this year, Satyanarayan had also found a place in the India Book of Records for constructing the smallest scaled models of the three chariots of the famous Rathyatra of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri. He constructed these three small-scaled replicas of three small-scaled replicas of three chariots of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the Rathyatra this year in July.

Satyanarayan, an amateur artist and miniature sculptor, said he had started constructing the image of lord Ganesha on September 5, which was also the day of Ganesh Puja.

Berhampur

Set in soap: Satyanarayan with the image of lord Ganesha that he put together with carved soap pieces.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

5-day work

The work was completed in five days, on September 10. Like his other works, Satyanarayan preferred to use household items for his project. The image of Ganesha was made out of 207 soap pieces. Each of these pieces were carved miniature idols of the deity and were unique in some way.

Earlier this year, Satyanarayan had also found a place in the India Book of Records for constructing the smallest scaled models of the three chariots of the famous Rathyatra of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri. He constructed these three small-scaled replicas of three small-scaled replicas of three chariots of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra during the Rathyatra this year in July.

Simple items

He had used waste products and regular household items for that project as well. Materials used for the three chariots were scarps of wood, coloured cloth, chalk pieces, soap etc.

Satyanarayan, a graduate, took up miniature sculpting and sand art as a hobby. Most of his family members are amateur sculptors. His elder brother Sanjay constructs clay idols, as did his father Subash Chandra Moharana. Satyanarayan’s younger brother Laxminarayan is trying his hand in miniature sculptures using chalk pieces.

 –BERHAMPUR, November 18, 2016

Major fire breaks out in SUM hospital Bhubaneswar 22 killed

Major fire breaks out in SUM hospital Bhubaneswar, more than 22 people feared killed, many injured

 

PM Narendra Modi also spoke to CM about the distressing hospital fire tragedy and assured all possible support from the Centre.

Major fire breaks out in SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha killing more than 22 people and injuring many others, media reports said.

Major fire

According to PTI, the fire, suspected to have originated from the dialysis ward on the first floor, quickly spread to other areas, including the ICU on the same floor.

The police and fire brigade personnel along with volunteers and hospital staff launched a massive rescue operation as more than 500 in-door patients were trapped in the fire in the four-storey hospital building, a source said.

At least seven fire tenders were pressed into service to control the blaze and over a dozen ambulances had been deployed to shift the critical patients to other hospitals. Many patients were rescued by breaking window panes, said a witness.

“We have launched the fire fighting as well as rescue operation in a big way. The personnel of three fire stations of Bhubaneswar were engaged in the operation,” Director General, Fire Service, B Behera said.

Though the fire was suspected to have erupted due to an electric short circuit, the exact reason would be ascertained after a thorough probe, he said.

“I jumped down from the first floor where my father is being treated. I do not know what happened to my father and other patients,” said Jyoti Prakash, adding that he could not proceed due to thick smoke.

SUM

Several patients reportedly suffering from asphyxiation  . Five fire tenders pressed into service . 13 108 ambulances pressed into service to shift patients  . Chaos outside hospital as panic grips attendants and relatives of patients  .
Police Commissioner YB Khurania, DCP Satyabrata Bhoi reach spot to oversee rescue operation . It’ll be difficult to assess situation right now. Rescue operation underway: Binay Behera, DG, Fire Services  . If needed we will press more fire tenders into action says Binay Behera, DG, Fire Services  . Bronto skylift fire tender, used to reach high-rise pressed into service. The incident occurred at 6:55pm but communicated to Control Room at 7:40 pm, say fire officials.
PM Narendra Modi also spoke to CM about the distressing hospital fire tragedy and assured all possible support from the Centre.

-October 17, 2016, Bhubaneswar

Gopalpur, Tampara, Barakul & Satapada in Odisha get Central assistance of 76.5 cr for development

Gopalpur, Tampara, Barakul & Satapada in Odisha get Central assistance of 76.5 cr for development

With a long coastline of about 480 km in the state, Odisha will get an assistance of Rs 76.5 crore by the Centre’s for development of its coastal circuit comprised Gopalpur, Tampara, Barakul and Satapada, under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme, officials said.

Gopalpur

With a long coastline of about 480 km in the state, Odisha will get an assistance of Rs 76.5 crore by the Centre’s for development of its coastal circuit under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme, officials said.

The coastal circuit comprised Gopalpur, Tampara, Barakul and Satapada, they said adding about Rs 15.3 crore has been released as the first installment for the purpose.

Infrastructure growth and beach development will be the priority on circuit tourism in the state, Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said.

Roads, water sports, jetty, water park, solar street lighting, floating restaurants will be included in the development activities. Besides, tourist reception centres would be opened at all these places. Sand art and maritime museum would come up at Gopalpur while implementation of solid waste management and sewage treatment plant has been mooted there.

He said that although Odisha was included in the scheme, till date no project was approved but demand of the state government had been considered recently for tourism development in the above mentioned places which would be a major boost for the state tourism.

Roads, water sports, jetty, water park, solar street lighting, floating restaurants will be included in the development activities. Besides, tourist reception centres would be opened at all these places, Panda said.

Sand art and maritime museum would come up at Gopalpur while implementation of solid waste management and sewage treatment plant has been mooted there.

Tourism Department secretary G K Dhal would work as the nodal officer while Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has been entrusted with the implementation of the projects, he said.

–  | October 7, 2016

Now Relatives Walk for 10 Kms Carrying Body for funeral in Odisha CM’s home District Ganjam

Now Relatives Walk for 10 Kms Carrying Body for funeral in Odisha CM’s home District Ganjam

Due to lack of roads in various parts of Ganjam District of South Odisha, residents of several hamlets, including Jharabada in Ganjam district, are forced to carry bodies of their relatives on foot. Another such shameful incident happened on 10 September, 2016 when family members of 18-year-old Golapi Pradhan had to carry the body for 10 kms for her funeral at Jharabada. Golapi had died in SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack, where she was undergoing treatment.

According to her father Somanath Pradhan, as Odishathey could not avail any free hearse service declared by the State government, they had to pay Rs 8,000 for a private ambulance to carry the body to their village. But the ambulance could not reach Jharabada as no road connects it. The ambulance left them with the body at Tadaka Sahi foothill and returned. Somanath and other family members had to carry the body on foot to Jharabada, where the last rites were conducted.

Area residents say they face problems while transporting patients to nearby hospital at Patrapur or Medical college Hospital in Berhampur. Ganjam BJP district president Kanhu Charan Pati said there are more than ten villages in Ankuli panchayat of Patrapur block which do not have proper roads till now. “This speaks of the development in Odisha.”

Ironically, Jharabada in Ankuli panchayat under Patrapur block is in Ganjam, the home district of State CM Naveen Patnaik. The region also falls under the constituency of State Minister Usha Devi.
BERHAMPUR, September 12, 2016