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1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
Times of India
1 day ago | |

Aurangabad/Nashik: Roughly 1,000 state transport buses from the districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon have been hired by Shiv Sena politicians — belonging to the Thackeray faction as well as the Shinde camp — to ferrying supporters to and from Mumbai to attend the Dasara rallies.As per the numbers obtained from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) office, 350 buses have been hired from Aurangabad district, 100 from Beed, 200 from Nashik, 250 from Jalgaon, and 150 from Dhule. Apart from ST buses, there were many private buses and cars on their way to Mumbai as well.To prevent congestion, police units in different parts of the states, especially in Aurangabad city and rural areas, formed special corridors for the buses and private vehicles heading towards Mumbai. In Aurangabad city alone, 400 policemen were deployed to man the special corridor. The Nashik rural police too had set up bandobast at various points to regulate traffic.Along the Ghoti-Kasara section, the highway police said due to the flow of devotees coming to the Ghatandevi temple in Igatpuri, bandobast was already in place. However, given the rush of Shiv Sena functionaries and activists going to Mumbai on Wednesday, additional bandobast was deployed.Officials of the highway police added that the rush of vehicles moving towards Mumbai started early in the morning. Apart from the ST buses, a large number of private buses too had been booked to carry activists to the rallies at Shivaji Park and BKC ground.Meanwhile, the Thackeray camp criticised the MSRTC for giving away so many buses during the festive season. Leader of opposition Ambadas Danve warned of raising the issue of alleged misuse of government agencies, including MSRTC, Maharashtra state road development corporation (MSRDC) and the police in the assembly session.When contacted, MSRTC’s Nashik and Aurangabad division deputy general manager Nitin Maind said, “During Dasara, we usually see a dip in traffic flow to the extent that we have to call off services on certain routes. This time, as we have got orders to ferrying people to Mumbai and back, we are not cancelling any buses.”When asked about the difficulty being faced by common people heading home for the festive season, Maind said no inconvenience has been caused to commuters as the buses continue to ply on all important routes in each district.” Sources said the Aurangabad and Nashik divisions have roped in buses from different districts, so that commuter services are not hampered.

1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
Hashtag Politics | From PM Modi to Sonia Gandhi, here’s how political leaders celebrated Dussehra
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur and Congress president Sonia Gandhi offering prayers at a temple in Karnataka to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) rechristening the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), here’s how political leaders in India celebrated Dussehra on Wednesday.PM Modi addresses rally in Himachal, says people gifted with development projectsOn the occasion of Dussehra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated AIIMS Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, along with several other developmental projects. Sounding the poll bugle with a show of strength at a rally in Bilaspur, Modi said that on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, people in the region have been gifted development projects worth hundreds of crores. The people of Bilaspur have been given dual gifts of education and health, he added.The iconic Dussehra celebrations in Kullu are underway. PM @narendramodi has joined the programme after his previous programme in Bilaspur. pic.twitter.com/CDWD0G9Dhu— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 5, 2022Post the inauguration, PM Modi participated in Kullu Dussehra celebrations.PM @narendramodi at the Rath of Bhagwan Shri Raghunath Ji during the Kullu Dussehra celebrations. pic.twitter.com/6bzd3XnGXo— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 5, 2022Earlier in the day, PM Modi, through his Twitter handle wished the people of India on Dussehra. “Many many congratulations to all the countrymen on Vijayadashami, the symbol of victory. I wish that this auspicious occasion brings courage, restraint and positive energy in everyone’s life,” he tweeted.Sonia Gandhi offers Dussehra prayers in Karnataka Congress president Sonia Gandhi offered Dussehra prayers at the Bheemanakolli temple in Begur village of HD Kote assembly segment in Karnataka. Earlier in the morning, Gandhi, who is in the state to take part in the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, prayed to the presiding deity at the old temple in the village near Nagarhole forest reserve. She was accompanied by village panchayat members and local MLA Anil Kumar C.The #Dusshera festival is about a resolve to walk on the path of truth, duty & fighting injustice in the footsteps of Lord Ram.Difference is clear –▪️56” holding vote garnering rallies in election going state of H.P.▪️Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering prayers with simplicity👇 pic.twitter.com/D2Urs2pPJ2— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 5, 2022AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering #Dussehra Prayers at Bheemanakolli Temple in Begur Village in H.D.Kote Assembly, Karnataka today. Simple, serene & sincere – away from politicking & in the true spirit of #vijaydashami . #Dusshera2022.”Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering #Dussehra Prayers at Bheemanakolli Temple in Begur Village in H.D.Kote Assembly, Karnataka today.Simple, serene & sincere – away from politicking & in the true spirit of #vijaydashami .#Dusshera2022 pic.twitter.com/4lL0jNajWx— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 5, 2022Telangana CM KCR forays into national politicsOn the occasion of Vijayadashmi, Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K Chandrashekar Rao launched a national political party, Bharat Rashtra Samithi, during a conclave of party leaders, ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and district-level coordinators at the party headquarters Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad. With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha election, KCR read out the resolution and announced that the party’s general body meeting unanimously resolved to change the name from TRS to BRS.టీఆర్‌ఎస్‌ పార్టీ సర్వసభ్య సమావేశంలో మాట్లాడుతున్న పార్టీ అధినేత, ముఖ్యమంత్రి శ్రీ కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర్ ‌రావు.TRS Party President and CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao speaking at the party’s general body meeting at Telangana Bhavan. pic.twitter.com/YfW1kr1CF5— TRS Party (@trspartyonline) October 5, 2022The Bharat Rashtra Samithi was launched on the occasion of Dasara at exactly 1.19 pm on Wednesday, which the party said was an “auspicious time”.At Dussehra rally, Uddhav calls CM Shinde ‘traitor’, says ‘this time Ravan is different’In a first for the 56-year-old Shiv Sena, two Dussehra rallies were held in Mumbai on Wednesday. In a scathing attack on Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his supporters, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said their reputation as “traitors” will never be washed away. Addressing the annual Dussehra rally at the Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai, Thackeray referred to an alleged offer of Rs 50 crore to MLAs to switch sides and said, “This year’s Ravan is different. Ravan used to have 10 heads. But this Ravan has 50.”Meanwhile, CM Eknath Shinde led a rally at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).  During his speech, Shinde said that Shiv Sena “does not belong to Uddhav Thackeray or himself, but to the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. ” He said that true ‘gaddari’ (betrayal) happened in 2019 when then Sena put photos of Bal Thackeray and PM Narendra Modi side by side on banners and people voted thinking it will be a coalition.RSS chief bats for equal rights for women during annual Dussehra eventRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat took part in the organisation’s annual Dussehra event in Nagpur in Maharashtra and said “It is imperative to give women independence to work and equal rights in all spheres.”  “So, beginning with changes within our own families, we will have to take it to society through the organisation. Until women’s equal participation is ensured, the efforts aimed at the progress of the country will not be successful,” Bhagwat said in his speech.The RSS chief also flagged the need for a “comprehensive population control policy” that applies to all “equally”, adding it was in the national interest to keep an eye on “population imbalance”. “There should be a comprehensive population control policy, which should apply to all equally, and once it is put in motion, no one should get any concessions,” Bhagwat said.MK Stalin: Contrary to the negative narrative aimed at tarnishing its image, the DMK is not against spiritualism but is opposed to using religion for political and selfish gains, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday. While speaking at a function held under the aegis of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department, in Chennai, Stalin accused his detractors of launching a disinformation campaign against him and his party.கண்மூடி வழக்கமெலாம் மண்மூடிப் போக என்ற வழியே திராவிட இயக்கத்துக்கு மிக நெருக்கமானவர் வள்ளலார்!வள்ளலார் பிறந்தநாள் தனிப்பெரும் கருணை நாள்,ஓராண்டு தொடர்கொண்டாட்டமாக வள்ளலார் முப்பெரும் விழா, வடலூரில் ரூ.100 கோடியில் வள்ளலார் சர்வதேச மையம் என அவர் புகழ் பாடி மகிழ்கிறது கழக அரசு! pic.twitter.com/dzKt5Ph9AC— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) October 5, 2022“There is an organised campaign going online to portray that Dravidian Model governance is against spirituality and faithful sections,” he said. Taking a dig at right-wing Hindutva forces, Stalin said those who are spreading such lies are people who make use of religion and faith for their own living and vested interests.Rahul Gandhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who is currently leading the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Karnataka, tweeted: “Burn the Lanka of hate, erase the Meghnad of violence and end the ego of Ravan. May truth and justice prevail. Wishing everyone a very Happy Vijayadashami.” Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shashi Tharoor, Ashok Gehlot and several others also wished the people on Dussehra.Bhupendra Patel:  Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel Wednesday performed “shastra-puja” (worship of weapons) at his residence in Gandhinagar on the occasion of Dussehra. Patel performed puja of weapons of his security guards, which included automatic guns and pistols, with traditional rituals amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The tradition of weapons worship was started in Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of the state. Since then, other chief ministers have followed the tradition on Dussehra, PTI reported.વિજયાદશમીના પાવન અવસરે મુખ્યમંત્રી નિવાસસ્થાને સુરક્ષા કર્મીઓની સાથે વૈદિક મંત્રોચ્ચાર સાથે શસ્ત્રપૂજન કર્યું અને સૌ સુરક્ષાકર્મીઓને વિજયાદશમીની શુભેચ્છાઓ પાઠવી. pic.twitter.com/VeWRYHZEBy— Bhupendra Patel (@Bhupendrapbjp) October 5, 2022Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part as the chief guest of the Dussehra ceremony at Red Fort, organised by the Luv Kush Ramlila Committee, one of the oldest in Delhi. Actor Prabhas of ‘Baahubali’ fame also attended the event.लालकिला मैदान पर लवकुश रामलीला के भव्य कार्यक्रम में दिल्लीवासियों के साथ दशहरा उत्सव | LIVE https://t.co/bs7MIa36mN— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 5, 2022Earlier in the morning, Kejriwal tweeted, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of ‘Vijay Dashami’, symbolizing the victory of good over evil and truth over falsehood. Soon the people of the country will end poverty, unemployment, inflation and illiteracy of Ravan and take the country forward and make India the number one country in the world.”Shivraj Singh Chouhan: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Ujjain on Dusshera and offered prayers at the Mahakaleshwar Temple Wednesday. The chief minister arrived in the holy city around 2.30 pm.  Chouhan also took part in the ‘Mahakal ki Sawari’ on Dusshera for some time, officials said, PTI reported. श्वेतदेहाय रुद्राय श्वेतगंगाधराय च श्वेतभस्माङ्गरागाय श्वेतस्वरूपिणे नमः।आज विजयादशमी के पावन पर्व के अवसर पर श्री महाकाल महाराज के चरणों में प्रणाम कर देश एवं प्रदेश तथा जनता की सुख, समृद्धि एवं प्रगति कि कामना की।श्री महाकाल महाराज की कृपा हम सब पर सर्वदा बनी रहे। pic.twitter.com/vfqLEqDg3K— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) October 5, 2022

Hashtag Politics | From PM Modi to Sonia Gandhi, here’s how political leaders celebrated Dussehra
On Dussehra, this village in Maharashtra performs ‘aarti’ of demon king Ravan
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

Residents of a non-descript village in Maharashtra celebrate Dussehra in a different way as they perform the ‘aarti’ of demon king Ravan on the festival when his effigies are burnt in other parts of the country.Many residents of Sangola village in Akola district believe they are employed and able to sustain their livelihood because of Ravan’s blessings and the peace and happiness in their village is because of the demon king.Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special priceLocals claim the tradition of worshipping Ravan for his “intelligence and ascetic qualities” has been going on in the village for the last 300 years.At the centre of the village stands a tall black stone statue of the 10-headed demon king.The villagers believe in Lord Ram, but they also have faith in Ravan and do not burn his effigies, local resident Bhivaji Dhakre told PTI on the occasion of Dussehra on Wednesday.Visitors from across the country come to this small village on Dussehra every year to catch a glimpse of the Lanka king’s statue and some even offer prayers, locals said.Sangola resident Subodh Hatole said, “With the blessings of Mahatma Ravan, today many people in the village are employed. On the day of Dussehra, we worship the statue of Ravan with a maha-aarti.” Some of the villagers hail Ravan as a “scholar” and believe he abducted Sita for “political reasons and preserved her sanctity”, Dhakre said.Local temple priest Haribhau Lakhade said while the rest of the country burns effigies of Ravana on Dussehra, symbolising the victory of good over evil, residents of Sangola worship the demon king for his “intelligence and ascetic qualities”.Lakhade said his family has since long been worshipping Ravan and claimed the happiness, peace and contentment in the village is because of the Lanka king.📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!

On Dussehra, this village in Maharashtra performs ‘aarti’ of demon king Ravan
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    Locals claim the tradition of worshipping Ravana for his "intelligence and ascetic qualities."Akola, Maharashtra: Residents of a non-descript village in Maharashtra celebrate Dussehra in a different way as they perform the 'aarti' of demon king Ravana on the festival when his effigies are burnt in other parts of the country.Many residents of Sangola village in Maharashtra's Akola district believe they are employed and able to sustain their livelihood because of Ravana's blessings and the peace and happiness in their village is because of the demon king.Locals claim the tradition of worshipping Ravana for his "intelligence and ascetic qualities" has been going on in the village for last 300 years.At the centre of the village stands a tall black stone statue of the 10-headed demon king.The villagers believe in Lord Ram, but they also have faith in Ravana and do not burn his effigies, local resident Bhivaji Dhakre told news agency PTI on the occasion of Dussehra today.Visitors from across the country come to this small village on Dussehra every year to catch a glimpse of the Lanka king's statue and some even offer prayers, locals said.Sangola resident Subodh Hatole said, "With the blessings of Mahatma Ravana, today many people in the village are employed. On the day of Dussehra, we worship the statue of Ravana with a maha-aarti." Some of the villagers hail Ravana as a "scholar" and believe he abducted Sita for "political reasons and preserved her sanctity", Dhakre said.Local temple priest Haribhau Lakhade said while the rest of the country burns effigies of Ravana on Dussehra, symbolising the victory of good over evil, residents of Sangola worship the demon king for his "intelligence and ascetic qualities".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comLakhade said his family has since long been worshipping Ravana and claimed the happiness, peace and contentment in the village is because of the Lanka king. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Ponniyin Selvan-1 puts focus on the Cholas: what happened during their rule?
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

In all the buzz around the Tamil film Ponniyin Selvan:1 or PS1, a fictional period drama directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam that has grossed around Rs 250 crore worldwide since its release on September 30, a point of focus has been the Chola dynasty that the film is based on.In a recent press event for the film, actor Vikram spoke about the progressiveness of the Chola era, mentioning the architectural marvels and temples, the social setup of the time, and how cities were named after women.With the film’s release, there is renewed curiosity around the 10th-century kingdom. In Tamil Nadu, which was the centre of the kingdom, the Cholas have been part of the popular imagination for a long time. This is partly thanks to the writer Kalki Krishnamurthi, whose columns on a fictional account of the Chola kingdom appeared in a weekly journal in the early 1950s and garnered popularity. These were later compiled into a novel called ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, which became the inspiration for the movie, whose second part is due for release in 2023.However, keeping aside the storytelling liberties taken in almost all art forms based on history, there are several reasons why the Cholas themselves make for a fascinating subject.The Chola kingdom stretched across present-day Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. During the period of the Cholas’ rise and fall (around 9th to 12th century AD), other powerful dynasties of the region would also come and go, such as the Rashtrakutas of the Deccan who defeated the Cholas, and the Chalukyas of the Andhra Pradesh region whom the Cholas frequently battled.The dynasty was founded by the king Vijaylaya, described as a “feudatory” of the Pallavas by historian Satish Chandra in the book ‘The History of Medieval Era’. Despite being a relatively minor player in the region among giants, Vijaylaya laid the foundation for a dynasty that would rule a major part of southern India.One of the biggest achievements of the Chola dynasty was its naval power, allowing them to go as far as Malaysia and the Sumatra islands of Indonesia in their conquests. Chandra writes the domination was such that the Bay of Bengal was converted into a “Chola lake” for some time.While the extent of this domination is disputed, the Cholas had strong ties with merchant groups and this allowed them to undertake impressive naval expeditions, historian Anirudh Kanisetti told The Indian Express. Maintaining a strong army and naval resources made sense for the Cholas, because, “The period from 9th to 10th century was a violent time, where kingdoms would go to war with each other frequently,” he added. Succession wars were natural, and this is a focus of PS1, which is set in the time after the Rashtrakutas defeated the Cholas. There was a “post-war period of churn, but this was accompanied with cultural sophistication as well,” said Kanisetti.That sophistication is reflected in the meticulous records kept by the Cholas in form of inscriptions on the walls of temples built by them, and on copper plates, and though this was “not completely unique”, Kanisetti said, it is still an important resource. Satish Chandra mentions that this is also a reason why so much is known of the Cholas as compared with their contemporaries.We additionally know the construction of grand trunk roads and public ferries, as mentioned in the book ‘Interpreting Medieval India’ by Vipul Singh. This, though, is disputed by some Tamil history experts, like Noboru Karashima and Y Subbarayalu. “In general, even merchant guilds, which had close ties to the court, had to hire their own guards because roads could be dangerous. It was more often local magnates and village councils that made these arrangements, and we shouldn’t give credit only to royal families for this,” said Kanisetti.Another feature is how the practice of building grand temples, common to the dynasties of the region around this time, was “ramped up in an unprecedented way” by the Cholas, according to Kanisetti. The grand Brihadeeswara temple of Thanjavur, built by the Cholas, was the largest building in India in that period. Additionally, artworks and sculptures were commissioned by Chola kings and queens, including the famous bronze Nataraja idols. Earlier, the Rashtrakutas had built the Kailasanatha temple in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad — the largest monolith structure (carved from a single rock) of its time.Undoubtedly, the Cholas were instrumental in ushering in a new period in Indian history, but both their achievements and failings need to be noted to have a better picture of their rule.For example, the role of women in the royal family is being brought to focus given their impact on public life, but that is not to suggest that ordinary women wielded equal power as men – a situation comparable to what we see even today, where power among women is concentrated in a few. Kanisetti noted that the royal women’s proximity to male power was valued, rather than women in general.There have also been comparisons with other Medieval-era Indian dynasties such as the Mughals, with claims made that the Chola empire expanded in a more peaceful manner. “The idea that they [the Cholas] peacefully took over territories is untrue. If you look at some of the temple inscriptions, such as the Brihadeeswara’s, Rajaraja Chola clearly mentions he’s gifting to God the loot from his conquests,”  said Kanisetti. There are other accounts too, of what it took for such an empire to be established.Vipul Singh writes that later on, when the Chola King Rajadhiraja came to power in 1044, he was able to “subdue” Pandyan and Kerala kings, and presumably to celebrate these victories performed the Ashvamedha sacrifice.Chandra also writes, “The Chola rulers sacked and plundered Chalukyan cities including Kalyani and massacred the people, including Brahmans and children…They destroyed Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of the rulers of Sri Lanka”. He terms these as “blots” in Chola history.According to Kanisetti, such violence was not unique to the Cholas with the political climate of this period. On the whole, it was remarkable how a once-minor polity was able to “completely change the political trajectory of southern India”, and rather than viewing them as absolute heroes or villains, it can help to see them in their particular political context, he said.

Ponniyin Selvan-1 puts focus on the Cholas: what happened during their rule?
Hyderabad: Yogi Adityanath to Rahul Gandhi, Bhagyalakshmi holds centre stage
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

HYDERABAD: The Bhagyalakshmi temple on the eastern flank of Charminar has suddently been catapulted to the centrestage of Telangana politics. In every election, since GHMC election in 2020, leaders from all parties queue up to pay obeisance. Several BJP leaders and stalwarts have recenly visited the temple before election campaigns and public meetings. Now, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is also set to follow suit during his Bharat Jodo Yatra, while negotiating through Old City. Gandhi, whose Bharat Jodo Yatra is set to kick off in Hyderabad on October 24, is scheduled to visit the Bhagyalakshmi temple to worship Goddess Lakshmi. The TPCC has made changes in the padayatra itinerary and sent a representation to AICC for approval. “The high command has responded positively and this is the first time it has accepted changes in the route. We wanted Rahul Gandhi to pass through the city,” TPCC chief Revanth Reddy said. Rahul Gandhi’s padayatra will now pass through Mahabubnagar, Jedcherla, Sha-dnagar, Charminar, Gosha Mahal, Nampally, Khairtabad, Sanathnagar, Kukatpally, Serilingampally, Patancheru, Sangareddy, Andole, Narayankhed and Jukkal, covering 375 kilometers in 15 days before entering Maharashtra. Congress leaders have also proposed to add Chilkur Balaji temple, Medak cathedral church and Jahangir Peer dargah in padayatra. However, AICC is yet to approve the request for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to these places of worship. The party’s high command has only sent approvals for the changes in route map. Meanwhile, Bharat Jodo yatra task force leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jairam Ramesh will organise a meeting with TPCC leaders on Tuesday. “A final decision will be out on Tuesday,” Revanth told TOI.

Hyderabad: Yogi Adityanath to Rahul Gandhi, Bhagyalakshmi holds centre stage
Traffic restrictions issued in central Mumbai and Bandra for Dussehra rallies of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde faction
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

MUMBAI: The traffic police have announced restrictions for travel in central Mumbai and at Bandra for Wednesday, expecting massive congestion as people travel to Mumbai from various parts of Maharashtra for the Dussehra Melava events of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Sena. SHIVAJI PARK:Between 9 am and midnight, no parking would be allowed on the following roads:- SVS Road (from Siddhivinayak junction to Yes Bank) - Keluskar Road South and North, Dadar - MB Raut Road from its junction with SVS Road, Dadar - Dadasaheb Rege Marg, from Senapati Bapat statue upto Gadkari junction, Dadar - Dilip Gupte Marg, from Shivaji Park Gate no 4 upto Shitaladevi Temple Junction - NC Kelkar Marg from Gadkari Junction up to Hanuman Temple Junction, Dadar - LJ Road, Rajabade Signal to Gadkari junction No entry:- No entry for vehicles on SVS Road from Siddhivinayak temple junction up to Kapad Bazaar Junction, Mahim. - No entry for vehicles on Raja Badhe Chowk Junction up to Keluskar Marg (North). - No entry on Dilip Gupte Road from its junction on Pandurang Naik Marg for south bound traffic. - No Entry on Gadkari chowk junction upto Keluskar Road (south). - No entry on Dadasaheb Rege Road from Senapati Bapat statue to Gadkari Junction. - No entry on Bal Govindas Marg from Padmabai Thakkar Marg Junction upto LJ Marg. This Dussehra, Shiv Sena will hold 2 competing Dasara rallies in MumbaiBANDRA-KURLA COMPLEX (BKC):From 9 am to midnight, the following restrictions will apply except for vehicles carrying people for the Dussehra Melava: - No entry to vehicles coming from Western Express Highway, Dharavi and Bandra-Worli Sealink through Family Court towards Kurla. - No entry to vehicles coming from Sant Dnyaneshwar Road through BKC Income Tax junction towards Kurla. - No entry to vehicles coming from Government Colony, Kanakiya Palace and Valmiki Nagar through BKC premises towards Chunabhatti and Kurla. - No entry to vehicles coming through Surve Junction and Razzak Junction through BKC premises towards Western Express Highway, Dharavi and Bandra-Worli Sealink. - No entry to vehicles coming through Eastern Express Highway via Chunabhatti in BKC using BKC Connector south-bound. Read AlsoExplainer: Shivaji Park and Sena's politicsNEW DELHI: The Bombay high court on Friday ruled that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena can hold its Dussehra rally at the Shivaji Park ground in central Mumbai. Thackeray's supporters erupted in joy. This was a sort of a symbolic victory for the Thackeray faction in the aftermath of EknathOptional routes:- Vehicles coming from Western Express Highway, Bandra-Worli Sealink through BKC towards Kurla shall take a U-turn from the Family Court junction- left turn from MMRDA junction and proceed through T-junction towards Kurla. - Vehicles proceeding from Sant Dnyaneshwar Nagar through BKC Income Tax junction shall proceed along Guru Nanak Hospital- Jagat Vidya Mandir Junction- through Kalanagar Junction and through Dharavi T-junction towards Kurla. - Vehicles from Razzak and Surve Junction through BKC premises towards Western Express Highway, Dharavi and Bandra-Worli Sealink shall proceed through CST Road, University Main gate, Ambedkar Junction- right turn Hans Bhugra Junction and shall proceed towards their destination. - Vehicles proceeding through Eastern Express Highway from Chunabhatti towards BKC shall take a right turn at Sion Circle and throughT Junction- Kalanagar Junction proceed to their destination. - Parking restrictions issued for BKC prior to October 5 will be relaxed between 9 am and midnight on that day. For buses and cars carrying people for the Dussehra Melava, parking has been provided at Jio Garden basement, MMRDA pay and park, Fataka ground, open ground opposite Punjab National Bank, MCA Club parking, Somaiya College ground at Chunabhatti, open place near Trade centre, Diamond bourse basement parking, University gate internal premises, J Kumar Infrastructure open ground, open ground near CBI building parking etc.

Traffic restrictions issued in central Mumbai and Bandra for Dussehra rallies of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde faction
Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram beats Taj Mahal in number of foreign visitors
The Indian Express | 3 days ago | |
The Indian Express
3 days ago | |

Mamallapuram, a Tamil Nadu town classified as a Unesco world heritage site, has beaten the Taj Mahal in the number of foreign visitors, according to the Indian Tourism Statistics 2022 released by the tourism minister.As per the report, 1,44,984 foreign visitors came to Mamallapuram, located about 60 km from Chennai, in 2021-22. The number amounted to 45.50 per cent of the foreigners who visited the top 10 most popular and centrally protected monuments with ticketed access.The Taj Mahal, in Agra, occupied the second spot with 38,922 foreign visitors, accounting for 12.21 per cent of total such visitors.Six of the top 10 monuments on the central list are in Tamil Nadu. They are the tiger-headed, rock-cut temple and two other monuments in coastal hamlet Saluvankuppam in Chengalpattu district, the Gingee Fort near Gingee district, the Vattakottai Fort near Kanyakumari district, the Thirumayam Fort, the rock-cut Jain temple and Sittanavasal in Pudukkottai district.The Agra Fort (Uttar Pradesh) with 13,598 foreign visitors, the Qutb Minar (Delhi) with 8,456 visitors and the Red Fort (Delhi) with 5,579 visitors are some other monuments on the list.The report also said the top five states for domestic tourist visits in 2021 were Tamil Nadu (115.33 million), Uttar Pradesh (109.70 million), Andhra Pradesh (93.27 million), Karnataka (81.33 million) and Maharashtra (43.56 million).“These five states accounted for about 65.41 per cent of the total domestic tourist visits in the country,” the report added.

Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram beats Taj Mahal in number of foreign visitors
Mumbai: Arrested Kandivli shooter was preparing for police exam
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

MUMBAI: Investigators probing the Saturday firing in Kandivli in which a 26-year-old staffer of a stockbroking firm was killed and three others were injured have learnt that arrested shooter Sonu Paswan was preparing to appear in a police recruitment exam in Bihar, said police. Paswan (27), a commerce graduate, and his associate Suraj Gupta (20) were arrested by the crime branch team led by inspector Vinayak Chavan within 24 hours of the incident from Bilimora in Gujarat. "Paswan learned how to fire a pistol by watching YouTube videos. We are questioning the accused," said crime branch DCP Sangramsinh Nishandar. The police will also examine videos, information and browser of Paswan's phone and other devices. Cops will also verify if Paswan has fired from the pistol earlier. The weapon will be sent for a ballistic analysis. The shootout is believed to be a result of rivalry between Paswan and one Dinkar Pal. On Saturday midnight, Ankit Yadav, the 26-year-old deceased, and his colleague, Avinash Dabholkar, had tried to intervene in an altercation between their co-worker, Dinkar Pal, and the shooter, Sonu Paswan, police said. On Friday night, Pal, Yadav and Dabholkar went to Mahalaxmi temple for darshan. On returning to Laljipada in Kandivli, Pal went to meet his cousin, Vivek Pal, who told him about constant threats from Paswan. Pal advised him to file a police complaint. Last month, Paswan had stabbed Vivek and a case of assault was registered against him with the Kandivli police station. He was on the run since the FIR was registered. Paswan got wind of Pal's advice to his cousin about approaching the police. He landed up at Laljipada on Saturday midnight, confronted Pal, hurled expletives, and picked up his pistol. He started firing randomly at the crowd. Yadav and Dabholkar were closest to him and suffered bullet injuries. Yadav died later.

Mumbai: Arrested Kandivli shooter was preparing for police exam
Maharashtra to allow animal sacrifice on Dussehra at Nashik temple
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

MUMBAI: State government told Bombay high court it will allow animal sacrifice on Dussehra at the famous Saptashrungi temple at Vani village, Kalvan taluka, Nashik district. Justices Sanjay Gangapurwala and R M Laddha heard a petition filed in 2019 by Adhivasi Vikas Sanstha to direct the state to withdraw the sub-divisional officer’s September 27, 2017, order banning animal sacrifice on the temple premises. It was stopped after firing took place in 2016 and 12 persons were injured The petition said “somebody had accidentally fired a bullet, due to which many people got hurt’’ and the incident was a trigger for the ban. It said since time immemorial the tribal and other communities are sacrificing goats and this ritual is an integral part of religion. Also the temple is famous in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The villagers fear if the ritual is not carried out there would be a bad omen. The SDO, without inviting objections and views, passed the ban order. From 2017-19 many organisations made representations to the DM and authorities to lift the ban on animal sacrifice considering the religious sentiments. On September 26, the Sanstha’s advocates Datta Pawar and Sonali Pawar submitted its proposal to allow 6 persons to be present during the ritual and only one goat will be sacrificed. Pawar said except for the animal sacrifice ritual, other rituals, including salutation fire after the sacrifice which is part of custom, may not be allowed. The judges said, “The question of any firing on the occasion does not arise though it is submitted that said firing is also a custom’’.

Maharashtra to allow animal sacrifice on Dussehra at Nashik temple
Maharashtra: Ravikant Rathod leaves Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, joins Thackeray’s Sena
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

In a major setback to the Maharashtra-based Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) founder and president Prakash Ambedkar, a senior leader of the party Ravikant Rathod joined Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena in Mumbai Friday.Ravikant Rathod who belongs to the Banjara community (nomadic denotified tribe) was second in command in the VBA and had a sizeable following amongst the Banjaras in various parts of Maharashtra.Ravikant Rathod along with 15 others from the community, including Mahant Sunil Maharaj of Poharadevi temple in Yavatmal district, tied ‘Shivbandhan’ band on their wrists showing their support to Thackeray-led Sena.Thackeray Sena was in search of a prominent Banjara face as Cabinet minister Sanjay Rathod who represented the Banjaras in the Shiv Sena had defected to the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.Sanjay Rathod is an MLA from Digras constituency in Yavatmal district.Thackeray’s Sena is likely to field Ravikant Rathod against Sanjay Rathod in the next Assembly polls, sources revealed.Ravikant who is originally from Majalgaon in Beed district of Marathwada had for long been with the VBA.“VBA has limited political scope. The problems of Banjara went unaddressed. So, we decided to join the mainstream Sena led by Thackeray,” he explained. Meanwhile, VBA chief Ambedkar said that his organisation is not going to get affected “by one or two persons leaving us. We are not in politics for power. We are committed to taking up the OBC cause. Fight against injustice against any community, caste or religion.”

Maharashtra: Ravikant Rathod leaves Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, joins Thackeray’s Sena
  • Bal Thackeray’s aide Champa Singh Thapa joins Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde faction
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's close family aide Champa Singh Thapa, often described as Balasaheb's 'shadow', on Monday threw in his lot with CM Eknath Shinde's group. Another Balasaheb aide Moreshwar Raje, who had served Thackeray at his residence 'Matoshree' for almost three decades, joined the Shinde faction too. "Champa Singh Thapa, who is considered the shadow of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray, and Moreshwar Raje, who served for a long time on Matoshree, announced their decision to support us," Shinde tweeted. Thapa, Man Friday to the Sena patriarch, had served him for 27 years till his death in November 2012. He was always seen standing behind Thackeray at public rallies and during press conferences. After Thackeray's death, Thapa began working for Uddhav Thackeray and was also seen at public meetings with him. Thapa didn't say if he wasn't happy with the way Uddhav was leading Sena. "I have always shadowed Balasaheb and will now shadow Shinde as I liked his thoughts. I was in touch with Matoshree and Uddhav saheb over the years but now I like Shindeji's thoughts and so came to extend my support to him," said Thapa. Shinde said the duo decided to join as his factionrepresents the "real" Shiv Sena and is taking forward the teachings of the Sena founder and his Hindutva ideology. "Balasaheb used to do straight talking and used to be blunt. People knew Balasaheb well and hence they did not accept Sena's alliance with Congress and NCP under the Maha Vikas Aghadi." Asked about speculation that five MLAs and MPs were poised to join his group, Shinde said: "Many people are in touch with many but I am not aware as of now of anyone joining us." Sena veterans said Raje used to attend to phone calls at Matoshree for Balasaheb, and had spent at least 35 years in the Thackeray residence. Thapa, who is from Nepal, was treated as a member of the Thackeray household, said Sena insiders. "After the death of Thackeray's wife Meenatai in 1996, Thapa's responsibility increased a lot. It was he who took care of Balasaheb, from meals to medicines. Thapa was so close he also participated in Balasaheb's last rites along with the rest of the family," said a Sena functionary. Thapa had also set up Shiv Sena's Nepal unit and had become a celebrity in the Nepalese community in the city.

  • Bal Thackeray's Assistant Of 27 Years Joins Eknath Shinde Camp
  • Ndtv

    Eknath Shinde welcoming Champa Singh Thapa into his Sena faction.Thane: Champa Singh Thapa and Moreshwar Raje who had served former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at his residence 'Matoshree' for almost three decades on Monday joined the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde here.Thapa, the trusted aide of the Sena patriarch who helped him in his daily chores, had served him devotedly for 27 years before the Thackeray senior's death in November 2012.So much so that Sena president Uddhav Thackeray acknowledged his service by keeping Thapa by his side while performing the senior Thackeray's last rites.Thapa would attend to senior Thackeray's phone calls and also pass on his messages to whoever called him.Raje, who also used to attend phone calls at 'Matoshree' for Bal Thackeray, had spent at least 35 years in the Thackeray residence in suburban Bandra in Mumbai.Chief Minister Shinde, an MLA from Thane, welcomed Thapa and Raje to the fold by offering them shawls and greeting them.हिंदुहृदयसम्राट शिवसेनाप्रमुख बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांची सावली समजले जाणारे चंपासिंह थापा व मातोश्रीवर प्रदीर्घ काळ सेवा बजावलेले मोरेश्वर राजे यांनी आज टेंभीनाका येथील जय अंबे धर्मादाय विश्वस्त संस्थेच्या दुर्गेश्वरी मातेच्या आगमन मिरवणुकीत आम्हाला पाठींबा देण्याचा निर्णय जाहीर केला. pic.twitter.com/UT82ppZlMV— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) September 26, 2022"On this auspicious occasion of Navaratri, everyone is happy that (pandemic-related) restrictions on festivals have been lifted. There is huge enthusiasm which is the need of the hour," he said and added that the joining of Thapa and Raje, who were like shadows of Bal Thackeray, had added to the pleasant atmosphere of festivities.Shinde said the duo decided to join his faction as he represents the "real" Shiv Sena and is taking forward the teachings of the Sena founder and Hindutva."Balasaheb used to do straight talking and used to be blunt. People knew Balasaheb well and hence they did not accept the Sena's alliance with Congress and NCP under the Maha Vikas Aghadi," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comPalghar Zilla Parishad president Vaidehi Vadan and some members of the local body also joined the Shinde faction on the occasion. PTI COR MR PR NSK NSK(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Maharashtra: Bal Thackeray’s assistant Champa Singh Thapa joins Shinde camp
  • The Indian Express

    Champa Singh Thapa, who was an assistant to the late Bal Thackeray, joined Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction of the Shiv Sena on Monday.Thapa was greeted and felicitated by Shinde in Thane’s Tembhi Naka area, where the chief minister had gone to participate in a Navratri procession.Thapa served Thackeray till his last breath and was also one of those at Matoshree who were close to the Sena founder. He could be seen with Thackeray at every occasion and was seen with Uddhav Thackeray at his father’s funeral in 2012.Thapa told the media that he had sided with Shinde because the chief minister followed Balasaheb’s ideology.When the media asked whether he did not like Uddhav’s ideology, Thapa said, “I don’t know about their ideology, but I felt that I should join Shinde saheb, so I came here and joined him.”Political analysts say that even if Thapa’s move is not a jolt to the Uddhav faction, it is a symbolic victory for the Shinde camp.“With this, the Shinde camp would be able to show that even Balasaheb’s closest person has joined them by leaving Uddhav Thackeray,” said a political analyst.

Maharashtra: Tirupati sends silk sari for Mahalaxmi
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

KOLHAPUR: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), an independent trust managing the Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday presented a 'shalu' (silk sari) for Goddess Mahalaxmi in Kolhapur. TTD president Subba Reddy arrived in Kolhapur along with its trustee from Maharashtra Milind Narvekar and Sourabh Bora to hand over the sari to the Paschim Maharashtra Devasthan Samiti-PMDS, the umbrella body of temples in western Maharashtra. "It is an age-old tradition. The TTD presents a silk sari to Goddess Mahalaxmi every year. Bangles, garlands, coconut and other fruits are also presented along with the sari. the idol of the goddess will be draped in this sari on Dasara day," Reddy said. The famous Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur, meanwhile, has been witnessing a heavy turnout of devotees from across the country. In the first three days of Navratra, more than 3.5 lakh devotees had visited the temple. Secretary of PMDS Shivraj Naikawde said, "The number of devotees coming to the temple is increasing every day. We expect a footfall of around 25 lakh devotees till Dasara. On Friday, on Lalit-Panchami, the palanquin of Goddess Mahalaxmi will be taken to Temblai hill, where the 'kohala pujan' ritual will be performed. Preparations at Temblai hill have been completed." On Thursday, the idol was dressed in the form of Goddess Meenakshi of Madurai. The idol held a bunch of flowers in the right hand, with a parrot sitting over it.

Maharashtra: Tirupati sends silk sari for Mahalaxmi
Lord Balaji sends divine gifts from Tirumala to goddess Mahalakshmi in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

TIRUPATI: Expressing His divine love for his consort, Lord Balaji sent a set of divine gifts including a saree to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi at the Kolhapur temple at Maharashtra on Thursday. The divine gifts were carried from Tirumala and delivered by the TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy along with trust board member Milind Keshav Navrekar and TTD's New Delhi LAC chairman Vemireddy Prasanthi Reddy at the Kolhapur temple ceremoniously on Thursday. Priests and officials at the Kolhapur temple extended a traditional welcome to the TTD entourage led by YV Subba Reddy and led them into the main temple, where they extended prayers to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi and later handed over the pattu vastrams brought from the Tirumala shrine. Exchange of gifts between Lord Venkateswara and his divine consorts are a fascinating affair which have been in vogue since times immemorial. The sacred "Andal Goda Devi" garlands are presented to Lord Venkateswara from the Srivilliputtur temple in Tamil Nadu every year during the annual Brahmotsavams. Lord Malayappa Swamy is adorned with these sacred garlands presented by His divine consort during the highly revered Garuda seva procession. Similarly, Lord Venkateswara also sends a set of special gifts as part of the "Saare" to His divine consort Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru on the sidelines of the Navaratri Brahmotsavams held at the Tiruchanoor temple every year. The set of special gifts including sarees, gold ornaments, vermillion, bangles etc are brought in a colourful procession from the Tirumala temple to the Tiruchanoor temple on caparisoned temple elephants and delivered by the senior officials of the TTD. Goddess Padmavathi is adorned with the special gifts sent by Her divine consort on Her birthday which is celebrated as the "Panchami Teetham", a sacred festival that draws nearly three lakh devotees to Tiruchanoor every year.

Lord Balaji sends divine gifts from Tirumala to goddess Mahalakshmi in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur
Centre, state keeping close watch on anti-nationals: CM
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Nashik: Chief minister Eknath Shinde said the government would not hesitate to take stern action against those found raising ‘pro Pakistan slogans’ in the state. Speaking in Nashik on Wednesday, Shinde said that those who raise such slogans do not have the right to stay in India. The CM also welcomed the Union government’s decision to ban Popular Front of India (PFI).“The state government will not hesitate to take stern action against those who are found shouting pro-Pakistan slogans in our state. Both, the Union home ministry and the state home department are keeping a close watch on all anti-nationals in Maharashtra who try to disrupt the law-and-order situation in the state,” Shinde said, while interacting with the media after the idol-installation ceremony at the new BAPS Swaminarayan temple here. In response to a question, Shinde criticised former MVA minister Chhagan Bhujbal for questioning the need to have portraits of goddess Saraswati in schools. “The portraits of goddess Saraswati will not be removed from any school,” the chief minister said.Earlier, addressing a gathering at the temple, Shinde said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured him of the Centre’s whole-hearted support towards Maharashtra’s progress.“Our government came to power about two-and-half months ago. Our government’s agenda is overall development of the state. We have been taking decisions on different sectors. We are also working for the interest of the farmers,” he added.He reminded people that after soon after the formation of the new government, all Covid-related restrictions were rolled back. People could take part in festivals like Dahi Handi, Ganpati and Navaratra.“During the previous MVA regime, there were restrictions due to which people could not enjoy these festivals. The first decision we took after assuming power was to withdraw all these restrictions,” he said.

Centre, state keeping close watch on anti-nationals: CM
Amid Rajasthan Crisis, Team Gehlot Invokes BJP, Cites Maharashtra
Ndtv | 1 week ago | |
Ndtv
1 week ago | |

Jaipur: Pratap Kachariyawas, Rajasthan minister and an Ashok Gehlot loyalist, gave a spin to the turmoil in the party today. At a press conference, he implied that installing Sachin Pilot as the Rajasthan Chief Minister once Ashok Gehlot moves to Delhi, will amount to handing the state over to the BJP."The Enforcement Directorate, the Income Tax department, CBI officials are sitting in Rajasthan. BJP's game has started," Mr Kachariyawas told reporters."The BJP is again engaged in a conspiracy to topple the Rajasthan government," he added in what is being seen as an attempt to change the narrative in face of the wrath of the Gandhis.Sources said the Gandhis have been hugely upset with Mr Gehlot over the rebellion by his loyalists. His claim that he was at a temple in the border area where there was no cellphone connectivity, has not convinced any leader in Delhi.Mr Gehlot had initially apologised to Central observer Mallikarjun Kharge, before whom Sunday's drama had unfolded in Jaipur. Calling the parallel meeting of the MLAs and their subsequent rebellion a "mistake", he had said it "should not have happened".But with many of the key leaders in Delhi accusing the Chief Minister of "humiliating" the Congress, Team Gehlot fought back.The first move was to attack Central observer Ajay Maken, accusing him of bias in favour of Mr Pilot.  "He (Ajay Maken) is canvassing for Pilot and wants to make him the Chief Minister," said MLA Shanti Dhariwal, who had hosted a parallel meet of the MLAs on Sunday.Today, the BJP angle was added to it. Mr Kachariyawas referred to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, where the BJP formed government after mass defection by Congress MLAs."But if the BJP has failed to topple the government anywhere, it is Rajasthan," he said. The nudge was about Sachin Pilot's rebellion in 2020, when many accused of him being hand-in-glove with the BJP.One of 90-plus MLAs who flagrantly flouted Sonia Gandhi's instructions for one-on-one meets, Mr Kachariyawas also professed allegiance to the party and the Gandhis. "Numbers matter in democracy... we want our voice to be heard," he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Gehlot had been extremely reluctant to leave Rajasthan and take up the national role, even suggesting to the Gandhis that he could handle both jobs.But Rahul Gandhi had negated it, asserting that the party would stick to a "one man, one role" policy. Mr Gehlot, a front-runner for the party's top job, had backed off. But the matter was taken up by his loyalists, who held the party to ransom with a threat of mass resignation.

Amid Rajasthan Crisis, Team Gehlot Invokes BJP, Cites Maharashtra
Thousands throng Saptashrungi Gad
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Nashik: Thousands of devotees thronged the Saptashrungi Devi temple at Kalwan taluka on Monday — the first day of Navaratra, when ghatasthapana rituals are performed. The puja at the temple began early in the morning with principal district and sessions judge Shrichand Jagmalani performing the rituals. Vardhan Desai, the president of Shree Saptashrung Devi Niwasini Trust, district guardian minister Dada Bhuse, MP Shashikant Shinde and others were also present. They too performed the puja.Thousands of devotees from across Maharashtra and other states visited the temple during the day. The temple will remain open 24x7 during the entire Navaratra period.“I cannot put in words my feelings while visiting the shrine during the auspicious ghatasthapana,” said Vivek Shastri, a resident of Aurangabad. His family members visit the shrine every year, though they had to break the tradition in the past two years due to Covid restrictions. Ramesh Chheda, who came from Ahmedabad for a darshan, said, “I feel blessed. I brought along my one-year-old granddaughter with me to the shrine.” There are 501 steps to the temple located on the steep slope of the Saptashrungi Gad. The steps were packed with the devotees waiting for their turn to get into the temple. The security personnel have installed barricades to space out the pilgrims on the steep stops to avoid any untoward incident. The authorities said they have deployed huge manpower for security and disaster management activities. They also have a network of about 200 CCTV cameras to keep watch on the movement of devotees.

Thousands throng Saptashrungi Gad
Mumbai: After 2-year break, Navratri festivity to draw dancers & devotees alike
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

MUMBAI: The placement of a 'kalash' bearing a coconut and mango leaves before Goddess Durga will mark the 'ghatsthapna' ceremony at the nine-day celebration of Ashwin Navratra on Monday. Temples, Devi pandals and devotees' homes will be bedecked with flowers and lights in joy and relief after a two-year gap caused by the pandemic lockdown. Garba dancers have purchased fancy 'chania choli' and 'kedia' with matching accessories to put their best foot forward at high profile venues. Indoor events are safe from the vagaries of the weather, but outdoor revellers will also enjoy the expected thunderstorms like a joyous rain dance. Mumbadevi temple will open at 5.30am with mangala aarti followed by 'ghatsthapna'' from 6.30-7.00am by its priests and trustees. Manager Hemant Jadhav said, "During this utsav 25 different pujaris engaged by the temple will perform Shree Durga Saptshati Path on all nine days. The temple will be open from 5.30am to 11.00pm. The Navmi Chandi havan on October 4 will start at 6.00am and 'poornahuti' will be done between 1.00-1.30pm." Jadhav said throngs of devotees have been visiting Mumbadevi since the pandemic ended. He said, "Given that numbers swell during Navratra, we have erected a big mandap on the road, arranged drinking water and sherbet, a medical centre with ambulance and 15 doctors. A hundred volunteers will control crowds while LT Marg police station provides extra forces every year." Over in Malad, the stage is set for the annual Ramlila with Ram-Sita, Ravan-Mandodari, Khar-Dooshan, Jatayu and scores of ace performers sharpening their act for the grand opening on Monday evening. Devkinandan Jindal, founder trustee of the Ramlila Prachar Samiti, has been organising this event at Zakaria Maidan since 41 years along with amateur artistes of the Ram Manas Manch of Moradabad, UP. "All the members of the troupe are well educated, established professionals or businessmen while founder Rajesh Rastogi owns two pharmaceutical companies. They perform out of sheer devotion," said Jindal.

Mumbai: After 2-year break, Navratri festivity to draw dancers & devotees alike
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to ply 250 additional buses to Saptashrungi Gad
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

NASHIK: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has planned to run 250 additional buses from various parts of Nashik to Saptashrungi Gad in view of the Navaratra festival that starts on September 26. The administration has planned to release one bus every five minutes from the foothills at Nanduri village to the temple shrine of Saptashrungi devi during the festival period. The buses will depart in the opposite direction every five minutes too. Every year, during the festivities, the administration bans the movement of private vehicles, including twowheelers, on the 8km ghat that connects the Nanduri village at the foothills and the temple shrine atop the hills. “On average, more than 60,000 people visit the shrine on a daily basis during the festival when the temple is open for round the clock for the devotees. There is a huge traffic problem on the narrow road up the steep hills and, therefore, the private vehicles are banned from entering the ghat during the period,” said a senior officer from the district collectorate. The temple is located at Saptashrungi Hills, one of the seven hills in the region. The Nashik division MSRTC officials have decided to deploy 90 buses that will ply between the foothills and the temple shrine and another 160 buses will be deployed for the movement of pilgrims from the various parts of the city and the district to the foothills.

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to ply 250 additional buses to Saptashrungi Gad
Ex-BSP MLA bats for Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan CM, says he is the only alternative after Ashok Gehlot
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Making an apparent U-turn, a Rajasthan minister who was till now counted as a supporter of chief minister Ashok Gehlot, has come out in support of former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot for the post of CM on Friday.“In my understanding, after Gehlot sahab, there is no alternative in Rajasthan apart from Sachin Pilot sahab,” MoS Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Rajendra Singh Gudha told reporters on Friday.Gudha, who is considered the leader of the six BSP MLAs who had switched to the Congress in 2019 also met Pilot on Saturday.A day earlier, Gudha had said that the six former BSP MLAs will support anybody who is Congress high command’s choice for the top post.Gudha’s support for Pilot is significant because the six MLAs who had switched to the Congress from the BSP, had supported Gehlot during the Rajasthan political crisis in 2020 and had strengthened Gehlot’s position as a leader who has the support of independent MLAs and legislators who joined Congress from BSP.However, since a long time, the BSP MLAs were unhappy with the Gehlot government.In July this year, in an interview with The Indian Express, Gudha had said that CM Gehlot had not fulfilled the promises that were made at the time of the merger of the BSP MLAs into the Congress.Gudha had back then said that there were anger and insecurity among the six former BSP MLAs who were unsure if they will get a Congress ticket in the 2023 Assembly elections.Speculations have been rife in recent times that in the event of Gehlot becoming the national president of Congress, Pilot may be the high command’s choice for the CM post.Meanwhile, Pilot on Friday met Assembly Speaker C P Joshi, amid speculations of the change of guard in the state as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cleared that he will be running for the post of the Congress’ national president.Pilot met Joshi in his chamber in the Assembly, where several party MLAs were present.According to party sources, Pilot is the frontrunner for the CM’s post but Speaker Joshi’s name is also doing rounds. Joshi is a former state Congress president and was a contender for the post in 2008 but lost the Assembly elections by one vote at that time.Earlier in the day, both Gehlot and Pilot reached Jaipur after meeting the party high command. However, none of the leaders commented on the latest developments.Gehlot, who was out of the state capital for three days, returned to Jaipur on Friday evening with Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra. He went straight from the airport to the chief minister’s residence.Gehlot had gone to Delhi on Wednesday. From there he went to Kochi and met Rahul Gandhi. He was in Maharashtra on Friday and visited the Shirdi’s Sai Baba temple.Pilot, who also in Kochi, reached Jaipur on Friday and went to the state Assembly. Many MLAs also met him there.— With PTI Inputs

Ex-BSP MLA bats for Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan CM, says he is the only alternative after Ashok Gehlot
Solving Crime: How discarded clothes and birthday photos led Maharashtra Police to unearth a series of kidnappings and murders
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Half-sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Mohan Gavit, along with their mother Anjanabai and Renuka’s husband Kiran, were arrested in Nashik in 1996 for kidnapping a girl – an arrest that led to startling revelations of spine-chilling crimes that still haunt people in western Maharashtra.Police Inspector Mandaleshwar Madhavrao Kale, who was investigating the kidnapping case of a nine-year old in Nashik in October 1996, had said that he had no idea the probe would reveal that the trio had, in a span of six years, kidnapped at least 13 children and murdered nine of them.The nine-year-old girl, who was kidnapped, was the daughter of Mohan Gavit, one of Anjanabai’s two husbands, from another marriage. During a search of the house of the accused in Nashik, the police found several discarded clothes of small children and photographs of birthday celebrations of Renuka’s children that showed the presence of several other kids who were not locals. Suspecting something amiss, the police began an investigation to trace the children.The police found out that the three women had a pick-pocketing gang. They also learnt that the nine-year-old child was dumped in a sugarcane field near Pune and the trio returned after a few months without knowing that Mohan’s wife had lodged a kidnapping complaint against them.After an initial probe, the case was taken over by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Suhas Nadgauda, who is currently a senior police officer in Pune Police, was part of the investigating team in the case. According to Nadgauda, it was an extensive investigation spread over multiple locations in western Maharashtra and nearly 156 prosecution witnesses were examined during the trial. Most of the children kidnapped and murdered by the trio were from poor families, he said.The police believed that the trio were involved in more than 40 cases of kidnapping and murder. However, due to the absence of electronic clues, the police could only get sufficient evidence in some cases.The probe revealed that Anjanabai had started indulging in petty street thefts by using her daughters as bait or distraction. The trio were habitual thieves and police had caught them on several occasions. However, they used to allegedly bribe the officials and escape.In 1990, Renuka, along with her child went to a temple which had a large gathering and tried to snatch a purse from a man but he caught her. Renuka made a hue and cry and questioned how he could catch her. People around her let her off, seeing the mother and the toddler. Renuka narrated the incident to her sister and told them how she managed to escape as she had her minor son with her. Thereafter, they would have a child with them at the time of committing the crime to easily escape from the crowd, police said.They conspired to kidnap small children below five years of age, use them while committing thefts and then murder them when they no longer remained useful, the investigation revealed. The accused thought this would be the only way to evade arrests.The probe revealed that their first such victim was a one-year-old boy who was picked up by Renuka from a female beggar in July, 1990. They brought him to Pune and named him Santosh. In April 1991, they took him to Kolhapur where Seema was caught while trying to steal a devotee’s purse at Mahalaxmi temple. Anjanabai intervened and threw Santosh on the ground, following which he sustained injuries. That distracted the crowd and Seema could escape. After committing two-three more such thefts, they killed Santosh as he would keep crying due to his injuries and it would lead to them being caught by the police. They disposed of the dead body near the State Transport bus stand at Kolhapur, the probe revealed.The police found that the trio, with the help of Kiran, who later turned approver in the case, had kidnapped at least 13 children and killed 9 of them and attempted to kidnap one more child. These incidents took place between June 1990 and October 1996 in Pune, Thane, Kalyan, Kolhapur and Nashik. They kept roaming around Western Maharashtra, including areas near Mumbai, by attending fairs, festivals and processions at landmark temples, train stations, bus stands and gardens and made a living out of stealing valuables from the crowded areas.Anjanabai, Renuka and Seema were arrested, along with Kiran, in November 1996. Anjanabai, who was nearly 50, died in prison due to illness prior to the commencement of trial. The sessions court in Kolhapur sentenced the two half-sisters to death in 2001 for kidnapping and murdering six children and the Bombay High Court upheld the sentence for five murders in 2004. The Supreme Court in 2006 upheld the death sentence and the President of India rejected their mercy plea in 2014.Over 25 years after their arrests, the Bombay High Court earlier this year commuted their death sentences to life imprisonment and pulled up the state machinery for “laxity and indifference” in deciding their mercy plea.

Solving Crime: How discarded clothes and birthday photos led Maharashtra Police to unearth a series of kidnappings and murders
  • Mumbai: Cyber probe into fake kidnap clips
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: The cyber police are conducting a probe to track down the culprits behind circulation of recent fake videos and audio clips on social media about children being kidnapped from outside their buildings or school premises in several localities of Mumbai. JCP (Law & Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil has urged the people not to believe such rumours and fake news.