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Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt Mantralayam

  • Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple is nestled in a small town of Mantralayam on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • It is said that Shri Guru Raghavendra, a Hindu scholar, theologian and saint, conducted penance at Panchamukhi near Mantralayam, where he received darshan of Sri Panchamukha Mukhya Prana Hanuman.
  • The temple witnesses the grand celebration of Sri Raghavendra Jayanti on Phalguna Sudha Saptami each year that marks the the birthday of the saint.

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Hazarduari Palace

  • The Palace’s name translates to 'a thousand doors' as this palace is embellished with a thousand ornamental gateways.
  • Located on the banks of River Bhagirathi, the magnificence of Hazarduari Palace spreads over a massive area of 41 acres on the Kila Nizamat campus in Murshidabad, West Bengal.
  • The Palace was built in the nineteenth century by architect Duncan Macleod, under the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah of Bengal and its construction style is an amalgam of Italian and Greek architectural styles. The perimeter of the palace also houses the Nizamat Imambara, Wasif Manzil, Bacchawali Tope and the Murshidabad Clock Tower.
  • The Palace now houses a museum displaying the rich cultural heritage of the Nawabs.

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Shri Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple

  • Shri Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple, commonly known as Brahma Sarovar Temple, is located in Thanesar, Haryana.
  • According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma used to worship Lord Shiva in this temple and hence it is devoted to Lord Shiva.
  • The temple is positioned in the waters of Brahma Sarovar and a concrete arch bridge links the temple to the bank. The Sarovar comprises of a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the middle which can be accessed via a small bridge.
  • The sarovar offers a breath-taking sight during the Gita Jayanti celebrations held each when a ‘deep daan’ ceremony of floating lamps in water and Aarti occurs.

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Vidur Kuti Temple

  • Situated at the bank of Ganges, around 11 km from Bijnor, is the Vidur Kuti temple, a heritage site with ties to the Mahabharata circuit of Uttar Pradesh tourism.
  • One of the few temples dedicated to Vidur, a central figure in the Mahabharata, it is the place for an annual Ganga snaan fair held on Kartik Poornima.
  • Vidur Kuti is believed to be the place where Vidura spent the rest of his life after dispute with Duryodhana. Literally meaning 'the ashram of Vidura', it is an important sightseeing attraction of the Moradabad district.

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Mana Village

  • Mana village is the last village on the Indo – Tibetan border in the state of Uttarakhand. It is situated at a height at of 3,219 meters, approximately 4 km nortwest from Badrinath.
  • The villagers of this village are culturally associated with activities of Badrinath temple and annual fair of Matha murthi. Every year the girls and women of the village make woolen shawls for the deity of Badrinarayan in Badrinath. The shawls are offered to the deity on the Temple closing ceremony at the beginning of the winter season.
  • There is a small cave in Mana, named Vyas Gufa and it is believed that Maharshi Vyas composed Mahabharatha in this cave. Inside the cave there is an idol of Vyasadev and a priest who recites Mahabharat.

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Pangong Tso

  • Pangong Tso, also known as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China.
  • The lake that covers approximately 604 km2 area is 5 km wide at its broadest point.
  • Pangong Lake in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is the world's highest brackish lake that freezes in winters despite being saline water.

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Shri Nag Vasuki Temple, Allahabad, UttarPradesh.

  • ShriNagVasukiTempleissituatedinDaraganj,Allahabad,UttarPradesh.
  • It is said to be one of only two temples in the world where one can be liberated from the effects of Kaal Sarpa Dosha, a difficult astrological influence.
  • It is believed that around the 10th Century, an old temple existed here, perhaps the original. The Maratha King Shridhar Bhonsle constructedthepresenttemple,whichisnotolderthanthe18thc.
  • The temple is unique in the sense that Nag Vasuki (Nag Raj), the Lord of the Nagas, is the presiding Deity and resides in the sanctum sanctorum.

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Ema Keithel

  • Khwairamband Bazaar, also known as the Ema Bazaar, or Nupi Keithel, literally means Mother’s Market or Women’s Market.
  • The market is locatd in Imphal, Manipur.
  • It is one of the largest markets run by women in the country for handloom and handicraft products, like earthen pots, knives, shawls, puppets and dried fish and vegetables.
  • This is also one of the oldest markets with its rich tradition intact. Built in around 1533 AD, Ema Keithel was borne out of a desperatewilltosurvivemorethanawellplannedeconomicalsetup.
  • Studies suggest that the market’s female-only workforce originated as a result of the enforcement of the Lallup-Kaba, an ancient forced labour system in Manipur that sent men of the Meitei community to cultivate faraway lands and fight wars. The women stayed back in the villages, working in their own paddy fields, taking care of their household and selling their farm produce in improvised markets. This led to the creation of markets where women played a central role, the most important and largest one being the Ema Keithal.

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Sree Dharma Sastha Temple

  • Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage center located in Perunad gram panchayat on the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala.
  • It is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world with an estimated 50 million devotees visiting every year.
  • The temple is believed to be the place where the Hindu God Ayyappan meditated after killing the powerful demon, Mahishi.
  • Ayyappan's temple is situated amidst 18 hills on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m above mean sea level, and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

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Baidyanath Temple, Deoghar, Jharkhand

  • Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, located in Deoghar district, Jharkhand, is also known as Baba Baidyanath Dham. Itis one ofthe twelveJyotirlingas.TheBabaBaidyanathtemplecomplexconsistsof the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, where the Jyotirlingam is installed.
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) is the PSU partner in this project.

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Kanvashram, Uttarakhand

  • Kanvashram, located 14 KM from Kotdwar in Uttarakhand, has immense historical and archeological significance.
  • Surrounded by serene beauty of forest, Kanvashram has its existence from 5500 years. Legend has it that sages like Vishvamitra and Kanva have meditated on this holy land foryears.
  • It is also said that King Bharat was born here in Kanvashram. The name of our country- ‘Bharatvarsha’ has been derived from his name.