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- in general any subject related to India. I have gathered the information
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about India - A
Abhijnana Shakuntalam (Of Shakuntala recognised by a token)
(Info added on 13 Feb 2013)
abhijnana means an identifying token; a keep sake ; an identity card ; a letter of introduction.
The story of Shakuntala and King Dushyanta appears in the Aadi Parva of
The Indian Great epic Mahabharata. Kalidas adapted the story for his
play Abhigyana Shakuntalam. Mahakavi Kalidasa, India's greatest
Sanskrit poet and dramatist, has authored severalmaster pieces including
Raghuvamsham, Meghasandesham (Meghdhootam), Kumarasambhavam, Ritu
Samaharam, Malavikaagnimitram and others.
Agarbathis are incense sticks or cones which emit a soothing
fragrance when lit/burnt. It is used commonly in all Hindu
households as part of the daily puja ritual and in temples.
Incense sticks are also used by the Buddhists.
Powders of Charcoal, Gigatu, White chips, etc. are mixed with water to semi solid paste. This composition is taken on a wooden
plank and applied to sticks by rolling with hands. Then raw sticks are
dipped in suitable perfumery compound diluted with white oil or other
solvents like diethyl phthalate (D.E.P.) and dried and packed.
The powder of charcoal, gigatu, white chips, indigenous herbs, resin,
etc. are mixed along with perfumery compound consisting of essential
oils, aromatic chemicals, purified resins and natural fixative like
Civet, musk, etc. to a semi solid paste with the required quantity of
water. This compound is applied to bamboo sticks by hand rolling and
International airports in India (Updated Aug 2016)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport - Nagpur, Maharashtra
Biju Patnaik International Airport - Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chennai International Airport - Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Cochin International Airport - Nedumbassery, Kerala
Coimbatore International Airport - Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Indira Gandhi International Airport - New Delhi
Jaipur International Airport - Jaipur, Rajasthan
Karipur Airport, Calicut International Airport - Kozhikode, Kerala
Kempegowda International Airport - Bengaluru, Karnataka
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport - Guwahati, Assam
Mangalore International Airport (formerly known as Bajpe Airport) - Mangalore, Karnataka
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport - Kolkata, West Bengal
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport - Hyderabad, Telangana
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport - Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport - Amritsar, Punjab
Tiruchirapalli International Airport - Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
Trivandrum International Airport - Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Tulihal Airport - Imphal, Manipur
Vasco-da-Gama International Airport - Dabolim, Goa
Veer Savarkar International Airport - Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Visakhapatnam Airport - Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Ambedkar (14 April 1891 - 6 December 1956)
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar
Bhimrao Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 in Madhya Pradesh. He was the
fourteenth child of his parents. Ambedkar's father Ramji was a Subedar
in the Indian Army and posted at Mhow cantonment, MP.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was one of the architects of the Indian Constitution.
He was a political leader, eminent jurist, Buddhist activist,
philosopher, anthropologist, historian, orator, writer, economist,
scholar and editor. Dr. Ambedkar fought to eradicate the social evils
like untouchability and for the rights of the dalits and other socially
backward classes throughout his life. Dr. Ambedkar was appointed as
India's first Law Minister in the Cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was
posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour
Ambedkar, in wake of reaching to the people and making them understand
the drawbacks of the prevailing social evils, launched a newspaper
called "Mooknayaka" (leader of the silent)
Well known director Jabbar Patel directed a movie on Ambedkar's life and
teachings in English which was later dubbed in Hindi and other Indian
In 1955, he founded the Bharatiya Bauddha Mahasabha, or the Buddhist Society of India. He completed his final work, The Buddha and His Dhamma, in 1956 which was published posthumously.
Chaitya Bhoomi is a memorial to Dr. B R Ambedkar, Chief architect
of Indian Constitution. Earlier known as Dadar Chowpatty it began to be
known as Chaitya Bhoomi after Babasaheb Ambedkar was cremated here
after his death on 6 December 1956.
His birthdate is celebrated as a public holiday known as Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti.
Amla is Indian
gooseberry (Emblica officinalis)(Nellikai, nellikani in Tamil), a fruit
found mainly in India. It is a greeenish yellow fibrous fruit about an
inch or two in diameter, round shaped with vertical stripes. It simultaneously
tastes sweet & sour. It is rich in natural vitamin C. It is used in
making ayurvedic medicines, tonics for it has several positive qualities
- has cooling, diuretic and laxative properties, strengthens teeth and
bones, has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It aids in maintaining
clear skin & healthy growthof hair. It is eaten raw with salt
and is also used to make pickles.
Welfare Board of India (AWBI)
is a statutory
body under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960
with its headquarters at Chennai. Its basic mandate is to advise the Government
on animal welfare issues, and create awareness regarding animal welfare.
AWBI gives financial assistance to the eligible Animal Welfare Organisations
for Shelter Houses, Model Gaushalas, for setting up Bio-Gas Plants, Famine/Drought
Relief, Earthquake Relief, etc., in the various states.
to "an embodiment, a bodily manifestation of the Divine." The literal Sanskrit
meaning is "the descent of God" or "incarnation." Lord Vishnu is said to
descend to earth in order to restore balance on earth. These births of
Lord Vishnu are called avatarams. The Dasavatarams of Lord Vishnu follow
the theory of evolution as understood by us today. There is a gradual development
in the complexity of form taken by the Lord - fish in Matsyavataram ; tortoise
in Kurmavataram ; boar in Varahavataram ; half man half lion in Narasimhavataram
; a dwarf in Vaamanavataram ; an angry man unable to control his anger
in Parasuramavataram ; the ideal human being in Ramavataram ; a man with
occupational skills in Balaramavataram (sometimes Buddha is considered
one among the 10 avatarams) ; friend, philosopher and guide (Geethobadesam)
in Krishnavataram. In Kalki avataram he is slated to destroy the world
when evil becomes uncontrollable and thus establish the rule of dharma.
Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine of India is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda."
"Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term
"ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of
life'. It is a qualitative, holistic science - a system of healing
the whole person, body and mind.
The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the
Vedas - the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was
written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that
can help humans overcome various ailments. Adharva Veda, the fourth book
of ancient knowledge is known to have the
largest number of references to Ayurveda. In fact, Ayurveda is
considered to be the sub-branch or Upaveda of Adharva Veda. Ranging from
medicinal values of herbs to treatment of diseases, Adharva Veda covers
the essential and practical aspects of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda soon emerged into two- the school of medicine and the school of
surgery. The school of medicine was propounded by the physician Charaka
and of surgery by Susrutha. Susrutha who lived in the 6th century BC
is considered to be the father of modern surgery.
The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life.
Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five
elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are
represented in humans by three "doshas", or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable
limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct
balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance
of the three doshas ("tridoshas"). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle
and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.
Samhithas or compilations: Three main Samhithas are known to have survived:
Charaka Samhitha (Treatise on Medicine),
Susrutha Samhitha (Treatise on Surgery) and
Ashtanga Samgraha (Treatise on the basic principles) by Vaghbata, who is supposed to have lived in the 7th century AD.
Called collectively as ‘Brihattrayi’, they are also considered to be the oldest surviving documents on Ayurveda.
Some of the famous texts written between 9th and 16th century AD include
Bhavaprakasha (History and classifications) by Bhavamishra,
Madhava Nidana (Treatise on Diagnosis) by Madhavacharya in the 12th century,
Sharangadhara Samhita (Treatise on Ayurvedic Recipes) by Sharangadhara in the 14th century,
These three books are regarded as the Laghu Traya or Junior Triad of Ayurveda classics.
(Information was also gathered form these 2 sites - http://hinduism.about.com/ od/ayurveda/p/ ayurveda.htm
http://www.ayurvedaa2z.com/ php/showContent.php? linkid=4&partid=2)