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of great personalities, locations & geographical landmarks, history
- in general any subject related to India. I have gathered the information
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information about India - M
added in Apr 2012)
Veda Vyaasar saw the entire Mahaa Bharatham through his inner vision.
He wanted to preserve it for the welfare of the future generations.
Lord Brahma advised him to ask Lord Ganesha to write it down as he composed
the verses. Lord Ganesha is said to have used his tusk to write the
Maha Bharatham on the Himalayas.
of 18 parvas (parvam) - Adi parvam, Sabha parvam, Vana parvam, Virata parvam,
Udyoga parvam, Bhishma parvam, Drona parvam, Karna parvam, Shalya parvam,
Sauptika parvam, Stri parvam, Shanti parvam, Anushasana parvam, Asvamedhika
parvam, Ashramavasika parvam, Mausala parvam, Mahaprasthanika parvam,
parvam dealing with the life of Lord Krishna is not covered in the 18 parvams
These 18 parvams
contain 98 sub parvams of 2,382 chapters. There are a total of 96,635
slokas that are available now. Vyasar is said to have composed 60
Read the story - Vinayagar wrote the Bharatham
added on 12 May 2012)
There are 3 gold mines working (Hutti and Uti in Karnataka and the
Hirabuddini mines in Jharkand). East Singhbhum, Jharkhand has one
operational gold mine located in Kendrugocha, which is also of medium
Hatti Gold Mines - located near Lingusugur taluk, 20km from Lingusugur, Raichur district, Karnataka
Deccan Gold Mines Limited (DGML) is the first private sector gold
exploration company in India to be listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange.
Established as a gold exploration company in 2003, DGML has a large
portfolio of exploration prospects in the states of Karnataka, Andhra
Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan.
Gold is being mined by The Hutti Gold Mines Ltd (HGML), a
Government of Karnataka undertaking, near Hutti village in northern
Karnataka. The mine is developed on a classic Archaean lode gold
deposit, similar to those in Australia, Canada and South Africa. Gold
mining activity in the belt has been known since pre-Ashokan time, about
3000 years ago. Modern gold mining commenced in the Hutti area around
It is owned by the Government of Karnataka and is engaged in the mining
as well as production of gold. It is the only company in India which
produces gold by mining and processing the gold ore. HGML has two plants
which are located at Hutti and Chitradurga. The main mine is located at
Hutti in Raichur district, along with the satellite branches of Uti and
Hirabuddini. Hutti is an underground mine, Uti is an open-cast mine
while Hirabuddini is an exploratory mine. The Chitradurga Gold Unit
consists of an exploratory underground mine at G. R. Halli in
Chitradurga district as well as an open-cast mine located in Ajjanahalli
in Tumkur district. Gold is mined from the main gold mine located at
Hutti and other satellite mines. The mines which are owned by Hutti are
located in the Hutti-Muski precambrian greenstone geological belt. This
area contains both extractable native gold and gold-bearing sulphides.
Kolar gold fields - a town in Bangarpet Taluk, Kolar District,
Karnataka (closed down by Bharat Gold Mines Limited, BGML in 2001)
considered the world`s second deepest gold mine.
The Kolar Gold Mines of BGML were closed down in the year 2001 as the
gold ore reserves got exhausted after 150 years of continuous and heavy
extraction. Both the exploration agencies of government viz. the
Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Mineral Exploration Corporation
Limited (MECL) declared that mining the meagre remaining reserves was
not a technically or economically viable option. At the time of its
closure BGML had run up losses of more than Rs. 900 crore. Champion
Reefs named after a British officer called Champion was one of the main
mining areas in the Kolar Gold Fields.
Panna mines - Panna is a city and a municipality in Panna
district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh - diamond deposits
extends North-East on a branch of the Vindhya Range for 150 miles.
The most productive mines were in the 1860s and were found in Sakaria,
around 20 miles (32 km) from Panna. Four classifications were given to
the Panna diamonds: first, Motichul, clear and brilliant; 2nd, Manik,
with a faint orange tint; 3rd, Panna, verging in tint towards green;
4th, Bunsput, sepia coloured. Mines is situated in the interior of Panna
district, Majhgawan township is situated adjacent to mines.
The Bunder project comprises a cluster of eight lamproites
(volcanic rock), located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh,
500 km south east of Delhi. Rio Tinto discovered the Bunder deposit in
2004 as part of a regional exploration reconnaissance programme which
commenced in 2002.
Golkonda's mines yielded few diamonds. Actually, Golkonda was the
market city of the diamond trade, and gems sold there came from a
number of mines. The famous Kohinoor diamond is beleived to be from this mine.
The Kollur Mine in Guntur district of old Golkonda kingdom,
situated on the right bank of the river Krishna, was one of the most
productive diamond mines in India and the first major diamond
center. It operated between the sixteenth and mid-nineteenth
centuries. In addition to the Kollur Mine, the Paritala, Gollapally,
Mallavally, Ramallakota, and Banganapally were extremely prolific mines
in India during this period. The most celebrated Kohinoor diamond was
mined in the Kollur mines.
added on 23 Jan 2011)
which serve as retirement dwelling place for monks, a place for self-reflection
in Bihar - Japanese Monastery, Thai Monastery, Tibetan Monastery, The
Chinese Temple and Monastery and the Buddhist Temple of Bhutan. -
|For a Buddhist tourist visiting
India, monasteries or gompas are the prime attraction. A number of Buddhist
monasteries or gompas spread across the length and breadth of India and
speak volume about the Buddhist heritage of the country.
Many of these monasteries were
built centuries back and have withstood the test of time. Still many others
were destroyed or damaged in past and had to undergo tremendous reconstruction
work. The architecture, murals, statues of Buddha and bodhisattvas inside
make for an interesting visit. Moreover, many of these monasteries are
located at stunning sites - clinging at the the top of hill, near streams,
amidst greenery or barren landscape - which enhance their attractiveness
multifold. The presence of monks inside gives a splendid opportunity to
interact and accrue a whole lot of new knowledge about Buddhism in general
and the monastery in particular.
in Jammu & Kashmir - Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Thiksey
Monastery, Cave Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Takthok Monastery, Matho Monastery,
Spituk Monastery, Phyang monastery, Likir Monastery, Rizong Monastery,
Lamayuru monastery, Bardan Monastery, Karsha Monastery, Phuktal Monastery,
Rangdum Monastery, Sani Monastery, Tonde Monastery, Zangla Monastery, Chemrey
Gompa, Diskit & Hundur Monastery, Shey Monastery, Stongdey Monastery
Monasteries in Sikkim - Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Phensang
Monastery, Phodang Monastery, Ralang Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Tashiding
Monastery, Yoksum Monastery.
Monasteries in Himachal Pradesh - Tabo Monastery, Kye Monastery, Namgyal
Monastery, Rewalsar Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Guru Ghantal Monastery,
Shashur Monastery, Kardang Monastery, Tayul Monastery, Thang Yug Monastery,
Kungri Monastery, Nako Monastery, Tashiganj Monastery, Lippa Monastery
Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh - Tawang Monastery, Bomdila Monastery,d
Urgelling Monastery -
Dr. B.R. 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
added on 4 Jul 2011)
A mosque or Masjid (a place of prostration)
is a Muslim place of worship, where they offer their daily five prayers
as well as the Friday congregation.
Mosques around the world - en.wikipedia.org/