India: Where we stand on our 62nd Republic Day

How we reached so far: from Independent to a Republic country

The foundation of independence laid before 150 years in 1857, which is described as First war of Independence got success after 100 long years of struggle and on 15th August 1947 when a new democratic country which has taken over the attention of the world with it’s principles of non-violence and peace.

India obtained its independence but did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead, its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935. On 28 August 1947, the Drafting Committee was appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as chairman. A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before adopting the Constitution. . This committee finally drafted with 395 Articles and 8 Schedules and it was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949.  After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. On this day Rajendra Prasad was elected as first President of India. After two days i.e on 26 January 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect, a date celebrated annually as Republic Day in India. 26 January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign country.

On 26 January 1950 India developed into a democratic republic with a president, prime minister and a council of ministers, all who are elected by the public. India’s full title is The Republic of India and today it is the largest full democracy in the world.


India – Development since 1950



Before independence India was a country which relied heavily on agriculture. After independence this remained much the same, even today India ranks second worldwide in agricultural output. Agriculture and allied sectors like logging, forestry and fishing accounted for 15.7% of India’s GDP in 2009, employed 60% of the total workforce and despite a steady decline of its share in the GDP, is still the largest economic sector in the country. India has always been a major grower of cash crops such as tea, tobacco, coffee and spices while also being a world leader in exporting many varieties of fruit. Although India has developed many modern and innovative means of farming the agricultural sector in India remains synonymous with poverty. The majority of India’s farmers earn less than $2 (USD) per day growing rice on tiny family-owned plots.



The services sector employs 23% of the Indian workforce and began its rapid development in the 1980s, this is in comparison with approx.4.5% in the 1960s. The stimulus for the spurt in growth in the services sector came from two main areas: a substantial stepping up of public investment and also the emergence of a highly educated Indian workforce who were willing to work for far lower wages than their European counterparts. The services sector accounted for 63% of Indian GDP in 2008-09 and as per the Central Statistical Organisation this figure has continued to grow.



Before independence India was a largely agriculture-based country. Post-independence, the Indian private sector began attempts to expand. It has since handled the change by squeezing costs, revamping management, focusing on designing new products and relying on low labour costs and technology. Technology has been one of the main cornerstones of India’s industrial development. Information Technology sector accounted for 5.9% GDP. Mining and other energy exploits have also been one of the main areas which have pushed the industrialization of India since independence. India has the third largest coal reserves in the world. Nuclear power is a very large source of electrical consumption in India. As of 2010, India has 19 nuclear power plants in operation generating 4,560 MW while four other are under construction and are expected to generate an additional 6000 MW. This recent development has coincided with further industrialization of many of India’s cities.

The development of India since independence has changed it into a democratic, industrial country at the forefront of becoming a big global power. However due to this rapid change and urbanization, India faces many problems. The country is facing many sustainability issues in the near future which will be discussed below.


India and Future Sustainable Development


Poverty is an everyday sight in India but something which must be addressed or it will negatively affect the country’s future sustainability. According to a 2005 World Bank estimate 42% of the Indian population fall below the international poverty line. Although this is a major increase on the figure of 87% in 1980 it is still a shocking statistic. If India is to become a truly developed country it must develop a form of social welfare scheme, this means that at current poverty levels close to 240 million people would be availing of welfare benefits. This is a figure which is simply not viable, therefore if India is to sustain development into the future it must do something to lower poverty levels.


The Environment and Pollution

Although India is low on the carbon emissions scale compared to countries such as America its carbon levels are still very high and steadily increasing. India is emitting 1.17 tonnes of CO2 per person per year and this is an ever-increasing figure. Most of these carbon emissions are coming from factories and industry. India’s main fossil fuel is coal (a very high polluter) means that air pollution levels will probably continue to increase. However there have been some encouraging signs in recent years as the government and legislators have begun a major drive to invest in clean technology and recycling facilities.



India has huge problems with water pollution. The river Ganges is considered to be one of the world’s dirtiest rivers and still an estimated 2 million people bathe in its waters everyday due to Hindi beliefs and culture. Some sources even say that India’s water pollution problem is so bad that 70% of available water in India is contaminated. Indian officials must act to create sewerage treatment plants in order to reverse the country’s unprecedented levels of water pollution.

Another Sustainability issue which India faces in the future is the problem of water availability. According to World Watch Institute, Indian demand for water in urban areas is expected to triple by 2025. Another big problem is that actual water reserves look set to deteriorate due to global warming. 80% of India’s water comes from the Himalayas, either from rainwater or melting glaciers. If current projections are correct global warming will melt many of the Himalayan glaciers away by 2030 and this would result in the level of many of India’s main rivers dropping further pushing water demand.

Poverty and the Environment

The links between poverty and pollution and environmental-damage can be seen everywhere in India. The use of rivers as sewers is common to Indian slum areas. However to blame India’s poor for the environmental degradation would be a huge mistake. It is the lack of resources and facilities provided to the poor which results in the level of damage occurring in India. However there are many methods which the Indian government could use to tackle both problems i.e. reduce poverty by tackling environmental degradation.

  • Strengthen participation by the poor in decision-making related to access to environmental resources: People in India’s poorest areas should be involved in deciding where sewerage should be provided and how best to provide clean water as their local expertise would be vital.
  • Employ only local people in the building of environmental resources in their slum areas: This would boost the local economy and also create a sense of pride in environmental resources within the community.
  • Expand the natural asset base of the poor: By providing free plots of land to the countries poor India could promote a sense of environmentalism and a respect for nature while also providing economic assistance to the poor.



India has developed from an agricultural country into an urbanized, industrialized country. However this has led to many problems for the country including poverty and environmental damage. However it is not too late for India to fix its problems and hopefully in the future we will see this happening.

“Mother Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed”

– Mohandas Gandhi.

Appeal to people of India

We the people of India should participate in development of Indian directly or indirectly. Instead of always finding negative things and only talk over that, we should work together to eradicate the negative things and polish positive things.


Team UdaipurBlog wishes all the readers a very Happy Republic Day

– By Monika Jain

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National Youth Festival 2011: The Memories it left behind

Youth Festival collageclick on image to enlarge

Finally it was the 16th of January, when the 16th National Youth Festival ended, everyone was sad for they had enjoyed a new world in these days, as the whole India was brought to our own beautiful city of lakes for 12th to 16th January, and yes, we too were happy and proud to host such a great festival in our city for the first time, which was otherwise held in the capital cities of the states only.

Everyday there were variety of competitions at different locations of our city, along with a great night show in the Maharana Bhupal Stadium (Gandhi Ground). For those who have missed any part of the NYF, here we bring to you a complete wrap up of these Festive days

Here below I am mentioning the day by day different events that were held throughout the city. But before that take a look on two events that was open for all the days.

1. Yuvakriti: The mouth watering food festival at Shilpgram

Inaugurated by the sports minister, Mr. M.S. Gill, this was a mouth watering event open for all Udaipies; different cuisines were prepared which represented the complete India in Shilpgram itself. They were available at a price scheme of NO PROFIT NO LOSS fixed by the organisers.

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2. Adventure Camp at Railway Training College ground

This place was all about the thrill, the excitement, and huge bursts of adrenaline rushes. Para-sailing, Para-gliding, Hot-air balloon thrilled Udaipies to the extreme.

DAY-1 (12th January 2011): Opening

This day marked the opening of the youth festival in our city opening ceremony was held in Gandhi ground in the day. It was inaugurated by our hon’ble Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari, in presence of the delegates from SAARC, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Sports Minister Mr. M.S. Gill, and many more honourable guests.

chief guests

There was a march past of all the participant states in which the city witnessed the overwhelming spirit and culture of entire India

Night Show: At night, there was a laser show depicting the life of Swami Vivekananda, followed by massive boosts of fireworks, and then foot tapping performance by Punjabi singer Jasbeer Jassi.

Day-2 (13th January 2011)

The day was full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: There was a show by Sudesh Bhosle at night in the Gandhi ground.

Day-3 (14th January 2011)

A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: A heart throbbing performance by Rock Bands made people thrill to their max. The show was started by “Soulmate”, followed by “Mystic Rhythms” and finally the excited adrenaline rush was taken to the extreme by “Parikrama”.

Day-4 (15th January 2011)

A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.

Night Show: Much awaited performance by Sonu Nigam who made Udaipur wait for his entry for a long time. Uncontrollable crowd made the work of Police Force and the security much difficult. But finally he entered the show, and really rocked it.

Day-5(16th January 2011): Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony was held in Railway Training College ground, where there were amazing stunts performed by the Indian Armed Forces. Nine divers of Indian Air Force, from the team “AKASHGANGA”, headed by Wing Commander Jai Kishan, were dropped by an IAF Aircraft. They showed their extra-ordinary courage and performed different styles after jumping from an altitude of 5000feet carrying the Indian National Flag.

This was followed by the acrobatics and stunts, the “DAREDEVILS” team of Indian Army (Military Police). All were equipped with their “SAFED ASHWA/WHITE HORSE” which were white coloured Bullet motorcycles, and did amazing wonders with them, along with the stunts; there were two army men, dressed as jokers who amused the audience with their crazy stunts.

For a detailed photo story on the Daredevil Show, Click here

There was performance by the army band, which was followed by cultural programmes, and the prize distribution ceremony, and finally the Youth Festival said “Good Bye Udaipur” with a pledge to keep alive the spirit of “Sabse Pehle Bharat” forever.

We are thankful to our team members as well as our contributors for getting us news updates, photos and videos from across all parts of the city for all these days of the youth festival.

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Jai Jawaan: Our Real Heroes rock the NYF with their Stunts

Indian Army Stunt Team

On 15th of January 2010, Udaipur witnessed an amazing and heart-throbbing event which took place at the Railway Training College Ground. The ground was full with crowd, and the city witnessed first of its kind bike stunt show by the Indian Daredevils on account of celebration for the National Youth Festival. Every witness wowed on every move of our Indian Army men who were just doing miracles on their bullet motorbikes.

Video of these Biking dare devils on final day of NYF2011

Believing in the saying – “Actions speak louder than words”, we end up the text here only, leaving below a complete photo story of the thrilling day at Railway Training College.

On 15th of January 2010, Udaipur witnessed an amazing and heart-throbbing event which took place at the Railway Training College Ground. The ground was full with crowd. Every witness wowed on every move of our Indian Army men who were just doing miracles on their bullet motorbikes.

Believing in the saying – “Actions speak louder than words”, we end up the text here only, leaving below a complete photo story of the thrilling day at Railway Training College.

Photographs exclusively shot by- Prasun Bannerjee


Student and College life: A Quick Wrap Up of 2010

Students are a direct projection of youth in the city. They can never be avoided. Therefore their every issue affects us directly. We all do remember our movement for establishing an IIT in Udaipur. Past year has also been in headlines due to many reasons. Few of them are mentioned below.

1. MLSU gets its new VC

The most remarkable happening in 2010 for Udaipur was that the city’s own university Mohan Lal Sukhadia University (MLSU) got its Vice Chancellor after a long needy wait. This Year Mr. I.V. Trivedi sworn in as the new VC of the university.

college election udaipur

2. Young leaders on their way

One more remarkable happening for the year was that the student union elections were held after 6 years in Udaipur.

Mr. Dilip Joshi was elected as the president of the student union.

3. Advancement of MG College towards sports

MG sports academy established in the same year in MG College (Meera Girls College). No earlier such organisation was present in the college.

4. University to “ROOM” more brilliance

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot and Mr. C.P. Joshi initiated the foundation and hence the construction of a Youth Hostel in MLSU on 20th June 2010.

5. New career options, in Lakecity itself

MLSU introduced new courses in its curriculum such as M.P.Ed. , yoga, and B.P.Ed. ,for opening new vistas of career options.

6. President’s Udaipur visit

The hon’ble president of India, Mrs Pratibha Patil arrived Udaipur on 22nd December for the inauguration of the National KVK Conference at MLSU, alongwith other dignitaries, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Governor Mr. Shiv Raj Patil, Dr. C.P. Joshi, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Sharad Pawar.

7. Rajasthan Technical University amuses people with its results

Rajasthan Technical University, already well known for all sorts of delays in exam conduction and result declaration, came into notice for the controversial B.Tech 3rd semester result. The exams were conducted in Feb 2010 whose results were declared thrice and withdrawn in a short span of time. Even after such a long period for checking and results, it was full of mistakes, such as a person from Udaipur scoring 477 in a subject out of 80 only, thus the scorecard claimed to get the person 113% marks. Few sources inform that another person from Udaipur was passed in a subject, in which he didn’t even appear to write the exam.


Top – 5 Unforgettables in Udaipur of 2010

2010 has come to an end. Now “Next Year” is only “Next Day” away.
But this year has given us tremendous memories, many good and few unfortunately bad. So to get u into a quick flashback of the whole year, without stressing your brain a lot, here I start my illustration for the year.


I ‘m Lovin’ It

Now this statement will be heard in almost every home in Udaipur.
Yes my dear Udaipies. Finally McDonalds has opened its first outlet in Lakecity at the Celebration Mall in Bhuvana.

iim udaipur

Lakecity to create Management Machos

Finally after so much issue on the matter of IIT in udaipur, finally Udaipur is blessed with an IIM, proposed to be at baleecha. The proposed IIM for the time being will however be run in the newly constructed polymer science building in MLSU.

earthquake udaipur

Earthquake trembles Lakecity

10th November 4:16 a.m. would be one of the bad times of our city, when we were shook by an earthquake. However thankfully, there was no damage to life or property.

masterchef udaipur

Rolling, Camera, and Action…!!!

Udaipur’s spectacular beauty is simply irresistible. To capture this picturesque beauty of the world’s no. 1 city, many movie and TV artists entered our Lakecity. The year saw rise in global visitors for the same reason. To mention a few, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (starring Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire fame), Mission Impossible 4 (starring Tom Cruise)( as reported by unverified sources) ,Rani (a French TV serial), Master Chef India (Indian TV serial hosted by Akshay Kumar on Star Plus), Impatient Vivek, and a Documentary from Seria was also shot in our own Lakecity.

fatehsagar overflows

The day the Lakecity stood still

Monsoons 2010 brought in many expectations to Udaipies about the dried up lakes. Every prayer was answered by the almighty. The dried lakes soon turned into brimful lakes. Finally the day was 9th September when the lakes overflowed after 4 years. However, a sad part associated with the happy news was that a tourist drowned in a boat accident in the lake Fatehsagar.


Text Messaging – Top Trends 2010

SMS Trends

Now while reading the title of this write-up, you might be thinking what must have entered in my mind that i have chosen this topic, which may be catchy for some, irrelevant for some, and so on.
Everyone sends text messages, for communicating, keeping in touch with old pals, for informing people about locations, updating about some news, to exchange greetings, or even for fun, and many more reasons.
To add up a few facts, the CTIA survey 2009 states that

  • More than 1.5 Trillion Text messages were sent in 2009,
  • Almost 5 billion Text messages sent per day.

This is a very mind blowing figure in itself.
The year 2010 also saw a great fall in the prices of text messages in the competitive telecom market; as a result there was a great boom in the sms incoming and outgoing rates in mobile phones. Sms hence became cheapest communication method, far cheaper than voice calls.
Udaipies use messaging services to the extreme, specially the youngsters. I, being a regular sms (short message service) user often come across many of the messages from various origins, popularly termed together as “Forwarded messages”, mostly pre-generated from internet or creative sources and are just forwarded to people for information or fun purposes.
Many of the messages were popular throughout the year or for a part of it. To give a quick wrap up of the 2010 top messaging trends, I hereby list few of the topics that will keep 2010 a much remembered year.

  • Sardar jokes were replaced in majority by Santa and Banta. Good to have two imaginative characters, instead of cracking jokes on an active part of our country and society.
  • Despite of the blackouts (telecom companies charging extra money per sms) on special occasions such as holi, diwali, new year, etc, the Udaipies have found a smarter way to deal with the situations. Now be it diwali, holi, valentine’s day, rakhi, or any such expected event, wishes and greetings are sent in advance, ranging from a day before to almost a week before.
  • The year saw a little less inclination of people towards the so called Religious Spam which claimed good luck if passed to many people and worst ever luck if the message was deleted. A FeelGood moment to see Udaipur realising what the truth is.
  • When Udaipur witnessed rains, daily updates on the levels of the famous lakes Pichola and Fateh Sagar were top blockbusters of the season. Inch-by-inch update was conveyed throughout the city, the chain ended when the lakes finally overflowed.
  • Next chapter was jokes and shayaris. An existing sub-part of a combination of both, PJ (which meant silly jokes, generally in poetry form) were much circulated.
  • Specially the year saw spread of series messages, generally the abovementioned PJs’, most remarkable of which was on the daily television soap CID.
  • Near the release of the south Indian blockbuster flick ROBOT, the focus of Udaipur shifted from all the jokes and poems to messages based on Rajnikant.
  • Last but not the least, messages based on two songs that were most popular throughout the year- Munni and Sheila were also seen entering the inboxes very often.
  • The current topic of the messages has shifted apart from all, to new year resolution and greetings.

Team UdaipurBlog too wishes its readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.  🙂

Places to Visit

Shilpgram – Site for Crafts and Arts fair in Udaipur


Shilpgram is a hindi word which translates itself to Village Of Art And Craft. Shilpgram is situated 3kms west to the famous Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur.

It’s a State sponsored living musium stretched on a 70 acre land on the foothills of Aravali. Shilpgram or the Rural Arts and Crafts Village in Udaipur is one of the seven centers of the West Zone Cultural Center (WZCC), established by the government in 1986.

Every year in the end of the year, a 10-day festival is organised which shows glimpses of the complete rural India within the 70 acre itself. There are 26 representative huts of member states in this craft village, incorporating traditional architectural features of different ethnic groups residing within the Zone.

Artisans and craftsmen from all over the nation join this festival to display their best outcome of their art and culture for which their zone is best renowned. Be it the warm woolens from Jammu and Kashmir, or even the Bamboo artwork from far east states, the famous Banarasi silk sarees, along with our very own Rajasthani craftwork, from hand-crafted key chains and bangles, to glasswork, pottery and even furnitures, everything can be seen waiting for you at the festival. All the items are not for display alone; you may purchase the things available with your free will, and take them home with you.

At the entrance you find the traditional dancers welcoming you. Mud huts with thatched roofs make out the splendid village scene, with you yourself witnessing it live. Hungry after walking so long? There are plenty of mouth watering food and “DESI” fast-food items from different traditions, in your way.

Moreover, in these 10-days every evening you can also witness the rich culture of India, via the juvenile traditional and cultural folk programmes, each day with a different theme and different heart throbbing programmes on the open-theatre stage at shilpgram.

Not only Udaipies(Udaipur Guys), but people from all across the globe eagerly wait for this once-a-year fest, and to be a part of it. So what are you waiting for dear udaipies? Just make up your mind and be proud to be a part of this unique fest of its kind, going back to your rich cultural roots.

A Post By Prasun Bannerjee


Go Green-o-thon with your favourite RJs – 92.7 BIG FM

India’s leading private radio FM network 92.7 BIG FM and Avon cycles have joined hands and taken an initiative to make the city green, by following it themselves, and are all set to start a mega cycling event across the country: AVON BIG Greenothon.

This campaign has been launched in 45 cities all across the country. This event will appeal all the Indians to go green and save the environment.

“The Greenothon will engage the citizens of India to one unique pledge to cycle to work at least once a week,” said the 92.7 BIG FM statement.
In Udaipur, our own morning RJ Pradeep Pandey has consented and promised the Udaipies to go eco-friendly, and reach the Big office and then our radio sets by using the non polluting two wheeler-bicycle.

For the great cause, the sponsors Avon cycles have provided our favourite Big RJ with Avon Jockey, a cool new launch by Avon cycles Pvt. Ltd.

“Soon after the Greenothon, one lucky listener from Udaipur would be selected and would stand to win an AVON JOCKEY bicycle! – autographed by the RJ,” the company handout said. The Avon Jockey, is worth Rs 10,000. The bicycle will be put to display at OMG, RK Mall.


All you have to do is follow the simple procedure:-

Reach your cellphones and type

FM <space> <name> <space> Greenothon and send it to 55454

One lucky winner with the highest messages will be getting an Avon Jockey.


  • Speaking about the event Shashank Pathak, Station Head, 92.7 BIG FM, said: “We at BIG FM are always trying to reach out to the people of the LakeCity and in this process we try to positively impact the lives of every listener, the idea of Greenothon came from our listeners, I am proud of RJ Pradeep that he took the initiative of starting this activity and now full team of BIG FM is supporting him to bring the change.”
  • Speaking about the joint initiative, Onkar Singh Pahwa, Managing Director, Avon Cycles said, “Avon Big Greenothon will prove to be our first step towards promoting cycling on such a large scale. Now people across the country will cycle for a cause and we hope that every concerned citizen of our country will come out and cycle their way to change not only perceptions but the future.”
  • “Everyone says it, but we will do it.” Says RJ Pradeep Pandey. RJ Pradeep is a well known figure in Udaipur and needs no introduction. Udaipur listens to him every morning in his show Laughter Mornings , where he addresses Udaipurites  RJ-27 (RJ-Sattais)


  • “We will do it, and hope Udaipur supports our initiative and follows us”, says the most versatile RJ Jeet. He gives his voice to the shows Baato-Baato mein(every Sat. 8:00-11:00pm), and 90’s hits(Mon-Fri, 4:00-6:00 pm).

  • “People tend to follow their icons in trends, fashion, lifestyle, so we planned it to divert it in an eco-friendly manner” says RJ Kedar, who makes Udaipur wait eagerly for the only Rajasthani show of India- Rajasthani geeta ri manwar, 11-12 noon every Mon-Sat.

In addition to this step, the complete city will be witnessing Greenothon-a cycling marathon sponsored by Avon cycles on 9th December 2010. All the Big RJs, as well as the complete Staff of Big 92.7 FM will be participating into it. Its upon the udaipies now to make their valuable presence in the Greenothon.

The rally will begin at 8:00 am onwards from Chetak and will end at Fatehsagar, with presence of all the known faces and dignitaries of Udaipur.

  • Mrs. Rajni Dangi
  • Dr. Pradeep Kumawat
  • N.C. Jain

About Big 92.7 FM- this is India’s largest private Radio network, a unit of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Broadcast Network. The broadcast technology used in their radio stations is most advanced and years ahead of the other competitors.

The station, with a tag-line of “Suno-sunaao, life banaao” runs successfully at the following places

  • Agra
  • Asansol
  • Ajmer
  • Amritsar
  • Allahabad
  • Aligarh
  • Banglore
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Bikaner
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Gwalior
  • Goa
  • Hissar
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jalandhar
  • Jabalpur
  • Jammu
  • Jamshedpur
  • Jhansi
  • Jodhpur
  • Kanpur
  • Kolkata
  • Kota
  • Mumbai
  • Mangalore
  • Mysore
  • Patiala
  • Pondicherry
  • Rajkot
  • Ranchi
  • Rourkela
  • Shimla Aired on frequency 91.9 MHz, Launched in July 2009
  • Srinagar
  • Surat
  • Solapur
  • Tirupati
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Udaipur
  • Vadodara
  • Visakhapatnam

And in Singapore also, outside India .

Article covered by Gaurav Mehta and Posted by Prasun Bannerjee


A Sneak Peak into Udaipur’s Diwali Celebration

Happy Diwali

Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights symbolising the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word ‘Deepawali’ literally means rows of diyas (clay lamps). This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the Amavasya,15th day of Kartika (October/November). This festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.

There might be many more definitions on the internet but here is something which relates to our very own Udaipur.

Every year the municipality takes good care of peoples’ interests, and organises the Dusshera-Deepawali fair at Town Hall for All Udaipur Citizens, The Municipality also calls out the Film and Music stars for a special performance event each night during Fair, Alongwith space for local performers too.

The main streets such as Bapu Bazar, Ashwini Bazar, Bhattiyani Choraha,etc are lit up well, and the entire view seems magical. The Udaipurites are day by day going crazy about shopping and with the entry of various showroom brands as well as shopping malls in Udaipur, the trade increases tremendously in these days,

The Auspicious Day for Shopping is Dhanteras which comes two days before diwali, This time it marked a Shopping of Worth 100Crores in Our Udaipur City.

Moreover, there is a complete arrangement for Lighting in the City, as well as fireworks at the Town Hall on Diwali Day, makes the unlightened sky without moon shine just like the daylight gleam. Every evening becomes special here; this is the charm of the Diwali celebration in Udaipur.

diwali udaipur

Our UdaipurBlog Team and Family Wishes you all Readers a Very Happy Diwali. May you have Wonderful Year Ahead.  🙂


Bengali Celebration of Durga Pooja Starts Today

Durga puja

Durga Pooja is an iconic perception of victory of good over the evil. Durga, the beautiful, but fierce goddess rides her mount of the lion, killing the demon Mahishasura. In each of her ten hands she holds one of the god’s special weapons like Vishnu’s discus, Shiva’s trident, Varuna’s conch shell, Agni’s flaming dart, Vayu’s bow, Surya’s quiver, Indra’s thunderbolt, Kuber’s club, a garland of snakes from Shesha, and as a charger a lion from the Himalayas. A fierce battle raged between Durga and Mahishasura, but finally she killed him with a spear.

The Durga Pooja is celebrated by the Bengali community and is the grandest festival of the community, celebrated with great excitement and festivity and huge puja pavillions, with ten-armed Durga, are set up. It is a spectacular view and environment all around with the continuous thump of “Dhaki” and blow of “Shankh”.

The celebration fever begins from the day before the navratri, known as “Mahalaya”. But, it is celebrated for four days from “Shashti”(6th day) to “Navmi” (9th day) and the grand “Visarjan” on the 10th day or Vijaya Dashmi. It is believed that the Goddess comes to her “Maayka” for these four days.

Udaipur celebrates Durga Pooja with great zeal and vigour with the people who started this festival in Udaipur, who are the Bengalis and have settled in Udaipur before many years and since then is followed by the next generations.

Every Year the artisans and greatly skilled craftsmen and sculptors are called from Bengal who carve out the Goddess’ idol, which is established and worshipped.

The day is devoted to the “Pushpanjali” and worship and evening plays out with the staging of cultural programmes after the “Sandhya Aarti” and the famous “Dhunuchi Dance”.

Bang Samaj udaipur 2009
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The Durga Pooja is celebrated at community level at these places in Udaipur-

  • Bindu Bhavan: Durga Pooja ceremony was first started at Udaipur by late Shri Nripendralal Bhattacharya, at Bindu Bhawan, 49,Shastri Marg, Udaipur, in the year 1956. Since then it is being celebrated there every year with spirits of great enthusiasm, zeal, and spirituality, and the culture is inherited by generations.
  • Bang  Samaaj :-  Durga Pooja is being celebrated here since the last successful 49 years. It was started at the famous Chatterjee Bungalow for few years, then shifted to Durga Mandir for two years, then to Maharashtra Bhawan for next two years, and now it is celebrated from many years at the Bang Bhawan in Bhupalpura.
  • Bengali Kalibari Society :- Celebrates Durga Pooja since 1992 at Hiran Magri, the venue recently shifted to Brahmin Samaj Seva Samiti, Hiran Magri sec.4 since 2006. Also the Shyama(Kali) Pooja and Saraswati Pooja on Basant Panchmi are too celebrated at these places.

Also, the Durga Pooja is celebrated at a grand level at these places also:

  • Town Hall (by the Swarnakaars)
  • Zawar Mines