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5 Must visit Ganesh Temples and their Legends

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1. Norai Pillayar (Foam Ganapathi) – Shwetha Vinayagar Temple – the village of Thiruvalanchuzhi near Swamimalai in Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India.

To begin at the beginning, Lord Ganesha is invoked before the start of anything and nothing is an exception to this rule, even the gods in the heavens. So, when the Devas and the Asuras began churning the Milky Ocean for ‘Amrit’ (Nectar of Immortality), for a long time, nothing good came, all that the ocean spewed out was poison. This, was until they realised that they had not invoked Bappa before commencing the churning. This legend is manifested in the Norai Pillayar – Shwetha Vinayagar Temple in South India.

Norai Pillayar Temple

Norai Pillayar Temple | Image Credit – Sruthi Bhat

Though the main shrine of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and His Consort Parvati, Legends say that the “Swetha Vinayagar” or the “While Ganapati” was carved out of Sea Foam by Lord Indra before the churning of the milky ocean. Lord Indra left the Idol there to come back to collect it later, but he was unable to move it and thus, he had to just let it be. Years, later, the Rulers of the Chola Dynasty built this temple and the legend of Shwetha Vinayagar continued to thrive. It is because of the belief of the delicate nature of the idol that to this day, temple priests do not conduct abhishekham and pour any liquids over the deity.

2. The Uchhi Pillayar – RockFort Temple, Trichy

Once one enters the limits of Trichy in Tamil Nadu, the RockFort is a prominent part of its skyline. Rather, it is the only high rise structure in the temple town of South India and can be seen from any place across the town.

Located over a small hill, the temple houses the shrines of Lord Shiva and his Consort Parvati in its lower levels, and at its peak is the Shrine of Lord Ganesha.

The Rockfort Temple Trichy

The Rockfort Temple Trichy | Stock Image

According to Legends, after the Coronation Ceremony of Lord Rama, he gifted an Idol of Lord Vishnu in his Sri Ranganathaswamy form to King Vibhishana to take back to Sri Lanka, with a condition attached that he has to carry the Idol all the way to Lanka and if he lets it touch the ground, it will remain there forever. All other Devas were against King Vibhishana from taking an idol of Lord Vishnu to the Land of Asuras. They then approached Lord Ganesha to help trick Vibhishana into leaving the Idol in India.

So, while Vibhishana was crossing Trichy to get to Lanka and stopped at the banks of River Kaveri to perform his daily rituals, Lord Ganesha, taking the form of a young boy, offers to hold the Idol of Sri Ranganathaswamy for him. But, while Vibhishana is busy performing his rituals, he runs away with the Idol and leaves it at Srirangam at the Banks of river Kaveri. An enraged Vibhishana chases the boy to punish him, who runs atop the Rockfort hill and then hits him on the forehead, leaving a pit on the forehead, which can be seen in the Idol even today. However, after being punished, the boy reveals himself to be Lord Ganesha and convinces Vibhishana that the Idol was meant to stay here and blesses him for a safe journey to Lanka.

3. Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mumbai. Maharashtra

Though the legends of the temple do not date back to as early as the Ramayana period, the temple, built-in 1801 is sacred and has lived up to the prophecies of religious Gurus. The richest temple trust in Mumbai, attracts countless devotees every day.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple Mumbai

Siddhi Vinayak Temple Mumbai | Stock Image

Siddhi Vinayak is said to be the granter of all wishes asked with deep devotion. Built by a contractor and a childless woman, to with just one wish that everyone’s wishes have to come true, the temple has seen big names in the Bollywood industry come to take the blessings of Bappa often. Further, the temple was expanded to include a small complex for a Hanuman Idol that was found during a road expansion project in Mumbai.

4. Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple, Karnataka

Located about 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district of Karnataka, The Jaladhivasa Ganapathi (Vinayaka) Temple is the only one of its kind in India. The temple is situated at the foot of an elephant-shaped rock. The Idol of Lord Ganapathi is situated in the east side of the rock, head tilted and facing southward, in a cave that is always filled with water, keep the idol immersed neck-deep. The Idol is said to be Svayambhu – “self-manifested” and not much is known about when and how it came in to being. However, Legends hold that Lord Shiva waged a war against an asura and lost because he forgot to pray to Lord Ganesha before he went to war. Enraged that his son was the cause of his defeat he shot a powerful arrow that would set anything ablaze.

However, Since no arrow could harm Lord Ganesha and no arrow set from the bow of Lord Shiva fail to serve its purpose, the arrow carried Ganesha into an ocean of honey. The One tusked lord, who is excessively fond of honey emptied the ocean in no time. However, the excessive consumption of honey led to extreme irritation in the skin of Lord Ganesha. To save his son of the suffering, Lord Shiva asked Lord Ganesha to sit down in the water to soothe his skin. Another unique aspect of the temple is the special “Ayar Koda Seva” which translates to “1000 Pots seva”. This ritual is one where the water is drained out of the cave and then refilled again to immerse the idol neck-deep which takes about 1000 pots of water.

5. Swayambhu Sri Abhista Gnana Ganapathi Deity, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Though legends of temples date back to the era of Gods and Goddesses and ancient kingdoms, this temple’s history is more recent. A young Lad, Abhinai Jampala found a big Marakatha stone about the size of Musk melon in the heap of construction sand in front of his house. Intrigued by the form of the stone that faintly resembled Lord Ganesh’s form, he brought it home and believed it to be his own lord Ganesha.

Swayambhu Sri Abhista Gnana Ganapathi Temple

Swayambhu Sri Abhista Gnana Ganapathi Temple | Image Credit -Wikipedia

He offered his daily prayers and food to the stone and seeing his staunch devotion, his mother placed it amidst other idols in their Pooja room slowly, with regular prayers and pooja rituals, the idol started to grow and take the form of an actual Ganesh Idol the features becoming more prominent. Unfortunately, The Jampala family lost Abhinai 9 years after he found the Idol and to fulfil his forever wish of building a temple for his Ganesha, the parents constituted a trust in his memory and built this temple in 2012.

We at News Aur Chai Media wish all our readers a very happy and prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi.

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LLP Amendment Bill Passed

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The Limited Liability Partnership(Amendment) Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha(Upper House) on July 29, 2021, after the approval of the Union Cabinet on July 28, 2021. Before understanding the LLP Amendment Bill let’s first understand what is LLP.

What is LLP?

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is an alternative corporate business form that gives the benefits of limited liability of a company and the flexibility in a partnership. It is a separate legal entity, which is liable to the full extent of its assets but the liability of the partners is limited to their agreed contribution in Limited Liability Partnership. One of the advantages of LLP is that it can continue its validity irrespective of changes in partners. It is capable of joining into new contracts and holding equity in its name.

In this corporate business form, no partner is liable on account of the independent or unauthorised actions of other partners, thus individual partners are shielded from joint liability created by another partner’s illicit business decisions or misbehaviour. Common rights and duties of the partners within a Limited Liability Partnership are governed by an agreement between the partners. However, the LLP is not reassured of the liability for its other obligations as a separate entity. As it contains components of both a ‘corporate structure’ as well as a ‘partnership firm structure’, LLP is called a hybrid between a company and a partnership.  

Which are the countries where the LLP form is functional?

Countries like the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, various Gulf countries and Singapore are the nations where the LLP structure is functional. As per the advice of experts who have studied LLP legislations in various countries, the LLP Act is extensively based on the UK LLP Act of 2000 and the Singapore LLP Act 2005. Both the Acts allow the creation of LLP in a corporate body form which means as a separate legal entity, separate from its partners. 

What is the LLP Amendment Bill & what are the key highlights of the bill? 

Limited Liability Partnership Amendment Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 4, 2021. All the members of the Upper House had agreed to pass this bill and have been working towards it since July 29, 2021. The Amendment Bill aims to boost greater ease of living to law-abiding corporates and to legitimize certain provisions of the Act. 

Some of the important highlights of the bill are:

  • Decriminalize certain offences: As per the Bill, it defines the way of operating the LLP’s provided that violation of these requirements will lead to punishment with a fine varying from 25,000 INR to five lakh INR. The requirements consist of changes in partners of the LLP, change in registered office, filing declaration of account and annual returns & agreement between the partners and an LLP. The bill exacts a monetary fine.

  • Punishment on fraud: Under the Act, if a partner or an LLP carry out any forgery activities to their creditors and every individual who is involved in the hoax will be punished with up to two years of imprisonment, along with the 50,000 INR to five lakh INR of fine. The Bill increases the term of imprisonment from two to five years. 

  • Compounding of offences: The bill amends to provide an officer who will be appointed by the central government, may compound the offences and impose a punishable fine. If the offence was compounded by an LLP or its partners, then in this case a similar offence cannot be compounded within three years. 

  • Institution of Special Court: This bill enables the central government to establish special courts for assuring active trail of offences under the Act. The special court consists of a Sessions Judge or an Additional Sessions Judge. They will adjudicate offences punishable with three or more years of imprisonment and a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate for other offences. They will be selected with the accord of the Chief Justice of the High Court. 

  • Opening of Small LLP’s: This Bill contributes to the formation of small LLP’s in which the partners contribute up to 25 lakh INR, turnover for the coming year is up to 40 lakh INR. The government can declare certain LLP as start-up LLP. 

  • Non-compliance with tribunal orders:  As per the Act, non-compliance with an ordinance of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a punishable offence of up to six months imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 INR. This bill removes such offences.

  • Adjudicating Officers: As per the bill, the central government may assign adjudicating officers for allotting penalties under the Act. These officers will be central government officers only. Appeals against the orders of the Adjudicating officer will lie in the hand of the Regional Director. 

  • Institution of Appellate Tribunal: As per the bill, the appeals cannot be made against an order that he’s passed along with the permission of the parties. The Appeals should be filed within the time frame of 60 days of order. 

  • Standards of accounting: According to the bill, the central government may specify the criteria of accounting and auditing for groups of LLP in meeting with the National Financial Reporting Authority.  

These are the salient parts of the amended bill. 

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India-Bangladesh: Reopen Cross-Border Rail Lines After 56 years

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On August 1, 2021, Indian Railways sent the first stone-filled freight train to Bangladesh from Damdim Station of the Northeast Frontier Railway, resuming activity on the Haldibari Chilahati route. The network between Bangladesh and India will improve due to the continuing rail course that snapped in 1965.

After the partition in 1947, seven rail joins were functional among India and then East Pakistan till 1965. The Haldibari-Chilahati rail interface is one of those courses. As indicated by the railway authorities, the main products train to convey stone chips left from Damdim station of Jalpaiguri area in West Bengal on Sunday morning.

It came to a halt at Chilahati station in the Nilphamari region in the early evening. Aside from the Haldibari-Chilahati rail connect, at present, there are four working rail routes between India and Bangladesh. The current operational rail routes are – Petrapole (India)- Benapole (Bangladesh), Gede (India)– Darshana (Bangladesh), Singhabad (India)- Rohanpur (Bangladesh) and Radhikapur (India)– Birol (Bangladesh).

This railway interface between Haldibari (India) and Chilahati (Bangladesh) was initiated by the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh during the PM level virtual summit on December 17, 2020. Things that can be transported from India to Bangladesh via this railway combining rocks and boulders, food grains, fresh fruits, chemical fertilizers, onions, chilli, garlic, ginger, fly ash, clay, limestone, wood, and lumber, etcetera. From Bangladesh to India, everything is allowed which exported.

“The commissioning of this rail interface will establish the India-Bangladesh rail connection and future trade. Likewise, the revamped rail network to key ports and dry docks will help boost neighbourhood trade and improve the monetary and social well-being of the space,” the high commission said.

The Government of India gave over ten-wide-measure diesel trains as an aid to help Bangladesh Railways. The virtual event was attended by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, and their Bangladeshi accomplices Md Nurul Islam Sujon and Dr A K Abdul Momen on July 27, 2020. Feni Bridge (Maitree Setu) interfacing LCS Sub room (Tripura) and LCS Ramgarh (Bangladesh) have been introduced on a virtual stage by both the Prime Ministers on March 09, 2021.

This will fundamentally further develop availability with Bangladesh. The preliminary attempt of the parcel of Indian merchandise from Kolkata to Agartala through Chattogram had led in July 2020, notwithstanding the pandemic. Bangladesh – India, the connection is presently supposed to be at its best.

The year 2021, regardless of the continuous COVID-19 pandemic, has been seeing a significant level of commitment at political and official levels. Prime Minister Modi paid a state visit to Bangladesh from March 26 – 27. He participated in the Golden Jubilee celebration of Independence of Bangladesh, the centenary of the birth of the founding father Benjabandu Sheikh Mujipur Rahman, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of peaceful relations between India and Bangladesh. Both governments are trying different measures to rebuild the railway hub before 1965 and, another connection network existed between India and Bangladesh.

During the visit of PM Hasina to New Delhi in October 2019, the two governments chose to initiate Dhaka-Siliguri-Gangtok-Dhaka and Dhaka-Siliguri-Darjeeling-Dhaka transport administration to upgrade people to people contact between both the nations. The path run of Dhaka-Siliguri-Gangtok-Dhaka was likewise held in December 2019.

In May 2020, the second appendix of the Inland Waters Transit and Trade Protocol (PIWTT) approved two new routes in the India-Bangladesh Protocol (Sonamura Daudkandi on the Gomti waterway, and from Dhulia to Godagiri to Aricha in the current Padma), five new ports of call and two extended ports of call. Sonamura-Daudkandi Protocol Route had also operationalized in September 2020.

Haldibari-Chilahati Rail Link – Connectivity benefits: 

The Haldibari-Chilahati route will give travel association with Bangladesh from Assam and West Bengal in India. The rail network will connect the prime ports, dry ports, to help the development. It will boost the financial and social advancement of the area.

Businesses and everyday citizens of the two nations will want to receive the rewards of the two merchandise and traveller train administrations when all trains are anticipated procedure on the course. With the new rail route, individuals from Bangladesh can visit tourist destinations like Darjeeling, Sikkim, Dooars in India.

Also, the Karimganj and Mahisashan rail connection between Assam and Bangladesh is to be functional from 2022. The other rail connection between Akhaura (Bangladesh) and Agartala (India) will be operational by the end of the year.

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Assam Issues Travel Advisory Due To Safety Concerns

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Assam Government on Thursday issued a travel advisory asking its residents not to travel to Mizoram due to safety concerns and asked those already in the state to exercise caution. The travel advisory came after the tension between the neighbouring states, days after the violent border clashes erupted in which seven people were killed.

Advisory issued by MS Manivannan, Commissioner and secretary in Assam’s home and the political department said, “Given the critical prevailing situation, the people of Assam advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to the personal safety of people of Assam cannot be accepted”.

A day before the Assam travel advisory, Mizoram issued a public notice stating that “It is hereby notified that there shall be no restrictions on the movement of non-residents of Mizoram traveling through Kolasib district”, followed by the phone numbers of the officers if any problem arises.

Mizoram Police has filed an FIR against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and four police officers, along with two officials connected with the clashes at the inter-state border. On charges of Attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with the violent border clashes.

On the other hand, Assam police Summoned Mizoram Rajya Sabha member K Vanlalvena And six top officials over the alleged role in border tension.  K Vanlalvena told reporters on Wednesday, “More than 200 policemen entered a territory and they pushed back our policeman from our own post and they gave firing orders first before we fired. They are lucky that we didn’t kill them all. If they come again, we shall kill them all.”

Amid the Tensions, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted, “Northeast India will always be one,” 

Assam and Mizoram share a 164.6-km-long border, which has long been a cause of dispute. Three districts in the south of Assam Hailakandi, Cachar, and Karimganj share the border with Mizoram’s Kolasib, Aizawl and Mamit districts.

On 26 July, border tensions erupted between Both the neighbouring States Assam and Mizoram, in which 6 Assam police personnel and a civilian were dead. Both states are blaming each other for the violence on Twitter, asking the centre to intervene and resolve the situation amicably.

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