ART & CULTURE
News: Journalist denied bail in Konark temple case.
Source: The Hindu
The Konark temple is constructed as a gigantic chariot with 24 wheels about three meters high and pulled by 7 horses, housing the Sun God within.
The Sun Temple of Konark has been declared a world heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1984.
The temples at Orissa, or Kalinga which is its ancient name, provide some of the finest examples of the Indo-Aryan style of temple architecture, which is distinct from the south Indian style. The main group of temples is concentrated in the town of Bhubaneshwar where there are over thirty of them.
A few miles from this temple town are two of the largest buildings in eastern India, the temple of Jagannath at Puri and the Sun temple at Konarak. Other examples of this style of architecture can also be seen further north on the southern borders of Bengal.
Built in the 13th century, the Konark temple was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with 12 pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.
It was built by King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of Ganga dynasty.
The temple is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its architectural greatness and also for the sophistication and abundance of sculptural work.
The temple is perfect blend of Kalinga architecture, heritage, exotic beach and salient natural beauty.
It is protected under the National Framework of India by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act (1958) and its Rules (1959).
The Konark is the third link of Odisha’s Golden Triangle. The first link is JagannathPuri and the second link is Bhubaneswar (Capital city of Odisha).
This temple was also known as ‘BLACK PAGODA’ due to its dark color and used as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Odisha. Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the “White Pagoda”.
It remains a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who gather here every year for the ChandrabhagaMela around the month of February.
National Nutrition Month (Poshan Maah)
News: National Nutrition Month (PoshanMaah) witnesses overwhelming People’s participation More than 23 lakh activities taken up and around 27 Crore people reached across the country during the National Nutrition Month under PoshanAbhiyan. PoshanMaah Awards to be presented to best performers on October 10th in New Delhi.
Under POSHAN Abhiyaan, September was celebrated as the RashtriyaPoshanMaah across the country to address the malnutrition challenges and sensitize our countrymen regarding the importance of holistic nutrition.
PoshanMaah aimed at making people aware of the importance of nutrition & giving individual access to government services to support supplement nutrition for their children & pregnant women /lactating mothers.
Ministry of Women & Child Development as the nodal agency, launched RashtriyaPoshanMaah or National Nutrition Month.