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The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race commemorates Raja, and his journey by boat. Raja wanted to obtain an idol of Krishna for his new temple. He went to a village of Christians and was surprised by their devotion to help him. From then on Raja declared that there be a boat race festival, or so the…

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The Ambubachi Mela Festival Posted by on Jun 25, 2010

The AmbubachiMela is a fertility festival celebrating the menstrual cycle of the goddess Kāmākhyā. The goddess Kāmākhyā is depicted as a young woman, with twelve arms and six heads (pictured below). Around this time of the year, devotees flock to the Kāmākhyā temple in Guwahati city, India. Devotees place a red cloth on a yoni…

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The Hemis Festival Posted by on Jun 22, 2010

The Hemis Festival takes place in June, and culminates in a dance dedicated to the reincarnation of Buddha. The festival takes  place in Hemis Monastery.   Pilgrims flock to the festival because it is believed that watching the performance will bring good luck. The performance consists of a mask dance, where masked dancers dance to…

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The Founding Fathers of India Posted by on Jun 19, 2010

On the twentieth of June, some Indians will be celebrating Father’s Day in India. In honor of Father’s Day, I’ve dedicated a post to a few founding fathers of India. All these founding fathers have one thing in common; they have all contributed to Indian society in one way or another. Probably the most famous…

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Indian Football Posted by on Jun 16, 2010

Unfortunately, India failed to qualify for the World Cup Games 2010 in South Africa. However, that doesn’t mean Indians won’t be glued to the tv set for the next couple of weeks. Football is a game played in almost every Indian school, and almost every male Indian schoolchild has some memory of playing it. Although…

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