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Must read mythological stories about Diwali festival!

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As the the festival of lights – Diwali is being celebrated all over India, Nation Next tells you about the significance of the five days of the festival, namely, Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Lakshmi Pooja, Govardhan Pooja and Bhai Dooj. Here are the must read mythological stories about Diwali festival.

Day 1: Dhanteras is the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh. On this day Goddess Dhanvantari, the originator of Ayurveda, is worshipped. It is said that, it is on this day when the Goddess emerged carrying a jar of elixir when the Gods and the Demons churned the ocean for Amrit (nectar).

Another story about the significance of this day goes like this: According to an ancient legend, it was predicted that King Hima’s 16-year-old son would die of a snake bite on the fourteenth day of his marriage. On that day, his newly wedded wife took out all her gold and silver ornaments and coins and placed them along with the diyas outside her husband’s room. She sang songs the entire night to keep her husband awake.  When the God of Death, Lord Yama, disguised as a serpent came near the room, he was blinded by the lamps and the dazzle of the jewellery. He then climbed up the heap and heard the songs the entire night. He went away in the morning without taking the young prince with him.

The diyas on Dhanteras are kept lit the entire night as a sign of respect and prayer to Lord Yama.

Day 2: Naraka Chaturdasi also known as Roop Chaudas or Choti Diwali is the fourteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh. Naraka Chaturdasi marks the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon – Narakasur. On this day, the atmosphere at home is kept fresh by using fragrant oils and flowers.

Day 3: Lakshmi Pooja is the most important day of the festival of Diwali. It is believed that Lord Vishnu’s wife, Goddess Lakshmi roams the planet on this day to shower prosperity and wealth on her devotees. To welcome the Goddess and to keep her happy, devotees perform Lakshmi Pooja and keep diyas in all corners of the house. Doors of the house are kept open for the Goddess and it is made sure that there’s no filth in the house.

Also, it is on this day that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, rescuing Goddess Sita after defeating Ravana. Celebrations on this day symbolise the victory of good over evil.

Day 4: Govardhan Pooja marks the worship of the sacred Govardhan mountain.

According to Bhagvata Purana, people near Govardhan mountain in Braj used to celebrate the autumn season by paying respect to the God of rain and storm – Lord Indra. Lord Krishna was of the view that instead of praying to the distant Gods people should worship and revere the God in front of them. With this in mind, he started a festival wherein people would put food and other offerings at the Govardhan mountain. Krishna then assumed the form of a mountain himself and accepted the villagers’ offerings. Lord Indra angry at the villagers devotion towards Lord Krishna tried to submerge the place with the help of torrential rains and storm. Lord Krishna then lifted the Govardhan mountain on his pinky finger to give the villagers the shelter from the storm and rains. The incident symbolises as to how God will protect all devotees who take refuge in him.

Day 5: Bhai Dooj is the last and the fifth day of the Diwali festival. According to a legend, it is on this day when Lord Yama paid a visit to his sister, Yamuna after many years. Elated with his brother’s visit, Yamuna welcomed her brother by applying tilak on his forehead and preparing a great feast in his honour. As a gift to her, Lord Yama according to her sister’s wish declared that brothers should visit their sister on his day and if a sister applies tilak on her brother’s forehead on this day, her brother will be safe from any harm.

Another legend has it that, on this day when after killing the demon king – Narakasur, Lord Krishna went to meet his sister Subhadra, she welcomed him by applying a tilak on his forehead to welcome him home.

The essence of Bhai Dooj is to celebrate the sacred bond between a brother and a sister and to strengthen their bond even more!

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

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An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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