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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Significance, practice rituals, and dates

This year, the Shardiya Navratri will be observed and commenced with the Ghadasthapana rite which will start on the 26th of September, and end with Durga Visarjan or Dussehra which will fall on the 5th of October.

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The origin of Shardiya Navratri traces back from the tales written in religious texts and manuscripts, in which, the author mentioned that the goddess Durga’s nine-day long battle with the demon Mahishasura in which Durga succeeded in killing and destroying the demonic powers of Mahishasura.

According to the texts, Goddess Durga fought Mahishasura for 9 days and on the night on 10th day, Navami, Mahishasura lost as Goddess Durga succeeded in killing him.

The time during which the fight took place is said to be on the Ashwin month, which falls between September and October. Therefore, on the nine days of the month of Ashwin month, the people belonging to Hindu religion dedicate themselves to the worship of Shakti, and on the 10th day, they celebrate it as Vijayadashami during Shardiya Navratri.

For the unversed, after defeating and killing Mahishasura, Goddess Durga got a new title name of Mahishasurmardini. Navratri is celebrated to honor all 9 incarnations of goddess Durga which are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Durga.

Every year In the month of Ashwin which usually falls between September and October, Shardiya Navratri is celebrated. This year, the Shardiya Navratri will be observed and commenced with the Ghadasthapana rite which will start on the 26th of September, and end with Durga Visarjan or Dussehra which will fall on the 5th of October.

For all 9 days, devotees who celebrate the festival of Navarati will practice fasting as each day will be dedicated to the celebration goddess Durga’s all 9 avatars. The devotees who practice fasting do so in the belief that devotees will be bestowed with Durga’s blessings and miracles.

Shardiya Navratri: Time, start, and end date

This year the auspicious occasion of Shardiya Navratri 2022 will commence on September 26 which falls on Monday and will end on October 5 which is Wednesday. Ghadasthapana’s Shubh Mahurat will be from 6:05 am to 7:40 am.

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Visakhapatnam to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, says CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy

CM Reddy had also told the officials to find space for residences and offices for all to start from Vishakhapatnam.

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CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy

On Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that Visakhapatnam would become the state’s new capital in the coming months. The YSR Congress chief’s remarks came as the Supreme Court was hearing the case of developing Amravati as the state capital of South India.

The decision to choose a new capital for Andhra comes nine years after the state of Telangana was carved off from its territory and given Hyderabad as its capital.

CM Reddy invited investors and industrialists to Vishakhapatnam, where the global investment summit is scheduled for March 3 and 4, this year, during a speech at a global investors conference in Delhi. He also stated that he would be relocating to Visakhapatnam in the coming months.

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The capital of Andhra Pradesh has always been the talk of the town. Earlier in 2015, the then Chief Minister of state Chandrababu Naidu said Amaravati would be the capital but, five years later, a proposal to have three capital cities was floated.

Under that scheme, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool would join Amaravati; the latter would be the legislative centre of power, Kurnool the judicial capital, and Visakhapatnam the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh. However, in March 2022, the court ruled against the plan to have three capitals and told the government to develop Amravati.

CM Reddy had also told the officials to find space for residences and offices for all to start from Vishakhapatnam.

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Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced life imprisonment to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the 2013 Rape Case.

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BREAKING: Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced life imprisonment to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the 2013 Rape Case.

The Court convicted him on Monday in a rape case filed by a Surat-based disciple in 2013 for repeatedly raping her from 2001 to 2006 while she was staying in his ashram in Ahmedabad.

As per the FIR filed against Asaram Bapu at Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad, Bapu with six others raped the woman disciple on several occasions before she managed to escape. The chargesheet for the same was filed in July 2014.

The 81-year-old is currently serving a life sentence in the Jodhpur Central Jail for raping a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur Ashram in 2013.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tables Economic Survey 2023, check highlights here

The survey said India’s economy is projected to slow to 6.5 per cent in the fiscal year from April, however, it will remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Followed by the maiden address by President Droupadi Murmu, Finance Sitharaman Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey for 2023 on Tuesday ahead of the Union Budget 2023.

The survey said India’s economy is projected to slow to 6.5 per cent in the fiscal year from April, however, it will remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world.

Economic Survey 2023: Highlights

  • India will remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world.
  • The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow 6.5 per cent in 2023-24 as compared to 7 per cent this fiscal and 8.7 per cent in 2021-22.
  • India is the third-largest economy in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) terms and the fifth-largest in terms of the exchange rate.
  • The Economic Survey 2023 also said GDP in nominal terms will be 11 per cent in the next fiscal.
  • The optimistic growth will be influenced by the rebound of private consumption that will boost production activity, higher capital expenditure, and near-universal vaccination coverage. This will enable citizens to spend on contact-based services like cinemas, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls.
  • The Survey also highlighted the challenge to rupee with the likelihood of further interest rate hikes by the US Fed and said India’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was relatively quick and the growth will be supported by a pick-up in capital investment and solid domestic demand.
  • Highlighting the exports, the Survey said the growth moderated in the second half of the current fiscal and further said shrinking global trade and slowing world growth led to the loss of export stimulus in the second half of the current year.
  • The Survey also highlighted the return of migrant workers to cities to work on construction sites which led to a significant decline in the housing market inventory which is also a factor for the optimistic growth projection.

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