Varanasi: No formal decision on dress code for Kashi Vishwanath Temple yet

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Varanasi: No formal decision on dress code for Kashi Vishwanath Temple yet

Recently, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple administration implemented a new dress code that was supposed to apply on those willing to perform the sparsha darshan. The administration, however, revoked the code a day later.

Reportedly, the dress code stated that wearing jeans and t-shirts will not be allowed to touch the Jytorlinga, and will be allowed to worship the deity only from a distance.

As per the latest reports, UP Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Tourism Dr Neelkanth Tiwari, who recently chaired the meeting, sought suggestions from the Parishad members to extend the time allotted for sparsha darshan to facilitate more devotees to touch the Jyotirlinga. Professor Ramchandra Pandey and other Parishad members unanimously stated that the time be extended till 11 AM.

Implementing dress code for doing sparsha darshan was also suggested in this meeting, after which dhoti and kurta was fixed as attire for the male devotees and saree was fixed for the female devotees willing to touch the Jyotirlinga. Along with this, the Parishad members also suggested fixing a dress code for the priests offering prayers at the temple.

Referring to this, CEO of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Vishal Singh said that any decision regarding any dress code for sparsha darshan, will be taken after consulting the youths, saints, and other sections of the society. When asked about revoking the decision, he stated that initially it was decided to implement the suggestions of the scholars; later, the member of the KV Temple Trust and Minister Neelkanth Tiwari asked them to seek the opinion of other stakeholders before making the decision.

Referring to the new dress code, the Minister also tweeted that as of now, scholars has only put forward their suggestions and that no such decision has been made.

AP Tourism to host adventure sports festival from January 17

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AP Tourism to host adventure sports festival from January 17

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department will be organising an adventure sports festival at Horsley Hills on January 17 and 19 this year. With the motive to boost tourism in the region, Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Chittoor District Administration have joined hands to highlight Horsley Hills as a destination for adventure sports.

Tons of nature lovers and adventure seekers are expected to throng the place. Referring to the fest, District Tourism Officer DV Chandramouli Reddy stated that the mega tourism festival is being given wide publicity, so that interested participants can take part in this fest in large numbers, particularly from nearby places, such as Chennai and Bengaluru.

Also, there will be an array of activities lined up for the visitors, such as tree climbing, trekking, running, cycling, survival camps, hot air balloon rides, and much more. Reddy also affirmed that elaborate arrangements for the same have already been made.

Giving out details about the event, an official stated that on the evening of January 17, the District Collector will be inaugurating the mega event amid cultural events, which will witness artists from popular cinema and TV performing at BT College Grounds at Madanapalle. Senior artists will grace the event, which will be followed by a performance by Jabardasth team members.

The triathlon events of running, cycling and trekking will be organised on January 18, from morning till evening. Flagging off the event at the foot of the hills, the participants will traverse along the tracks to reach the top. Further, on January 19, the hill station will host a survival camp event, which will also include a kite festival and trekking.

Chandigarh will be hosting Rose Festival from Feb 28

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Chandigarh will be hosting Rose Festival from Feb 28

The Chandigarh Tourism Department and Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) will be hosting the Rose Festival on February 28, 29, and March 1 at the Rose Garden. As per the news reports, the said festival will have the theme of bPlastic Mukt Festivalb.

The decision to host this festival was recently taken at a meeting that was held at the conference hall of the MCC Building, under the chairmanship of MCC Commissioner KK Yadav, which was also attended by Senior Deputy Mayor, and other officials of the UT Administration and the MCC.

The Rose Festival will also witness various cultural programmes, apart from competition events for youth, children, and senior citizens. The primary motive of organising such events is also to ensure maximum participation of the locals at the festival.

While competitions that have been planned for the festival will include rangoli and flower competition, there will also be competition of neighbourhood parks that are maintained by RWAs (Resident Welfare Association), spot painting, Rose Prince and Rose Princess competition, rose quiz, brass and pipe band competition, folk dance, photography, antakshari, Mr Rose and Ms Rose competition, Rose King and Rose Queen competition, floral hat competition and the best newly-wed couple competition.

Visitors attending this three-day festival can also enjoy a joyride on a helicopter, as private companies are interested in offering this facility this year. The said rides were introduced during the 2017 festival, and the MC is making efforts to keep the charges of the chopper ride affordable. Food stalls will also be set up to facilitate the visitors, along with art and craft exhibitions.