Do You Know?

1.Hyderabadi Muslim woman, Suraiyya, wife of an ICS officer Badr-Ud-Din Tyabji made the Indian tricolour flag.

2.The foundation stone of city of Delhi was laid by George V, Emperor of British India, during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. It was designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutens and Sir Herbert Baker.

3.AIDS=Attendance and Internal marks Deficiency Syndrome.

4. Mauritius is located in the continent of Africa. The seven coloured earths/sands are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Riviere Noire district in South-Western Mauritius. About  60 percent of 1.2 million population of Mauritius is of Indian origin, a large number of them from Bihar, with Bhojpuri as their mother tongue.

5.Saka Era is also known as Shalivahana Saka. It marks the ascension of king Chastana in 78 CE. Kanishka ascended the throne in 127 CE. Moreover he  was not a Shaka, but a Kushana ruler.

6.The name Khurasan means ”land where the sun rises” or east. It comprised the cities of  Balkh and Herat, now in Afghanistan.

7.Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin is a famous pilgrim centre and a beach resort. It is the tip of peninsular India, where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian ocean and the Arabian sea meet. The confluence of these 3 places is referred to as ”Triveni Sangam”.

Bhagavathy Amman temple is a 3,000 year old temple dedicated to Goddess Kumari Amman located at Kanyakumari.

With long stretches of sands of many hues, the beach offers a welcome change. The unique feature of  Kanya Kumari is the breathtaking sight of Sunrise and Sunset.Vivekananda Rock memorial was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock.

8.The first Tulu-English dictionary was composed by Reverend G.Kammerer(who died in 1858) which contained  about 2,000 words.Rev.Manner took up the task of completing this work. He prepared a Tulu-English Dictionary of about 18,000 words and this was published in 1888 with the financial support of  the Madras Government.

9.Shiva Tandava Stotram was composed and sung by, Ravana, the demon  king of Lanka.

10.Sangeeta Makaranda is an ancient work on classical music written by Narada. He is a divine sage from Vaishnava tradition. He is a travelling musician and story teller who carries news and enlightening wisdom.

11. Lord Brahma created the 5th veda called ”Natya Veda” and handed over to Indra, who handed it over to sage Bharata. Subordinate vedas called upavedas (Ayur Veda,

Dhanur veda Gandharv veda and Shilpa veda) were also connected with  Natya veda.

12.Erik Weihenmayer an American athlete was the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on May 25, 2001.

13.Nala,a character in Hindu mythology was the king of Nishadha kingdom . The territory of the kingdom is identified with Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, the 27th State of Republic of India.

14.Rama Charita Manasa, Ramayana in the Awadh dialect of Hindi, was composed by sage Tulasidas  between 1574 and  1576.


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