Newsletter - August 2016

Rameshwaram, the anchor of Indian Renaissance 6

By Shri. Narendra Joshi
The site on Jyotirlinga gives following details about the Jyotirlinga: ‘Lord Siva with his consort Umadevi appeared in the sky and proclaimed, that those who took bath in Danushkodi and prayed the Sivalingam is called "Ramalingam." The Deity there is Ramanathaswamy and the place is hence called "Rameswaram". When Anjaneya returned with a lingam from far off Mount Kailas, the worship was almost over. He got angry and tried to remove the sand lingam by his hands. Sri Anjaneya tried to pull it out with his mighty tail. After failing in all his attempts, he felt the divinity of Sivalingam made of sand by Devi Sita. Sri Rama asked Sri Anjaneya to place the Viswanatha Lingam on the Northern side of Ramalingam. He also ordained that the people should worship Ramalingam only after worshipping the Lingam brought and installed Sri Anjaneya. The other Lingam is placed for worship near the Sri Anjaneya deity at the entrance -

Hand in Hand India

Events for the month of August 2016
Solid-waste management in Rameswaram Island is often complicated by its isolated geography and tourism-dominated economy and poses a greater challenge than in other places. However, a beginning has been made by taking up a pilot project in 10 wards of Rameshwaram for waste management in collaboration with the Municipality.

School student’s awareness programme on Solid Waste Management

Awareness Programme at SPA Girls Hr.Sec.School in Rameswaram on 05-08-2016. Where in 110 students participated.


The Indian Blackberry Tree

It is a beautiful large evergreen tree with sweet-scented flowers and the spreading crown attains a height of 12m. The tree is native to southern coastal India, East Africa, Malaysia and Australia. It is a low-branching and slow-growing tree with a broad and irregular crown. It usually reaches 8 to 20 m in height. The tree supports a dense canopy of glossy, elliptical leaves. The very fragrant white flowers are 25 mm across and occur in racemose or paniculate inflorescences consisting of 4 to 15 flowers. The flowers have snow-white petals with a thick centre of yellow stamens. The fragrant flowers have been prized as an adornment and as a perfume. The fruit is a round, green drupe reaching 2 to 4 cm in diameter and having a single large seed. When ripe, the fruit is wrinkled and its color varies from yellow to brownish-red. This tree grows in tropical, dry evergreen regions of the Coromandel Coast. Ferrolittic sandy loam and farm soil are suitable for its growth.

Green Rameswaram - Energy Efficient Motors – I

By Dr.Ramaratnam, Basil Energetics

In the earlier articles, the importance & rationale of energy efficiency prior to deployment of renewable energy was explained. The role played by electric motors in the utilisation of electric energy was also brought out in details. About 65% of the electricity that is produced is consumed by electric motors in a variety of applications, in industrial, commercial and consumer segments. While heavy industries and high power equipments need motors of larger power rating, it is to be emphasised that billions of electric motors are used in low and extra low power applications. As per one survey the production of electric motors is estimated to be around 7 - 8 billion in numbers, the bulk of them in the fractional and sub-fractional horse power range. In fact about 90% of the volume will be in the range of 5 HP (3.7 kW) or lower.

Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies (TWB) -Kapi Teertham
in the Island of Rameshwaram

By Vivekananda Kendra - nardep

Research into mythological texts enabled VK-NARDEP identify the lost and damaged traditional water-bodies - Teerthams. The survey maps and interaction with the locals helped in restoring and renovating 20 Teerthams without damaging environmental/societal norms or antiquity. After bringing them back to their original glory, Teerthams will be handed over to “Teertha mitras”, a community group, for maintenance. At present the work of Kapi Teertham is going on with the support of BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi.
Plastic, papers, clothes, footware, Glass pieces etc are removed from the Holy (? ) Teertham
Collected sludge after drying taken out of the tank manually by the workers

Social Engineering

By Vivekananda Kendra - nardep

Building social capital through camps and campaigns for sustainability of the initiatives launched so far has resulted in popularising the perspective among different communities. We hope both the locals and the tourists will take the cause further for posterity.