Newsletter - February 2017

Rameshwaram, The Anchor of Indian Renaissance - 12

By Shri. Narendra Joshi


RathaYatra, the festival of Chariots of Jagannatha, is held every year at Puri which is in the state of Orissa. This ten days yatra is said to be done to commemorate Lord Jagannath’s, annual visit to Gundichamata’s temple which is close by. It is miracle no less that thousands of pilgrims come to Puriduring this time to pull the Jagannathrath, the God’s chariot with ropes. All are allowed in the temple premises, even non-Hindus and foreigners get glimpse of the deities. DeogharYatra also called as Baidyanath Dham or Baba Dham is situated on the eastern side of Jharkhand. Baidyanath Temple as we know is one of the twelve Lord Shiva’s Jyothirlingams in India. The pilgrims take the holy water of Ganga from Sultanganj’s and offer to the Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva at Deoghar. These pilgrims are called Kanwariya, reciting Bam bam Bol Bam on the way of their tedious walk more than hundred kilometers. It is in the holy month of Shravan, this Shravani Mela is celebrated as a month long festival in the Deoghar Baidyanath Temple of Jharkhand.


Green Rameswaram - Wind Energy

By Dr.Ramaratnam, Basil Energetics, Chennai

Our earlier notes focused more on Solar Energy, apart from energy efficiency. In the last blog other forms of renewable energy were also indicated. In this blog we will explore more about these.

Wind Energy

Wind is an important source of renewable energy, In fact in India wind energy is the leading source of renewable. Particularly Tamilnadu is the leading exponent of wind energy, richly harvesting the abundant wind power available in the Aralvoimozhi, Sengottai and Palakkad passes in the western ghats. These are the gaps (passes) in the western mountain ranges and during south west monsoon (June - August) wind gushes through these gaps to be converted into energy TN has about 7300 MW of installed generation ca-pacity from wind. Tirupathi/Tirumala in the east-ern range and other gaps in the western mountain regions are good sources of energy.



Nakshatra Vanam

Sanskrit: Jyeshtha, Tamil: Kettai

Paraai tree


It is an evergreen tree with a highly variable crown and small wedge shaped leaves. It is found throughout the tropical forests in the moist regions of the country.

The sand paper tree is a rigid and densely branched tree growing from 4 - 10 m in height. The leaves are oblong-obovate to sub-rhomboid, 4 - 12 cm long, very rough on both sides, with a finely toothed margin, the tip blunt or tapering to a point and the base narrowed. The male flowers are in rounded heads, short peduncled, greenish-yellow, or nearly white. The female flowers are stalked, usually in pairs, green; the sepals become larger after flowering and nearly enclose the fruit. The fruit is ovoid, long, pale yellow and the pericarp is soft and fleshy. The seed is ovoid and long. True to its name, the leaves of the sand paper tree are rough and are utilized for cleaning cooking utensils and as a substitute for sandpaper.


Renovation of Traditional Water bodies (Teerthams)

By Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep


Traditional Pooja before starting the work at Kumutha water body


Cleaning and removing Odai trees at site with the help of machinery and manually


Social Capital

Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

Removing julifera awareness program

Awareness rally was organised by Dist. Revenue Department of Tamilnadu Govt. on 03.02.17. Govt. 400 students of different schools and other public including Municipality staff participated.