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Paruveta Utsavam : Mock Hunting Festival

Paruveta Utsavam : Mock Hunting Festival Efforts are underway to secure UNESCO recognition for the annual ‘Paruveta’ (mock hunting festival) held at the Sri Narasimha Swamy temple in Ahobilam as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as Narasimha, married a tribal girl named Chenchulakshmi, and the festival commemorates […]

TN-SHORE Scheme: Tamil Nadu

TN-SHORE Scheme: Tamil Nadu The Tamil Nadu government has announced a new scheme called TN-SHORE, to revive the coastal resources and protect the endangered species in the 2024-2025 State Budget. TN-SHORE, aims to enhance coastal biodiversity, and coastal protection, improve livelihoods of coastal communities, and control pollution in coastal areas. The Tamil Nadu government also […]

Gupteshwar Forest : Biodiversity Heritage Site

Gupteshwar Forest : Biodiversity Heritage Site Gupteswar Forest, adjacent to Gupteswar Shiva temple in Odisha’s Koraput district has been declared as the 4th Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS) of the state. Gupteshwar Forest covers 350 hectares of demarcated area and holds immense cultural significance with its sacred groves, traditionally revered by the local community. It harbours […]