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Kerala temples observe Ramayana month

Karkkidakam, the last month of the Malayalam Calendar is observed as Ramayana month. Temples in Kerala started observing Ramayana month on July 17, 2014. In Malayalam, the month is called the ‘Ramayana Masam’.

During this month the temples and homes of the state recites Adyatma Ramayana Kilippattu written by Thunjath Ezhuthachan for the 31 days. Ezhuthachan is regarded as the father of Malayalam literature. The recital of epic Ramayana begins on the first day of the month and is completed on the last day of the month Karkkidakom, which is on August 16, 2014. Elder members recite the

Ramayana everyday in the evenings after lighting traditional lamp nilavilakku.

Several competitions and cultural activities based on Ramayana are organised across the state in pursuance of the centuries old custom of Ramayana month.

Sachin Tendulkar chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of the 35th National Games

Kerala Government has announced cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Goodwill Ambassador for the 35th edition of National Games, slated to be held across seven cities in Kerala early in 2015.

Sachin was chosen as the ambassador during his meeting with Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala. Besides, Mr. Chandy also announced the name of the Kochi franchise team owned by Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian Super League Football Tournament. The team will be called Kerala Blasters Football Club.

Supreme Court allows Tamil Nadu to raise Mullaperiyar height

The Supreme Court has given permission to Tamil Nadu to raise the height of a 116-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam from 136 feet to 142 feet quashing the objections raised by Kerala which opposed the move citing safety concerns of the dam and nearby areas.

The decision marks second consecutive defeat for Kerala as on February 27, 2006 the court permitted Tamil Nadu to raise the dam height and carry out necessary repairs setting aside Kerala’s objections on safety. A month after the judgment, Kerala passed a law — Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation (Amendment) Act 2006 fixing the full reservoir level of dam at 136 feet.

Tamil Nadu challenged the constitutional validity of this law that has now been declared null and void by the apex court. The court was fully satisfied that the dam was safe after an Expert Committee submitted its report assuring safety of dam from all aspects — hydrological, structural and seismic safety. Besides, it observed no change in circumstances since its earlier order of 2006. However, the court’s judgment would facilitate TN to divert more water for its agricultural purposes.

Excavation suspended at Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Excavation activities which were being conducted by the Kerala Archeology Department to study the underground granite pavements, paths and artifacts at the Vadakke Nada (north entrance) of the treasure rich Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram have been suspended by the five-member temple management committee.

The panel, constituted as per instructions of the Supreme Court, put the excavations on halt because of security reasons.

The temple grabbed worldwide attention when gold, precious stones, historical coins and other articles — which are worth over Rs 120,000 crore — were found stored in the six secret vaults (Kallaras) inside the temple on July-August, 2011. In this context the security cover of the temple was beefed up.

Recently, on the basis of a report of Gopal Subramaniam, amicus curiae appointed to look into the affairs of the temple, the apex court had ordered dissolving of the traditional temple management committee controlled by a representative of the former royalty of Travancore, the erstwhile custodians of the shrine and everything in it.

The apex court had advised the setting up of a new five-member temporary management panel headed by the district judge. The amicus curiae had found discrepancies in temple management. He also suspected pilferage of invaluable articles stored in the temple vaults.

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