Eastern Ghats Current Affairs - 2020

Chaitra Jatra Festival cancelled in Odisha due to Corona Virus

On March 16, 2020, the Odisha Government cancelled the famous Chaitra Jatra festival due to the threat of Corona Virus.

About Chaitra Jatra Festival

The Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Tuesdays. The second and third Tuesdays are more crowded. March 17 being second Tuesday, the festival has been cancelled. The festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine.

Tara Tarini hill

The shrine is located in the Tara Tarini hill on the banks of Rushikulya river. The Rushikulya river is one of the major rivers of the Odisha state. The river originated from Daringabadi hills that is located in Eastern Ghats.

Indian Navy and Tara Taini hill Shrine

The first all-women Indian Navy crew that circumnavigated the globe sailed on sailboat Tarini. The boat was named after the shrine as it is one of the Shakti Peethas in India. There are 51 Shakti Peethas in India.

Peacock Parachute Spider: Rare tarantula sighted for first time

Researchers have sighted critically endangered species of tarantula- Peacock Parachute Spider for first time beyond its known habitat in the Eastern Ghats. Its known habitat is in degraded forests near Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, it was spotted in a cave in Pakkamalai Reserve Forests (in Eastern Ghats) near Gingee in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.

About Peacock Parachute Spider

It belongs to the genus Poecilotheria. It is commonly known as Peacock Parachute Spider or Gooty Tarantula. It is endemic to India. It was sighted for first time way back in 1899 by Reginald Innes Pocock on the basis of a single female specimen in Gooty. It is considered as biological pest controller.

Threats: There is huge demand for tarantulas by collectors in the pet trade. There is an urgent need to protect them.

Protection status: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorised it as Critically Endangered.