INSV Tarini 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.

INSV Tarini team awarded Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017

India’s Navy all six women crew of INSV Tarini who completed India’s first all-women circumnavigation expedition of the globe was conferred prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017. The crew included Lt Commander Vartika Joshi, Lt Commander Swathi Patarpalli, Lt Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Aishwarya Bodapatti, Lt SH Vijaya Devi and Lt Payal Gupta. These six women were among recipients of Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 who were presented with award by President Ram Nath Kovind on occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8). However, the award was not be presented to them, as they were sailing then.

Navika Sagar Parikrama

The six women crew of INSV Tarini undertook task of circumnavigating globe, as part Indian navy’s Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition. It was first ever circumnavigation of globe by all-women Indian crew. It was aimed to demonstrate thrust of India’s Nari Shakti or women power on global platform.

The six-member crew was led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. The expedition lasted for 254 days, which included 199 days at sea, covering a total of 21600 nautical miles. It was extremely challenging expedition as they encountered rough seas, high stormy conditions and severely cold temperatures.

Besides, circumnavigating the globe, the crew also collected and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data on regular basis for accurate weather forecast by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It also reported marine pollution on high seas. The women crew during port halts, also interacted with local populace, especially children to promote ocean sailing and spirit of adventure.

Nari Shakti award

The award aims to acknowledge achievement of women by bestowing awards on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment. It was established in 1991 and since then it is conferred annually by President on occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8 every year. It carries cash award of Rs. 1 lakh and certificate for individuals and institutions. The Ministry of Women and Child Development announces this national level award for eminent women, organisations and institutions.