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Makara Sankramana- A day to strengthen our relationships

Spiritually speaking, Makara Sankranti is a day when the Chaitanya or the divine consciousness is said to be very high in the environment throughout the day.  Hence, there is a feel good factor prevails in the environment.

Makara Sankranti falls on January 14 every year unlike other Hindu festivals of which the schedules differs every year. The importance of this day is to bring the people closer to eachother. People distribute sweets especially Jaggery on this day. Jaggery and sweets made from sesame seeds are very important to celebrate Makara Sankranti in religious way.

Using sesame seeds for sweets on Makara Sankranti has scientific basis. This festival falls on winter. According to Ayurveda eating sesame in winter has many health benefits. Spiritually, sesame seeds and sesame oil have the ability to absorb and emit Sattva frequencies more than any other oil. Hence, during Makar Sankranti, sesame seeds are favorable for good sadhana (religious practice) to happen. By consuming sesame seed sweets, inner purification happens which helps improve one’s sadhana. By distributing these sweets to each other, there is an exchange of saatvikta (feel of goodness) which helps increase everyone’s saatvikta.

One the day of Makara Sankranti, houses are decorated with flowers and mango leaves. Mango and jack fruit leaves are the most important part of many rituals of Hindu religion. The deity of the house is worshipped by the chief of the house. Sweets including Jaggery and sesame and fruits are placed in front of the God. It is believed that by doing so the satvika tatva of God enters into these foods.

People go to temples and pays obeisance to God. Shabarimale temple in Kerala is the one place where the day of Makara Sankramana has its own importance. On that day ` Makara Jyothi’ (light) appears in the dark sky in the east. Lakhs of devotees throng to the temple to witness the miracle of the nature.

As said before Makara Sankranti is the day to strengthen our relationships. This noble thought of elders will only be fulfilled when the festival is celebrated in religious way.

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Kerekad suicide case: Illicit relationship with sister in law costed lives

Mulky: The identity of two skeletal remainings found in the hill near Jalakada kere in Kerekad here has been established. The deceased have been identified as Surendra (28) resident of Angaragudde and his brother’s wife Sharmila (23).

It is learnt from the identity card found in the deceased pocket that Surendra was working as a sweeper in Moodabidre Alvas College.



Intimacy developed between Surendra and sister in law Sharmila three years ago. The closeness turned into illicit relationship and soon the duo eloped. Surendra and Sharmila stayed in a rented house in Moodabidre and it is said that the couple had a child, but there is no information about the child.

The reason behind the couple’s suicide is not clear. Though the duo had eloped a year back the housemates had not filed missing complaint in the police station.

The bones have been sent to forensic laboratory.  A case has been filed in Mulky police station and investigation is on.




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Tennis star Leander Paes files complaint against cricketer Atul Sharma

 Mumbai: The battle between tennis legend Leander Paes and his ex-partner Rhea Pillai took a turn for the worse, with the tennis ace lodging a police case against an aspiring cricketer for allegedly issuing death threats to him and his daughter. He also claimed the man was having an affair with Pillai. Paes registered the case with the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) police station. Paes confirmed going to the cops, but didn’t wish to elaborate as the matter is sub-judice.

“Yes, I have filed a police complaint. I fear for my daughter’s life and mine. We will let justice take its course on the complaint,” Paes told mid-day. According to the police, the case has been lodged against one Atul Sharma, an aspiring cricketer who was on the squad of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League for a year.

Paes, in his complaint, told the police that Sharma had threatened him on the sixth floor of the family court in BKC. mid-day had reported in May this year that Paes had filed a guardianship petition in the family court, seeking permanent custody of his daughter, Aiyana, from estranged partner Pillai. In the petition, Paes said Pillai had “misrepresented the facts” in their relationship. He had also sought an order restraining Pillai from taking the child out of Mumbai without permission.

'Proof of affair'
Paes had gone to the BKC family court on October 14 for the custody hearing. He told the BKC police that he had submitted documentary evidence in court, proving that Sharma and Pillai had an affair going on. “As soon as Paes exited the courtroom, he alleged that Sharma stopped him and threatened to kill him and his daughter. The reason, according to Paes, are the documents which allegedly prove the affair,” said a police officer.

“Moments after the court proceedings, Sharma went up to Paes and began abusing him. Sharma ensured that Paes’s lawyers were not around at the time and gave the tennis player the choicest of bad words in English and Hindi. He then threatened to kill Leander and his daughter Aiyana,” said a source.

Paes approached the cops on Thursday. “A case was registered under sections 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code against Sharma,” added the officer.

Police will now examine footage from CCTV cameras on the court premises. “We will also call Sharma to record his statement, and verify the facts from the other witnesses who saw Sharma threaten Paes,” said Kundalik Nigade, senior inspector at BKC police station.

The six-time Olympian left in the wee hours of this morning to participate in an indoor tennis tournament in Switzerland, followed by another tournament in France. He returns only after two weeks and is, therefore, worried about the safety of his daughter during his absence.

While Pillai was not available for comment, her lawyer, Mrunalini Deshmukh, said, “My client is not having any illicit relationship with anybody, and we have denied it in the past also. As for the complaint, I have no knowledge of it, so I cannot comment on it.”

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