News: Prayer power Shree Jagannatha Temple servitors taking part in the bathing ceremony or Snana Yatra festival at Puri in Odisha.
About Jagannath Temple:
The Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Vishnu, in Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India.
The present temple was rebuilt from the 10th century onwards, on the site of an earlier temple, and begun by Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, the first king of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
The Puri temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars.
Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath (which gave its name to the English term ‘juggernaut’) is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or 19 years by an exact replica.
It is one of the Char Dham.
The temple is sacred to all Hindus, and especially in those of the Vaishnava traditions.
Many great Vaishnava saints, such as Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbarkacharya, Vallabhacharya and Ramananda were closely associated with the temple.
2. MONSOON TO BE WEAK TILL JULY
News: The monsoon rainfall, 40% above normal from June 1 to 18, has reduced to a trickle over the previous week. The latest update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) computes the monthly rainfall until June 24 to be just 26% of the normal and there is unlikely to be a significant boost until the first week of July.
India had received 152 mm of rainfall as against the normal 121.2 mm.
The IMD said India is in the grip of a “weak monsoon spell.” The southwest monsoon has so far covered most parts of the country except parts of the northwest — Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.
Unusually, for this period, the monsoon has progressed to eastern, central and adjoining northwest India earlier than normal by seven to 10 days. However, further progress over the remaining parts of country is unlikely for the last week of June.
A monsoon is traditionally a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with annual latitudinal oscillation of the Intertropical Convergence Zone between its limits to the north and south of the equator.
Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase.
3. INS KADAMBA
News: Two-thirds of the Navy’s modernisation budget has been spent on indigenous procurement in the last five financial years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Mr. Singh was at the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka to inspect infrastructure development under Phase II of ‘Project Seabird’.
About INS Kadamba:
INS Kadamba is an Indian Navy base located near Karwar in Karnataka.
The first phase of construction of the base, code-named Project Seabird, was completed in 2005 and the base was commissioned on 31 May 2005.
Development of Phase II commenced in 2011.
INS Kadamba is currently the third largest Indian naval base, and is expected to become the largest naval base in the eastern hemisphere after completion of expansion Phase IIB.
In 1999, following Pokhran-II, then Defence Minister George Fernandes approved Project Seabird to pursue the construction of the new naval base at Karwar.