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Would you dare visit these 5 haunted places in Lucknow?

Aishwarya Bhat

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Lucknow or more specifically, “our” Lucknow is not only famous for its exquisite culture, royalty, sumptuous food stuff, beautiful chikan work, but also for those few places that can give chills down your spine. Yes, you read that right, several spooky and eerie incidents have come into limelight and we bring to you the 5 most haunted places in our very own Lucknow.

Bada Imambara

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Famous for its extremely confusing mazes which can nearly eat up any person if he decides to explore the place without any guide. The main aim behind constructing the monument was to give employment to the people. Due to the major famine, the place encountered a number of deaths. The ghosts can still be seen in the mazes of the place. Many people who had entered the confusing maze and that too alone have never returned to their homes. Scary isn’t it?

Sikandra Bagh

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According to the reports, the British died while taking the lives of 2300 Indian freedom fighters in Sikandra Bagh at the time of freedom movement of India. The Britishers did not let the family members do the last rites. The bodies of 2300 dead Indians were left to rot in open in the Sikandra Bagh until the vultures ate them up and the remains were left decomposed. Since then, the spirits haunt the place.

OEL HOUSE

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During the revolt of 1857 many British soldiers died and were thrown inside a well inside the OEL House. Ever since the ghosts and spirits of the dead soldiers have overtaken the OEL House. When V.C. of Lucknow was given OEL House as his residence, he and his family overlooked all the ghostly stories. His boy was throwing pebbles in the well while playing and soon his body was found mercilessly and mysteriously killed. Rumors are that spirits killed him.

Nirala Nagar

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Spooky city, spooky colony!! Built in 1960 on the cremation ground. The property of the colony used to bear many graves until the human decided to settle here, and ghosts found a new place to own. People have noticed various freaky images disappearing in the air, the cries of the children at night. Moreover, it is also believed that whoever lives here has the curse of spirits of the dead.

Balrampur Hospital

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Built on a graveyard, The spirits of people from graves haunt the place. Patients have reported the sound of footsteps being heard, strange noises of somebody knocking doors of their rooms and sudden cries being heard at night.

Muskariye aap lucknow mein hain, aur thoda dariye agar aap inn jagho par akele hai!! In

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The Chariots of Belief: The Spectacle that Rath Yatra is

Yashdeep Bajpai

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As the parched sunburnt Earth is, now, drenched by the first showers of monsoon, the atmosphere satiate the sweet smell of the rejuvenation. In the month of Ashadh, the Lord comes out of the Sanctum Sanctorum to give the most coveted Darshana to his devotees.

The Car or Chariot Festival

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The most important festival of Lord Jagannath which draws millions of devotees from around the country and different parts of the world to Puri in Odisha.It is also believed that those who take part in this festival are known to earn their passage to Heaven.

Snana Purnima

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This festival begins on the day of Snana Purnima when the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra take a prolonged bath. Post this bath, the deities retire for fifteen days and remain in isolation and no public worship is performed during this time.

The Gods come out

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After the fifteen days of isolation, Jagganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra idols are mounted on their respective rathas, and so begins the Rath Yatra. It generally starts in the monsoon, and the thundering chariots amidst the rains are a sight to behold and give experience of a lifetime. In terms of gaiety and colour, it is unimaginable as Rath Yatra being second to any other festival.

Juggernaut’s Origins

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It’s believed that the etymological origin of the English word Juggernaut derives from the Mega-sized Rathas. These three separate Rathas have separate features and sizes.

The chariot for Jagannath is about 45 feet high and takes about 2 months to build. The artists and painters of Puri decorate the cars with bright motifs and art.

Gundicha Temple

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The Rathas are brought out to the Bada Danda and travel to the Shri Gundicha Temple where they stay for nine days.Thereafter, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir in bahuda yatra.

Equality in Worship, ‘The sweeping Gajapati’

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The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera Pahara where the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots and sprinkle sandalwood water on the path. This signified that in the eyes of Lord Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati and the most humble devotee. It is also seen in the main offering to the Lord the common rice cake consumed by everyone in Odisha,the Poda Pitha and no dainty stuff.

Intense Fervour and Deep Reverence

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The sacred journey of the Gods is highly revered by the masses but the highlight of this festival is undoubtedly the stupendous and gorgeous chariots which will take your breath away. In terms of splendor, devotion, grandeur and liveliness, it is one of the grandest and most memorable spectacles of India. The God of the people rides to give Darshana even to the underrated deprived, in his procession everyone is an equal participant, pulling the Rathas to the immortal culmination of devotion and fervor.

This Rath Yatra allows the human soul to be driven by the pure unconditional love for the Supreme and its creation, is a reminder of the Nature’s Cycle of change, as is with the World. Nothing is stationary, and is always moving and ever-expanding.

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7 things you missed at Sanatkada festival 2018

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Sanatkada festival, well that’s no regular festival that we celebrate on a certain occasion. By that, I really mean everything I said in the first place. Thousands of people from across the country as well as the globe embraced the brilliant events I’m about to enlist, wish everyone reading this would’ve had the same chances:

The setting at Sanatkada

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An evening worth beholding is what this festival is all about. The moment you enter the jaw dropping classy edifice, you’ll definitely see the walls humming “all eyes on me”

Stage on fire

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Apart from the dazzling lights and eye-popping high-profile faces, the center stage was the talk for days, highly talented artists performing plays, poetry and many other art forms seriously lit the stage on fire.

What to choose?

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Ever had a shopping phobia where you weren’t able to choose one because all were the best, guess what you missed that awesome chance again as different types of fabrics were the sensation for the women.

Need an antacid

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Too much food can get you in trouble but what if you’re surrounded by one of the best dishes to choose from? From the mouth-watering burgers and rolls to the blissful desserts, the palate’s all set.

Also Read: Come let’s date Lucknow! “Steal the hearts with some Shayarana Andaaz”

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Book lovers had their fair share of fun as a thousand pages came to life, each telling their own tale.

Movie time

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Generally movie screenings are a normal-ish sort of event, but this stereotype broke this year when the movie festival fused all the different talents from across the globe and gave a plethora of ideas on movie making.

Bricks never die

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They say a human body rests in peace after the life’s eternal journey, but a mansion never sees the light of one such day. The Salem house right next to the festival ground speaks for itself, those big halls and high ceilings furnished with a nice hunt, scream their tale only heard by the ones who pass by.

Anyway, not everyone gets that chance to have all the good things wrapped in a bunch to savour for a lifetime. No worries if you’ve missed these tastier events. Fret not, you’ll get that chance again. See you next year Lucknow!

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Why You Should Be Proud To Be An Indian?

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Unity in diversity

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India is one of oldest, living civilizations that is at least 30,000 years old! With 17.5% of the world’s population living here, our country is home to more than two thousand ethnic groups with every major religion represented.

Read Also: 7 WOMEN FREEDOM FIGHTERS WHOSE NAMES ARE LOST IN THE PAGES OF INDIAN HISTORY!!

Inventor of Brain games
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Chess is known to have originated in India way back in 6th century AD. This game of the kings found its origins in an ancient Indian game ‘Chaturanga’, from which modern chess is known to have evolved.

Superior mathematical prowess

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Some very advanced mathematical discoveries of the world such as Calculus and advanced Trigonometry find their roots in India. The ancient Hindu symbol of a circle with a dot in the middle called the ‘bindu’, which meant ‘void’ was instrumental in representing the concept of zero.

Tolerant and inclusive

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Move over the debate of intolerance; what could be bigger and better than being a part of the world’s largest democracy where over 1.2 billion people live in a harmonious, peaceful and progressive environment. The proof of our democratic values lie in the fact that we have a polling station in the middle of Gir forest for just one voter.

The best in moving making

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Bollywood is one of the largest centers of film production in the world and is the globe’s biggest movie industry in terms of people employed and films produced.

Fourth estate as the guardian of our values

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We also have the largest number of news channels in the world and are the world’s largest market for newspapers. This just goes to show how our fourth estate stands tall as a cornerstone of our democracy, upholding our secular values.

Second largest records

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We are the world’s 2nd largest English-speaking nation and hold the second place as the country with the largest numbers of scientists and engineers. We are also the second largest producer of small cars.

Best in innovation

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India is the only country in the world after the USA and Japan to have built a super computer indigenously. Our Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ‘Mangalyaan’ is the first Asian and fourth nation worldwide to reach Mars. We are also the first country in the world to do so in its first attempt and the maker of the cheapest Mars mission ever.

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