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Regional potpourri

  • Preferring service in villages to cushy jobs 

  • Temple dedicated to saint contemporary of Guru Nanak Dev

  • Deciphering exhibits  on Lord Krishna  for 18 years


Dal Khalsa hails Pak gesture
: The Dal Khalsa has hailed the Pakistani government granting general amnesty to all prisoners on death row. Dal Khalsa leaders Harcharnjit Singh Dhami and Dr. Manjinder Singh said it was a welcome step to commute death sentence of prisoners “across the board”. They said it would help the prisoners , who had served sentence more than what one had to undergo for life term, reunite with their families. 

Man killed in accident
: Dharamvir of Jind was killed in a road accident on Sunday morning. Dharamvir had been staying in Kharar for the past sometime. He used to sell suits on the roadside near Bhuru Chowk and sleep on the pavement itself. At around 2.30 am, he woke up to answer the nature’s call when an unknown vehicle hit him. He died on the spot. In the morning, the body was taken to the civil hospital for postmortem after which it was handed over to the family. 

Pbi vasity results
: Punjabi University, here has declared the results of BA (part-III), BSc( part-II), B Com (part-I), MOP, MA Urdu (part-I & II), MA Sikh Studies (part-I & II) and MA Linguistics (part-I). Co-ordinator examinations Dr Gurmel Singh said students could see the results on university website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in from Monday evening. 

Cultural programme: National Theatre Arts Society and Mai Bhago Brigade organised a cultural Mel Milap programme at Padamshri Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patients colony here on Sunday. Dr Kulwant Kaur, president of Mai Bhago Brigade, distributed fruits, eatables and presented Rs 2,100 to all leprosy patients. NTAS artists also presented a cultural programme to entertain the audience. 

Yoga camp concludes
: The 10-day free yoga camp held by the Rupnagar Cultural and Tourism Society concluded here on Sunday. General assistant-cum-secretary of the society Rajesh Tripathi said the camp had taught people to live in a better way. The Ropar civil hospital had also conducted free diabetes check-up during the camp.

Medical camp
: The Umeed Khanna Foundation, an NGO, organised a medical camp on the premises of its office here on Sunday. Specialist doctors from cardiology, eye, paediatrics, gynaecology etc. examined 850 patients. Besides ECG, blood , urine tests were also done for free the camp. Doctors from the Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and government Rajindra hospital, Patiala, examined the patients. 

Agitators stop train: In protest against the killing of Balkar Singh by a bodyguard of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Mumbai on Friday, members of various Sikh organisations on Sunday held a march and stopped a passenger train at Sunam, 13 km from here. They demanded the arrest of the Dera chief for Balkar’s murder. 



Two booked
: The police has booked two persons on allegations of breaking open the donation box in a temple in Sohana village here. According to the police, Amar Singh the priest of Khera temple here alleged that Parminder and Sonu had stolen money from the donation box. A case has been registered against the two under Sections 457 and 380, IPC. 

Chain snatched: Satinder Kaur, a resident of Phase IX, has complained that two motorcycle-borne youth snatched her gold chain while she was walking in Phase IX market. The police has registered a case under Sections 379 and 356, IPC. 

Art of Living camp
: A six-day camp on “Art of Living” will be organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from June 24 to 29 at local G.S. Memorial Senior Secondary School at Zirakpur. The camp will start at 5.30 to 8.30 in morning and evening daily. Rampal Mann said more than 2 crore persons had already taken part in these camps. 



Cashier booked
: The police has booked Niranjan Verma, cashier with Lifelong India Ltd, Dharuhera, for alleged bungling of Rs 8,11,542. The amount was reportedly found short during checking of the total cash lying with the cahier on Saturday. A case of criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the IPC has been registered against him following a complaint lodged by Bijender Singh Yadav, senior accountant of the factory. 

Traders meet SP: Businessmen and traders of the district have expressed concern over the rising incidents of burglaries in their shops and godowns as well as the lackadaisical approach of the police administration to this criminal menace. A delegation of over two dozen traders and shopkeepers of Rewari, Bawal and Dharuhera met district police chief Ram Singh Bishnoi here on Sunday. The delegation led by district beopar mandal chief Ratnesh Bansal spoke about the three massive burglaries, which were recently committed in the district. The SP reportedly assured them that the police would make all efforts to trace and nab the criminals. 

7 hurt in mishap
: Seven persons were hurt after a jeep and a car collided head-on near Michri village in Dabwali subdivision on the NH-10 on Sunday. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. Rajinder of Faridkot, his wife Deepa, Abhinav, Atul and Jyotisha were returning from Delhi in the car driven by Mahinder. The driver of the jeep, Davender Singh, also sustained injuries. 



Boy falls to death
: Pradip Kumar (20) of Pandoh village was killed after he fell down from the roof of his house. His foot had reportedly slipped while working on the roof. He was taken to district hospital after the fall where he was declared brought dead.

Rapist father escapes
: Raju Bihari (31), a resident of Sitamadhi in Bihar, who was facing the charges of raping his own infant daughter, on Sunday escaped from Nahan district hospital. He was under the police custody. An alert message was sent to all police posts in Sirmaur, adjoining districts and police of neighboring states around noon after the constable on duty in the hospital reported escaping of Raju Bihari from the hospital. Nakas were laid on all main roads going out from Nahan. Police parties were sent to Kala Amb where the accused resided last as a worker of a steel factory. 

Six of liquor Co booked
: The police has registered a case against six persons of Kaundal and Company, engaged in liquor trade, in connection with the incident in which Yakub, a resident of Bamloe, was brutally beaten up along with his wife and daughter. According to sources, the incident appeared to be a sequel to the seizure of liquor belonging to the company from the Bamloe area. The company suspected that Yakub had given information to the police about the liquor. Yakub had named Kaundal, Pappu, Ram Singh, Raju, Ajay and Batish in the FIR. 

PTA teachers on strike: Teaching in hundreds of schools will be affected with over 15,000 teachers appointed through various parent-teacher associations (PTAs) deciding to boycott classes from tomorrow in protest against their alleged harassment. The call for boycotting the teaching work has been given by the Himachal Pradesh PTA Lecturers and Teachers Union in protest against the non-release of grants to PTAs for payment of salaries. 



Jawan electrocuted
: An Army jawan was electrocuted in the cantonment area near here in Jammu and Kashmir. Sepoy Anoop Kumar of the 16 Dogra Regiment, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, accidentally came in contact with naked wire while cutting grass in an Army camp at Sunjawan on Friday evening, sources added.

Yatra suspended
: Tackling huge rush of pilgrims, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) on Sunday suspended the yatra for a short period from this base town in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Yatra slips are being suspended after every two hours at Katra base camp to contain the pilgrim crowd,” an official source said.

ITI coming up:
An industrial training institute (ITI) is coming up in south Kashmir at a cost of Rs 4 crore, an official spokesman said on Sunday. He said work on the ITI, coming up at Khur Batpora in south Kashmir, was being carried out in double shifts to complete the project within stipulated time. He said so far Rs 43 lakh have been expended on it.

Student's body recovered: The body of Nazir Ahmad Mir of Jawalapora village in Budgam was extracted from the Jhelum in Uri sector, nearly a week after he was washed away along with another student Basharat Nabi Sheikh of Nowhatta, the police said on Sunday. They were on an educational trip near the powerhouse of National Hydel Power Project on June 16. The body was handed over to his relatives.

Age relaxation: The Centre has agreed to relax upper age limits for the candidates of Jammu and Kashmir for recruitment to central services, an official spokesman said on Sunday. He said the ministry of personnel, public grievance and pensions, has relaxed the upper age limit by five years in favour of residents of the state till 2009.

Haryana tourists hurt: Three women tourists from Haryana were among four people injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Sunday. They said three tourists identified as Sumita (30), Suman (40) and Gunjan (8), all residents of Sonipat were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling from Srinagar to Gulmarg fell down near Baba reshi shrine.


Regional potpourri

Preferring service in villages to cushy jobs 

Kunal Bhadoo doing 'shramdaan' in a Fatehabad village
Kunal Bhadoo doing 'shramdaan' in a Fatehabad village 

When many of his age, after receiving education from the Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Mayo College, London and London School of Economics, prefer working with organisations like the World Bank or teaching in some pioneer institution, this young man is seen working in pond of a village in Fatehabad or painting walls of water works in a remote village or replacing electric bulbs with chloro fluorescent lamps(CFLs). It seems unbelievable the young man happens to be the son-in-law of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

It is a fact Kunal Bhadoo(29) has chosen Fatehabad for social service activities of the Navyug Nirman , an NGO, run by his wife Anjali.

Kunal chose Fatehabad as his 'karam bhoomi' only last year and made a name for himself in social service by organising more than 24 programmes, every time doing something new for people during this period.

The Navyug Nirman has organised medical camps, soil testing camps, replacement of incandescent electric bulbs with CFLs and 'shramdaan' , voluntary labour, to complete some development project.

Being a son-in-law of the state Chief Minister, Kunal gets things done, using his influence with the authorities.

To the surprise of many, he is seen sweating it out in the sun with a spade in hands.

Unlike politicians, who take a spade or a paint brush in their hands only to get photographed, Kunal believes in finishing the work after taking it up.

A believer in leading by example, Kunal is often seen painting walls of village water works and digging a drain.

To replace electric bulbs in a village with CFLs, he visits every house for the job. "I have spent most of my youth in England, where working for charity is seen as a noble work and people believe in dignity of labour. What I am doing may surprise a few people, but there is nothing extraordinary about this," says Kunal Bhadoo about his social service activity.

Temple dedicated to saint contemporary of Guru Nanak Dev

The five-century-old temple dedicated to Baba Mohan Das in Bharawas village, on the old Delhi-Ajmer road, 7 km from Rewari, is one of the oldest shrines of the Ahirwal region.

Even after centuries Baba Mohan Das, a contemporary of Guru Nanak Devji, is venerated by lakhs of families in India and abroad.

A fair is held annually at the holy shrine on Chaitra Pratipada, the first day of the New Year. Besides, a special function is organised every year on the eve of Mohan Das’s Nirvan Divas in the month of Shrawan. Devotees, however, continue to visit the shrine throughout the year.

Every year farmers offer 5 kg of grains of the new crop while cattle breeders offer milk of newly-calved cows and buffaloes at the shrine. Parents perform the tonsure ceremony of their sons while the newly-weds seek the Baba’s blessings for a happy married life

Though no chronicles are available, documents, ancient coins in the temple’s repository and certain relics speak about the historical importance and religious significance of the temple. The documents mostly are in Persian.

According to legend, Mohan Das, the founder saint of this temple, was born in 1500 into a Brahmin family in Bhalkhi village, 20 km from Rewari. With the blessings of an ascetic, he was endowed with divine powers. After the death of his mother, he left home and went to Bharawas, 10 km from Bhalkhi, and did penance under a heens tree. After years of meditation, he gained enlightenment.

The heens tree, which still exists there, is considered sacred, especially by women who tie threads to it in the hope of getting the desire of a male child fulfilled.

Endowed with spiritual and divine powers, Baba Mohan Das set out to propagate the divine message. He travelled to Nepal, Kashmir, Punjab, Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other parts of the country.

Baba Mohan Das passed into eternity in the year 1588. According to legend, he lay down and drew a white sheet on himself. After sometime his followers lifted the sheet. To their surprise, there was nothing under it.

They erected a samadhi at the place, which is now visited by lakhs of devotees in India and abroad.

There are many myths of miracles associated with the temple. It is said Chhatarpati Shivaji too visited the temple and was presented with a sword with a wooden hilt. The wood was taken from the heens tree under which the Baba attained enlightenment. Shivaji fought many battles with this sword and always came out victorious.

Mughul Emperor Akbar broke journey here while on his way to Ajmer. He founded Akbarpur village, near Bharawas, and also built a mosque. The village still stands but the mosque is non-existent.

When Guru Gobind Singh was pursued by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, he is reported to have taken shelter in the temple.

The temple provided shelter to numerous freedom fighters during the 1857 mutiny as well.

Baba Mahavir Das, the present saint looking after the temple, has carried out renovations of the temple for a decade.

Deciphering exhibits on Lord Krishna for 18 years

Chief Minister Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda honours Rajesh Purohit
Chief Minister Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda honours Rajesh Purohit

An archaeologist has been working for 18 years to bring Kurukshetra, the birth place of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, onto world map by preserving heritage of Haryana. He is Rajesh Purohit, deputy director, srikrishna museum, Kurukshetra.

Purohit was honoured with a state award for the preservation of heritage at a function organised by the Haryana Institute of Fine Arts (HIFA) on June 9, 2008 in Karnal, where Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda honoured him with Karma Bhoomi Sanman award for 2006-07 at the National Dairy Research Institute auditorium. He was presented with a shawl and cheque for Rs 11,000 and a citation. Born in the city of temples, Bhubaneswar on February 5, 1963, he had his early education there and obtained a master’s degree in history with specialisation in ancient Indian history followed by M.Phil in history and post-graduate diploma in tourism and Indian monuments from Berhampur university (Orissa).

He also obtained a two-year post-graduate diploma in archaeology from The Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi.

Inspired by the pyramids of Egypt and archaeological discoveries of Mohenjodaro, he wanted to be an archaeologist. So after matriculation, he opted for anthropology and history and after finishing the course in archaeology from the Archaeological Survey of India, he joined the Srikrishna Museum at Kurukshetra as assistant curator and later promoted curator and became the deputy director.

He has been serving the Sri Krishna Museum here for 18 years, trying to unravel inherent meaning of the exhibits and undertaking research on art and archaeological treasures on Lord Krishna and Kurukshetra.

Purohit along with colleague, Rajendra Singh Rana, a guide lecturer, has made in depth study of the greater Kurukshetra for the documentation of pilgrimages of Kurukshetra and has published a book ‘48 kos Kurukshetra Bhumi ki Parikrama’,. Earlier, Purohit catalogued museum artefacts published in a monograph in Hindi titled ‘Srikrishna-Ek Bahuayami Vyaktitava’. Recent publication and research of Purohit includes a catalogue on the masterpieces of Srikrishna Museum and Stone Sculptures of Kurukshetra region from Srikrishna Museum’s collections’. He has helped set up ‘Leela Dhar Dukhi Saraswati Museum in Bal Bhawan, Sirsa, ‘Major Nitin Bali Martyrs memorial’ at Kurukshetra and recently set up a museum on former prime minister of India, Gulzari Lal Nanda at Kurukshetra. His latest achievement include the Archaeological Museum at Jind and archaeological site along lost river Saraswati. His exploration of sites on the basis of remote sensing data in Haryana has brought into limelight the discovery of the river bed at Bhoresaidan, 13 km from here.

He has contributed 18 papers in national and international seminars. Recently, he developed two websites on Kurukshetra and Srikrishna Museum and excavated the site Harsha ka Tila at Thaneswar and Rasina in Kaithal district from where two stone images were excavated. He also made documentaries on Kurukshetra, Mahabharata and the Gita.

The scholar met and discussed Kurukshetra and the Vishwaroopa of Krishna with former President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam in Rashtrapati Bhawan library on March 7, 2003. He was also honoured by Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai at Jind on July 28, 2007 for setting up Jayanti Archaeological Museum in Jind.

Contributed by Sushil Manav, Nawal Kishore Rastogi and D.R. Vij



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