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Procedure for Bhogi Pallu

The 1st day of the 4-day Sankranti festival is celebrated as Bhogi Panduga by the Telugu people. The Telugu word 'Panduga' means festival. This festival has much of social significance than religious importance. It is a festival of family gathering. Telugu people are engaged in many activities on Bhogi / Sankranti day.

Bhogi pallu is one of the main (special) activities of Bhogi day.
What are Bhogi Pallu Bhogi pallu (the Telugu word 'pallu' means fruits) is a special item made of seasonal berries (regi pallu / any available seasonal berries), petals of seasonal flowers / seasonal flowers, currency coins, small pieces of sugarcane, whole Bengal gram soaked overnight and akshantalu (i.e little turmeric powder mixed in rice).
In the evening before sunset, small children of the family below 5 years of age are seated on a chair. The elderly ladies of the family, friends / neighbors who are invited, take hands full of  'bhogi pallu' and place these or pour these on …
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Biology notes for Class 10 CBSE: Lesson 6 - Life Processes Part -1

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What are autotrophs?
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Living organisms that are capable of making their own food from inorganic substances (i.e.carbon dioxide and water) using Sun's light energy, are called autotrophs. E.g. all green plants and some kind of bacteria.

What are heterotrophs?
Ans. Living organisms like animals and human beings that depend on other organisms for their food are called heterotrophs.

What is autotrophic nutrition?
Ans. The mode of nutrition by which some living organisms like green plants make their food from inorganic substances by trapping light energy from the Sun, is called autotrophic nutrition.

What is heterotrophic nutrition?
Ans. The mode of nutrition by which living organisms obtain their food from other living organisms, is called heterotrophic nutrition.

Define photosynthesis.
Ans.The process by which green plants take in organic substances (carbon dioxide and water) from the outside surroundings and convert these into carbohydrat…

How to make katori chaat / cup chaat

Katori chaat is a unique Indian vegetarian snack item made of a healthy combination of sprouts, fruits, vegetables and curd. The Hindi word 'Katori' means a bowl. Katori chat can be savoured as an evening snack supplemented with a hot cup of chai. It can also be taken as a starter / appetizer.
Though making katoris at home is a bit time consuming process, yet it is very easy to make katoris and then fill these with sprouts, chopped veggies and fruits. This healthy, crispy, tasty snack / starter is equally relished by children and adults.
How to make katoriTake 3 measures of maida in a bowl and add 1 measure sooji to it. Sooji makes the cups crispy. You can add corn flour instead of sooji.Add salt to taste, ajwain i.e.carom (optional) and 1 teaspoon of edible oil. Blend it well and knead it into a dough adding enough water.Cover the dough and keep it aside for at least 10-15 minutes.Meanwhile take the following ingredients in a separate bowls:
1 measure finely chopped onion1 me…

Chicago Architectural Boat Tour at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is most important historical landmark of Chicago. It is meant for shipping and for recreation / entertainment. This is the lakefront treasure of Chicago that provides wonderful memorable experiences to the visitors. Navy Pier is the top-visited leisure destination in the mid-west region of the U.S and it provides full entertainment and enjoyment to the visitors. The park is located at 600 East Grand Ave.
The best time to visit the pier is summer months of June / July. There is lot to do and enjoy in Navy Pier.

The big Centennial Wheel is one of the most enjoyable rides in the pier. It offers spectacular views Chicago Skyline and Lake Michigan.
There are various tours / cruise operated by the pier on Lake Michigan. Most of these are a 75-minute Shoreline tours which offer a spectacular architectural view on the shoreline.The cruises depart from Navy Pier and these offer a memorable experience.
It is a roofless boat in which tourists are seated comfortably. Tourists can enjo…

Brihadeeshwara - Thanjavur Big Temple, Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur Big Temple aka Brihadeeshwara temple / Rajarajeswaram Koil /  Peruvudaiyar Koil is an ancient 11th century CE (Current Era) temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple which reflects the fine Dravidian Temple architecture, is located in Thanjavur (Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu.
The temple was built by Raja Raja Chola I in early 11th century CE (from 1003 CE to 1010 CE) and was designed to represent a Cosmic Structure i.e. Maha Meru. There is a huge / massive Shivalingam inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple which is 3.66 m in height. Hence the temple got its name 'Brihad' means enormous / huge and 'Eeswara' means Lord Shiva.  Brihadeeshwara temple is also known as Rajarajeswarmudyar named after Raja Raja Chola and is known as Rajarajaeswaram or Peruvudaiyar as can be seen in the inscriptions in temple.
On entering inside the temple premises, there is a 'brihat' Nandi - the divine bull / vehicle of Lord Shiva, inside the Nandi Mandapam facing the temple …

A wonderful laser show at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad

Lumbini Park in Hyderabad is located in the heart of the city opposite to the New Gate of Secretariat Building. It is one of the top attractions of Hyderabad. March is the best time to visit the park as the weather at this time remains cool in the mornings and evenings / night and slightly hotter during the day.
The park is located on the shores on Hussain Sagar and is easily reachable. It is heavily crowded on weekends and tourists have a joyous boat ride in the cool breeze on Hussain Sagar. The boat takes the tourists to the huge Buddha Statue amidst the lake which looks colorfully beautiful when illuminated statue at night.

A majority of tourists visit Laser Show at Lumbini Park after the boat ride.
Laser show at Lumbini Park is the 1st spectacular water multimedia show in India. The show is one of the main attractions of the city which attracts huge crowd. The uniqueness of the show is that the laser animation and live video are screened on the spray of water fountains in 3D. Th…

Bird-watch at National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA

National Bird Aviary is located on Pittsburgh's historic North side in the downtown area. There is limited parking here, however it is not too difficult to find a car parking. National Aviary remains open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. It closes at 3 p.m on New Year's Eve and remains closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Entrance fee was $14 for adults and $13 for children between 2 to 12 and for senior citizens. It is free for children under 2 years. (Subject to change)

It is a wonderful place to spend time amidst the feathered friends with their melodious chirps and sounds all around. There are 500 + birds in this place where visitors can find some rare winged ones too.
At the entrance there is a colorful caged macaw. From here visitors can walk to the Penguin point. This is one of the best places where children enjoy the most watching the pretty penguins while parents sit and watch their little ones enjoying. There are domed bubbles that pop up in the middle …

A holy visit to Dalai Lama Temple in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Guest post by Sriya Pardhu

A holy visit to Dalai Lama temple in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh is an interesting one. As we are from Visakhapatnam, a north coastal city in Andhra Pradesh famous for its natural beauty, we were thrilled and amazed on seeing the beautiful snowy peaks, the snow-capped mountains in Himachal Pradesh and enjoyed the cool weather in otherwise hot / peak summer. We visited beautiful and peaceful Tsuglagkhang Temple complex also known as Dalai Lama temple which is the most sacred place in McLeod Ganj - a town in Upper Dharamshala. The place is popularly known as Little Lhasa of Tibet as His Holiness (H.H) the Dalai Lama resides here.
Dharamshala is located at the foothills of Dhauladhar. The temple complex is located at a walkable distance from the McLeod Ganj bus stop. As you approach the temple complex, you will awed to see the beautifully and colorfully decorated prayer flags. The temple is open for visitors on all days from sunrise till sunset.

It was a gre…

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