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Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

8 Nov
Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman
This palace was hand built by postman Ferdinand Cheval. It took him 33 years to build and he calls it Palais ideal. It is a great reminder that a person can do anything with sufficient passion, effort, and time.

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

Amazing Hand Built Palace By A Postman

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Beautiful but Poisonous Frogs

30 Sep

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Frogs are amphibians, formerly referred to as Salientia (Latin meaning to jump). Most frogs are characterized by a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail. Frogs are widely known as exceptional jumpers, and many of the anatomical characteristics of frogs, particularly their long, powerful legs, are adaptations to improve jumping performance.

The distribution of frogs ranges from tropic to subarctic regions, but most species are found in tropical rainforests. Consisting of more than 5,000 species described, they are among the most diverse groups of vertebrates. However, populations of certain frog species are declining significantly.

Many frogs contain mild toxins that make them unpalatable to potential predators. Many predators of frogs have adapted to tolerate high levels of these poisons. Others, including humans, may be severely affected.

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Earth Hour 2011 [Animated Photos]

8 Sep
 

Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008.

Earth Hour 2011 took place on March 26, 2011 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at participants’ local time.

In India, the Earth Hour 2011 was held on 26th March 2011 from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM IST, the Earth Hour 2011 was flagged off by the Delhi Chief Minister Smt.Sheila Dixit and Earth Hour 2011 Ambassador and Bollywood Heroine Vidya Balan in the presence of Mr.Jim Leape, Director General, WWF International.

Here are some of the photos taken before and during the Earth Hour 2011.

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National Stadium and National Aquatics Center, Beijing (China)

Mohammed Ali Mosque, Cairo (Egypt)


YAS Marina Hotel, Abu Dhabi (UAE)


Forbidden City, Beijing (China)


Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima (Japan)


Central District, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)


Welcome Statue Fountain, Jakarta (Indonesia)


Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas (USA)


Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)


Empire State Building, New York (USA)


Financial District, Toronto (Canada)


Parthenon, Athens (Greece)


Central Business District, Singapore (Singapore)


Harbour Bridge, Sydney (Australia)


Taipei 101, Taipei (Taiwan)

Peace In The Bright Paints

7 Sep
Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Peace In The Bright Paints

Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes

2 Sep
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Ganesh Chaturthi History

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Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu festival in India. It is the day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati was born. The day thus marks the auspicious birth of one of the most important Hindu God. This day is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in many parts of the country. It is celebrated on of fourth day of the waxing moon period in the month of Bhaadrapada according to the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, this day falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for ten days. If you want to explore the origin and history of this festival, you can refer to the article given here.
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Origin

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According to the legend, the festival marks the auspicious day of the birth of Lord Ganesha. The story goes as follows- Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of resolution, was away from Kailash due to some work. As Parvati was alone at home, she felt the necessity of some one to guard the door to her house while she took bath. When she did not get any one, she conceived of the idea of creating a son who could guard her. She then created Ganesha out of her sandalwood paste and breathed life into the idol. She then asked him to stand on the gate and do not let any body enter until she came out. Unfortunately, Shiva returned home in the meantime. As, Ganesha did recognize him, he stopped Shiva from entering as per his mother’s advice. This badly enraged Lord Shiva, who cut off Ganesha’s head by his trident. When Parvati saw beheaded Ganesha, took on the form of the Goddess Kali and threatened to destruct all the three worlds.
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The earth, the heaven, the nether world, all was shaken and every body ran to Shiva for solution. In order to appease Lord Parvati and save the world from destruction, Lord Shiva sent out his followers to find a child whose mother is facing another direction in negligence, cut off his head and bring it quickly. The first such child that came in the eyes of the Shiva followers was an elephant, so they brought the head of this elephant and Shiva placed it on the trunk of Parvati’s son and gave life into him. Parvati was the overwhelmed with happiness and embraced her son. They named her Ganesha i.e the Lord of all Ganas (followers).
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History

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Though the festival is being celebrated since times immemorial, the present kind of celebrations of Ganesha Chaturthi came in fashion in 1893, Lokmanya Tilak, an Indian freedom fighter and social reformer reshaped the annual Ganesh festival from a private family celebration into a community event. The day was conceived to be the National Festival in order to bridge the gap between the Brahmins and the non-Brahmins in the society. Tilak chose this festival for this purpose because Lord Ganesh was considered to be the ‘ God of Everyman’. It then served as a meeting ground for people of all community and religion on a public platform. Since then the festival has served its cause of existence. Even now people irrespective of caste and community barriers celebrate this festival with great joy.
Puja On Ganesha Chaturthi

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It is generally preferable to do Ganesha puja on the Chaturthi day at the noon, however you can perform the pooja as per your wish whenever all the members of your family are present. In order to carry on the pooja, you will require following items- A Clay image of Lord Ganesha, flowers, druva grass blades, sweets (preferably Modak), coconut, sandalwood paste and incense sticks. The Pooja begins with the establishment of idol on a higher platform and giving it a bathe with Panchamrit. You can now pray to Lord Ganesh and recite all the mantras or bhajans dedicated to Lord Ganesha. You now have to invoke Lord Ganesha through your prayers and bring life in the idol. The mantra for this can be found in the in the Rig Veda and is part of Ganesh Suktha.

Once you invoke life in the idol, you need to light lamp and incense sticks in order to please Lord Ganesha. After this, you need to perform the shhodashopachara, which are 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha. In this you need to offer 21 blades of druva grass, 21 modakas, and flowers to Lord Ganesha. You need to apply a tilak using red Sandalwood paste to idol and keep the coconut along with the idol. After you have offered your best possible prasada to the Lord, you simply need to recite the 108 salutations dedicated to Lord Ganesha. All the family members can then bow down to Ganesha and seek his blessings. The puja is performed in a similar way even if it is a community fest. You need not to exceptionally elaborate the rituals of the Pooja rather all you need to do is pray with a clean heart and pious objective.

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The Largest Water Lily in the World

12 Jul

Stunning Pictures of a Solar Corona

9 Mar

Stunning pictures of a solar corona where temperatures around Sun reach 2,000,000c

By Michael Hanlon

Shooting a million miles or more out into the hard, cold vacuum of space, this fiery halo is one of the wonders of the universe.

Whipped into gigantic swirls by the Sun’s ferocious magnetic fields, the shell of super-hot gas is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

It’s called a corona and can’t normally be seen because of the brightness of the Sun, a broiling sea of hydrogen gas at 10,000c. But during a solar eclipse, the Moon blocks out the Sun and the corona is spectacularly revealed.

Stunning Pictures of a Solar Corona

A photo montage captured during a solar eclipse over the Marshall Islands in July 2009. The beautiful image shows the solar corona that makes up the sun’s ‘atmosphere’ in amazing detail as the sun passes behind the Moon

This extraordinary image is a montage, digitally stitched together from 38 photos taken in Mongolia in August 2008 by veteran eclipse hunter Miloslav Druckmuller.

Even though there are small pink areas resulting from over-exposure, the result is still the clearest picture yet of this extraordinary phenomenon. To understand it is to come closer to grasping the awesome power of the Sun.

This flaming ball of hydrogen and helium gas, at 865,000 miles across, is 100 times wider than the Earth, with a million times its volume. Powered by nuclear reactions in its core, it is the most majestic object in our skies.

Stunning Pictures of a Solar Corona

This picture was created from 38 individual photographs at ISO 100, exposure time was between 1/125 seconds and 8 seconds

Stunning Pictures of a Solar Corona

As well as being very hot, the ionised gas of the corona (called plasma) has a superthin consistency. It is less than a billionth of the density of the hydrogen that makes up the main ball of the Sun

As hot as the Sun is, the corona is 200 times hotter – more than a million degrees celsius. Why this should be is a mystery. Some believe it is the result of a form of heating called induction – the same thing that powers hi-tech cooking hobs.

As well as being very hot, the ionised gas of the corona (called plasma) has a superthin consistency. It is less than a billionth of the density of the hydrogen that makes up the main ball of the Sun.

The odd result of this is that if, by some magic, you were to touch the corona, you would freeze rather than fry.

Despite its thinness, the corona can pack a deadly punch. Occasionally, the Sun’s surface erupts in a solar quake, a paroxysm of gigantic storms and flares. Sometimes these are powerful enough to eject vast blobs of corona gas into space at millions of miles per hour.

Stunning Pictures of a Solar Corona

This was the view from the Marshall Islands for Mr Druckmuller where the pictures were taken. He has travelled the world chasing eclipses

In 1859, one such eruption hit the Earth square on, generating a brilliant aurora in the night sky (bright enough to wake sleeping Gold Rush miners in the Klondyke) and shorting out much of the world’s nascent telegraph system.

Though solar storms can’t hurt humans directly, the 1859 event was powerful enough to melt copper cables. Should such an event happen today, it would cause utter chaos and could well precipitate an economic meltdown.

Our electricity grids would be fried and phone and internet lines would be shut down.

But what’s the likelihood of that happening? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say – though some scientists predict another corona eruption in the summer of 2012, when the Sun is predicted to enter a new ‘manic’ phase of turbulence.