Kerala: Welcome to God’s Own Country


The God’s Own Country Kerala situated on the Malabar Coast of south-west India was formed on 1st November 1956 by the States Reorganization Act. Kerala is known for its sun-kissed beach and the misty hill stations. The Kerala state is surrounded by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the south and southeast, Arabian Sea towards the west and Western Ghats on the East. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the great place Kerala. Kochi and Kozhikode are other major cities in Gods Own Counrty.

Kerala display the everlasting attractiveness of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the heaving hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the peacefulness of the perfect backwaters of Kumarakom and Kuttanad and the charming woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley imparts a mind blowing experience to everyone. Kerala is well-known as God’s own country as God has kindly bestowed this land with the bounty of nature.The great and awesome state Kerala has a history which goes back more than numerous millennia. Stone Age carving in Edakkal Caves had graphic writings believed to be dating to at least 5000 BC, from the Neolithic man, representative the existence of a primitive culture or settlement in this state.

Kerala had established itself as a main spice trade center from as early as 3000 BC. 3rd Century BC- Emperor Asoka the Great rock inscription attests to a Keralaputra. Around 1 BC- Kerala was ruled by Chera Dynasty, which traded with the Greeks, Romans and Arabs. 14th century – The Tamil Chera dynasty, Ays and the Pandyan Empire were the traditional rulers of Kerala whose patriarchal dynasties ruled. 8th century- Adi Shankara was born in central Kerala, who travelled expansively crossways the Indian subcontinent, establishing institutions of Advaita Vedanta philosophy. In 1795- Kerala was under British dominion. The year 1956- Post independence, the state of Kerala was created from the former state of Travancore-Cochin, the Malabar district of Madras State, and the Kasaragod taluk of Dakshina Kannada.The year 1957- Kerala is the first place in the world to have a democratically elected Communist Party.

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Kerala: God’s Own Country

Kerala: God’s Own Country

The name “Keralam” comes from two words: “Kera” + “Alam”. (“Kera” means coconut (tree) and “Alam” means land or location). The State of Keralam was formed by the amalgamation of three regions: the Kingdom of Thiruvithamcoore (Travancore), the Kingdom of Kochi (Cochin), and the Province of Malabar.

Keralam – Gods Own Country

Keralam is a state in India. It is located on the south-western region of the country. It was created on 1 November 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act bringing together the areas where Malayalam was the dominant language.

The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) and is bordered by Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the south and the east and the Lakshadweep Sea towards the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital and largest city of Keralam. Kochi and Kozhikode are the other major cities. Keralam is also known for its many small towns that are scattered across the state, thus creating a higher density of population. There are 44 rivers flowing through Keralam, most of them are small and entirely fed by the Monsoons. The Keralam Backwaters, an interconnected system of brackish water lakes and river estuaries, lies behind the coast and runs virtually the length of the state.

Keralam is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery. Keralam has a higher Human Development Index than all other states in India. The state has a literacy rate of 94.59 percent, the highest in India. A survey conducted in 2005 by Transparency International ranked Keralam as the least corrupt state in the country. Keralam has witnessed significant migration of its people, especially to the Persian Gulf .

The National Geographic Traveler has quoted Keralam as India’s most verdant state with one of the world’s 50 “must see” destinations. “The god who made Keralam had a green thumb”, true to the popular Malayali saying, Kerala’s rich resources have long attracted visitors from across the oceans. It is in fact here that the first seafarers set foot on Indian soil.

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Keralam, God’s Own Country, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. A state with 100% literacy, world standards of health, and a hard working, determined, dedicated population is always setting standards in all most all the spheres of its activity. In more modern times the Keralites have migrated in large numbers in search of employment to several foreign countries like United States, Malaysia and Singapore in South East Asia as well as to several countries of Africa and West Asia. The professionals of Keralam are among the most wanted experts in the fields of medicine, Information Technology etc.

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Celebrate Christmas With Free Scenic Wallpapers and Screen Savers For Download

The wonderful and amazing Christmas season is excitedly awaited the world over. As the Christmas season approaches, people start looking for some truly high-quality Xmas decoration thoughts to make their home look good-looking and warm. The Christmas holidays are the days packed with enjoyable, amusement, bonhomie and more. People come together and make merry. The big, brilliant Christmas season calls for gorgeous decorations. It is a time when you try to dress your shed with magnificent items. You want to greet the holiday season with open arms.

The Christmas wallpaper is a trouble-free method of dazzling the festivity feel everywhere. In this period of machinery a variety of types of gadgets have become essential parts of your days. So, any festivity would be unfinished without including our individual gadgets. Christmas is all about decorations, and one simple mode of doing this on your mobile and computer desktop is by using Christmas wallpapers. The wallpapers can be used in laptop screens and mobile phone display screen, etc.

At Christmas Carnivals, dissimilar types of wallpapers can be downloaded and used to adorn the desktop screens. Some of the categories are – Christmas bells, Christmas trees, Christmas candy canes, Christmas cookies, Christmas family, Christmas candles, Christmas celebrations,  Christmas balloons, Santa Claus, etc.


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Hindu Goddess Maa Durga Wallpapers

The word Durga has been derivative from Sanskrit language which means a fort or a place that is hard to arrive at. Maa (Mother) Durga represent the rule of the Supreme Being that maintains ethical order and virtue in the world. Worship of the goddess Shakti is very admired among the Hindus. Durga stands for the combined representation of all godly forces (Shaktis). Goddess Durga is the great mother, who protects people from evil forces of selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego.

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Kerala: Mullaperiyar Dam Issues

“Why is TamilNadu government opposing a new mullaperiyar dam? Who will be take the responsible for the life of millions of people? There were 20 small earthquake reported in after June 2011 from the area!”

Mullaperiyar the oldest gravity dam build on 1896 is still running even after its expiry date of 50 years, means 63 extra years, now the dam is on the verge of explosion, If that happens it will be the biggest tragedy in the World history, 45 lakh people in middle Kerala will flow down to Arabian sea within 3 mins, Since our leaders are not aware of this danger, be ready to face this Water Bomb which will finish God’s Own Country forever.

Kerala’s Stance: Kerala did not object giving water to Tamil Nadu. Their main cause of objection is the dams safety as it is as old as 110 years. Increasing the level would add more pressure to be handled by already leaking dam. No masonry dam may survive for 999 years so a new dam may replace the existing one in near future.

Tamil Nadu’s Stance: The State want that the 2006 order of Supreme court be implemented so as to increase the water level to 142 feet (43 m).

Mullapperiyar dam is located on the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, exactly in the district of Idukki. The Mullapperiyar (Mulla Periyar) dam is one of the oldest dams in the World. We are talking of safety of the 116-year-old dam when the average life span of well designed and well built dams is generally considered to be about 50 to 60 years by International experts. The issue is that the dam is located on a seismically sensitive area and even an average magnitude tremor can lead to collapsing of the dam. If any disaster strikes, lakhs of people in four districts, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha will be wiped out. Dam 999 is a Warner Bros Hollywood movie directed by Sohan Roy from Kerala pointing out the issue and possible disaster.

The safety issues relating to Mullapperiyar are heavily interlinked with the safety of the dams of the Idukki project downstream. The level of risk associated with a dam is a function of probability as well as consequences of dam failure. The fact that the failure of the Mullapperiyar dam could lead to failure of the Idukki dam increases the magnitude of the risk associated with the continued use of the Mullapperiyar dam. The probability of a dam failure depends on many factors such as spillway capacity, seismic resistance, nature of foundation, quality of design and construction, monitoring and maintenance and a host of human factors.* Idukki has some weak points in almost all these respects.

The Supreme Court in 2006 ruled that the dam was safe enough to increase the storage level by six feet from 136 to 142 ft, but in a subsequent ruling asked the two States to settle the differences through discussions in an amicable manner. Strong demands were aired by all the political parties in Tamil Nadu that Kerala must abide by the earlier Supreme Court ruling about increasing the storage level of the dam. The plea of the Kerala government all through was that raising the storage level of this dam would be a major security threat to the lives and property of the people in three heavily populated districts of the State and to the fauna in Periyar National Park due to increased flooding.

Given the size of the Idukki, the extent of the devastation that could result from failure of Idukki dam is unimaginable. Idukki’s reservoir capacity is about 74400 million cubic feet of water with a weight of more than 2100 million tones. The expert committee set up by the State Government to study the Mullapperiyar issues has stated that failure of Idukki dams would lead to inundation of more than three districts of Kerala. This presents a frightening picture. The problem is compounded by the fact that hardly any up-to-date early warnings systems, emergency action plans including an evacuation plan exists in the case of both Idukki and Mullapperiyar. Evacuation of people in the event of a dam break from three highly populated districts is practically impossible. Moreover, no dependable dam break inundation study is available to determine the zones to be evacuated.

Apart from maintenance, monitoring is an important aspect of keeping a dam safe. The Central Water Commission had suggested installation of a definite pattern of instrumentation at Mullapperiyar to monitor the condition of the dam. Though Tamil Nadu did install some instruments, no measurements had been made available to Kerala. Though the Kerala Government suggested joint monitoring, Tamil Nadu has not agreed to this. In fact, Tamil Nadu engineers have told the technical committee of Kerala that it had not been successful in implementing the necessary instrumentation of the dam. There is apparently no instrumentation in the old portion of the dam. In the backing concrete portion, built as part of the strengthening works, uplift pressure cells, strain meters, joint meters and thermometers have been provided. These were said to have been installed in 1984. However, Tamil Nadu has either not done systematic monitoring of the dam so far or is hiding the data from Kerala. An old dam left without any monitoring itself is a serious matter. Moreover, no instrumentation like piezometres, inclinometers, extensometers’ and gauging weirs are in place to monitor the foundation.

To put the situation in the right perspective, it must be noted here that one of the oldest serving dams is the 75-miles arch dam of Australia constructed in 1880. However, such long serving dams are exceptions. There is a limit to the number of years one can keep dams in service through maintenance and strengthening measures. One day, it has to be rebuilt, or the dam will give way. Visionary leaders should anticipate this and act accordingly, though that may be difficult course of action for a popular Government in Tamil Nadu under the present circumstances. The problem with Mullapperiyar is that there is no alternate site for construction of a new dam (unless Tamil Nadu/Kerala is prepared to construct a wider dam downstream at a high cost). So, disruption of water supply is bound to occur if the existing dam is demolished and reconstructed. The leaders should prepare the people to go without water for irrigation for some years, if no other alternatives could be found. Kerala cannot be giving water to Tamil Nadu at grave risk to its own population.

“A Humble request to the government of Tamilnadu… If necessary, we are ready to give the whole water in Mullaperiyar. In return, can you give the lives of 35 lakh people…?”
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Kerala Thrissur Pooram Festival Photos And Images

Thrissur Pooram

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Sabarimala Swamy Ayyappan Wallpapers And Photos

The hill shrine of Sabarimala and its deity Lord Ayyappan is matchless in Hindu religion and peculiar to the Kerala State in South India. This forest abode of Lord Ayyappan is in the Western Ghats of India.Lord Ayyappan is a symbol of religious unity and communal harmony. Being born out of Mohini (the female incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Shiva, he is also known as Bhuthanatha, Dharmasastha, Hariharan, Ayyanar and Manikanta.

The kerala dynamic Onam festival and then Vishu also is special for sabarimala. Thiruvonam (falls approximately during the third week of August) is in the Malayalam month of Chingam. Vishu (Apr 13/14/15) is in the Malayalam month of Medam. These are again days when a fairly large number of pilgrims visit the temple. During Vishu, the temple remains open till 20th of the month. During the other monthly opening days of the temple, the flow of pilgrims is less. The surroundings of the temple are much more peaceful and one can visit the temple more peacefully and leisurely.

The most striking aspect about the pilgrimage to Sabarimala is that pilgrims undertake it without caste, creed, position or social status considerations. They go with only one thing “Swami Darshan” on their mind and one mantra “Swami Saranam Ayyappa” on their lips which they chant or shout constantly.

Here are the beautiful Sabarimala Swami Ayyappan images, wallpaper designs and photos for you. You can set this amazing and latest Swami Ayyappan wallpapers designs and photos on desktop.

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Ramadan Kareem Wallpapers and Pictures

Ramadan Kareem:  A Day of Spiritual Celebration

The Month of Ramadan brings all Muslims together. Ramadan is an important month for all Muslims. Ramadan is an Islam’s holy month, occurs as the Islamic calendar’s ninth month. Its meaning is due to the fact that the Qur’an is said to have been first revealed in this month. ‘Lailut ul Qadr’ is the name given to the specific night on which the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation, and according to Muslim tradition to pray on this night is more meritorious than many months of worship. Many mosques during the Taraweeh prayers will recite a portion of the Muslim holy book each night of Ramadan.

The month of Ramadan has been blessed by Allah, Muslims believe that good deeds will bring a greater reward than at other times of the year. Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the new moon. The month of Ramadan is meant to teach Muslims patience, tolerance and modesty. Ramadan is a month for spiritual teaching during which all Muslims pray and fast for Allah. The significance of the month of Ramadan for Muslims is great because during this month Muslims pray for guidance to follow the right path, refrain from sins, devils temptations, any evil thoughts or deeds and to purify themselves by praying, doing good deeds and restraining themselves against any evil thoughts or actions.

Here are the beautiful Ramdan Wallpapers designs and photos for you. You can set this amazing and latest Ramdan Wallpapers designs and photos on desktop.

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Onam Pookalam Designs and Wallpapers

Kerala Onam Pookalam: Colours that Reflects the Culture

Onam is a very famous south festival. The festival often falls around the malayalam month chingam. The biggest and the most happening day in the carnival of Onam is Thiruvonam. There are a lot of activities that takes place all over the state on Onam. The Onam Celebration of the first day is marked by intricate floral carpets called Onam Pookalam.

Onam Pookalm is a colourful collection of flowers like a Rangoli on the floor. Tradition of decorating Onam Pookalm is extremply populr in South India especially in Kerala. Commenly used various flowers are used in Onam Pookalm designs include Kakka Poovu, Chemparathy, Thumba. Hanuman Kireedam, Mukkutti, Aripoo or Konginipoo and Chethi etc…

Here are the beautiful Onam Pookalm designs and photos and Onam Festival wallpaper for you. You can set this amazing and latest Onam festival wallpapers and Onam Pookalam designs on desktop.

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Ban Endosulfan Pictures

Endosulfan Victims Kasaragod – Kerala

എന്‍ഡോസള്‍ഫാന്‍ എന്ന കീടനാശിനി മാരകമായ വിഷമാണെന്നും ഇതിന്റെ ഉപയോഗം മനുഷ്യ രാശിക്കുതന്നെ കടുത്ത ഭീഷണി ഉയര്‍ത്തുന്നതാണെന്നും കാസര്‍കോട് ജില്ലയിലെ ജനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് അനുഭവത്തില്‍നിന്ന് ബോധ്യപ്പെട്ടതാണ്. ജില്ലയിലെ 11 ഗ്രാമപഞ്ചായത്തുകളില്‍ 3548 പേര്‍ക്ക് എന്‍ഡോസള്‍ഫാന്‍ പ്രയോഗംമൂലം വിവിധതരത്തിലുള്ള രോഗം ബാധിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടെന്നത് നിഷേധിക്കാന്‍ കഴിയാത്ത വസ്തുതയാണ്. ഇവരെല്ലാം എന്‍ഡോസള്‍ഫാന്റെ കെടുതി അനുഭവിച്ചവരാണെന്ന് ആരോഗ്യവകുപ്പുതന്നെ സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ചതുമാണ്. എന്‍ഡോസള്‍ഫാന്‍ തളിച്ചതുമൂലം രോഗംബാധിച്ച അഞ്ഞൂറിലധികംപേര്‍ നരകയാതന അനുഭവിച്ച് മരിക്കാന്‍ ഇടയായിട്ടുണ്ട്.

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