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UTTARAKHAND is already under the grip of the terror of noctural animals like tigers and leopards and incidents of these predators killing children, women and the villagers are on the rise with the forest department of the himalayan state doing very little or negligible to safeguard the lives of the citizens. Recently few days before a tiger entered a house in a densely populated state capital Dehradun who later on betrayed the forest officials who reached the terror stricken locality and house after four hours devoid of the tranquiliser gun, posing further danger to the populace where the horrible cat must have eloped.

Similarly, these days the inhabitants of the Uttarkashi district of the Himalayan state Garhwal, Uttarakhand are in the horrifying grip of Himalayan wild bear terror where from October 2016 to December 2017 about more than fifteen incidents of wild bear attacks have taken place rendering the local inhabitants and women working in the agricultural fields badly exposed to high risks due to incessant wild bear attacks.

Just two days ago two women who had gone in the jungle of GAJOLI VILLAGE under Usi Ganga Valley for cutting grass for the cows and buffaloes were brutally attacked by the wild bear and had to be addmitted in the district hospital of Uttar Kashi with several grievous wounds.

These two women of Gajoli village situated about 18 kilometre away from the district head quarter in Uttarakashi namely Mashanti and Surja Devi had gone to the jungle that is two kilometre away to cut the grass for pet animals during the noon. The wild bear pounced on them while they were cutting grass and injured them grievously.

On desperately retaliating and making tremendouse noice, the bear went inside the bushes and the injured profusely bleeding women came back running. They were later on ferried to the district hospital by the forest officials on 108 ambulance. During the cool winters when the high peaks of the mountains are covered by snow these wild bears don’t get green vegetation to fulfil their hunger and are therefore constrained to come in the down stream areas near the human hamlets for food.

And in order to protect themselves they get provoked and attack the human beings. In Uttarakhand majority of the children, old aged and women are their victims. Sounds shocking that tiger and wild bear sighting’s have become common in Uttarakhand’s villages and even towns and cities posing grave danger to human lives, these days.

Till now just in a year’s time there have been 15 incidents of attacks in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, majority of them in the villages under the jurisdiction of Bhatwari Block followed by Naugaon and Badkot blocks of Uttarkashi districts in Garhwal Himalayas.

SUNIL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Pali, one of the oldest and the most historic city located in Rajasthan also known as the Industrial City. Pali is believed to one of the most important part of Rajasthan from ages and also known as a hub for merchant activities. It is a venture in the bank of river Bandi and is 70 kms south east of Jodhpur. Some of the official languages spoken in Pali are Hindi, Marwari and Godwari. The district of Pali shares a common border with eight major districts in Rajasthan including Nagaur and Jodhpur, Barmer, Rajmasand, Udaipur, Ajmer, Sirohi and Jalore. The nearest Airport to Pali is the Jodhpur Aiport that is nearly 78 kms from Pali. The National Highway 14 is directlt connected as the road link.Railway links are also prominent to the district of Pali. Some of the famous historical places located in Pali includes: 

‘Ranakpur Jain Temples’ – The Ranakpur Jain Temples are built in the 15th century after a divine vision by one of the Jain businessman. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is dedicated to Adinath, an important figure in Jain cosmology. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is named after the provincial monarch Rana Kumbha who supported and laid encouragement for the construction of these temples. It is a type of complex where there are multiple temple structures. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is located in a valley of the Aravalli mountains.

‘Jawai Dam’-  The Jawai Dam is built across a tributary of the Luni River. The Jawai Dam was contructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. It is the biggest dam situated in western Rajasthan. The Jawai dam is believed to be the primary source of water for Jodhpur City and its nearby villages. The Jawai dam is also famous as a winter paradise for some of the migratory birds,leopards and crocodiles.

‘Parshuram Mahadev Temple’- The Parashuram Mahadev Temple is  believed to be a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva  which attracts some of the fascinating stories.It is believed that Parshuram who was a firm believer of Lord Shiva, constructed the cave with his axe and worshipped Lord Shiva there. The Parshuram Mahadev Temple is located 3990 feet above sea level. This temple has figures of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.

‘Nimbo ka Nath Temple’- The Nimbo ka Nath Temple is located on the Falna-Sanderav route and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Kunti,who was the mother of Pandavas, worshipped Lord Shiva and spent most of her time worshipping Shiv Shambo during their exile. Also the Pandavas had built a Navdurga in this residing area. This beautiful temple attracts many local and foreign tourists all round the year. The temple also organizes fairs ‘Melas’ where a large number devotees attend such holy celebration.

‘The Jain Temple’- Pali is renowned for its magnificent decorations of Jain Temples. The Idol of Mahavira, from the spiritual aspect is believed to be graved with firm architectural surroundings. The 2600 year old worshiping idol is 120cm in height. This structure is unique and it has all the significant artifacts and fabulous structural creations.

‘Adiswar Temple’-  Adishwar Temple is located at Sanderao near Pali city.Adishwar Temple in Pali is also known by other name ‘Chaumukha Temple’. This 15th century temple shrine known for the unique architectural style of a Nalinigulm Vimana, a heavenly aircraft.Adishwar Temple took 65 years for the construction and is the largest Jain temples. The temple has three storeys, 80 domes, and 29 halls.