About: Naubat or Naqqar Khana

About - Naubat or Naqqar Khana (Red Fort, Delhi, India)

The Naubat or Naqqar Khana (drum house) stands at the entrance of the palace area and was used for playing music five times a day at chosen hours. Faced with red stone, it is a large three-storied building, rectangular on plan. Carved designs on its red stone walls appear to have been originally painted with gold, while the interior was painted in other colors. Several layers of these paintings can be traced even now in the entrance chamber.

The later Mughal Kings Jahandar Shah (1712-13) and Farrukhsiyar (1713-19) are said to have been murdered in the Naubat Khana.

(This photo was taken at Red Fort in Delhi)

About: The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals

About - The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals was founded by the Hon’ble Sir Dinshaw Manokjee Petit, Kt; J.P; in A.D. 1883.

This estate in Parell, Admeasuring 40,514 square yards, with the bungalow and outhouses standing thereon, was purchased by the founder at a cost of Rs. 45,000; but including expenses and an additional grant, it actually cost him Rs. 51,000. The estate was conveyed by him as a gift to The Bombay Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The three hospital sheds and servants’ quarters, godowns, office rooms, pharmacy & c. were constructed by the society from funds mainly contributed by native grain, seeds and cotton merchants, and mill-owners.

The hospital is maintained by the society mainly from funds received from native merchants.

His excellency The Right Hon’ble, The Earl of Dufferin, K.P;G.M.S.I; G.M.I.E; G.C.B; G.C.M.G; F.R.S; D.C.L; LL.D; Viceroy and Governor-General of India opened the institution on Wednesday, The 10th December 1884.

His excellency The Right Hon’ble Sir James Fergusson, Bart; K.C.M.G;C.I.E; Governor of Bombay being patron, The Hon’ble Lyttelton Holyoake Bayley, Judge of H.M’s High Court of Judicature, Bombay, President, and Mr. Kavasji Mervanji Shroff, J.P; The Secretary and Treasurer of The Society.

About: Shri Bharat Mandir

Shri Bharat Mandir – Kedar Khand Skanda Puran gives the following details about this ancient temple.

Having been pleased by the intense tapasya performed here by Raibhya Rishi and Som Sharma, Lord Vishnu appeared before them. On rishi’s insistence, he showed his illusions (Maya) to them in various forms.

After watching all about Maya the Rishi requested Lord Vishnu to free all beings from the bondages of maya. Lord Vishnu then told Rishi that since he did tapasya by controlling all the senses therefore this sacred place will be called Hrishikesh and during Kaliyuga my incarnation will be known by the name of Bharat. Whoever will live in Hrishikesh observing all religious disciplines and visit Bharatji’s temple after taking bath in the sacred Mayakund will be freed from all the worldly bondage.

Some 1211 years ago on the day of Basant Panchmi, Jagadguru Shankracharya installed the presiding deity in the temple. It is also believed that if any pilgrim on Akshya Tritya takes 108 parikramas of the temple, he or she will get the pilgrimage to Badrinath.

Lord Hrishikesh known as Shri Bharat Ji Maharaj is different from Ram’s younger brother Bharat. He is known by the name of Bharat because he is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserving force, holding Shankh, Chakra, Gada, and Padam in his four hands.

(source: display board at Shri Bharat Mandir at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)

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