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நாவரை

Published April 2nd, 2014

நாவரை (Navarai) is the 3rd seasonal sowing and harvesting of rice undertaken during the summer months of October to April in Tamil Nadu. The crops are sowed either in October or November and harvested in January or February depending on the rainfall patterns.

Rice, due to its high physical adaptability to varying conditions of altitude and climate, is grown in India from the mountains of Uttaranchal, North - East India and Jammu to the low lands of Kuttanad area of Kerela.

Due to the favourable mean temperature present in the Eastern and Southern parts of India, Rice cultivation occurs 2-3 times a year while Northern and Western parts of India which enjoy high rainfall and fairly low temperatures undertake Rice cultivation only once a year.

The main rice growing seasons in India are Autumn, Winter and Summer months. These 3 seasons are named according to the season of harvest of the crops. The main rice growing season in India is "Winter rice" which falls in the months of June to Dec ...

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Derisanamcope

Published July 9th, 2013

This place derives its name from the an ancient legend associated with the world's longest poem, "Ramayana". Rama, a pious and just ruler, often considered to be the incarnation of the divine was tasked with killing a female demon "Tatakā", who routinely disturbed the austerities of the saints who lived there.

Tatakā was once a divine being (Yaksha) famed for her beauty. She was the daughter of a Yaksha king Suketu who performed austerities to be blessed with a male progeny. But Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation blessed him with a beautiful and strong daughter. Thus, Tatakā was born. She was married to an Asura (Demon) king Sumali and through him sired two sons, Maricha and Subahu and a daughter, Kaikesi. Kaikesi would later father Ravana, the demon king of Sri-Lanka who would become the main antagonist in the Ramayana.

Sumali and Suketu become subject to the anger of a powerful Rishi (Sage) Agatsya, who curses them to death. To avenge the death of her father and husband, she, ...

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