30 JULY Gangadharrao Balkrishna Deshpande (1871 to 1960)
Gangadharrao Balkrishna Deshpande, also known as the ‘Lion of Karnataka’ was born on 31 March 1871 in Hudli, Belgaum, Karnataka. He is hailed as the leader of the Indian Independence movement from Karnataka, as he was one of the first to respond to Gandhiji’s call to suffer and sacrifice for the cause of national freedom. During the Swadeshi Movement of 1905-1906, he pushed for the boycott of British goods. and the use of locally produced (swadeshi) goods. He was called the ‘Khadi Bhageerath of Karnataka’ as he was instrumental in setting up a Khadi centre at Hudli, which was the first of its kind in South India. An ardent disciple of Lokmanya Tilak, he devoted 60 years of his life fighting for an independent India. Deshpande passed away on 30 July 1960.
The Koh-i-Noor is amongst the most celebrated gems in the world. It was taken from India under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore, signed in 1839. After being shaped and cut by the British, it now weighs 105.6 Carat.
The Rath Yatra(Chariot festival) is one of the grandest festivals celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.This commemorates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra to their aunt’s house. Gundicha.
Bali Yatra, a festival that commemorates the rich maritime history of Odisha is celebrated throughout the state. In the historic city of Cuttack, a week-long event is organised starting from the day of Kartika Purnima.
Sivasagar, in Eastern Assam, is a city of historical and cultural significance, which also showcases nature's beauty. It served as the seat of power for the Ahoms, and contains important monuments from the era.
Step into the captivating history of the four queens who ruled in succession. Begums of Bhopal were known to be competent rulers as they redefined the city of Bhopal and maintained respectable relations with the British
This story is based on the World’s first all granite temple, the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur. The pride of Rajaraja Chola I, built almost 1000 years ago, this temple is the best example of precision and symmetry in architecture.
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