Wah Bharat : Balbir Singh ( Sr )—The Exceptional Hero
Balbir Singh is an all time great Olympic record setting Bharateeya field hockey player who was a member of the three Olympic Gold Medal winning teams, London ( 1948 ) , Helsinki ( 1952—Vice Captain ) and Melbourne ( 1956 – Captain ).
His Olympic record for the most number of goals scored by an individual in an Olympic men’s hockey final remains unbeaten till date. Balbir Singh set this record when he scored five goals against the Netherlands in Bharat’s 6-1 victory in the final of the 1952 Olympic Games. He was reputed as the best centre–forward in the history of the game: he is often called Balbir Singh Senior just to distinguish him from another Bharateeya hockey player also named Balbir Singh. Balbir Singh was the Manager and Chief Coach of the Bharateeya team for the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup which Bharat won and the 1971 Men’s Hockey World Cup, where Bharat won the bronze medal.
In the London Olymipics held in 2012, Balbir Singh was honoured in the Olympic Museum exhibition called ‘The Olympic Journey : The story of the Games’ which was held at the Royal Opera House.The exhibition unfolded the story of the Olympic Games from its creation in 776BC and up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen as the outstanding heroes and iconic examples of the Olympic Games achievements.
Courtesy : Wah Bharat by Nirmal Joshi
Creation of Goddess Durga
It is said that Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma decided to create a powerful force to destroy the invincible Mahishasura, as they were unable to vanquish him themselves. The unified powers of all the Gods resulted in the creation of a fiery mass from which, a magnificent Goddess was born. With the light of Lord Shiva, her face was created, Lord Vishnu gave her his arms, and Lord Brahma provided her legs. She was blessed with all the powers given to her by the gods. She also acquired her weaponry from the Devas. Maa Durga was also given a lion by Lord Himalaya, the God of the Mountains. This Goddess came to be known as 'Mahadevi' (Goddess Durga), who destroyed the invincible Mahishasura.
Durga Puja in British Raj
Brief History of Puja
The first grand worship of Goddess Durga in recorded history is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. Folklores say the landlords or zamindar of Dinajpur and Malda initiated the first Durga Puja in Bengal. According to another source, Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur and Bhabananda Mazumdar of Nadiya organised the first Sharadiya or Autumn Durga Puja in Bengal in 1606.The origin of the community puja can be credited to the twelve friends of Guptipara in Hoogly, West Bengal, who collaborated and collected contributions from local residents to conduct the first community puja called the 'baro-yaari' puja or the 'twelve-pal' puja. The baro-yaari puja was brought to Kolkata in 1832 by Raja Harinath of Cossimbazar, who performed the Durga Puja at his ancestral home in Murshidabad from 1824 to 1831.The baro-yaari puja gave way to the sarbajanin or community puja in 1910, when the Sanatan Dharmotsahini Sabha organised the first community puja in Baghbazar in Kolkata with full public participation.
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