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18th century Rameswaram marvel getting new life

Mohabeer Dharmasala in Rameswar am once provided shelter to thou sands of pilg rims visiting Rameswaram -the island in Gulf of Mannar known for its spirituality , natural beauty and cultural ethos. Unfortunately, this 18th-century building fell into ruin due to lack of care and maintenance. A group of heritage enthusiasts is now giving it a facelift. "Architecturally unique with exquisite domes at the entrance, this building can be an attraction for not just pilgrims but also tourists visiting Rameswaram.

VKNARDEP Oct Month Newsletter

This month newsletter we bring you two panels from Gramodaya Park that explain the importance of traditional water harvesting and water management systems which exist throughout South India. The Traditional water bodies (TWB) which we are renovating as part of the Green Rameshwaram projects are part of this larger systems. The principles behind these systems are explained in these panels. They should be understood to realize the context and importance of the renovation work that is being carried out by VK-nardep in Rameshwaram.

Two ‘theerthams’ found in Rameswaram island

Two theerthams found in Rameswaram island“It is big enough to bathe temple elephants” : Vivekananda Kendra, which is working on ‘Green and Clean Rameswaram’ project, has discovered two ‘theerthams’ (venerated waterbodies) — Chinnatharavai Bramha Gundam, popularly known as ‘Bramha theertham,’ and Parasuramar theertham in Rameswaram island.

VKNarDep August Month Newsletter

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam's sudden demise has left us all in grief. VK-nardep also shares the anguish of the nation and vows to keep working for the vision of Dr.Kalam. One of his last wishes has been the realization of Green Rameshwaram which he himself inaugurated. 'Green Rameshwaram' project provided the rightful memorial service to Dr.Kalam by involving themselves in brining solar light based electricity to the coastal hamlet on the day of Dr.Kalam's funeral. You can read the vision of Dr.Kalam and how we are striving to make it come true.

Highlights of updates from various corners

Vivekananda Kendra1 : Auditorium Inauguration at Itanagar on the auspicious occasion of Mananeeya Eknathaji Jananma Shati Parva.

2 : Sarthak camp specially organized for the the parents of the lifeworkers at Pushkar in rajasthan.

Endangered shells to Indic knowledge

This month newsletter we give you a bird's eye view of the endangered shells of the Gulf of Mannar area - of which Rameswaram is a part. This is in continuation with our green Rameswaram series on bio-diversity of the region. Apart from the shells or the molluscan species the coral reef also play a very crucial role in the safeguarding of the marine fish populations. It has been documented that in this biodiversity hot-spot fishes belonging to 27 families and 50 species live.

Rameswaram’s heritage temple gets a facelift

CHENNAI: The centuries-old Rameswaram temple is getting a much-needed facelift with religious organsiations and corporates donating money to refurbish it. Two more rajagopurams (big towers) are being constructed on the northern and southern end of the temple with donations from Sringeri Sankaracharya and a Coimbatore-based businessman.

From Turtles to Bio-Ethics : VK Nardep Newsletter

From Turtles to Bio-Ethics : VK NardepThis month newsletter brings you another excerpt from our book on the biodiversity of Rameshwaram - Gulf of Mannar region. Here we present the different turtles as well as the biodiversity inherent in the corals of the region. The Gulf of Mannar region provides a very interesting heterogeneous group of flora and fauna. From this region about 3600 species have been identified. Of this, 186 species are commercially exploited, 116 are vulnerable and 7 are considered as endangered. In the case of fishes of the 2200 fish species distributed in Indian waters, 441 species have so far been recorded in Gulf of Mannar. Gulf of Mannar is one of the best regions in the Indian region in fish biodiversity richness.

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