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For general awareness section, one needs to prepare smartly. This article has the compilation of historical places, personalities, cultural festivals which were in news in last three months. The more you revise, the better will be the output. You can also write to us in the comment section for any specific compilation or topic you want to have for your preparation.

  1. Thalaivetti Muniyappan temple near Salem,Tamil Nadu where a local deity is worshiped as per Hindu rituals, will be treated as a Buddhist temple hereafter, thanks to a recent Madras High Court order.
  2. The Ministry of Culture has released the third Comic book on stories of 20 Tribal Freedom Fighters on 2nd August at Tiranga Utsav celebration in New Delhi.
  3. Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya (Karnataka Folklore University), the only university in the world which offers courses in folk arts and culture. It offers certificate courses in doddata (folk drama), dollu kunitha, kamsale, thogalu bombeyata (puppet show), traditional embroidery, folk tourism, folk songs, folk dances, bamboo art, folk martial arts, folk sports, percussion instrument, and yoga.
  4. Mangarh Hillock in Banswara District (Rajasthan) to be declared  ‘As a Monument of National Importance’
    1. About Mangarh : It is situated on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border.
    2. Mangarh massacre (1913): Bhils under social reformer Govind Guru and Punja revolted against the British. Govind Guru launched ‘Bhagat movement’ asking them to adhere to vegetarianism and abstain from all types of intoxicants.
    3. Mini Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Britishers fired hundred of tribals gathered at the Mangarh hillock for a peaceful meeting in 1913
  5. Indian city Ahmedabad and the state of Kerala have been mentioned in TIME magazine’s list of the world’s greatest places of 2022
  6. Anayoottu is an annual ritual at Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur, in which more than 50 elephants are fed special food, is done to propitiate Lord Ganesha. Ritual was started to help elephants paraded at the 1982 Games’ opening ceremony regain health.
  7. The Archaeological Survey of India has now taken up conservation work at this important Buddhist site Sannatti near on the bank of the Bhima river near Kanaganahalli in the Kalaburagi district.
  8. Baudhayana Sulbasutra contains a statement of what is called the Pythagoras theorem
  9. The 13th-century Keshava temple also called “poetry in stone”, is getting a makeover ahead of the proposed visit of the UNESCO team to inspect the Hoysala monument nominated for inscription as a World Heritage Site. The Chennakesava Temple, is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India. The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III. It is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of Mysuru city
  10. Kharchi Puja is a Hindu festival from Tripura, the festival involves the worship of the fourteen gods forming the dynasty deity of the Tripuri people.
  11. Pryushan Parva: Jain festival in which Jain Monks and Nuns stay with the community and provide them instructions and guidance. It is also a festival of “Forgiveness”.
  12. Bonalu Festival: The festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahakali, thanking her for fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Bonalu is a popular festival celebrated in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Apart from Yellamma, during the Bonalu festival, the different forms of Mahakali are worshipped, including Mysamma, Dokkalamma, Pedamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Poleramma and Ankalamm
  13. National Monument Authority (NMA) is to submit a report on comprehensive development of Mahuli group of temples, known as Dakshin Kashi, to Ministry of Culture. Mahuli group of temples comprises of five temples belonging to 11th and 12th CE, located near Satara, Maharashtra.
  14. Statues at various places
    1. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has unveiled the Statue of “Veer Durgadas Rathore” on his 385th birth anniversary in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
    2. In Bhopal, a large statue honouring Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad will be erected.
    3. Amit Shah virtually unveiled the ‘Statue of Peace’ of Swamy Ramanujacharya in Srinagar, located in a temple in the Sonwar region
    4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 30-feet bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju at Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on the 125th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.
    5. India’s Statue of Unity has become the part of ‘8 Wonders of SCO’ list. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has included the Statue of Unity in its ‘8 Wonders of SCO’ list. The Statue of Unity is the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of independent India

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