Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 12 July 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra
  2. Kesaria Buddha stupa

1. Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

News summary

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra is being celebrated on 12th July 2021. This is the second year that is celebrated without devotees.

Prelims GS – Art and Culture

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra :
  • Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra is a traditional chariot festival.
  • This is celebrated in Puri Jagannath temple which is located in Puri in Odisha.
  • It is the oldest Rath Yatra taking place in India.
  • Lord Jagannath is a form of Vishnu.
  • Every year, Puri Jagannath temple authorities construct the three chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra with the wood of specified trees like Phassi, Dhausa, etc.
  • Kathopanishada explains the concept of chariots in a greater manner.

2. Kesaria Buddha stupa

News Summary

Kesaria Buddha stupa in Bihar has been waterlogged due to the floods in the Gandak river in neighboring Nepal.

Prelims GS – Art and Culture

Kesaria Buddha stupa:
  • Kesariya Stupa is a Buddhist stupa in Kesariya, located at a distance of 110 kilometers from Patna, in the East Champaran district of Bihar, India.
  • The first construction of the Stupa is dated to the 3rd century BCE. Kesariya Stupa has a circumference of almost 400 feet and raises to a height of about 104 feet.
  • The stupa is said to be the tallest and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and is one ft taller than the famous Borobodur Stupa in Java.
  • The original Kesariya stupa probably dates to the time of Ashoka (circa 250 BCE), as the remains of a capital of a Pillar of Ashoka were discovered there.
  • The ASI has declared the stupa a protected monument of national importance.

Click here to know more about Kesaria Buddha Stupa on the Bihar official website.




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