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Interesting Number – “108”

Whether religion, or mathematical quiz – science of space or discipline of a dance form, 108 number is magical or has a hidden secret – interesting number overall!!! Below is what I have compiled so far from various facts and my exposure to the Indian culture and training in Indian classical dance.

1. Hindu Religion 

108 – beads in the “Japa Mala” – Hindu meditation while repeating mantras equivalent to European rosary – brief history of rosary here “when the medieval crusaders travelled Eastward for the Holy wars, they had a chance to observe the worshippers in India praying with the bead necklaces (“japa malas”), they brought the idea to Europe as ’rosary’ “

108 names of several Hindu Gods – such as Shiva, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Vishnu

108 Upanishads – Ancient Hindu religion guides

108 Holy places of Lord Vishnu

2. Astronomy

The distance of Moon and Earth is 108 times of the Earth’s diameter during Solar eclipse

The distance of Sun and Earth is 108 times of the Sun’s diameter during Solar eclipse – If the distance is altered than the Earth will either be very cool (away from the sun) or very hot (near the sun) during Solar eclipse

The distance of Moon and Sun is 108 times of the Sun’s diameter during Lunar eclipse

The distance of Moon and Earth is 108 times of the Moon’s diameter during Lunar eclipse

3. Hindu Astrology

There are 12 Rashis (Signs) and 9 Grahas (Planets) which when multiplied give a number of 108 which are the total types of radiations affecting a human body at birth-time – And is used to base the Hindu horoscope – Kundali of the person born.

Also per the effect of these 108 combinations, there can be 108 possible types of human nature at a time.

4.  Indian Culture – Performing Arts

Bharatnatyam – Indian classical dance form – constitutes of 108 mudras – expressions.

5. Mathematical fun

 108 = 1 + 0 + 8 = 9. Adding 9 to any number will return the same number by adding its digits again. Example: 10 = 1+0 = 1. Now add 9 so 1+9=10=1+0=1.

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India celebration on March 13th 2010

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:21 pm | Updated: 12:25 pm, Wed Mar 10, 2010.

By Tess Nacelewicz | 1 comment

Shush! That’s the word many people associate with libraries.

But while they are quiet places to study and read, they also serve another function in today’s world, according to Rita Swidrowski, a library assistant in the children’s room at the Scarborough Public Library.

“Libraries have traditionally been thought of as very passive places, where you go in and get a book and you leave,” she said. But, Swidrowski said, modern libraries also play a different role in the community. “They’re a forum where you share community resources and culture.”

On Saturday, March 13, the Scarborough Public Library will be very much alive with culture – and color – as the library hosts a Celebrate India event with the aid of area families who immigrated from that country. The event is open to the public and designed for children and adults of all ages.

The sounds and sights of India will fill the building from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn about Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors, and will get to hear a traditional Indian story, sample authentic Indian dishes, participate in sand and henna painting, watch dancing and drumming demonstrations, and view Indian costumes and artifacts.

The furniture will be pushed aside and the library will temporarily forgo its usual quiet atmosphere, said Celeste Shinay, the library’s manager of programming and development. “If you’re coming for a quiet time (at the library), just don’t come between 11 (a.m.) and 12:30 (p.m.),” she said.

The celebration is an expanded version of a new program the library began a few months ago to help children learn more about the increasingly diverse world in which they live.

The monthly series is called “Stories from Around the World,” a program started about five months ago by youth services librarian Travis Tschacher. In that program, children have been listening to stories from countries as diverse as Colombia and Poland, Swidrowski said. The children have also heard short presentations about those countries and their customs.

However, the library’s program on India is more in-depth. That’s because about 20 residents of Scarborough and neighboring communities who are originally from India volunteered to collaborate with the library to create the authentic celebration.

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Presenting colorful India

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Vivid Kaleidoscope of places-1

Taj Mahal – a symbol of  love

“The structure of unsurpassed architectural beauty symbolizing the passionate love of Emperor Shah Jahan towards his queen Mumtaz Mahal “

The monument is built entirely of white marble and stands in the northern Indian City of Agra. History cites the construction being completed over a period of 22 years employing about 20,000 workers.  Architecturally, the structure is the concept of interlocking arabesque which means that each element is on its own while maintaining the perfect integration with the main structure.

– A must-see artistic beauty known as one of the man made travel wonders of the world!

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