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Shakambari Festival UPSC NOTE


Shakambari Festival

  • The annual Shakambari Festival held at the world famous Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple, Andhra Pradesh in Ashada month.

  • During the three-day annual festival, Goddess Durga takes the form of Mother Shakambari - she is adorned with green leaves and vegetables.

  • Ashadam, the fourth month in the Telugu calendar, is considered to worship Goddess Kanaka Durga. 

  • Devotees, mainly women in large numbers, visit the temple and offer ‘Ashada Saree’ which includes ‘bonam’ (pot filled with cooked rice).

  • Goddess Shakambari Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is worshipped in many parts of India. 

  • It is believed that she feeds those who are hungry with vegetarian food. She is Mother Earth who suffices hunger.

  • Shakambari Ma is known as ‘the bearer of the greens’ – Shaka means vegetables and Ambari means who bears.

What are core sectors of India?

  • Eight core sectors are: Coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity.

  • These comprise 40.27% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

  • The eight core sector industries in decreasing order of their weightage: Refinery Products> Electricity> Steel> Coal> Crude Oil> Natural Gas> Cement> Fertilizers.

Decline in core sector growth pace

  • The pace of growth of eight key infrastructure sectors slackened to 4.3% in May on account of a decline in the production of crude oil, natural gas and electricity, according to government data.

  • The core sector growth stood at 19.3% in May 2022.

  • During April-May this fiscal, the output growth of these eight sectors slowed down to 4.3% against 14.3%.

  • The output of crude oil shrank by 1.9% in May.

  • Similarly, the production of natural gas and electricity dipped by 0.3% each. 

  • The growth rate of coal output declined to 7.2% y-o-y from 33.5%.

  • The rate of growth in the production of fertilizer, steel and cement slowed down to 9.7%, 9.2% and 15.5%, respectively, compared with 22.9%, 15.1% and 26.2%.



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Shakambari Festival UPSC NOTE
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