6th International Conference of AAPNA, USA in India
ON “INTERFACE BETWEEN AYURVEDA & EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE” February 15th – 17th 2013.
Organized by Pragati Bio-Pharma & I- SERVE, India.
Venue: Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts Limited,Poddatur, Shankarpally Mandal, R.R. Dist. Andhra Pradesh India.
Advisor in Chief
Prof. KVK Murthy, CMD, I-SERVE
Dr. GBK Rao, CMD, Pragati Group of Companies
Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla (International) Dr. JLN Sastry (India)
Address for all Communications
Dr. M.A.Virinchi - Organizing Secretary
Pragati Bio-Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
9-4-86/172, Salarjung Colony, Mehdipatnam Hyderabad- 28, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Phone: +91 40 23518102, 2351818076
Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts Limited,
Resorts: Poddattur, Shankarpally Mandal, R.R – 501 203. Dist. Andhra Pradesh.
Phone: +91 8417 224111 / 112 / 113 Fax: +91 8417 224114
Corporate Office: Mega City No.227, H.No.8-2-293/A/A/2 & A/A/2/1, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500 034.
Phone: +91 40 23553183 / 84 / 85 / 86 Fax: +91 40 23553187
About the Seminar
Keeping in view the growing importance of traditional medicines, and especially Traditional Indian Medicine in view, TIM is the one and only comprehensive system that is recognized by WHO, the western world, and European countries as an alternative to allopathy. Our emphasis is to shape TIM as evidence based medical system by way of exploring, and utilizing the scientific aspects of TIM and the renaissance of such scientific systems. Our endeavor is to raise awareness and educate people through the revelations of this seminar. Eminent speakers of various walks of life and experts in different fields of medicine will be sharing their expertise, research results, scientific explanations and other aspects of TIM.
Pragati Group is institutionally committed to strategically recommend, support and implement its organizational methodology to structure its professional operations to determinedly promote and endorse to all its patrons and beneficiaries an illustrious concept of living a complete life which is a perfect amalgamation of sophisticated modern existence synergistically incorporated in perfect harmony amidst herbal green nature.
Pragati Group is also intensely commissioned to take combative measures against Global Warming and polluted metropolitan existence by attributing all its impassionate efforts towards facilitating "the current-age modernity entwined with green nature as a novel way of life".
The premises of Pragati Green Meadows are spacious and comfortably functional for general conduction of Product Launches, Marriages, New Year events, Seminars which can be successfully carried by employing their Big Stage Lawns (capacity 6000), Small Stage Lawns (1000 capacity), Amphi Theatre (capacity 2000), Conference Hall (capacity 400), etc..
The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the day when the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar (the Capricorn) from the Tropic of Cancer. It is like the movement of sun from Dakshinayana (south) to Uttarayana (north) hemisphere. It is the one of the few chosen Indian Hindu festivals which has a fixed date. This day falls on the 14th of January every year according to the Hindu Solar Calendar.
Sankranti means transmission of Sun from one zodiac in Indian astrology to the other. As per Hindu customary beliefs, there are 12 such Sankrantis in all. But the festival is celebrated only on the occasion of Makara Sankaranti i.e. the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius ('Dhanu' Rashi ) to Capricorn('Makara' Rasi).
Makar Sankranti in South India
Makar Sankranthi is very special for Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as Pongal festival. Pongal is a festival celebrated in Tamil culture. This festival is celebrated on 15 January every year. The reason behind celebrating this festival is that in this month specifically on 15th farming and harvesting period is over and now it's time for farmers to entertain themselves. People wear new cloth, exchange gift on this day and Rangolis (colorful decoration) are made at each home. The festival of Pongal lasts for four days in which every day is divided accordingly and separate Gods are worshiped each day. Sankranti (Pongal) is special festival for Andhra – Telugu People. They do many types of sweets on this festive occasion. Few of them are Pongal, Gorumeetilu, Ariselu, Boondi Laddu, Chethi Pakodilu and Besan Laddu.
In Karnataka and Tamilnadu too Makar Sankranti is celebrated with equal enthusiasm. Farmers celebrate the harvesting of Sugarcane.
Makar Sankranti in Western India
In Western India - Rajasthan, Gujrat, Maharashtra Makar Sankranti is a very special festival.
In Rajasthan, Gujarat a kite festival is organized. The kite season starts before Sankranti. On Jan 14, kite festival is celeberated full day. It is an official Kite day. Gujarat even organize international kite festival on this day. People reach to open areas or roof of their home. Colorful and various shape kites are flown.
In Gujarat Makar Sankranti is also known as Uttarayan
Makar Sankranti in North India
In North India - Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal - people make Kichdi in morning. Kichdi is made of rice and dal. Families first donate Kichdi to temple/priest and then eat it in breakfast. The cities where holy river Ganga flows such Allahabad, Haridwar - people take bath in river. In Ahmedabad Magh Mela (a fair) starts on Jan 14 morning. Northern India also celeberate Lohri on night of Jan 13. Lohri denote the end of winter. People use bon fire and dance. People eat Jaggery sweets (called Gajak, Rewari), peanuts while seating near the fire.
Makar Sankranti in Eastern India
In Bengal people celebrate this on Holy river Ganga. A Mela called "Ganga Sagar" is held on bank of river Ganga. In Assam festival is called - Bhogali Bihu
Not only in Eastern India, the festival is celebrated in neighboring eastern countries such as Myanmar, Thailand.
There are different cultures in different states of India. Sankranti brings joy for all states.
Farmers who grow sugarcane in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab celebrate harvest of Sugarcane.
Pragati Group wishes all a Happy Makar Sankranti, Happy Pongal, Happy Lohri, Happy Bhogali Bihu!!