22 Oct 2013

Vashi Bridge




Navi Mumbai's voyage to Mars 


While ISRO prepares to launch India’s maiden Mars Mission (nicknamed Mangalyaan or Mars craft), a social network of padayatris from Kopri Gaon, Navi Mumbai walk on their mission to Siddhivinayak Temple in the Island City to observe the Angarika (in Sanskrit - the one who is red as hot coal) or Mars Chaturti or the fourth day of the waning moon). 

Today is supposed to be auspicious for Hindus of Mumbai who can no longer see  stars, planets or even the moon in the skies but seem to live a rigorous religious life based on what happens above the smog and big city light pollution. You can also use the night sky app which is pretty brilliant to observe what is hidden above the smoggy sky. But I think an app that is also an interesting calendar of interesting stellar and planetary movements and coincidences like the Indian astrological almanacs will sell too. 

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