Karnataka Tourism Minister CP Yogeshwara has landed in a new controversy after he rewarded elected members of his constituency with expensive gifts.
The tourism minister distributed two sets of boxes, one for municipal corporation members and the other for gram panchayat members.
It contained a gift box that was sent to members of the municipal corporation ₹1 lakh cash, 144 gm gold, 1 kg silver, silk saree, dhoti and dry fruit box.
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The members of the gram panchayat were given relatively less money but no gold and the rest of the items given to the members of the municipal corporation.
He ran into controversy while following the Diwali ritual of exchanging sweets and gifts to mark the occasion.
Deepavali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is celebrated across the country with great fervor and enthusiasm. People perform puja, observe rituals, decorate their homes with diyas, rangolis, ornaments and lights, enjoy sweet sweets and meals, dress up in new traditional clothes and much more.
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Hindu mythology says that Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya on Diwali after killing Ravana and spending 14 years in exile. People wish health, wealth and prosperity to deities Lakshmi, Ganesha and Kubera as part of the festival of lights.
People perform Lakshmi Puja, also known as Diwali Puja, on the third day (Diwali). During the long festivities, it is the most important day. Early in the morning, devotees offer prayers to their ancestors, and on Amavasi they perform Shraddha for them. Lakshmi Puja is performed on Diwali during Pradosh Kala, which begins after sunset and lasts for two hours and twenty-four minutes (approximately).