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  • Vocal For Local: Why Swadeshi Craft Artisans..
    Vocal For Local: Why Swadeshi Craft Artisans..

    Employment-wise Handicrafts and Handlooms is the second-largest workforce (up to 200 million artisans) after Agriculture in India but unfortunately, a neglected sector that too at the time, when they need you the most? If we Google search Covid-19 Relief Funds for Farmers and the same for Artisans, a big difference in the number of Schemes can be seen. The Farmer Serves God and so do us, but even the Artisans are the backbone of India's non-farm rural economy, engaged in craft production to earn a livelihood. Below are the few points which will make out the difference between the two.

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  • KALAVEE GHONGADI - The Rousing Blanket.
    KALAVEE GHONGADI - The Rousing Blanket.

    We are living a fast and hectic life where mind peace is lost, so this traditional Ghongadi plays a salient role in total relaxation. Ghongadi which inherits such importance is losing its noble importance. Ghongadi is a traditional blanket and is used in holy rituals and in most of the village functions. It has illustrious importance in holding religious beliefs. According to Kolhapur’s cultural heritage, Ghongadi is believed to be the Aasan of God and saints which gives it a heavenly touch. Farmers and shepherds prefer Ghongadi in their day to day life. The Nomads and the Herdsmen are completely immersed in this art. Ghongadi is helpful in protecting the farmers from scorching heat extreme cold and rainfall. It is used by rural areas only. But its time now to reveal its influential importance to the urban areas. I

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  • Samangad Fort - See Nature At Her Wild Best
    Samangad Fort - See Nature At Her Wild Best

    One can reach the fort plateau region from Kolhapur (90 km) and from Gadhinglaj (20 km), then via Bhadgaon and Chinchewadi villages. There are two big canons of foreign make besides the well in Chinchewadi village. Samangad is a hill fort in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. It is 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level. The Shilahar king Bhoj II built this fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won this fort in 1667. In 1688, the Mughals won the fort and the Marathas won back the fort before 1701. This fort is a tomb of famous warrior Shri Prataprao Gujar who fought against the Adil Shahi army of Bahalul Khan with only six soldiers. Stories are told by local from generation to generation. A secret doorway and as we proceed the ridge becomes narrow and we come to a double fortified bastion. Opposite this bastion we can see a

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