ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Dramatic win for England in Final

It’s a big day for the hosts of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017! The action packed 2017 edition of Women’s World Cup have finally come to an end with Team England emerging as winners. England locked horns with the Indian Cricket team on 23rd July, 2017 at Lord’s, London for the final battle.

The England Women’s team batted first and put up a total of 228 runs on the board for India to chase. The team lost a total of 7 wickets in 50 complete overs. The Women in Blue were all set for the hustle and fought their best. Team India went all strong and sorted till the 40th over with a near 200 score on the cards and just 3 wickets down, but the vigor strolled south as soon as the 4th wicket went down.

With Punam Raut (86 runs in 115 balls) going back to the pavilion on 42.5 over, the team collapsed and the whole team was bowled out by the end of the 48th over. The team could manage to put up a total score of 219 and lost by 9 runs.


  • England won WWC17 Final by just 9 runs
  • Punam Raut knocks 86 runs off 115 balls
  • Shrubsole picked up 6 wickets, named Player Of The Match
  • With 410 runs scored in the tournament, Tammy Beaumont wins Player of the Tournament award
  • Harmanpreet Kaur scored a 51 off 80 balls
  • Jhulan Goswami of India picked up 3 wickets

The Women in Blue fought like warriors throughout the tournament and made sure their every win was a star-studded affair and every loss was a lesson learned. But one thing’s for sure India’s Women in Blue have everything it takes for being world-class cricketers.

On the occasion, Team England’s Captain Heather Knight expressed, “I can’t stop smiling. The girls have been outstanding. We’ve made it hard for ourselves, but we’ve won some tight games. All that we’ve done in the last 18 months was to deal with situations where the heat was on. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero. What a day! They were batting brilliantly. Punam was superb, they got a few partnerships. The girls really held their nerve, apart from the drop of Jenny Gunn which was stressful. Thanks to everyone for their support. Credit to the ECB and ICC”

The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Mithali Raj, expressed, “I’m proud. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a Women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth. All the youngsters tried their best, I’m sure this experience will help them. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

Cheti Chand – Celebration of the First New Moon

The moon has been earth’s darling from the beginning of time. It has been tirelessly revolving around its favourite planet since inception without a break. Even after being more than three hundred thousand kilometers away from earth it still has its own effect on the blue planet. We have seen the seashores go dry, and the oceans roar to destruction due to uneven lunar effects. The, roughly, 29.5-day lunar cycle can influence the behavior and instigate physiological changes in living beings on Earth, including humans.

Cheti Chand is the most prominent festival of the Sindhi clans both in India and Pakistan. Though it is a Sindhi festival the date of the festival is decided as per the Hindu Calendar.

It is celebrated when the New Moon first appears in the Cheti month, therefore, the name ‘Cheti Chand’. This is also celebrated as a tribute to the birth anniversary of the patron saint of the Sindhi’s- Ishtadeva Uderolal, more fondly known as Julelal, as the exact date of his birth is unknown. Though it is certain that he was born in the 10th century in Sindh during which time Sindh was ruled by the Sumras.

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Jhulelal photoA tyrant name Mirk Shah was threatening Sindhi Hindu’s to convert to Islam. To be rescued from this forced conversion the Sindhi’s prayed to the ‘Water God’. The God answered their prayers with a prophecy that a divine child born in Nasarpur would deliver them from their predicament. This child was the great saint Julelal.

Today in the honour of the water god a 40-day period of worship is followed. This is known as the Chailho Saheb. At the end of the fortieth day a ‘Thanks giving day’ is celebrated.

Water holds a lot of significance and is worshipped with great zeal and enthusiasm.  

This festival is celebrated with much fan and fare. A procession of ‘Baharana Sahib’ is taken to a nearby lake. The procession consists of an idol of Julelal, Oil lamp, sugar crystals, cardamom, fruits, a water jar and a coconut. These are decorated with flowers, leaves and traditional cloth. After performing the necessary pooja and rituals the Baharana Sahib is submerged in the water body.

Due to his miracles and pacification of Mirk Shah Julelal is worship by both Hindu and Muslims alike. The name Julelal signifies the rocking of his cradle on its own Jule (cradle), lal (child).  

Gudi Padwa – The Hindu New year

We all know, and some of us have been chanting the line ‘India is a diverse country. It is a multilingual country and is home for almost all possible religions found in the whole wide world. It is a melting pot of various cultures and beliefs that form the beautiful country of India.’ Speaking of diverse religions, these have their own version and variation of festivals, including the new year festive. These new year days are based on different types of calendars – Lunar, Solar, and the Lunisolar. One such auspicious new year day celebrated by each and every Maharashtrian household is Gudi Padwa.

Gudi Padwa is the first day of the Chaitra month and therefore the first day of the year as per the lunisolar calendar of the Hindu’s.

India is a predominant agricultural economy and even culturally the Agro-industry has great importance in the country. Gudi Padwa is also associated with the harvest festival as it marks the end of one season and beginning of another.

Ceremonially it is believed that Lord Brahma created the Universe on this day. Therefore, this day is principally scared to the Hindu’s. In a traditional Hindu family, the day begins before sunrise with a bath and then the front door is decorated with a ‘Toran’ (a garland made of mango leaves and marigold flowers). Thereafter, the ritual of erecting a ‘Gudi’ is performed.

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creative_ways_to_celebrate_The Gudi is a symbol of prosperity and a sign of all that is good. The Gudi is usually a copper vessel hoisted upside down on a stick decorated with a traditional red cloth and beads. It is hoisted in such a place in the house where there is enough sun light and is clearly visible from far away.

The women in the house also follow the tradition of decorating the front yard of the house with beautiful rangolies. They are pattern designs drawn on the ground using rice flour or limestone powder, turmeric, vermillion powder and other artificial colours. Now-a-days even flowers are used to make rangolies. These patterns are said to ward off evil and bring in good omen inside the house.

gudi-padwaThe name Gudi Padwa is more akin to the Maharashtrian sect of the society. The Sindhi’s call this day ‘Cheti Chand’ while in Karnataka it is called ‘Ugadi’.

The holy Prasad i.e. the sweet preparation made during this day is unique as it made from neem and jaggery. It symbolizes the bitter and sweet that comprises life.

The temple of ‘Adi Shakti’ Mahalaxmi

Regulars must be knowing how diverse India is in every domain, be it food, culture, or religion. Every Indian including Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and Christian, every single human under these religions have their own spiritual sentiments and their own holy idols and places to worship. So, from temples to Gurudwaras, to Dargas, and Churches, we have them all. Speaking of Hindu temples, here is one of the prime worship places of Mumbai that you should know about.

Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai. It situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam.

The Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai is managed by the ‘Shree Mahalaxmi Temple Charities’ Trust. They look after the temple so that devotees can benefit from the ‘Darshan’ of the idols of the three Goddesses viz. Shri Mahalakshmi, Shree Mahakali and Shree Mahasaraswati placed in the shrine.

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  • To protect the idols of the three Goddesses from the Muslim invaders a cult of Hindus immersed them into the Arabian sea, near the Worli creek. Years later during the British rule, Lord Horneby ordered for the connection of Worli-Malabar Hill creek. The work was to be carried out under the supervision of Shri Ramji Shivji Prabhu, a Government Engineer serving under the British Empire.
  • Even after immense hard work it was impossible for the engineer to accomplish the task. Then, it is said, one day the Goddess Mahalaxmi herself visited him in his dream and told him to recover the immersed idols from the creek. Upon doing so the connecting of the creeks was made possible.
  • Captivated by his efforts Ramji Prabhu was awarded a piece of land, by the English rules, on the hillock where the Mandir (temple) now stands.


Today the temple is designated as a heritage sight due its architectural and archaeological significance. It has a modest structural design which gives it it’s unique quality. Also it is surrounded by low rise buildings, flower and sweet shops that gives it a proper cultural vibe.

During the time of ‘Deepawali Laxmi poojan’ there is a lot of pomp and show here. Devotees gather from all around the city. A special Pooja is held in the honour of the ever giving Goddess Mahalaxmi.

The temple is open to devotees of all casts and backgrounds. There is a great faith among individuals that Mahalaxmi grants boons which deliver them from poverty and other financial problems.

The church of Mount Mary

Flip through our pages and you will find us talking all about the sacred and beautiful worship places of India. India is a melting pot of religions from around the world and has a rich collection of spiritual places. India’s business lifeline, Mumbai, alone boasts a variety of religious architectures that have gained an immovable place in the heart of the locals as well as visitors. Let us tell you about one such amazing place in the heart of Mumbai, known as Mount Mary.

Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra is a Christian Church located at the hilltop near the coastlines of Western Mumbai. Looking over the Arabian sea this complex has been standing for over hundred years.

It is a majestic complex of stone that stands as a symbol of peace, tranquillity, and hope for all. It is a place of worship for all and the mother does not differentiate between her children. The doors of the Church are open for devotees of all religions and backgrounds. The location and ambiance of the place is so divine that it takes your heart and soul to a peaceful place where all you want to do is pray and be in the grace of the divinity.

Once a simple shrine today it has transformed into a regal structure. Over the year many devotees have strived for its development.

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Mount Mary

The principal front of the building facing the gates is about 67.5 feet long. The entire foundation of the edifice is entrenched in rock. The entire construction has total four floors. The ground floor is where the beautiful statue of Mother Mary holding baby Jesus is placed in a large indentation. There are benches with kneeling space where the devotees can offer their prayers. Candles and other offerings can be placed below the statue of Mother Mary on the white marble floor.

The most popular event of Mount Mary is the Bandra Fair which is connected to the annual Feast of ‘Our Lady of the Mount’. This event is conducted each year on 8th September. The feast is celebrated over 8 days. Before the feast a fasting period of 9 days is followed called the ‘Novena’.

Masses are conducted in the morning and evening during the ‘Novena’ while during the feast the masses are conducted only in the mornings. There are stalls of delicious savouries and sweets lined up outside the Church during this time for the famished devotees.

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The sacred tomb – Haji Ali

Mumbai is a hub of all religions that come together and form our impeccable India. This city has a space for each and every religion and its followers and keeps them safe in its heart. Flip through our pages and you will find information about almost all the famous religious places that are in and around Mumbai. We have talked about the super famous Siddhivinayak temple, Mount Mary, and etc. For today’s edition of information, we shall take you to the south side of the city to one of the most beautiful spiritual places of Mumbai – Haji Ali Dargah. It is one of a kind place in Mumbai that has been loved and avidly visited by humans around the world.

Haji Ali Dargah’, Mumbai or ‘Haji Ali’ as it is fondly known, is the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and is one of the most prominent religious places in India. It has been a prestigious landmark of the Mumbai shoreline since inception. It is located 500 yards away from the coast in the middle of the Arabian sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg.

The structure was constructed in the 19th century on an isle made of high rising rocks. The ‘Haji Ali Dargah Trust’ was formed in 1916 to look after the monument.

Along with the tomb of the great Muslim saint the Dargah also houses a Masjid (Place of worship for the Muslims). The architecture of the entire complex has been inspired by Mughal designs.

haji ali shrine

Even today the structure stands tall like a sacred sentinel upon the seas of Mumbai. Through it’s a renowned site for Muslim devotees the Dargah’s doors are open for people of all casts and creeds. Many non-Muslim devotees have great faith in this sacred ossuary. This is the reason it attracts individuals from all over.

Around 15,000 visitors come to offer their prayers here each day. This number increases to about 30,000 during Fridays and Sundays. The human stream in the Dargah during the second day of Ramadhan Eid and Bakri Eid (Eid-ul-Uzha) is breath-taking. The pathway to the crypt looks like a river of men.

The trust holds special ceremonies / rituals and makes the necessary offering during the Death Anniversary of Pir Haji Ali. Niyaaz (Offerings of sweets and food) is distributed during this time to the devotees present.

The trust also organises the display of the ancient and sacred relics of Prophet Mohamed (S.A.W.S.) during his birth Anniversaries at which time prayers are conducted followed by the distribution of Niyaaz.