1. Recently, the annual Attukal Pongala, one of the largest all-women religious congregations, began amid the COVID-19 virus threat. It is a ten-day-long festival celebrated at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, which is also known as the Sabarimala of Women. Locate the temple on the map.
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela. The festival of Attukal Pongala is annually celebrated at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple which is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela.
2. Locate the only area with a substantial population of the Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle.
National Chambal River Gharial Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh. The National Chambal River Gharial Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh is the only area with a substantial population of the Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle which is one of the 24 species endemic to India. It is characterised by the bright colours such as red, yellow, white and blue on the faces and necks of the males. It is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List, Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act and in Appendix II of CITES.
3. It is one of the oldest and one among the eight classical dances of India. The origin of this dance can be traced to Bharata Muni's Natyashastra. The dance involves transitional movements of the leg, hip and arm, expressive eye movements and hand gestures used to convey emotions. The accompanying orchestra consists of a vocalist, a mridangam player, violinist or veena player, a flautist and a cymbal player. Locate the place where this dance form originated.
Tamil Nadu. The dance form is Bharatnatyam which originated in Tamil Nadu.
4. Kyasanur Forest Disease, recently seen in the news, was first identified in?
Kyasanur Forest, Karnataka. Kyasanur Forest Disease was first identified in 1957 in a sick monkey from the Kyasanur Forest in Karnataka. It is endemic to Karnataka and also referred to as monkey fever. It is caused by Kyasanur Forest disease Virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family Flaviviridae.
5. Identify the disputed uninhabited off-shore island in Palk Strait which is used by fishermen to dry their nets.
Katchatheevu Island. Katchatheevu Island is a disputed and uninhabited off-shore island in the Palk Strait. It was administered jointly by India and Sri Lanka during the British rule. In 1974 India ceded the island to Sri Lanka, through a joint agreement two years later, India further gave up its fishing rights in the region.