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buy gobar "cow dung" online

I just realised that you can buy cow dung online called "Gobar" on Amazon. Although most people in the West won't need to buy gobar (unless for fertilizers) but for Indians gobar serves multiple purposes.

Personally, we use gobar all the time at home but since I own a cow I never had to buy gobar online, all we have to do is just go to the cow shed and take it.

The cow is a holy animal and is highly revered in the Hindu religion. Even cow urine (called Gau Mutra) has some uses and is bottled and sold in India.


buy gobar cow dung online
Buy gobar online- Gobar being sold on Amazon (withdrawn - not sold anymore)

Some uses of gobar include
  • air purifier, apparently has some anti-microbial properties. 
  • havan or fire rituals in Hindu religious ceremonies (You can learn more on Hinduism in my book).
  • bio-gas to produce electricity although normal households won't be buying it for this purpose.
  • can be used as anti-sceptics as used widely in Ayurvedic medicine.  
  • gobar-cakes can be used for lighting kitchen fires.
Lady using cow dung and straw for cookking
There are a number of places to buy gobar online. For instance you can buy them on Amazon.com as sold by the "The Big Indian Store Cow Dung Dry" or on Ebay or a number of other places.


Click on the image on cow dung above to take you to Amazon to check it out for your self. It might seem odd to some to buy cow dung but in fact its a very useful product. Just ask any Hindu! For those living in the west or cities where they have no access to a cow, it might seem easy for them to just buy the cow dung on the internet. So grab yourself some pure "desi" gobar online.

Please Note: The above gobar has been withdrawn and is not longer available. However a new Gobar item is being sold and is available. Please check it out here - Authentic Angus Cow Dung Patties (1pc)

buy gobar "cow dung" online
 Authentic Angus Cow Dung Patties (1pc)


Remove date from blogger post url

How do you remove the blog date/numbers from the URL of blogger posts? I have been looking for an answer to this question but it seems there is no answer which simply means that we have to live with it. However there is a few things that can be done. The first one is to use a page for your blog. For example if you see about me page, you will see that there is no date in the URL but then it will not appear in your RSS feed. If you are OK with that or you don't have a lot of subscribers then you can simply create a page. Remember you still have to get it out as it wont appear on the homepage.

Remove date from blogger post url
Can you see the numbers at the start of the post. 
There used to be a way to remove the date/numbers from the posts but it has been removed and is no longer possible to switch it off. It would have been nice to remove these dates from the URL as it gives it freshness in the eyes of the reader. But to be honest, it does not really matter as far as SEO is concerned. Most people do not look at the URL when they are reading a website. You will notice that there are no dates at the top or at the bottom of this blog post. The least you can do is just switch it off at under "Layout" and "Post Page Options".

The second thing you could do is move your blog to a platform like WordPress. Here's how to create a website using WordPress. Moving from Blogger to WordPress is easy (not the other way round).

So you just have to live with the fact that you can't remove the date/numbers from the blogger post URL?



The day I died

If you thought that near death experiences was fake, then you might just be wrong. Near death experiences are much more common than you thought. Near death experience is an experience of being dead where the being (perhaps the soul) comes out of the body. People who have experienced it, swear by it. I once had an out of body experience where I actually came out of my body and was hovering on the ceiling looking down upon myself. You can try this for yourself. All you need to do is too sleep with your hand on your chest. Bu then this is nothing compared to the near death experiences some people have experienced. Just watch this amazing documentary made by the BBC. This documentary is rare a one this amazing experience.

 
The Day I Died - NDE - Consciousness Documentary by spiritsandbeyond An interesting book on this is the “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife” by Eben Alexander.

Real ghost and paranormal stories from India ebook

If you like ghost and paranormal stories then you are going to like this one. I have published an ebook about ghostly and paranormal activities that have occurred in my own life. The book is called, “Real ghost and paranormal stories from India”. It contains real life ghost and paranormal stories, some of which are my very own while some of them have been told to me by others which I believe to be true. Everyone has ghost stories to tell and I decided to compile some of my best ones together in the form of a book. There are not many of these weird stories, only a handful, but enough to scare the hell out of anyone. There are 7 stories altogether with an introduction of the types of ghosts believed to exist in India (more about types of ghosts in India here).



The stories include

My Great Grandfather And The Churail 
My Out Of Body Experience
The Haunting In The Mirror 
Death Pact With God
Ghost Near The Bedside
Possession By A Dead Man’s Spirit 
Ghost In The Toilet

Mahatma Gandhi timeline

Mahatma Gandhi was the most important leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. He led India to freedom peacefully using a method called “Ahimsa” or non-violence. His methods inspired movements for civil rights and freedom movements across the world. Here’s a time line of events in the life of the great leader.

1869 - October 2nd, Mohandas Karmachand Gandhi was born in Porbandar in the state of Gujarat, India.
 1876 - Mahatma Gandhi and his family moved to Rajkot in Gujarat.
 1883 - Mahatma Gandhi gets married at a young age of 13 to Kastur Kapadia later known as Kasturba Gandhi.
 1888 - Mahatma Gandhi goes to England to study law.
 1891 - Mahatma Gandhi returns to India from England and begins practicing law.
 1893 - Mahatma Gandhi accepts a job in South Africa.
 1903 - Mahatma Gandhi opens a law office in Johannesberg, South Africa.
 1906 - Mahatma Gandhi organizes his first ever protest against racist anti-Indian laws in South Africa .
 1908 - Mahatma Gandhi is imprisoned for his protests in South Africa.
 1915 - Mahatma Gandhi returns to India.
 1922 – The British authorities arrested and tried Gandhi for seditious acts. After a huge trial, Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced for 6 years.
1930 - Mahatma Gandhi organises a Salt-March, a 200 mile march from his ashram in Ahmedabad to the coastal town of Dandi in Gujarat to break India's Salt Laws forbidding an Indian to make salt. He makes salt and was arrested.
1932 - Mahatma Gandhi fasts to prevent the creation of so called “untouchables” of India as a separate electorate by the British.
1933 – He decides to help the untouchables.
1934 - He launches an organisation called the “All Indian Village Industries Association”.
1942 - Mahatma Gandhi begins the nationwide "Quit India Movement” for complete Independence of India. Was arrested and imprisoned.
 1944 - Mahatma Gandhi's wife Kasturba Gandhi dies at the age of 74.
 1947 - India becomes an independent country.
 1948 - On 30 January,  Mahatma Gandhi was killed at a prayer meeting in Delhi.

Mahatma Gandhi For Kids And Beginners



Haunted stories of Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort is considered as one of the most haunted places in India. When a list of the most haunted places of the world is compiled then Bhangarh Fort always comes up on the list in the most haunted of places. The place is so haunted that even the Government of India’s organisation the “Archaeological Survey of India” has put up a board in Hindi asking people not to enter the area after sunset and before sunrise. Those disobeying the orders will have to face the consequences and the law. This is a very strange signboard if you ask me.

Why would the government prohibit people from entering the place when it’s dark? Does the government know anything that we don’t?



The story of Bhangarh Fort in Hindi The video below was made by a popular news agency and they show interesting stuff about the place. The news teams went to Bhangarh Fort with professionals that used gadgets to find what the truth was about this place. They found that there was some kind of negative energy emanating from certain rooms of the Bhangarh Fort. In fact, these negative energies seem to be coming from the very places that were thought to be the most haunted. In one of the rooms where heaviest negative energy was coming out, it is thought that was the room where Rani Ratnavati used to live. Although, they were not able to figure what these energies were but nonetheless these energies seemed to be very profound and watching some of the gadgets at work was very fascinating indeed. Despite nothing was found, these energies do seem to suggest the presence of some entity whatever that maybe. For now, we can simply say that it’s just inhabited by snakes and bats and the occasional wild animals. In addition to this, they also took photos of the entire place and showed that there were orbs in some pictures. Funny thing is that the orbs were of one particular shape in many of the photos. Why would orbs appear in the same shape in numerous photos? Very spooky!

Haunted stories of Bhangarh Fort

If you go to Bhangarh that lies about 85 km from Alwar town and about 50 km from Jaipur, you will realise that no one visits this place after dark. You will realise that there are no houses within a mile of Bhangarh Fort. The place is completely deserted. There are no houses and even if there are any, no one lives there. Funny thing is that you will realise these deserted house have no roofs. The roofs have collapsed. The fact is that no one builds houses around the area because of fear. There are some theories behind these fears. I can’t say if these haunted and ghost stories surrounding Bhangarh Fort is true or not but the place certainly has an eerie feeling. Locals say that strange noises can be heart at night in and around the fort, some say that there is a ghost market that springs to life, and some people have claimed to have been slapped while they were in the fort and so on. But many of the locals do not want to talk much about this fort and if you do happen to ask them about the fort then most of them will tell you to stay away from it and give you strange looks. The reasons are simple! Many people have died in the place. But the thing is that there are lots of loose boulders and stones lying around. In fact, the place is an excavation ground and people could have simply tripped over and hurt themselves. Wild animals roam at night because there is a Tiger Reserve called the Sariska Tiger Reserve on the edge of Bhangarh Fort and it is possible that many of these wild animals cross over at night to get away from tigers. No wonder people hear strange noises coming out from the fort at night. In addition, there are many open holes in many of the rooms of the fort. It is possible that those who stayed for the night at the fort could have fell into it and have died. This could be explanation of the missing people who spent the night at the Bhangarh Fort. You are not allowed to stay at Bhangarh Fort after dark Some have tried to stay in the fort after dark and many of them disappeared. There is a pool in the fort and in the summer locals bathe in it. Every year a few of these people die there but this hasn’t stopped them from taking a dip. Some have said that ghostly apparitions have been seen around the pool. Some have even said that the apparition is that of Rani Ratnawati who was a beautiful princess of the fort.

India Travel Guide Book

Are you looking for a India travel guide book then here's a book you can buy. This is my own book and has got everything you need to understand India and make your trip pleasant. Here'a a video I created for you to tell you what the travel guide book is all about.

My new ebook on India

I have published another ebook. This ebook is called All about India: Introduction to India for Kids. The book is available on all Amazon stores.