Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

From the Desk of the Chairman, Organising Committee, ANCIPS 2014

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

From the Desk of the Chairman, Organising Committee, ANCIPS 2014

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Welcome: ANCIPS-2014

The name 'Pune' has been derived from punya-nagari i.e. city of virtue. Pune city has many things to feel special about. Rashtrakuta dynasty built the Pataleshwar Rock Temple in 8 [sup]th century which is one of the oldest evidences of Hindu civilisation in Pune. It is this city that nurtured, in early seventeenth century, little Shivaji (1630-1680) who later built the great Maratha Empire. After the death of Shivaji's grandson, the Maratha Empire came to the hands of the Peshwas, who were Brahmins, which has greatly influenced the culture of present-day Pune.

Pune was the "monsoon capital" of Bombay Presidency under the British rule and is well known for its British Raj bungalow architecture and the Garden Cities Movement layout of the Cantonment. It was in Pune in 1894 that Lokmanya Tilak initiated the concept of the "Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav" - the collective communal celebration of the festival of Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom. 1933 was a historical year for the film industry in Pune when Prabhat studio was shifted here. In the 1960s it was taken over by the Government of India and named Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Among other important historical structures in Pune are the Shaniwar Wada, Parvati Temple, Dargah of Shaikh Salla, built during the early years of muslim rule, Lal Mahal, the site where Shivaji lived, the Kasba Ganpati temple established by Shivaji's mother, Shinde Chhatri and Sinhagad fort and the Aga Khan Palace, where Mahatma Gandhi spent 21 months under house arrest. The palace has a small Gandhi museum, as well as remembrances to his wife Kasturba and personal secretary Mahadeobhai. Some of the other notable places are the Vedanta Academy, near Malavali Hills, the Radha-Kunjbihari temple, situated in the heart of the city & the Osho International Meditation Centre. Pune has a number of prominent museums and parks. The Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden is a recreation of Korakuen Garden in Okayama, Japan. Katraj Snake Park is another attraction. …

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