The Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb

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As the name suggest, in my opinion, everyone here knows about Mr. Sheikh Chilli. I used to read his stories in my school days and  somehow  used to connect to these tales!

But  I never know I will get the chance to visit  Sheikh Chilli’s tomb in reality. During  most of the school time, we had  a notion  whether these stores were actually true or just for fun!

So guys, today  at least I learned  that Mr. Sheikh Chilli was real & not just  a character in the stories.

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As you people  know we have internet these days, so we can gather information about anyone in no time.

I will give you a bit of insight  introduction of Sheikh Chilli.

Sufi Saint Abd-Ur-Rahim, also known as Abd-UI-Karim, or Abd-Ur-Razak; popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chilli, was a Qadiriyya Sufi master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh (A.D. 1650). There is a Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb located in Thanesar, Haryana, India, near Kurukshetra.

Sheikh Chilli, a famous character among children in the subcontinent of India, is notorious for his follies and simplicity. Quality that was attributed to Sheikh Chilli’s character was that he never cared about laws of nature.

He built castles in the air and in his imagination established great businesses, empires, became a prince, married a princes-and in the end of the story, the castle in the air vanished and Sheikh Chilli found him surrounded by the people laughing at him.

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Now let’s come to The Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb! While travelling from Delhi to Dharamshala, we took a stop in Kurukshetra and got to know about this place.   We started our journey in the morning and reached Kurukshetra by afternoon.

In the list to cover, we wanted to visit a museum in Kurukshetra which supposed to have artifact from the old, I mean very old times. We started to enquire about the museum after reaching this place but  could not find a way we  as we were clueless about this museum and so were the locals.

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Locals also never heard of this museum. The some locals suggested visiting Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb. We  had lots of time to kill before moving to our next location, so we thought  to see what Mr. Sheikh had  to offer.

The main tomb belongs to Sufi Abd-Ur-Rahim Abdul-Karim Abd-Ur-Razak, popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chilli. He was Qadiriyya Sufi master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. There is one more tomb close to the main tomb and one of the members of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was there and he told us that it is his wife’s tomb.

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When we reached this place, and the gates of this tomb was about to  close. It took lot of efforts to get inside the tomb. The person there was very talkative and had a strong knowledge of the tomb.

For some time, we  explored the tomb on  our own and saw examples of  very beautiful Moghul  architectures spread all around this place.

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The grave was deep inside the tomb but had a source of light and very good ventilation system. I was  amazed with the peace it had  in but saw few more graves  adjacent to it. Now  this place has an Archaeological Museum run by Archaeological Survey of India, and is also situated within the complex. The monument was protected and declared as of National importance under section 4 of the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958; Vide No. 8516, dated 27-03-1919.

It consists of archaeological finds, like seals and sealing, terracotta figurines, plaques, ornaments, and swords from sites in nearby regions of Kurukshetra and Bhagwanpura. These objects are notably from Kushana (1st -3rd century CE), Gupta period (4th – 6th CE), and from post Gupta period on Vardhana dynasty period (6th -7th CE).

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This complex is protected from all sides and  it’s huge in dimension. The green bed of grasses is all spread in the complex and it gives you a very soothing  feel. I was  surprised as this complex is right in the middle of the city & still maintained and untouched from the hustle & bustle of the city! Do visit this place and enjoy the Tomb with your perspective!.

This is it for now folks, wait for the next story till then,  bye=bye guys! Cheers!!!

(Some inputs with courtesy from Wikipedia) 




Dawki: Friendly International Border & A Hidden Paradise


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While recently travelling through scenic Meghalaya., We had our own cab, reaching that place and the driver Mr. Sailendra Rai originally from Bihar took us to the place. Dawki is located in the Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya. The Dawki-Tamabil border crossing between India and Bangladesh is now used to ferry across both passenger and cargo. In fact, the new Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka bus service that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina last year uses this route.
Add to this the scenic drive to Dawki and the trip is certainly worth the effort. Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh. It is used mainly for coal transportation to Bangladesh.

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The relaxed atmosphere at the Dawki border – which also has the magnificent Umngot River runs from the Indian side to the Bangladeshi side – made me wonder about undocumented, illegal migration. Dawki Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River. It was constructed in 1932 by the British. I couldn’t help but think how easy it would be to cross this border. and illegal migration from Bangladesh is certainly a big issue for India’s the Northeastern Border States.

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On the border when we reached there, we found a very less security from our side and from the Bangladeshi side as well. There is a Sub Major who told us go Beta visit the border you are here to see is-init go on. There you see the stone marked 1275, it is in India just wander around and in any point don’t cross that stone.

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There we had a chance of meeting another BSF Jawan from Delhi; he was on duty by the thoroughfare. He was in his mode frustrated by the visitors and Young Couples tries to take a selfie by the Bangladesh Side by crossing the Indian Border. He told us, though the border is friendly we should always keep our check once you crossed the Stone, you are officially illegal immigrants and We (Indian) and they (Bangladeshi) Commando have the power to arrest you.

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All of this made me happy. Such connectivity is also important for the development of the Northeast, which should become India’s gateway to Southeast Asia. En route back to Shillong, we saw the Dawaki Bridge. You just fall in love with this place and the water in the Umngot river is crystal clear but make you mind before visiting Dawaki that we are not going to be alone in this place.

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In my opinion, let the friendly borders between India and Bangladesh continue, step up efforts to crack down on cross-border criminal gangs, develop the region’s economy, and liberalize the visa regime. Such an approach will not only help tackle illegal migration from Bangladesh but also greater commerce between the two countries. So that these neighbouring country able to enjoy a much greater relationship in trade, culture, tradition and many more. At the end both sides of the people are same. 🙂

Majuli River Island

We have been visiting our country for almost 7 years now. We include Tanveer the most important person in my entire journey. We started our journey from Uttarakhand in 2008 and covered almost all the states in INDIA.

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I realized in all my trips that there is much more to see and feel the places we visited. Love history so firstly like to give you an insight places we visited and how powerful these places and ruins once were.

There is so much to learn and understand in these places and it gives a very powerful and divine insight. Places like Haryana, Punjab, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujrat, UP, MP, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Assam, Meghalaya and more are so much to offer. But today we just think about how to meet our end needs. These places are so beautiful and give a strong message.

 

Let’s start with what I realized after visiting these places:

Assam state in northeastern India known for its wildlife (two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses are a World Heritage Site), archeological sites (Rang Mahal, Talatal Ghar) and tea plantations.

In this trip been to places like Majuli (Mājuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India). I loved the ferry ride to reach Majuli Island is still protected its historical values. There are Satra (ashrams) dated long back 15th century Dakshinpat Satra (1500), Sri Sri Garamur Saru Satra , Kamalabari Satra and many more.

These satra still follow the original culture and their way of living is like that only. It’s hard to believe, but in few satra people don’t even touch each other. Still practice Sanskrit and dedicate whole life in study of sastra and other religious practices.

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The main surviving Satras (Satra) are:

Dakhinpat Satra: Founded by Banamalidev, a supporter of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the National Festivals of Assam.

Garamurh Satra: This “Satra” was founded by Lakshmikantadeva. During the end of autumn, the traditional the Raasleela is enacted with pomp and celebrations. Ancient weapons called “Bartop” or cannons are preserved here.

Auniati Satra: Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the satra is famous for the “Paalnaam” and Apsara Dances and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. It also has a hundred and twenty five disciples and over seven hundred thousand followers worldwide.

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Kamalabari Satra: The Kamalabari Satra, founded by Bedulapadma Ata, is a centre of art, culture, literature and classical studies on the island. Its branch the Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed cultural programmes of the Satria Art all around the country and abroad.

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Benegenaati Satra: It is a reliquary of antiques of cultural importance and an advance center of performing art. Muraridev, the grandson of Sankaradeva’s stepmother was the founder of the Satra. The royal raiment belongs to the Ahom king Swargadeo Godadhar Singha, is made of gold. Also preserved is the royal umbrella made in gold.

Shamaguri Satra: The satra is famous for the mask making in India.

People are mostly of the Mising tribes from Arunachal Pradesh who immigrated here centuries ago. Apart from them, the inhabitants are from the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes. Languages spoken are MisingAssamese, and Deori.

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The only mode of association to the outside world is through a ferry service which operates six times a day. The Temples here are known as namghar where villagers episodically gather to sing and pray. It is the most important public place for the villagers. We saw few with the help of Mr. Datta from majuli.

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Overall you can enjoy this place if you are interested in Ahome dynasty. The Ahom are the descendants of the ethnic Tai people that accompanied the Tai prince Sukaphaa into the Brahmaputra valley in 1228 and ruled the area for six centuries. Sukaphaa and his followers established the Ahom kingdom (1228–1826) and the Ahom dynasty ruled and expanded the kingdom until the British gained control of the region through the Treaty of Yandabo upon winning the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1826.

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Thus, this island in itself is an entire world, fully loaded with freedom and space- detached from the outside world, which is standing alone with no impact of urban sprawl.

Are you searching for the best relaxing destination to make your next vacation memorable? You can consider visiting Majuli Island, which is one of the most beautiful and divine places all over the world.

Beautiful landscape, thrilling adventure and pervading divinity …this is one trip in India which would remain imprinted in your memories forever.

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Rajmachi fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty !

 Rajmachi Fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty!

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So people, on the eve of 28th Dec, 2015, we (a group of 9 people) decided to scale down The Rajmachi fort. The Rajmachi Fort is actually a complex of two forts, the Srivardhan Fort and the Maanranjan Fort.

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The Srivardhan Fort is commonly referred to as Rajmachi Fort. We started from Pune by 6:30 PM and reached the village, the starting point of the hiking tungarli dam and it took more than 5 hours to reach Rajmachi village. From this place, fort was 11 Km away. I had a notion what is there to scale; just 11 Km and we started by 9:30 PM.

Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat (ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route.

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Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures – the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet.

The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In the rainy season, this region becomes all the more beautiful with silvery waterfalls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.

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This is the place you enjoy the peaceful environment and love the mix of hot and cold breeze giving you push to move.If you are planning to go to the top, you need at least 4 to 5 litres of water and if you have lemonade, the better.  It’s   a 5-hour trek at least and you realize your body is no more in your control.

What’s more, we were lucky to do star gazing at night! The view from the fort made it all worthwhile! One can see many other hilltop forts from this location.The journey is long and arduous but not difficult and is appropriate for beginners without any hiking experience as well.

 

While walking, the place was so quiet you can’t hear anything other than your murmurs.  The spooky tales about ghosts here and there, let’s go back its too far and more. Scaring each other and motivating all just to move forward continued. The temperature at night was about 15•C, but, we warmed up with campfire and Maggi. Best time to scale this fort is night only!

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Due to the distance, many people stay at the fort overnight. There are caves and temples at the fort where you can stay overnight.  We reached the temple and stayed there for some time and enjoyed the peace and the aura around this place.

With breath-taking views and scenic vistas around each corner, this place is a must on every nature lover’s list. Go, give it a shot!

The clear sky make you feel you are out of the world with no tension of any kind and after the trek; your body wants to relax.

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You don’t need a cozy bed or any kind of special treatment, the moment you close your eyes, you feel out of the world! According to what I experienced, you should please visit once to have firsthand experience. Cheers!!!

 

 

Kangra Fort-Oldest Fort in Himalayan Region



The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India.

The entrance to the fort is through a small courtyard enclosed between two gates which were built during the Sikh period, as appears from an inscription over the entrance. From here a long and narrow passage leads up to the top of the fort, through the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza (gate), both attributed to Nawab Saif Ali Khan, the first Mughal Governor of Kangra. About 500 feet from the outer gate the passage turns round at a very sharp angle and passes through the Jehangiri Darwaza.

The Darsani Darwaza, which is now flanked by defaced statues of River Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna gave access to a courtyard, along the south side of which stood the shrines Lakshmi-Narayana Sitala and Ambika Devi. In between these shrines is a passage that leads up to the palace. It is one of the most beautiful forts in India.

“It is said that Kangra belongs to one who owns the fort.”

There you find audio guide i must say that is very helpful and give you the details of the fort. They charge 100 per device so must see fort through the audio guide and you loved this place.




Night out in Tamhini Ghat

Night out in Tamhini Ghat 

 Abhishek,Amar,Tanveer ,Vicky,Rahul

Hi all today I love to tell you a new tale in my life. Those days were the best days of my life. We use to roam take chances and enjoy the life to the fullest. So this tamhni ghat story started with an idea of boys night out. So everyone started suggesting some or other idea of place finally abhishek came up with an idea of camping open area and we can setup our camp wherever we get the chance to set it up.

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So now place is decided and what to do next like funds for camp. So we decided we go by bike and save some money. But wait wait wait this is not the story abhishek and me don’t have anything to put in the funds so again the legend mind started working and again abhishek with a unique idea of selling BCA books for the trip and finally we get rid of the boring books which are no use for us those days. So finally we manage to get 1500/- and with excitement for the trip started our next plan.

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 So with the 1500 cash reserve and few litres of petrol  in our bikes with two bags full of chicken, mutton, rice ,masala, salt and coal. We started our journey.so guys let me describe the Tamhni now.

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 Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage located between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra, India for road. Situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges, Tamhini Ghat is noted for its surroundings comprising scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods and cliffs all around.

Fire In the hole 🙂 but no one listen to me a click moment

So we took 20 litres of water and some other drinks hope everyone knows what m saying now. Abhishek and me on one bike, amar and Rahul on other  tanveer with Vicky started to hunt for a suitable place to camp now. So finally we got the place near tata plant and it was so beautiful I can’t describe the beauty of the area the place we saw was between the woods and the cliff and we can see the road from that place and the lights of the cars from a distance of 2 km it was on the height.

Hope Abhi You remember this place

After with a good place and nice ambience of the area we started setting up our camp after digging

the ground for the fire place Tanveer and me started preparing for the bon fire and others like Vicky

Amar , Rahul and Abhishek started making the tent in the area. Then we started having fun games

like antakshari and long talks with our experiences and journey till date.

I can’t forget the night when I saw more the 30 shooting stars and whole night without a min sleep. And whistle of our pressure cooker all around the area and the grilled chicken with ghee awwwwesom. Few people enjoying the chicken and few mud hope you all know about whom I am talking about. This was the most adventures event we did when we was together in Pune. Miss you guys and hope our most awaited leh ladakh trip come in picture soon.

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Guys this was the best place I visited because it was the first night out of my life in the woods with

no preparations of the gear and other stuff. Please visit once if you get the chance to visit Pune.

Cheers.Have fun !!!!

Nainital

 

Nainital : It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva.The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.

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Nainital Lake– Also known as Naini Lake, it is situated in the heart of the city and it is owing to this lake that Nainital earned its name. The eye-shaped lake is a tourist hotspot and acts as a magnet for all those visiting the hill resort. Here, a person can either take a leisurely stroll or indulge in boating and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The northern end of the lake is called Mallital, while the southern one is called Tallital. The Lake Bridge that connects the two banks has quite a few shops as well as a post office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge.

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Naina Devi Temple– The temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by twoNetras or eyes. Flanking Naina Devi are the deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha. Nainital is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts of Goddess Sati fell, when Lord Shiva carried her body. In Nainital, the eyes (naina) of the Goddess are asumed to have fallen. The shrine of Naina Devi is a must visit for devout Hindus. and was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1880 landslide. One can also get an amazing view of the hill station, overlooking the lake, from the temple.

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St. John in the Wilderness, a church established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. (See excerpt from Josiah Bateman on the Literary references to Nainital page.) A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.

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Governor’s House also known Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style(also called “domestic Gothic”) by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Currently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. Obtaining prior permission is a “must” for visiting.

Snow View is situated at an altitude of 2,270 m (7,450 ft) and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car.Charges for cable car is Rs. 150 per person, Rs. 75 for child. Charges are for stay for one hour at the point. Timings are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November.

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Naini Peak also known as China or Cheena Peak or Naina Peak is the highest peak in the town, with an altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft). and at a walking distance of 6 km (3.7 mi) from the north end of the town (Mallital). From atop the peak, one can not only see a broad swath of the snow clad high Himalaya, but also obtain a panoramic view of Nainital town itself. The summit is an invigorating hike from Nainital town; in addition, for the less energetic visitors, ponies can be hired in Mallital or on Snow View.

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Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy’s Seat This terraced hill top (2,292 m (7,520 ft)) on Ayarpatta hill is a 4 km (2.5 mi) hike from the town centre and commands a nice view of the neighbouring country side. Dorothy’s Seat is a stonework picnic perch on Tiffin Top built as a memorial to a British Army Officer’s wife, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband Col J.P. Kellett DSO MC, City of London Regiment, and admirers after her death from septicaemia aboard a ship bound for England to be with her 4 children, Elizabeth, Joan, Barbara and Richard. She was buried at sea in The Red Sea in 1936.

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Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo: Opened in 1994, it is one of the two High altitude Zoo in India, Second is in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It houses various Phesants e.g. Kaleej Phesant etc.; high altitude endangered Mammals like Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao etc. The animals are according to their habitat altitude, e.g. Snow Leopard is kept on the highest point.

Gurney House, the former residence, of Jim Corbett, is located on Ayarpatta Hill. Before leaving for Kenya, Jim and his sister Maggie sold the house to a zamindari family in Bihar. It is a private residence but is open to visitors as a museum of Corbett memorabilia.

Eco Cave Gardens is a natural garden which is situated just next to Kumaon University Campus. It is just 1 km away from Sukhatal and 2 km from Mallital. It has six caves along with a musical fountain.

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