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Shortlisted Entries for Sharadiya Navaratri Essay Competition

At the outset, we extend our sincere gratitude to each participant of the Sharadiya Navaratri Essay Competition. We are genuinely overwhelmed by your response and the substantial number of participants.

In addition to vibrant Indic consciousness, other pivotal determinants for selection included:

  1. Uniqueness: Essays distinguished by innovative ideas, offering a fresh and original perspective that sets them apart from conventional narratives.
  2. Fluidity: Skillful navigation through ideas and seamless presentation, creating an overall effect that is intellectually and emotionally engaging, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.
  3. Linguistic Mastery: Demonstrating a nuanced command over language, wielding words with precision and elegance, making the narratives not only informative but also a pleasure to read.
  4. Lasting Impact: Essays with profound takeaways and thought-provoking reflections.

And now, the moment of truth! We are thrilled to announce the shortlisted entries (not in any particular order) for the contest.

A. English Section

  1. Pavithraa Jagannathan: As the youngest contestant, a 7th-grade student from Agastya Gurukulam, her essay ‘Sharada Peeth: The Hub of Vidya’ not only showcases impressive writing skills but also reveals a profound Indic perspective, demonstrating a depth of understanding well beyond her years.
  2. Shalini Mahapatra: In her essay, ‘The Shakti Sanskruti of Orissa,’ Shalini left a lasting impression with a fresh perspective. Her regular contributions to IndicA Today reflect her commitment to exploring unique narratives.
  3. Rati Hedge: Acing her essay ‘Shiva-Shakti,’ Rati demonstrated great command over language and overall presentation, showcasing a skillful blend of linguistic prowess and thoughtful arrangement.
  4. Arunesh Mahadevan: His writeup, ‘Devi Swaroopa Darpanam,’ exhibited an emotional personal connection and execution with fluidity of his writing skills, creating a captivating narrative.
  5. Pranshu Saxena: Mastering the art of weaving stories, Pranshu earned the coveted spot with ‘Maa Amma Aai – Story of Dvinava and the forgotten Shaktisthala,’ unveiling his exemplary storytelling skills.

B. Hindi Section

  1. Garima Tiwari: शक्ति एवं प्रमुख शक्तिपीठ: करवीर शक्तिपीठ: करवीर शक्तिपीठ तथा उसके महात्यम का गहन एवं विस्तृत विवरण।
  2. Vineet Sharma: शिव-सती प्रसंग: प्रेम, त्याग, मोह और नश्वरता की अमर गाथा: शिव-सती प्रसंग की कथा जहाँ एक ओर भौतिक विश्व तथा मानव जीवन की नश्वरता का चित्रण करती है, वहीं दूसरी ओर प्रेम की अथाह शक्ति तथा दृढ़निश्चय संकल्प की महिमा का व्याख्यान प्रदान करती है – जिसे लेखक ने सौन्दर्यपूर्णतया प्रस्तुत किया है।

C. Kannada Section

  1. Smt. Smitha Rao – ಆದಿಶಕ್ತಿಯ ಮಹಾಮಾಯಾ ಸ್ವರೂಪ – ಜಗನ್ಮಾತೆಯ ಮಾಯಾ ಸ್ವರೂಪದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚಿಂತನೆ.
  2. Kum. Nisarga R.A. – ಕಾಶೀಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ನವದುರ್ಗೆಯರು – ವಾರಣಾಸಿಯ ನವದುರ್ಗಾ ಮಂದಿರಗಳ ವರ್ಣನೆ.

Stay tuned as the winners will be announced.

An update on the Winner of this contest

It is with great excitement that we announce the outstanding winner of our essay contest. A heartfelt congratulations to the exceptional talent of Dr. Shalini Mahapatra, a champion in both imagination and execution. Her boundless creativity and unwavering commitment has propelled her to the pinnacle of our competition, earning her an exclusive ticket to embark on a captivating journey to the Shakti Peetha of her preference.

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