SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

King Elah

Elah was the fourth king of Israel, the son and successor of Baasha. William F. Albright has dated his reign to 877 BC - 876 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 886 BCE - 885 BCE. Chapter 16 of 1 Kings relates how Elah and all his family members were murdered by his chariot commander Zimri, who became his successor. 1 Kings 16 NIV: Elah King of Israel 8 In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah son of Baasha became king of Israel, he reigned in Tirzah two years. 9 Zimri, one of his officials, who had command of half his chariots, plotted against him. Elah was in Tirzah at the time, getting drunk in the home of Arza, the palace administrator at Tirzah. 10Zimri struck him down and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah. He succeeded him as king. 11 As soon as he began to reign and was seated on the throne, he killed off Baasha’s whole family. He did not spare whether relative or friend. 12So Zimri destroyed the whole family of Baasha, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken against Baasha through the prophet Jehu— 13because of all the sins Baasha and his son Elah had committed and had caused Israel to commit, so that they aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, by their worthless idols.

14 As for the other events of Elah’s reign, all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 1 Kings Chapter 16 "Elah", Jewish encyclopedia

Lakepoint State Park

Lakepoint State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on the far north side of the city of Eufaula. The state park encompasses 1,220 acres on the western shore of Lake Eufala, a 45,000-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee River; the park adjoins Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The park had its begins in 1968 with the state's purchase of 768 acres on the shores of Walter F. George Reservoir. A campground and day-use facilities were added to the site in 1974. An 18-hole golf course, constructed in 1972, was closed at the end of November 2015 in response to the statewide parks budgeting crisis which saw the closing or curtailment of services at several Alabama state parks. In announcing the shutdown, state parks director Gregory M. Lein said an attempt had been made to find a concessionaire to take charge of golf course operations but that no takers had come forward. Park facilities include a convention center, 101-room lodge, 192-campground sites, a complex of lakeside cottages and fishermen's cabins.

The grounds include a marina, swimming pools, hiking trails, picnicking areas. Lakepoint State Park Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Gandhamardhan hills

Gandhamardan Hills or Gandhamardan parbat is a hill located in between Balangir and Bargarh district of Odisha, India. This hill is well known for medicinal plants. There is a Bauxite reserve, planned for exploration by the state government through a private venture; this hill has a lot of historic importance as it was once a seat of Buddhist culture. To date many ruins are found on the plateau at the hilltop. According to Hindu theology, Lord Hanuman carried this hill on his shoulders from Himalayas to save the life of Lakshman. In the Tretaya Yug, Sushena had suggested Vir Hanuman to bring Bisalyakarani ere dawn, so that Laxman would rise back to life, it was in the middle of the war between Lord Ravan. Hanuman carried on his shoulders a huge Himalayan mass. While flying above and proceeding toward Lanka, a portion dropped down. Gandhamardan is synonymous to that portion only. At the northern slope of this hill the Nrusinghanath Temple is located. Sage Drona residing on this mountain belonging to the Mahabharat period used to deliver art of weaponry to the selected few pupils and he was famous for it across the country.

The pupils educated and trained in the art of warfare were feared by many warriors of that time. Glowing tributes were paid to Hiuen T’sang, the champion Chinese traveler, attracted by the scenic splendour of Gandhamardan, he has spoken of the flowering Buddhist University of Parimalgiri, which had its campus on the picturesque Gandhamardan hills. The Gandhamardan mountain ranges are a rich source of diversity for medicinal plants; the Botanical Survey of India has reported the existence of 220 plant species of medicinal value. Local people, claim that there are more than 500 species of medicinal plants in this area; the flora of the buffer zone is most vulnerable. Many medicinal plant species such as Clerodendron indicum, Rauvolfia serpentina and Plumbago zeylanica, which were once available in plenty, have become scarce. A study recorded 2,700 angiosperms and 125 species of important medicinal plants, out of a total of 220 species of medicinal and quasi-medicinal and economically vital plants.

Such is its richness in medicinal plants that more than 100 traditional healthcare practitioners live in and around the Gandhamardan hills. These practitioners provide medical facilities to about 50,000 tribal people. There are two Ayurvedic colleges and hospitals on both side of Gandhamardan — one in Bargarh district and the other in Balangir. Local people have great faith in Ayurvedic practitioners and in many villages, their main occupation is to collect herbs and supply them to companies such as Dabur and Zandu; some of these villages include Khandijharan, Manbhang and Cherenga jhanj. A study conducted by M Brahma and H O Saxena of the Regional Research Laboratory recorded the medicinal uses of nearly 200 species, out of which they found the uses of 77 to be new or "interesting'; the local communities and the peoples movement in Gandhamardhan hills have been responsible for preserving the rich biodiversity of the region. This community has protected their land and resources from being plundered by corporate vested interests.

The movement has been a source of inspiration. Gandhamardan revisited An assessment of floristic diversity of Gandhamardan Hill Range, India Eco Development activities around the Gandhamardhan Hill Range through community participation, to reduce pressure on this ecologically fragile bio-reserve http://archive.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80a03e/80A03E0m.htm United Nations University book on Save Gandhamardan Movement http://www.videovolunteers.org/mining-vs-hills-odisha/