Big Bang effect: Prayers, fasts in India

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Bhubaneshwar, Sep 10: As the time nears for the end of the World, according to some religionists in India, people are running haywire to temples for divine help. Fearing negative impact on the Earth, Orissa is seeking divine intervention. Touted as the 'Mother of all experiments' Big-Bang is sure going to unlock the secret of how the universe was created 13.7 billion years ago.

Though Scientists have ruled out 'black holes' with enough proof, people are not in the mood to heed it. There will be no 'black holes swallowing everything in the vicinity', confirms Scientist Yashpal Sharma.

"Large number of devotees performed puja (prayers) Tuesday evening," said Sudhanshu Mishra, a priest based here. Temples in many part of the state witnessed large crowds in the morning, eyewitnesses said. Special pujas, fasts were conducted in allmost all temples throghout Bhubaneshwar.

Understanding Big-Bang

This 6.4 billion euros ($9.2 billion) project will turn up many surprises about the universe and its origins. It may help us to understand better our universe. The experiment is to be coducted inside a 27-km tunnel deep beneath the French-Swiss border. Built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the collider lies beneath the French-Swiss border, near the institution's headquarters in Geneva, at depths ranging from 170 to 600 feet.

Scientists plan to smash particle beams in one direction at close to the speed of light inside CERN's tightly-sealed Large Hadron Collider to create multiple mini-versions of the primeval Big Bang, which occurred about 13.7 billion years ago and led to formation of stars, planets and eventually to life on earth.

Bare facts about Big-Bang experiment

- 14 years and $10 billion invested on this experiment

- 30 Indian scientists involved in the experiment

- 60,000 computers to analyze the data

- The Large Hadron Collider costs $3.8 billion

- US contributed $531 million to the experiment

- 60 nations contributed to scientific advance

- India invested $25 million

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