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UK helps improve irrigation of 600 hectares in Kadamjai district - in support of Aga Khan Foundation

His Highness the Aga Khan with the Kyrgyz Republic’s Minister for Education in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

AKIPRESS.COM - The seasonal shortage of irrigation water in the Aiyl Aymak of Birlik, Kadamjay district of Batken oblast, was solved with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation's project “Improving Stability and Better Natural Resources Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” and implemented with the support of the British Government (UK Aid), Aga Khan Foundation said.

Hazar Imam in Dushanbe,Ttajikistan for the Water Forum

Hazar Imam in Dushanbe,Ttajikistan for the Water Forum

His Highness The Aga Khan in Dushanbe,,Ttajikistan for the International Water Forum 2003-08-29


Dushanbe, Tajikistan [Heritage News] - H.H. The Aga Khan, arrived at 5:00 PM at the Dushanbe Airport on August 29 where a large crowd was waiting to welcome him.


The word chhanta is an Indian word, means an act of sprinkling (the water). Its synonymous in Arabic is rashash means to sprinkle, and rashash'tun (pl. rashashat) means an act of sprinkle (of water). Its proper word in Persian is pashidan. It is a sin that defiles man and renders him impure. The chhanta is a symbolic rite in Ismaili tariqah to dissipate the sins or forgiveness.

Ma'adan Chhanta

"The word ma'ad is derived from the verb ada or awd signifies to return to a place, and thus ma'ad means the ultimate place of one's returning. It is also treated as a synonym of raja'a, which is also used in the Koran (2:28) to indicate return to God: "Then He will make you die, then He will make you live, then you will be brought back to Him (ilayhi turjaun)". Its verbal form ada denotes to recommence or reiterate.

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