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How to watch Maha Shivaratri 2017 Aarti Live in Varanasi's Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple


Posted on 2017/2/23 20:15:34 ( 471 reads )

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VARANASI, INDIA, February 24, 2017: The annual festival in honor of God Shiva, Maha Shivaratri, is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of Phalguna or Maagha month (February or March). This year, Maha Shivaratri 2017 will be celebrated on Friday, February 24. Maha Shivaratri, the most significant festival for millions of Lord Shiva devotees, will be celebrated with grandeur at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples, Shri Kashi Vishwanath, is visited by a large number of Shiva worshippers from India and across the globe for Shiva Darshan.

The Shiva devotees who cannot visit Kashi in person can watch Maha Shivaratri 2017 Aarti Live online as the official website provides live streaming of Darshan from Varanasi. The Aarti will begin at 3.00 am and continue till 11.00 pm. Go to: http://dic.mp.nic.in/ujjain/mahakal/common_forms/live_darshan.aspx.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple situated on the banks of holy river Ganga is one of the most famous temples in India. The sacred Jyotirlinga shrine is also known as the Golden temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The main Deity is known by the name Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara meaning Ruler of the universe. During the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, there is an atmosphere of fervor and joy in the city of Varanasi.

On the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. It marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava or the dance of creation, preservation and destruction.
On Maha Shivaratri, the Shiva devotees observe fast and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga. They offer prayers, sing shlokas, chant mantras, with the sacred Om Namah Shivaya repeated with the pure heart. The festival marks the great spiritualism among the Shiva Bhakts who seek the greatest of god's blessings.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/23 20:15:23 ( 227 reads )

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The benevolent expect no return for their dutiful giving. How can the world ever repay the rain cloud?
-- Tirukural 211



Telangana's Chief Minister Donates Gold to Tirupati Temple


Posted on 2017/2/22 19:34:58 ( 288 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, February 22, 2017 (India Today): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, offered jewelery worth about US$834,000 to Lord Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on behalf of his government on Wednesday morning.

KCR, who was the flag-bearer of the agitation for a separate Telangana state, had taken a vow during the movement that he would offer gold jewelery to Lord Venkateswara, also known as Lord Balaji if Telangana got the statehood. On Wednesday, during the VIP break darshan, Rao presented a Saligrama Haram, weighing about 33 pounds and a five-row Kante, weighing 10 lbs. to Lord Venkateshwara amid Vedic chants. Both gifts are very ornate necklaces.

Rao's spending on trying to win the favor of the Gods has drawn flak from various quarters as most other pressing issues of the state are yet to be addressed.

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Posted on 2017/2/22 19:34:48 ( 168 reads )

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A person who has realized the principle of nonviolence has God-given strength for his weapon, and the world has not yet known anything that can match it.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)



Pakistan Senate Passes Much-Awaited Hindu Marriage Bill


Posted on 2017/2/21 19:03:46 ( 293 reads )

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, February 18, 2017 (Hindustan Times): The upper house of Pakistan's Senate passed the much-awaited Hindu marriage bill on Friday, awaiting the President's signature to become a law. The bill, which had been approved by the lower house in September 2015, will help Hindu women get documentary proof of their marriage. It will be the first personal law for Pakistani Hindus, applicable in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. Sindh province has already formulated its own Hindu marriage law.

While approving the bill, committee chairperson senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement said: "It was unfair -- not only against the principles of Islam but also a human rights violation -- that we have not been able to formulate a personal family law for the Hindus of Pakistan."

The bill was approved by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on January 2 with an overwhelming majority. The bill has implications for the constitutional guarantee of protection of family as well as protective measures ordered by the Supreme Court for the Hindu minority. But some observers say that the bill in its present form leaves some serious gaps.



Heritage-Listed Shri Ganesha Hindu Temple in Oaklands Parks Gets Green Light for US$325,000 Expansion


Posted on 2017/2/21 19:03:35 ( 270 reads )

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, February 19, 2017 (adelaidenow.com): The Shri Ganesha Temple in Oaklands Park has been given the go-ahead to start work on a US$325,000 expansion. Hindu Society of South Australia president Siva Selva said work would start in September or October on a redevelopment of the Dwyer Road site.

Marion Council's Development Assessment Panel last week approved the plans, which include building a new outdoor cooking area, expanding an auditorium and extending a hall and dining room. Mr. Selva said the works would allow the temple to host extra language and cultural classes, and provide a more comfortable place for the community to meet.

The landmark was State Heritage listed in May 2013 as the first traditional Hindu temple built in SA. It houses 25 handcrafted Deities, including Ganesha, all made in India. Mr. Selva said the society would apply to the State Government for $100,000 funding and make up the rest with member donations, bank loans and money it had already saved up. He hoped the work would be complete by June 2018.



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Posted on 2017/2/21 19:03:25 ( 221 reads )

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When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected.
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Indian teacher and philosopher



The Real Marigold Hotel - Series Two


Posted on 2017/2/20 20:56:03 ( 259 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, February 9, 3017 (BBC): The multi award-winning travel documentary series The Real Marigold Hotel returns with a new line-up of senior stars, for a brand new Indian adventure. Catch the new series of The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC One from Wednesday 15 February at 9pm.

Inspired by, but unrelated to the blockbuster film, The Real Marigold Hotel follows the first series which saw a different group travel to Jaipur, to test if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. Shown on BBC Two last year, it was the channel's highest-rating factual series in 2016 and garnered critical acclaim - winning the prestigious Rose D'Or Award, a Grierson Award and a Broadcast award.

This new four-part series on BBC One will see the new cast of well-known senior citizens checking in to a shared 16th century guest house in a different part of India, as the group experience living out their golden years for four weeks in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala.



OM Lab - Offer Your Voice


Posted on 2017/2/20 20:55:53 ( 237 reads )

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, February 18, 2017 (rubin Museum): OM is central to many Asian religious traditions and has endured for more than three thousand years. The sound has been called "elemental" and "universal," serving as a preface to prayers and chants. Become a part of the history of this sacred syllable by learning about its importance and then stepping into a recording environment to offer your OM. Your voice will join thousands of others in a chant that will be featured in our forthcoming exhibition The World Is Sound (opening June 16, 2017).

OM is believed to contain the power of all other mantras and the elemental sound of creation. Its three phonetic components (A-U-M) and ensuing silence cover the entire spectrum of the human vocal mechanism, from the throat to the lips. OM is considered the embodiment of the ultimate, omnipotent, and all-pervading essence of existence.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/20 20:55:41 ( 181 reads )

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You are perfect this very moment. You are all that you will ever be. If you don't see it that way, then you live in a difficult state of affairs, striving toward perfection and being imperfect along the way.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)



Americans Express Increasingly "Warm Feelings" Toward Religious Groups, Including Hindus


Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:43 ( 597 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 15, 2017 (Pew Forum): On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago. Asked to rate a variety of groups on a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, U.S. adults give nearly all groups warmer ratings than they did in a June 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

While Americans still feel coolest toward Muslims and atheists, mean ratings for these two groups increased from a somewhat chilly 40 and 41 degrees, respectively, to more neutral ratings of 48 and 50. Jews and Catholics continue to be among the groups that receive the warmest ratings - even warmer than in 2014.

Evangelical Christians, rated relatively warmly at 61 degrees, are the only group for which the mean rating did not change since the question was last asked in 2014. Americans' feelings toward Mormons and Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral places on the thermometer to somewhat warmer ratings of 54 and 58, respectively. Ratings of Buddhists rose from 53 to 60. However, the mean ratings given to particular religious groups still vary widely depending on who is being asked.

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Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:32 ( 358 reads )

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Many there are who do not even hear of Atman; though hearing of Him, many do not comprehend. Wonderful is the expounder and rare the hearer; rare indeed is the experiencer of Atman taught by an able preceptor.
-- Katha Upanishad, 1.2.7



British Hindus Express Disappointment Over Bank of England Five Pound Note Animal Fat Decision


Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:54 ( 394 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, February 15, 2017 (Independent): Members of the British Hindu community expressed deep disappointment on Wednesday after the Bank of England confirmed it will keep its five pound note with traces of animal fat in circulation. Last year, a number of Hindu temples banned the new five pound note after it emerged they contain the tallow.

Satish Sharma, the general secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples, on Wednesday told the Independent that the Bank "completely ignored" the community's concerns despite an encouraging meeting with the chief cashier of the Bank of England. Mr. Sharma said that members of his community will now be hit with a "crisis of conscious" as they will have to choose between taking a "financial hit" from not using the notes or going against their moral and religious beliefs. He said that the organization will now be seeking legal advice over the Bank's decision.

Since the banknotes were introduced into circulation in September last year, more than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for the tallow to be removed. But the Bank refused to yield to pressure from protest groups and on Wednesday said it will not pull any of the existing five pound notes from circulation and will print the ten pound notes as planned on the same paper.



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Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:43 ( 239 reads )

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There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
-- Swami Vivekananda



India Rejects Report of U.S. Faith Panel


Posted on 2017/2/15 20:10:00 ( 430 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 10, 2017 (The Hindu): India on Thursday rejected criticism from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that religious minorities in the country continued to face vigilantism and constitutional challenges. At the weekly briefing, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the USCIRF had no locus standi to assess religious freedom in India. "We had rejected the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's Annual Reports in the past as well. We have serious doubts on their credibility," Mr. Swarup said. The report is titled "Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India."

See the evaluation of the Hindu American Foundation:

https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/us-relig ... ilt-to-peddle-hinduphobia


Access the USCIRF report: here

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