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Festival Parade of Palermo's Hindus
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:37 ( 1 reads )

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PALERMO, ITALY, August 31, 2014 (Repubblica Palermo): The Vinayakar Chathurthy holy day was celebrated yesterday by hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in the shipyard district of Palermo. The festival commemorates the birthday of Ganesha; one of the most beloved Deities of the Tamil community. The event began with a function at the Muthu Vinaayakar Aalayam on Via Venancio Marvuglia and continued with a procession of the Deity through the neighboring streets.

The chariot carrying the Deity was accompanied by men carrying kavadi (small wooden altars) on their shoulders. Tradition has it that the hooks and spears inserted in various parts of their bodies resolved the vows they had previously made to God.

The ceremony ended with the ritual of the "breaking of the coconut." A small bazaar selling goods imported from India and Sri Lanka, set up in the street outside the temple rounded out this celebration which invoked good humored curiosity among the inhabitants of the district.

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Devotees May Immerse Statues in Small Water-Filled Containers
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:30 ( 1 reads )

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BHOPAL, INDIA, September 5, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): To avoid pollution in the water bodies during the Ganesha statue immersion, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to place small containers filled with water, where the devotees may immerse statues in Narmada water.

These containers would be placed at every ward. With the implementation of the instructions given by BMC Commissioner Tejaswi S. Naik, the development works are being carried out for the statue immersion. The officials concerned are instructed to take speedy actions and complete the work within the given time. Further, to keep the water pollution free, the water of sacred Narmada River will be arranged at the immersion ghats of various wards so that the devotees may perform the rituals observing the required customs and also the rivers will remain pollution free.

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Himachal Pradesh's Outlaws Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Temples
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:24 ( 1 reads )

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INDIA, September 2, 2014 (The Guardian): A court in remote northern India has banned a long tradition of sacrificing animals for religious reasons, deeming the practice cruel and barbaric. The high court in Himachal Pradesh has asked police and other officials to enforce its ban on the slaughter, mainly of goats, in Hindu temples throughout the state.

"A startling revelation has been made ... thousands of animals are sacrificed every year in the name of worship," the court said. "Sacrifice causes immense pain and suffering to innocent animals. They cannot be permitted to be sacrificed to appease a god or deity in a barbaric manner," it said.

Animals are symbolically offered to the deity and later taken home by villagers and their guests for eating during the Himalayan state's bitterly cold winter.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:18 ( 1 reads )

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It is easy to tame the rogue elephant. It is easy to tie the mouth of a bear. It is easy to mount the back of a lion. It is easy to charm poisonous snakes. It is easy to conquer the celestial and the noncelestial realms. It is easy to trek the worlds invisible. It is easy to command the angelic heavens. It is easy to retain youth eternally. It is easy to enter the body of others. It is easy to walk on water and sit in burning fire. It is easy to attain all of the siddhis (yogic powers). But to remain still is very, very difficult indeed.
Tayumanavar (1706-1744), Tamil saint, mystic and poet

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Correction on Call for papers: Digital Hinduism Academic Anthology
Posted on 2014/9/6 17:30:00 ( 949 reads )



WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2014 (Press Release, with correction providing names of editors): In this anthology edited by Vamsee Juluri and Murali Balaji, we seek to show how the digital age has transformed the way Hinduism is communicated -- and practiced -- across the world. From online worship services and philosophical forums, articulations of LGBT Hindu identities through online portals, devotional social media sites and non-Indian Hindu bloggers, to the iterations of Hinduphobia on various web portals, this anthology reflects the diverse and interdisciplinary scholarship resulting from an ancient religion's interactions with new media. Chapters must be no longer than 7,000 words in APA citation style. For full consideration, please submit a 150-word abstract to murali@hafsite.org by October 15.

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