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Around 1,800 People Stranded after Landslide Hits Pilgrimage Route in India

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:15:20 ( 280 reads )


INDIA, May 20, 2017 (Daily Sabah): Some 1,800 people [other reports give a higher number], many of them pilgrims, were stranded after a landslide hit a highway near a Hindu temple site in India's northern mountainous state of Uttarakhand, officials said Saturday. The landslide triggered by pre-monsoon rains blocked the highway to the Badrinath temple, one of the main Hindu shrines in the region, leading to many vehicles being stuck on both sides.

"Around 1,800 people have been affected by the landslide. Authorities have made provisions for the lodging, food and drinking water of the people in the area," state official Ashish Joshi said. Another state official, Vinod Kumar Suman, said there were no reports of deaths or injuries. Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the temples in the Himalayan state every year. In 2013, heavy monsoon rains triggered devastating floods and landslides in the region, leaving more than 5,700 dead or missing and presumed dead.

Tamil Nadu: Over 72,000 Palm-leaf, Paper Manuscripts Moved to Anna Library

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:15:09 ( 0 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, May 19, 2017 (Deccan Chronicle): One of the largest libraries in South Asia, the Anna Centenary Library (ACL) in Kotturpuram will now house 72,000 palm-leaf and paper manuscripts as the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library and Research Centre (GOML) has been moved into the world class facility with all its rare collections this week. Ending the six-year-long wait, the 148-year-old treasure house relocated itself from Madras University to the seventh floor of the library.

The rare and original palm-leaf and paper manuscripts at the library are 300-500 years old. The palm-leaf manuscripts include those of the Tamil classics Tirukkural, Manimegalai and Tolkappiam. The library also has 25,000 reference books in various subjects. This library was established in 1869 mainly to house India's first Surveyor General Mackenzie's collection. The palm-leaf and paper manuscripts are available in Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Sinhalese. They offer an insight into subjects as varied as literature, Vedas, Agama Shastra, architecture and mathematics, astronomy and Siddha.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:14:57 ( 139 reads )


Do you realize the sacred significance and the supreme importance of the guru's role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India of the past carefully tended and kept alive the lamp of guru-tattva. It is therefore not without reason that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby reaffirms its belief and allegiance to it.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Udupi: Sri Krishna Math Renovated - Kalabhisheka Held, Brahmakalashotsava on May 18

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:40 ( 365 reads )


UDUPI, INDIA, May 17 (Daiji World): Sri Krishna Math in the city, which is eight centuries old, has been thoroughly renovated and reconstructed for the first time under the initiative undertaken by Paryaya Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math. The Swamiji's long-cherished dream has come true. The outer precincts of the Math, which were built of mud in the past, have been replaced with tastefully carved wooden sculptures and the height of the precincts has been increased by one level. With this, more air and light will enter Sri Krishna Math. Brahmakalashotsava as part of the renovation and reconstruction is being held on May 18 on a grand scale. Thousands of devotees pay obeisance at Sri Krishna Math every day. The Math is famous across the country and abroad. Sri Krishna Math happens to be the hub for Dwaita philosophy, which is one of the three main philosophies of Hindu religion.

Full article and many colorful photos at "source" above.

International Conference on Sri Aurobindo at Hindu University of America

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:30 ( 386 reads )


ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 17, 2017 (Press Release): The Hindu University of America, Orlando, USA, organized a two-day international conference on May 4 and 5, 2017, on the theme Relevance of Sri Aurobindo and the Grand Visions of the Ancient Indian Wisdom. Twenty-six speakers from India and the US participated in the conference and focused on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and its relevance for the contemporary world.

The conference aimed at a discussion of Sri Aurobindo's perspectives on the intersection of spirituality and practicality towards a better organization of human life and society. The deliberations positioned his ideas in theoretical and policy debates on individual, state, society and world. Despite the profundity of his philosophy and its wider implications, Sri Aurobindo and his ideas are relatively less known in the West, and there have been few events to make an in-depth study of his philosophy. The conference was a step towards filling this gap.

For details on the conference see "source" above.

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