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BKS Iyengar Passes Away at 96 in Pune
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:48 ( 129 reads )

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PUNE, INDIA, August 20, 2014 (ibnlive.in): One of India's best known Yyoga gurus, BKS Iyengar, passed away on Wednesday in Pune. He was 96 years old. Iyengar was diagnosed with heart pumping failure and had suffered two heart attacks, one in 1998 and one 2000.

The founder of the school of Iyengar Yoga and considered to be the father of modern yoga. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004.

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Sri Lanka Vel Hinduism Festival Honors Lord Murugan
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:41 ( 96 reads )

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, August 9, 2014 (SF Gate): Early this month, Sri Lankan Hindus in this country's capital, Colombo, celebrated the Vel Hindu festival, which commemorates the victory of Sri Murugan, the Hindu God of War, over the forces of evil. Celebrations are scheduled to continue for several weeks.

The festival begins with Sri Murugan's silver-plated chariot and spear (vel) being pulled by snow-white bulls. The chariot is followed by hundreds of devotees dressed in white, smeared with ash and burning incense sticks. The event draws tens of thousands of people, including devotees who sing songs in praise of Murugan, and smash coconuts to ward off bad luck and usher in prosperity.

The chariot is eventually taken to a Hindu temple, where adjacent streets are filled with merchants selling food, sweets, beads and other items. There are also elephant processions, dancers, musicians and fire walkers.

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Chants, Incense Greet Hindu Devotees at New Suntree Temple
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:35 ( 105 reads )

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FLORIDA, U.S., August 15, 2014, (Florida Today): It was a long anticipated moment as dozens of people gathered in the warm glow of the rising sun this morning for the opening of the new $9.4 million Manav Mandir Hindu temple in Suntree.

The morning ceremony began 8 a.m. at the sanctuary with devotees, including the temple's board of trustees, gathered in front of the temple's east-facing entrance and following the priests inside the main prayer area of the 11,000-square-foot sanctuary. Hundreds of people are expected to visit the temple throughout the weekend.

The elaborate ceremonies -- part of a three-day weekend of purification rituals, dancing and prayers to the Deities -- began today (Friday, Aug. 15) and will continue through Sunday, offering guests and participants a unique view of India's religious cultures.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:20 ( 102 reads )

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Is there a deeper tragedy than that of a man immersed in the pursuit of the not-self who has no time to realize the Divine Self within?
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

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Looted Shiva Was Left Outside for Repair
Posted on 2014/8/18 18:09:01 ( 266 reads )

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, August 16, 2014 (The Australian): Indian police have revealed that an 1,100-year-old Hindu sculpture of Shiva with His hands broken off was stolen from beneath a peepol tree in a Tamil Nadu temple complex, after it was taken outside for unauthorized repairs. The solid, 44 inch-high stone carving was then smuggled from India to New York, where in 2004 it was sold to the Art Gallery of NSW for $300,000.

According to the theft report by local police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Ardhanarishvara was removed in 2002 along with seven other damaged sculptures from Vridhdhagiriswarar Temple to the place outside from which the Siva alone was stolen. A temple donor had agreed to pay for the pieces to be repaired and a sculptor had been assigned the task, even though temple authorities had not received permission for the undertaking.

Within two years of the theft, the Shiva with Nandi had been furnished with a bogus collecting history and sold by New York antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor to the Sydney gallery. Kapoor was arrested three years ago and is awaiting trial in Tamil Nadu, his case having been delayed while prosecutors await the return from Australia of the Ardhanarishvara and a dancing Shiva bought by the National Gallery of Australia in 2008 for $5.6 million.

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