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The Himalayan Kumbh Begins
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:27:11 ( 180 reads )

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UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, August 19, 2014 (The Hindu): After being delayed by a year due to the June 2013 deluge, the 20-day Nanda Devi Raj Jat yatra, also called the Himalayan Kumbh, began amid religious customs and traditions from Nauti village in Chamoli district, on Monday. The yatra, which is dedicated to the Nanda Devi -- the reigning Deity of Uttarakhand -- takes place once in 12 years, and involves a 175-mile trek. About 62 miles of the trek passes through difficult terrain.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said: "A 62-mile trek can only be undertaken by medically fit persons." Mr. Rawat said the trek included swamps, mountain treks and many slippery zones. "We will use logs for swamps and sandbags for slippery zones. We have engaged rock-climbing experts for certain areas where the pilgrims will have to cross mountains," he said.

Nauti village is at an altitude of 4,000 ft. above sea level, and the yatra progresses till over 13,000 ft. above sea level. People from the State's Kumaon and Garhwal region join the yatra at different points. Thousands of people participated in the yatra which progressed from Nauti to Idaabdhaani -- first of the 19 stops of the yatra -- on Monday.

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$33 Million Hindu Temple Funded by Community Opens in London
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:47 ( 167 reads )

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LONDON, ENGLAND, August 19, 2014 (BBC): A Hindu temple has opened in north west London, funded entirely by the local community. The ornate US$33 million Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Kingsbury combines traditional Indian architecture and carvings with "green" technology. It features solar panels on the roof and a rainwater harvesting system.

The temple's opening has been marked with a concert to celebrate the arrival of the sect's disciples in the capital 50 years ago. As part of the development, the Greater London Authority agreed to the relocation of community space from Barnet to Brent. The old temple site in Golders Green will be used to generate new funds that will go towards the temple's local community.

The new site includes a multi-function hall with facilities for sports and receptions, which will be made available to members outside the internal community under the terms of the temple's development.

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Russian Embassy Staff Visits Hindu Temple in Seria
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:40 ( 0 reads )

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SERIA, BRUNEI, January 25, 2014 (Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brunei Darussalam): On January 25, 2014 staff of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brunei Darussalam visited the Hindu Temple, which is located on the territory of Gurkha regiments in Seria, Brunei. The priest of the temple welcomed members of the Russian Embassy and told about particulars of Hindu religious. Representative of the Indian community also attended the meeting. This is a unique temple as it is the only place in the sultanate where not only Hindus come to the temple for praying but also Sikhs and Buddhists.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:34 ( 134 reads )

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Discipline your speech. Speak the truth at all costs. Speak little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963)

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RSS Sets Out to Write History Based on Puranas
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:27 ( 420 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 18, 2014 (Indian Express): As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing deities through stories told by one person to another. They cover creation of the universe to destruction and the genealogies of kings, heroes, sages and gods. The 10-year project has been dubbed Puranantargat Itihaas.

The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. The organisation is planning to tap local historians who can write the history of their districts, providing them all possible help.

An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. The historians called are mostly professors of history in various universities associated with the ABISY and its office-bearers.

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