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Dozens of Hindu Temples Destroyed in Nepal Earthquake
Posted on 2015/4/27 17:27:52 ( 155 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, April 28, 2015 (by Free Press Journal): Many Hindu temples including, the iconic Kasthamandap have been destroyed or badly damaged in Nepal's worst temblor in over 80 years in the Kathmandu Valley and many adjoining areas. Several temples, including Panchtale temple, the nine-storey Basantapur Durbar, the Dasa Avtar temple, Krishna Mandir, were demolished by the quake. Kasthamandap, which inspired the name Kathmandu, is an early 16th century wooden monument.

Prushottam Lochan Shrestha, a historian, said these monuments could be lost forever, as rebuilding them is technically difficult and expensive. "We have lost most of the monuments that had been designated as World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. "They cannot be restored to their original state," Shrestha was quoted as saying by Ekantipur. The powerful temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale yesterday and aftershocks throughout the day destroyed around 80 per cent of the temples in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Scores of centuries-old historical monuments, including the iconic Dharahara of Kathmandu, were reduced to rubble in the massive earthquake that hit the country on Saturday afternoon. Dharahara had broken into parts in a similar earthquake that occurred around 83 years ago during the 1934 quake that claimed over 10,000 lives.

Similarly, dozens of temples and historical buildings in Patan and Bhaktapur have collapsed or been partially damaged.

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Pashupatinath Temple Unharmed in Nepal's Devastating Quake
Posted on 2015/4/27 17:27:46 ( 216 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, April 28, 2015 (Press Trust of India): The famous 5th-century Pashupatinath Temple here has survived the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that flattened several World Heritages like iconic Dharhara tower and Darbar Square in Nepal. "The Pashupatinath Temple is safe, we have checked the shrine many times and it has developed no cracks," a devotee at the temple said. The temple, one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO's designation of Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site, is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu whose existence dates back to 400 AD.

The funeral of over 100 people took place within the premise of the landmark temple yesterday, a devotee said. Mass cremations are being held here continuously. As the death toll rises, the authorities are working on disposing of the bodies as quickly as possible to prevent a health hazard. "People are conducting the last rites here at the temple without following proper rituals and customs," a relative of a victim said, citing the rush. The sacred Hindu temple is dedicated to Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva) and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River.

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Appeal: Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Posted on 2015/4/27 17:27:40 ( 149 reads )

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UNITED STATES, April 27, 2015 (VHP America Press Release): A massive earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal. The earthquake centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years.

VHP of America requests your kind contribution to help the victims and their family who are affected by this devastation. VHP of America will work with appropriate agency to ensure that the donated funds only be used to help the victims of this natural disaster. VHP of America has established a relief fund and is soliciting all its members, their friends and family members to contribute to this fund generously and help the people who are in dire need of help and support. Please contribute generously to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.

More more information: http://vhp-america.org/content/help-v ... tating-earthquake-nepal-0

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Sewa International Released $10,000 for Immediate Relief for Nepal Earthquake
Posted on 2015/4/27 17:27:34 ( 154 reads )

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HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 26, 2015 (Sewa USA): Sewa has released $10,000 towards immediate relief in Nepal. Sewa International's sister organization in Nepal and several hundreds of its volunteers have already started helping the unfortunate victims within hours of this massive earthquake. Help is being rendered in rescue operations, providing first aid and distributing safe drinking water bottles, food packets, and blankets.

Sewa has created an Emergency Hotline to help locate relatives in Nepal whose communication links are down and are not reachable through phones. For this service, call 708-872-7392. In this hour of need, Sewa urges everyone to donate generously at www.sewausa.org/donate.

For information or call us at 708-USA-SEWA or email at info@sewausa.org. All donations will be used to help the victims of this catastrophic event in the field.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/27 17:27:28 ( 122 reads )

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The learned have prescribed penance for the murderer of a pious man, a drunkard, a thief or for one who has violated a solemn vow. But there is no pardon for the ungrateful.
-- The Panchatantra

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