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Durga Puja Begins Today in Bangladesh; Pandals Immediately Attacked
Posted on 2014/9/30 18:20:46 ( 285 reads )

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, September 30, 2014 (The Daily Star): The five-day Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindus, begins today with Mahashashthi. This year Mohanabami, alongside Bijoya Dashami, the day the Deities are immersed, will be celebrated on October 3. However, Puja organizers in Dhaka have decided to immerse the Deities on October 4. Around 28,600 altars have been set up in the country, including 221 in Dhaka. Compared to last year, the numbers have increased by around 800 and nine respectively.

Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad stated that miscreants attacked and vandalized at least 23 altars in 14 districts although law enforcers had claimed that adequate security measure were in place. "Five mandaps (altars) in Kishoreganj came under attack on September 18," the parishad President Kajal Devnath told The Daily Star.

Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee at a press conference yesterday demanded sufficient security measures, uninterrupted electricity and water supply, colorful decorations on government buildings, including Gono Bhaban, Bangabhaban and Nagar Bhaban; adequate measures for the smooth immersion of Deities and announcing a holiday at all educational institutions.

The central altar in the capital is at Dhakeshwari National Temple. Large ones have also been built at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University, the Ramkrishna Mission, Ramna Kali Mondir, Tanti Bazar, Shankhari Bazar, Bangla Bazar, Banani and Dhanmondi.

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Narendra Modi Asks World Leaders to Adopt International Yoga Day
Posted on 2014/9/30 18:20:32 ( 310 reads )

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INDIA, September 27, 2014 (Indian Express): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. "Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day," Modi said in his maiden address to the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations.

Noting that Yoga is "an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition", he said: "It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." "Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being," he said. "By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change," he added.

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Help Sought for Directory of Indian Spiritual Organisations Functioning Abroad
Posted on 2014/9/30 18:20:26 ( 172 reads )

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INDIA, September 30, 2014 (Vivekananda Kendra): The booklet titled "The Global Vision and Mission of Swami Vivekananda, and how it inspired the Indian Spiritual Thrust World-wide" (downloadable online at http://tinyurl.com/nta7ocy) highlights the need for a Directory of Indian Spiritual Organisations Functioning Abroad, and presents the details of the Project.

It contains an appeal from the President of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, the Convener of the Project, who has undertaken it with the blessings and support of the leading spiritual institutions of Bharath:

"We hereby appeal and invite all concerned, world over, to be a part of this important move, for a historic Spiritual Directory, by submitting, at their earliest convenience, all the required particulars through the Form available online, at http://www.disoa.org. The contact info of our Coordinator is given in the booklet. For questions, if any, or for clarifications and further details, please feel free to contact him. We earnestly request your kind participation in this noble venture."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/30 18:20:20 ( 167 reads )

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The mind alone is man's cause of bondage or release: it leads to bondage when attached to the sense objects, and to release when freed from them.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitri Upanishad

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Kullu Religious Body Decides to Continue with Animal Sacrifice Despite High Court Ban
Posted on 2014/9/29 18:51:10 ( 281 reads )

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INDIA, September 26, 2014 (Indian Express): Less than a month after the Himachal Pradesh High Court banned animal sacrifice at religious places during fairs and festivals, the caretakers of the Deities, at their rare congregation, decided to continue with the age-old tradition.

The development has created a piquant situation for law enforcing agencies, which had earlier told the caretakers' body that High Court orders would be enforced strictly to stop animal sacrifice of any sort. Its immediate effect will be in Kullu Dussehra on October 3 wherein animal sacrifice is part of the rituals.

The Dharam Sansad witnessed an overwhelming presence of representatives of the local Deities. "Just in one voice every caretaker of the 260 Deities spoke of upholding of the tradition and appealed the High Court to reconsider the order on ban as it goes against the accepted traditions and customs approved by supreme deities", said Maheshwar Singh, an erstwhile raja of Kullu, who is chief kardar (caretaker) of Lord Raghunath.

Dot Ram Thakur, president of Dev Samaj, made it clear at the Dharam Sansad that animal sacrifice is an important part of the religious beliefs in the area since ages. He said, "There cannot be changes in the tradition as it is the order of the Gods and people have to follow. No religious festival will be completed if animal sacrifice is not carried out." [The sacrificed animals are taken home and eaten by the devotees.]

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