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Dalits Protest Exclusion from Festival

Posted on 2016/7/30 18:29:37 ( 182 reads )


INDIA, July 28, 2016 (The News Minute): Frustrated by their exclusion from a festival of the Deity Bhadra Kaliamman in the Mahasakhthi Amman temple, 250 Dalit families living in the Pazhangkallimedu and Nagapalli villages in Nagapattinam district recently threatened to convert to Islam. Although caste Hindu authorities have subsequently agreed to allow them a day to celebrate their Deity, the Dalit families still seem apprehensive about how far the agreement will hold.

The main demand of the Dalits is to perform Mandagapadi, that is, to lead the rituals on one day in the five-day annual temple festival. "Bhadra Kaliamman is our Deity, whom we have been worshipping from generations. But now, we are not left with any other way than to convert to Islam," said Senthil Kumar, district Union Secretary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).

For these Dalits, the refusal to recognize their right to worship devalues their contribution towards the temple. "We built the temple in 2009 and it is government-aided. Then why should we not be allowed to celebrate the temple festival for one day?" asked Vetrivel, President of the temple trust in the village.

Travancore Temple Board Plans Godly Lessons

Posted on 2016/7/30 18:29:27 ( 161 reads )


KOCHI, INDIA, July 26, 2016 (Deccan Chronicle): The Travancore Devaswom Board will set up religious study centres in all temples under it within a year so as to attract more people to the "path of faith," the board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said on Monday. "Currently such centers are functional in about 200 temples. We will co-ordinate and streamline their functioning.

In the rest of the temples, centres will be started in a phased manner. The aim is to attract maximum people to the religious faiths and beliefs," Mr. Gopalakrishnan told DC. There are 1,248 temples under the control of the board. It's compulsory for children or grandchildren of members of temple advisory committees to attend the classes, he said. However, the financial implication for the initiative would be kept at a minimum.

The centres will have facilities such as computers, DTP and multi-media projector, among others. "Basically the classes will be on the core values and principles based on traditional epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

Compassion In 4 Dharmic Traditions Released in Delhi

Posted on 2016/7/30 18:29:17 ( 184 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 26, 2016 (Times of India): RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday pitched for spread of compassion as he said practicing the value offers solution to many present-day concerns like extremism of all forms, materialism and self-centeredness among people. "We need to understand what is at the core of our religious traditions. Satya (truth) and shuchita (piousness) are at its core and both are not possible without compassion. Hence, we will have to begin with compassion," Bhagwat said.

"The imbalance, extremism after the destruction of religion, competition with each other, the rampant rise in self-centeredness...all these we can fight by practicing compassion and truth...To be able to do that, we should practise compassion," he said during launch of a book titled "Compassion in 4 Dharmic Traditions".

The event was attended by BJP veteran LK Advani and Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan.

The former Deputy Prime Minister said the work, edited by Ved Nanda, showed how there are commonalities in religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism when it comes to compassion. The book is a set of papers delivered by a wide range of scholars at the Uberoi Foundation Experts Meeting at the Naropa Institute, Denver, Colorado, in 2014.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/7/30 18:29:06 ( 120 reads )


The son's duty to his father is to make the world ask, "by what great austerities did he merit such a son?"
-- Tirukkural

Himachal Pradesh Govt set to Takeover Raghunathji Temple Under its Control

Posted on 2016/7/29 19:38:44 ( 330 reads )


HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA July 27, 2016 (Press Trust of India): The Himachal Pradesh government is all set to take over the famous Raghunathji temple in Sultanpur palace of erstwhile ruling family of Kullu under its control, as a proposal in this regard has been approved by the state cabinet. President of Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) and former BJP leader, Maheshwar Singh who is descendant of ruling family is chief Kardar (caretaker) of Raghunathji temple. Raghunathji is the presiding Deity of about 300 local devatas (gods) of the region and all festivities revolve around Him during the famous international Dussehra festival.

Maheshwar said he was yet to be informed about the cabinet's decision and "necessary legal action would be taken if the government initiates the process of taking control of the temple under the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act 1984". The Raghunathji temple was in the news following theft of the Deity of Raghunathji along with other artefacts in December, 2014, which were later recovered.

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