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Tirumala Donations Were From Common Good Fund and Not from Exchequer: Soundarajan

Posted on 2017/2/27 19:48:46 ( 54 reads )


HYDERABAD, INDIA, February 23, 2017 (Telangana Today): The Temples Protection Movement convenor Dr. M. V. Soundararajan has sought to rebut the criticism that public money was used to purchase the gold ornaments offered to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala by the Chief Minsiter K. Chandrashekhar Rao, by pointing out that the total of US$745,000 was spent from the Common Good Fund (CGF) of the Endowments department and not from the public exchequer.

In a statement here on Thursday, Dr. Soundararajan argued that the CGF is based on a percentage of Hindu temples' income and it did not constitute any money from the taxpayer. That the expenses for making the ornaments were met from the CGF were mentioned in a GO No 23 dated 24.2.2015, he pointed out.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had in the past donated crores of rupees to this CGF before bifurcation of the State and 42 per cent of the same fund is now part of the Telangana CGF fund. "If Rs 5 Crore ($745,000) is used to adorn the Lord with ornaments we should not be raising any hue and cry for the same," He argued.

Bengaluru: Special Darshan at Tirupati for Seniors and Physically Challenged

Posted on 2017/2/27 19:48:36 ( 64 reads )


BENGALURU, INDIA, February 24, 2017 (Deccan Chronicle): There is good news for senior citizens and differently-abled people who visit Tirumala for darshan of the Lord Venkateshwara. They can now have the darshan without having to wait in long queues and going through the jostling. They can just get in and have the darshan. They have to report two hours before the darshan time, with age proof (65 years and above) ID cards and relevant medical certificates. There are two time slots fixed - one at 10 am and another at 3 pm.

At the time of the darshan for these groups, all other queues are stopped, and darshan for only senior citizens and the differently-abled is allowed to ensure that there is no crowd pressure. The entire darshan will take just 30 minutes. Devotees who avail of the darshan under the scheme cannot avail of it for another 90 days.

Text of Prime Minister's Speech at Unveiling of 112 Foot Statue of "Adiyogi - The Shiva"

Posted on 2017/2/27 19:48:19 ( 71 reads )


[HPI adds: A 112-foot iconic statue of Adiyogi Lord Shiva was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Isha Foundation in Coimbatore on the occasion of Maha Sivaratri.]

INDIA, February 24, 2017 (Press Information Bureau): "My loving greetings to all. It is my honor to be here, in this august gathering. That too, on the auspicious occasion of Maha-Shivratri. There are many festivals, but this one is pre-fixed with 'Maha.' Indeed, there are many Devs, but only one Maha-Dev. There are many Mantras, but the Mantra which is identified with Lord Shiva, is called Maha-Mrityunjayi Mantra. Such is the glory of Lord Shiva.

"Maha-Shivratri symbolizes a union of divinity with a purpose, of overcoming darkness and injustice. It inspires us to be courageous and fight for good. It marks the shift of seasons, from the cold to the lively spring and brightness. Maha-Shivratri celebrations go on for the entire night. This symbolizes a spirit of vigilance- that we have to protect nature and mould our activities in sync with our ecological surroundings.

"Standing here before this 112-feet face of Adiyogi and the Yogeshwar Linga, we are experiencing a colossal presence enveloping everyone in this space. In the times to come, the place where we have gathered is going to be a source of inspiration for all, a place to immerse one's self and discover truth. It will remind us of the inclusive spirit of Lord Shiva. Today, Yoga has come a long way."

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Protecting Language Diversity in India

Posted on 2017/2/27 19:48:09 ( 58 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 27, 2017 (Press Information of Bureau): India is one of unique countries in the world that has the legacy of diversity of languages. The Constitution of India has recognised 22 official languages. Multilingualism is the way of life in India as people in different parts of the country speak more than one language from their birth and learn additional languages during their life time. Though officially there are 122 languages, Peoples Linguistic Survey of India has identified 780 languages, of which 50 are extinct in past five decades. The twenty two languages that are recognised by the Constitution are: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kannada, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu are included in the Eight Schedule of the constitution. Among these three languages, Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada have been recognised as classical language with special status and recognition by Government of India. The classical languages have written and oral history of more than 1000 years. In comparison to these, English is very young as it has the history of only 300 years.

In addition to these scheduled and classical languages, The Constitution of India has included the clause to protect minority languages as a fundamental right. It states "Any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part of thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same." The language policy of India provides guarantee to protect the linguistic minorities. Despite these efforts by the central government minority languages are under threat of extinction due to multiple causes. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the death of Boa in 2010, the last speaker of Bo language is one of those instances that have lead to extinction of Bo language with the history of 70000 years.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/2/27 19:47:59 ( 49 reads )


You, Siva, are the earth, You are the sky, and You are the seven seas; You are the goal, You are the letters, and You are the meter; You are the eye, You are the pupil of the eye, You are the image that dances in the eye, the affable! Bestow Your grace so that I may approach Your sacred feet!
-- Sivavakkiyar (10th century), Tamil poet

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