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Himachal Pradesh Govt set to Takeover Raghunathji Temple Under its Control


Posted on 2016/7/29 19:38:44 ( 250 reads )

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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.



Hyderabad: 20,000 Ganesh Statues for Festival to Be Above 20 Feet


Posted on 2016/7/29 19:38:34 ( 246 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, July 24, 2016 (Deccan Chronicle): Hyderabad and Cyberabad together will have a hundred thousand Ganesh pandals this year. The 10 day-festival will start on September 5 and the Khairatabad Ganesh along with statues exceeding 20 feet will be immersed on September 15. Samiti secretary R. Shashidhar said, "the number of pandals in the twin cities and Cyberabad will be 100,000. We are expecting more to be set up Khairatabad will have the tallest statue at 58 feet.

"We have asked the organizers to avoid the Metro Rail corridor and accept the state government plan to decentralize the immersion process with special enclosures for immersion at 10 lakes in the city including Hussainsagar." Besides, HMDA has purchased a US$445 million machine to take out the statues once they are immersed.



Huge Quake for the Himalayas? Ancient Hindu Temples Hold Clues


Posted on 2016/7/29 19:38:23 ( 228 reads )

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HIMACHAL PRADESH,INDIA, July 27, 2016 (by Tia Ghose, Live Science News): A damaged and clamped pillar at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple in the Chamba region of India is a sign of a past earthquake. The damage likely occurred hundreds of years ago, meaning the nearby fault has had a lot of time to build up stress. Past earthquakes that damaged ancient temples perched high in the Himalayas could be harbingers of dangerous quakes to come, new research suggests. The area, a picturesque, tourist mountain town in Himachal Pradesh, is sandwiched between two regions where catastrophic earthquakes have killed tens of thousands of people. But researchers didn't think this area was at high risk until now. The findings suggest that the region is overdue for a major earthquake.

The area near the Himalayas is laced with terrifying faults. In 2005, a magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook a region of Pakistan called Azad Kashmir, killing 86,000 people and displacing millions. And in 1905, a magnitude-7.8 quake rattled the Kangra Valley in Punjab, India, killing 20,000 people. But sandwiched between these two regions is the picturesque mountain town of Chamba, and it sustained no damage in these earthquakes. As such, the researchers wanted to know whether the region also faces a large earthquake risk.The team analyzed most ancient structures in the region. Among the most notable are the stone Lakshmi Narayan temples and the wooden Bharmour Chitrari temples, which were built around the year 680. Of course, it can be difficult to determine what causes pillars to tilt and floors to deform. But it turns out that the waves rippling out from an earthquake travel in a clear orientation that can make earthquake damage easy to identify, the researchers said. Now that the region's earthquake risk has been identified, it's up to engineers to build structures that are safe enough to withstand such an event, Joshi added.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/7/29 19:38:13 ( 185 reads )

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"Sweet are the sounds of the flute and the lute," say those who have not heard the prattle of their own children.
-- Tirukkural



The Saga of the Sarasvati River


Posted on 2016/7/28 15:01:18 ( 473 reads )

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INDIA, July 25, 2016 (mydigitalfc.om by Michel Danino): For some reason, unless it is for no reason, the word "mythical" has come to stick to the bygone Sarasvati river, with most mass media articles about its supposed "rediscovery" religiously starting with it. Unfortunately, rarely if ever have their authors researched what they write about. And since cutting-edge technology sells as well as religion, we are also told that the river's lost bed was "rediscovered" in recent years through satellite imagery.

So let us attempt to go beyond these newsworthy but misleading sound bites. There is, of course, nothing "mythical" about the river, even if it acquired the status of a goddess in the earliest literature. Praised in the Rig-Veda's hymns as a "mighty" river flowing "from the mountain to the sea," the Nadistuti Sukta (or Hymn in Praise of Rivers) precisely located it between the Yamuna and the Sutlej, which would not have been the case had it been regarded as "mythical." The river undergoes changes in the late vedic literature: a few centuries later, a few brahmanas (commentaries on the Vedas) depict it as disappearing in the desert at a point called Vinashana or Adarshana, which soon became a highly revered pilgrimage site; it has been located by scholars in northern Rajasthan's Hanumangarh district.

The Mahabharata, whose great war is waged in the Kurukshetra region watered by the Sarasvati and its tributaries, paints a similar picture, adding some details about the broken-up westward course of the river as Balarama, Krishna's brother, journeys on a pilgrimage from Prabhas on the Arabian Sea to the river's source in the Shivalik hills. The evidence from the literature is thus perfectly consistent with a physical river that happens to dry up (for reasons I will not go into here). If the Sarasvati was ever "mythical," it is at Prayag (modern Allahabad), where she was made to join Ganga and Yamuna as an "invisible" river -- a convenient device to remember her despite no physical reality at that spot.

For the full article with illustration go to:

First Page: http://epaper.mydigitalfc.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=5948355
Second Page: http://epaper.mydigitalfc.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=5948358

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