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Ancient Deity Worth Stolen from Himachal Pradesh Temple
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:57 ( 596 reads )


SHIMLA, INDIA, Dec 10, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Ancient ashtadhatu (eight-metal) Deities of Lord Rama, Hanuman along with Deities made of gold and silver of other deities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen by thieves from Raghunathji temple at Sultanpur in Rupi Palace at Kullu, police said today. Thieves stolen the Deities of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, a gold locket and a chain, a gold-plated Narsinh Shila (stone), silver Deity of Lord Ganesh and some other articles of worship last night, police said.

A case has been registered on the statement of Devinder Singh, son of Maheshwar Singh, MLA, who is also caretaker of the Deity. A team of forensic experts have reached the spot and started investigations. A massive manhunt has been launched and the interstate borders have been sealed. There was no deployment of security guards in the temple as it is a private property.

The Deities of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman were brought from Ayodhya to Kullu in 1651 during the regime of Raja Jagat Singh. The Deities date back to second or third century but the devotees claim that these belong to the Ramayana era and it is difficult to assess their antique value.

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Himachal Police Alert Interpol, Immigration Authorities after Statue Theft
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:51 ( 473 reads )

There is still a sense of disbelief and shock in Kullu about the theft as the police suspect involvement of some persons who had information about lack of security at the temple during the night hours.

Maheshwar Singh, sitting MLA and Chief kardar (servant ) of Lord Raghunath - which is a presiding Deity of historic Kullu Dussehra - had claimed that the burglars have adopted the same modus operandi as they did in January 2014 when an aborted attempt was made to steal the statue.

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Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:45 ( 472 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, December 9, 2014 (by the editors of Hinduism Today): We made a premature announcement yesterday! The January, 2015, issue of Hinduism Today goes live on-line in five days, on December 15th. So stand by....

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:39 ( 535 reads )


O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer; let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you. May all my movements become your devotional circumambulations. May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you. Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother! Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.
-- Adi Sankaracharya's 'Hymn to the Divine Mother'

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Himachal Temples House Gold and Silver Worth $29 million
Posted on 2014/12/9 16:50:22 ( 896 reads )


DHARAMSALA, INDIA, December 6, 2014 (Free Press Journal): Gold and silver worth approx. US$29 million is in the possession of 29 prominent government-controlled Hindu temples in Himachal Pradesh, Revenue Minister Kaul Singh said in the state assembly Saturday.

The government will sign an agreement with the public sector Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) for purification of 1,000 lbs. of gold and 35,000 lbs. of silver gifted to the temples, he said. Replying to a question, he said the total worth of the gold at the current market price is $20.5 million, while the worth of the silver is $8.4 million.

Ten percent of the gold can be used for various activities related to the temples, 20 percent can be invested in the State Bank of India's gold bond scheme, 20 percent in reserve of the temples, while the remaining 50 percent will be minted for souvenirs, including coins and the mementoes for sale.

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