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Hand-Woven Khadi Fabrics Go High Fashion
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:48:02 ( 798 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, FEBRUARY 18, 2002: From Tuesday onwards one can buy a khadi shirt or a dress that has been tailor-made by an international designers such as Rohit Bal and Malini Romani, at the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Kolkata. Khadi is the traditional hand-spun and hand-woven cotton fabric promoted by Mahatma Gandhi. This is Khadi Village Industries Commission's (KVIC) first step to bring top dress designers for the special fashion counters that are going to open up in the main khadi stores in every state. Kolkata is the second city where such a fashion counter will open after the first was introduced in New Delhi about three weeks ago, informed the assistant director of KVIC, Kamal Chkraborty. He added that a decision was made about three months ago to spruce up the main khadi stores in every state by "going designer." Designer salwar-kurta, ladies tops, gents shirts and kurtas all made out of cotton khadi, will be available at the fashion counters.




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Japan Team Visits Udupi Ayurveda college
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:47:02 ( 656 reads )


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UDUPI, INDIA, February 19, 2002: Ayurveda is the best medicine system for mental health and this will be proved beyond doubt in the twenty-first century, argued Dr. Ben Hatai, Chairman of Japanese Society for Ayurveda. He was addressing a press meet at Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Ayurveda College, Kuthpady, near here on Monday. He is here with a delegation of 15 Japanese doctors to learn the panchakarma ayurvedic procedure and eye related treatments. He said ayurvedic researches are going on in Japan for the last 30 years and added that there is ample evidence to prove that ayurveda medical system existed in Japan in the seventh century. He claimed that he was the first government licensed Ayurveda practitioner in Japan and is founder of the Institute of Traditional Oriental Medicine. The tridosha diagnosing system is catching on in Japan, he added. He announced that his institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gujrat Ayurveda University for technical consultancy in preparing Ayurvedic medicines.




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Writer Sought for Article on Hindu Attitudes Toward Animals
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:46:02 ( 731 reads )


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OXFORD, ENGLAND, March 1, 2002: Professor Andrew Linzey of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, writes that he is "looking for a scholarly writer who could contribute an article (around 800 words) on Hindu Attitudes to Animals for the Animal World Encyclopedia which I am editing for Kingsley Publishing." Persons interested may e-mail him at "source" above.




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Ravi Shankar Wins World Music Grammy
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:45:02 ( 741 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, USA, February 27, 2002: Legendary Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar won one of music's highest awards, a Grammy, for his achievements in world music. Shankar was honored for his album "Full Circle/Carnegie Hall 2000" in the category in which he competed against artists such as Brazil's Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento and Britain's John McLaughlin for "Saturday Night In Bombay -- Remember Shakti." Shankar also saw off competition from Afro Celt Sound System for "Further In Time" in the category which recognizes traditional music.




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Karnataka State Shelves Plan for 300 English Medium Schools
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:44:02 ( 745 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, February 12, 2002: Following protests from various quarters against the education department's decision to allow setting up of about 300 English medium schools in the state, chief minister S M Krishna postponed the move announced recently because it was contrary to the state's three-language formula -- Kannada, Hindi and, most commonly, English.




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Puerto Rico's Self Realization Fellowship Open House
Posted on 2002/3/1 8:43:02 ( 1442 reads )


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PUERTO RICO, March 1, 2002: Among a few Hindu or Hindu-based organizations in the territory of the US is the Self Realization Fellowship. They have an open house scheduled at their San Juan Center on Sunday May 19 at noon. Retreats are held the first weekend of the month. The purpose of the open houses are to welcome new comers and give them a sense of the history and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and SRF. The Puerto Rican center of SRF at San Juan was established in the early 1950s. It is coordinated by a managing council under the direction of monastics from the international head quarters of SRF in Los Angeles, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1920 by Paramahamsa Yogananda to introduce people of all races, cultures and creeds the ancient science and philosophy of yoga and its time honored methods of meditation. Puerto Rico has a Satya Sai Mandir, a Vedanta Society, a number of yoga teachers, an ayurvedic shop and several vegetarian restaurants.




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Help Update the Hindu Megatrends
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:49:02 ( 798 reads )


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KAUAI, HAWAII, February 25, 2002: In 1989, Hinduism Today published a list of ten "Hindu Megatrends." "Megatrends" is a term coined by futurologist John Naisbett in 1982 to name the major underlying forces that are transforming society and shaping the future. To formulate our ten Hindu megatrends more than a decade ago, we solicited the advice of prominent Hindu religious leaders, scholars, priest and business people. Now we'd like your input to update the list. To give you an idea of the list, here's the first trend, "Hindu Meekness to Hindu Pride: Though Swami Vivekananda began this trend a hundred years ago, even up to recent times Hindus were afraid to identify themselves as Hindus, or as members of a particular Hindu sect. Through the effort of many people and organizations, Hindu pride and self-confidence have replaced the self-doubt and timidness instilled during centuries of foreign rule. Native dress becomes fashionable." The remaining trends are: 2. Village to Global Awareness; 3. East Only to East and West; 4. Men Only to Men and Women; 5. Temple Decline to Temple Revival; 6. Introverted to Extroverted; 7. Limited Tools to Great Resources: 8. Colony to Superpower; 9. Agricultural to Technological: 10. Major Blows to Fewer Setbacks. Click on "source" above to go to the complete list and description, and e-mail your comments, suggestions and revisions to megatrends@hindu.org.




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Government to Open Ayurveda Research Center in Moscow
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:48:02 ( 849 reads )


Source: The Hindu





KOTTAKKAL, INDIA, FEBRUARY 23, 2002: The government will soon open an ayurveda research center in Moscow as part of a package of programs being drawn up to preserve and promote ayurveda, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Science and Technology, Murli Manohar Joshi, said while inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam PS Varier Arya Vaidyasala. In his speech, Prof. Joshi expressed the hope that ayurvedic physicians would participate in such programs and hone their medical and computer skills to reap the benefits of the growing interest throughout the world in ayurveda. Dr. Joshi also said that learning of Sanskrit was central to practicing ayurveda and said he had set up a cell in his ministry to compile information of ayurvedic herbs which was necessary to safeguard their patents from being usurped by foreign drug companies. A compact disc had also been prepared by the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune to preserve traditional knowledge in modern electronic format. The minister called for efforts to exploit the growing global herbal market and wanted ayurvedic institutes to promote cultivation of medicinal plants in their neighborhood as a means of supplementing income of farmers.




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Elephant Race Held at Guruvayur Temple
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:47:02 ( 832 reads )


Source: The Hindu





THRISSUR, INDIA, February 25, 2002: Out of a total of 40 of the 58 elephants of the Guruvayur Devaswom-run elephant shelter paraded before the Manjulal premises for the race, only seven elephants were allowed to run. The 39-year-old tusker, Kannan, emerged winner for the seventh time at the famous "anayottam" (elephant race) at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple. It is the seventh time that Kannan won. The seven elephants which participated in the race were received with blowing of the conch and "nirapara" at the front of the temple. There was a huge crowd on the temple premises to watch the race. The veterinarians, K. C. Panickar, Muraleedharan Nair, and ayurveda expert dealing with elephants, Avaniparambu Maheswaran Namboodiri, were also present at the scene. Only those elephants certified by the veterinarians participated in the race.




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Shepherd Helps Police Recover Stolen Icons
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:46:02 ( 786 reads )


Source: The Hindu





TIRUNELVELI, INDIA, February 23, 2002: A tip-off given by a shepherd helped the police recover eight panchaloha (made of five metals) icons worth thousands of dollars, which were stolen from two ancient temples near here in the last two months. The DIG of Police, T. Rajendran, said that some unidentified miscreants took away four icons from the over four-century old Venkatesa Perumal Temple at Naranammalpuram about eight kilometers from here. On January 20, five icons were stolen from the Venkatachalapathi Temple at Narasinganallur. Karisoozhnthan, 13-year-old shepherd boy while grazing cattle near Tenkalam on Friday, spotted some shining objects beneath heaps of rejected limestones. A police party combed the area with the help of a sniffer dog and retrieved seven more icons from the heaps of limestones. The icon of Vishwat Thevar stolen from the Narasinganallur temple is yet to be retrieved.




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Magazine on Hindus Released in Trinidad and Tobago
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:45:02 ( 717 reads )


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TRINIDAD, February 23, 2002: Hindus comprise the second largest religious group in Trinidad and Tobago after Roman Catholics. Most Indians are Hindus, and Indians form just over half of the population (a total of 1.3 million) of the tiny Caribbean island. The Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council announces the publication and sale of its latest souvenir magazine, "Divali November, 2001, in Trinidad and Tobago." The theme of the magazine is the need for dialogue. It carries an interview with V.S.Naipal, the winner of the 2001 Noble Prize for Literature. There are insights into the lives of Hindus in Trinidad, political columns, and short stories within its 44 pages. Postal address for further information is Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago West Indies or e-mail "source" above.




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Author Seeks Authorities on Globalization From the Hindu Perspective
Posted on 2002/2/25 8:44:02 ( 768 reads )


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USA, February 25, 2002: Noted religion author and editor Ira Rifkin is seeking Hindus who have written and spoken extensively about economic and cultural globalization for inclusion in his forthcoming book on religious attitudes toward globalization and how globalization has impacted religion. The book is intended as a general introduction to the subject for readers with a religious/spiritual perspective, or having an interest in that perspective. Nine or more traditions, including Hinduism, will be surveyed. Separate chapters will be devoted to each of the traditions. Activists, theologians, academics, religious/spiritual leaders and others from the pro- and anti-globalization camps are sought. Ira writes, "I'm looking for Hindus who can articulate the views toward economic and cultural globalism that are dominant in the Hindu world. I'm also interested in how Hinduism as a religion has been changed by globalism, and how Hindus, long members of a global religious/ethnic/national culture, cope with the rootlessness that accompanies globalization." HPI readers are invited to e-mail him at "source" above with their recommendation, including contact information. Because the book is being written for a North American audience, it would be best if those recommended lived in North America.




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Toronto Temple Desecrated, Meeting Called for February 24
Posted on 2002/2/24 8:49:02 ( 810 reads )


Source: Press Release, Federation of Hindu Temples of Canada





TORONTO, CANADA, February 24, 2002. According to this report on February 8th, 2002, the Gayatri Mandir of Toronto was vandalized. The sacred statues to which worship is dedicated were disfigured. The right hands on the icons of Lord Siva, Shri Hanuman, Devi Lakshmi and Devi Parvati were chopped off. The head of Mother Durga was also chopped off and the icon of Sri Ganesha was smashed against the walls of the temple. The vandals left graffiti in green paint on the walls with circles and various symbols. The Federation of Hindu Temples of Canada calls upon the mayor of Toronto, the chief of police, political leaders, all faith communities and members of the Canadian community at large to join and pray with them and collectively condemn such outrageous acts Sunday February 24th, 2002 @ 2:00 PM @ Gayatri Mandir located at 983 Dupont Street, Toronto (Dupont & Ossington). For information please contact: Nirvan Balkissoon at 905-814-1751 or 905-812-3028; Pandit Suraj Persad at 416-530-1899; Pandit Ganesh Persaud 416-537-7570




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Priest Killed, Kanchi Acharya Escapes Temple Car Collapse
Posted on 2002/2/24 8:48:02 ( 748 reads )


Source: The Hindu





VELLORE, INDIA, February 24, 2002: A temple priest was killed and Vijayendra Saraswathi, the junior Acharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Math, had a providential escape when the temple chariot of the Vallimalai Murugan temple collapsed after an axle of one its front wheels broke. Police here said the annual brahmotsavam of the temple, over 30 km from here, was held today. At 6 p.m., the festival was inaugurated with the pulling of ropes of the temple car by Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi and M.S. Chandrashekharan, Ranipet MLA. The 25-foot car had hardly moved 50 feet, when the axle broke suddenly. As a result, the entire car collapsed on the road. Suresh Iyer, 25, a Melpadi village priest seated on the car, fell down and was trapped below the heavy ornate car. He died on the spot. Two youths, Ravi and Rajaraman, were injured and admitted to hospital. Three persons received simple injuries. Work is on to remove the debris. Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi was only a little distance away when the accident took place.




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Renovation Complete On Ancient Balinese Temple
Posted on 2002/2/24 8:47:02 ( 753 reads )


Source: Jakarta Post





KARANG ASEM, BALI, February 22, 2002: Nineteen Hindu Pedanda high priests from all over Bali gathered to jointly conduct a rare religious ritual at Pura Goa Raja, one of 18 places of worship at Pura Besakih, the mother temple for Balinese Hindus, near Karang Asem. The priests walked around the Goa Raja temple while chanting to pray for world peace. Rituals, running from December 25 to February 28, have been conducted to commemorate the anniversary of Pura Goa Raja, after the completion of the temple's renovation project. I Gusti Ngurah Oka Supharta, an expert in ancient Balinese literature, said that Pura Goa Raja is considered one of the holiest and most important temples in Bali. Kusuma Dewa Lontar (palm-leaves) inscriptions recorded that Pura Goa Raja was a holy site where Sang Hyang Naga Tiga (three holy dragons) -- Sang Hyang Naga Ananthaboga (symbolizing earth), Sang Hyang Naga Basuki (symbolizing water), and Sang Hyang Naga Taksaks (symbolizing air) -- emerged. It is believed that Pura Goa Raja was the original source of the Balinese island. The three elements -- water, earth and air, were believed to have formed the island about 3.7 billion years ago. "The renovation and the ceremonies were conducted to preserve Pura Goa Raja as the original place of the Balinese people and the place where our prosperity came from, said I Gusti Mangku Kubayan Manik, a temple priest.




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