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Abu Dhabi's First Hindu Temple to Be Built in a Year

Posted on 2016/10/12 19:47:03 ( 561 reads )


ABU DHABI, October 12, 2016 (Khaleej Times): The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 20,000 square metres of land at Al Wathba. "We took delivery of the land on Monday. The temple will be built within one year," said BR Shetty, the businessman who heads the temple coordination committee, on Monday night. "Al Wathba is just 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi City. It will be close to the highway on Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road," Shetty, chief executive officer of NMC Healthcare and UAE Exchange, told Khaleej Times.

Inside the temple, the murthis will be of "Deities Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more." "The temple will have a good vrindavan (garden) and a waterfront," Shetty added. It was during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in August last year that the UAE Government announced its decision to allocate land for Abu Dhabi's first ever Hindu temple. At present, there are two Hindu temples and one Sikh gurudwara in Dubai.

Badrinath Temple to Close for Winter November 16

Posted on 2016/10/12 19:46:53 ( 391 reads )


DEHRADUN, INDIA, October 12, 2016 (Daily Pioneer): Based on astrological calculations the date for closure of the kapat (portals) of Badrinath temple to the public for the winters was declared to be November 16 on Wednesday.

This year, the portals of the temple to Lord Ganesh will be closed after Ganesha worship and Mahabhishek on November 12 after which on November 13, the portals of Adi Kedareshwar will be closed ceremoniously. After various other religious rituals including the ceremonious worship of Goddess Lakshmi in her temple and Kadhai Bhog on November 15 after which the portals of the Badrinath temple will be closed to human devotees at the designated time of 3:45 PM on November 16.

According to long held belief, Lord Vishnu in the form of Badrinath is worshipped by humans for a duration of six months in the summer and monsoon seasons, the gods led by the celestial sage Narad conduct the worship of Lord Badirnath in the shrine during the six-month winter period when a blanket of snow covers parts of both the Badrinath temple township and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

You'll Be Surprised at Which Religions Have the Most Members with $100K+ Incomes

Posted on 2016/10/12 19:46:41 ( 411 reads )


U.S., October 12, 2016 (Time): A new analysis from the Pew Research Center focuses on how much money various religious groups earn, and clearly, members of certain religions are much more likely than others to be wealthy. But don't assume that converting to a new religion is going to somehow boost your income. The real takeaway from the data is probably a message you've heard many times over: Higher education is the path to higher earnings.

According to data collected in a huge 2014 Pew study, 44% of American Jews live in a household with total income of $100,000 or more. That's the highest rate in the nation, followed by Hindus (36%) and Episcopalians (35%). These three groups also had high representations in the $50,000 to $99,000 income bracket. Altogether, roughly 70% of members of the Jewish, Hindu, and Episcopalian faith have household incomes of $50,000 or above.

In a way it should come as little surprise that Jews and Hindus tend to have the highest earners. After all, they also tend to be exceptionally well educated. A previous Pew study revealed that 58% of American Jews are college graduates, and 28% have post-grad degrees--compared to rates of 29% and 10%, respectively, for all U.S. adults. Hindus have even higher rates of higher education, with 85% holding college degrees and 57% with some post-graduate education, according to a 2012 study.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/12 19:46:30 ( 325 reads )


Education is the manifestation of a perfection present in every person.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

Calcutta HC Lifts Puja Curbs, Slams Bengal Bid to Appease Minorities

Posted on 2016/10/11 19:30:49 ( 392 reads )


CALCUTTA, INDIA, October 9, 2016 (Indian Express): The Calcutta High Court has held the time limits set by the West Bengal government for Durga statue immersion next week, on account of the Muslim observance of Moharram, as "arbitrary" and said the order was a "clear endeavor" by the state to "appease the minority section of the public." While noting that "we live in difficult times" and it would be "dangerous to mix politics with religion," the order of October 6 by a single-member bench of Justice Dipankar Dutta said no decision should be taken that could pit "one community against another," and that "intolerance would rise in the event of such arbitrary decision" of the government.

Bijoy Dashami, the day of the Durga statue immersion, falls on October 11 this year. The tazia procession for Muharram is to take place the next day. Directing the police and civil administration to work together to identify routes for the immersion processions and for the tazia to be taken out by the Muslim community, taking care to "ensure that the routes do not overlap", Justice Dutta said that "no effort" had been made to "satisfy" the Bench that "processions (tazia) on the eve of Moharram are an inseparable part of the mourning" associated with Moharram.

The order further said that Bijoy Dashami is a ritual for "puritan Hindus," that can't be "postponed to a day" beyond Bijoy Dashami, or "preponed at the whims" of the state government. Justice Dutta felt that apart from the fact that the restrictions on statue immersion were "unprecedented" in Bengal's history, there is "no decision in black and white taken either by the civil administration or by the police administration indicating any reason for imposing the impugned restriction."

London to Begin Diwali Celebrations from This Week

Posted on 2016/10/11 19:30:39 ( 346 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, October 10, 2016 (ndtv): London's Pakistani-origin mayor Sadiq Khan will launch the annual Diwali celebrations at the Trafalgar Square on Sunday, featuring a mix of music, dance and live performances to mark the festival with people of "all backgrounds." "London is open to all people and all communities - we don't just tolerate each other's differences, we embrace them. Nowhere is this more apparent than in London's joyous celebration of Diwali in Trafalgar Square," said Khan.

"Here, London's Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities come together to celebrate and to share the festivities with Londoners and visitors of all backgrounds. Diwali's central message of peace and mutual respect is one that we can all learn from. To all those celebrating this month, I wish you a very happy and enjoyable Diwali," he said.

"This year we celebrate 15th year of Diwali in Trafalgar Square, London. This wonderful festival is filled with lights, lamps, music, sweets and gifts, but the Diwali story is more than the story of a single day of festive celebrations. It is a story of dedication to the pursuance and protection of the truth, justice, cooperation and respect," said Sanjay Gadhvi, Diwali in London Committee Chairperson 2016.

Do You Have a Great Photo of Morari Bapu?

Posted on 2016/10/11 19:30:29 ( 308 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, October 11, 2016 (HPI): Hinduism Today is running an article of Ram Harikatha exponent Morari Bapu and looking for a great photo of popular preacher. Surprisingly there are not many good photos of him in concert, or any other setting including the standard passport style "head shot." If you have any hi-resolution photographs (1.5 megabytes in size of more) you want to share, please send to: letters@hindu.org. This is a bit urgent...

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/11 19:30:18 ( 267 reads )


You can gain an intricate control of the various things that change in and about you. Lean your thoughts and feelings in the right direction, and discover how quickly your circumstances will change their direction.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

U.S. Postal Service Stamp for Festival of Diwali

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:03:07 ( 506 reads )


NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, October 5, 2016 (USPS): The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp today. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City. The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #DiwaliStamp.

"The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali," said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. "We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream."

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in clarified butter known as "ghee" or in vegetable oils. Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year. Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as "a necklace of lights." During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724.

All ASI Protected Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites Declared Polythene Free Zones

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:57 ( 357 reads )


INDIA, October 6, 2016 (Press Release): All ASI Protected Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites have been declared Polythene Free Zones. Advisory has been issued to all State Governments/UTs to support ASI in keeping monuments Polythene Free up to 300 meters from the protected boundaries of the monuments. This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism while briefing the media persons on the various initiatives of Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism during Swachhata Pakhwada 16th - 30th September, 2016.

He informed that Ministry of Culture has sanctioned US$52.5 million to provide facilities like Protected Boundaries, Toilets and Disabled Friendly Access in all ASI Protected Monuments. The Minister said that ASI has ranked top 25 Adarsh Monuments on the basis of cleanliness parameters such as amenities like toilets, green lawns, Polythene Free Zone, signage for awareness, disabilities access, drinking water and provision for garbage bins etc. "Rani ki Vav (Gujarat)" a World Heritage Site has been declared as the cleanest iconic place in the country.

The Minister said that since the general public and the tourists are the largest stakeholders in keeping the monuments clean, the Ministry of Tourism has decided to facilitate the general public to communicate their complaints about any unclean area/garbage piles in and around tourist destinations. This useful mobile App enables a citizen to take photograph of garbage at the monument and upload the same along with his/her remarks. The application then sends an SMS to the ASI Nodal Officer concerned with the monument upon receipt of which the Nodal Officer gets the garbage cleared/removed. The Nodal Officer thereafter sends confirmation about the redressal of the complaint through an SMS to the complainant. This Mobile App is available on Google Search Engine as Swachh Paryatan.

Here's What You Should Do This Durga Puja %26 the Best Pandals to Visit in Kolkata

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:46 ( 388 reads )


KOLKATA, INDIA, October 4, 2016 (India Times): Durga Puja is a major Indian festival and thanks to the amazing art on display, it has also been billed as the world's largest street carnival. Every year for about seven days, the city of Kolkata, that hosts over 4,500 pujas, comes to a standstill to celebrate Durga Puja. The ensuing week promises a lot in the form of aartis, dhaki drumbeats, cultural shows, food and feasting. The five-day Durga puja carnival, beginning on 6 October, 2016, celebrates the annual descent of Goddess Durga on earth to visit Her parents, according to Hindu mythology. This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated from 7 October to 11 October

Millions of people are already planning their puja schedule -- over the next few days they will walk or drive around the city, going pandal-hopping with friends and family. Kitchens will be shut down for the length of the fest as people sample the fare at pop-up food stalls that have sprung up everywhere. According to reports, the footfall is expected to be near ten million.

The city is already looking like a new bride, adorned with lights and colors. Durga Puja isn't just a religious event for Bengalis, it is a carnival with all-night live music sessions, open-air plays, literary fairs, poetry readings and great food. Each year, puja organisers go all out to impress visitors with unique ideas and themes. Artisans start work much earlier to complete the pandals in time.

For a list of must-see pandals and festival activities, as well as colorful photos, see "source" above.

Medicated Oil Treatment Begins for Sabarimala Temple Mast

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:36 ( 361 reads )


KERALA, INDIA, October 2, 2016 (The Hindu): The Travancore Devaswom Board has started preparations for the medicated oil treatment of the teak wood brought from the Konni forests for replacing the old temple flag mast (kodimaram) at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . The carpentry work on the teak wood has been completed under the leadership of master craftsmen Ananthan Achary and Palani Achary at a specially prepared enclosure at the Anjaneya Auditorium at Pampa in the foothills of Sabarimala.

The medical oil is being prepared with 35 herbs, and the teak wood will be kept immersed in a large vessel filled with the oil for six months as part of the curing process. The TDB has decided to replace the old flag mast with a new one on the basis of the recommendations made by Vasthu experts and the astrological consultation conducted at Sabarimala. The experts found the mast decayed.

The installation of the new mast will be held in the auspicious muhurtham between 11:50 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. on June 25, 2017. According to TDB sources, it requires not less than 286 lbs. of gold for covering the wooden mast with gold plates.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:25 ( 257 reads )


As righteousness resides in the hearts of the virtuous, so does deceit dwell in the hearts of thieves.
-- Tirukkural 288

What Would Happen if the World Suddenly Went Vegetarian?

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:56:25 ( 805 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, September 27, 2016 (BBC Future by Rachel Nuwer): People become vegetarians for a variety of reasons. Some do it to alleviate animal suffering, others because they want to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Still others are fans of sustainability or wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. No matter how much their carnivorous friends might deny it, vegetarians have a point: cutting out meat delivers multiple benefits. And the more who make the switch, the more those perks would manifest on a global scale.

But if everyone became a committed vegetarian, there would be serious drawbacks for millions, if not billions, of people. "It's a tale of two worlds, really," says Andrew Jarvis of Colombia's International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. "In developed countries, vegetarianism would bring all sorts of environmental and health benefits. But in developing countries there would be negative effects in terms of poverty."

Jarvis and other experts at the centre hypothesized what might happen if meat dropped off the planet's menu overnight. First, they examined climate change. Food production accounts for one-quarter to one-third of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and the brunt of responsibility for those numbers falls to the livestock industry. Despite this, how our dietary choices affect climate change is often underestimated. In the US, for example, an average family of four emits more greenhouse gases because of the meat they eat than from driving two cars - but it is cars, not steaks, that regularly come up in discussions about global warming.

Much more of this insightful article at "source" above.

Systems Biology Research Study Reveals Benefits of Meditation

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:56:15 ( 445 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 30, 2016 (Press Release): Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. They examined the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune pathways, in addition to short- term improvements in well-being, as measured by feelings of vitality and distress. A meditation retreat, for those who already used meditation regularly, was associated with molecular networks characterized by antiviral activity. The molecular signature of long-term meditators was distinct from the non-meditating vacationers. The study was published today in Springer Nature's journal Translational Psychiatry.

The study involved 94 healthy women, aged 30-60. Sixty-four women were recruited who were not regular meditators. Participants stayed at the same resort in California for six days, and randomized so that half were simply on vacation while the other half joined a meditation training program run by the Chopra Center for Well Being. The meditation program included training in mantra meditation, yoga, and self reflection exercises.

"Based on our results, the benefit we experience from meditation isn't strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function," said Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. The prediction is that this would then lead to healthier aging."

Full paper is available at "source" above.

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