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Kedarnath Shrine Reopens for Devotees On Sunday
Posted on 2014/5/8 16:26:43 ( 414 reads )

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DEHRADUN, INDIA, May 4, 2014 (India Today): Sacred portals of the Kedarnath temple were reopened to devotees amid elaborate rituals early on Sunday morning, about a year after the Himalayan shrine was marred by flash floods that had left thousands of people dead and many others stranded. Chief priest of the shrine (Rawal) Bhima Shankar Ling presided over the rituals as its gates were opened amid chanting of Vedic hymns. About 1,252 devotees including eight foreign nationals visited the shrine on the opening day.

It is the first Char Dham yatra (to four sacred places in the Himalayas: Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamnotri) after last year's calamity. The annual pilgrimage was struck by the unprecedented flash floods last year causing large-scale loss of lives and property. Over 5,000 people were dead or missing, including pilgrims from various parts of the country.

Expressing happiness over the first day turnout, Committee CEO V.D Singh said it was much more than their expectations. "The crowd was bigger than expected and there was much enthusiasm among the devotees. It is an indication that the fear psychosis gripping people outside the state in the wake of last years tragedy is subsiding gradually. "The crowd of visitors is likely to swell as the snow begins to melt," he said.

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15,000 turn Up For Gangotri, Yamnotri Re-Opening
Posted on 2014/5/8 16:26:37 ( 493 reads )

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DEHRADUN, INDIA, May 3, 2014 (Times Of India): Last year's mid-June flash floods did not deter 15,000-odd devotees from across the country from converging at Yamnotri and Gangotri shrines in Uttarkashi district to attend the sacred ceremony marking the re-opening of these shrines' portals. With this, the Char Dham yatra has commenced in Uttarakhand.

Amid chanting of Vedic mantras, the doors of Gangotri and Yamnotri were re-opened at 12:01 pm and 1:20 pm, respectively minutes after their "doli" (palanquin in which the statues are carried) reached the temples from their winter abode at Mukhba and Kharsali villages in the district. The winter abode of Goddess Ganga is located at a distance of about 9 miles from Gangotri shrine and 6 miles from Yamnotri shrine.

Residents in Mukhba and Kharsali villages consider Goddess Ganga and Goddess Yamuna as their daughters. On Thursday, with moist eyes, they accorded a ceremonial send-off to the two statuess, respectively in their doli decked with flowers. When contacted, devotees at Gangotri and Yamnotri said they had to trek for several miles on the 20 mile Badkot-Jangalchatti and the 15.5 mile Gangori-Sukhi motorable roads to reach Yamnotri and Gangotri shrines, as they are still being re-constructed.

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A Puppet Fest In Bangalore
Posted on 2014/5/8 16:26:31 ( 453 reads )

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BANGALORE, INDIA, May 5, 2014 (Bangalore Mirror): She is stunning even at age 150. With her long black hair bedecked with flowers, a crimson tilak on her face, a big nose-ring, chunky earrings, and a curvaceous figure under a bright red nine-yard sari, she looks resplendent. Queen, all of two feet, is a leather puppet, created from deer leather, crafted by a puppeteer hailing from Bellary. She, along with about 399 others, has been taken out of her 30-year residence in the basement of the Chitrakala Parishath (CKP), to be displayed at CKP's first such large exposition on leather puppets. For the first time, these wondrous creations will be reliving their old days of glory, when village folk gathered in the evenings to see the grand magnificent shadow act narration of the Ramayana or the Mahabharata.

Part of MS Nanjunda Rao's, the grand doyen of CKP's 3,000 plus collection, one of the largest in the country, Queen was bought from her puppeteer during the 1960s. Rao had travelled through villages with a research team, coaxing puppeteers to sell some puppets. Until the '60s and '70s, puppets would provide complex entertainment to villagers. Puppeteers learned the craft from their family, and belonged to the Chitavaaru, Sellekethe, Jananga, Gomberamdavaru or Katbhajananga community.

As many as 400 leather puppets, some over 100 years old, will be celebrated at a city festival that aims to reclaim their past glory. The Festival of Leather Puppets, Chitrakala Parishath, will be held May 3 - 11.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/8 16:26:25 ( 352 reads )

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"God is the creator, and the best way of offering prayer to him is to be creative. God is all loving, and the best way to serve him is to serve humanity."
-- Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1825-1883), Hindu reformer

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Balinese Ogoh-Ogoh Parade Amazes Belgium Public
Posted on 2014/5/5 18:42:42 ( 601 reads )

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BELGIUM, March 31, 2014 (Metrobali): Hundreds of expatriate Balinese Hindus living in the EU (and their European friends and relatives) enthusiastically welcomed the New Year Saka 1936 in suburban Brussels on Saturday, March 29, 2014. On the grounds of the Indonesian Embassy, the event was kicked off with Hindu prayer and worship including a traditional dance. Then six large ogoh-ogoh effigies were paraded through the surrounding city streets accompanied by the crowd. The parade, accompanied by a police escort and and the loud and rhythmic beat of Belgium's Gamelan Group Bleganjur Saling Asah, caused a stir of excitement among the citizens along the one kilometer route.

The celebration of Nyepi and the Saka New Year with an Ogoh-Ogoh parade was the brainchild of Ambassador Arif Havas Oegrosenothe. It was brought to fruition by the hard work of the Balinese of the local Banjar Dharma Shanti association and the broader community in Luxembourg, Germany, France and the Netherlands. This event was the fourth annual edition.

In his speech, the ambassador invited all Indonesian Hindus in Europe is to remain fond of the values taught by their culture and continue to implement them in daily life. And on this day, when life on Bali comes to a standstill, everyone should remember that at the heart of silence (Nyepi) we can explore our inner identity and maintain harmony and balance with God, our fellow human beings and the environment so that peace is realized in our lives.

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Hindu-Sikh Trainings in Maryland Provide a Template for Schools Across The Country
Posted on 2014/5/5 18:42:36 ( 528 reads )

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MARYLAND, U.S., May 1, 2014 (Huffington Post): Over the past few months, the Hindu American Foundation, Kaur Foundation and Sikh Kid To Kid worked with the Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools to implement a three-part training for teachers, involving cultural immersions at Sikh and Hindu places of worship (separate trips), followed by a reflection session designed to improve classroom approaches to teaching about the two faiths. The workshops were a product of conversations between the groups and Maria Tarasuk, the social studies supervisor for the Montgomery County Public Schools, who has long advocated for community-based approaches to teaching about diversity.

Following yesterday's reflection session, it was apparent that the school district had helped to lay the groundwork for something sustaining in the county, and replicable in other parts of the country. Tarasuk said the experience was "powerful" for teachers. "It helped them connect on an emotional level, not only with the content but with their students," she said. "Because of that, teachers are going to be much more comfortable sharing with their students. It was a wonderful partnership between the schools and all the organizations involved."

Over the past month, teachers who attended the workshops (an early April visit to area Gurdwaras, the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation and the Guru Nanak Foundation of America, followed by a visit last weekend to the Chinmaya Mission of D.C.) learned about several commonly misunderstood facts about Hinduism and Sikhism. The Hindu American trainers helped to explain key concepts of Hinduism such as dharma, karma, and moksha, and how they relate to daily practice, including how Hindus worship the Divine. We also helped to showcase the evolution and the development of Hindu history over 5,000 years. The teachers learned, for example, that the Aryan Invasion Theory - long a staple of textbooks - has been debunked (though the Aryan Migration Theory is still popular among many linguists), and that caste is not intrinsic to Hindu philosophy (caste is an Indian social practice).

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/5 18:42:30 ( 511 reads )

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Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations. Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will be filled in, which is the goal of all religious worship.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

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Hindus Open Grand Indian-Style Temple In Guyana
Posted on 2014/5/5 12:13:00 ( 518 reads )

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BERBICE, GUYANA, April 22, 2014 (Kaieteur News): The Hindu Society of Berbice opened the multi-million-dollar Shri Krishna Mandir with a grand ceremony on Sunday at Gay Park, Greater New Amsterdam. The edifice, which models the rare designs of Hindu places of worship in Southern India, is a rarity among architectural designs in these parts of the world. President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar were present as were thousands of Hindus from across Guyana.

Hindu activist Mrs. Chandrowtie Maraj noted that a former structure was erected in the area in the 1990's. The old mandir was located adjacent to the present structure, she added, but became termite-infested over time. The new Shri Krishna Mandir is complemented by a Maha Kali and Bhagwan Shiva Mandir sitting on both sides in the compound. Its intricately interior and exterior designs go hand-in-hand with its exquisite ceilings and elaborate towering domes.

Guru Dr. Prema Panduraji, a Television personality said, "When one enters a mandir, all bad and evil thoughts are gone. You are closer to God, that's why when you come to a temple; you greet everybody with a smile." She said that nothing in Hinduism is secular. "Our art is spiritual; Mathematics, dance, music, literature--everything is spiritual...That is why when you come to the temple, you are intuitively, naturally, spontaneously spiritual--that is what happens."

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Pakistan's Hindus Enter Endless Limbo in India
Posted on 2014/5/5 12:12:54 ( 565 reads )

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INDIA, April 30, 2014 (UCANews): Hindus from Pakistan often travel to India on one-month pilgrim visas, purportedly to visit the innumerable Hindu holy places and shrines around the country. But since 2011, the number of Pakistani Hindus refusing to leave at the end of their stay has increased dramatically in response to the easing of visa regulations by the Indian government, which has announced that Hindus from Pakistan can get long term visas if they follow certain rules.

Most hail from Pakistan's Hyderabad province, home to the majority of the country's 2.5 million Hindus. Once in India, they can apply for refugee or asylum seeker status. But if their applications are denied, they can simply go on extending their visas. Those who stay usually end up living in tents on land offered on a temporary basis by religious groups or temples. But lack of identification documents means no real jobs, limited income and no means to benefit from state welfare schemes.

Refugees, who may arrive in groups as large as 100 or more, claim they deserve asylum or refugee status or Indian citizenship because their families are not safe in Pakistan. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the country saw a 22 percent rise in religious violence last year, with 687 people killed in more than 200 attacks. But religious freedom is meaningless unless Pakistani Hindus are given legal status and allowed to hold legitimate jobs so that they can provide adequately for their families, said Ram Das, a college graduate who came to India in 2011. Like most other asylum seekers from Pakistan, despite his education, Das now makes his living as a lowly street vendor.

Overall, Pakistani Hindus have not benefited as much as other migrants from Tibet, Myanmar and Afghanistan, who have been assisted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). India shelters some 100,000 Tibetans, more than 110,000 Chin refugees, and some 250 who have fled Afghanistan.

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Special Yagam Performed for Rain in Madurai
Posted on 2014/5/5 12:12:48 ( 426 reads )

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MADURAI, INDIA, April 29, 2014 (The Hindu): Invoking the God of rains, a special puja (Varuna Jeba Yagam) was performed at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in the early hours of Monday. A special abishekam was performed on the Nandi statue at the Veeravasantharayar Mandapam. Verses were recited from the Thirumurai of Sundaramoorthy Nayanar by the temple priests and a nagaswaram troupe performed music in Amrithavarshini, Meghavarshini, Anandha Bhairavi and Roopa Kalyani ragams which are believed to bring rain. Devotees and visitors at the temple also took part in the proceedings.

Speaking about the Yagam, P. Jayaraman, Executive Officer of the temple and Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) department said owing to drought-like situation across Tamil Nadu, special pujas were being performed at all temples under the HR and CE control in the State.

Tirunelveli district is witnessing a monsoon failure for the fifth successive year. Poor storage level in dams has forced officials to release a meagre quantity of water from reservoirs to meet drinking water purposes. Subsequently, the small quantity of water being pumped from the infiltration wells is being distributed to residents on turn basis. The problems of cattle is even worse as there is virtually no grass in the district. In the Varuna Jabam (prayers for abundant rains) offered at Sri Nellaiyappar Gandhimathi Ambal Temple here, the pradhosha (parade Deity) Nandi (Siva's vahana or mount) was kept in neck-deep water to appease rain gods and a special abhishekam was performed with water drawn from the Tamiraparani.

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Commissioner Cannot Appoint Temple EOs Says High Court
Posted on 2014/5/5 12:12:41 ( 364 reads )

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INDIA, April 17, 2014 (The Hindu): Unless the rules under the HR and CE Act provision relating to appointment and duties of Executive Officers is issued, the Commissioner cannot appoint any Executive Officer, irrespective of the situation in the administration of a temple, the Madras High Court has ruled. The court judgment is likely to have an effect on EO appointments already made.

Justice S. Nagamuthu passed the order while allowing a writ petition by the Arulmigu Vaithianathaswamy Devasthanam, Vaitheeswaran Koil, Nagapattinam district. The devasthanam challenged a HR and CE Commissioner's show cause notice of February 12 this year calling upon it to explain why an Executive Officer (EO) should not be appointed for the temple for one year and the consequential proceedings. In the notice, six alleged irregularities were noted.

The petitioner challenged the notice on the ground that the Commissioner had no jurisdiction to issue it and to appoint an EO for the temple. This was because under Section 45 (1) of the HR and CE Act (Appointment and duties of Executive Officers) the government had not issued any rule prescribing the conditions upon which the EO could be appointed.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/5/5 12:12:28 ( 396 reads )

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The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the guru is thus named.
-- Advayataraka Upanishad

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Indian Gods, Made in China
Posted on 2014/5/3 18:11:30 ( 522 reads )

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INDIA, May 2,2014 (by Ananth Krishnan, The Hindu): Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Qingfeng's shop sits hidden in a maze of several thousand outlets at the Yiwu market - a sprawling area stretching across the size of 750 football fields that is the world's largest commodity market. It attracts half a million businessmen from 90 countries in search of everything from computer parts and mobile phones to toy cars and plastic buckets.

Mr. Zhao's shop,one would not expect to find in officially atheist China: on one corner is a collection of beautifully rendered images of the god Krishna as a child. There are, on the shop's walls, framed photographs of half a dozen gods and goddesses from the Hindu pantheon: images of Ganesha, Hanuman and Saraswathi on a lotus. From this small shop in Yiwu, these images will find their way to homes and offices - and possibly even places of worship - across India. More than a hundred Indian companies buy Mr. Zhao's products, supplying and distributing them across India - often without making their customers aware of the fact that the images that adorn their prayer rooms were all put together by Chinese workers in a factory in Zhejiang province.

Mr. Zhao's business illustrates the depth to which Chinese manufacturing has penetrated the Indian market. Mr. Zhang was one of the earliest producers of images of Hindu gods. Today, he estimates, there are between 30 and 40 companies in China doing the same. "Many of the new factories offer poor quality, but the Indian customers are very price sensitive so business is down," he said. Despite rising prices, however, Indian orders haven't stopped coming. One reason: their clients say they simply have no other alternative "It's still easier to order from China," one trader said. "Everything is produced in bulk, and the trade is very organised. Where am I going to find such factories in India?"

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Treasure Trove: Amicus Points Finger At Padmanabhaswamy Temple "Highest Echelons"
Posted on 2014/5/3 18:11:24 ( 494 reads )

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KERALA, INDIA, April 23, 2014 (Indian Express): The controversy surrounding the alleged mismanagement of Kerala's famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple on Wednesday evoked sharp reaction from the Supreme Court, which said there are certain "disturbing features" and "extremely serious" issues which require immediate redressal.

The observation by the bench came at the outset of the hearing when senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who is appearing as an amicus curiae in the matter, was about to apprise the court about his April 15 report in which he highlighted several serious irregularities in the management of the temple and its wealth (estimated in the billions of dollars). He submitted there was need for independent management of the temple so that officials can carry out their function freely and fearlessly.

After an hour-long hearing during which senior advocate K. K. Venugopal, appearing for scion of Travancore Royal family, raised objections to Subramaniam's report, the bench said parties including Kerala Government will be given chance to respond to the findings in the report. "The matter requires immediate hearing. To us it is an extremely serious matter. We would like to hear all of you," the bench said, posting further hearing for Thursday. Venugopal said everything in the report was not acceptable as astonishing things have been stated and in many cases wrong inferences have been drawn.

The sprawling temple, an architectural splendor in granite, was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House which had ruled southern Kerala and some adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu before integration of the princely state with Indian Union in 1947. Even after India's independence, the temple continued to be governed by a trust controlled by the erstwhile royal family for whom Lord Padmanabha (Vishnu) is their family deity.

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Supreme Court Entrusts Padmanabhaswamy Temple To Five-Member Committee
Posted on 2014/5/3 18:11:18 ( 478 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 24, 2014 (Vancouverdesi): The Supreme Court Thursday entrusted the administration of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala to a five-member committee headed by the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram. The court also said the keys of the temple vault holding its treasure would be handed over to the district judge.

The court's interim order on the administration of the temple came on the recommendations of amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam, who had sought overhauling of the functioning of the temple. Before passing the order, the court took on board counsel K.K. Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General K.V. Vishwanathan representing the royal family and the Kerala government, respectively.

The court appointed senior Indian Administrative Service officer and former administrator of the Guruvayur temple Satish Kumar as the executive officer of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. After appointing Satish Kumar, the court said the incumbent executive officer and administrative officer would proceed on a four-month leave. The court said none of the properties of the temple would be alienated or dealt with.

The five-member committee will comprise the Thiruvananthapuram district judge, a tantri and chief nambi of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple and two more members, of which one will be appointed in consultation with the state government. If the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram is not a Hindu, then the senior-most judicial officer in the city would step in as head of the administration committee, the court said.

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