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View Live Feed of Worship at Kashi Viswanath Temple, Varanasi
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:39 ( 1267 reads )

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VARANASI, INDIA, April 15, 2015 (HPI): Devotees can view a live feed of the worship of the famed Siva Lingam of Kashi Viswanath Temple here at "source" above. The camera is fixed looking down at the Siva Lingam, which is barely discernable in the silver enclosure as devotees move through at the rate of several a minute. They are allowed to touch the Lingam and offer their own worship most of the day. There are also periods of formal worship by priests which are noted under "Programmes" on the home page.

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At Hindu Temple in Hockessin, a Tour of India
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:33 ( 1180 reads )

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DELAWARE, U.S., April 12, 2015 (Delaware Online): From the brightly colored costumes to the traditional music to the jangling ankle bracelets worn by many dancers, a small portion of Delaware was taken on a tour of Indian culture Saturday. Nearly 500 people attended the event, called Maha Shakthi, at the Hindu Temple of Delaware. "It's such a feast for the eyes and the ears and everything," said Chitra Vaidyanathan, who was attending the event. "It's so mesmerizing and uplifting just to see it."

By honoring different Hindu Goddesses, the event recognized many different sects of Hinduism. "It gives the kids a sense of where you're from and who you are," Vaidyanathan said. "These kids very much belong to American culture, but this gives them a chance to know Indian culture, too." The dance ceremony was also used to kick off more than a month of celebration up to Memorial Day, when the temple will recognize its 13th anniversary.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:27 ( 1064 reads )

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I was an atheist until I found out I was God.
-- Spotted on a T-shirt in Auroville

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Brain Scans Show the Influence of Yoga and Meditation on Pain Perception and Aging
Posted on 2015/4/15 17:50:00 ( 1784 reads )

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For the pain study, research subjects received light pain stimuli in the form of mild electrical shocks to one of their forearms. The meditation group experienced the pain in both an everyday state of mind and in a state of meditation. They turned out to experience the pain not as less strong, but as less unpleasant. In their brains, the reduced pain perception went hand in hand with increased activation in the posterior insula (the area involved in the sensation of pain) and decreased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex (the area that regulates experiences). This pattern is the opposite of what happens in the brains of non-meditators. In other words, meditators were able to reduce their pain in a unique way by tolerating the pain sensations instead of exerting mental control over them.

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Big Temple Car Set for a Glorious Comeback after 100 Years
Posted on 2015/4/15 17:41:49 ( 1341 reads )

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THANJAVUR, INDIA, April 10, 2015 (The Hindu): All is set for the trial run of the brand new temple car crafted for the internationally famed Sri Brihadeeswarar temple ("Big Temple") here on April 20. The actual car festival is slated for April 29, an event Thanjavur is poised to witness after nearly a century. Besides the new temple car, the roads of the four main thoroughfares on which the car is to be drawn have been paved afresh to facilitate a smooth run.

More than 30 sthapathis have been handcrafting the towering car for close to 15 months now. Around 25 tons of Iluppai and country teakwood are being used to make the 18-foot tall temple car. The new temple car would be a three-tiered wooden structure atop which rests the devasanam on which the simhasanam is perched. On that simhasanam, the processional Deity would be ensconced. "The specialty of the car work is that we have incorporated the global image of the Big Temple, the steep tower, and the maha Nandi as icons on the car. Besides, the sthapathis are taking particular care to ensure that the work reflects the Big Temple's grandeur in every possible sphere," say C. Varadaraja Sthapathy and C. Sivadurai Sthapathy, entrusted with the task of crafting the temple car.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/15 17:41:36 ( 1153 reads )

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Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society

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Ganesha Temple Opens in Norway
Posted on 2015/4/14 16:00:41 ( 1493 reads )

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NORWAY, March 24, 2015 (NRK): Norway's fourth Tamil temple has opened, in Alesund. Three priests, from England, Denmark and Oslo, came to do a "water vessel ceremony" to consecrate the place, which will be repeated every twelve years. "In order for a building to be considered a temple it must be consecrated. If it has not been blessed there won't be any spiritual power." says Rasathurai Sathinalingam who is chairman of the board at Alesund Hindu Cultural Center. "Now that we have a permanent meeting place it will be easier to give a religious education to our children," explains Mrs. Suki Ponnuthurai.

About 350 Hindus live in the surrounding More and Romsdal coastal district. Even though the temple is primarily for Hindus, people of other faiths are welcome. "Yes, everyone can come here," Sathinalingam exclaims. Among those who came to express congratulations to the Hindu community on this occasion was Oystein Engas, head of the Norwegian Lutheran Mission. Despite the fact that Engas is head of the local missionary work, he says that it is good for Christians to practice tolerance for other religions and he emphasizes that there will be no attempts to try to convert any of the Hindus here.

[HPI adds: The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has created small community groups of Tamils in small cities around Norway. One such place is Alesund on the west coast of Norway. Their presence, customs and religion is seen as something really exotic and different to most Lutheran Norwegians who constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. That a Hindu temple could open in such an environment is looked at with a sense of awe. A couple of reporters were sent out to cover the story. See Source above for their video. This is translated from the Ny Norsk language of western Norway, and the place names are reproduced without the language's special diacritical marks. ]

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"Commander Selvam" Sentenced in Georgia Temple Fraud Case
Posted on 2015/4/14 16:00:28 ( 1420 reads )

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 14, 2015 (Associated Press): Federal prosecutors say the former leader of a Hindu Temple in Georgia has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for defrauding his followers and the temple's creditors. Annamalai Annamalai of Baytown, Texas, was convicted in 2014 of 34 counts including fraud and obstruction--related charges. Prosecutors say Annamalai demanded fees for spiritual services and then charged members' credit card numbers for more than the agreed amount. Prosecutors say he sent false documents to credit card companies and filed lawsuits against the followers who challenged him. He also was convicted for sending a false email to an IRS agent and submitting false statements to a grand jury and a bankruptcy court. Annamalai is also known as Dr. Commander Selvam and Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/14 16:00:22 ( 1243 reads )

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When the Creator dances, the worlds He created dance. To the measure that He dances in our knowledge, our thoughts, too, dance. When He in heart-endearing dances, the several elements, too, dance. Witness in rapture surpassing the dance of that One who is a glowing flame.
-- Tirumantiram, 2786

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Modi Launches International Day of Yoga Website
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:42:12 ( 1672 reads )

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PARIS, FRANCE, April 10, 2015 (Business Standard): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a portal for the International Day of Yoga here, describing the ancient Indian spiritual practice as capable of awakening a sense of oneness. Flanked by UNESCO Director General Irena Bukova, Modi officially launched the http://www.Idayofyoga.Org website after addressing a gathering at the UNESCO headquarters that included a large number of NRIs.

In his UNESCO address, Modi called for a change in lifestyle "because the emission reduction that we seek will be the natural outcome of how we live. It is with this vision that I had called the United Nations General Assembly last September to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Yoga awakens a sense of oneness and harmony with self, society and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and create a more balanced world," Modi said.

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Thousands Join for Opening of Edinburgh's First Hindu Temple
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:42:05 ( 1249 reads )

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, April 6, 2015 (Edinburgh STV): Over 1,300 people joined for a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre, the first of its kind in Edinburgh. While the St. Andrew Place building has been used over the last 32 years by the local Hindu community, the official launch marks the instatement of a full-time priest. To coincide with the event, a hand-carved wooden throne and statues of Gods and Goddesses made from white marble and then hand painted were shipped from North India.

Photographer Hermann Rodrigues has been documenting the connections between Scotland and India for the last 20 years. He is also a volunteer at the temple and says the opening marks an exciting chapter in the life of Edinburgh's Hindu community. The Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre will be used to host classes for children in music, language, dance and bhakti yoga as well as cultural performances and events by visiting artists. "With the community growing there was a big need for a center which nurtures the spiritual and cultural needs of the Hindus in and around Edinburgh," Hermann said.

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US Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard Marries in a Hawaiian Hindu Wedding
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:41:58 ( 1250 reads )

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2015 (Times of India): In an event unique in the history of US politics and of Hawaii, the country's 50th state, a lawmaker from the famed island was married in a Hindu ceremony on Thursday, with the chanting of Vedic mantras and the dappling backwaters of the Pacific bouncing off lush green mountains in the backdrop. In a sylvan, secluded spot on the eastern shore of Oahu, at a historic site that native Hawaiian people used as a fish pond, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 33, and her fiance Abraham Williams, 26, a cinematographer she met on the campaign trail, were married by a Hindu priest.

The ceremony, according to those who attended it, concluded with a traditional yoga kirtan with friends and family celebrating the newly married couple with Hawaiian song and dance, followed by a vegetarian meal. The event was attended by the couple's closest friends and a smattering of lawmakers, including both Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress. Guests included BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who flew in from India with a special message and gift from PM Narendra Modi, and India's acting ambassador and charge d'affairs in Washington, Taranjit Sandhu.

Although the number of Hindus living in Hawaii is relatively small, with only a few Hindu temples in the entire state, Gabbard has been vocal and transparent about her faith. She took oath in Congress on the Bhagavad Gita, and presented the same copy to PM Modi when she called on him in New York.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:41:52 ( 1155 reads )

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There is no greater mystery than that we keep seeking reality though, in fact, we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be on the day you laugh is also here and now.
-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

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India's Rich Temples May Open Gold Vaults for Narendra Modi
Posted on 2015/4/10 17:44:46 ( 1633 reads )

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 10, 2015 (Times of India): The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers. It is one of India's richest temples, having amassed 348 lbs. of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off limits. India is the world's biggest consumer of gold and its ancient temples have collected billions of dollars in jewelry, bars and coins over the centuries -- all hidden securely in vaults, some ancient and some modern.

Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to get his hands on this temple gold, estimated at about 3,000 tons--more than two thirds of the gold held in the US bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky--to help tackle India's chronic trade imbalance. Modi's government is planning to launch a scheme in May that would encourage temples to deposit their gold with banks in return for interest payments. The government would melt the gold and loan it to jewelers to meet an insatiable appetite for gold and reduce economically-crippling gold imports, which accounted for 28 percent of India's trade deficit in the year ending March 2013.

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Switzerland: A Hindu Temple Opens in Zizers
Posted on 2015/4/10 17:44:40 ( 1002 reads )

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SWITZERLAND, April 2, 2015 (Voce Evangelica): A new Hindu temple has opened in the eastern Swiss town of Zizers near Chur. The ceremony, which took place Saturday, March 28, was organized by the Hindus of the Grisons Canton (Grisons is the only Swiss canton which is officially trilingual: Swiss German, Italian and Romansh) who turned a warehouse, located in the Rheinruetenen industrial area of Zizers, into a place of worship.

The inauguration took place with songs, prayers and dances. A Hindu priest, who came specially for the occasion from Sri Lanka, expressed gratitude for the freedom of religion in Switzerland and thanked the local authorities for having granted approval for the construction of the temple. The priest of the new Zizers temple is Kagendrasharma Nageswarakurukkal, who deals with the 150 families -- residents in Graubuenden, Glarus and St Gallen -- that are part of the local Hindu community. On May 30th there will be a "Open House" that will allow the local population to visit the new temple of Zizers.


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