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Powerful Temples of Mauritius


Posted on 2021/4/15 12:06:32 ( 106 reads )

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MAURITIUS, April 10, 2021 (Indian Spice): The history of Hindu temples in Mauritius is amazing - in many instances these were built by indentured laborers with a dream and they made it happen despite the odds. There is something about these temples, something more than just the location, that makes them so special. The first such temple is Ganga Talao. In 1898 pilgrims trekked to Grand Bassin to collect its water to offer to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The lake was then known as the Pari Talao. In 1972, some holy water from the Ganges River was mixed, establishing a symbolic link with the sacred Indian River and the lake was renamed Ganga Talao. In 1998 it was declared a "sacred lake."

Velamurugan, an Indian laborer, landed in Mauritius in 1884. He persisted with the dream of erecting a temple on the flanks of the Corps de Garde Mountain. In 1907, his unshakable determination came to fruition, with hundreds of steps leading to the colorful temple higher up the mountain. Today, it has been transformed into a divine Dravidian piece of art, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The Sri Siva Subramanya Temple (Mountain Temple) has become a major pilgrimage site in Mauritius, especially during the Thaipoosam Cavadee (Kavady) festival.

For more on the featured Mauritius temples see "source" above. You can also view a short video titled Hindu Temples in Mauritius at "source" or here: https://youtu.be/HJ-SDul9ltI



BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hosting Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic for 18+


Posted on 2021/4/15 12:06:18 ( 81 reads )

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ONTARIO, CANADA, April 13, 2021 (Toronto City News): The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in North Etobicoke will be the site of Ontario's first COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic in a hotspot neighborhood. The Ministry of Health has partnered with BAPS Charities, Toronto Public Health and the William Osler Health system to operate the clinic, which is to run for three weeks. The target for the clinic is to vaccinate approximately 15,000 people. Appointments can be made through the William Osler booking system and bookings began Tuesday. The first shots will be in arms starting Wednesday, with future appointment dates to be confirmed.

The move is part of the province's plan to mobilize community groups to organize vaccine clinics for residents aged 18 and older in virus hotspots. Outreach for this site will leverage the networks of BAPS Charities, William Osler Health system and other local organizations. BAPS Charities is currently raising awareness for the site and encouraging people to get vaccinated by reaching out to members of the community and local community organization partners via their internal broadcast network and flyers in and around the mandir.



Insight: Raising Children As Good Hindus


Posted on 2021/4/15 12:06:06 ( 84 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, April 15, 2021 (Hinduism Today, by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami): I always stress the importance of presenting Hinduism to children in a practical way so that it influences each child's life for the better. Hindu practices should, for example, help children get better grades in school and get along well with others. I decided to write up a full complement of suggestions to be handed to Hindu families in the future who want to know ways to present Hinduism to their kids. It is based on the teachings of my satguru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of HINDUISM TODAY, distilled from insights he gained from over 40 years of closely working with hundreds of families in a score of nations. This booklet presents a survey of character building designed to augment any Hindu tradition or denomination. The key is this: start teaching early and don't stop until your children leave the home.

Take responsibility for being the primary teachers of Hinduism to your children. It is wonderful that many temples have in place educational programs for the youth that are both effective and popular. However, it is important for parents to have the attitude that these programs supplement but do not replace the need for them to teach Hinduism to their children in the home. Parents are indeed the first guru. They teach in different ways: by example, explanation, feedback and giving advice and direction. The child's deepest impressions come from what the parents do and say. If parents follow a systematic approach to teaching children Hinduism during the formative years, Sanatana Dharma will be fully integrated into their minds, assuring that it will be with them for life.

Much more of this six-part article imparting beliefs and attitudes as well as building good character at
"Source" above.




Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/4/15 12:05:52 ( 74 reads )

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If you have not seen your own Self, if you have not pierced the knots of your Heart and washed away the filth of your mind, then what does it matter if you are a human being?
-- Kabir




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Trinidad Hindus Observe Navaratri, Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti in April Amidst Covid 19


Posted on 2021/4/13 13:22:51 ( 161 reads )

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, April 11, 2021 (HPI by Paras Ramoutar): Amidst the dreaded Covid-19 Pandemic, Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago, as indeed, the world over, are observing the Hindu religious of observance of Navaratri, Monday April 12 for a nine day period, followed by Ram Navami on April 21, and Lord Hanuman Jayanti on April 26. Navaratri holds a deep spiritual and cultural significance to Hindus. Hindus always pray for their fellowmen regardless of their ethnic or cultural or economic status. We pray and seek the blessings and guidance of Mother Durga, Mother Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati to bestow blessings that would bring peace, progress, health, wisdom and prosperity to all of us.

Navaratri has been, and continues to be one of the most regarded and followed in our country. Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago always remember and focus on our forefathers who brought with them religious traditions like the Gita, the Ramayana, the Upanishads, the Durga Chalisa and the Hanuman Chalisa, among several other religious texts which continue to provide spiritual guidance and solace to a tortured and weak humanity. As we observe these nine days of benediction to Mother Durga, Mother Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati, let us always be minded of our presence to Mother Earth, and that is to do good, speak good and to pray for all mankind. We pray that Mother Durga, Mother Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati continue to bless us all, and our nation and our leaders be guided to lead our land from knowledge to wisdom, from untruth to truth, and from darkness to light. Because of the new spike in Covid-19, all observances are low-profiled to avoid mass public gatherings.



Essential Ingredients for a Powerful Puja


Posted on 2021/4/13 13:22:39 ( 156 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, April 10, 2021 (Hinduism Today, by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami): For a puja to be powerful, a known process must be followed and a number of important ingredients need to be present. The first is the nature of the temple's connection to the inner worlds, which varies considerably from temple to temple. It needs to be a strong one. We can compare this to connecting a computer network to the Internet. A T1 connection, for example, can transfer only a small amount of data compared to the fastest optical connections. The strength of the temple's connection to the inner worlds depends upon three factors: whether it was founded in connection with a vision of the Deity; the number of years it has maintained devout pujas without a break; the number and strength of pujas performed each year.

The second ingredient for a powerful puja is that the chosen day be auspicious for the Deity being worshiped. An annual festival, such as Ganesha Chaturthi for Lord Ganesha, is a highly auspicious time for worship. The monthly Chaturthi tithi is also more favorable than other days of the month for Ganesha worship. In both cases, the auspiciousness relates to the exact period that the tithi or nakshatra is in power. For example, in Hawaii, Ganesha Chaturthi in 2020 was from about 7am on September 21, until 5am, September 22. For the convenience of devotees, some temples hold annual festival pujas on the weekend even though the actual and most propitious time was a few days before. This is not ideal.

More of this insightful article on the mystical elements and knowledge behind Hinduism's major form of temple worship at "source" above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/4/13 13:22:25 ( 117 reads )

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One party says thought is caused by matter, and the other says matter is caused by thought. Both statements are wrong; matter and thought are coexistent. There is a third something of which both matter and thought are products.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)



Hindu Heroes: Sewa International Tackles the Covid-19 Crisis with Strategic Tools


Posted on 2021/4/9 13:42:37 ( 245 reads )

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COLORADO, U.S., April 9, 2021 (Hinduism Today, by V. Tontalapur): Sewa International (sewa means service) is a Hindu faith-based Indian-American charity. In March 2020, when the US detected its first Covid-19 infections, Sewa responded by opening non-medical helplines. Within weeks the US economy tumbled, colleges closed and companies laid off workers. Anxious families called in to learn how to protect themselves. Stranded Indian students wanted help to pay apartment rent and buy food. Sewa realized it had to scale up its response as the nerve-racking crisis spread globally.

By size and revenue, Sewa is a small charity. It has 4,500 volunteers and received eight million dollars in revenue in 2019. Yet, it achieved what many bigger, wealthier nonprofits failed to accomplish. Sewa made an impact in the community by providing the exact service most needed at the moment. It supplied masks and protective gear to frontline workers who were risking their lives. It distributed food to the hungry and homeless when job losses caused hardship. Its volunteers served people selflessly, expecting nothing in return. They put into practice a principle the Hindu culture and tradition has espoused from time immemorial: vasudhaiva kutumbakam , "the whole world is one family." All Dharmic traditions--Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist--adhere to this vision. During the pandemic, temples, gurdwaras, bhajan and kirtan groups joined hands to serve. Language and regional associations, cultural organizations and yoga groups added their might. Together they enabled themselves and their adopted homelands to fight the disease.

Much more on this inspiring service organization at "source" above.




Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/4/9 13:42:24 ( 182 reads )

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What is the secret of the true life? To remain still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly awake while in meditation.
-- Dada Sadhu Vaswani



Ten Thousand Security Personnel Take Oath at Ganga Ghat Before Kumbha Mela


Posted on 2021/4/8 11:51:15 ( 320 reads )

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INDIA, March 29, 2021 (Hindustan Times): About 10,000 personnel from various paramilitary and police forces deployed at Haridwar Mahakumbh took an oath for "fulfilling their responsibilities and duties with honesty and integrity" at Har ki Pauri Ganga ghat on Sunday in Haridwar. The oath was administered by director-general of Uttarakhand police Ashok Kumar after offering prayers at Ganga ghat. About 10,000 security personnel from paramilitary forces, including Sashastra Seem Bal, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and state police, have been deployed in the Mahakumbh which is scheduled to start from April 1.

Speaking on the security arrangements for the Mahakumbh mela, DGP Kumar said that apart from the on-ground security, the state police would also monitor the social media platforms. "To ensure security from all aspects, intelligence-sharing between various agencies on any anti-national activities during Mahakumbh, social media monitoring by every state and strict adherence to the Mahakumbh SOP for Covid-19 would be done," said Kumar, adding that the personnel had followed Covid-19 precautions, including wearing of masks during the oath-taking event.



Surveys: Nepal Youth Speak Out


Posted on 2021/4/8 11:51:01 ( 212 reads )

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KATMANDU, NEPAL, April 8, 2021 (Hinduism Today, by Nikki Thapa): Three years ago I left that job to pursue my own interests in running my website, askmeaboutnepal.com, and Healing Hands Nepal, my nonprofit organization, both of which allowed me to travel extensively in Nepal. As I traveled, my interest in Hinduism increased day by day with new discoveries about Nepal's variety of customs, temples, culture and traditions. When I suggested to the editors that I report on these experiences, they countered with the proposal that I survey Nepal's youth, ages 18 to 28, as a Hinduism Today article had done two years ago in India. One thing that became immediately clear is that despite being next-door neighbors and sharing the ancient traditions, being a Hindu in Nepal is not the same as being one in India. For one thing, at just four percent Muslim and one percent Christian, politics and religion in Nepal are not so intertwined as they are in India. Ninety-three percent of Nepalese are Hindus, Buddhists or Kiratist (an indigenous religion), and these religions remain intertwined in various ways, including overlapping Deities and in the celebration of festivals. Religious tolerance is so strong in Nepal that any religion's festivals are equally celebrated by everyone.

We discovered many commonalities among the youth we spoke with. Nearly all have parents who are fairly religious, maintain a home shrine where they perform daily worship and engage a designated family priest who frequently comes to perform various pujas. None miss out on the popular festivals, which provide great opportunities for celebrating with family and friends, augmented today with the posting of hundreds of photos of the events on social media. Many youth express an aversion to the social divisions within the country and to certain practices. Just about everyone had watched at least some of the Ramayana and Mahabharata TV series as children. In this meat-eating country, there was a solitary vegetarian among those we interviewed.

To read several interesting insights from this generation balancing the nation's religious and cultural heritage with the impact of modern philosophies and issues, see "source" above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/4/8 11:50:48 ( 231 reads )

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When individuals change for the better, then society will change, and when society changes, then the country will change.
-- Pramukh Swami Maharaj, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha



Hyderabad: Obscurity Over Temple Lands Leads to Huge Revenue Loss


Posted on 2021/4/5 11:58:43 ( 276 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, April 1, 2021 (Hans News Service): Hundreds of Hindu temples in the state are deprived of their rightful income through their properties, thanks to the callousness of the Endowments Department and the State government. According to sources in the Telangana State Endowments Department, the Sitharamaswamy temple at Sitharampur has been deprived of its income from properties for the past several decades. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official from the Endowments Department said that there are no proper records of 1,148 acres of Sitharampur temple.

"Anyone visiting the Sitharampur temple would not believe that it has such a huge land bank, in which, each acre is pegged at more than US$136,000. Gross negligence of its upkeep is causing huge revenue loss to the temple," he added. Also, there is no legal provision mandating fixing the rentals at the rates prevailing in the surrounding areas. Thus, while other landlords in the area are getting $55 to $82 per acre per year, the temple is getting a pittance. Political interference was not uncommon in the united AP, forcing the Endowments Department to give temple lands for a petty price. How many temples in Telangana are now facing the same problem even after the formation of a separate State is not known as there is no information available on any public platforms about the property details of temples.

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How India Trawlers' Plastic Catch Is Helping to Rebuild Roads


Posted on 2021/4/5 11:58:30 ( 263 reads )

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INDIA, April 1, 2021 (The Guardian): For years, plastic caught by fishing communities on the Kollam coast in India's southern state of Kerala was thrown back into the water, damaging aquatic ecosystems and killing fish. But fishers are spearheading an innovative initiative to clean up the ocean - along with their daily hauls of fish, they pull in and collect the waste that gets enmeshed in their nets. Bottles, ropes, toys, shoes, discarded fishing nets and polythene bags are sorted, washed, shredded, before being recycled into material added to asphalt to help to build local roads. In 2017, the Keralan government's harbor engineering department (HED) launched its Suchitwa Sagaram (Clean Sea) initiative, providing nylon bags to the 1,000-odd fishing boats for the crew to collect the rubbish. The plastic is processed onshore and fed into a shredding machine, then sold on to roadbuilders.

Nearly 3,000 fishers and boat owners in Kollam are involved in the initiative. Peter Mathias, president of the All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators' Association, says: "Previously, we didn't care much about the plastic we collected in our nets. We'd simply take the fish and toss the rest back into the ocean. But not any more - we're now protecting the ocean to save our livelihoods. Had we continued to be reckless, there wouldn't have been any more fish for us to catch." Since its launch, about 176,000 pounds of plastic waste has been collected from the seas off Kollam, of which more than half was recycled to lay 84 miles of road.

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