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Haridwar Kumbh Mela: Court Asks Uttarakhand Government for Covid Procedures


Posted on 2021/1/9 11:18:39 ( 191 reads )

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HARIDWAR, INDIA, January 7, 2021 (NDTV): The Kumbha Mela in Haridwar is set to begin on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti on January 14. Thousands of Hindu devotees and seers are eagerly looking forward to the Kumbh Mela, historically known to be one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. The Nainital High Court on Wednesday, while hearing a petition, has directed the Uttarakhand government to present the standard operating procedures by January 11 for the Kumbha Mela. The petitioners want the government to help the poor people at the quarantine centers and Covid-19 hospitals, and provide better health facilities. He said a test for the virus will be a must for everyone before taking a dip in Ganga.



Penang Calls off Thaipusam festivities, Devotees Told to Stay Home


Posted on 2021/1/9 11:18:26 ( 150 reads )

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GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA, January 8, 2021 (Free Malaysia Today): Penang's famous week-long Thaipusam festivities will not take place this year following concerns of a Covid-19 spike as the state's five districts are now red zones. Every year, about three million people from all over the country and overseas converge on the island to take part in a 4.35 mile chariot procession from Little India to Waterfall Road, in a tradition which began almost 150 years ago. At a press conference today, Penang Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy also urged all devotees to stay home this Jan 28. "Stay at home. We are all in a red zone. We do not want a Thaipusam Covid-19 cluster. We plead to you to pray at home," he said.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/1/9 11:18:13 ( 194 reads )

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At this time in the Kali Yuga, ignorance is equally distributed worldwide, and wisdom has become an endangered species.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Slideshow: Abu Dhabi's Hindu Temple Making Progress


Posted on 2021/1/8 10:24:43 ( 240 reads )

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ABU DHABI, January 5, 2021 (Khaleej Times): The construction of the Capital's first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi is progressing rapidly. It is expected to be completed in 2023. Work on the hand-carved stone pieces for the BAPS Hindu Mandir being done in India and the foundation of the temple in Abu Dhabi's Abu Mureikha were both on track despite the challenges of the pandemic. The major portion of the stonework has been done in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The sandstone is from Rajasthan and marble from Italy. The temple will have seven spires and five domes. The complex will have a visitor's centre, prayer halls, library, classroom, community centre, majlis, amphitheater, play areas, gardens, books and gift shops, food court and other facilities.

The slide show at "source" above shows progress.



Hinduism Today Seeks English-Bengali Translator


Posted on 2021/1/8 10:24:30 ( 219 reads )




January 8, 2020 (HPI): Hinduism Today is seeking a translator who can put English text into Bengali. Someone with Hindu philosophical background would be ideal. Please contact our editor-in-chief, Sadasivanathaswami here: sada@hindu.org



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/1/8 10:24:17 ( 167 reads )

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Mystics walk away from an uncompromising situation. They don't stick around to make more karmas in this life.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Meet India's Lower-Caste Hindu Priest


Posted on 2021/1/4 11:20:30 ( 290 reads )

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INDIA, January 3, 2021 (BBC): For centuries in India, only people from the highest caste were allowed to become Hindu priests. Marichamy was the first from a caste lower than the brahmin caste to be ordained as part of a state-sponsored program. He hoped to pave the way for others. But a lawsuit and fears of intimidation have stopped authorities from appointing other non-Brahmins as priests. You can view the short video at "source" above to hear more on this issue.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/1/4 11:20:17 ( 209 reads )

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Only when man realizes the Self does he attain his full maturity and find completeness.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Series of Attacks on Temples in Andhra Triggers Outrage


Posted on 2021/1/2 10:30:18 ( 402 reads )

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ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA, January 2, 2021 (Mangalorean): A series of incidents of vandalism of Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh has triggered public outrage and demands from the opposition parties for stringent action even as Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy promised that the desecrations will not be tolerated. In the latest incidents Lord Subrahmanya's murthi in Sri Vigneshwara temple in Rajahmundry was found in a desecrated condition while Sri Komalamma Paadaalu on Paderu Ghat road in Visakhapatnam agency area was found damaged on Friday. Police have registered the cases and initiated the investigations. The vandalism is suspected to have taken place on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.

The latest incidents came to light even as the desecration of 400-year-old murthi of Lord Ram in Ramatheertham temple of Vizianagaram district triggered tension. The priests of Sita Lakshmana Kodandarama on Tuesday found the doors of the ancient temple broken. The murthi in the sanctum sanctorum was beheaded and the severed portion was recovered from the nearby pond the next day. These are not the only incidents. Last week, Lord Krishna temple in Darsi town was desecrated. Strongly condemning the incidents, opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have blamed YSR Congress Party government for its sheer negligence.

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Famous Hindu Temple in Maran Under Water Again


Posted on 2021/1/2 10:30:05 ( 252 reads )

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PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA, January 1, 2021 (Free Malaysia Today): The famous Sri Marathandavar Aalayam Maran temple in Maran, Pahang, and its surroundings have been flooded again, with waters rising to over 6ft high. Pictures and videos of the flood have been making their rounds on social media and the temple's treasurer Tamil Selvan confirmed that the temple was flooded after heavy rain. "From the road, the water is as high as 6ft deep. Inside the raised temple, it reached around 3ft. "Many devotees came in the morning but as the water was rising steadily, we asked everyone to evacuate the area." The temple's office, he said, was also not spared, and he estimated total damage to the temple will hit the US$12,422 mark. Tamil told FMT that flooding of the temple was almost an annual occurrence. The surrounding areas and villages, he added, are also flooded.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/1/2 10:29:52 ( 290 reads )

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Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Hindu Temple Destroyed by Mob in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province


Posted on 2021/1/1 12:26:46 ( 239 reads )

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KARAK, PAKISTAN, December 30, 2020 (New Kerala): A mob of over a hundred people led by local Muslim clerics destroyed and set on fire a Hindu temple in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A video clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERGSc3iR5o) is going viral on social media, in which a violent mob is seen destroying the walls and roof of the temple. The act against the Hindu minority community is widely condemned by human rights activists based in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist), a journalist based in Karachi tweeted, "A mob led by local clerics destroyed Hindu temple in Karak district of KP. Hindus obtained permission from the administration to extend the temple but local clerics arranged a mob to destroy the temple. Police and administration remained silent spectators." According to the Daily Times, a rally was organized by Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), a Sunni Deobandi political party in Pakistan where speakers delivered fiery speeches after which the charged crowd stormed the temple, set it ablaze and razed it to the ground.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2021/1/1 12:26:33 ( 300 reads )

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If you are going to control your income, start by controlling your emotions.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Twelve Tribal Families Convert Back From Christianity to Hinduism


Posted on 2020/12/30 10:42:59 ( 311 reads )

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DANG, INDIA, December 28, 2020 (News Track Live): Twelve tribal families of Dang district of Gujarat converted to Hinduism from Christianity. In the presence of Sadhvi Yashoda Didi at Shivarimal in Dang district, these families changed their religion by law. Sadhvi Yashoda said that "after converting the religion of the Christian tribal families, we have made them return home. These are the same people who were already Hindus, but due to greed for money and other reasons [they] started going to church and gradually became Christians. However, now they realize that our heritage is real and our Sanatan Dharma is a true religion, believing that these people are now returning to Hinduism."

On January 24 this year, 144 people of the tribal community adopted Hinduism in Dang. Sadhvi said that some local religious leaders had organized a program in Bhogadia village in collaboration with Vishwa Hindu Parishad. He said, "These Warli tribals were lured by missionaries to become Christians 5 years ago. But, now these people are telling us that they are not comfortable following that religion. So we arranged for a homecoming program." Dang itself is a district in Gujarat where 40 per cent people have converted to Christianity. The number of Christian converts here has increased rapidly in the last few years



Durban Hindu Crematorium Extends Hours Amid Body Pile-Up Largely Due to Covid-19


Posted on 2020/12/30 10:42:46 ( 253 reads )

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, December 28, 2020 (The South African): A Durban crematorium has been forced to extend their business hours because of an unprecedented increase in cremations resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Clare Estate Umgeni Hindu Crematorium usually conducted an average of eight cremations a day pre-Covid-19, but that number has rocketed to 27 cremations per day - over half of which are Covid-19 related deaths.

Crematorium secretary Thegraj Kassie told IOL the crematorium was forced into changes to cope with the high volume of bodies coming in. The situation is quite bad. We have seen a big increase in cremations, particularly Covid-19 related deaths. As a result, we have had to extend our operating hours to 10 pm at night to cope with the demand." Kassie added that they have designated two halls on the property that solely deal with Covid-19 related deaths and have instituted time limits on funerals. "We allocate 40 minutes for a normal funeral and 30 minutes for a Covid-19 related funeral."

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