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Amarnath Yatra Suspended from Jammu Due to Separatist-Sponsored Strike in Kashmir

Posted on 2019/7/19 12:26:14 ( 142 reads )


JAMMU, INDIA, July 13, 2019 (Hindu Jagruti): Pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath was suspended for Saturday as a precautionary measure in view of a separatists-sponsored strike in the Kashmir valley on Martyrs' Day, officials said. As many as 12 batches of pilgrims have so far left for the twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir valley from Jammu since the beginning of the pilgrimage on June 30. July 13 is observed as Martyrs' Day in Kashmir. On this day in 1931, 22 people were killed in firing by the forces of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. Separatists have called for a shutdown as a mark of respect to those killed in the firing.

Due to the strike, normal life was severely affected in the valley as shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport remained off roads, the officials said. Over 150 thousand pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine in the last 12 days of the Amarnath yatra. Over 175 thousand pilgrims have so far registered themselves for the 46-day long pilgrimage. The pilgrimage commenced on July 1 from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes. Multi-tier security arrangements were made for smooth and successful conduct of the yatra that concludes on August 15.

Devotees from Odisha's Baripada Celebrate Suna Besha in Large Numbers

Posted on 2019/7/19 12:25:57 ( 126 reads )


BARIPADA, INDIA, July 13, 2019 (New Indian Express): Devotees in large numbers thronged the Mausima temple in Baripada to witness the Suna Besha or Dwarika Besha of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra on Friday. Dwarika Besha is unique to Rath Yatra celebrations here as the Deities are adorned with golden ornaments before they return to the main temple in Bahuda Yatra unlike in other parts of the state when Suna Besha is observed after the three return to the main temple from their nine-day sojourn.

While the Deities were brought to their chariots after the Suna Besha rituals were over, the pulling of chariots begins a day after. On Saturday, chariots of Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra would be pulled by devotees. As per tradition, the chariot of Devi Subhadra, Darpadalana, will be pulled only by women devotees. The practice dates back to 1975 and was started by women leaders like Chandrika Mohapatra and Kalpana Sarangi on International Women's Day. While the chariot of Lord Jagannath will be pulled to the main temple on the day, pulling of Darpadalana would stop in the evening and resume on Sunday. Similarly, chariot of Lord Balabhadra will be pulled on Sunday.

More on the festival at "source."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/19 12:25:42 ( 112 reads )


Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this day, for it and it alone is life.
-- Kalidasa (5th century AD), Classical Sanskrit writer and poet

Fourth Song Released in Our History of Hindu India Music Video Series: Ten Centuries of Progress

Posted on 2019/7/16 13:46:49 ( 233 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, July 16, 2019 (HPI): Hinduism today has just posted to YouTube a new music video: "Ten Centuries of Progress." It is a song for children intended to supplement the second of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 300 to 1100ce." The documentary and song, the first of three for this time period, neatly enhance the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. In this song, students quickly get an overview of the ruling kingdoms and general prosperity during this golden age of India and Hinduism.

Produced by HinduismToday
Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov (https://www.upwork.com/fl/burenkov, conger.style@gmail.com)

Hindu Temple Hombruch Holds Festival

Posted on 2019/7/16 13:44:34 ( 281 reads )


HOMBRUCH, GERMANY, July 12, 2019 (Ruhr Nachrichten, translated from German): From the outside, the temple at 24 Kieferstrasse seems a bit inconspicuous. Behind the red and white facade of this building in the commercial warehouse district is the Sivan Temple of the Hindu community. The temple is managed by the Hindu Tamil Cultural Center of Dortmund Association. Its chairman is Jegatheesvaran Shanmugam. "The parade will be the highlight of our ten-day temple festival," he says in an interview. The temple in Hombruch has existed for ten years, and the parade is being conducted for the ninth time this year.

The parade will take a little over 2 hours. It starts at 12 o'clock with a greeting from District Mayor Hans Semmler. It's expected to be back by 2:30 pm, says Jegatheesvaran Shanmugam: "Then the celebrations will continue in the temple." The community is expecting around 1,500 visitors coming to Hombruch from all over Germany. Most will arrive from other parts of Dortmund. Because in Dortmund, especially along the Rheinische Strasse, the largest Tamil community in Germany is now living. The Tamils are an ethnic group with roots in India and Sri Lanka. The second edition of the Tamil Street Festival in Dortmund is scheduled to take place in the Unionviertel on 7th September.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/16 13:44:06 ( 280 reads )


So potent is the power acquired through disciplined self-denial that those who attain it may even delay the moment of death.
-- Tirukural 269

Years in the Making, Taos Hindu Temple Housing Rare Statue Opens

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:33 ( 500 reads )


TAOS, NEW MEXICO, July 12, 2019 (KRQE News): Thousands of people are expected in Taos this weekend for the opening of the new Neem Karoli Baba Temple. Click "source" above to access a video on the project, which features a 1,600-pound marble statue carved in Jaipur, India. It's said to be one of the only Hanuman statues in the U.S. Installation ceremonies are still going on through the 17th.

For details, click https://nkbashram.org/guru-purnima/

Hindus in Richmond Hill Oppose 14-Storeys near Ganesha Temple at Bayview and Elgin Mills

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:17 ( 392 reads )


ONTARIO, CANADA, June 26, 2019 (York Region): As long as the Hindus can see the temple, they can pray. Richmond Hill resident Rathy Ponnampalam worries that the Ganesha Hindu Temple on Bayview Avenue would become invisible from afar as highrise condos have been proposed in the neighborhood. Richmond Hill council was considering raising the maximum building height from 10 storeys to 14 storeys at a vacant lot near the temple and a public meeting was scheduled a week later to receive comments, the notice reads. Two 14-storey mixed-used apartment buildings are planned for the northeast corner of the busy intersection, together with 97 townhouses of varying heights along the two major roads, according to the proposed development. The two corner towers are expected to be as tall as 153 feet, far exceeding the Ganesha Temple which is about 72 feet at the highest point.

Kidambi Raj, a senior member of the trustee board of the Hindu Temple Society of Canada, who attended the public meeting with other concerned citizens on June 19 said he was appalled at the fact that the developer came up with the new plan with no prior consultation, and urged council to turn it down. The five intricate towers on top of the white temple, known as Gopuram, act as beacons for devotees from afar, allowing them to pray or meditate in preparation for their entrance into the temple, he added. "We are not anti-development protesters," said R.K. Moorthy, past president of the society. "To put structures 14 or 15 storeys high in the middle of an idyllic environment eclipsing the elegance of our towers and the majestic appearance of our temple is not something we can accept on behalf of thousands of our devotees." Council agreed to take their concerns into account in the review of the 14-storey application. But it's unlikely the height limit will go lower than 10 storeys due to a previous OMB ruling.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:03 ( 386 reads )


If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
-- Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), famed Hindu mystic

Report: India Lifted 271 Million People Out of Poverty In a Decade

Posted on 2019/7/13 13:34:58 ( 584 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 12, 2019 (Forbes): The United Nations Development Programme has released its 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index which highlights the number of people around the world experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels. The term "multidimensional poverty" goes a step further than simply focusing on a lack of finances. It encompasses other factors such as poor health or malnutrition, lack of clean water or electricity, poor quality of work and limited education access in order to provide a broader picture of poverty's true reality. The index found that across 101 countries, 1.3 billion - 23% - are multidimensionally poor with half that number aged under 18.

Despite those grim figures, some countries are successfully tackling multidimensional poverty and India is the most notable example. The report found that over 640 million people across India were in multidimensional poverty in 2005/2006 and that fell steeply to slightly more than 365.55 million by 2016/2017 - an impressive reduction of 271 million. In recent years, India has embarked on several ambitious programs aimed at improving living standards such as improving electricity access and extending sanitation coverage. According to the World Bank, 70% of the population had electricity access in 2007 and that increased to 93% by 2017. Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, just under 40% of the Indian population had access to a household toilet. Today, India's Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation states that basic sanitation coverage across the country has increased to 99.45% as of July 2019.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/13 13:34:40 ( 499 reads )


Ever afterward, though the dance of creation changes around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

Over 144,000 Pilgrims Perform Amarnath Yatra in First 11 Days

Posted on 2019/7/12 11:06:19 ( 452 reads )


JAMMU, INDIA, July 12, 2019 (Canindia): 144,058 pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra since it started on July 1 as another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Friday. Officials said 144,058 pilgrims had darshan during the first 11 days after the Yatra started on July 1 this year. The cave shrine is situated 12,750 feet above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas.

"Another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas today morning in two escorted convoys. "Of these, 1,966 pilgrims are going to Baltal base camp while 3,429 are going to Pahalgam base camp." The Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The ice stalagmite structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. Pilgrims approach the Cave shrine either from the shorter 8.7-mile Baltal trek or through the 28-mile Pahalgam trek. Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both the base camps. This year's Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/12 11:06:05 ( 484 reads )


Selfless service to mankind makes you free in the world of mortals.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

Conservative Legal Groups Are Suing Public School Yoga and Mindfulness Programs. This Explains Why.

Posted on 2019/7/11 12:20:57 ( 525 reads )


WASHINGTON D.C., U.S., July 10, 2019 (Washington Post by Candy G. Brown): The American Center for Law and Justice is challenging public-school mindfulness programs for endorsing Buddhism. This is not the first time religious conservatives have argued that schools violate the First Amendment by establishing non-Christian religions. In 2013, the National Center for Law & Policy, supported by Alliance Defending Freedom, sued a California school district for advancing Hinduism through yoga. Thousands of schools have begun to use yoga and/or mindfulness techniques with the goals of reducing stress and improving learning. Schools that use these approaches argue that yoga and mindfulness techniques are scientifically validated to teach life skills and develop character by helping kids learn to be compassionate, kind and nonjudgmental.

But many Christians, Jews and Muslims in the United States and globally argue that yoga and meditation--even when used as a physical warm-up or to reduce stress--are fundamentally religious activities connected with Hinduism and Buddhism. Even some Hindus and Buddhists consider it inappropriate to teach these practices in public schools. Many of the most vocal critics of school yoga and mindfulness are conservative Christians who lost the battle for school prayer and Bible reading. These Christians worry that schools now coerce children to practice other religions. But complaints go deeper than suggesting courts bar one religion yet allow another. Many critics charge that school yoga and mindfulness pressure kids to commit idolatry -- which Christians, Jews and Muslims consider the worst of all religious transgressions.

Candy Brown is the author of "Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools," the full article can be viewed at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/11 12:20:43 ( 541 reads )


We are already divine. No one has to redeem us; Divinity is in there. We just have to find it.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

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