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Everything You Need to Know About the Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Posted on 2018/4/19 19:49:49 ( 453 reads )


UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, April 16, 2018 (Times of India): The Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand can be easily called as one of the most popular pilgrimage circuits of India. Every year, around the same time, the routes to the Chardham, the four most sacred places of the Indian Himalayas, are opened for the pilgrims to trek to. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are all situated in the state of Uttarakhand. Apart from the religious aspect associated to it, this pilgrimage also acts as a great attraction for travellers since it takes through some of the most beautiful regions of Uttarakhand's mountains.

The starting point of Chardham Yatra is Haridwar, where pilgrims begin their journey to the four holy shrines. First, they visit Yamunotri, then to the famous Gangotri, followed by the Kedarnath Dham, and finally fishing the pilgrimage at the Badrinath Dham. There are reasons why such a sequence is followed in the Chardham Yatra, and also each of these four shrines has its own significance attached to it. While the tentative date of the opening of both the Yamunotri and Gangotri Temples is April 18, the Kedarnath Temple will be opened on April 29, and the Badrinath Temple will be opened on April 30. All of the shrines will be closed on November 9, with the exception of the Badrinath Temple, which will be closed on the day of Vijaya Dashami.

Much more on the Chardham Yatra at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/4/19 19:49:39 ( 427 reads )


God is with us. It is He only who gives us the strength to work. If we live with this inspiration in our heart, we will surely experience Divinity in our life. Our work will become our devotion, and means of our spiritual progress.
-- Rameshbhai Oza, inspired performer of Vaishnava kathas

India Helps Translate Ancient Inscriptions in My Son Sanctuary

Posted on 2018/4/18 17:51:31 ( 485 reads )


QUANG NAM, VIETNAM, April 3, 2018 (Vietnam Plus): The Sanskrit inscriptions on stone columns at the UNESCO world heritage My Son Sanctuary in central Quang Nam province will be translated into Vietnamese and English as part of a joint project between Vietnam and India. Under the project, which started on April 3, specialists from India will study the columns and help Vietnam translate the epitaphs from Sanskrit, the ancient liturgical language of Hinduism, to Vietnamese and English. The move aims to aid the preservation of the sanctuary and shed light on its cultural, historical, religious and architectural values hidden in the towers there for thousands years.

Once the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary is located in a hilly landscape in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, about 43 miles southwest of central Da Nang city and 25 miles from Hoi An city. It comprises eight groups of 71 monuments built throughout the 7th to 13th centuries. The first construction of My Son dated back to the 4th century under the reign of Bhadravarman for the worship of God Shiva-Bhadresvara. But later on, the temple was destroyed. At the beginning of the 7th century, King Sambhuvarman had it rebuilt and re-baptised Sambhu-Bhadresvara.

Eight Million Brits No Longer Eat Meat

Posted on 2018/4/18 17:51:20 ( 533 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, April 14, 2018 (Daily Mail): Some eight million Brits no longer eat meat, a survey has found, with one in four planning to reduce their meat consumption in the next year. Young people are driving the meat-free trend, the research showed, with younger consumers more likely to have concerns about the ethics of meat. Just under four million people specifically identify as vegetarian, the study suggested, a figure more than three times higher than the Vegetarian Society found in 2012. The survey of more than 2,000 people found that six per cent called themselves vegetarian, four per cent pescetarian (who eat fish) and two per cent vegan, trade magazine "The Grocer" reports.

Lucia Juliano of Harris Interactive, who carried out the research, said that persistent media campaigns promoting plant-based eating were contributing to the rise in meat-free diets. "This is particularly apparent among younger consumers: 35 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds plan to reduce their meat consumption in the next 12 months," she said. Customers aged between 18 and 44 were the most likely to have concerns about the ethics of meat, the study found, with one in six of the overall population having such concerns. It comes after retail analysts found earlier this year that almost one in three evening meals contain no meat or fish amid the rise of vegetarians and so-called flexitarians (one who is primarily a vegetarian but occasionally eats meat or fish).

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/4/18 17:51:09 ( 435 reads )


The mind alone is man's cause of bondage or release: it leads to bondage when attached to the sense objects, and to release when freed from them.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitri Upanishad

Two Chennai Artists Bag Crafts Council Excellence Award

Posted on 2018/4/17 18:17:17 ( 469 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, April 4, 2018 (Times of India): Tuesday turned out to be a big day for Chennai-based artisans R. Selvanathan Sthapati and T. K. Bharani as they received Craft Council of India's (CCI) Kamala awards for Outstanding Contribution for Preservation of Indian Art, Craft and Tradition and Excellence in Craftsmanship, respectively. The awards, instituted in 2000 to recognize and reward excellence in Indian arts and crafts, also marked social reformer and founder of CCI Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay's 115th birth anniversary.

Selvanathan comes from a family of some of the most renowned temple architects and sculptors of south India, whose legacy goes back to the ancient Tanjore Brihadeeshwara temple. Selvanathan and his team has renovated and restored the Gunja Narasimha Swami temple in Karnataka and Madhavaperumal temple in Mylapore among others, and replicated the Narai statue at Thalang National Museum, Phuket. [He is also the supervising sthapati for the Chola style, all granite Iraivan Temple under construction at Hinduism Today's headquarters on Kauai, Hawaii.]

Bharani comes from a family of sandalwood miniature carvers and is the last to have mastered this art in his family. He grew up in Thirumazhisai, learning the art from his father, master craftsman T.K. Kalastri. Among the several monuments and famed scenes he has replicated in exquisite detail are the Meenakshi-Sundareswar kalyanam and the massive gopuram of the Tanjore big temple - all on pieces of sandalwood no higher than two feet.

Study: 900-Year Drought Wiped out Indus Civilization

Posted on 2018/4/17 18:17:06 ( 459 reads )


KHARAGPUR, INDIA, April 16, 2018 (Times of India): The Indus Valley civilisation was wiped out 4,350 years ago by a 900-year-long drought, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have found. Evidence gathered during their study also put to rest the widely accepted theory that the said drought lasted for only about 200 years. The study will be published in the prestigious Quaternary International Journal by Elsevier this month. Researchers from the geology and geophysics department have been studying the monsoon's variability for the past 5,000 years and have found that the rains played truant in the northwest Himalayas for 900 long years, drying up the source of water that fed the rivers along which the civilization thrived.

The IIT-Kgp team mapped a 5,000-year monsoon variability in the Tso Moriri Lake in Leh-Ladakh -- which too was fed by the same glacial source -- and identified periods that had continuous spells of good monsoon as well as phases when it was weak or nil. "The study revealed that from 2,350 BC (4,350 years ago) till 1,450 BC, the monsoon had a major weakening effect over the zone where the civilisation flourished. A drought-like situation developed, forcing residents to abandon their settlements in search of greener pastures," said Anil Kumar Gupta, the lead researcher and a senior faculty of geology at the institute.

Ontario Hindu Temple Seeking Two Priests

Posted on 2018/4/17 18:16:55 ( 419 reads )


HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA, April 17, 2018 (Press Release): The Hindu Samaj of Hamilton & Region is seeking to fill two priest posts. Both positions require a priest well versed in puja for all Deities, and able to perform all rituals and samskaras. One position is for a priest who also is able to sing, do chownkis, kirtan, play harmonium, etc. The other position requires a priest who can also play dholak or tabla. The temple's website is at "source" above.

To apply or for further details on the positions, email Kiran Gupta at kgupta2@hotmail.com.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/4/17 18:16:44 ( 394 reads )


Hinduism was organized for peaceful and harmonious coexistence, not for continued confrontation with external enemies in the shape of unbelievers. It is no accident of history that, though Hinduism knew internal feuds like any social polity, it never crossed its borders to wage wars against people simply because they worshiped different Gods.
-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998), foremost spokesperson of Hindu spirituality and culture in India

Argentina Declares the Importance of International Yoga Day

Posted on 2018/4/11 19:47:39 ( 698 reads )


MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, April 3, 2018 (Los Andes, translated from Spanish): By decree of Governor Alfredo Cornejo, the International Yoga Day celebrated on June 21 of each year was declared of provincial importance. The decree was published today in the Official Gazette after a request by the Senate of the province to recognize through a resolution that the UN has invited member states, organizations and civil society to "observe" that day in the appropriate way. The text of the decree states that the General Assembly of the United Nations declared this day in 2014 with the intention of raising awareness about the benefits of practicing yoga.

The decree states that "yoga techniques provide physical, mental and spiritual benefits, and can be practiced in all ages, from children to older adults." It explains that "yoga is a state of well-being and harmony in the three existential planes of man: mind, body and spirit. It integrates the person with their environment, family, society and nature, through the realization of asanas (physical postures), pranayamas (techniques of control of vital energy) and meditation, which forms an integral whole".

Vat Phou Conservation Experts Meet to Review Progress on Laos Temple Complex

Posted on 2018/4/11 19:47:28 ( 671 reads )


CHAMPASSAK, LAOS, April 10, 2018 (Borneo bulletin by Phomphong Laoin): At this time of the year when the weather is fine, plenty of people arrive at Vat Phou Champassak to explore this extensive Hindu temple complex and wander among the ruins. Their enjoyment of the site will be able to continue long into the future thanks to an international team of experts who are constantly working to restore and preserve the many structures that make up the temple complex. Last week, I attended the "5th International Coordination Meeting Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champassak Cultural Landscape," supported by the Embassy of the Republic of India to Laos.

Vat Phou, meaning "temple of the mountain," is situated in the south of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River, about 62 miles north of the Cambodian border. Vat Phou is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Shiva and is one of the most significant architectural sites anywhere in Southeast Asia, on par with Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Vat Phou was a key location in the emergence of the region's ancient kingdoms. An important city, one of the capitals of the ancient Khmer Kingdom long before Angkor was founded, flourished on the banks of the Mekong during the 5th Century. The monumental Vat Phou complex was built mostly on the slopes of a mountain which was considered sacred and dominates the valley. However, the remains of the buildings still visible today mostly date from the 11th and 12th Centuries.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/4/11 19:47:18 ( 765 reads )


According as one acts, so does he become. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.
-- Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5

Our Concern Limited to Protection of Mahakaleshwar's Lingam: Supreme Court

Posted on 2018/4/10 19:50:50 ( 716 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 5, 2018 (Indian Express): It is not for a court to decide how worship is to be performed in a temple, the Supreme Court said today stressing that its concern was only about the protection of the lingam at the ancient Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U.U. Lalit observed that it would not go into the issue of what religious rituals should be followed and how worship should be performed there. It was for the temple management and the concerned stakeholders to discuss and decide.

The apex court has been dealing with the issue of protecting the lingam. It had earlier taken strong exception over some display boards set up at the temple which had attributed new worshipping norms as directions of the top court. It had said the court had never given any direction to implement the new norms of worship, which were actually submitted by Mahakaleshwar Mandir Management Committee in consultation with an expert committee set up by the court. It had directed the temple management committee to immediately remove these display boards. On August 25 last year, the apex court had constituted an expert committee to survey and analyse the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlingam and prepare a report stating the rate at which the deterioration in its size was taking place and the measures to prevent it.

Henrietta: Consecration of the Only Temple of Ram in the Indian Ocean

Posted on 2018/4/10 19:50:39 ( 742 reads )


MAURITIUS, March 30, 2018 (Le Mauricien, translated from French): The dedication of Henrietta's Ramar Kovil recently took place in an atmosphere of contemplation. The Maha Kumbabishegum, presided over by Aya Mahadeven Armoogum Gurrukal and Dr. Jayaprakash, Aya of Chennai, consecrated the temple after seven and a half years of renovations. Indiren Nowzadick, the president of Henrietta Ramar Kovil, said he was "very satisfied with the completion of the work after more than seven years of sacrifices and devotion demonstrated by devotees and generous donors".

"When we started, we had only US$1,050 in the building fund and it is thanks to the donations that we built a building worth today $413,000. This jewel of a temple belongs to all the devotees and I bequeath this heritage to the future generation. At the same time, I would like to thank Ministers Nando Bodha and Yogida Sawmynaden for their immense contribution to making this dream a reality, "said Indiren Nowzadick. Ruben Satchynda Ramasawmy, president of the Mauritius Tamil Temple Federation, said he was overwhelmed with emotion by this achievement before congratulating the leaders of Henrietta Rama Kovil for "their honesty and sincerity". At the same time, he invited devotees to work "hand in hand" for the advancement of the country.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/4/10 19:50:28 ( 613 reads )


I have nothing new to teach the world, Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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