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Powerful Temples of Mauritius

Posted on 2021/4/15 12:06:32 ( 109 reads )


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 ( 85 reads )


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 )


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 ( 77 reads )


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

Posted on 2021/4/13 13:23:07 ( 0 reads )

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