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Shisha Ranni Festival at Mallikarjuna Temple in Goa

Posted on 2019/5/29 11:25:37 ( 514 reads )


GOA, INDIA, May 27, 2019 (Inditales by Anuradha Goyal): Mallikarjuna temple in Goa is located in the far south of the state in the Canacona district. It almost borders the state of Karnataka. Like most temples in Goa, it is also a unique temple, with a history full of stories. The ritual Shisha Ranni, when I first heard about, I could not believe, so I had to see them with my own eyes to believe. So, a few days after Holi when most of the Goan villages are busy celebrating the colorful Shigmotsava, I headed southwards to see Shisha Ranni -- the unique festival of Mallikarjuna in Canacona.

The name Mallikarjuna comes from a legend from Mahabharata. An asura named Malla was fighting the Pandava Arjuna. Shiva took the shape of a hunter and helped Arjuna kill Malla, hence earning the name - Mallikarjuna. Mallikarjuna Temple is situated in a beautifully named village called - Shristhal, that would make it a place of the Sri or Lakshmi. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Goa. Locally the Deity is called Adavat Sinhasanadhishwar Mahapati. It should mean someone seated on a lion which would mean again a Devi. Mahapati could mean her consort. The current structure belongs to late 18th CE, so you see a similarity in architecture with the rest of the temples in Goa. It is much older, some say 16th CE while others put it even farther back.

Much more of this travel blog, including several beautiful photos and a short video, at "source".

Cuban Delegation of the Ministry of Public Health Visits India

Posted on 2019/5/29 11:25:24 ( 492 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 21, 2019 (Prensa Latina, translated from Spanish): A Cuban delegation from the Ministry of Public Health paid a working visit to India to learn about the experiences of applying different modalities of traditional medicine in that populous country. Specialists and officials headed by Vice Minister Alfredo Gonzalez traveled from Havana with the purpose of broadening ties in this sector with India, which has an ancient medical tradition. Cuba has been strengthening and developing different techniques of Traditional and Natural Medicine in the Health sector, in line with the guidelines emanating from the 6th and 7th congresses of the Communist Party of Cuba, indicated Gonzalez in statements in New Delhi to Prensa Latina. India is a country with a rich culture that enhanced different techniques of Traditional Medicine, the doctor pointed out.

He recalled that during the last two years, some steps have been taken and several agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the Ayush and Health and Family Welfare portfolios of India. Gonzalez assured that several modalities of Natural and Traditional Medicine have been practiced in Cuba as a therapeutic option within the reach of medical professionals, to treat a wide range of diseases, with a growing acceptance in patients and with undoubted benefits to health. Therefore, the introduction of modalities of Natural and Traditional Medicine of India will allow continuing the development of this area on the island, he added.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/29 11:25:10 ( 647 reads )


Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practice even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.
-- Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), famed guru of Swami Vivekananda

Where Is Hinduism Heading? An Appeal from the Editors to Update Our Hindu Megatrends

Posted on 2019/5/24 10:50:00 ( 637 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, May 24, 2019 (HPI): Way back in 1992 Hinduism Today developed a list of 12 Megatrends (and 8 Minitrends) ("source" above) focusing on the continuing evolution of Sanatana Dharma. Megatrends is a term coined by futurologist John Naisbett in 1982 to name the major underlying forces that are transforming society and shaping the future.

This list, formulated at the time with input from many Hindu leaders, is outdated and wasn't perfectly accurate in predicting what is now our future, so we are preparing an upgrade for the new millennium.

We're seeking creative and savvy input that will make the 2020 edition even more insightful. Please help us update this list! Comments for additions, changes, deletions, may be sent to our Editor in Chief here: sadasivanatha@hindu.org.

For the full list of mega and mini trends, click "source" above.

In summary, the twelve megatrends in 1992 were:
1) A replacement of historical timidness with a new-found pride and determination to preserve dharma, aka the Hindu Renaissance.
2) Rebirth of ritual and emphasis on devotion over philosophy.
3) An intensification of the influence of Hindu dharma in the West, including environmental groups, the health and vegetarian movement, the ecumenical movement, the yoga movement, new age movement and more
4) The emergence of women at all levels of Hindu religion, and their refusal to tolerate unfairness in forced marriages, spouse abuse or economic disadvantage:
5) The reversal of centuries of decline in temple emphasis, reflected in the remarkable flood of temples being constructed, especially outside of India.
6) A tendency to be more extroverted, to creatively reach out to help and serve others.
7) Once-scarce Hindu resources are becoming abundant including children's courses, Hindu schools and academies for art, dance and music, the rise of Sanskrit studies and more university courses focusing on Asian studies.
8) India's emergence as the world's newest superpower, a fact made more momentous by the 1992 demise of communism
9) The dizzy change from an agricultural era to one of technology, nuclear power, space exploration and communications.
10) Key setbacks are seen in the difficulty in preserving the culture and tradition, failure to teach Hinduism to a whole generation of children, abandoning the vegetarian ethic, etc.
11) Increased academic honesty. Hindus (and most non-Christians, including American Indians, Jews, Hawaiians and Pagans) have endured the abuse flung their way by scholars of the past, but there is a new intellectual balance among scholars toward non-Christian matters.
12) A movement away from village life and consciousness to a global presence.

The eight minitrends included corporate protectionism and trademarking of terms such as Siddha Yoga, a louder cry for justice for the oppressed; a growing collaboration with kindred spirits among the indigenous peoples of the world; a questionable trend to less strict morals, seen for example in the acceptance of married swamis; a tendency by some to define Hinduism as "fundamentalist," and something negative offset by an equal trend to proudly claim one's Hindu identity; a trend outside of India toward burial instead of cremation, caused by local restrictions; development of Disneyland like theme parks like TM's Veda Land; and a growing grasp of how to decolonize the Indian mind.

Masters of Memory: How the Ancients Learnt the Vedas Perfectly

Posted on 2019/5/24 10:50:00 ( 833 reads )


INDIA, May 23, 2019 (Indian Express): Students today have it tough. There is an extremely competitive atmosphere, endless hours of lessons and tuitions, and pressure all around. But just imagine the plight of ancient Indian students thousands of years ago. By the end of their education, they were expected to know a set of texts flawlessly, word for word, but there was one hitch. These texts were not written down anywhere. They could not be referred to, they could not be consulted in case of any doubt. For thousands of years, these books existed only in people's memories! Teachers would recite the verses and students had to learn purely by listening. They had to listen, question, repeat and chant until they got it. To add to the pressure, it was of utmost religious importance that these texts be passed on absolutely unaltered from one generation to the next, not a word changed.

These texts were the most sacred and ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas. Of the four Vedas, the Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda, the Rigveda is by far the oldest and consists of about one thousand hymns, made up of about 10,600 verses. The others are typically shorter; the Samaveda has about 1,500 verses, the Atharvaveda has about 6,000 verses and so on. The Vedas were composed somewhere around 2000 BC, but only written down many years later. The process of memorization by listening was called the shruti, which means "what is heard", and is often used to refer to the Vedas themselves. UNESCO has designated the tradition of the Vedic chant a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."

To read more on how this feat of passing on massive amounts of information was accomplished, go to "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/24 10:48:20 ( 618 reads )


Each work has to pass through these stages--ridicule, opposition and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Blessing for First Stone of Shiva Temple

Posted on 2019/5/23 11:07:22 ( 602 reads )


PORTUGAL, May 16, 2019 (Noticias de Portugal, Google translated from Portuguese): A religious ceremony of blessing of the first stone of what will be the future Temple of Shiva, designed by the professor and architect Troufa Real, who is overseeing the project, with the collaboration of a group of other technicians who, graciously, have made themselves available to collaborate in the construction of this Hindu temple in the county of Loures. Among the numerous guests for this ceremony was the Mayor of Loures, Bernardino Soares, who accompanied the chairman of the Shiva Temple, Kantilal Vallabdas, in laying the first stone after receiving the blessing of Mahadeva Shiva.

Kantilal Vallabdas did not forget to give a special thanks to the Association of Residents of Santo Antonio dos Cavaleiros who, "for many years have welcomed us and have been a liberal and easy-going host to our community." Bernardino Soares said that "the placement of the first stone is a very important milestone for this community" and that the Municipal Council of Loures intends to "continue to be a partner of this project, which is now advancing to a new phase, taking decisive steps so that this important temple will be built." The construction project has been planned to be done in four phases. The first phase (already completed) is a space for socio-cultural activities; the second phase will encompass the worship activities, with the construction of the temple.

World Hindu Council of America to Hold Threads 2019 Conference in Boston November 1 to 3

Posted on 2019/5/23 11:07:07 ( 587 reads )


NATICK, MASSACHUSETTS, May 23, 2019 (Press Release): The World Hindu Council of America is pleased to announce THREADS 2019, a unique conference with one audacious goal: To tell the story of the Hindu American. It is a conference which focuses on inclusion and collaboration and showcases the strength of unity in diversity. Hindus immigrated to America from all corners of the world, and today are deeply interwoven in the fabric of America. They have enriched America with many far-ranging contributions in such diverse fields as science, technology, entrepreneurship, medicine, holistic living, education, arts, public service and journalism.

It is time to chronicle the story of their integration and contributions and pay tribute to America for embracing them with open arms as they fulfill their aspirations of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in this land of opportunity. THREADS 2019 will bring together accomplished Hindu Americans from diverse fields to share their stories and journeys, to appreciate the opportunities offered to them by their adopted country, and to engage with each other and explore ideas for brighter and better future for all Americans.

THREADS 2019 will be held on November 1-3, 2019 in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit: www.threads2019.org. There will be keynote speeches, panel discussions, enlightening talks and poster presentations. The 8 theme areas are: Science & Technology, Education, Arts & Literature, Public Service & Advocacy, Industry & Commerce, Medicine, Holistic Living, Service & Philanthropy

Click "source" above for more information.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/23 11:06:51 ( 563 reads )


Karma is movement in the mind. When the mind remains motionless, there is no karma.
-- Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic

Temple in Chatsworth, Hardest Hit by Storm, to be Rebuilt

Posted on 2019/5/22 11:31:23 ( 564 reads )


SOUTH AFRICA, May 21, 2019 (Rising Sun): The Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple suffered extensive damages during the recent torrential rain, which ripped through the community, causing massive destruction. The temple, situated next to the Umhlatuzana River, was flooded and damaged after the river burst its bank. In an effort to rebuild and restore the temple to its original state prior to the storm, which wreaked havoc throughout Durban, a fundraising campaign is being undertaken. The initiative is being held by the Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple Society. A fundraising dinner will be held on Sunday, May 26, at the Umhlatuzana Community Centre from 5pm.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/22 11:31:09 ( 548 reads )


Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success; this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
-- Pramukh Swami Maharaj, guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

Brazen Thieves Steal $15K in Gold from Atlanta Temple

Posted on 2019/5/20 12:19:35 ( 620 reads )


ATLANTA, GEORGIA, May 20, 2019 (AJC): [HPI note: temple management should take note of this incident; similar thefts have occurred elsewhere in the US. Vigilence is needed, especially not to allow one unknown person or group to be in the main sanctum area when the temple is otherwise empty without a priest or manager present.]

A priest at a Hindu temple in Cumming said a group of people pretending to be tourists stole nearly $15,000 worth of gold jewelry during a visit Thursday afternoon. The theft, which was caught on the house of worship's surveillance cameras, shows members of the group pulling gold necklaces and pendants off statues at the Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple of Atlanta in Forsyth County.

"I am totally shocked," priest Keshava Murthy told Channel 2 Action News. "We lost nearly $15,000 (in) gold jewelry." Murthy said the six-person group responsible for the theft included two men, two women, a teenager and a child. The video shows the men speaking with the priest while the women go to work pocketing jewelry from statues around the temple. "They took all the gold chains along with the pendants," Murthy said. He said one of the men visited the temple five days before the thefts, taking pictures of some of the statues during an apparent reconnaissance mission.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/20 12:19:22 ( 561 reads )


Just as the memory of each detail of your yesterday has flowed through you, so does intellectual knowing eventually flow through the life of the person who contains it, as a thing of only temporary value.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

Remnants of 100 Undiscovered Ancient Temples Unearthed in Cambodian Jungle

Posted on 2019/5/17 13:29:49 ( 777 reads )


CAMBODIA, May 16, 2019 (Daily Mail): Archaeologists claim to have found the remnants of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient Hindu temples in the jungles of Cambodia. The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, were unearthed in Kratie Province's historical Samphu Borak area of eastern Cambodia's Kratie Province. The team believe they date back to the 6th and 7th centuries, hundreds of years older than the country's world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex which dates back to the 12th century. Samphu Borak was one of the most densely populated regions of the pre-Angkorian era of Cambodia. Thuy Chanthourn, deputy director of the Institute of Arts and Culture of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the remains of the temples had not been recorded in earlier studies, by either French or Cambodian archaeologists.

Alison Carter from the Anthropology Dept at the University of Oregon, who is a director of P'teah Cambodia, researching ancient ruins, told Asia Wire: "I think when we hear temple sites people think of Angkor Wat or Ta Prohm, but in fact many Angkorian and especially Pre-Angkorian temple sites were quite small. Everyone focuses on the places in Cambodia where there is standing architecture but finding so many sites in other parts of the country demonstrates that other parts of Cambodia were occupied in the past and are important places. Compared to the Angkorian period, we don't know very much about the Pre-Angkorian period. Any new information like this helps us complete a more holistic picture of the past."

Third Song Released in Our History of Hindu India Music Video Series: Hindus Love Celebrations

Posted on 2019/5/17 13:28:53 ( 582 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, May 17, 2019 (HPI): Hinduism today has just posted to YouTube a new music video : "Hindus Love Celebrations." Click "source" above to see and hear. It is a song for children intended to supplement the popular History of Hindu India documentary "From Ancient Times." The documentary and song, the third of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for students to get an overview of Hindu home and community worship, including Diwali, Holi and the Kumbh Mela.

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