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Last Nepal King Breaks Ancient Taboo


Posted on 2010/2/22 8:03:01 ( 969 reads )

Source: beta.thehindu.com

KATMANDU, NEPAL, February 9, 2010: Almost two years after he was stripped of his crown and became a commoner, Nepal's deposed king Gyanendra hit the headlines Tuesday with reports that he had attended, for the first time in the history of Nepal's Shah dynasty, a religious fair in a town till now considered out of bounds for his family.

Escorted by bodyguards and aides, the 62-year-old ousted king drove himself to Panauti on Monday, a town 22 miles southeast of Kathmandu, to attend the Makar Mela, a Hindu fair held every 12 years. In the past, legend had it that Panauti was a forbidden area for the Shah kings of Nepal since it was the domain of Hindu god Narayan and the kings of Nepal were considered incarnations of the same god.

The former king, breaking the taboo, said he was visiting the fair as a common citizen attending a religious event and not as a king.

Nepal's history is often closely woven with legends and curses. North of Kathmandu lies a colossal statue of Vishnu, another incarnation of Narayan, lying in a bed of serpents on a pool. The Budanilkantha temple is the only one in Nepal that was forbidden to the royal family of Nepal after a legend arose that the king would die if he ever gazed on the 15 feet high statue.



Rare Tamil Nadu Temple Under Renovation


Posted on 2010/2/22 8:02:01 ( 1239 reads )

Source: beta.thehindu.com

TAMIL NADU, INDIA, February 2010: Near Chennai, the ancient village of Sembian Kolathur has a name denoting Chola connection. The small village, famous for Sama Vedic is home of the rare Sri Thulaseeswarar temple, where Lord Siva temple takes the name of tulsi, or holy basil. The 850-year old Sri Thulaseeswarar temple has been taken up for renovation.

Legend has it that the lingam there is one of the 108 that Agastyar created. He is said to have adorned the deity with konrai garland and worshipped with tulsi leaves. It is said that worshipping Siva on Mondays with tulsi earns the devotee the Lord's affection.

Work is partially completed but is the renovation has appealed for funds. For details see contact information at the source above.



A Dispute Over the Not-So-Holy Prasada


Posted on 2010/2/22 8:01:01 ( 1061 reads )

Source: www.azcentral.com

[HPI note: According to the Mounier-Williams Sanskrit dictionary, Prasada means "Clarity, brightness; grace." It is often used to signify food offered to the Deity or the guru, or the blessed remnants of such food, or any propitiatory offering.]

ARIZONA, U.S., February 5, 2010: A Sanskrit word meaning "gracious gift" or "clarity" has resulted in anything but for two Surprise business entities. A doctor who recently opened his first practice, Prasada Pediatrics, is involved in a trademark-infringement dispute with Westcor, the developer of the master-planned community of Prasada.

Dr. Brian Lawrence Young, whose wife's mother is Buddhist, said he chose the name for its Sanskrit meanings. He established Prasada Pediatrics as a limited-liability corporation last April and opened for business in mid-January.

On Jan. 27, an attorney representing Westcor sent a cease-and-desist letter to Young, raising the issue of trademark infringement. The letter stated that the Prasada brand was important to Westcor and Surprise and that the company had a duty to "eliminate any likelihood of consumer confusion."

"With trademark law, the key question is: Who began using the name first? " said Jennifer Van Kirk, a partner with the Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca who specializes in intellectual-property law. "From a legal perspective... even purely innocent infringement is still infringement."



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/22 8:00:01 ( 960 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
   Ralph Waldo Emerson



Hindu Youth Explore Their Faith In US National Forum


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:04:01 ( 997 reads )

Source: india-herald.com

FORT PARKER, TEXAS, February 17, 2010: Fort Parker State Park in Mexia, Texas was filled to capacity from February 5-7, for the Hindu student's South Regional Retreat with 91 students representing eight universities and three states across the southern United States. Anju Bhargava, a member of President Barack Obama's new Faith Advisory Council, flew to Texas from New Jersey for the night with a message. Bhargava described her experience as a Hindu American as well as her role as one of many Hindu American parents.

The South Region was especially honored to share the weekend with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Senthilnathaswami from the Kauai Hindu Monastery.

Swami Bodhinatha, the publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, renowned for his interaction with Hindu youth, led two discussion sessions--the first discussed how to balance college student life with being a Hindu and the second, science and ethics, specifically on medical ethics. Applicable and informative, both hours were well received.

Having been involved in various Hindu activities for years, Vaishnavi Kapadia, a senior at The University of North Texas describes this particular retreat as "an especially fulfilling experience because of our guest speakers. The wisdom they shared with us has inspired me to continue giving back to our community well past my college years."

The evocative messages of the speakers were clearly heard, and to verbally as well as visually emphasize and expand on such ideas, representative Rishi Bhutada from the Hindu American Foundation opened the eyes and ears of the attendees even further to the innovative efforts of the Hindu community on various fronts. Bhutada's information along with Sewa International's regional coordinator, Vasudev Singh's, presence, opened the doors for the students' further participation in Hindu activity post-graduation.

Reflecting on the day, sophomore Anand Jayanti said, "I felt instantly a part of something much larger than me. Everyone there, in a similar manner, put aside what made them different and celebrated what we shared - our faith and dedication to Hinduism and the effort to provide Hindus on campuses all across the nation a venue to practice and expand upon their own faith."



Hindu Youth Explore Their Faith In US National Forum


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:04:01 ( 2381 reads )

Source: india-herald.com

FORT PARKER, TEXAS, February 17, 2010: Fort Parker State Park in Mexia, Texas was filled to capacity from February 5-7, for the South Regional Retreat with 91 students representing eight universities and three states across the southern United States. Anju Bhargava, a member of President Barack Obama's new Faith Advisory Council, flew to Texas from New Jersey for the night with a message. Bhargava described her experience as a Hindu American as well as her role as one of many Hindu American parents.

The South Region was especially honored to share the weekend with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Senthilnathaswami from the Kauai Hindu Monastery.

Swami Bodhinatha, the publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, renowned for his interaction with Hindu youth, led two discussion sessions--the first discussed how to balance college student life with being a Hindu and the second, science and ethics, specifically on medical ethics. Applicable and informative, both hours were well received.

Having been involved in various Hindu activities for years, Vaishnavi Kapadia, a senior at The University of North Texas describes this particular retreat as "an especially fulfilling experience because of our guest speakers. The wisdom they shared with us has inspired me to continue giving back to our community well past my college years."

The evocative messages of the speakers were clearly heard, and to verbally as well as visually emphasize and expand on such ideas, representative Rishi Bhutada from the Hindu American Foundation opened the eyes and ears of the attendees even further to the innovative efforts of the Hindu community on various fronts. Bhutada's information along with Sewa International's regional coordinator, Vasudev Singh's, presence, opened the doors for the students' further participation in Hindu activity post-graduation.

Reflecting on the day, sophomore Anand Jayanti said, "I felt instantly a part of something much larger than me. Everyone there, in a similar manner, put aside what made them different and celebrated what we shared - our faith and dedication to Hinduism and the effort to provide Hindus on campuses all across the nation a venue to practice and expand upon their own faith."



Hindus Celebrate Shiva Ratri on Carnival Friday


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:03:01 ( 1166 reads )

Source: Paras Ramoutar, HPI Staff

TRINADAD/TOBAGO, February 2010: Devout Hindus thronged mandirs and other places of worship in observance of Shiva Ratri on Carnival Friday night, Feb. 12 from sunset to Saturday sunrise. It is the night of the great awakening of Lord Shiva. Hindus keep vigil all night. Lord Shiva is manifested in all aspects of creation.

The 200-odd temples across the country held vigil, including Edinburgh Hindu Temple, Chaguanas Mandir, Longdenville Temple, Caparo Shiva Mandir, the Seva Sangh of Caparo, Felicity Hindu Mandir, Gasparillo Hindu Mandir, Blue Star

According to Pundit Seereeram Maharaj of the Shiva Kailash Hindu Temple and Ramayna Group, Caparo, "Lord Shiva is symbolic of Absolute Truth and Supreme Consciousness, and is recognized and respected as the benign, the merciful and perfection." "In effect, the observance of Maha Shivaraatri is a reminder to mankind of the need for discipline in our lives," Pundit Ramesh Tiwari, spiritual leader of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, added.



Hindus Celebrate Shiva Ratri on Carnival Friday


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:03:01 ( 2203 reads )

Source: Paras Ramoutar, HPI Staff

TRINADAD/TOBAGO, February 2010: Devout Hindus thronged mandirs and other places of worship in observance of Shiva Ratri on Carnival Friday night, Feb. 12 from sunset to Saturday sunrise. It is the night of the great awakening of Lord Shiva. Hindus keep vigil all night.

Lord Shiva is manifested in all aspects of creation. Lord Shiva embodies in Himself the positive ideals of renunciation, asceticism, serenity and all the opposite to negative human values as untruthfulness, vanity, ignorance, impurity, deceit and deception.

The 200-odd temples across the country held vigil, including Edinburgh Hindu Temple, Chaguanas Mandir, Longdenville Temple, Caparo Shiva Mandir, the Seva Sangh of Caparo, Felicity Hindu Mandir, Gasparillo Hindu Mandir, Blue Star

According to Pundit Seereeram Maharaj of the Shiva Kailash Hindu Temple and Ramayna Group, Caparo, "Lord Shiva is symbolic of Absolute Truth and Supreme Consciousness, and is recognized and respected as the benign, the merciful and perfection." "In effect, the observance of Maha Shivaraatri is a reminder to mankind of the need for discipline in our lives," Pundit Ramesh Tiwari, spiritual leader of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, added.



Kanchi Sankaracharya's Political Remark Draws Criticism


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:02:01 ( 982 reads )

Source: news.rediff.com

ANDRA PRADESH, INDIA, February 19, 2010: Supporters for a new Telangana state protested and burned an effigy of Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati for his comments disfavoring the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. However, when asked about the row triggered by his remarks, the seer told reporters, "There is nothing wrong in carving out a separate state if overwhelming public opinion is in favor of it."

He claimed that the media had distorted his remarks. Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswati was reported as having said, "If Andhra Pradesh is split, it would be disastrous. Maoists will become stronger. There is no need to bifurcate the state where all people speak Telugu".



Designer Creates Musical Sari


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:01:01 ( 1078 reads )

Source: beta.thehindu.com

DHARMAVARAM, INDIA, February 12, 2010: If an elegant woman can grace those around her with the subtle fragrance of her perfumes, why not also, as if in a movie, provide her own soundtrack? Swaramadhuri, a singing silk sari, embedded with eight micro speakers on its border has caught the fancy of many silk traders down South.

Conceptualized by P. Mohan, a small-time designer in the Dharmavaram town in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, the beautiful drape has micro speakers on its border and a small digital music player at the pallu which can play as many as 200 songs continuously for a stretch of four hours. Mr. Mohan has used a 2-GB memory chip to support the device on the sari.

Armed with a diploma in Fashion Design, he is said to have toiled for two months to come out with this unique design, which has piqued the interest of silk traders down South. B. Datta Shiva, the master weaver, who purchased the rights of the sari said, "Orders are pouring from reputed showrooms from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh for supply."



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/18 8:00:01 ( 1003 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
   Siddhartha Gautama (ca 566-486 bce)



A Red List to Aid in Combating Art Theft


Posted on 2010/2/17 8:04:01 ( 1099 reads )

Source: www.phnompenhpost.com

CAMBODIA, February 15, 2010: Archaeologists and government officials have high hopes that a new watch list of endangered antiquities will prevent them from being traded illegally. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) this week published its Red List of at-risk Cambodian antiquities, which are commonly looted, trafficked and then sold on the illicit art market. Items on the list range from the mundane to the divine. Everyday objects like spoons, teapots and axes share space with detailed sandstone sculptures of the Hindu deities Vishnu and Ganesha. But the objects all share one thing in common: they are highly coveted in the illegal art world, one of a series of factors motivating looters and fueling what observers say has been a decade-long surge in the destruction of invaluable prehistoric sites in the Kingdom.

"It is a big problem," said Hab Touch, director of the National Museum of Cambodia. "Illegal excavations and the illicit trafficking of our Cambodian cultural heritage is still going on. It is important to stop that." Internationally, it is hoped that museums, collectors and others who deal in art and antiquities will consult the list and ensure they have thoroughly checked for authenticity and legal documentation before buying Cambodian artifacts. Within Cambodia, the Red List will be distributed to heritage police, local authorities and customs officials stationed at border crossings, through which the tide of the illegal art trade flows.



Astrology Meets Caesareans to Deliver Astrologically Auspicious Babies


Posted on 2010/2/17 8:03:01 ( 1090 reads )

Source: www.thenational.ae

KOLKATA, INDIA, February 16, 2010: When Kanwal Preet was told by her doctor she was due to give birth on January 22 she could not hide her disappointment. The date came more than a week after the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti. Instead, she demanded that her obstetrician arrange to have the baby delivered by Caesarean section, and on January 13 in the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital in New Delhi her baby girl was brought into the world on the day the sun moved into Capricorn according to Hindu astrology.

Across India, Hindu couples are increasingly consulting their astrologers to arrange the timing of births to correspond with favorable dates on the astrological calendar. The parents-to-be believe an "astrochild" will enjoy good health, happiness and success in the future. Dr.Dinesh Kansal, a senior physician at the hospital, said Mrs. Preet had been medically ready to undergo the caesarean any day after January 8 and when she chose the day of the Makar Sankranti as the date of delivery, the doctors were happy to fulfill her wish.

Dr. Nistar Ahmed, an obstetrician in the Kolkata hospital, said he regularly receives requests to carry out Caesarean sections to coincide with astrological dates and times. In most cases, he said, he agrees to carry out the operation. "If parents insist on some auspicious time for the delivery of their children we usually oblige if from a medical point of view it does not expose the baby and the would-be mother to an increased level of risk," Dr Ahmed said. "On certain dates... I see a four- or five-fold increase in the number of requests for Caesarean sections."



Featured Temple: Mwanza Sanatan Dharma Mandir, Tanzania


Posted on 2010/2/17 8:02:01 ( 3239 reads )

Source: mailto:regentauto@barmedas.com

MWANZA, TANZANIA (AFRICA), February 17, 2010: Mwanza is a city in northwest Tanzania and a southern port of Lake Victoria. The city handles much of Tanzania's lake trade with Kenya and Uganda. Central Mwanza has an Oriental feel due to its many mosques and Hindu temples, and is well worth a stroll, particularly the area around Temple St, where Mwanza's strong Indian influence is particularly evident, with Indian trading houses and pan shops lining the streets. Mwanaza is one of the gateway airports for the Serengeti National Park.

The Mwanaza temple was started in 1958 by the Gujarati trading community in Mwanza. Their community services are health and education at their Hindu Union Hospital. Eye clinics, basic diagnosis and diabetes awareness are free services. A new hospital building project is underway.

See a video about the temple here.



Climate Negotiations Impasse Leads to U.N. Climate Chief Resignation


Posted on 2010/2/17 8:01:01 ( 1237 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

UNITED NATIONS, February 18, 2010: The sense of disarray in the global effort to address climate change deepened Thursday with the resignation of Yvo de Boer, the stolid Dutch bureaucrat who led the international climate change negotiations over four tumultuous years.

His departure, which takes effect on July 1, comes after a largely unsuccessful meeting in Copenhagen in December that was supposed to produce a binding international treaty but instead generated mostly acrimony and a series of unenforceable pledges by nations to reduce their global warming emissions.

"We have seen a situation where the politics of climate change are really, really difficult among a number of key actors and nobody, not even Mr. de Boer, was able to cut through that," said Kim Carstensen, the director of the Global Climate Initiative of the World Wildlife Fund.

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