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Hindu Community Hopes For Temple Approval From Chino Hills


Posted on 2010/2/9 8:03:01 ( 1215 reads )

Source: www.contracostatimes.com

CHINO HILLS, CALIFORNIA, February 5, 2010: A Hindu community here is closer to completing its religious center, but still has to overcome a city height restriction for the towers it wants to build as part of the temple. The BAPS -- Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanastha -- Hindu community of Chino Hills wants to begin construction on the temple, at the complex on Fairfield Ranch Road near the 71 Freeway, which is nearing completion.

The obstacle that has remained for the past few years has been the city construction height limit of 42 feet for the high-density residential zone where the temple would be located. Plans call for spires at a height of 78 feet, and the community has asked the city to change the height restriction on the zone.

Developers last week submitted an application for building the centerpiece of the complex, a 10,000-square-foot temple, or mandir - the term for a Hindu place of worship and prayer.

A hearing is expected within three to six months, said Kal Mistry, spokesman and volunteer for the BAPS community of Chino Hills.



Sri Lankan Hindus Shocked Over Peninsula Road Expansion


Posted on 2010/2/9 8:02:01 ( 977 reads )

Source: srilankawatch.com

SRI LANKA, February, 2010: Local Hindus and Hindu cultural organizations are shocked and surprised over plans to demolish around 27 Hindu temples and ancient cultural monuments due to a road expansion program from Jaffna-Kankesanthurai. Opposing voices against the destruction point out that cultural symbols of Tamils should not be demolished under the guise of development process.

The All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) has taken steps to prevent the demolishment of twenty seven Hindu Kovils and cultural monuments under the developing process of Peninsula - KKS main road. As a result ACHF has met the Governor of Northern Province Major General G. A. Chandrasiri and has requested them to take alternative measures to prevent such demolition.

Neither Tamil Ministers nor Tamil Parliamentarians have spoken regarding this matter so far.



Malaysian Hindu Sangam Combats Youth Alcoholism


Posted on 2010/2/9 8:01:01 ( 1190 reads )

Source: thestar.com.my

MALAYSIA, February 8, 2010: The Malaysian Hindu Sangam has declared war on the alcoholism that is afflicting the younger generation, reported Tamil Nesan. Its Youth leader Arun Doraisamy said under-aged drinking should be an offense punishable by two days in the lock-up.

Speaking at the forum Alcohol Laws in Malaysia 2010: National Review of Alcohol Laws, Policies and Programmes, organized by the group, in Petaling Jaya on Saturday, he suggested raising the age limit for alcohol consumption from 18 to 21. He also called for the setting up of a center in the long-term to handle prevention, research and rehabilitation.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/9 8:00:01 ( 1044 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, and character is the test of that manifestation.
   Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)



New Look For Singapore Hindu Temple


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:05:01 ( 1052 reads )

Source: www.straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE, January 17, 2010: Hundreds of devotees descended on the Sri Murugan Hill Temple at Upper Bukit Timah Road on Sunday as the 52-year-old shrine celebrated its consecration ceremony following a two-year facelift. The ritual, called the Maha Kumbabishegam, is conducted every 12 years to strengthen the powers of the temple's deities.

Temple president Eswary Nagalinggam said a total of $2.5 million was spent to spruce up the temple. Among the work done was the installation of a lift for the disabled and elderly, and the addition of deity Annapurna, the Goddess of food and cooking, which was requested by devotees.

A 30 second video of the event can be seen here.



Lord Ganesha Stories On the iPhone


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:04:01 ( 872 reads )

Source: www.ciol.com

MUMBAI, INDIA, Februay 3, 2010: Balaji Telefilms Ltd, an entertainment conglomerate, today announced that it has launched its first ever iPhone application named Ganesha Stories under its New Media initiative.

The Ganesha iPhone application allows consumers to have access to their favorite Elephant God on the move. Aartis and stories revolving around Lord Ganesha are available at the click of a button featuring the best names in Bollywood playback singing.

Ekta Kapoor, joint managing director, Balaji Telefilms Ltd said, "Mobile Entertainment is a growth area for us."



An Indian Voice in Climate Change


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:03:01 ( 987 reads )

Source: www.hindustantimes.com

NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 2, 2001: He's a part-time poet and full-time climate-change spokesman who travels sometimes 20 days a month and on some nights sleeps as little as two hours (his average is six). The tireless Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, may be showing some strain, but he vows to stay the course and prepare the ground for the world's next crucial climate summit in Mexico later this year. Dr. Pachauri was interviewed for the Hindustan Times.

About the recent criticism of the IPPC latest report, Dr. Pachauri said, "There is only one error, the statement that the Himalayan glaciers would be melted by 2035, to which we admitted. The IPCC isn't here to answer staunch deniers of climate change. Spurious individual complaints come through only two sources, The Times (London), and, more importantly, The Telegraph."

To read Dr. Pachauri's full interview, go to source above.



International Sacred Music Festival


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:02:01 ( 994 reads )

Source: www.modfestivals.org

MARKTOBERDORF, GERMANY, February 7, 2010: Every two years a remarkable meeting of musicians from the worlds' religions takes place in the beautiful Allgaeu Region in the South of Germany. From May 21 - 26, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews will come together and demonstrate their musical traditions while participants and guests become acquainted with different cultures.

Music bridges all linguistic and cultural borders and speaks directly from the hearts of the artists. An accompanying lecture program will provide deeper insights into the cultures and religions represented.



Dispense With Medication, Go For Meditation


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:01:01 ( 883 reads )

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

VARANASI, INDIA, February 7, 2010: How about going for pain management with yoga, meditation and exercise? While these practices have long been associated with decreasing muscle tension and reducing stress, ayurveda experts of Banaras Hindu University believe that they are also effective alternatives to medication.

As per Dr. D.N. Pande of Section of Sangyaharan, department of Shalya Tantra, BHU, scientific studies have shown that these practices are linked with production of endorphins, natural pain-killers in the body that reduce pain. "They are also free from side-effects including toxicity shown by most of the pain-relieving drugs (analgesics) including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), narcotics and antidepressants, when they are used for long time," he added.

Saying that non-pharmacological options for pain management have started to garner attention, he also added procedures like acupuncture, acupressure, applying heat or massaging were fast gaining popularity for reducing pain and stress.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/8 8:00:01 ( 990 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them.
   Anonymous



Latest Issue of Hinduism Today for Sale on Scribd.com


Posted on 2010/2/7 23:11:17 ( 1599 reads )

Source: www.scribd.com

KAPAA, HI, USA, February 8, 2010: Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad -- it seems that digital editions of books and magazines are destined to seize the spotlight from venerable paper, which has been the choice of readers for centuries. Or maybe not: how can you reproduce the ease and comfort of having a printed edition in your hands, one you can fold, skim, drop, lend and archive?

Either way the magazine world goes, Hinduism Today will be there. Today's innovation is that you can buy and read the latest edition of Hinduism Today (January/February/March, 2010) on Scribd, a website that tries to match the experience of reading on paper. The price? One dollar. The magazine is identical to the printed edition. You can zoom in, flip pages, enjoy two-page spreads and the photos and design that are Hinduism Today's marks of excellence.

You can see the future here.



A Real Balinese Temple Inside the Rothenbaum Museum


Posted on 2010/2/7 8:05:01 ( 1338 reads )

Source: www.abendblatt.de

HAMBURG, GERMANY, February 7, 2010: Hamburg's Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) has been home to an authentic Balinese temple since November 2009. Carved out of volcanic stone, the temple was shipped from Bali to Germany and assembled according to tradition by the Balinese architect Artana and two assistants.

Construction was funded by Juli Biesterfeld, a Balinese woman who lives in Hamburg. The temple, which stands in front of the Museum, will be both an exhibit and an authentic place of worship. The official consecration of the temple will be done by Balinese priests on the day of the Kuningan festival, May 22, 2010.



Latest Issue of Hinduism Today for Sale on Scribd.com


Posted on 2010/2/7 8:04:01 ( 925 reads )

Source: www.scribd.com

KAPAA, HI, USA, February 8, 2010: Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad -- it seems that digital editions of books and magazines are destined to seize the spotlight from venerable paper, which has been the choice of readers for centuries. Or maybe not: how can you reproduce the ease and comfort of having a printed edition in your hands, one you can fold, skim, drop, lend and archive?

Either way the magazine world goes, Hinduism Today will be there. Today's innovation is that you can buy and read the latest edition of Hinduism Today (January/February/March, 2010) on Scribd, a website that tries to match the experience of reading on paper. The price? One dollar. The magazine is identical to the printed edition. You can zoom in, flip pages, enjoy two-page spreads and the photos and design that are Hinduism Today's marks of excellence.

You can see the future here.



Latest Issue of Hinduism Today for Sale on Scribd.com


Posted on 2010/2/7 8:04:01 ( 1763 reads )

Source: www.scribd.com

KAPAA, HI, USA, February 8, 2010: Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad -- it seems that digital editions of books and magazines are destined to seize the spotlight from venerable paper, which has been the choice of readers for centuries. Or maybe not: how can you reproduce the ease and comfort of having a printed edition in your hands, one you can fold, skim, drop, lend and archive?

Either way the magazine world goes, Hinduism Today will be there. Today's innovation is that you can buy and read the latest edition of Hinduism Today (January/February/March, 2010) on Scribd, a website that tries to match the experience of reading on paper. The price? One dollar. The magazine is identical to the printed edition. You can zoom in, flip pages, enjoy two-page spreads and the photos and design that are Hinduism Today's marks of excellence.

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Last Speaker of Ancient Language of Bo Dies in India


Posted on 2010/2/7 8:03:01 ( 898 reads )

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA, February 4, 2010: The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC. Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world's oldest languages - Bo - had come to an end. She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage. Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old. The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.

Professor Abbi said that Boa Sr's death was a loss for intellectuals wanting to study more about the origins of ancient languages, because they had lost "a vital piece of the jigsaw". "It is generally believed that all Andamanese languages might be the last representatives of those languages which go back to pre-Neolithic times," Professor Abbi said. "The Andamanese are believed to be among our earliest ancestors."

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