Hindu Devotees Can Fulfill Vows at Batu Caves Temple Until January 30

KUALA LUMPUR, January 21, 2022 (The Star): The Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves has opened the door for Hindus who did not have the opportunity to fulfill their vows to do so even though the Thaipusam celebration ended last Tuesday (January 18). Speaking to Bernama, its Trustee, Datuk N. Sivakumar, said the temple was making all preparations for…

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Malaysian Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam

MALAYSIA, January 18, 2022 (Malaysian Insight): Malaysian Hindus face muted celebrations of the annual Thaipusam festival, which were scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event sees hundreds of thousands of Hindus, a sizable minority in multi-ethnic Malaysia, showcase their devotion to the Deity Lord Murugan. The festival normally sees believers carrying offerings to places of worship to the…

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Singapore Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam

SINGAPORE, January 18, 2022 (The Chestnut Post): In Singapore, over 12,000 devotees celebrating Thaipusam turned up at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple to give thanks and seek blessings. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat also visited the temple to take part in festivities. For the second year running, customs like the foot procession, body piercings and the carrying of wooden or…

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Download the Hindu Holidays Calendar

UNITED STATES, January 9, 2022 (HAF by Shereen Bhalia): Our team at the Hindu American Foundation created a brand new calendar called Dharmic Days and Hindu Holidays, a guide to religious accommodation. This guide tells you the date of major holidays observed by Hindus and devotees of other Dharmic faiths for the next three years. Along with the dates, we’ve…

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Red Cross Seeks Scholars to Write on the Hindu Traditions of Warfare

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, January 12, 2022 (ICRC): The International Committee of the Red Cross has recently initiated a new long-term project on Hinduism/Dharmic religions, where they explore convergences with International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the “law of war” as understood by those religions. To this end, they are seeking Hindu scholars to participate in the research and publishing. If interested, contact Daniel Ratheiser, dratheiser@icrc.org. They…

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An Upbeat Look at India’s Future

INDIA, April 13, 2020 (YouTube): Dr. Deepak Vohra, a globally renowned Indian diplomat gave a TEDx Talk on where India be on the global stage by 2030. Gives an entertaining presentation on India’s changing demographics, economic shifts, educational focus and national self-esteem. With a median age of 28 is India is the world’s youngest country (compare to Europe’s median age…

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Celebrating the Great Night of Shiva in Kathmandu

KATMANDU, NEPAL, January 3, 2022 (New York Times by Shelby Tauber): At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, the New York Times launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most compelling places. This week, Shelby Tauber shares a…

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At Least 12 Die in Stampede at a Hindu Shrine in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, January 1, 2022 (New York Times): At least 12 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in a stampede early Saturday near the city of Jammu, as thousands of devotees were paying obeisance at a famous Hindu shrine to mark the beginning of the new year. Hundreds of people were packed inside a corridor of…

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More Temples Desecrated in Bangladesh, Police Register Complaints

BANGLADESH, January 3, 2022 (Free Press Journal): Police have registered complaints over the alleged desecration of three temples in Bangladesh as members of the minority Hindu community staged protests demanding the arrest of culprits behind the incident in Lalmonirhat district, bordering India, a media report said on Sunday. The protests began after raw animal meat packed in plastic bags were…

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