Designer Diyas Light up Dewali

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com ALLAHABAD, INDIA, October 27, 2010: When it comes to lighting on Diwali, diyas (traditional oil lamps made of clay) occupy a special place. Despite the influx of LED lights and Chinese bulbs, people in the city are still going for the traditional diyas this Diwali. With the changing trends, potters too are wheeling out designer diyas. A potter…

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Can Sikhs, Hindus Get Elected Without Converting?

Source: Religion News Service WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 5, 2010: (RNS) What does it mean when the two best-known Indian-American politicians in American politics are converts to Christianity? In South Carolina, Nikki Haley won the Republican nomination for governor despite a whisper campaign that criticized her name and religion. Many questioned the validity of Haley’s Christian faith. Some, including Republican…

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Tamilnadu Temples Seek ISO Approval

Source: www.siliconindia.com CHENNAI, INDIA, July 26, 2010: A number of temples and religious bodies in Tamilnadu are applying for the International Standard Organization’s (ISO) certification. This step has been initiated by the state government’s Hindu religious and charitable endowments (HR&CE) department. Three popular temples — the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane and Dhandayudhapani Temple in Vadapalani —…

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Daily Inspiration

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com The writers of the Indian philosophies will survive when the British dominion in India shall long have ceased to exist, and when the sources which it yielded of wealth and power are lost to remembrances.    Lord Warren Hastings (1754-1826), the first governor general of British India

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India’s Caste System and American Society: Similarities

Source: www.uwf.edu [HPI note: Dr. M. Lal Goel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The University of West Florida, wrote about the similarities between India’s caste system and American society. You can read the full article at the source link, above. Here is a summary provided by the author.] UNITED STATES, July 30, 2010: A recent article in Newsweek by…

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Hindu of the Year Award Presented to Sri P. Parameswaran

Source: HPI (by G.K. Nair, correspondent) THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, June 30: Mr P. Parameswaran, Hinduism Today’s Hindu of the Year 2010, has received the award from the magazine’s correspondent in Kerala, G.K. Nair. Speaking on behalf of Hinduism Today, Nair said, “to raise India to the heights Vivekananda spoke of is no easy task, but that is the defining thread…

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Daily Inspiration

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com The greatest source of strength for any society is its faith in God. The day it renounces such faith will be the day that society begins to die.    Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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15,000 Pilgrims Start This Year’s Amarnath Yatra

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com SRINAGAR, INDIA, July 1, 2010: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir kicked off on Thursday with over 15,000 pilgrims beginning the climb to the cave shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. “More than 7,000 yatris began their uphill 14-km trek at 8 am on Thursday from Baltal to the cave. Another batch of 1,100 yatris…

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Will Rising Prices Affect Ganesha Chaturthi?

Source: sify.com INDIA, August 1, 2010: Every year the Ganesha festival is commemorated with deep fervor in Maharashtra. However, this year the surge in the petrol and diesel-price is likely to affect the ardent devotees. The murthi makers lament that the price of commodities. Rising prices of petrol and diesel in the last five years, and increased transport charges have…

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