Recycling India’s Floral Waste: How Flowers Left as Temple Offerings Are Being Made Into Soap, Dyes and Incense Sticks

Source INDIA, December 15, 2020 (SCMP): Devotees hurry to buy flowers from vendors to fill their baskets and join the sea of women heading into the gaily lit and brightly decorated temple. It’s the evening of an auspicious festival and temples all over the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are crowded with Hindu worshippers, most bringing offerings of flowers: marigolds,…

Continue reading

Odisha Cabinet Approves Lingaraj Temple Ordinance In Line With Sri Jagannath Temple Act

Source BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, December 14, 2020 (Odisha TV): In a major decision, the Odisha cabinet on Monday approved the much-awaited ordinance for better management of the affairs of Lingaraj Temple. As the Odisha Legislative Assembly is not in session, the new special act is proposed to be enacted through this ordinance, sources said. The state cabinet has also cleared the…

Continue reading

Daily Inspiration

Source Eternal, pure, groundless, death-and-birth free, pervasive, ever immaculate, distant, near, enveloping effulgence of void, the support of all, the fullness of bliss, the consciousness-form beyond thought and speech, That which thus stood, the expanse vast that generates bliss, let us contemplate.— Tayumanavar (1706-1744), South Indian devotional poet

Continue reading

Probini Foundation’s Indirect Beneficiary; A 500+ Year Old Vishnu Temple in Bangladesh

Source DHAKA, BANGLADESH, November 14, 2019 (Empire’s Last Casualty): Soon after the Probini-ISPaD Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January of 2019, the delegates from India and the U.S. headed for Probini-supported schools (http://www.probini.org) in southern coastal Bangladesh. On their way they stopped at a 15th Century Bishnu (Vishnu) Bari Mandir temple in Barisal district. The granite-built statue of the Deity…

Continue reading

Pashupatinath Temple to Be Opened to Devotees From Wednesday

Source KATHMANDU, NEPAL, December 14, 2020 (Nepal 24 Hours): Atonement worship is to be offered at the Pashupatinath Temple tomorrow morning, seeking forgiveness as the shrine had to be shut to the devotees for nine months over the risk of coronavirus infection. Entry of devotees inside the temple, which was continued on a regular basis since ancient time, was forbidden…

Continue reading

Daily Inspiration

Source If you would walk the way of love, never feel hurt nor yield to anger, but accept pain as a part of life.— Dada J.P. Vaswani, spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Continue reading

Sri Lanka Cracks Down on Hindu Festival Celebrations

Source COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, December 3, 2020 (Tennessee Tribune): Sri Lankan military and police have cracked down on celebrations of the Hindu festival of Karthikai Deepam in the northern parts of the island nation, claiming that it could be related to the commemoration of former rebels. The festival includes lighting lamps and ringing bells in temples and public places. This…

Continue reading

Daily Inspiration

Source According to karma yoga, the action one has done cannot be destroyed until it has borne its fruit; no power in nature can stop it from yielding its results. If I do an evil action, I must suffer for it; there is no power in this universe to stop it or stay it. Similarly, if I do a good…

Continue reading

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Flooded Due to Torrential Rains, Blocked Drain Tunnels

Source INDIA, December 4, 2020 (The Hindu): The precincts of the Sri Sabanayagar Temple, popularly known as Sri Natarajar Temple in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district witnessed stagnation of rain water to a depth of four feet on Friday, following heavy rains that pounded Chidambaram and its suburban areas from Cyclone Burevi. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the outer…

Continue reading

Daily Inspiration

Source Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He’s always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being…

Continue reading