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Colorful Indian Festival Held in Pegognaga, Italy
Posted on 2014/7/24 16:55:46 ( 132 reads )

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PEGOGNAGA, ITALY, June 1, 2014 (Gazzetta Di Mantova): A thousand people belonging to the Hindu community in Northern Italy participated in the second annual Pegognaga Shoba Yatra, organized by Shri Hari Om Mandir together with the Municipality of Pegognaga. In a festive folkloric atmosphere, with music, songs and prayers, the faithful gathered in the square of the Coop and then proceeded in a long procession along Avenue San Lorenzo to arrive in Piazza Matteotti, where the religious leaders of the Hindu community and the crowd were greeted by the mayor Dimitri Melli.

In the days preceding the festival, a reading of the the Ramayana scripture was held at the Mandir on via Martin Luther King, where they venerate statues of Shiva, Kali and ten other Gods that were gifted by the Indian state. Svamini Hamsananda of Savona, vice president of the Italian Hindu Union, says that a meeting of representatives of all the temples in northern Italy, with the participation of the president of the Italian Hindu Union, took place during this time.

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Akshardham Temple Coming up in New Jersey
Posted on 2014/7/24 16:55:40 ( 143 reads )

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AHMEDABAD, INDIA, Julu 22, 2014 (by Bharat Yagnik, TNN): The Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS) has envisioned an Akshardham temple at Robbinsville in New Jersey, US that will be spread over a mammoth 162 acres. BAPS has earlier established two Akshardham temples at Gandhinagar and New Delhi as religious and cultural centers. The US project -- aptly named Akshardham Mahamandir -- started in 2013 with a stone-laying ceremony, realizing the 15-year-old dream of Pramukh Swami, the religious leader of the sect, to construct an Akshardham at New Jersey. The area has sizable Gujarati and Indian population. The leaders are hopeful that the temple will be ready in 2017. Pramukh Swami will visit the site next month when he will be in the US.

Sadhu Brahmprakash of BAPS told TOI that the work is going on at Rajasthan where more than 2,000 artisans are laboring over various parts of the temple at Dungarpur, Pindwada and Sangwada. "The finished parts are shipped to US where they are assembled by master craftsmen," he said. Italian marble and marble from Rajasthan's quarries is being used and the parts are shipped from Mundra, added officials. In US, a 5,000-strong team is looking after various aspects of the construction and design.

The main building will have four floors. The complex will have an exhibit dedicated to Indian history and culture, a youth activity center and much more. The artisans have taken elements of both south and north Indian temples. The embellished temple will have ornate pillars and panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and ancient scriptures. The halls will have full-size idols of important leaders of the sect.

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Michigan's Sambodh Society Hosts 12th Annual Rudrabhishekam and Chandi Homam
Posted on 2014/7/24 16:55:34 ( 143 reads )

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KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, July 23, 2014 (Press Release): The Sambodh Society, Inc., and the Sambodh Center for Human Excellence will celebrate the 12th Annual Rudrabhishekam and Chandi Homam on August 1-3, 2014 at the Sambodh Ashram in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The program will consist of a number of poojas and homas for benefit of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Click "source" above for complete information, and to download the full program brochure.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/7/24 16:55:28 ( 120 reads )

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Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Panama's First Lady Participates Attends Morari Bapu's Lecture
Posted on 2014/7/23 18:10:37 ( 222 reads )

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PANAMA, July 21, 2014 (Panama On): The First Lady of the Republic, Lorena Castillo de Varela, attended the lecture by Hindu spiritual preacher Morari Bapu. At the event, the preacher, on his first visit to Panama (to present Ram Katha), spoke of truth, love, compassion and forgiveness as essential values for all religions that can transform anyone into a peacemaker. The event, organized by the Hindu Temple at a local hotel, was attended by the Ambassador of India to Panama Shamma Jain, government representatives, members of the Hindu community in Panama, and special guests.

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Defalsification of Indian History is the First Step for Our Renaissance.
Posted on 2014/7/23 18:10:32 ( 254 reads )

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INDIA, May 3, 2014 (pparihar.com): Note: This is a long editorial piece by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, an economist and prominent Indian politician with the BJP.

The identity of India is Hindustan, i.e., a nation of Hindus and those others who acknowledge with pride that their ancestors were Hindus. Hindustan represents the continuing history of culture of Hindus. One's religion may change, but culture does not. Thus, on the agenda for a national renaissance should be the dissemination of the correct perception of what we are. This perception has to be derived from a defalsified history. However, the present history taught in our schools and colleges is the British imperialist-sponsored one, with the intent to destroy our identity.

A correct, defalsified history would record that Hindustan was one nation in the art of governance, in the style of royal courts, in the methods of warfare, in the maintenance of its agrarian base, and in the dissemination of information. Sanskrit was the language of national communication and discourse.

Much more of the lengthy discussion and history at source above.

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Beef Ten Times More Damaging to Environment Than Other Livestock
Posted on 2014/7/23 18:10:17 ( 217 reads )

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UNITED STATES, July 21, 2014 (BBC): A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock. Scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce the main US sources of protein. Beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy. The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers developed a uniform methodology that they were able to apply to all five livestock categories and to four measures of environmental performance. As a result, beef comes out clearly as the food animal with the biggest environmental impact. As well as the effects on land and water, cattle release five times more greenhouse gas and consume six times more nitrogen than eggs or poultry.

"The overall environmental footprint of beef is particularly large because it combines a low production efficiency with very high volume," said Prof. Mark Sutton, from the UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. "The result is that the researchers estimate that over 60% of the environmental burden of livestock in the US results from beef. Although the exact numbers will be different for Europe (expecting a larger role of dairy), the overall message will be similar: Cattle dominate the livestock footprint of both Europe and US."

Cutting down on beef can have a big environmental impact they say. But the same is not true for all livestock.

"One can reasonably be an environmentally mindful eater, designing one's diet with its environmental impact in mind, while not resorting to exclusive reliance on plant food sources," said Prof Eshel.

"In fact, eliminating beef, and replacing it with relatively efficiency animal-based alternatives such as eggs, can achieve an environmental improvement comparable to switching to plant food source."

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Millet's True Glycemic Index
Posted on 2014/7/23 18:10:11 ( 170 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, July 22, 2014: A reader has pointed out that millet does not have a low glycemic index number as claimed in the July 21 news item, "Millets: The Nutrient Rich Counterparts Of Wheat And Rice," (even though coming from a government of India press release).

Generally anything over 70 is considered high glycemic. Ragi, a common form of red millet in India is 86 (http://www.indiacurry.com/obesity/glycemic.htm). Bajra, or millet, is given here (http://www.bloodindex.org/glycemic_index.php) as 82. Other sites give similar numbers.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/7/23 18:10:04 ( 165 reads )

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Hindu Dharma was a great reconciler. It reconciled various viewpoints, various doctrines. It knew how to look at things from various angles and viewpoints. It knew no conflict between science and religion, between rationalism and spiritualism. It was so because it was not dogmatic in reason or religion.
-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998), distinguished spokesperson of Hindu spirituality and culture in India

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Festival Of India In South Africa 2014 Announced
Posted on 2014/7/22 18:08:09 ( 243 reads )

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SOUTH AFRICA, July 20, 2014 (Indian Spice): The largest-ever national festival showcasing Indian culture & heritage in South Africa is set to kick off this week. The year "2014" marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa since the end of apartheid era; and 100 years since the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 18 July 1914. The Indian community was fundamental in the overall development of the country and nation building including the struggle against apartheid.

The festival also coincides with the celebration of life and values of our liberation struggle icon, "Tata" Nelson Mandela. The Department of Arts and Culture is proud to co-host the Festival of India in commemorating this milestone achievement. This festival will showcase Indian performing arts, exhibitions of modern Indian art, visual and photographic digital exhibitions on the late Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, food festivals, film festivals as well as events involving Indian and South African scholars and writers.

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Sankat Mochan Kendra Opens Its Doors
Posted on 2014/7/22 18:08:03 ( 239 reads )

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AUSTRALIA, July 20, 2014 (Indian Sun): Sankat Mochan Samiti (SMS) celebrated the opening of Sankat Mochan Kendra (SMK), on June 15. This is the first North Indian Hindu temple, social welfare kendra and Indian cultural education institution of its kind in Australia. The SMK will cater not only to the Hindu population but also other communities interested in Hinduism. More than 1,000 devotees attended the inaugural function of SMK located at 1289A North Road, Huntingdale, 3166

The ceremony began with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, after which the Vastu Puja and Navagraha Puja were performed. The most overwhelming ceremony, which took place for the first time in the history of Australia, was when 11,000 ahutis (offerings of sacred mixture of grains, ghee and aromatic perfumes) were offered to the Gods and the maha Gayatri mantra performed. Five stations were carefully placed with all the precautions of fire safety, as Havan Kunds, with eight devotees at every station. It was a powerful ceremony with divine vibrations keeping the full of spiritual energy. The volunteers made sure that every one who wanted to participate in the mantra ahutis could do so as several of them had traveled long distances to be part of it.

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In a First, CBSE Asks Schools to Celebrate Sanskrit Week
Posted on 2014/7/22 18:07:56 ( 255 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 16, 2014 (Financial Express): In a circular dated June 30, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the Directorate of Education of various states, including New Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to celebrate Sanskrit Week in their schools from August 7-14 this year. It also asked principals to commence "Sanskrit-related activities" from July onwards and send in entries for selection at the national level by July 20, 2014.

"The celebration of Sanskrit Week would provide a medium for popularizing Sanskrit and stimulating the interest in the language by increasing the awareness about the close relationship between Sanskrit and other languages and the cultural heritage in India. The Sanskrit Week in schools may encourage linguistic creativity among students and provide them an opportunity to benefit from the systematic structure around Sanskrit...," the circular reads.

According to CBSE, the schools may hold short-speech competitions for students from classes IX to XII. Another proposed national-level competition for students is essay-writing in Sanskrit. CBSE also directed schools to organize Yuva Sansad or Youth Parliaments, seminars for teachers on "practical applications of Sanskrit," screen Sanskrit films and organise interactions for children with eminent Sanskrit scholars.

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Delhi's Infamous Tihar Jail Opens a Vegetarian Restaurant for the Public
Posted on 2014/7/22 18:07:48 ( 207 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 18, 2014 (Wall Street Journal): New Delhi's infamous Tihar Jail--home to more than 13,000 inmates--has opened a restaurant that serves comfort food crafted by criminals. Tihar Food Court opened earlier this month in the sprawling Tihar complex, the largest prison in South Asia. Samosas and other snacks along with drinks like lassi and even a thali with a variety of vegetarian dishes are on the menu.

The simple restaurant has seating for 45 and no iron bars, metal detectors or armed guards. It has indoor and outdoor seating, a tandoor oven and its cream walls are decorated with pieces of art painted by prisoners. It has small staff of a constable manager and seven convicts who have proven themselves through good behavior during long years in Tihar. While the restaurant is still waiting for more government approvals to officially open, it started a soft launch on July 10 to test whether it will attract customers.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/7/22 18:07:41 ( 205 reads )

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With love enshrined in the heart, one truly lives. Without it, the body is but bones encased in skin.
-- Tirukkural

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Second Hindu Temle for German Town
Posted on 2014/7/21 18:23:10 ( 288 reads )

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BIELEFELD, GERMANY, July 2, 2014 (Westfalen-Blatt): There are almost 5,000 Hindus in Bielefeld. Among them the devotees of Krishna now have a new focal point: the Hindu temple at Am Stebkamp 10. In 2013 the first Hindu temple (the Kalyana Thiru Murugan Temple) opened nearby. Iyer Sarma Parameswaran, priest of the new temple, explains why the new temple is important to Krishna devotees: "In Hinduism we have a similar distinction (between groups worshipping different Deities) as does the Christian church between Protestant and Catholics. We believe in Radha Krishna. Krishna is the Deity and Radha, his wife, is always called first. The core of this faith is devotion and peace."

The Hindus wanted to also introduce the neighbors to the new temple last weekend. "We are very open and invite everyone to visit us. Whether German, Indian, Hindu or not, everyone is welcome," says Sarma Parameswaran. Every night from 6 to 7:30PM the temple is open for prayer, singing and meditation.

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