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New Jersey Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple
Posted on 2014/8/26 18:06:57 ( 540 reads )

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NEW JERSEY, U.S., August 23, 2014 (Huffington Post): The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, also known at BAPS, inaugurated what is reported to be one of the largest U.S. Hindu temples in early August, and it is already drawing a crowd to its home in Robbinsville. BAPS volunteer Yogi Trivedi, a Ph.D. candidate in religion at Columbia University, said the mandir was initiated to accommodate a growing Hindu population in New Jersey.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir covers 160 acres, and the primary mandir, or temple, on the premises measures 133 ft long and 87 ft wide. The Guinness world record holder for largest Hindu temple is the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, which measures 356 ft long and 316 ft wide.

Although there are nearly 80 BAPS temples in North America, the Robbinsville mandir is just the sixth built entirely of stone and according to an ancient Hindu architectural tradition based in the shilpa shastras, the Times of Trenton reported. It took three years, many volunteer hours and roughly $18 million to build.

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Ganesh Statue Gets Taller this Festival
Posted on 2014/8/26 18:06:51 ( 538 reads )

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VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA, August 24, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner and sculptors across Vizag are busy getting their act together for finishing the statues before time. While Ganesh statues taller than 60 feet is not new in Vizag, this time Vizagites will get to pay their obeisance to more than half a dozen such humongous Ganesh statues. Gajuwaka and Dondaparthy Ganesh statues gained fame earlier, especially in 2012 when the more than 80 feet tall Dondaparthy's Ganesh towered the renowned Khairatabad Ganesh statue of Hyderabad.

However, this time there are many more such statues which will be crossing the 60 feet mark. Some of these will be located at Waltair bus depot, Nakkavanipalem, Old TB hospital junction, Marripalem along with the ones at Gajuwaka and Dondaparthy. The statue at Dondaparthy is set to cross the 70 feet mark even this year.

When asked if there is any sense of competition with other areas, Gurunath, one festival organiser, said, "It is not about competition. While such tall statues have been existent in other parts of Vizag, we fishermen folk had never had such a tall Ganesh statue in our area before." It is just to show our devotion to the Lord."

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Heavy Rush of Devotees at Sabarimala
Posted on 2014/8/26 18:06:45 ( 439 reads )

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INDIA, August 25, 2014 (The Hindu): The Malayalam New Year day was all ceremonies and rituals at Sabarimala. The gifted playback singer P. Jayachandran rendered his popular devotional song Sree Sabareesaa Deenadayalo! Memalavaazhum Sree Manikanta, after receiving the Harivarasanam Award instituted by the State government from Devaswom Minister V.S. Sivakumar at a function held at the holy hillock in the forenoon.

Sabarimala witnessed a heavy rush on Sunday as hundreds of Ayyappa devotees from different parts of south India undertook the pilgrimage to the forest shrine to worship the deity on the Malayalam New Year day. The Ayyappa Temple was opened on Saturday afternoon and the rituals began with the Tantri Kandararu Rajeevararu performing the Ashtadravaya Ganapati homom followed by Ushapuja.

However, the pilgrims were put to much hardship because of poor crowd control arrangements made by the police. The police force deployed at Sabarimala and Pampa was grossly inadequate for effective management of the crowd congregated at the pilgrim centre. The Ayyappa Temple will be closed after the Athazhapuja on August 21 evening, marking the culmination of the monthly puja in the Malayalam month of Chingom.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/26 18:06:38 ( 436 reads )

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You may develop a thousand virtues and be reckoned as the greatest in the land. But the lotus of your heart will not blossom until you receive the grace of the Guru, the grace of God!
-- Dada Sadhu Vaswani

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Iyengar: "My Soul is Satisfied with My Work"
Posted on 2014/8/23 17:50:59 ( 592 reads )

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INDIA, August 23, 2014 (Indian Express): Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar passed away at the age of 96. "My time has come. My soul is satisfied with the work done..." he told family members. "We even spoke about the national convention on Yoga planned later this year. He was encouraging till the very last and kept saying people will come - they have to learn Yoga," Geeta Iyengar, eldest daughter, told Newsline.

A widower, Iyengar was suffering from age-related ailments and breathed his last on Wednesday. Iyengar is survived by daughters Geeta, Vinita, Sucheta, Sunita, Savitha and son Prashant. Geeta and Prashant worked with Iyengar in teaching and propagating Yoga. Iyengar's legacy will be alive in the family, and the entire world, says Geeta.

Dr. Manoj Naik, family physician and consulting doctor at Krishna Hospital quoted Iyengar as saying, "I have accomplished the purpose of my life. I have given my knowledge to the fullest and now I am facing death."

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Temple Demolition Drive Resumes in Cuttack
Posted on 2014/8/23 17:50:53 ( 546 reads )

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BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, August 23, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): The Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) on Friday resumed demolition of illegal temples and other places of worship and brought down at least five temples that had come up encroaching upon the CDA lands at Markat Nagar here.

Equipped with the High Court's order and adequate police support, CDA officials pulled down three temples in Sector 8 and two in Sector 9. The authorities have identified at least 38 such illegal temples in Markat Nagar and six in Mahanadi Vihar.

"These are execution of encroachment cases as these places of worship had come up on our land and we had given prior notices to the temple authorities to shift the deities and other necessary items from the encroached land before eviction," said CDA Secretary PK Sethy, adding that the eviction drive would continue till all the identified illegal structures are pulled down. It may be mentioned that the Odisha High Court in June this year had asked the CDA to furnish details stating as to how many illegal places of worship have been identified in the city and how many of them have already been demolished.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/23 17:50:38 ( 514 reads )

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O God of mercy who performs the dance of illimitable happiness in the hall of inconceivable intelligence! The Rig and the other Vedas are thundering forth in words, announcing to us that all are thy slaves, all things belong to thee, all actions are thine, that thou pervades everywhere, that this is thy nature. Such is the teaching of those who, though they never speak, broke silence for our sake.
-- Tayumanavar, Tamil Saint, 1705-1742

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The Himalayan Kumbh Begins
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:27:11 ( 553 reads )

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UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, August 19, 2014 (The Hindu): After being delayed by a year due to the June 2013 deluge, the 20-day Nanda Devi Raj Jat yatra, also called the Himalayan Kumbh, began amid religious customs and traditions from Nauti village in Chamoli district, on Monday. The yatra, which is dedicated to the Nanda Devi -- the reigning Deity of Uttarakhand -- takes place once in 12 years, and involves a 175-mile trek. About 62 miles of the trek passes through difficult terrain.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said: "A 62-mile trek can only be undertaken by medically fit persons." Mr. Rawat said the trek included swamps, mountain treks and many slippery zones. "We will use logs for swamps and sandbags for slippery zones. We have engaged rock-climbing experts for certain areas where the pilgrims will have to cross mountains," he said.

Nauti village is at an altitude of 4,000 ft. above sea level, and the yatra progresses till over 13,000 ft. above sea level. People from the State's Kumaon and Garhwal region join the yatra at different points. Thousands of people participated in the yatra which progressed from Nauti to Idaabdhaani -- first of the 19 stops of the yatra -- on Monday.

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$33 Million Hindu Temple Funded by Community Opens in London
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:47 ( 583 reads )

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LONDON, ENGLAND, August 19, 2014 (BBC): A Hindu temple has opened in north west London, funded entirely by the local community. The ornate US$33 million Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Kingsbury combines traditional Indian architecture and carvings with "green" technology. It features solar panels on the roof and a rainwater harvesting system.

The temple's opening has been marked with a concert to celebrate the arrival of the sect's disciples in the capital 50 years ago. As part of the development, the Greater London Authority agreed to the relocation of community space from Barnet to Brent. The old temple site in Golders Green will be used to generate new funds that will go towards the temple's local community.

The new site includes a multi-function hall with facilities for sports and receptions, which will be made available to members outside the internal community under the terms of the temple's development.

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Russian Embassy Staff Visits Hindu Temple in Seria
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:40 ( 0 reads )

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SERIA, BRUNEI, January 25, 2014 (Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brunei Darussalam): On January 25, 2014 staff of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brunei Darussalam visited the Hindu Temple, which is located on the territory of Gurkha regiments in Seria, Brunei. The priest of the temple welcomed members of the Russian Embassy and told about particulars of Hindu religious. Representative of the Indian community also attended the meeting. This is a unique temple as it is the only place in the sultanate where not only Hindus come to the temple for praying but also Sikhs and Buddhists.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/22 16:26:34 ( 472 reads )

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Discipline your speech. Speak the truth at all costs. Speak little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963)

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RSS Sets Out to Write History Based on Puranas
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:27 ( 834 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 18, 2014 (Indian Express): As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing deities through stories told by one person to another. They cover creation of the universe to destruction and the genealogies of kings, heroes, sages and gods. The 10-year project has been dubbed Puranantargat Itihaas.

The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. The organisation is planning to tap local historians who can write the history of their districts, providing them all possible help.

An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. The historians called are mostly professors of history in various universities associated with the ABISY and its office-bearers.

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I am Indian
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:21 ( 742 reads )

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August 20, 2014 (youtube): In this short and entertaining YouTube video, comedian Rajiv Satyal proclaims, "I am Indian." Noting that on out of every six people on the planet is Indian he goes on to extol India's contributions in music, math, yoga, cuisine, religion and so much more.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:14 ( 522 reads )

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Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajasic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.
-- Bhagavad Gita 18:20-22

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BKS Iyengar Passes Away at 96 in Pune
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:48 ( 731 reads )

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PUNE, INDIA, August 20, 2014 (ibnlive.in): One of India's best known Yyoga gurus, BKS Iyengar, passed away on Wednesday in Pune. He was 96 years old. Iyengar was diagnosed with heart pumping failure and had suffered two heart attacks, one in 1998 and one 2000.

The founder of the school of Iyengar Yoga and considered to be the father of modern yoga. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004.

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