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Ballon Flights Expected to be Hit of Pushkar Fair
Posted on 2000/11/5 22:44:02 ( 1512 reads )

Source: Source: The Hindu Business Line

RAJASTHAN, INDIA: The famed Pushkar Fair in Ajmer district of Rajashtan begins today, complete with a hot air ballon ready to take one and all across the large fair grounds. The event is a pilgrimage/festival combined with an annual six-day market for camels and cattle. The balloon flight, which will allow a complete view of the Pushkar area, is expected to be very popular. The Rajasthan Tourism Development corporation chairman, Mr. Rajiv Arora, said here that the corporation was setting up a tourist village comprising 32 huts, 250 swiss tents, 75 ordinary tents and two dormitories along with the coffee shops. It will have a dining hall, a bank, post office, phone facilities and handicraft market , he said. There would be a camel safari too, as well as several cultural programs.

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Legend of Bagger Vance movie, based on Bhagavad Gita, opens in theatres to mixed reviews
Posted on 2000/11/4 22:49:02 ( 1575 reads )


USA: Robert Redford's latest movie, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," which opened in 2,000 theaters across America this weekend, is based upon the book of the same name. The book is an adaptation of the "Bhagavad Gita" into the story of a 1920's game of golf. Most viewers won't make the connection, and most professional reviewers seem clueless, too, though a few sensed a "Zen" or "Hindu" flavor to the philosophy. For example, Roger Ebert called it the "first Zen movie about golf." The movie's plot centers around a has-been golfer, "Rannulph Junuh" (read "R. Junnuh," as in "Arjuna"), played by Matt Damon, who is advised by a caddy, Bagger Vance (read "Bhagavan," i.e. Lord Krishna), played by Will Smith. Ebert likes the movie, but CNN reviewer Paul Tatara said, "you've certainly seen worse movies, but Redford really blew an opportunity here." Steven Rosen has written a book, "Gita on the Green: The Mystical Tradition Behind Bagger Vance," detailing the novel's derivation from the Bhagavad Gita. It can be advance ordered at

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UK forum calls for state funding for religious organizations to tackle social problems
Posted on 2000/11/4 22:48:02 ( 1487 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND: In a UK meeting, Conservatives said they would give churches and other faith communities new opportunities to establish their own full-time schools to teach their religious values along with providing a general education. Already the UK has a state-funded Sikh school. Conservative leader William Hague said, "Close to their communities and offering role models that pupils can identify with, they would be one sure way to guarantee diversity, increase standards and give children the values they need."

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Trinidad's Hindu PM likely to return to office
Posted on 2000/11/4 22:47:02 ( 1338 reads )

Source: Hinduism Today: Anil Mahabir, Trinidad Correspondent

PORT LOUIS, TRINIDAD: Trinidadians will go to the polls to elect a new government on Monday, December 11, 2000. The two major parties in the race are: the UNC, widely touted as "the Indian/Hindu party" which is led by Basdeo Panday and the PNM, which is seen as the "African/Christian party" led by Patrick Manning. The country is presently run by a Hindu Prime minister in Basdeo Panday. All the recent polls seem to suggest that the incumbent government (the UNC) will return to office, however, it is premature to come to a conclusion. The PNM has vowed to re-visit all the legislation passed "by the Hindu Prime Minister," especially the "blasphemous libel law" which makes it illegal for anyone to publicly criticize any of the world's religions. The PNM only wants it to protect the "Christian faith against the pagans"--as did the original English Common Law version in force up to this year. Things are peaceful in a country which has never seen a single act of election violence even when, in 1995, the country got its first Hindu Prime Minister.

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South Africa Hindus act against AIDS
Posted on 2000/11/4 22:46:02 ( 1465 reads )


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Yogapragasan Naidoo has organized an AIDS awareness concert with the help of religious, cultural and nongovernment organizations in South Africa. A float procession through Lenasia will be followed by a concert of bhajan and kirtan groups (religious singers) and speakers from various AIDS organizations. "The idea," explained Naidoo, "is part of the schools initiative run by the South Africa National AIDS Council, which requires schools to do something about AIDS education."

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Announcement: Yoga conference, Tampa, Florida, December 15 to 19, 2000
Posted on 2000/11/4 22:45:02 ( 982 reads )


"Yoga for Positive Health", 10th International Conference, will be held in Tampa, Florida in December. The conference is co-sponsored by sVYASA and The Center for Positive Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. The main conference will focus on "Yoga and Consciousness" and "Applications of Yoga for Health and Diseases" with many nationally and internationally known experts.

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Temple Wins Local Community Award
Posted on 2000/11/3 22:49:02 ( 1127 reads )


The Hindu Temple Society of North America, which operates the Ganesha Temple in Flushing New York, has been awarded a place in the "People's Hall of Fame" for providing excellent cultural example to the community.

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Hindu Festivals Gear Up in India
Posted on 2000/10/31 22:49:02 ( 1206 reads )

Source: The Tribune, November 1, 2000

PATNA, INDIA: The four day festival of Chatth kicks off Wednesday in Bihar State, India. Millions of Hindus are expected to congregate along different rivers and lakes in the state for the do-it-yourself offerings which require no priests. Similar religious festivals involving millions of Hindus--a scale never seen in the West--will occur all over India through the fall, culminating in the once-in-twelve-year Kumbha Mela at Allahabad in January to March. The Mela will be the largest gathering of human beings in one place in history, likely numbering more than 45 million Hindus.

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India Government Subsidies Hindu Pilgrims
Posted on 2000/10/31 22:48:02 ( 1489 reads )

Source: Press Trust of India

DELHI, INDIA: Indian Railways announced a special fare for pilgrims from Delhi to the Vaishno Devi Shrine near Jammu, on the border with Kashmir, 500 miles from Delhi. This famed shrine to the Goddess attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. Now they can travel by train and bus from Delhi, stay in hotels, have vegetarian meals for just $65/person for a three-day trip.

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India Government Subsidies Muslim Pilgrims
Posted on 2000/10/31 22:47:02 ( 1125 reads )

Source: Hindustan Times, October 30

DELHI, INDIA: 72,000 Muslims from India will make the pilgrimage to Mecca this year financed by the Indian government at US$435 each to cover airfare and accommodations to Saudi Arabia. The subsidy, which totals US$32 million, allows poorer Muslims to make the requiste once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. The subsidy was increased over last year due to increase in aviation fuel costs.

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Norway Envoy Meets Sri Lanka Rebel Leader
Posted on 2000/10/31 22:46:02 ( 1651 reads )


COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: In a remarkable development in the long Sri Lanka civil war, Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim met the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, in the jungles of Wannai, northern Sri Lanka. Norway has long sought to help mediate the conflict, but during the last state elections it appeared their help was no longer welcome. Now both the government and the rebels are evaluating the Norwegian contribution.

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Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 0 reads )


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Hindu of the Year Award Presented to Sri P. Parameswaran
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 909 reads )

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 of P. Parameswaran's life."

P. Parameswaran became the recipient of this prestigious award is a result of his dedication to fulfilling a vision of a strong India forged in Hindu wisdom and strengthened by dharma. His accomplishments as a creative thinker, tireless social worker and peerless leader overseeing many institutions inspire Hindus across the globe. As a thinker, a philosopher, a reformer and current president of Vivekananda Kendra, P. Parameswaran strives to defend both India and Hinduism, which to him are inseparably linked. "He founded several institutions that contribute to this vision," Mr Nair said during the presentation. In 2004, the President of India awarded Parameswaran the prestigious Padma Shree, India's greatest honor for civilians.

Thanking the editorial staff for his selection as Hindu of the Year 2010, Mr Parameswaran said " selecting me for the coveted award is not a recognition of my services, but of the organizations such as Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, Vivekananda Kendra and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It is a beacon of the acceptance of Sanathana Dharma as a perpetual solution to the problems the humanity is facing today by the Western world"

The Hindu Renaissance Award was created in 1991 by the founder of Hinduism Today, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, to recognize and strengthen Hindu leaders worldwide.

You can read the article about P. Parameshwaran in the latest issue of Hinduism Today here.

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15,000 Pilgrims Start This Year's Amarnath Yatra
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 905 reads )


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 has also left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal," a senior police officer said here. "All the pilgrims are safe. Adequate arrangements of security have been made at Baltal, Manigam and all along the yatra route," he added.

The nearly two-month-long Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) ends on Aug 25.

Hari Prasad, 49, a resident of Haryana who left the Manigam transit camp for Baltal, said: "We shall pray for peace in Kashmir and the rest of the country when we reach the holy cave. This is the land of saints and rishis besides being the abode of Lord Shiva. The people here are nice and hospitable. This is my third yatra and I know the locals have always helped the yatris in times of emergency," he added. While 1.5 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves so far, it is expected that the number of pilgrims will cross the half-million mark this year. The cave shrine has a natural ice stalagmite that is worshipped as a Shiv Lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva.

Extraordinary security arrangements have been made for the pilgrimage this year because of the heightened tensions in the Kashmir Valley.

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Chief Minister Sanctions 113 Posts In Sanskrit Colleges
Posted on 1999/11/28 17:00:00 ( 867 reads )


DEHRADUN, INDIA, June 10, 2010: To give more prominence to Sanskrit, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank today sanctioned the creation of 113 posts on government grant basis in 11 non-government Sanskrit institutions in the state. The posts include 11 principals, 39 lecturers, 30 assistant teachers, 11 clerks and 22 peons.

As the government has already extended the benefits of sixth pay commission to the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of Sanskrit University, the new recruits at the recognized institutions would also get the benefits of the pay commission, an official release said today.

The state government has already accorded the status of second official language to Sanskrit.

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