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Sugar Factory Starts to Build Ganesha Temple, Immediately Uncovers 12th Century Ganesha Statue During Foundation Work
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:50:10 ( 526 reads )

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VIJAYAWADA, ANDDHRA PRADESH, August 28, 2014 (The Hindu): As the city is gearing up for the colorful Vinayaka Chavithi festival from Friday, celebrations have begun well in advance on the premises of KCP Sugars and Industries Limited at Laxmipuram on the suburbs of Vijayawada with the discovery of an ancient Ganesh statue during digging works for construction of a temple.

As part of its plans to build Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple, the factory management started works at north-east corner using an earthmover. While the earthmover operator was digging, he heard a sound and stopped operating the machine for a while. A few minutes later, he resumed the work only to find a stone structure. When the operator slowly removed the soil, he found a three-foot high Ganesh statue in a sitting posture, said CEO G. Venkateswara Rao.

"We immediately alerted Department of Archaeology and Museums officials who rushed to the premises and examined the statue. We have been planning to construct Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple for the last three years but when we commenced the works, we found a Ganesh statue. It's really a blessing from the God," he said. The company has decided to conduct Ganesh festival celebrations on a grand note this time and after completion of the festivities, the construction work will begin.

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Hindu Summer Camp in America
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:50:03 ( 515 reads )

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MACEDON, NEW YORK, August 28, 2014 (NY Times): Just before July a decade ago when Neha Dhawan turned 11, her mother informed her, "You're going to Hindu camp this summer." Growing up Indian-American in Shreveport, La., was already a conflicted proposition for Neha. As the daughter of two immigrant doctors, she dutifully went with her parents to a Hindu temple and sat through their favorite Bollywood movies. In the other half of her hyphenated life, she joined her middle school's pep squad and rarely missed an episode of "Lizzie McGuire."

So the last thing that Neha wanted the summer of 2004 was to be even more identified as an Indian and a Hindu. That summer, she says now with retrospection, changed her life. She loved doing morning yoga, her hair still cool and damp from the shower. She discovered a favorite bhajan. She spoke with her peers and their college-age counselors about dealing with stereotypes and racism. "I realized," she said, "it's O.K. to be proud of who you are."

There is a long, rich history of religious and ethnic groups using summer camps to strengthen the denominational and ancestral identity of young people in a polyglot nation with an enticingly secular popular culture. The Indian immigrants who arrived in the last half-century are relatively recent and especially avid adopters. Shana Sippy, a professor of religion at Carleton College in Minnesota who has studied Hindu-American educational organizations, estimated that 135 such camps now exist. These range from overnight retreats to day camps to sleep-away programs like that of the Hindu Heritage Summer Camp.

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No More Direct Darshan at Tirumala Temple
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:49:57 ( 506 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, August 27, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to bring in major changes in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for the convenience of devotees. One is the cancellation of direct darshan by those who climb up the hill (that's an 11 km trek starting from Alipiri and climbing 3,500 steps). This system was introduced 12 years ago when the number of devotees was much smaller and allowed those pilgrims to skip the queue. At that time, the number of devotees used to be around 800, but now the figure has increased to around 30,000 on normal days and on Saturdays it is 50,000.

Endowment minister P. Manikyala Rao said, at present, every day around 120,000 devotees come to Tirumala and 75,000 are the ones who get darshan. Every day the backlog of devotees is 50,000 and it is increasing by the day. With the number of devotees walking up to the temple increasing, the devotees, who come through the queue, get delayed and have to wait long hours for darshan.

The government is planning to introduce advanced booking for general devotees. Mr. Rao said in the next two years the number of devotees will increase by 40 per cent, according to an official estimate. "After two years, no devotee can have darshan without advanced booking," he said adding that the advanced booking can be done online too. This will minimise the waiting period of the devotees.

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Help Hinduism Today's Story on Food for the Gods
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:49:51 ( 362 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, August 28, 2014 (HPI): Hinduism Today is working on a story on prasadam, the food offered to the Deity, blessed and then shared with the devotees. It is a bonus to seeking darshan of the Deities, a sweet treat or a community meal which has been blessed by God.

You can help us with this story by sharing your favorite memories of temples you've visited in India or elsewhere that did something really special in the line of prasadam.

Email us details or contacts by early September to ar@hindu.org.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:49:45 ( 356 reads )

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There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.
-- Sama Veda, Kena Upanishad 1.3

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Georgetown University to Add Hindu Chaplaincy This Fall
Posted on 2014/8/27 16:45:03 ( 445 reads )

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13, 2014 (Georgetown Voice): This fall, Georgetown will add to its extensive on-campus chaplain community, the largest in the entire country, with its first-ever Hindu chaplain. Pratima Dharm, a Hindu chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Army, will arrive on campus on October 1.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry Kevin O'Brien, S.J., announced Dharm's decision to come to campus via email yesterday. O'Brien connected Dharm's chaplaincy to Georgetown's long tradition of diverse chaplains. According to O'Brien, Dharm is the first female chaplain of Indian descent and the first Hindu chaplain in the U.S. Army.

"Over the years, she earned the esteem of her colleagues and, among other accolades, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for organizing and leading numerous humanitarian aid missions for the Kurdish people in Iraq," O'Brien wrote. "Before joining the army, Chaplain Dharm served as a teacher, counselor, and social worker in a variety of settings." Dharm will retire from military service this fall and starts at Georgetown on October 1.

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With Bells and Bananas, a Time to Worship Ganesh
Posted on 2014/8/27 16:44:57 ( 395 reads )

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FLUSHING, NEW YORK, August 26, 2014 (NY Times): At the Hindu Temple Society of North America, in Flushing, Queens, this week is time to worship Ganesh, the elephant-headed, many-armed Deity who is believed to remove obstacles. Here, as at temples in over a dozen countries, Hindus are celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi, which marks the God's birth (and rebirth).

In Queens, which has perhaps the largest Hindu population in New York, more than 10,000 people will pay homage during the jubilee, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday. More than 400 gallons of milk, 100 boxes of apples, 50 crates of bananas and five kilograms of sandalwood paste will be used. And each day, dozens of liters of ghee, clarified butter, will be ladled into the fire pit for the homam, or fire ritual, which is believed to carry offerings to the lord. Visitors will consume some 50,000 prepared meals, according to the organizers.

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Bringing Clay to Life
Posted on 2014/8/27 16:44:51 ( 372 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, August 21, 2014 (The Hindu): Infusing life into clay statues is the artisans' skill and with awareness about use of clay statues increasing, these traditional potters are working overtime to meet the demand from devotees celebrating in their houses and mass pujas in public places in Hyderabad. Decorating Lord Ganesha statues with carcinogenic colours is a thing of the past and majority root for the clay statues.

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Statue-Makers Pay a Price for Going Green
Posted on 2014/8/27 16:44:36 ( 350 reads )

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INDIA, August 23, 2014 (The Hindu): Every year, weeks before Ganesh Chaturthi, the word 'eco-friendly' garners more attention than the festival itself. Social organisations, NGOs and government bodies embark on campaigns vociferously advocating the use of eco-friendly Ganeshas. But, this trend of 'going green' seems to have reversed in Bommala Colony, as statues makers there pay a hefty price for embracing environmentalism.

The colony, situated on the outskirts of the temple city, is known for its eco-friendly Ganeshas and is frequented by people. Of late, the introduction of Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols in the region has dampened the statue makers' spirit, as people have been opting for shiny statues instead of the eco-friendly ones. "Making statues from naturally available items is hard work (it takes more than six months) and requires huge godowns for storage. A drizzle can melt an entire statue within minutes. On the contrary, PoP statues can be made in a jiffy and can withstand the rigours of nature," says statue maker Sabhari, hastening his work on a statue, apprehensive about the overcast conditions.

Lamenting the indifference of officials, Mr. Sabhari maintained that all their pleas to ban PoP statues had fallen on deaf ears. "Over the years, we have approached several officials, but none of them took steps to resolve the issue. Their apathy sometimes makes us question ourselves - what is the use of being environment friendly," he adds. According to him, a complete ban on the use of PoP statues, implemented in states like Tamil Nadu, will address the issue effectively.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/27 16:44:29 ( 371 reads )

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He is the Supreme Brahman, the Self of all, the chief foundation of this world, subtler than the subtle, eternal. That thou art; thou art That.
-- Atharva Veda, Kaivalya Upanishad

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New Jersey Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple
Posted on 2014/8/26 18:06:57 ( 449 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 ( 438 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 ( 354 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 ( 340 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 ( 510 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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