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Land of temples in Kalahandi on Path of Recovery

Posted on 2017/7/28 20:36:12 ( 1074 reads )


BHAWANIPATNA, INDIA, July 28, 2017 (New Indian Express): For the land grabbers, the immovable properties of Deities are easy target. Fifteen temples of Kalahandi Group of Temples, managed by Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment, bear testimony to years of neglect and becoming victims of encroachment. Now there is an attempt by the Group to recover the immovable properties of Deities and renovate the temples, which need attention. This has raised new hope.

Most of these temples were constructed during the 19th Century by the then kings of Kalahandi. In the seventies, the former King handed over these temples to the Government along with 1,500 acres of land and valuables of the Deities for the management and maintenance of the temples and also for performance of rituals. Despite having the potential of adequate returns, the situation remained grim. Now, for the last one year, a campaign has been launched by the management of the Group of Temples to recover the grabbed lands by initiating an eviction process and increase the revenue. There are also plans to renovate these structures, many of which are in dilapidated condition.

Historical Report: First "Hindoo" Cremation in America

Posted on 2017/7/28 20:36:02 ( 815 reads )


ASTORIA, OREGON, November 2, 1906 (saada.org archives): HPI Note: This 109-year-old clipping was found by an HPI reader. It reports what was in fact a Sikh funeral, not a "Hindoo" one. At the this time, anyone from India was called a Hindoo, regardless of their actual religion. We provide the report as originally written:

What is believed to be the first Hindoo funeral and cremation ever solemnized in this country took place this morning at a secluded spot in the woods about three miles southeast of this city. It was the cremation of the remains of Ruma Singh, the Hindoo who died in this city a couple of days ago of consumption (tuberculosis), and whose body was, in accordance with an order issued by Circuit Judge McBride, turned over to the deceased's countrymen yesterday, to be disposed of according to the rites of their country and religion.

The ceremony was quiet, was not as spectacular as was expected, and was not attended with the gruesomeness that was anticipated. In fact, the four Hindoos present went about the matter in a purely businesslike manner and with little ceremony. It was evident that they were merely carrying out a duty that their religion made obligatory upon them. [The reporter would have been unaware that a Sikh funeral is in fact a very simple affair: see https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-cer ... -ceremonies-antam-sanskar

The body was taken to the scene by the Deputy Coroner and City Physician, and there turned over to the Hindoos, who were to conduct the cremation. A pyre had been constructed of cordwood about seven feet long, three feet wide and three feet high. The body, which had previously been wrapped in a sheet and then sewed up in a blanket, was placed on top of the pyre and wood piled on it until the pyre was about six feet in height, with the body in the center of it. A small fire was first built at one side, and six two-pound squares of butter were melted over it in a metal bucket. Then the fire was kindled under the pyre, and as pitchwood was used as kindling, it was soon all ablaze.

As soon as the fire was well started, one of the Hindoos took a dipperful of the melted butter and poured it over the corpse, chanting in his native tongue at the time. This was the only semblance of a religious ceremony, and the explanation was made afterwards that the use of the butter was for sanitary purposes. While the cremation was commenced shortly after 8 o'clock this morning, it was about 3 o'clock this afternoon before the entire body was consumed. Owing to the inaccessibility of the place and the fact that no intimation was given out as to the time and place the cremation was to be held, only a few people witnessed its start, but later in the day the spot was visited by a number of curious persons. The Hindoos were, however, not interfered with, and they paid but little attention to the spectators.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/28 20:35:51 ( 617 reads )


As long as someone cries out "O God! O God!" be sure that he has not found God, for whoever has found Him becomes still.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Kenyans of Indian Descent Become 44th Tribe

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:23:15 ( 900 reads )


KENYA, July 22, 2017 (Daily Nation): President Uhuru Kenyatta has gazetted the recognition of the Kenyans of Indian descent as the 44th tribe in Kenya and invited them to participate in the political, economic, cultural and social development of the nation. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, who made the announcement on Saturday on behalf of the president, noted the community's great sense of civic duty and its key role in setting up learning and health institutions, which he noted, serve to supplement the government initiatives.

"The Head of State acknowledges that the Kenyan Asian's contribution to Kenya has its roots at the dawn of our Nation," Mr. Matiang'i spoke yesterday on the stairs of Harambee house, which houses the office of the president. In mid-May, 2017, the community requested the formal recognition through a petition to the president. "On consideration of the petition, His Excellency the President opined that the petition merits action. In this regard, we are gathered here this morning to honour the requests by handing over the presidential proclamation that grants the community their wishes," he said.

See also:
http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/ ... 4031870-d0o5q9/index.html

India Adding New Cultural Centres Abroad

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:23:05 ( 616 reads )


INDIA, July 26, 2017 (Press Release): ICCR has 36 Indian Cultural Centres and one Sub-Centre. ICCR has plans to establish new Indian Cultural Centres in Washington and Paris. Cultural Centres overseas are ICCR's important arms, which play a significant role in the promotion of India's soft power strength through its variety of activities like facilitating teaching of Indian dance, music, yoga, Hindi etc., organizing cultural performances, film screening, lectures, talks, Seminars & Conferences on themes related to India including workshops/interactions on various streams of Indian dance and music and organizing Festivals of India. Activities are organized in the capital and other cities with the help of involvement of local community and Indian Diaspora.

For a list of Indian Cultural Centres abroad see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:22:54 ( 529 reads )


The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze, but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.
-- Ramayana

Hindu Community Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Temple with Trudeau

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:40 ( 961 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 24, 2017 (CBC News): Thousands from the Hindu community in Toronto and beyond turned out Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an iconic temple that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders." The celebration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, temple, located in Etobicoke, also saw His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj be given a key to the city of Toronto by Mayor John Troy. Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth spiritual guru of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

"I am honored to recognize his Holiness' global and Toronto-based humanitarian, charitable, and community-building efforts through BAPS Charities Canada," Mayor Tory said in a press release. "His Holiness' great contributions have enriched Toronto." Spokesperson Nilesh Mehta says it took 6,000 tons of marble and stone, mined in Italy and Turkey, and 1,500 people to hand-carve the pieces, which were then assembled in Canada with the help of hundreds of volunteers. "That tells you something about the Indo-Canadian community, that Canada is our home. When you put up a building that's going to stand there for 1,000 years, that means we're here to stay."

Trudeau, in Kurta-Pyjama, Does Aarti at Hindu Temple and Hails India-Canada Ties

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:30 ( 751 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 23, 2017 (Hindustan Times): Clad in emerald green kurta and white pyjamas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto and said how deeply Canada values the "special" relationship with India. "The relationship between our two countries is truly a special one. It's a relationship our government and our ministers both deeply value and actively cultivate," Trudeau said at an event to celebrate the temple's 10th anniversary, which was attended by more than 7,500 devotees. He said he wanted to "recognize the importance of the bond between Canada and India. The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin have made countless contributions to our national fabric."

Trudeau, who started his remarks with "Jai Swaminarayan" and then a "kemcho" ["How are you? in Gujarati], said the temple perfectly represents "modern, diverse Canada." In fact, he pointed out, as travellers arrive at Canada's largest airport, Toronto's Pearson International, this temple is among the first landmarks they see. He pointed out that the temple, which was constructed without the use of steel, was built "according to principles outlined in ancient Hindu scripture. It is without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders with its intricate stone and wood carvings."

Participants Sought for Hindu Youth Survey

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:19 ( 1066 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, July 24, 2017 (HPI): Hinduism Today is preparing a story on the religious views of today's youth raised by Hindu parents, including those who no longer consider themselves particularly religious.

We're prepared a questionnaire in google forms to get a general idea of what each believes, and this is intended to explore a range of religious belief and non-belief. The questionnaire will be followed up by telephone/skype interviews for selected participants.

If you're interested in participating--and you can do so either with your name and photo being published, or anonymously--contact Acharya Arumuganathaswami, manager editor, ar@hindu.org. Youth from any country in the world may participate.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:09 ( 510 reads )


A Swiss devotee visited Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), the sage of Arunachala. She was disturbed from having a vision of Siva. "Is He not the Destroyer?" she asked. The mystic replied, "Yes, He is the destroyer of sorrows. Siva is the embodiment of auspiciousness." -- Ramana Maharishi

Devotees Throng Pashupatinath Temple to Pay Obeisance to Lord Shiva

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:47:01 ( 1303 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 19, 2017 (Google News): Thousands of pilgrims and locals queued up as early as 2 o'clock on Monday morning in the auspicious Shravan month to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred temples for the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the ruling Deity of Monday and the Mondays of Shravan month are even more auspicious as the event of Samudra Mathan--churning of the ocean--took place in the Shravan month when Lord Shiva displayed his might by consuming all the poison that came out of it. Short video can be viewed at "source."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:46:50 ( 843 reads )


Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature.
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Upgrade for Iconic Nadi Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:53 ( 897 reads )


FIJI, July 12, 2017 (Fiji Sun): The Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam has approved capital projects of US$247,000 for the upgrade and beautification of the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple in Nadi. This was agreed by the council of management during its meeting on Sunday in Nasinu. In June 2018 the Temple will celebrate its 24th Anniversary with the Maha Kumbabhishekam Pooja, and the capital works are part of this auspicious occasion.

The Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the largest Hindu Temples in the Southern Hemisphere and a landmark for the town of Nadi. Jai Narayan, chief executive officer of TISI Sangam said, Sangam's upgrade of the Temple fits in well with Nadi's efforts to become a city and beautify the township. He said the council of management is very appreciative of the efforts of the Temple Board as the full expenditure for the project is self-funded.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:43 ( 819 reads )


When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
-- Lord Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:21 ( 0 reads )

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