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Two More BAPS Mandirs Open In Australia

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Source AUSTRALIA, March 1, 2014 (The Indian Sun): Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the newly reconstructed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney was officially inaugurated with Vedic rituals by Sadguru Sant Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, a senior BAPS sadhu, and the State Premier of New […]

India’s Women Sadhus Form All-Female Group

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

  Source INDIA, March 1, 2014 (Global Post): Female sadhus, or holy Hindu women, have broken away from tradition and formed a new all-female group in India that they hope will end male domination of spiritual practices. In the northern city of Allahabad a group of women sadhus formally established their group or akhada, holding […]

UK Gurkhas Install a Shivalingam at Gatterick Garrison Army Base

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source UNITED KINGDOM, April 10, 2014 (The Northern Echo): Hindu followers from across the region took part in a ceremony today to mark the installation of a statue at a temple for Gurkha soldiers. Shivalinga, the representation of the Hindu God Lord Shiva, was erected in an annex to the Gurkha Temple at the Infantry […]

Ram Navmi Celebrated With Religious Fervor

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source SRINAGAR,INDIA, Apr 8, 2014 (Rising Kashmir, by Sumaiya Yousuf): Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, was celebrated in Summer Capital with religious fervor and gaiety on Tuesday ending their nine-day-long fast of Chaitra Navratri. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temples since morning to pay obeisance. Havans, sankirtans and preeti bhoj were conducted. […]

Japan’s Yoga Practitioners Moving To The Next Level

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source KYODO, JAPAN, November 27, 2013 (Japan Times): There is a “natural” convergence among yoga practitioners in Japan: Those who have practiced it primarily for slimming or health are becoming more interested in its spiritual aspects, while those who have approached it as a philosophy are more actively engaging in physical exercise, according to an […]

One Million Devotees Expected for Palani Temple Festival

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source MADURAI, INDIA, March 29, 2014 (Times Of India): Amidst election duty, 3,000 police personnel in Dindigul will be deployed to provide security for the over one million devotees who are expected to the throng the Palani Dandhayudapani temple on the occasion of the Panguni Uthiram festival in mid-April. Panguni Uthiram is one of the […]

Hindu Temple In Hyderabad Broken Into, Set On Fire

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source PAKISTAN, March 29, 2014 (Tribune): A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated on Friday morning. Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7 am. The men prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s statue before setting the […]

On Meditation: The Need for the Other Seven Limbs of Yoga

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source March 30, 2014 (Vijayvaani by J. Venkatasubramanian): Meditation or Dhyanam has become a sure catch phrase in today’s India. Today’s Hindu media is abuzz with the idea of meditation as a must for the modern person. Corporate gurus are advocating meditation to all their followers. Given this scenario, is there truth in the statement […]

Balinese Hindus Perform Melasti

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source DENPASAR, BALI, March 29, 2014 (The Jakarta Post): Balinese Hindus marched to the beaches, major rivers, lakes and holy springs on Friday to perform Melasti, a ritual to cleanse temple paraphernalia and to recharge the supernatural power of the temple’s sacred objects, in preparation for Nyepi, the Hindu Day of Silence, which will falls […]

NCHT UK Announces Formation of the British Board of Hindu Scholars

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Source LONDON, March 31, 2013 (Press Release of National Council of Hindu Temple UK): The last decade has seen a dramatic upsurge in the area of “Indology” the academic study of Hindus and their civilization and typically this involves non-Hindus dissecting and commenting upon what they think we Hindus are all about. Of late, this […]