Sunday December 17, 2017

“Vrindavan Holy Dham”,A Hindu Temple in “North Virginia” is saved by diverting major pipeline

Where hate crimes are on the rise in the US, the Rover Pipeline has been rerouted to save a Hindu temple

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vrindavan holy dham, North virginia, US.

West Virginia, USA, Mar 13, 2017: In order to save the New Vrindavan Holy Dham, Rover Pipeline, an Energy Transfer Partners subsidiary; has decided to divert the pipeline near Moundsville in New Virginia, as per a report in Topyaps.

Owing to its Dakota Pipeline project in the North Dakota region, Energy Transfer Partners has been receiving criticism.

The American Hindu Committee is highly appreciating this decision to save Lord Krishna’s temple “Vrindavan Holy Dham” located in North Virginia, US.

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President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed expressed his gratitude towards Rover Pipeline for giving due regard to the sentiments of the Hindus for the temple complex (saving new Vrindavan Holy Dham) & for maintaining the sanctity of the place.

Zed further urged all the businesses to work towards respecting and accommodating all religious sentiments.

The $4.2 million Rover Pipeline is a 713-mile natural gas pipeline transporting gas to the markets in the US and Canada.

– Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Eight Antique Diamonds Missing from the Idol in Padmanabhaswamy Temple

This is the second theft to be reported from Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in 10 months

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple witnesses second theft in the same year
Eight antique diamonds missing from Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Wikimedia Commons
  • Eight antique diamonds of an idol at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple have been missing
  • The crime branch of Kerala police is investigating the theft
  • A petition has been asked for the formation of a separate body for the management of the temple

Kerala, July 13, 2017: Eight antique diamonds of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy idol, in the eponymous temple in Thiruvananthapuram, have been missing and the alleged theft is being investigated by the crime branch of the Kerala police, the amicus curiae reported to the Supreme Court.

The issue was raised before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting as an amicus curiae in the matter. Gopal Subramanium informed the Supreme Court about the role of the missing diamonds as an important part of the daily rituals.

10 months ago, a special audit report by Vinod Rai committee discovered that gold worth Rs 189 crore had mysteriously disappeared from the temple’s cellars. Asked by the court to audit the temple’s famed treasures, Rai said 769 gold pots were missing. Questions over the management of the temple dedicated to Lord Padmanabha have been raised.

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Subramanium told the apex court that KN Satheesh, the temple’s outgoing executive officer, reported about the missing diamonds, which according to the report, were kept in cellars near the sanctum sanctorum, in May 2017. The stones are officially valued at over Rs 21 lakh, however, Subramanium believes they were worth much more owing to their antiquity.

“The missing diamonds” were first mentioned in August 2015, the amicus came to know while checking the temple treasurer records. The same case was reported again by a priest in March 2017 and a FIR was registered in August in regard to the same.

ALSO READ: Kerala has Temples Dedicated to Mahabharata’s most loved Villains: Shakuni and Duryodhana.

The amicus highlighted that the Administrative Committee never pressed for an in-depth inquiry into the case of the missing stones and, instead, used “vague expressions” in order to convince that the diamonds were only “damaged”, and not lost.

A petition has been asked in the Supreme Court in favor of the formation of a separate body for the management of the temple, as its riches were being plundered.

The sprawling temple was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House which ruled southern Kerala and some adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu before integration of the princely state with the Indian Union in 1947.

-by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter: goel_samiksha

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Prasat Preah Vihear: Here is Why this Temple Offers Peace amid Disputes in Cambodia!

The temple is filled with serenity and provides peace of mind to the visitors

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Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia, Wikimedia

Cambodia, July 10, 2017: Prasat Preah Vihear is an ancient Hindu temple that stands in its full glory on the top of a cliff in the Dangrek mountain range in the northern part of the Kingdom of Cambodia in South-east Asia. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara.

Situated on the top of a plateau that dominates Cambodia, the temple provides a spectacular view of the lowlands of Cambodia for several kilometers. The place is filled with serenity and provides a peace of mind to the visitors.

The name Preah Vihear is apt for this location as it seems like an “abode” (Vihear) to any devotees who come to this temple (Preah).

Why visit this temple?

The temple, also known as the “Lord of Summit”  and holds a magic of its own. Declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008, the temple is an outstanding example of the Khmer architecture.

Here are a few reasons why the temple has been attracting a large number of tourists from countries like Japan-

The temple provides a panoramic view of the rich nature in Cambodia. Looking out over the expanse and grandeur of Gopura (ornate monumental towers at the entrance of any temple) One, tourists can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the jungles of Cambodia.  Tourists can either climb to the top of the mountain or take a bike ride at a minimal fee.

It is an exceptional site for the quality of its architecture and carved stone ornaments. This place is literally an abode for the ones who study architecture. The temple is “pure” both in plan and in detail of its decoration.

How to reach?

The temple can be reached by crossing the Cambodia- Thai gateway border from the Ubon Ratchantani Province of Thailand. It can also be accessed via the Tbeng Meanchey in Preah Vihear province. The temple is open from 8:00 till 16:00 hours.

A visit to this temple is truly a memorable experience for the tourists who like adventure. The climb of the temple over a kilometer and the wealth of a decorated deity residing in the ornate temple truly staggers one’s imagination.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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