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Ancient Angkor Temple of Cambodia back to life

North Korean painters revive Angkor Temple.

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  • Paintings of Angkorian Empire by North Korean painters have been exhibited at the Angkor Panorama Museum near Angkor Wat temple
  • North Korea spent $24 million and four years building the nearly 6,000-square-meter museum, which rises to an imposing height of 35 meters.
  • The museum was built in the spirit of cultural promotion, friendship and cooperation rather than income generation.
  • There is some controversy as to why North Korea would be interested in such a project.

The Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia gets a museum for itself due to North Korean investors. North Korea decided to build a museum for the Angkor Wat temple which would have painters from North Korea depicting the trees, plants and huts in a three-dimensional way. It has murals depicting thousands of warriors and artisans at war and work in the Angkorian Empire. Here is a story from VOA:

Welcome to North Korea’s Angkor Panorama Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia, a joint venture between the Cambodian government and North Korea’s long-established Mansudae Art Studio,open since December.

The mural, which took 63 painters from North Korea’s most famous school of political artistry two years to complete, is so captivating that some visitors quietly question its authenticity, wondering aloud if it isn’t some sly video projection.

 

“Amazing! I can see everything…just sitting here in one place you can see everything,” said Keo Samoun of Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province.  Viewing the art after a stop at Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple, she said the museum helps place the temples in a historical landscape.  “It’s easier to visit the museum than some of the far-flung temples dotting the province,” she added.

“I have never seen anyone paint anything like this,” said Thoam Manun Tho, a Buddhist monk. “Amazing. Absolutely amazing!” he exclaimed, violating museum decorum by loudly invoking one of the viewing platform’s most commonly overhead refrains.

In the Angkor era

Known for doing things on a vast scale, Mansudae was founded in 1959 to extol the revolutionary virtues of North Korea and its ruling family.

“With a labor force of approximately 4,000 people, 1,000 of which [are] artists, and an area of over 120,000 square meters, 80,000 of which are indoor, the Mansudae Art Studio is probably the largest art production center in the world and by far the largest and most important of the country,” the Pyongyang-based studio’s website says.

Angkor Wat temple. Image source Wikimedia commons
Angkor Wat temple. Image source Wikimedia commons

Part of Mansudae’s overseas expansion, a bid to raise foreign capital for the isolated regime of Kim Jong-un, the Angkor Panorama Museum offers a Socialist-Realist glimpse back to a time when Khmer warriors battled with spears, swords and huge fighting elephants. The empire also built stunning temples, now UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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“[Visitors] feel as if they are right there during the Angkor era,” Yit Chandaroat, museum vice executive director, told VOA Khmer. “They feel as if they are with the people selling vegetables [or] those on the fighting elephants in the painting.”

A visit to the museum should precede tours of the nearby temples, Chandaroat said, as more than 40,000 images of ancient warriors, artisans, farmers and animals help place those structures in a richer historical context.

Ticket sales and nuclear weapons

North Korea spent $24 million and four years building the nearly 6,000-square-meter museum, which rises to an imposing height of 35 meters.

Pyongyang’s decision to invest in Siem Reap was an act of fraternity between old friends, Chandaroat said.  According to the contract, North Korea would completely reclaim its $24 million investment over a 10-year period.

Carvings from Angkor Wat temple. Image source Wikimedia commons
Carvings from Angkor Wat temple. Image source Wikimedia commons

At least, that was the plan. The 10-year recovery period for the initial investment was recently deemed too ambitious, and North Korea is not likely to see its original investment returned until the second 10-year contract, said Chandaroat, who is also a senior official at the Cambodian government entity managing the Angkor Archeological Park.

The museum and its painted panorama are slated to become fully owned by Cambodia under the agreement within 20 years.

Chandaroat denies links between museum ticket sales and funding for North Korean weapons of mass destruction.

Thai Norak Sathya, Secretary of State for Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, says the museum was built in the spirit of cultural promotion, friendship and cooperation rather than income generation.

“The North Korean company came to build the museum because of historical relations of the king with the country,” Thai Norak Sathya told VOA. “Let me tell you that the North Korean company completely abides by the technical condition and Khmer style of art. So, it is not the nature of this business to generate income.”

Foreign visitors turn up their noses

For now, one of the profitability issues facing museum officials is that 90 percent of visitors are Cambodian. Foreign tourists, who bring much needed hard currency to Siem Reap’s economy, have been prone to dismiss the museum.

English tourists Sarah and Ashley say they’ve traveled too far just to see a mere painting of the Angkor temples.

“I am quite surprised that they invested so much outside North Korea,” said Sarah, who only gave her first name.

“I want to see the real things. That is what I am here for,” Ashley added. “That is what we are going to do today. I am not interested to go to the museum.”

 

“I am not aware of what’s inside,” Christelle Bimar, a French tourist said, sitting in a wheelchair in the shade of a palm tree in front of Angkor temple. She was unaware of the panorama museum but had already visited the Angkor Wat temple despite of her left leg broken. “But, yes, I think Angkor and Siem Reap deserve to have many more museums,” she added.

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Odisha Govt to Hold Rath Yatra Without Devotees this Year

Rath Yatra is said to be held in the absence of devotees this year

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Odisha government has ensured non-arrival of devotees to Puri. Wikimedia Commons

The annual Rath Yatra of Odisha government and his siblings could be performed provided the Odisha government ensured non-arrival of devotees to Puri, said Puri Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb, here on Saturday.

The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees if the Odisha government granted permission for the 9-day sojourn of deities, said the Puri Gajapati after a meeting of Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee during the day.

As part of Rath Yatra and Bahuda Yatra, three chariots would be pulled on the Badadanda (grand road) in presence of servitors, officials and policemen. Snana Yatra, scheduled on June 5, could be performed inside temple premises, he said.

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The Ratha Yatra could be organised with minimum servitors and without devotees. Wikiimedia Commons

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He said the temple would remain closed till Niladribije in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Information and Public Relations Department will make arrangements for live telecast of Snana Yatra and Rath Yatra rituals. “I request devotees to stay safe at home and watch the telecast on television,” the Puri Gajapati said. (IANS)

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Mother India- A Nostalgia I am Very Proud of!

Om and Namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. An NRI doctor- as a tribute to her motherland has written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names).

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Om hindu mantra
Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Pixabay

By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

As Indians, we are very blessed to receive the spiritual wisdom of the ancient seers (rishis) of India that shaped our values, customs, traditions and culture for millennia. 

Though I now live in the United States, I had the good fortune to grow up in India. As a result, the positive values included in this article were deeply instilled in me. They’ve made me more mindful, compassionate, and centered. They’ve also contributed to my success as a neurologist, teacher, and professor of medicine at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. With that nostalgia in my mind, as a tribute to my motherland and with great enthusiasm I have written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names). In today’s “modern” world, where the positive values are too often replaced with materialism, intolerance, violence, extremism, and terrorism; these mantras will help you stay calm and centered in face of adversity, and in the “little” moments. We can all find beauty, peace, strength everywhere we look—if we remember to look for it.

I believe ignorance is the root cause of all the problems in the world. Divisions, differences and duality are due to ignorance only and knowledge alone is the solution. I hope you feel that way when you read this article. And, in addition to you enjoying learning more about India, I hope this ashtottaram on our Bhāratamata brings you greater peace, happiness, and harmony.

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“Om shanti shanti shanti” is a chant in Hinduism. Pixabay

                                    ‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram

108 Sanskrit Mantras 

Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word.

Oṃ bhāratabhūmyai namaḥॐ भारतभूम्यै नमः
Om vedabhūmyai namaḥॐ वेदभूम्यै नमः
Om jnānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ज्ञानभूम्यै नमः
Om mokhabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षभूम्यै नमः
Om yogabhūmyai namaḥॐ योगभूम्यै नमः
Om puyabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Om tapobhūmyai namaḥॐ तपोभूम्यै नमः
Om yāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ यागभूम्यै नमः
Om dharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om swakarmānuhtānabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वकर्मानुष्ठानभूम्यै नमः
Om karmabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om dhyānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ध्यानभूम्यै नमः
Om ādhyātmikabhūmyai namaḥॐ आध्यात्मिकभूम्यै नमः
Om ahimsābhūmyai namaḥॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः
Om sanātanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सनातनभूम्यै नमः
Om omkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ ओंकारभूम्यै नमः
Om namaskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ नमस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Om tattvamasibhūmyai namaḥॐ तत्त्वमसितत्त्वभूम्यै नमः
Om ācharyabhūmyai namaḥॐ आचार्यभूम्यै नमः
Om sadāchārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सदाचारभूम्यै नमः
Om gopũjābhūmyai namaḥॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः
Om ṛushibhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋषिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gītāmrutabhūmyai namaḥॐ गीतामृतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sanyāsitvabhūmyai namaḥॐ संन्यासित्वभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ svārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वाराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ suphalabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुफलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gangāpavitrabhūmyainamaḥॐ गङ्गापवित्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampradāyabhūmyai namaḥॐ सम्प्रदायभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ strīgauravabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्त्रीगौरवभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvadevatārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वदेवतार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ puruhārdhabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुरुषार्थभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ punarjanmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुनर्जन्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bodhabhūmyai namaḥॐ बोधभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāruyabhūmyai namaḥॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhakti bhūmyai namaḥॐ भक्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ tyāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्यागभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ krutajnatānugrahabhūmyai namaḥॐ कृतज्ञतानुग्रहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dhanyabhūmyai namaḥॐ धन्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samadrishtibhūmyai namaḥॐ समदृष्टिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ śāntibhūmyai namaḥॐ शान्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āsramadharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ आश्रमधर्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ devabhāshābhūmyai namaḥॐ देवभाषाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āyurvedabhūmyai namaḥॐ आयुर्वेदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samaikyabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ समैक्यभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jātirahitabhūmyai namaḥजातीरहित भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ janmabhūmyai namaḥॐ जन्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ आलयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ hindubhūmyai namaḥॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ priyamvadabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रियम्वदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchasēlabodhitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चशीलबोधितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ paramatasahanabhūmyai namaḥॐ परमतसहनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ brāhmaapujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ himālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ triveisangamabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवेणिसङ्गमभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pāpavināśabhūmyai namaḥॐ पापविनाशभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trivarapatākabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवर्णपताकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dharmachakrabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मचक्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kalmasharahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कल्मषरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahasranāmadevārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहस्रनामदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokhasādhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jīvitārdhabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ जीवितार्थबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prakrutipujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रकृतिपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ advayabrahmabhūmyai namaḥॐ अद्वयब्रह्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampūrṇabhūmyai namaḥॐ संपूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhāgyabhūmyai namaḥॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prapanchakhyātibhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रपञ्चख्यातिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānasopachārapūjitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guruparamparābhūmyai namaḥॐ गुरुपरम्पराभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trikālasandhyānuthiṫabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kshamābhūmyai namaḥॐ क्षमाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāgniho’trabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याग्निहोत्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrudevapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृदेवपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pitrudevārćitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāchāryasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याचार्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ atidhisatkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ अतिथिसत्कारभूम्यै नमः

 

Oṃ pūrnabhūmyai namaḥॐ पूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mahimānvitabhūmyai namaḥॐ महिमान्वितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahajasetusailabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहजसेतुशैलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchabhutārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चभूताराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokṣhakārakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षकारकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guṇasampadbhūmyai namaḥगुणसम्पद्भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāryadakshatābhūmyai namaḥॐ कार्यदक्षताभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sukhavardhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुखवर्धनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sādhusandohabhūmyai namaḥॐ साधुसन्दोहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahrudbhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहृद्भावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ halabhritibhūmyai namaḥहलभृतिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karṣhakapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्षकपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ṛuavimochakabhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋणविमोचकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ yuktyāhārasaṃpannabhūmyai namaḥॐ युक्तत्याहारसम्पन्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ e’kapatnīvratabhūmyai namaḥॐ एकपत्नीव्रतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sakalambrahmārpaabhūmyai namaḥॐ सकलर्ब्रह्मार्पणभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mantrabhūmyainamaḥॐ मन्त्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kartavyabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्तव्यबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ susaṃskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुसंस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ matonmādarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मतोन्मादरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ satchidānandātmabhūmyai namaḥॐ सच्चिदानन्दात्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ īśvaramedhāprasādabhūmyai namaḥॐ ईश्वरमेधाप्रसादभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ parākramaarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पराक्रमणरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ratnabhūmyai namaḥॐ रत्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dākshiyabhūmyai namaḥॐ दाक्षिण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrupitrusamabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृपितृसमभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānavottamajanma prakaṭitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानवोत्तमजन्मप्रकटितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarva

bhūtabhagavatsamānabhūmyai namaḥ

ॐ सर्वभूतभगवत्समानभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvamangaḷabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वमन्गलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvasukhadātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वसुखदातृभूम्यै नमः

 

Iti Vaidyasri Pasupuleti Devakinanda Vithal Rāja Viraċhitam            

‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram.

इतिवैद्यश्री-पसुपुलेटि-देवकिनन्द-विठल-राज-विरचितंश्री-भारतमाताष्टोत्तरम्

Most gods and goddesses have Gāyaṫri mantras. I humbly attempted to compose a few Gāyaṫrī mantras for our Bhāraṫamāta. 

‘SRI BHĀRAṪAMĀTĀ

Gāyaṫrī mantras

1) OṀ Veda Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

            Bodha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāṫ

 

2) OṀ Dharma Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

             Karma Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

             Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

3) OṀ Janma Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Māṫru Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

4) OṀ Yāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Yoga Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

5) OṀ Puṇya Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhanya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

6) OṀ Dhyana Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhānya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

7) OṀ Ṛishi Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Ṫapo Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

8) OṀ Jnāna Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

           Yajna Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

           Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

9) OṀ Gītā Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Mokṣha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Tanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

10) OṀ Tyāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

              Bhāgya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

              Tanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

IṪI VAIDYAŚRĪ PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHIṪAM 

ŚRI BHĀRATA MĀTĀ GĀYAṪRIHI

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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EKAVIMŚAṪI SONG (with 21 names of Bhāraṫamāṫa)

Om hindu mantra
Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. Pixabay

Ekavimśaṫi means 21 (Eka- means One, Vimsati- means Twenty). Our body has 21 ṫaṫṫvams (essence, root, reality). The 3×7 Ṫrayi Sapṫa Samidha Kṛitaha is the offering of 21 sticks of fire wood (samidhās) in a homam. I have composed this song with very simple lyrics so that it’s easy to hum and sing by every Indian from a rickshaw puller to a college professor, house wives and children making it a catchy household song, constantly reminding us of the glory of our mother-land. According to Hindu culture, the earth, Bhoomi, is considered to be our mother. 

1) Veda bhūmi, Bodha bhūmi

     Dharma bhūmi, Karma bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—-Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—- Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

2) Yajna bhumi, Yāga bhūmi

     Yoga bhūmi, Bhāgya bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

3) Puṇya bhūmi, Dhanya bhūmi

    Dhānya bhūmi, Dhyāna bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī —Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

4) Oṁkāra bhūmi, Ṫapo bhūmi

Gopūja bhūmi, Gītāmṛuṫa bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

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5) Sujala bhūmi, Suphala bhūmi

    Susaṁskāra bhūmi, Namaskāra bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

IṪI VAIḊYAŚRI PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHITAM

ŚRI BHĀRAṪA MĀṪA EKAVIMŚAṪIHI’

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD is Michigan based professor of Neourology.

 

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): Providing Service to Mankind Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

RSS Volunteers have been working to raise awareness, dispel myths about coronavirus, distribute food packets and drinking water, conduct sanitisation drives, distribute masks and control traffic

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RSS volunteers have taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

By Kanan Parmar

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has taken the initiative to help the needy during the COVID-19 crisis.

RSS Volunteers have been working to raise awareness, dispel myths about coronavirus, distribute food packets and drinking water, conduct sanitisation drives, distribute masks and control traffic.

The Sangh had donated ration (rice, daal, tea leaves, flour, salt, potato , sugar and cooking oil) , to around 1,22,468. Moreover the Sangh also provided healthy meal boxes to 28,62,312 people.

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RSS is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization. Flickr

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The volunteers have set up 910 community kitchens across the country and 179 in Delhi itself.

RSS volunteers have distributed soaps among 120338 people, protective face masks among 96000 people, hand gloves to 40527 people and hand sanitizers among 11666 citizens.

The sangh has also set up the following helplines:

  • Sewa Bharti Helpline – 50666
  • STUDENT’S Helpline – 550
  • Helpline for the people in North East- 2366
  • Helpline for the differently-abled- 171
  • Digital Helpline- UTKARSH Mobile App (The app contains 4 helplines)

The organization has provided help by distributing milk to kids, meals to elderly and PG students, medical aid to the people in need which also includes 4900 North East families.

Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race.

RSS services volunteer
Even though RSS is a hindu-faith based organization, it provides its service irrespective of caste, religion, gender, creed or race. Flickr

It has provided services to around 986 sex workers and 68 people from the transgender community.

In fact, Khalida Begum, a Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir has donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated ‘Sewa Bharati’.

Not just to the humans, the organization also served the animals by setting up around 508 animal-care centers where animal food and medicines were given.

The 13,72,067 members-strong volunteering team defines what true humanity is and also give us the lesson to help our fellow brothers and sisters during such critical times.

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About Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is an Indian hindu-faith based nationalist voluntary organization which was founded in 1925 by the Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a doctor in Nagpur. The organization believes that he Hindu culture is the life-breath of Hindustan. The prime aim of the organization is to provide service to the humanity during critical situations. They provide their services irrespective of any diveristy, be it religion, gender or caste.

To know more about the organization, visit http://rss.org/