Wednesday December 11, 2019

Hindu Temple in Greater Toronto: Vishnu Mandir installs 50-feet Lord Hanuman statue

Hinduism has about one billion supporters around the globe and it is the third largest religion

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Wikimedia Commons
  • The temple also organised three sessions of Ramayana Yagana and 108 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa in July 2
  • Vishnu Mandir also regulates a Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization exhibiting Hinduism, Anand Bhavan Seniors Home, Academy of Learning & Montessori School for 2.5 to 6-year-old
  • Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, praised temple leaders and area community for efforts at installing Lord Hanuman statue and for conducting various activities/programs to accentuate Hinduism
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Morari Bapu, Wikimedia Commons

This year in 2016, a 50 feet idol of Lord Hanuman was installed on July 2, in a Hindu temple, Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill in Greater Toronto area, which was established in 1979.

Morari Bapu, a popular Hindu Kathakaar (preacher) from India, led the installation ceremony. This temple has a tagline “Institution that nurtures families from Cradle to Golden years”. And has also organised three sessions of Ramayana Yagana and 108 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa in July.

Vishnu Mandir also regulates a Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization exhibiting Hinduism, Anand Bhavan Senior’s Home, Academy of Learning & Montessori School for 2.5 to 6-year-old, Global Care Outreach Program in Guyana, Bal-Vihaar program for 5-16 years-old, toddler’s program, sangeet Academy for encouraging India’s music and dance, and Lakshmi Sabha Women’s Club for the enrichment of women– mentioned a worldhindunews.com report. Its other special projects include Wall of Peace and Peace Park. It also organises summer camp; offers lessons in tabla, harmonium, violin, vocal music and Kathak dancing; and conducts yoga classes.

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In the meantime, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, praised temple leaders and area community for efforts at installing Lord Hanuman statue and for conducting various activities/programs to accentuate Hinduism.

President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed said, it was crucial passing on Hindu spirituality, notion and tradition to the future generations when there are so many distractions in the consumerist society and it is expected that this temple will help people moving towards this direction. He further emphasised that instead of chasing materialism; we should search for our inner self to attain Moksha (liberation) to break the cycle of reincarnation, which was the main goal of Hinduism.

Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay is the Chairman of the Executive Board & Religious Advisor of Vishnu Mandir. S. Krishna Misir and Dr. Kuvear Balbahadur are President and General Secretary respectively. Chief Priest is Bhoj Sharma. Other priests are Natraj Kidambi Rajagopal and Raghavan Madangopalan.

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Lord Hanuman, the devotee of Lord Rama, is greatly worshipped in Hinduism and is known for his incredible strength and devotion towards Rama. Hinduism has about one billion supporters around the globe and it is the third largest religion.

Multicultural Richmond Hill was incorporated in 1872 and comes with a tagline “where people come together to build our community” and where “96% of Residents Satisfied with Life”, is home to the world-famousDavid Dunlap Observatory telescope. Renowned people who were associated with Richmond Hill include- actor Dylan Neal, figure skater Elvis Stojko and novelist Farley Mowat. Dave Barrow, Vito Spatafora and Neil Garbe are Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer respectively.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali