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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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  • 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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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.

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)