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Saibaba Sansthan Trust to Organise a year- long Festival to mark 100th Year of Saibaba’s Samadhi

To make the centenary celebration a grand occasion Saibaba Sansthan Trust of the Shirdi Temple will organize a festival from October 2017-18

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Saibaba Sansthan Trust will organize an year long festival
Saibaba Sansthan Trust will organize an year long festival. Wikimedia
  • This year marks 100th year of Saibaba’s samadhi
  • Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is organizing various cultural, religious, and social performances by nationally and internationally famed, highly reputed and renowned artists
  • There are over 3,000 big Saibaba temples in India and over four hundred globally

New Delhi, August 11, 2017: On the occasion of 100th year of Saibaba’s samadhi, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust of the Shirdi Temple is going to organize a year-long festival from October 2017 to October 2018.

To make the centenary celebration a lifetime event for generations the trust has planned to arrange top class programs in Shirdi. Dr. Suresh Haware, the Chairman of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has declared the festival claiming that it would be ‘the biggest Sai movement in the world’.

Sadguru Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Embrace at Shirdi will attain 100 years on October 18, 2018. On this auspicious occasion, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is organizing various cultural, religious, and social performances by nationally and internationally famed, highly reputed and renowned artists. The devotional performances will be like a ‘Service in the Lotus Feet of Shri Saibaba’, with no charges.

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According to ANI report, Dr. Suresh Haware, President of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi said, “This auspicious occasion is of extra ordinary significance and lifetime memories, from Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, as well as Sai devotees all over the world. Hence, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has decided to celebrate this holy event as a grand festival, starting October 1, 2017, through October 18, 2018.” There are over 3,000 big Saibaba temples in India and over four hundred globally (according to the numbers provided by the trust).

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The trust is inviting representatives from all the Saibaba temples across the globe for the occasion. The trust will be spending around Rs. 3,000 crores during the festival in order to introduce several facilities for the devotees

It is presumed that the footfall of this grand event will be more than the Kumbh Mela which is organized in Nagpur. On a regular day, the temple welcomes over 30,000 devotees; however, over 50,000 people are expected during the festival.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Inter Faith Meeting in US Aims For Peace and Tolerance

Inter faith meeting at the inauguration of a photo exhibition on Indian religious traditions in the US brought together representatives of various faiths with the aim for peace and harmony

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Annual inter-faith Iftar 2015. Wikimedia

July 16, 2017: Inter faith meeting at the inauguration of a photo exhibition on Indian religious traditions in the US brought together representatives of various faiths with the aim for peace and harmony. The meeting also emphasized the need for dialogue among different religions. The meeting witnessed renowned personalities from different religious communities.

Swami Muktidananda of Ramakrishna Mission while referring to the democratic principles on soils of both America and India said, “All faiths can flourish in the world by carrying flags of harmony.”

The Jewish Community Affairs General Secretary A Cohen, who touched on over 200-year history of the Jewish community in Kolkata and the method adopted by Jewish-run schools for imparting lessons of harmony among the children emphasized on not recognizing one’s religion superior as compared to others.

The General Secretary of Mahabodhi Society of India, Ven P Seewali also expressed his view and feels cultural differences to be the only difference among humans.

Father Dominic Gomes, who is the Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta, conveyed about the need of seers to enlighten in regard to the severe and diabolical problems. He said “Somewhere we are not getting to the bottom line. Dialogue is important.”

The Buddhist monk representing Buddhism called for continuing peace initiatives and dialogues and gave a reference to the spiritual history of India where gurus had talked about love and compassion for thousands of years.

Swami Shuddhidananda talked about how Swami Vivekananda’s visit to the US had opened floodgates of spirituality in America and acceptance of Indian spirituality by the Americans. Ajmer Singh, president of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Jagat Sudhar and the representative of Sikhism was also present on the occasion. Imam of Nakhoda Mosque, Md Shafique Qasmi, who could not mark his presences due to illness or some other reasons ensures his contribution by sending a message to support the initiative.

Expressing happiness over the discourse, US Consul General Dr Craig L Hal also expressed his pleasure over the discourse and encouraged the people of two countries to share the practice of ideals which will result in demonstrating a common commitment stimulating tolerance towards all religions.

The exhibition ‘Keeping Faith’ displayed photographs of the celebration of multiple faiths Indian festivals in America. Charles River Ganga Aarti at Cambridge, Eid Milan at Houston, and Turban Day at Manhattan, Holi at Harvard, Ganesh Chaturthi in New York were some of the display. These exhibits were also on display in New Delhi and Hyderabad earlier.

– prepared by Surbhi Dhawan of Newsgram. Twitter @surbhi_dhawan 

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Here are 6 Popular Places in Madhya Pradesh for Perfect Temple Wedding!

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Wedding of goddess Meenakshi stucco work in Amman Sannathi of Sri Meenakshi temple ; Madurai. Pixabay
July 14, 2017: Weddings are said to be one of the most sacred occasions in India and the temples have served as the divine venues for the wedding, irrespective of any region, religion or culture. This is due to the holiness associated with temples and many people believe it that doing so will lead to a successful marriage. Another reason why people prefer such venues is to keep the wedding simple, surrounded by close relatives.
The loud trumpet, high pitched songs and the bustling of crackers in ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ celebrations add to the pollution and noise and today’s smart generation understands the cons attached with the ‘band baja baraat’ concept.
Couples have started opting out for temple weddings, not only to keep it short and simple but also to avoid the excess noise and pollution as in the case of former. They want it to be the perfect venue for their big day to make it a mesmerizing affair. We bring you some of the best destinations in Madhya Pradesh for a temple wedding.
Madhya Pradesh is one the state which is quite famous for its many historic temples and shrines. The sanctity and the epic view of these temples offer the perfect setting required in a Hindu wedding. It instigates in you a sacred feeling of starting a relationship that binds you and your partner forever.
Khajuraho Temple
Khajuraho. Wikimedia Commons
The temples of Khajuraho are considered to be a commemoration of the wedding of Lord Shiva & Parvati. Undoubtedly the city of Khajuraho tops the list of temple weddings in Madhya Pradesh. Adorned by the ancient heritage it is the city with temples signifying love and erotism. These destinations offer the perfect backdrop essential for an intimate union of a couple who are closely attached to the divine plan of creation. Khajuraho, the perfect example of excellence, prestige and erotic sculptures, is an ideal venue for temple wedding in India. Also, it has been declared as world heritage site by UNESCO.
Matangesvara temple among the temples of Khajuraho is the most suitable venue for temple weddings. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is known to have the world’s largest shivlings that stand about 8 ft tall and are made up of yellow limestone.
According to Hindu Mythology,  a sage named Matanga highly thought of as Lord Shiva, controlled the God of love by demonstrating himself in the form of a lingam. The temple which carries such a great importance in the history would be a perfect location for making the wedding an unforgettable affair.
Bhojeshwar Temple
Lingam of Bhojeshwar Temple. Wikimedia
Bhojpur is a historical town on the outskirts of Bhopal known for its greenery and the tranquility of the Betwa river. The town has been named after the acclaimed ruler of Paramara dynasty- King Bhoja. The Bhojeshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is surrounded by lush greenery. This makes it an attractive place for the wedding.
The Archaeological Survey of India is responsible for the maintenance of this architectural wonder and the most amazing fact about the temple is that the linga inside the temple has been crafted out of a single rock. Apart from the clean surrounding, the crystal clear water of the Betwa river flowing next to the temple provides the perfect ambiance required for a temple wedding in this state.

 

Ahilyeshwar Temple. Wikimedia Commons
Ahilyeshwar Temple
Maheshwar, also known as the temple town, is one of the best wedding destinations due to the historical glory and authenticity of the place. The city has some historical sites which provide the solemn environment suitable for a wedding setup.
The Ahilyeshwar temple is one such place demonstrating the architectural skills of the Marathas. The softness of the Narmada waves adds to the serenity around the temple and makes it one of the desired location for wedding ceremonies.
Chintamann GaneshTemple, Ujjain. Wikimedia
Chintamann Ganesh Temple
The Chintamann Ganesh Temple is an ancient temple situated in Ujjain. Constructed on the Shipra River, it is the largest temple in the area devoted to Lord Ganesha. The simplicity and the soothing environment around makes It is an ideal place to conduct a ritual of the heavenly alliance called marriage.
Raja Ram Mandir. Wikimedia
Raja Ram Mandir
Raja Ram Mandir, also known as the palace temple is located opposite to the Orchha Fort. With the magnificent backdrop of the fort, the temple is the perfect setting for an auspicious day like the wedding.
Veiw of Gwalior city from Gwalior Fort. Wikimedia Commons
Gwalior
Also known as the fort city, Gwalior was founded by a ruler named Maharaja Suraj Sen. The panoramic view of the fort at the top of the hill and the spectacular palaces rule the whole city in terms of attractive sites. It is the host of the pearl of all Indian fortresses and so deserves to stand out as one of the epic locations for getting hitched in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
So, choose these perfect wedding destinations for your big day to make it a mesmerizing affair and a moment to cherish to forever.

by Sabnam Mangla of NewsGram, Twitter: @sabnam_mangla

 

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A Devotee from Agra donates 2 kg Gold Sandals to Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

For the celebrations of Guru Purnima, Sandhya Gupta has donates 2 kg gold sandals to the Shirdi Saibaba Temple

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Saibaba. Wikimedia
  • Sandhya Gupta, from Agra, has donates 2 kg gold sandals to Shirdi’s Saibaba temple
  • Her donation has been installed in Dwarkamai Temple
  • The donation was given by Sandhya Gupta to mark the occassion of ‘Guru Purnima’

July 12, 2017: The Shri Saibaba Sanathan Trust (SSST) in Shirdi has received 2 kg gold sandals as donation by Sandhya Gupta, a devotee from Agra. The donation comes as part of the celebrations for the occassion of Guru Purnima. The value of the 2 kg gold is worth Rs. 60 lakh.

Sachin Tambe, the trustee of SSST told PTI, “The gold sandals donated by Gupta have been ceremoniously installed in Dwarkamai temple”.

Sandhya Gupta stated to the media ““Today, I am very happy as the ‘padukas’ donated by me were accepted as ‘guru dakshina’.”

ALSO READ: Kanwar Yatra 2017: Here’s Why it is so Popular with Devotees of Lord Shiva!

Thousands of people from different parts of India gather in Shirdi for the celebrations of 3 day long Guru Purnima.

According to the Economic Times report, the temple had received Rs 9.84 crores in just 9 days in 2017.

Guru Purnima exclusive to India. The Guru is celebrated as also a spiritual guide.

prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393


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