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By- Khushi Bisht
Hinduism, also known as Santana Dharma (Eternal Religion), is believed to be the world’s oldest religion. After Islam and Christianity, it has the third-largest number of adherents in the world, and it is predominantly practiced in Southeast Asia.
Despite its roots in India, Hinduism has spread to several countries worldwide. After India, Nepal has the world’s largest Hindu population, followed by Ghana and Mauritius, two nations that also have the largest Hindu population in Africa.
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Hinduism has a long history in Africa, dating back to British colonization. Indians who moved to Africa during British rule initiated the religion in the continent. With the British settlement of African countries in the late 19th century, Hinduism spread across the African continent.
While the religion has spread across Africa, the bulk of its adherents are of Indian descent. Hindusim is the fastest-growing faith in Ghana, a West African republic. It is practiced by 2,50,000 people in Ghana and around 2 million people in Africa as a whole.
Hinduism in Western Africa delves into the history and beliefs of two Hindu sects in Ghana, the Hindu Monastery of Africa (Shaivism) and the ISKCON (Vaishnavism) also known as the “Hare Krishna Movement”.
Swami Ghanananda Saraswati (born Guide Kwesi Essel) established the Hindu Monastery of Africa and is regarded as the “First African Hindu Monk.” Born in a native yet modest African family in Senya Beraku in the Central Region of Ghana, he was a follower of Swami Krishnananda Saraswati, who promulgated Hindu Dharma in Africa. Swami Ghanananda Saraswati had been on a quest for universal truth since he was a teenager. He looked for guidance in several holy texts but was unsuccessful.
When all his efforts were in vain, he read Hindu texts to find the truth. He learned that Hinduism is a way of life and set out on a new quest that led him to Rishikesh in northern India, in the Himalayan foothills. He resided at Swami Sivananda Ashram with a spiritual leader, where he also happened to met Swami Krishnananda Saraswati and became his follower ever since. He discovered that Hinduism is a simple faith that unveiled the universal truth. It was his Guru (Master) in Rishikesh who encouraged him to establish a monastery in Accra (Capital of Ghana).
When he returned to Ghana, he discovered that there was no Hindu temple. In 1975, he established the first African Hindu Monastery in Odorkor, Ghana’s Greater Accra Region. The monastery was open to people of all religions. He clarified that his intention was not to indoctrinate people to the Hindu religion, but rather to assist those in search of the universal truth. People of various faiths come to the monastery to find peace.
It was challenging to be a Hindu in West Africa. He did face resistance from residents who were concerned about Hinduism’s influence and growth in Ghana, but the number of truth-seekers to the monastery continued to rise. He has established five temples in Ghana since 1975.
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The Hindu Monastery of Africa is synonymous with Hinduism’s austere practice. It places a strong emphasis on the reverence of Shiva, one of Hinduism’s two principal Gods. For morning and evening prayer rites, devotees congregate in the monastery. Following prayers, they make Bhoga offerings (Holy Offerings). There’s also a photo of Jesus Christ among the Hindu gods’ idols, because of their belief in inter-faith harmony.
Devotees adhere strictly to religious practices and perform ceremonies in the Hindu custom. They represent the Hindu principles of ahimsa (nonviolence) which implies that one should not hurt any living organism. The devotees abstain from eating meat due to the community’s greater emphasis on asceticism.
Swami Ghanananda Saraswati believed that it was his responsibility to remind people of their commitments on this planet. He always told that Hinduism should be seen more than merely going to the temple and doing such rites, but rather as a way of life.
Boredom seems to be an unavoidable aspect of existence. Sure, you can pass the time on social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter when you’re bored but you can only browse for so long before things become monotonous and uninteresting. The internet has revolutionized the world in various ways, be it politics, shopping, or journalism, to name a few. It has also completely redefined how individuals spend their time.
If there is ever a point when the internet is the most beneficial, it’s for curing boredom. Internet is vast and has dozens of websites that may be used to break the monotony.
The internet is vast and has dozens of websites that may be used to break the monotony. | Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash
Take a look at these entertaining time-killing websites and put an end to boredom! Here’s the ultimate list of entertaining websites, ranging from intriguing, amusing, and unexpected time-wasters to strange websites to visit while bored.
#1 Find the Invisible Cow: Make sure to keep your volume high for this fun game. Hover your cursor over the screen as you hear the sounds changing their intensity. Keep searching for the cow and click when you think it’s there!
Keep searching for the cow and click when you think it’s there! | Scriptist
#2 Hacker Typer: Do you want to feel like one of those awesome hackers from a Bollywood film? Simply go to this website and smash the keys! As you pretend to be a spy hacking into some vital mainframe, this will thrill and entertain you.
Simply go to this website and smash the keys! | HackerTyper
#3 Wayback Machine: Take a look at some of your favourite websites before they were completely revamped with the help of this website. You only need to enter a URL and select a date. The Wayback Machine will then display a picture of the website from the specific day you’ve chosen.
Take a look at some of your favourite websites before they were completely revamped with the help of this website. | WaybackMachine
#4 The Useless Web: You go to this website, click a large button, and then get sent to a random website on the internet. You may be given a simple game to play, a rain of corn dogs, an endless horse, or you may witness a guy being smacked with an eel.
You go to this website, click a large button, and then get sent to a random website on the internet. | Tim Holma
#5 Pointer Pointer: To begin, move your cursor across the desktop, then wait 3 seconds for a picture of someone, object, or a group of people to emerge on your screen, pointing right at your cursor.
Move your cursor across the desktop and wait for a picture of someone, object, or a group of someone’s to emerge on your screen, pointing right at your cursor. | Pointer Pointer
So there you have it, five websites to cure your boredom from the depths of the internet.
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In a global-first move, ride-hailing major Uber and Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp on Thursday announced that people in India can now book an Uber ride via the company's official WhatsApp chatbot. The service is being rolled out on a pilot basis in Lucknow first, and will soon be expanded to other cities in the country.
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"We want to make it as easy as possible for all Indians to take an Uber trip. We are thrilled at this global-first integration for Uber, and look forward to rolling it out across India," said Nandini Maheshwari, Senior Director, Business Development, Uber APAC.
Built on WhatsApp Business Platform, the partnership will expand access to Uber's mobility services in one of the company's largest international markets.
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Currently, the option to book a ride via WhatsApp will only be available in English but it will be expanded to other Indian languages soon. "The Uber experience on WhatsApp is simple, familiar, and relatable for users and has the potential to accelerate adoption of Uber with a new category of riders in India," said Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp India.
With this integration, riders will no longer need to download or use the Uber app. WhatsApp users can book an Uber ride through three simple ways: messaging to Uber's business account number; scanning a QR code; or clicking a link directly to open an Uber WhatsApp chat.
Built on WhatsApp Business Platform, the partnership will expand access to Uber's mobility services in one of the company's largest international markets.Unsplash
They will be asked to provide pickup and drop off locations. Users will receive upfront fare information and the driver's expected time of arrival. "Riders get the same safety features and insurance protections as those who book trips via the Uber app directly," the company said.
They will be informed of the name of the driver and license plate of the driver on booking; be able to track the location of the driver en route to the pickup point and be able to speak to the driver anonymously using a masked number.
If the user selects the "emergency" option while on the trip, they will receive an inbound call from Uber's customer support team. Uber riders will also have access to its safety line number to call, if needed, until 30 mins after the trip ends. (IANS/SP)
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