23-11-20 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH (Post.8964-a)

Chhath Puja in North India

Compiled and Edited BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN (News Editor, Gnanamayam)

Post No. 8964-a

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Here is the WEEKLY HINDU NEWS BULLETIN from ‘Aakaasa Dhwani’ — Read by SUJATHA RENGANATHAN .

Today 23rd of November is the Birth day of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his devotees are celebrating his Jayanthi with 24 hour Akhanda Nama Bhajan all over the world. Sai Centres in London also have arranged Akhand Nama Bhajans.

Kartik Purnima Deepa Festival falls on 29th of November and Gnanamayam team extends its warmest greetings to every one. Nook and comer of Tamil Nadu WILL BE  lit with earthen lamps just before the sunset on that day.

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CHHATH  PUJA NEWS

Thousands of devotees gathered to offer morning prayers to the rising sun on the last day of Chhath Puja on Saturday. Most people across the country stuck to the traditional practice of offering prayers at river banks on the concluding day of the four-day Puja.

Lucknow’s Gomati river front, the Ganga banks in Varanasi and Patna and other places in Mumbai, Delhi and Bhubaneswar were abuzz with devotees despite the Covid-19 restrictions, according to news agency ANI. However, many devotees decided to stay back home to offer ‘arghya’ to the rising sun from temporary water bodies, made specifically for the festival inside their campuses.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar too celebrated the festival at his official residence. He offered ‘arghya’ to the setting sun, a tradition he has been following since he became the Chief Minister 15 years back, Deputy chief minister Renu Devi also performed Chhath at her home town Bettiah.

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PUSHKARAM FESTIVAL IN RIVER TUNGABHADRA

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy performs rituals during the inauguration of the Tungabhadra Pushkaram festival, at Sankal Bagh Pushkar Ghat in Kurnool district, ON Friday

 Tungabhadra Pushkarams got-off to a tumultuous start amid chanting of vedic mantras as Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy formally opened the festivities at Sankal Bagh pushkar ghat IN KURNOOL on Friday. On arrival, he offered prayers to River Tungabhadra and gave Ganga Aarathi to the river besides silk saris.

Later, in traditional attire, he participated in a special yagam performed in the newly constructed yagasala near the pushkar

However, the absence of his family members did not go well with the onlookers.

The  12-day river Tungabhadra pushkaram FESTIVAL BEGAN ON  Friday with the entry of Jupiter into ‘Makara Raasi’ The festival, dedicated to the worship of rivers, will be held for 12 days, and is expected to draw devotees from Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

This year, pilgrims will not be allowed to take a dip in the TUNGABHADRA river, but a row of showers has been installed at all pushkar ghats IN KUNOOL.

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NEWS FROM KERALA

Sabarimala temple’s daily revenue drops 97% to Rs 10 lakh; temple in acute financial crisis


The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala is facing an acute financial crunch owing to Covid-19 as the average daily revenue from pilgrims during the initial days of pilgrimage fell from around Rs 3.5 crore to Rs 10 lakh, forcing the Travancore Devaswo…

Board that manages the temple to desperately seek relaxation in the restriction on the number of pilgrims as well as government’s financial assistance.

At present only 1,000 pilgrims are allowed on weekdays, 2,000 on weekends and holidays and 5,000 on special occasions like Mandala pooja day and Makaravilakku day.

Normally there used to be 50,000 pilgrims daily. It had even gone up to one lakh on some occasions like the first day of pilgrimage.


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Proposed Jagannath temple in London to get Neem wood from Bhubaneswar

Neem wood from Bhubaneswar will be used for carving the idols of the Trinity to be installed in the proposed Jagannath temple in London. The temple would be constructed on four acre of land by the Jagannath Temple Trust, UK.

At an international webinar to discuss the vision, objectives and roadmap for the temple, the Trust stated that Prof Sanjay Satpathy of Ravenshaw University has expressed willingness to provide the wood for making of the deities Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan. 

Trustees said construction of the temple has the approval of Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.

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NEWS FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY

Indian-origin student leads Oxford University meat-free campus drive

An Indian-origin student is among a group from the University of Oxford Student Union that is leading a drive towards a meat-free campus as part of wider initiatives to cut the university’s greenhouse emissions.

Vihan Jain from the university’s Worcester College joined two fellow students to draft a motion mandating the Student Union to lobby for a ban on beef and lamb in university catering services, which was recently passed with 31 votes to 9 and 13 abstentions.

The University of Cambridge has banned beef and lamb and reported a 33 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram of food purchased and a 28 per cent reduction in land use per kilogramme of food purchased. London School of Economics (LSE), Goldsmiths and the University of London are among other UK institutions to ban the sale of beef or lamb in campus outlets in recent years.

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HERE IS AN INTERESTING FROM PAKISTAN

1,300-year-old VISHNU Temple was discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeologists in Northwest Pakistan.

A Hindu temple, estimated to have been constructed around 1,300 years ago, has been unearthed by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts at a mountain in Swat district of northwest Pakistan.

According to the reports, the archaeologist excavated a Hindu temple at Barikot Ghundai in Northwest Pakistan. Fazle Khaliq of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archaeology said that the temple discovered is of God Vishnu.

The temple is estimated to have been built the Hindus 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period, the archaeologist said.

The Hindu Shahis or Kabul Shahis, a Hindu dynasty which ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan), and present-day northwestern India from 850-1026 CE may have built the Hindu temple in the region.

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TAMIL NADU RULING PARTY CLASHES WTH TEMPLE PRIESTS IN TIRUVANNAMALAI: 

The Karthigai Deepam festivities at the popular Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai has begun with the traditional flag hoisting event marking the first day of celebrations, amid the pandemic induced restrictions on Friday.

The 14-day festivities started off with the temple’s flag hoisting ceremony

The premier event of the Deepam festivities, lighting of Maha Deepam is scheduled to be performed on the evening of 29 November at the Annamalaiyar hills. It will be preceded by lighting of Bharani Deepam in the morning.

“Owing to the Covid pandemic situation, the district administration has barred devotees entering into the temple premises on the Maha Deepam day.

Karthigai Deepam festivities in Tiruvannamalai, one of the major events in Tamil Nadu attracting a gathering of more than 10 lakh every year, is this time around being made a low key affair along with pandemic restrictions.

Sources said that the flag hoisting event witnessed ruckus after a local AIADMK leader engaged in a wordy duel with the authorities of HR&CE and Sivachariyars for hoisting the flag as per the time schedule even before the Minister had arrived, despite the fact that he was late to the temple.

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HELP TO COW SHELTERS

Union government  has readied a scheme under which registered “go shalas” will receive financial assistance

GO SHALAS ARE PROTECTIVE SHELTERS FOR COWS.

Many religious Mutts across India have set up and are running protective shelters for cows and a sum of Rs 900 crore has been set aside under this scheme, 

union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman  informed 

Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha swamiji  of Pejavar Mutt when SWAMIJI MET HER in New Delhi recently.

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RSS HAS EXPRESSED ITS VIEW ON INERFAITH MARRIAGES.

Interfaith marriages should be registered under the Special Marriages Act so that women have equal rights, including in succession, according to a member of the RSS media team.

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is not opposed to interfaith marriages but is against the exploitation of women in the name of marriage. They are forced to convert and lose their rights,” said Ratan Sharda, member of the national media team of the RSS and the author of ‘RSS 360’ on the controversial issue of ‘love jihad’.


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HOW MANY ELEPHANTS SHOULD BE PARADED IN TEMPLE FESTIVALS HAS BECOME A COTROVERSY IN KERALA.

: The District Monitoring Committee for Captive Elephants Management and Maintenance has given conditional permission to parade one elephant during temple rituals. The committee, in its online meeting chaired by ADM Sabu K Isaac, also decided to discourage elaborate festivals in view of the Covid situation in the state.

Meanwhile, the permission given by the collector to parade three elephants at Tripunithura Poornathrayeesa temple for Vrischikotsavam has not been withdrawn.

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TAMIL HINDUS CELEBRATE KARTIK PURNIMA ON  29TH NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY KARTHIGAI DEEPA FESTIVAL .

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