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


Dev Deepawali IN VARANASI

Kartik Purnima was celebrated in Tamil Nadu yesterday and it is celebrated throughout North India today as Deva Deepavali

A grand Deepotsav along the banks of river Ganga in Varanasi is held  in Varanasi, the holiest place of Hindus, today. Around 14 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) are lit up on both sides of the river Ganga on the occasion of Dev Deepawali . Prime Minister Narendra Modi city  participated in celebrations at the ghats.

In Varanasi, Ganga has iconic ghats on the left and sprawling sand banks on the other side. While nine lakh diyas would be lit up on the ghats, another five lakh would be lit up on the sandy bank, a senior official of the tourism department said.

“On the occasion of Dev Deepawali, every year, lakhs of diyas are lit up on and along the ghats. This time, the earthen lamps will also be lit up at the sandy bank of river Ganga.

It is a popular belief that Diwali of the deities is celebrated on Kartik Purnima day. To mark the occasion even deities descend from heaven in invisible forms on the ghats of the holy Ganges to ensure salvation of the devotees involved in the Maha Aarti. The festival is a special part of the ancient culture of Kashi and even finds a mention in the sacred Hindu scripture Shiv Puarana.

According to the Shiv Purana, when demon Tripura Sur tortured the gods during the Kartik month, Lord killed him on this day following which celebrations were held that came to be known as Dev Diwali.

As many as 51,000 earthen lamps were lit in Ayodhya yesterday marking the eve of Kartik Purnima. The lamps were illuminated on the banks of River Saryu. Sabarimala Temple in Kerala was also decorated as part of Karthika Deepam celebrations



Karthigai  Deepam,  was lit atop the hill near Sri Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai at 6-00 PM YESTERDAY

Temple priests sang the hymns eulogizing the presiding deities Annamalaiyar and Unnamulaiamman as the Deepam was lit.

The festival was conducted amid the pandemic restrictions. Since devotees were prohibited from attending the festival and not allowed inside the temple, the town almost wore a deserted look which would otherwise witness a sea of devotees coming to attend the lighting ceremonies. 

The Maha Deepam was lit atop the 2668-feet-tall Annamalaiyar Hills  and as part of the pandemic restrictions, devotees were prohibited from climbing the hills.


Kartigai in Tamil Nadu

Hindus in Tamil Nadu celebrated Kartik Purima yesterday by lighting lamps in the nook and corner of villages and cities, inside houses and in the temples. But North Indians celebrated  Kartik Purnima today and took holy dip in the Ganga river.

Lakhs of devotees from different parts of the country including Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh converge on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar for a ritual bath in the river on the occasion every year.

However, in compliance with the Centre’s guidelines in view of COVID-19, it was decided to stop people from taking a bath in the river on Kartik Purnima day. In some towns the devotees were allowed in limited numbers.



The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday cleared an ordinance to ban religious conversion for marriage. The new law will put the onus on the defendant to prove that conversion was not for marriage. The Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020, recommends 1-5 years imprisonment if an accused fails to prove that the conversion of the woman was not for marriage or by use of force, allurement etc.

The jail sentence for the offence would be 3-10 years if the woman is from the SC/ST community or is seen as part of mass conversion. The notice period to the district magistrate for the religious conversion has been doubled to two months from a month in an earlier draft.



President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala.

An ardent devotee of the ancient hill shrine, the President, accompanied by his family members, was accorded a ceremonial traditional reception, upon his arrival at the main entrance by the priests, amid chanting Vedic hymns.

Kovind was honoured by offering a sacred silk cloth, a holy portrait along with “laddu prasadam’’.

The president spent about half-an-hour in the shrine and before leaving he was bestowed with blessings by a band of senior priests amid chanting spiritual mantras.

Before visiting the Lord Venkateswara temple, Kovind paid his obeisances at Sri Lakshmi Varaha Swamy temple situated on the banks of the massive holy tank at Tirumala.



For the first time, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board of Trustees has decided to open Vaikunta Dwaram of Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala for 10 days starting Vaikunta Ekadasi on December 25. The objective was to provide comfortable darshan for devotees on the auspicious days. Till last year, Uttara Dwaram KNOWN AS SWARGA VASAL IN TAMIL was only opened on Vaikunta Ekadasi and Dwadasi.

Following a petition filed by Raghavan K Tallapaka, a devotee from Guntur, that TTD is not following tradition in conduct of Vaikunta Ekadasi in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh High Court asked the TTD to take a decision after consultations with Matadipathis, Peetadhipathis and Agama Advisory Council members.

He said TTD Board also resolved to re-introduce Kalyana  mastu – mass free marriage programme to the underprivileged couples with a new set of guidelines.


Tirumala temple owns 8,088 acres of land in country

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the custodian of the world-famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara, has owned 1,128 immovable assets across the country, measuring 8,088.89 acres of land. Of the total, 141 assets measuring 335.21 acres were auctioned by the TTD from 1974 to 2014. Of them, 61 are agriculture lands measuring 293 acres.

The remaining 80 are non-agriculture assets measuring 42.21 acres (2,04,342.36 sq yards) costing Rs 6.13 crore. This was revealed by TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy here on Saturday, while releasing a white paper on the immovable assets of the temple. 


University of California​ establishes chair in Jain studies

A US university in California has established a chair in Jain studies following a generous donation of USD 1 million from three Indian-American couples.

The Bhagvan Vimalnath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara will support the graduate programme, and develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Jainism.

The donation for this has come from

Dr. Meera and Dr. Jasvant Modi via the Vardhamana Charitable Foundation;

Rita and Dr. Narendra Parson via the Narendra and Rita Parson Family Trust;

and Raksha and Harshad Shah via Shah Family Foundation, according to a statement.

“The most effective way of helping mankind, climate change and all forms of life is by spreading the principles of non-violence, giving and showing respect for all opinions.

“Support and creation of an endowed chair in Jain studies is the most effective way to achieve this goal,” the donors said in a joint statement.


Indian-origin MP in New Zealand Took oath in Sanskrit

Dr Gaurav Sharma, one of the youngest and newly-elected MPs in New Zealand, on Wednesday took oath in Sanskrit in the country’s Parliament.

Sharma, 33, hailing from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur, was recently elected as the Member of Parliament from the Labour Party for Hamilton West in New Zealand.

India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, Muktesh Pardeshi said on Twitter that Sharma took oath first in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori language, followed by India’s classical language – Sanskrit, showing deep respect for cultural traditions of both India and New Zealand.

Sharma, who did his MBBS from Auckland and MBA from Washington, is working as a General Practitioner (GP) in Nawton, Hamilton.




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