14-2-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH (9264-A)

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14-2-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH

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Over Rs 1500 crore received in donations for Ram Mandir’s construction in Ayodhya

Till now, Rs 1,511 CRORE has been deposited in the account of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for the construction of Ram Mandir

More than Rs 1,500 crore have been donated so far by the public across the country for the construction of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya. The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra also announced that the ongoing donation drive, which began on January 15, will conclude on February 27.

While speaking to media, Trust treasurer Swami Govind Dev Giri said, “For the construction of the grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the whole nation is donating funds. We aim to reach 4 lakh villages and 11 crore families across the country during our donation drive.”

Congress MLA Aditi Singh of Rae Bareily in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday donated Rs 51 lakh for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Notably, she presented the cheque to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which has launched its fundraising campaign for the construction of the Ram mandir in the temple town.

Singh, a Congress lawmaker from Rae Bareli, herself visited a VHP office and gave the cheque. She said “I am making this contribution to VHP on behalf of my team and supporters. Everyone has contributed for this,”

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Hustle bustle returns to Tirumala temple, Hundi revenue crossing pre-Covid levels

Number of devotees permitted for daily darshan crosses 50,000 In January, the average Hundi revenue was Rs. 3.15 crore per day at Balaji Temple in Tirumalai

Nearly eight months since the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala re-opened its doors for devotees — after being closed for two-and-a-half months due to Covid-19 — the hill town is once again witnessing serpentine queues. This is also signifying a sharp rise in income from ‘Srivari Money Box

When the hill shrine was reopened for pilgrims on June 11 last, TTD had allowed 6,000 people for darshan. However, the temple gradually increased the darshan quota which now stood at 50,000 a day.

The hundi collection is registering a steady increase. Devotees are generously offering Kanukas (cash) in the ‘Srivari Hundi’.

The hundi income was relatively high in the last one month as compared to the collections in the corresponding period last year. According to official statistics, the daily hundi collections used to average Rs 2.96 crore in the pre-Covid-19 period – as in January, last year. However, in January this year, the average revenue received via hundi was of Rs. 3.15 crore a day.

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Karnataka govt allows temples to hold regular car festivals

Karnataka govt allows temples to hold regular car festivals. However, the government directed the temples to hold ‘remedial rituals’ as per the sacred scriptures for missing out the car festivals IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.


Almost a year after banning special puja, cars festivals and mass gatherings of devotees at temples across the state due to Covid-19 pandemic, the state government on Tuesday ordered holding of religious fairs, festivals, car festivals and special pujas as usual.

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Thai Amaavaasyai

Hindus across India took holy dip on 11th February , the New Moon Day. This is known as Thai Amaavaasai in Tamil Nadu and Magha, or Darsha or Mauni Amavasya in the North. On this day Hindus, irrespective of their castes went to holy water sources and paid oblations to the departed souls. Millions of Hindus visited holy waters from Ganga river in the Himalayas to Ocean in Kanyakumari and did worship their forefathers. Places like Prayag in Uttar Pradesh, Rameswaram and Kanyakumari in the South saw thousands of Hindu devotees from the early morning. Orthodox Hindus pay oblations on every new moon day, i.e the Amaavasyaa day, but others pay such tributes twice a yer on Aadi Amaavaasyai and Thai Amaavaasyai. It is called Pitru Tarpaan.

In addition to the Pitru Tarpanam, most of the temples had special pujas and decorations in the temples.

Madurai Meenakshi Temple crowned goddess Meenakshi with Diamond Crown. Sea side in Rameswaram and banks of River Kaveri was visited by thousands of Hindus.

Priyanka Gandhi takes holy dip in Sangam

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday took a holy dip in the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad on Mauni Amavasya and performed puja.

Priyanka also paid obeisance at the famous Mankameshwar Temple in the town. It is believed that the wishes of a person are fulfilled by paying obeisance at the temple. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also visited the temple back in 2001.

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AN INTERESTING NEWS ITEM FROM TAMIL NADU

Petrol for 20 Thirukkural couplets: Karur petrol pump’s unique offer

It is unclear if governments or international markets can bring down the cost of petrol, which has been skyrocketing for the past several weeks. But, if you are a resident of Karur, knowing the Thirukkural by-heart may save you some money.

A petrol pump owner here has put up an interesting offer for his customers — if their children can recite 20 couplets, 1 litre petrol will be given free; 10 couplets and get half a litre free.

The idea, a brainchild of K Sengukuttuvan, MD of Valluvar Education Institutions and Valluvar Group of Companies in Karur, intends to motivate children to learn and understand the importance of Thirukkural. It has found a solid response among parents as they have been enthusiastically motivating their children to learn the couplets.

Now get free fuel for Thirukkural recitation

The fuel is being given at the Valluvar Agencies’ fuel station at Malaikovilur near Aravakurichi. Speaking to Express, Sengukuttuvan explains why he started this offer. “Thirukkural is a treasure-chest filled with knowledge. We kick-started the initiative about a month ago, on Thiruvalluvar Day (January 15), as in the recent times, there has been a drastic decrease of interest among children to read and learn the couplets. This needs to change.

“Till now, around 50 children have recited and received free fuel for their parents’ vehicles. The scheme is on till April 30,” says Sengukuttuvan.

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Temple tourism mooted in Krishna district

To revive the tourism sector, the Andhra Pradesh State government has been exploring all possibilities to promote temple tourism in Krishna district. An action plan in this regard is being drafted by officials of endowments and tourism departments and the same will be sent to the government for its approval. 

Official sources said that Kanaka Durga temple and Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma temple, Penuganchiprolu are the two major temples in the district. On an average, around 40,000 devotees visit Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri, while 15,000 devotees visit Penuganchiprolu daily. 

Devotees, who throng Indrakeeladri, also visit the Bhavani Island situated on River Krishna. Keeping this in view, the endowments department has drafted a master plan to attract the devotees to other temples in the district. A team of officials conducted a detailed study to explore the potential of temple tourism in the district. 

The officials have identified that apart from Kanaka Durga temple and Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma temple, footfall of the devotees is also high at Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy temple in Mopidevi, Sri Venugopala Swamy temple in Nemali, Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Tirumalagiri, Sri Yogananda Lakshmi  Narasimha Swamy temple in Vedadri and Sri Valli Devasena Sametha Subramanyeswara Swamy temple in Singarayipalem. Besides, the devotees also throng temples at Mangalagiri, Pedda Kakani, Amaravati, Tenali and Vykuntapuram. 

The officials have readied an action plan combining both temples and tourist spots under the temple tourism concept.

Recently, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the endowments and tourism departments to revive the temple tourism concept. 

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Ram temple volunteer’s murder, Delhi suburb shocked

Two days after the brutal murder of Bajrang Dal activist Rinku Sharma in Delhi, the Delhi Police on Saturday decided to transfer the Mangolpuri murder case to the crime branch. Till now, Mangolpuri police officials were investigating the Rinku Sharma murder case.

It is pertinent to note that soon after the murder, the Delhi Police had said that there was no ‘communal angle‘ to the murder even though the family had said that Rinku Sharma was murdered by Islamists because he chanted Jai Shree Ram and was collecting funds for Ram Mandir. The Rinku Sharma murder case has been transferred to the Crime Branch after questions were raised regarding the investigation by the Delhi Police and their initial assessment of the case.

Family of Rinku Sharma, 25, says his alleged killers are troublemakers who have ‘problems with everyone’. VHP alleges a communal motive to the murder, but Delhi Police says no communal motive.

Described by family members and neighbours as a devout Hindu who greeted everyone with “Jai Shri Ram”, Sharma was an active participant in the fund-collection drive for the Ram temple being built in Ayodhya.

The five men arrested for allegedly murdering him live in the same area, at a stone’s throw from Sharma’s house. They have been identified as Zahid (26), Mehtaab (20), Nashruddin (36), Islam (45) and Tazuddin (36), who belong to the same family.

The fact that all five are Muslim has led the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), which has been conducting the fund collection drive, and its youth wing Bajrang Dal, to start a campaign projecting Sharma as a victim of communal motives, and Mangolpuri as a hub of “Islamic jihadists”.

But Delhi Police have disputed the claim, saying the motive of the crime was a business rivalry as the accused and the victim both owned eateries in the same area.

Sharma’s mother Radha Devi denied her son had any food business, but dismissed the communal angle too.

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