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Yogi Adityanath launches Global Encyclopedia of Ramayana

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday launched the Global Encyclopedia of the Ramayana and said that this epic and the Mahabharata give the best life lessons.

Stories in Hindu epics help us envision a better India, he said.

Asserting that historical facts cannot be denied, the chief minister said still there are some people who raise questions on the existence of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.

Launching the encyclopedia in an e-book format prepared by the Ayodhya Research Institute, the chief minister said the construction of the grand Ram temple at Ayodhya makes this launch of the Global Encyclopedia of Ramayana more special.

“This encyclopedia will motivate us to visit Ayodhya as it will introduce all to the untouched aspects of science and spirituality,” he said.

“There are Sapta Puri, seven holy cities, which are considered as the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites. Out of these, Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi are in Uttar Pradesh. It is a matter of pride for us that a workshop has been organised by the Department of Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs,” he said.


First extension of Ram Janmabhoomi premises; trust purchases 7,285 square foot land for Rs 1 crore

The land purchased by the trust is located next to the Asharfi Bhawan

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra has purchased a 7,285 square feet land adjacent to the Ram Janmabhoomi premises here, in accordance with its plan to expand the temple complex area to 107 acres from the present 70 acres, an official of the trust said.

With Rs 2,100 crore in its kitty, Ram temple trust now mulling to launch global donation drive

The Ayodhya Ram temple trust is contemplating a global drive to collect donations after the ‘Samarpan Nidhi Abhiyan’ run by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) volunteers concluded on February 27 with a collection of over Rs 2,100 crore.

According to Mahant Govind Dev Giri, the treasurer of the trust, a lot of requests were pouring in from Ram Bhakts living abroad to launch a global drive for collecting donations.

Giri said that a decision in this connection would be taken by the trust at a meeting of the trustees shortly. “Members will discuss modalities and protocol related to RBI, Finance Ministry, I-T regulations and clearances, to be followed for launching the ‘Samarpan Nidhi Abhiyan’ globally,” said one of the trustees.

It is to be recalled that the construction cost of the temple has been revised and pegged at Rs 1,500 after changes in its foundation designs. The Trust General Secretary Champat Rai said that more funds will be required for the expansion of the 70 acres temple complex.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Ansari, son of late Hashim Ansari, one of the oldest litigants of Ram Janamabhoomi- Babri mosque dispute, also donated for the temple construction through Gupt Daan (secret donation). Ayodhya-based Ansari donated an unknown sum on behalf of his late father, wife, son, daughter, and himself.

“The temple of Lord Ram will certainly consolidate unity and integrity. It will add a new chapter in the country’s cultural and secular fabric,” said Ansari refusing to divulge the amount he and his family donated.


Amazon Prime Video apologises unconditionally for ‘Tandav’

Streaming platform Amazon Prime Video on Tuesday apologised “unconditionally” for its show “Tandav” and said it has already removed scenes found objectionable by viewers.

The political saga, starring Saif Ali Khan and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, attracted huge controversy for a scene depicting a college theatrical programme, leading to allegations that the show hurt religious sentiments and multiple FIRs.

“Amazon Prime Video again deeply regrets that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable in the recently launched fictional series ‘Tandav’. This was never our intention, and the scenes that were objected to were removed or edited when they were brought to our attention,” Amazon Prime said in a statement.

The cast and the crew of the Ali Abbas Zafar-directed series apologised twice.

Eventually, the team decided to cut the objectionable portions.

Hindu organisations objected to the series Tandav and filed six cases against them in different states.


Muslim schoolgirl from Chhindwara learns Bhagavad Gita

Religion is no barrier in attainment of spiritual knowledge. Mushariff Khan from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district is a perfect example of this. The Class VIII student can recite shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita with much to the delight of her parents and teachers.

Mushariff started learning the holy Hindu scripture as part of memory retention training, and now she and her parents are proud that she has imbibed the best tenets of another religion.

The talented girl has learnt by heart 500 out of the total 701 shlokas in the Bhagavad Gita, using the memory retention technique taught by her Abacus and Vedic Mathematics teacher Rohini Menon.

“Mushariff is one of my best students. I gave her three options to showcase her memory retention technique: memorising the entire dictionary, the entire Constitution of India or the Bhagavad Gita. To the surprise of us all, she opted for learning the Bhagavad Gita. She started learning when she was in Class VI and has so far memorised 500 Sanskrit sholkas,” Menon told this newspaper.

Mushariff, whose father is a Mathematics teacher and mother a housewife, had joined the short course of Memory Retention under Menon two years back.

Proud of Mushariff’s achievement, her mother Zeenat Khan said, “Yes, we are Muslims. But we want to bring up our daughter in a manner that she grows up to be a noble human being ingrained with the best tenets of every religion.”



  • The Maha Mrityunjay Temple situated in Nagaon, Assam is the world’s largest Shivalinga with a height of 126-feet.
  • The Puja Pran Prathishta Mahotsav of Maha Mrityunjay Temple started on February 22 and  completed on February 25. The temple is opened for all the devotees from February 26.

The construction commenced in the year 2003 which was initiated by Acharya Bhrigu Giri Maharajas this was his place where he used to meditate. As per the mythological beliefs of the Maharaj, during the historic period, Shukracharya, the guru of the Daityas or Asuras performed religious rituals where the temple is situated.

On this auspicious and spiritual occasion, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister visited Assam  to participate in all the rituals

250 Tamil Priests from Tamil Nadu performed the rituals.


NIOS to introduce Gita, Ramayana in 100 madrassas under new curriculum

Under its new curriculum, The National Institute of Open Schooling  will be introducing epics such as Gita and Ramayana in around 100 madrassas across the country.

It includes 15 courses on the ‘Bharatiya Jnana Parampara’ or Indian Knowledge Tradition. The curriculum currently focuses on elementary classes 3, 5 and 8. The new courses under the program include  Vedas, yoga, science, vocational skills, Sanskrit language, Ramayana and Mahabharata narratives, Bhagavad Gita teachings, and among others.

 The study material for these courses was released by Union education minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal and while releasing he mentioned, “India is a powerhouse of the ancient language, science and culture. India has all the capabilities to become a knowledge superpower with a rich and ancient heritage”  

NIOS chairman said that NIOS New Curriculum would be introduced to 100 madrassas initially, and later, the programme will be extended to the 500 madrassas.



Over Rs 1,500 crore spent on cow protection in three years: Rajasthan minister

Rajasthan Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Friday said the state government has spent Rs 1,511.31 crore for the protection of cows in the past over three years.

The funds collected from stamp duty and VAT payable on liquor sale has been spent on the protection of cows, he said.

Replying to a supplementary question of BJP legislator Dharam Narayan Joshi during the question hour in the state Assembly, Dhariwal said as per the rules, funds are sanctioned whenever a demand is raised.


TTD not to take over temples hereafter due to fiscal burden

 The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), hereafter, will not take over temples. The TTD had taken over 32 temples from 1982.Speaking to the media on the sidelines of Dial Your EO Programme held in Tirumala on Friday, TTD Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy said a decision to this effect was taken in the Trust Board meeting after a lengthy discussion.

The TTD, however, will extend all possible cooperation and financial help to temples for development of infrastructure and pilgrim amenities though it will not take over them hereafter, the EO said. 

The temple should be an ancient one or it should be rich in sculpture or having other significance to extend financial aid by the TTD, the EO said. 


Will not participate in ‘shahi snan’ in Yamuna unless water is clean: Hindu seers

Underlining the Yamuna’s acute water pollution, three prominent Hindu seers of the country on Saturday vowed not to take another bath on other ‘shahi snan’ days during the ongoing Vrindavan Kumbh near here unless the river water is clean.

The declaration to boycott the ‘shahi snan’ in the river on three remaining auspicious days — March 9, 13 and 25 — and thereafter during subsequent Kumbh fairs was made by the chief of the Ayodhya-based Maha Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Dharm Das.

Mahant Dharam Das made the declaration in presence of the chiefs of two other Vaishnavi akharas, Maha Nirmohi and Maha Digambar akharas.

The Mathura district administration had promised to arrange for clean water in the river at its Devraha Ghat during the Vrindaban Kumbh by discharging additional water from the Ganga but nothing appears to have been done, he said.




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