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Prime Minister Modi urges youth to read Bhagwad Gita, says it is ‘practical guide for life’

Prime Minister Modi also spoke about how philosophers and saints like Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, and Swami Vivekananda perceived the Gita dynamically.

  • The Kindle version was launched to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the youth of the country to read the Bhagwad Gita as he launched an e-book version of Swami Chidbhavananda’s commentaries on the ancient Hindu scripture, which is a part of the epic Mahabharata.

 “In the middle of the fast-paced life, the Gita will provide an oasis. It is a practical guide for several dimensions of life,” PM Modi said as he extending his congratulations on the launch.

The Prime Minister also said the Gita inspires us to question and makes us think. “It encourages debate and keeps our minds open. Anybody who is inspired by Gita will always be compassionate by nature and democratic in temperament,” he added.

Swami Chidbhavanandaji, the founder of Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam Ashram, in Tamil Nadu has written 186 books in all genres of literary composition. However, his scholarly work on the Gita is one of the most celebrated ones.

The Tamil version of the Gita with his commentaries was published in 1951, followed by the English in 1965. Its translations into Telugu, Oriya, German and Japanese were undertaken by devotees.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released 11 volumes of manuscripts with commentaries by 21 scholars on Srimad Bhagavad Gita shlokas, highlighting how the depth of the holy text was brought out through the different interpretations by the scholars. 

“Today we are releasing 11 volumes bringing together 20 interpretations of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I respectfully salute all the scholars who have tried for this pious work, every person associated with it, and every effort of theirs,” said PM Modi. 

“These different interpretations on every verse of a single scripture, the expression of so many mystics, is a symbol of the depth of the Gita to which thousands of scholars have given their entire lives. It is also a symbol of the ideological freedom of India, which motivates every person to express his views. The Gita is for the whole world. It has been translated into many languages of the world, research on it is being done in many countries, he added.


Devotees  throng Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple in lakhs on Maha Shivaratri

Over 5 lakh devotees, including thousands from India, thronged the iconic Pashupatinath Temple in KATHMANDU , capital city of  Nepal on Thursday on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

Pilgrims were spaced evenly in the queues, donning of masks and sanitising of hands were made compulsory.

“Arrangements were done in such a manner that the visitors could view the presiding deity within half an hour,” the official said.

Strict security measures were also in place to control the large number of devotees.

Authorities said the temple gates were opened at 4 am and that about 5 lakh footfalls were recorded till about evening.

The number is set to rise as the temple will receive devotees till late night. The visiting devotees were mostly Hindus from Nepal and India.

Groups of Sadhus who arrived from India on the occasion have been provided with ‘prasadam’ and accommodation, the official said.

Pashupatinath Temple is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River and sees thousands of worshippers from Nepal and India daily.


Haridwar Mahakumbh 2021: First holy bath on March 11

The first Shahi Snan or holy bath Of Mahakumbh 2021 at Haridwar was held on March 11, Thursday, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

It was one of the massive congregations of devotees during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The mela, which will be a one-month affair this time owing to Covid-19, spans over Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal and Dehradun.

The second Shahi Snan is on April 12, the third on April 14 and the fourth on April 27.


Sabarimala issue a closed chapter, says Kerala Devaswom Minister ahead of elections

Kerala State Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday said the incidents at the Sabarimala shrine in 2018 were saddening to all but a closed chapter now. “The issue at Sabarimala in 2018 is a closed chapter for Kerala. That was painful and saddening to all of us. It should not have happened,” he said referring to the controversial entry of women and the slew of protests at the shrine at that time.

The minister’s comments ahead of the assembly elections are viewed as an attempt by the LDF to prevent a repeat of the backlash it faced in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The minister said further actions by his government on the issue will be in consultation with believers.

“The government has clearly stated its stand. The case is under consideration of a larger bench of the Supreme Court. I repeat, whatever be the verdict, the government will take a decision on it after consultations with devotees, political parties and the general public,” he told media persons.


Three Hindu Mahasabha workers arrested for offering prayers to Shiva in Taj Mahal complex

 Three members of the Hindu Mahasabha were arrested on Thursday for offering prayers to Lord Shiva inside the Taj Mahal compound, police said.

A case was registered against the trio, including a woman, after they were apprehended by Central Industrial Security Force personnel deployed at the monument and handed over to the police, Inspector Umesh Chandra Tripathi of Tajganj police station said.

Police said Meena Diwakar, the provincial president of the Hindu Mahasabha, started praying along with the other two on a bench near the central tank in the complex.

The Mughal-era monument is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India


Thrissur Pooram gets political colour

With the Kerala assembly elections around the corner, organisers of the state’s most famous festival, Thrissur Pooram, have started mounting pressure on the government to take a final decision on allowing the full rituals and ceremonies this time. And the opposition Congress and BJP have extended their support to the demand.

Unlike last year when the festival was limited to temple rituals in view of the Covid restrictions, the organisers know that the LDF government cannot ignore their demand, especially in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha poll setback the front had suffered in 2019 because of the public anger over its Sabarimala gamble.

 In a meeting with District Collector S Shanavas on Tuesday, representatives of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu devaswoms sought a final decision on the matter so that arrangements can be made accordingly.

Both devaswoms have taken a stand to not compromise on the rituals and elephant parade of the pooram this time. At the meeting, the collector did not commit himself on this and left the decision to the state government


Arvind Kejriwal announces free visit for elderly to Ram temple once completed

DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced facilitating free pilgrimage for Delhi’s senior citizens to the Ram temple in Ayodhya and asserted that his government follows 10 principles inspired by the concept of ‘Ram Rajya’ to the serve the people.

The 10 principles listed by him are providing food, education, medical care, electricity, water, employment, housing, security for women and honouring the elderly.

“I am a devotee of Lord Ram and Hanuman. We have been following 10 principles inspired by the concept of ‘Ram Rajya’ to serve the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said during a discussion on the address to the Delhi Assembly by the Lieutenant Governor earlier this week.

“We have taken many steps to honour our elderly, the most important being sending them on free pilgrimages. I want to tell all senior citizens in Delhi that I will send you to Ram temple in Ayodhya once the construction work is completed.”

The construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is expected to be completed in 36-40 months.


Only 24,000 people got opportunity to perform ‘bali tharpanam’ at Aluva in Kerala

The Aluva Siva temple has made elaborate arrangements to during Sivaratri festival adhering to the Covid protocol. However, only 24,000 people were allowed to perform bali tharpanam (offering to propitiate their ancestors). The bali  started at 4am on March 12 and finished at noon.

The banks of Periyar at Aluva has been divided into five sectors and only 200 people were allowed to offer bali in each sector at one time. There were 10 balithara or platforms to perform bali in each sector




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