WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 18-4-2021 (Post No.9506)

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Post No. 9506

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PM appeals for symbolic ‘Kumbh Mela’ to strengthen fight against Covid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the ongoing Kumbh in Haridwar should now have symbolic participation due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Modi tweeted that he spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara over telephone and inquired about the health of saints, many of whom have contracted the infection, and also conveyed his appreciation for their cooperation with the local administration.

“I prayed that two ‘shahi snans’ have taken place and Kumbh (participation) should now be kept symbolic. This will boost the fight against this crisis,” the prime minister tweeted in Hindi.

Niranjani Akhada says close Kumbha Mela, apex body yet to decide

Lakhs of devotees gathered in Haridwar to take part in Kumbh Mela‘s Shahi Snan ritual amid the resurgence of coronavirus disease  in the country. The royal holy baths called SAHI SNAAN took place on Monday and Wednesday.

Nepal’s last King Gyanendra Veer Vikram Singh arrived in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar to participate in the ongoing Kumbh festivities in the holy city.

During his visit last Sunday , King Gyanendra met Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Kailashanand Giri Maharaj of Niranjani Akhara at Dakshin Kali Temple and took his blessings.

He offered prayers in the Kali temple and also took blessings after visiting the seers.

Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhada, one of the 13 prime Akhadas, on Thursday announced the conclusion of the mega event Kumbh Mela on April 17. 

However, the final decision will be taken by the apex body of the 13 akhadas — Akhada Parishad. 

Ravindra Puri Maharaj, secretary of the Niranjani Akhada said, “Given the Covid pandemic situation in Haridwar and many seers testing positive, we have decided to end of the Kumbh Mela. With the Shahi Snan of April 27, a few seers will complete the ritual. 

“However, the final decision to end the Mahakumbh is to be taken by Akhada Parishad and we have requested the same.”

The Kumbh Mela mega event has already been curbed to one month from four months.

As many as 2,269 cases were detected in the mela area in five days from April 10 to 15. 

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TTD to give proof on birthplace of Anjaneya on April 21

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which had earlier announced to present epigraphical and scientific evidence to prove that Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, is the birthplace of Lord Anjaneya on Telugu New Year Ugadi, has deferred the same to April 21, the auspicious day of Sri Ramanavami.

“The TTD is all set to declare Anjanadri hills of Tirumala as the birth place of Anjaneya Swamy by presenting mythological, epigraphically, and astrological evidences on the auspicious day of Sri Ramanavami on April 21,’’ the TTD said in a statement on Monday.

 In December 2020, the TTD constituted an expert committee to study in detail about the birthplace of Lord Anjaneya.

In the meantime

TTD’s claim on Hanuman’s birthplace at Tirumala Hills creates stir in Karnataka.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams claim that Tirumala Hills is the abode of Lord Hanuman and they would release an ‘evidence’ based book has created a stir in religious and archaeological circles as Hampi near Ballari is considered ‘Kishkindha Kshetra’ or monkey kingdom for ages. 

Devotees in both Andhra and Karnataka states are following the news with great interest.

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Over 2,000 years on, Sanskrit remains popular in China says Chinese Professor in Beijing

Sanskrit studies are flourishing in China, over 2,000 years after the ancient Indian language was brought to this country along with Buddhism, making a profound impact on Chinese monarchs and scholars over the centuries, according to a distinguished professor in Beijing.

Wang Bangwei, a well-known Chinese scholar in Sanskrit and Director of Sino-Indian Buddhist Studies, Institute of Oriental and Indian Studies at the Peking University, said Sanskrit which is the root of Indian culture continues to remain popular in China, contrary to its modest progress in modern India.

Wang said the Peking University is one of the oldest in China and this year marks the completion of 100 years of teaching Sanskrit at the leading varsity.

Wang credited 4th Century AD Indian scholar Kumarajiva for spreading Sanskrit in China.

Kumarajiva was instrumental in translating Buddhist sutras into Chinese language during his stay in China over 2,000 years ago, earning the royal title of “National Teacher of China”.

He was the first among numerous scholars who laid a firm foundation for civilisational links between the two countries.

Kumarajiva, hailing from a Kashmiri Brahmin family from the then Kucha Kingdom, spent about 23 years in China in the 4th century AD both as a prisoner and as a most revered scholar.

Sanskrit, its associated culture and its development was kept alive by numerous Chinese scholars, like Fahian and Yuan Chuang and others, who visited India, Wang said, while launching the Sanskrit learning application ‘Little Guru’ of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, (ICCR) at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, on Friday, along with Indian Ambassador, Vikram Misri.

Sanskrit teaching programme started at the Peking University a century ago but Sanskrit research and teaching in China has a history of over 2,000 years, Wang said.

When Buddhism came to China from India, Chinese Buddhist monks started translating Indian texts into Chinese.

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Panchagam predicts end of pandemic, good days for Andhra Pradesh

The Telugu New Year Panchangam (almanac) predicts an end to the Coronavirus pandemic and good days for Andhra Pradesh this year.

During Panchanga Sravanam (almanac reading) programme conducted on Ugadi festival to mark the beginning to Plava nama samvatsara at the Chief Minister’s camp office at Tadepalli on Tuesday, priest predicted that Andhra Pradesh would emerge prosperous with abundant rainfall and a surge in business due to the containment of Covid-19 this year.

Government siddanthi Kappaganthula Subbaraju Somayajulu recited the new panchangam in the presence of Andhra  Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, ministers and eminent persons on 13th April, Ugadi Day..

Observing that the meaning of Plava is a ship, the Chief Minister wished for abundant rainfall, good luck to farmers, and every sister would be happy.

Extending his Ugadi greetings to people, the Chief Minister wished prosperity for every house in the state and that everyone would win the war against Covid.

The siddanthi said the state economy would improve this year due to the planetary movements of Guru and Shukra grahas. He also observed that the Chief Minister’s personal horoscope also augurs well for the state. He said Guru’s stay in the Kumbha rashi for nine months, which would usher in copious rains, increase milk production, education, agriculture and finance sectors, which would give best results with all-round development.

After the programme, the siddanthi blessed the Chief Minister and presented Ugadi Pachadi.

 Priests of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD) blessed the Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy with vedic hymns and presented him the TTD Panchangam and Prasadam.

The Chief Minister felicitated the siddanthi, and other priests

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12-day Madurai Chithirai festival begins amid strict Covid protocol

The 12-day Chithirai festival at Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple IN MADURAI commenced with flag hoisting on Thursday. 

While devotees are not allowed to participate in the festive rituals, they will be able to take darshan inside the temple at scheduled timing slots in the mornings and evenings, through East and South Towers only.

In a statement, the temple administration said that devotees who wish to have free darshan would be allowed entry into the temple on all the 12 days through East Tower while those opting for paid darshan are to enter through the South Tower only. The Chithirai festival began on Thursday with the flag hoisting and ends on April 25.

The Pattabishekam (coronation) ceremony is scheduled on April 22, Dig Vijayam on April 23, Thirukalyanam (celestial wedding) on April 24 and the car festival is to be held on April 25.

celestial wedding CALLED Thirukalyanam will be streamed live online. 

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AP plans closure of all temples to curb spread of Covid-19

The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to close all major, medium and small temples for some time to check the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

There are nearly 1,074 major temples in the state including the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams located in Tirupati, as also about 2,000 medium temples and hundreds of small temples. In the second wave of Covid-19, the number of devotees visiting the temples has drastically come down. This has resulted in a fall in the hundi collections, which would seriously affect the payment of monthly salaries to the temple staff.

The state government plans to close all archaeologically significant museums, forts and monuments shortly. The Centre has given such a direction to the state. There are 13 museums, 10 forts and nearly 264 monuments in the state. “The state archaeological department has written to the government on their plan for a closure. Consent from the state government is awaited,” officials said.

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Congress MLA performs puja at Vaidyanath Dham, BJP MP Dubey demands his arrest

Jharkhand’s Congress MLA Irfan Ansari on Wednesday performed puja at the famous Vaidyanath Dham temple at Deoghar, considered to be the most sacred abode of Lord Shiva, creating a controversy.

Claiming that entry of non-Hindus is not allowed in the temple, BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded immediate arrest of Ansari.

The MLA of Jamtara, along with his companions, entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and performed the puja. Photographs of the act were also taken.

Ansari claimed that he has been coming to the Baidyanath Dham temple since his childhood to take the blessings of Lord Shiva.

“Whenever elections come, I have been blessed by Baba Bhole (Lord Shiva) and I have won. Who is Nishikant Dubey to take me away from Baba?” Ansari said.

Dubey, the MP of Godda, demanded that the states JMM-led government order arrest of Ansari and take action against the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police of Deoghar for allowing this to happen.

“No non-Hindu has entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Baba temple till date. Just as the entry of non-Muslims is forbidden in the Kaaba in Mecca, the entry of non-Hindus into the Baba temple is also forbidden,” he told a press conference.

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