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Gangotri temple opens

The portals of the Gangotri temple in the Himalayas opened here YESTERDAY with a simple ceremony

being held amid COVID-19 restrictions..

Temple priests and a few members of the administration were among the select few who attended the opening ceremony.

The temple gates were opened at 7:31 am on the occasion of ‘Akshay Tritiya’ amid the chanting of

Vedic hymns and special prayers, Gangotri temple priest Ravindra Semwal said

Soon after the opening of the temple, the first puja was performed on behalf of Prime Minister

 Narendra Modi, he added.

While the Yamunotri temple opened on May 14, Kedarnath will open on May 17 and Badrinath on May 18.


Om Namah Shivaya’: Israelis show solidarity with India amid raging Covid wave

As India continues to battle the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, many countries have come forward to show solidarity and offer help. Amid the aid and wishes pouring in from around the world, a video of people in Israel chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ for the well-being of the country has gone viral on social media.

The video was shared by Pawan K Pal, an Indian diplomat in Israel, on his Instagram page, along with

a caption that read, “When whole Israel unites to give you a ray of hope.” In the clip, which has now garnered over one lakh views, hundreds of people are seen sitting at Habima Square in Tel Aviv and chanting the mantra.

Once shared online, it did not take long for the clip to go viral and be flooded with people commenting on the post. “Thank you, Israel 🇮🇱💗 This is a beautiful gesture 🥺. Good to see Israel is covid free,” read one

of the many comments on the viral clip.


RSS launches campaign to counter Covid ‘Dooms Dayers’

People, Government Became Negligent After First Covid Wave”: RSS Chief

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said today that amid these testing times of the Covid pandemic, society must remain hopeful.

Taking part in a webinar — “Positivity Unlimited” — organised in the context of the pandemic, Bhagwat said,

“The pandemic is testing our patience and character. We will come out triumphant.” He said India had

come out of many difficult situations in the past. “We should forget our differences. It is not the time for fault-finding,” said the Sangh chief. Pitching for helping the needy, he said, “We have to ensure poor people get food.”

Bhagwat called for caution and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour. He said the present situation arose as “we took things lightly after the first wave”. “Experts had cautioned about the second wave, but we became lax,”

he said.

On experts predicting a third wave, he urged people to be prepared for a good fight. “We have to win,” he said. 

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has launched a massive nationwide campaign to provide relief to victims as well as counter an atmosphere of “negativity”.

The RSS’ Sar Karyavah (general secretary) Dattatreya Hosabale had recently cautioned that anti-Indian elements could take advantage of the prevailing situation in wake of the second Covid-19 wave that has brutally impacted the country. 

Thus the RSS has decided to consciously promote and propagate positive developments and success stories around Covid-19.

This talk series is the first of its kind. Before the finale it would be preceded by a series of addresses by a number of spiritual gurus and well-known personalities such as Jaggi Vasudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The talk is being organised under the banner of a newly formed forum called Covid Response Team (CRT), which is headed by Retired Lt Gen. Gurmeet Singh.



Indian-American diaspora hold rallies against post-poll violence in West Bengal

Protestors carried placards reading “Hindu Lives Matter”, “Protest Against Hindu Genocide” to draw attention to the killings that followed soon after the poll results.

Non-resident Indians, including the Bengali diaspora, have staged protests in more than 30 American cities, condemning the post-poll result violence in West Bengal.

Several incidents of violence were reported in West Bengal after the announcement of assembly poll results

on May 2.

Protestors carried placards reading “Hindu Lives Matter”, “Protest Against Hindu Genocide” to draw attention to the killings that followed soon after the poll results.

Judhajit Senmazumdar, a technology entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who frequently travels to Bengal, said

“After the results were announced, my friends and I got frantic calls for help from people facing targeted

attacks; shops were being looted and bombs were being thrown inside houses,”

The anguish coalesced into a spontaneous protest in the major cities of the US, the UK and many other locations.

Widespread protests across US, Canada, UK, Nigeria, Thailand, etc demanding “Mamata StopViolence,” 

The protestors demanded “justice and a probe” into the widespread violence in West Bengal.

“My mind recoils at the manner in which Hindu women have been dragged by the hair, flung on the floor, battered and raped,” said Houston-based author Sahana Singh.

The TMC, however, has denied the charges.

Chief Minister Banerjee had earlier asked people to show restraint and not be involved in any form of violence.

Saffron flags and posters appeared in Basingstoke in the United Kingdom with ‘Demonstration against the

genocide of Hindus’ and ‘Hindu Lives Matter’.


Blow conch shells to keep Covid at bay say Yoga experts


Yoga experts are now advising people to blow conch shells in order to strengthen the respiratory system.

The age-old practice of blowing conch shells, known as ‘shankha’, after prayers, is said to help in fighting

Covid by enhancing the lung power.

Yoga expert, Ratan Sinha of Prayagraj, said, “Blowing a conch shell is a part of Hindu and Buddhist tradition. Our elders blew the ‘shankh’ regularly and their lungs were strong. They rarely suffered from respiratory problems.

On Sinha’s advice, people in three Lucknow neighbourhoods at Stanley Road, Darbhanga and Civil Lines area have started blowing conch shells on a regular basis.

 “At 6.a.m every day, we start blowing the ‘shankh’ in our houses and everyone joins in form the confines of their homes, said G.P. Singh, an octogenarian who lives on Stanley Road.

He insisted that the blowing of conch shells also dispels all the negative energy in the surroundings.

The members of the group admit that there is NO scientific evidence to prove that blowing conch shells helps prevent Covid-19 but they say it definitely helps one in lung exercise.


Leicestershire crematorium is first in Britain to have a dedicated shrine to Shiva

A Leicestershire crematorium is believed to be the first in the country to have a dedicated shrine to

Shiva as part of its commitment to serve the diverse local community.  Great Glen Crematorium is part of Westerleigh Group, the UK’s biggest independent owner and operator of crematoria and cemeteries,

with 35 sites nationwide. The white marble statue of Shiva was donated by local businessman Sailesh Raja.

“Most crematoriums have temporary shrines, but I believe this was the first to have a permanent one. Everyone who has heard about this is very appreciative; people have told me that because of this, their first approach for cremation will be Great Glen Crematorium, said Sailesh Raja.


Swami Omkarananda, Vedic scholar attains Siddhi

Vedic scholar Swami Omkarananda , an authority on Thirukkural and many other Tamil scriptures and

founder of Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam at Theni, passed away on Monday at a private hospital at Madurai.  He was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection. Swami Omkarananda has also been

the pontiff of Sri Bhuvaneswari Avadhuta Vidyapitham at Pudukottai. 

Swami’s mortal remains were laid to rest in front of his Ashramam at Theni according to Sastras on Monday

night itself.

According to the Ashramam sources, Swami Omkarananda, when he was alive, chose the place for his

Samadhi and gave directions to his disciples on how he should be laid to rest. Special poojas and other

rituals will be arranged in the coming 10 days, they said.  

Born as Manoharan alias Goshteswara Sharma to Vaidyanatha Ganapadi and Alamelu Ammal near Porur, Coimbatore in 1956, he was attracted to the works of Swami Vivekananda, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other scriptures at a very young age.

Born in a family steeped in tradition and culture, he adopted the Vedic lifestyle from an early age. An erudite scholar par excellence, he was well versed in both the Vedas. His eloquence and mastery, both in Tamil and

Sanskrit, have earned accolades and words of praise, from learned Pandits across the country.

In 1979, he left home and remained in meditation for 21 days in a hillock near Karamadai near Coimbatore.

During this period, he took a firm decision to become a monk. Swami had the Sanyasa Diksha (initiation into spiritual life) from Swami Chidbhavananda,  founder of the Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Thirupparaithurai who gave him the name Swami Omkarananda. 

Later, Swami Omkarananda studied Vedanta under Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda, one of the foremost

disciples of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. For over the past 30 years, he has been spreading the Vedantic

teachings, in spiritual camps held across the globe.

Swami has established Vedanta Sasthra Prachara Trust, through which he trains his students and devotees, on the spiritual ways of life. He expounded the essence of some of the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Thevaram, Thiruvachakam, Thirumandiram, Thayumanavar’s hymns, Bharatiyar’s songs and Thirukkural, in particular.

Devotees of Swamiji in London and abroad paid homage in a special programme held yesterday via zoom

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