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Here is the WEEKLY HINDU NEWS BULLETIN from ‘Aakaasa Dhwani’



PRIME MINISTER  Modi announces Chair at BHU in honour of Tamil poet Subramania Bharati

PRIME MINISTER  Modi made the announcement on the 100th death anniversary of Subramania Bharati, while inaugurating Ahmedabad-based Sardardham Bhavan via video conferencing. He also extended Ganesh Chaturthi greetings to the people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the setting up of chair in memory of Tamil poet Subramania Bharati at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for Tamil studies. The Chair will be established in the faculty of arts at the BHU.

PM Modi made the announcement on the 100th death anniversary of Subramania Bharati, while inaugurating Ahmedabad-based Sardardham Bhavan via video conferencing. The Tamil poet passed away on this date in 1921.

“Today, September 11, is another big occasion. Today is the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter ‘Subramanya Bharati’ ji. The vision of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” that Sardar Saheb used to carry, the same philosophy has been shining with full divinity in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati,” PM Modi said on the occasion.

“I am also making an important announcement on this occasion. It has been decided to establish a chair in the name of Subramanya Bharti ji at Banaras Hindu University. ‘Subramanya Bharati Chair’ on Tamil Studies will be established in Faculty of Arts of BHU,” the Prime Minister added.

Earlier in the day, paid tributes to Bharati, recalling his “rich scholarship, multi-faceted contributions to our nation, noble ideals on social justice and women empowerment”.


10-sq-km area around Krishna Janmabhoomi now a pilgrimage site

 Around 10 days after the announcement made by Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on the occasion of Janmashtami in Mathura, the state government has issued a notification declaring the 10 square kilometre range comprising 22 wards under the jurisdiction of the Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation a Pavitra Teertha Sthal (pious place of pilgrimage). The sale of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is now banned in the area.

The CHIEF MINISTER  went on to ask the Mathura district administration to work on banning meat and liquor in the vicinity of seven Hindu pilgrimage sites in the land of Lord Krishna. He also promised to relocate and rehabilitate those involved in the trade of liquor and meat businesses near these pilgrimage sites.


At 47%, Hinduism biggest gainer in religious conversion in Kerala

 While the BJP, in its election manifesto, has promised an Uttar Pradesh model law against forceful religious conversion and ‘love jihad’ in Kerala to woo Hindu and Christian voters, the data sourced by TNIE from the government gazettes paint an altogether different picture.

According to official figures for the year 2020, the biggest gainer – in terms of new converts – was Hinduism. People who embraced Hinduism constituted 47 per cent of religious conversions in Kerala during the one-year period under reference. 

Of the total 506 people who registered their change of religion with the government, 241 were those who converted from Christianity or Islam to Hinduism. A total of 144 persons adopted Islam whereas Christianity received 119 new believers in the year, shows the data.


President Kovind, PM Modi extended Ganesh Chaturthi greetings to people

Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day festival that starts on the fourth day of the Hindu month Bhadrapada,  started on September 10 this year.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended greetings to people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.


Vinayaka idols made by prisoners sold out

Idol making is one of the activities introduced along with weaving and yoga to keep the prisoners occupied and give them something to look forward to in life, said the Inspector General of Prisons in PUDUCHERRY

Vinayaka Chaturthi has come as a blessing for convicts in the Puducherry Central Jail at Kalapet who made 51 beautiful Vinayaka idols that sold out in minutes, as part of a major prison reform programme. The reforms started rolling since July to make Puducherry Central Jail a model prison in association with Sri Aurobindo Society, Inspector General of Prisons Ravideep Singh Chahar told The New Indian Express.


Gyanvapi mosque case: Allahabad HC stays Varanasi court’s order on archaeological survey

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday put a stay on an order passed by a lower court in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi city in April, allowing an archaeological survey of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Mosque complex, Bar and Bench reported.

Justice Prakash Padia said that the court in Varanasi should not have decided on the matter since certain petitions related to the case were pending before the High Court, Live Law reported.

The Allahabad high court on Thursday stayed proceedings in the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir-Gyanvapi Masjid case in a Varanasi court, effectively suspending a controversial archaeological survey of the premises to determine whether a Hindu temple was partially razed to build the 17th-century mosque.

The court also granted three weeks’ time to the Union and state governments to file their replies on the issue. The mosque abuts the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple and has been embroiled in a decades-old legal dispute.


Hindus & Muslims in India have common ancestors:

RSS chief Bhagwat said

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said Hindus and Muslims share the same ancestry and every Indian citizen is a “Hindu”.

Speaking at an event here organised by Pune-based Global Strategic Policy Foundation, he said “sane” Muslim leaders should stand firmly against fundamentalists and added the minority community does not have to fear anything in India as Hindus don”t hold enmity towards anyone.

Hindus and Muslims share the same ancestry, Bhagwat said.

“Hindu is not a word that denotes any race, religion or linguistic identity. Hindu is a name given to the rich heritage that strives for upliftment of every living and non-living entity. Hence, for us, every Indian is a Hindu,” he said.

Bhagwat emphasized Muslims don”t have to fear anyone in India as Hindus don”t hold enmity towards anyone and Indians have always been committed to the well-being of all.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd), Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, were among other prominent speakers at the event.

Khan said more diversity leads to a prosperous society and added “Indian culture considers everyone equal.”

The Kerala Governor quoted several ancient scriptures to highlight the all-encompassing nature of Hinduism.


Odisha Celebrates Nuakhai festival

The drought-like situation and the pandemic notwithstanding, Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha, was celebrated with religious fervour and tradition across Western Odisha on Saturday. 

As per tradition, the first harvested crop was offered to Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur at the stipulated ‘lagna’ (auspicious moment) between 10.15 am  and 10.25 am. 

The presiding deity SAMALESWARI was dressed in a new saree and decorated with ornaments as the priests of Samaleswari temple performed the rituals.

Thousands of devotees thronged the shrine to worship the goddess.

Nuakhai also marks the homecoming of family members and relatives working outside.

The festival is also known for lip-smacking delicacies like ‘Muga Bara’, ‘Ras Bara’, ‘Muga Mada’, ‘Suji Mada’, ‘Chaula Mada’, ‘Kakara Pitha’ and ‘Kheeri’ all of which are relished during family feasting.

The ‘Nuakhai Juhar’ ritual involves seeking the blessings of elders for long life, happiness and prosperity. 


Hindus shocked at 5th vandalizing of Swindon temple in Britain

Hindus globally are highly concerned regarding reports of the fifth vandalizing of Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre in South West England since May; this temple meets the spiritual needs of about 20,000 Hindus of the area.

Reports suggest that the break-in resulted in desecrating of deities, vandalizing of sacred altar and rooms, stealing of cash worth thousands of pounds and artefacts, damaging of doors, etc.; sending the area’s Hindu community into a state of anguish and fear.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was appalling for the worldwide Hindus to hear about such incidents happening to a Hindu house of worship

Zed urged United Kingdom authorities to take this issue seriously and take action to put an end to such crimes .






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