WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 3RD OCTOBER 2021 (Post No.10,168)

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Post No. 10,168

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SC seeks reply of Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam on plea alleging observance of ‘irregular’ rituals

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the ‘Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam’ to respond to a plea of a devotee of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy alleging ‘wrongful and irregular procedure’ in performing ‘puja’ there.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana was hearing an appeal of a devotee against the order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court refusing to entertain the PIL by observing that the “procedure of conducting rituals is the exclusive domain of the Devasthanam and cannot be a matter of adjudication unless it impacts secular or civil rights of others”.

The top court initially expressed reluctance in entertaining the plea by observing, “Can we interfere into it (rituals) as to when and how ‘puja’ has to be conducted…this is the Constitutional court and not a ‘kuchehri’ (lower court) where you can say anything.”

The bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, later sought a response from the counsel of the temple management about the decision on the representation of rituals made by the petitioner and  devotee Srivari Daadaa.

During the brief hearing, the CJI also conversed in Telugu with petitioner Srivari Daadaa and asked him to be patient as being the devotee of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and not threaten the apex court’s registry officials for urgent listing of his plea.

Justice Ramana said he along with his brother and sister Judges are all devotees of Lord Balaji and wanted the rituals as per traditions. “We are all devotees of Balaji and expect that all rituals will be conducted according to the traditions,” the CJI said.

The PIL had prayed for the issuance of direction to ‘Devasthanam’ to rectify the method of holding the rituals.

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Karnataka ‘seriously’ considering law to prevent religious conversion

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, on Tuesday, said that the state government is mulling bringing in an anti-conversion law to prevent religious conversions either by force or through inducement in the state.

“Such things (conversions) are happening here and there. Couple of days ago I gave appropriate directions to district administrations not to allow any religious conversion through inducement or by force, as it is illegal,” Bommai said.

The Chief Minister was responding to a question on alleged incidents of religious conversions in Kalaburagi and Byadarahalli here.

“As several such incidents are happening, we are seriously considering a law against religious conversion through inducement or by force,” he told reporters.

Last week, state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had told the legislative Assembly that the government was considering enacting a law against religious conversion

Several BJP-ruled states like including Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh already have laws to regulate forcible religious conversion.

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Kerala Muslim woman presents her Krishna painting before deity

Jasna Salim, a Muslim woman from Kozhikode, had gained attention through her Lord Krishna paintings a few years ago. On Sunday, the 28-year-old accomplished a long-cherished dream — to present a Lord Krishna painting before the deity. Though she has painted over 500 pictures of Little Krishna over the past six years, she had never received a chance to present her painting inside a temple, until now.

“It was a big dream of mine to see Lord Krishna’s idol and to present my painting before the deity. I’m delighted to have been able to fulfil that wish at the Ulanadu Sree Krishna Swamy temple in Pandalam. I have no words to express my happiness, and my gratitude to the temple authorities,” Jasna said. 

The fulfilment of her wish came about after a devotees’ group approached her seeking an artwork to be gifted to the Ulanadu Sree Krishna Swamy temple as her paintings of little Krishna sitting with a butter pot had gone viral on social media. 

Jasna, a mother of two, is not a trained artist. In fact, she struggled with even routine drawing during her schooldays. 

“It was very striking. I’m the youngest of three sisters in our family. Right from childhood, my parents and other family members called me ‘Kanna’ fondly. So when I saw the picture of Lord Krishna, it ignited an urge in me to paint one such picture,” said Jasna. She gifted her first painting to one of her Hindu friends.

“Later, the family told me that a lot of good changes had happened in their lives after they placed my painting inside their home. That inspired me, and thereafter many people approached me for the Lord Krishna paintings,” Jasna said. 

People from different walks of life have bought her paintings.

“I have been gifting my paintings of Lord Krishna to the Guruvayur temple for the past six years, during Vishu and Sree Krishna Jayanti celebrations. I can only paint one image to perfection — Little Krishna sitting with a butter pot. And everyone is demanding that image. I wish I could gift a Lord Krishna painting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi one day,” Jasna said.

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NEW HEAD FOR  A B A P

35 year old Mahant Balbir Giri is set to become one of the youngest heads of the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP).

Office-bearers of Shri Panchayati Akhara Niranjani have decided to anoint Mahant Balbir Giri as the next chief of Baghambari Math.

He will have to get approval for all the major decisions pertaining to Math by a five-member administrative body.

He would be formally anointed at a coronation ceremony on October 5.

Mahant Balbir Giri, 35, has been the most trusted disciple of Mahant Narendra Giri for the past 15 years. He hails from Uttarakhand and had left his family in 2005 to take sanyas. He was given diksha by Mahant Narendra Giri at Haridwar

Mahant Narendra Giri , Previous head of A B A P died in mysterious circumstances last week and a CBI enquiry is on.

Various senior seers of the 13 akharas under ABAP ambit, along with officials of the district administration, would be invited for the coronation ceremony on October 5.

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TDB to deposit 500kg gold in Reserve Bank, to get Rs 5 crore interest annually

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) will deposit about 500kg of gold in the Reserve Bank of India’s gold monetisation scheme. The board has just completed a massive exercise to catalogue the stock lying at various temples and strongrooms.

An approximate annual return of Rs 5 crore is expected from the deposit. The board will go ahead with the plan after obtaining sanction from the High Court. “The inventorying is over and a reverification is being done now. The preliminary assessment showed that about 500kg of gold can be spared for the monetisation scheme. It does not include ornaments or items of ritualistic significance,” TDB president N Vasu told The New Indian Express . 

The gold identified for the scheme are mostly valuables donated by devotees in the form of coins, ornaments and figurines.

The Covid pandemic caused severe stress to the board, with its revenue — mostly collection from the 1,200-odd temples under its fold — declining drastically. The board now depends on government grants to meet the salary, pension and establishment costs, which fall in `40-`45 lakh range a month.

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VHP presses for ‘national book’ status to Bhagavad Gita,

The national secretary of the Visva Hindu Parishad Radha Krishna Manodi on Thursday said that a delegation of 15 MPs will soon call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to submit a memorandum in support of according the status of national book to the Bhagavad Gita and making necessary changes in the school syllabus.

“Vishwa Gita Sansthan seeks to draw attention of the government on the usefulness of the Gita in providing intellectual prowess to society. We have sought time from the President and Prime Minister for wider discussions on our key points in gaining recognition for the Gita,” he said.

The VHP leader, who is also the founder of the World Gita Foundation, emphasized that the Gita should be made mandatory for teachers’ training to sensitise them about their duties to the students,”

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Papua New Guinea denies permission for Durga Puja

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner David Manning, who is also the nation’s designated Pandemic Controller, has denied permission to the nation’s Hindus from holding Durga Puja prayers.

The reason for withholding permission is as bigoted as it gets.

“Your request has been considered and we note that this is a form of idol worshipping which is morally inappropriate and against our Christian values. As such, APPROVAL IS NOT GRANTED to host this event,” the letter addressed to Mr. Puspendu Maity, President of Port Moresby Durga Puja Committee, says.

The letter signed by Manning was shared by Benn Packham, Foreign affairs and defence correspondent of The Australian. After receiving criticism, Manning has now back-tracked and issued an apology letter, saying the previous statement was “a grave and unfortunate error”.

Even though Manning clearly signed the original letter, he now claims he was not the author and he respects religious freedoms. “I humbly seek your forgiveness for this unfortunate matter,” he says.

Last month, Manning had banned all flights from Bharat, accusing the Bharatiya government of “deliberately” participating in “deception” that compromised the island nation’s safety and security. The Bharatiya embassy in Papua New Guinea (PNG) denied his claims .

PNG is an island nation adjacent to Indonesia and just to the north of Australia.

Similar anti-Hindu bigotry can be found in Fiji, another Christian-majority island nation in the Asia-Pacific region. A spate of temple vandalisms with racial slurs in 2017 had renewed fears among Fijian Hindus, who are all descendants of indentured laborers brought by British colonials.

Hindu population of Fiji has been steadily decreasing with some choosing to emigrate due to discrimination and insecurity.

This is a report from Hindu Post.

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