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This is a weekly ‘HINDU NEWS ROUND UP’ from around the world.

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Karthikai Lamp Festival in South India

Karthika Pournami was celebrated with religious fervour in South India on Thursday and Friday, November 18,19th ( 2021). Devotees took a holy dip in River Krishna in Andhra Pradesh  and thronged temples of Lord Shiva in large numbers to offer special prayers.

In Vijayawada, the devotees thronged the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam atop Indrakeeladri and participated in Koti Deepotsavam organised by the temple authorities.

Peetadhipathi of Visakha Sarada Peetham Sri Sri Sri Swaroopananda Saraswati Swamiji participated in the rituals as chief guest. The Kanaka Durga temple authorities offered a traditional welcome to the Sarada Peetham pontiff amid recitation of vedic hymns.

Swaroopananda Saraswati Swamiji offered special prayers to the Goddess Kanka Duga.
Later, the high priest lit up a lamp marking the beginning of Koti Deepotsavam and spoke about the significance of the festival.


In Tamil Nadu, the most famous Deepa Festival was celebrated in Tiruvannamalai.

Huge Fire Lamp was lit atop the mountain behind the temple. It will burn for 11 days using thousands of kilos of ghee. It is also visible for 40 kilometres around Tiruvannamalai.

Sri Arunachaleswar temple at the place had 10 day long festival. Devotees started arriving at Tiruvvanamalai well before the festival season to book the lodges and hotels there.


Incessant rain unleashes flash floods in Temple Town Tirupati

Tirupati saw flash floods on Thursday due to heavy rain under the influence of a low-pressure area forming over the Bay of Bengal.

Images and videos of the flooded pilgrim city were viral on social media, showing even the small rivulets turning its course onto roads, drowning parked vehicles and buildings and troubling people and cattle as well.

The landslides along the mountain road obstructed the traffic to the temple. Balaji temple was also surrounded by flood waters. Darshan and entry to temple was suspended for some time.


Heavy rains: Pilgrimage at Sabarimala temple suspended for a day

Pathanamthitta district administration in Kerala has suspended pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple, which is situated in the district, for a day on Saturday, due to heavy rains and rising water levels in the Pamba river.

A red alert has been issued for Kakki-Anathode reservoir (gates open) and Pamba dam, said District Collector Dr Divya Iyer.

“The pilgrims who have booked via virtual queue will be given the opportunity for darshan in the nearest possible slot once the weather conditions turn conducive. We request the pilgrims to cooperate by not undertaking the journey during this time,” said the Pathanamthitta district collector Divya S Iyer..)


RSS alleges terror links in killing of its worker in Kerala, demands NIA probe

RSS said in a statement,

“The recent targeted killing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak  worker Sanjith is very unfortunate and highly deplorable. We strongly condemn this act of terror and firmly stand by the family of the deceased. It’s very pathetic that the democratically elected state government of Kerala has failed to prevent such targeted killings. Since it’s evident from the previous experiences that there’s a clandestine understanding between the ruling CPM and Islamist forces in the targeted killing of Swayamsevaks, we demand a fair investigation in this matter and the perpetrators of violence should be booked and punished at the earliest.

We demand Central Govt to intervene in the matter if justice is not delivered under the CPM Govt. We also demand a detailed NIA probe into the murder of Sanjith as the perpetrators have terrorist links. We urge both the state and central government to further investigate the terrorist connections and anti-national activities of PFI and ban this terrorist outfit which works with the sole aim to destroy the communal harmony and peace in society” That was the statement issued by the RSS.

RSS Sah Sarkaryavah, Dr. Manmohan Vaidya visited Sanjith’s house at Palakkad, Kerala.

Arshika, the wife of 27-year-old Sanjith who was killed, narrated the gruesome incident to the media. She said that she saw about five people who came to attack her husband when they were travelling by bike to her workplace at 9 am on Monday. She added she can recognise the killers.

The attackers  hit the bike with their car, and when Sanjith and Arshika fell down, they hacked Sanjith to death.

The role of the activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), is suspected in the incident, police said, adding that an investigation has been launched to trace the accused who fled the scene after the incident.

Kerala BJP Leader Surendran is meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah tomorrow regarding Sanjith Murder and the Kerala police leniency in this case.


Kerala High court seeks report over alleged use of halal jaggery powder at Sabarimala

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Sabarimala Special Commissioner to file a report on a petition alleging the use of spoiled Halal-certified jaggery powder for the preparation of Nivedyam and Prasadam at Sabarimala. The court also sought an explanation from the state government and the Travancore Devaswom Board on the matter.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Anil K Narndran and Justice PG Ajith Kumar issued the directive on a petition filed by SJR Kumar from Kochi. V Sajith Kumar, counsel for the petitioner, submitted that the use of Halal-certified jaggery prepared as per the religious practices of another religion in the temple and offering the same to the deity would amount to serious violation of religious customs and rituals followed at the temple from time immemorial.

G Biju, the counsel for the Travancore Devaswom Board, submitted that the allegation in the writ petition is totally wrong.

The TDB counsel said that in the jaggery supplied in 2019, some packets contained the Halal label. The manufacturer based in Mumbai is exporting jaggery to Arab countries, hence they need a Halal certificate. A few packets with the Halal label were included in the jaggery powder supplied in the temple. The court then asked the TDB to file a statement explaining all these points.

But   the petitioner argued that Aravana and Unniyappam are the main offerings to Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala. Naivedyam offered to the deity is distributed as Prasada to devotees. It is highly necessary that Naivedyam is prepared using ‘Satwik/pure’ materials in a clean and hygienic environment. Only if Naivedyam is offered as per the wishes of the deity, the Prasada would carry the blessings of the deity. The use of Halal-certified food materials, which are specifically prepared as per the religious beliefs of another community, is not a ‘Satwik/pure’ material to be offered to Lord Ayyappa. The actions on the part of the temple administration are highly illegal and violative of religious rights guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution of India.



Indira Sharma, a 9- year-old from Sevenoaks, Kent won the gold medal in the under 11 UK National Yoga championship held on 13th November in London.

 The competition was organised by Great Britain Yoga Sports Federation. By winning this championship Indira has qualified for the world yoga championship.

Earlier Indira with her brother Ishwar Sharma had created an e-petition to the UK Government to include yoga in the school curriculum which was signed by nearly 20000 people.

She has given performances in various national and international events with her father Dr N a n j u n d i a h Vishwanath and brother Ishwar Sharma.

Indira also won an international medal in family yoga last year and has featured in the international yoga calendar of children last 2 years.

This is a report from ASIAN VOICE, LONDON



The Prana Pratistha , that is the hallowed consecration,  rituals of the holy deities, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and the divine Sudarshana Chakra were performed over 3 days by the Shree Jagannatha Society UK and Shree Ram Mandir Southall at the temple premises in the presence of devotees from both Trusts.

The week-long festivities concluded on 6th November at a public function at the temple where the deities were formally unveiled at a function attended by eminent personalities and devotees from across the UK.

The Prana Pratistha rituals commenced on 1st November, and

on 6th November devotees from across the country thronged to the Mandir for the Vigraha Sthapana function to catch a long-awaited glimpse of Lord Jagannatha and the Murtis.

Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha State addressed the gathered devotees over video message and congratulated the Shree Jagannatha Society UK. A temple would be constructed by 2024  at the cost of 4 million pounds.


Muslim farmer donates land for Kali temple in West Bengal’s Nadia district

Six months after West Bengal witnessed high-octane Assembly polls highlighted by a communal divide, a Muslim farmer has donated a portion of his land to construct a Kali temple in Nadia district.

The village of Bhimpur has 450-odd families, of which 150 are Muslims. The village is located next to a fencing of the Indo-Bangla border. Hindu villagers use a vacant plot beside the border road for Kali Puja, but they need to seek permission from BSF every year.

This year, BSF was not initially ready to give permission which touched Hannan Mondal and he decided to solve the issue permanently. The small farmer donated a portion of his land to villagers to construct a permanent Kali temple. 

Hanna donated a piece of land measuring up to around 460 square feet to the committee. I decided to donate the plot so that a permanent temple can be constructed there, where Kali Puja will be organised every year,” said Hannan. 



Tension prevailed in the Bilhaur area of Kanpur district in Uttar  Pradesh after the idols of deities at a temple were found broken.

One Vinod Katiyar went to offer prayers at a temple on the Gujepur road on Monday and found the idols of Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga broken.He informed the locals and the police.

One more incident from West  Bengal……………………………….

A disturbing incident has been reported from Basirhat in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district right before the Hindus in the state gear up for the upcoming Rash Utsav. Several murtis of Hindu deities that were being sculpted for the Rash Utsav were found vandalized in Sarapool under the Swarupnagar police station area on Wednesday, November 17.

No one has been arrested in this case.

The Member of Parliament for the Bashirhat constituency is actress-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan.





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