WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 1-8 -2021 (Post No.9919)

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Anjanadri is birth place of Anjaneya, reiterate experts

The Anjanadri Hills located in the Seshachala ranges is the birthplace of Sri Anjaneya Swamy, say experts citing evidence from puranas, sastras and epigraphy. They were speaking at the two-day international webinar on ‘Anjanadri Tirumala-Anjaneya Birthplace’ organised jointly by Sri Venkateswara Institute of Higher Vedic Studies and National Sanskrit University, which concluded at Ramaranjan Mukherjee Hall in the varsity on Saturday. 

Acharya Chakravarti Ranganathan of National Sanskrit University emphasised that the Vaishnava literature of Alwar pasurams clearly indicated that the Anjanadri hillocks in Tirumala is the birthplace of Anjaneya Swami. He said even a stone inscription at Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple at Srirangam hailed Anjanadri as the birthplace of Hanuman.

Acharya Sri Rani Sadasiva Murthy of National Sanskrit University said Anjanadri was quoted extensively in Padma, Skanda and Brahmananda puranas. He also made a power-point presentation on the route taken by Sri Rama from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka.

Sri Archakam Ramakrishna Dikshitulu of Srivari temple spoke on the significance of Anjanadri in Sapthagiri and said that the Tiruppavada Seva performed at Srivari temple  every Thursday by rendering Srinivasa Gadyam and Alavatta ritual spoke about the significance of Anjanadri.

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National Gallery of Australia to return 14 works of art to India ..

The National Gallery of Australia has announced it would return 14 works of art from its Asian collection to India. Hailing the development, Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi thanked PM Narendra Modi for efforts to recover India’s lost heritage.

National Gallery of Australia on Wednesday announced it would return 14 works of art from its Asian art collection to the Indian government. These works of art include 13 objects connected to art dealer Subhash Kapoor through his ‘Art of the Past’ gallery and one, a bronze (child-saint Sambandar) from a Tamil Nadu temple, acquired from art dealer William Wolff, said an official release.


The works include six bronze or stone sculptures, a brass processional standard, a painted scroll and six photographs. Tamil Nadu would get back two 12th century Chola-era bronzes — the child-saint Sambandar, stolen from a temple in Sirkali in Tamil Nadu. The other works of art belong to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and UP.

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Yoga sessions for prison staff, inmates to de-stress

To improve the mental health of prison staff and prisoners and help them de-stress, the Department of Prison and Correctional Services has imparted yoga training to 600 staffers in the Bengaluru Central Prison. The two-week yoga sessions were held earlier this month.

“We will hold similar yoga sessions for the rest of our staff across Karnataka,” said Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services Alok Mohan. He added that after being trained, the staffers will conduct yoga sessions for the prison inmates.

“There are 15,000 prisoners lodged in prisons across Karnataka. We would like to hold yoga classes for them to help them de-stress and build a positive attitude towards life. Yoga is good for mental and physical health,” said Mohan.

The yoga sessions for the prison staff are being held by the Art of Living  and other voluntary organisations, he added.

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Telangana temple and Gujarat’s Dholavira in UNESCO World Heritage list

Dholavira, a Harappan-

pictures of Ramappa Temple and Dholavira

Dholavira ,city in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch, has been added to the list of World Heritage Sites by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This comes days after the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed the 13th-century Rudreswara/Ramappa Temple in Telangana as a heritage site.

The Harappan city of Dholavira is one of the very few well preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE. It is the sixth-largest of more than 1,000 Harappan sites discovered so far.

Rudreswara Temple

Rudreswara Temple, known as Ramappa temple, located at Palampet, Mulugu district, near Warangal in the state of Telangana has made it to the list. The iconic Ramappa Temple showcases the outstanding craftsmanship of great Kakatiya dynasty.

The 13th century temple was named after its architect, Ramappa. The temple complex was built by Racherla Rudra Reddy during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.

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Covid-19 hits demand for Sabarimala priest post


Sabarimala Ayyappa temple ‘melsanthi’ (head priest) post, which has been much sought after, does not have much demand this time around as well, most likely due to the Covid-19 scenario.

Only 49 applications were received this year and the screening process is currently going on. Last year, the number of applicants was 55. Usually, 75 to 100 priests used to apply for the Sabarimala melsanthi post which is appointed for one year .

Sabarimala post is considered to be quite prestigious. Many devotees who turn up at the temple meet the melshanthi seeking blessings and offer ‘dakshina’.

Another news item says

Sabarimala priest discrimination case has been posted to August 12.

The final selection of the Head Priest through a draw of lots at the temple premises after screening is scheduled to be held on August 16


Kerala High Court has refused to issue an interim order in the petitions against the alleged discrimination in the selection of Sabarimala Ayyappa temple ‘Melsanthi’ .

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Three new inscriptions 0f Vijayanayanagar period discovered

Three inscriptions, two in Telugu and one in Kannada, were unearthed at the 1,000-year-old Nidimamadi Samsthanam in Nidimamidi village

Three inscriptions, two in Telugu and one in Kannada, were unearthed at the 1,000-year-old Nidimamadi Samsthanam in Nidimamidi village in Puttaparthi mandal in Anantapur district on Friday.

Historian Mynaswamy identified the inscriptions as belonging to the Vijayanagara empire in the 15th century.

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WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 25-7-2021 (Post No.9892)

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Post No. 9892

Date uploaded in London –25 JULY   2021           

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VHP passes resolutions on illegal conversions, liberation of monasteries, temples

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday passed resolutions for steps to be taken for protection against Coronavirus pandemic, prevention of illegal religious conversions and liberation of Mutt and Mandirs ; that is monasteries and temples.

The two-day meeting of the Central Board of Trustees and the Governing Council of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was held at Faridabad in  Haryana.

Giving details of the meeting, the Working President of Vishva Hindu Parishad, Senior Advocate Alok Kumar said that this meeting raised the key issue for protection against the Corona infections .

He said, “Illegal religious conversion is a national curse and the nation must get liberated from it. In 11 States there are laws for its prevention, but the problem and conspiracy are nationwide. This international meeting is, therefore, of the unanimous view that a central law should be made against it, and only then there will be freedom from this curse.”

We have also called upon the Hindu society to remain ever watchful about the anti-Bharat and anti-Hindu conspiracies of the Mullah-Missionaries, and prevent it by all Constitutional methods”, he said.

Alok Kumar also said, “a resolution was passed to liberate all monasteries and temples from the control of governments.” This resolution said that the Mutt and Mandirs constitute the nuclei of the belief, faith and worship of the national society of Bharat .

In the meeting, about 50 central and regional office-bearers were personally present while about 350 provincial office-bearers and office-bearers joined the meeting virtually (online) from abroad.

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Catholic priest arrested in Madurai over controversial remarks for hate speech

Roman Catholic priest George Ponniah, who was recently booked by Kanniyakumari police for making controversial remarks against Hindu deities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, was arrested in Madurai on Saturday.

Ponniah had made the remarks during a meeting at Arumanai in Tamil Nadu on July 18. The priest was also charged with trying to spread hatred between religious groups and insulting ‘Bharat Mata’.

Following complaints from Hindu outfits and several others, Arumanai police had registered a case against Ponniah under various sections .

When he was allegedly attempting to flee in a car to Chennai, he was arrested by Silaiman police near Pandi Kovil on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu priest apologises after his comment on Hindu religion invites wrath

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George Ponniah, a priest and consultant to an NGO Jananyaga Christhuva Peravai Amaipu in Kanniyakumari, has apologised after his alleged provocative remarks on the Hindu religion and beliefs created a stir on social media.

Close to 30 complaints were filed in Kanniyakumari and many in other districts of Tamil Nadu.

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Christian businessman builds Siddhi Vinayaka temple in Udupi

 Gabriel Nazareth, a 77-year old Catholic businessman from Shirva in Karnataka, has become an embodiment of communal harmony by building a temple dedicated to Lord Siddhi Vinayaka for his Hindu brethren. He spent Rs 2 crore to construct the temple, in memory of his parents — Late Fabian Sebastian Nazereth and Sabeena Nazereth — on his 15 cents of ancestral land, and gifted it to the Hindu community.

“I always felt blessed by Lord Siddhi Vinayaka since the time I became a devotee of the deity 60 years ago. I completed by SSLC in 1959 and went to Mumbai in search of a job. I was just 14 years old then and was staying near Prabhadevi in Mumbai. A little further was the famous Siddhi Vinayaka temple where I paid obeisance to the lord every day,” he told The New Indian Express.

After some years, he started a metal dying workshop and became a successful entrepreneur, starting business units in three different places.

At the recently opened temple, a beautiful black coloured 36-inch Ganesha idol was installed. A house for the temple priest has also been built near the temple. The temple administration has been handed over to a three-member committee comprising engineer Nagesh Hegde and Gabriel’s friends Sathish Shetty and Ratnakar Kukyan.

Sathish Shetty said that Gabriel single-handedly built the temple without any donations due to his devotion for Lord Siddhi Vinayaka.

Gabriel,  came back to Shirva 12 years ago as he had wound up his business in Mumbai. Eight years back, he had renovated a ‘Naga Bana’ (sacred grove) near Bantakal in Shirva. Though a bachelor, he has financially assisted more than 60 people to get married

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Curtains come down on Rath Yatra festival  in Puri

Curtains came down on the annual Rath Yatra festival in Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisah, after the Trinity was escorted into the Srimandir’s Garbha Gruha (sanctum sanctorum) in Pahandi procession called Niladri Bije on Friday.

The homecoming rituals of the deities started early in the morning with the servitors performing Mangala Alati, before the Gopal Bhog was offered. At noon, Madhyana Dhupa was offered. Bahuda Pahandi began at 5 pm with the idols of Rama, Krishna and Madan Mohan taken inside the Srimandir first followed by Sudarshan, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. Lord Jagannath was the last to enter the sanctum sanctorum at 7.45 pm. 

Before Lord Jagannath’s return to the Garbha Gruha, His ‘Goti Pahandi’ was obstructed by His consort Goddess Mahalaxmi as she was annoyed for not being allowed to accompany Him on the journey to Gundicha temple. The Goddess was pacified after being offered Rasagola and the Lord was let in.


The administration had created a bio-bubble for carpenters who took 55 days to construct the chariots.


For the second successive year, Rath Yatra was organised without participation of devotees to contain the spread of Covid virus.

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High-time we have a music university in Tanjore says  Ilaiyaraaja

Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja on Thursday said that while there are schools and univerisities for music in foreign countries, Tamil Nadu too should have one in Tanjore.

“Those universities have archived Beethoven’a music collections and have restored and preserved several musical instruments from across the world. We should have one as well in Tanjore as we need to preserve collections starting from Thyagaraja Bhagavathar,” the maestro said. 

Recently, videos of his granddaughter Ziya Yuvan playing the keyboard went viral on social media. “It’s in her genes obviously,” he smiled. “She has seen me and Yuvan playing it and has taken it up. When the time comes, I believe we can work together,” Ilaiyaraaja added.

Tell him that music was the best healer for many during the lockdown, he replied, “Absolutely. A music is like a new bloomed flower. It should be fresh and people should be able to listen to it even after several years.”

Ilayaraja who composed for over 1300 films in 45 years,  told that his work is in progress.

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Devotees  support Sivasankar Baba and oppose his judicial custody

The Chengalpattu Pocso court on Thursday extended for 15 more days the judicial custody of Sivasankar Baba, who was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting students of his residential school in the city.

After the decision came, his supporters, who had thronged the court premises, started shouting and screaming and jumped the barricades to touch and seek Baba’s blessings. 

The self-styled godman was arrested by the CB-CID police in June in Delhi after receiving complaints from the former students of his school in Kelambakkam. The police have arrested him in two Pocso cases while an investigation into the third complaint is currently on. 

He was brought to the court on Thursday as it was the final day of the earlier extension of judicial custody and the judge extended the custody till August 5. 

After Baba was brought out of the court, his supporters, mostly women, started screaming and chanting ‘Siva Shankara’ bhajan and Baba responded with a smile and waving of his hands. The supporters then tried to go close to Baba by pushing the barricades and the policemen on duty stopped them and took Baba to the police vehicle.

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Rs 25 crore anti-drone technology to safeguard Tirupati temple

The Tirumala Tirupati Temple will be able to repel extremist conspiracies in future. Preparations are being made to make use of drone jammer know-how on Tirumala Hill.

The Défense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed anti-drone know-how to stop drone assaults Venkateswara temple in Thirumala might use  it in the future.

Following the terrorist assault on an air pressure in Jammu, DRDO developed anti-drone know-how.

On July 6 at Kolar in Karnataka,  three sorts of know-how were shown. The occasion was attended by TTD Vigilance, Security Wing Chief, Gopinath Jatti together with representatives of varied police departments throughout the nation. After that it was determined to purchase this know-how for Rs. 22 crore.

The system detects and assaults drones inside a spread of 4 kilometers.

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Telangana floods: 7 rescued from flood-affected ashram in Nizamabad

Seven persons were rescued in the wee hours of Friday by teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), from a spiritual ashram in Nizamabad, that was surrounded by floodwaters from the Godavari river. 

The Guru Ashram located on the riverbank in Sawel village of Mendora Mandal in the district was left completely surrounded by floodwaters due to heavy outflows from the Sri Ramakrishna Sagar Project reservoir.

The water levels are rising and the ashram is likely to submerge. 

The NDRF teams had reached the ashram around midnight with boats from the village and during early hours they rescued all seven persons staying at the ashram. 

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WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 11-7-2021 (Post No.9839)

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Post No. 9839

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Almost all of us are descendants of Hindus says Assam CM Himanta Biswa

Asserting that Hindutva is a way of life, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that adherents of most religions are descendants of Hindus.

“Hindutva is a way of life. How can I or anybody stop it? It has been flowing through the ages. Almost all of us are descendants of Hindus. A Christian or a Muslim has also descended from Hindus at some point in time,” PTI quoted Sarma as saying on Saturday.

He further stressed that the Hindutva began 5,000 years ago and it cannot be stopped.

While addressing a press conference organised to mark the completion of the second month of his government in the state, the BJP leader said Hindutva cannot be “removed” as it will mean “moving away from one’s roots and motherland”.

Assam CM backs ‘Love Jihad’ law

Backing the law against ‘Love Jihad’ to check the menace of men marrying women by concealing their religious identity and other information, the Assam chief minister said he has reservations for the term but asserted that nobody will be allowed to cheat a woman.

“The government will not tolerate any woman being cheated by anyone – whether Hindu or Muslim. Appropriate action will be taken against such offenders to ensure the safety and security of our sisters,” he said.

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Uttarakhand govt to send Gangajal in tankers if Kanwar yatra not allowed

With Kanwar Yatra on hold, the Uttarakhand government is planning to transport Gangajal in tankers to other states such as Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar to ensure that yatris do not miss the annual pilgrimage and are able to perform the rituals without travelling to Haridwar.

The Uttarakhand state government had on June 30 issued orders cancelling the yatra in view of the Covid-19 situation, but has been requested by its Uttar Pradesh counterpart to reconsider the decision.

“In case, the yatra is not permitted due to recent strict stance of the high court on religious gatherings, the Uttarakhand government is planning to transport Gangajal in tankers to the states from where maximum number of pilgrims arrives. The final decision on the yatra will be taken soon. If it is permitted, then it will be with restrictions,” said a state government official.

Maximum Kanwar yatris come to Haridwar from the states of Delhi, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and MP.  In 2019, over 3.5 crore devotees had visited Haridwar in the auspicious month of SRAWAN.

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RSS Joins Koo App

Amidst the faceoff between American microblogging platform Twitter and the Government of India, Twitter’s rival and indigenous microblogging platform Koo on Friday said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has joined its platform to connect with people in Indian languages.

Koo, which has been projected as an alternative to Twitter, is witnessing an exceedingly increasing userbase on the made in India platform. Koo is widely being adopted by the BJP leaders and also those among the citizens who are vocally criticising Twitter for flouting Indian laws especially the new IT rules.

“With over 5 million members, RSS is the progenitor and leader of a large body of organisations with a presence across various facets of Indian society,” the company said in a statement.  

Founded by serial entrepreneur Aprameya Radhakrishna, founder of TaxiForSure, and Mayank Bidawatka, who previously formed companies like MediaAnt and Goodbox, Koo now has over 6.5 million users.  

“A made in India platform, Koo enables organizations to strengthen local reach and connect with communities in various parts of India. The RSS’s official spokesperson, Rajiv Tuli, has also joined Koo,” the company said.

‘Those who indulge in lynching are against Hindutva’: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the concept of Hindu-Muslim unity is misleading because there is nothing to unite as they are no different. Speaking at an event organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch, which is the Muslim wing of the RSS, Bhagwat said there can never be any dominance of either Hindus or Muslims. “There can only be the dominance of Indians,” Bhagwat said, as news agency PTI reported.

“It has been proven that we’re descendants of the same ancestors from the last 40,000 years. People of India have the same DNA,” the RSS chief said adding that politics can’t unite people. “There are some works that politics can’t do. Politics can’t unite people. Politics can’t become a tool to unite people but can become a weapon to distort unity,” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Those who are indulging in lynching are against Hindutva, the RSS chief said but he also mentioned that sometimes some false cases of lynching have also been registered against people.

Bhagwat said Muslims are not in danger in India as development is not possible without any unity in the country and for unity, dialogue is needed, not discord. “Don’t get trapped in the cycle of fear that Islam is in danger in India,” he said.

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Pollution in Yamuna: Mathura priests ban entry of politicians

The priests have put up a huge banner on the Ghats of the river in Mathura, saying “They all are liars who swear on Yamuna ji. They are only seen when elections are near. These culprits of mother Yamuna and officials are banned from roaming around the Yamuna River and performing puja.” 

A local priest, Radhey Shyam, said, “Several political leaders visit the Yamuna River during elections but disappear after winning polls. But this time we will not let that happen and are making our intentions clear through this banner.” 

He further said, “Political leaders have assured us time and again that Yamuna would be cleared of pollutants but nothing has changed on the ground.” 

National president of Akhil Bhartiya Teerth Purohit Mahasabha, Mahesh Pathak, also said that the river water was getting worse every day despite the fact that a party, which claims to understand the Hindu sentiments attached to the river, was in power in the state.” 

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Odisah CM Naveen Patnaik asks admin to complete Rath Yatra rituals on time

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked Puri district administration and other stakeholders to ensure that all rituals of the Rath Yatra on July 12 are completed on time.

Reviewing the preparations at a high-level meeting virtually, the Chief Minister said the Rath Yatra will be held this year during a very critical period like last time. Devotees from the entire world can have a darshan of Lord Jagannath through television and social media, he added.

The Chief Minister sought the cooperation of all sevayats and people of Puri for completion of the festival on time. He thanked all for completion of last year’s Rath Yatra in a hassle-free manner. 

The State government has exempted Puri town from weekend shutdown on Saturday in the interest of general public as curfew has been clamped by the district administration from July 11 to  July 13 in view of the Rath Yatra.

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People perform rituals at Triveni Sangama

As the district administration has given permission to the people to perform rituals for the deceased members of their families at Triveni Sangama in Bhaganandala, the ‘Asthi Visarjana’ was carried out by people on Tuesday.

Following the Covid-19 lockdown, there was a ban on religious rituals for the last two months. Many people had requested the district administration to permit to carry out the ‘Asthi Visarjana’ ritual as the process has to be done within 16 days of the death.


Triveni Sangama is known to the best place to carry out the ritual, owing to religious beliefs.

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WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 4-4-2021(Post No.9455)

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Post No. 9455

Date uploaded in London – –4 APRIL  2021     

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Kumbh Mela begins formally in Haridwar

The Kumbh Mela formally began in Haridwar on Thursday with several restrictions imposed on devotees coming to attend the event amid rising cases of Covid-19 in various states including Uttarakhand.

Officials associated with organising the event, including Mela Officer Deepak Rawat, worshipped in temples along the banks of the Ganga to pray for a safe and unhindered Kumbh fair.

A negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before arrival has been made mandatory for devotees gathering for the Kumbh by the Uttarakhand High Court.

The high court has also asked the health authorities in Haridwar to ramp up testing from 5,000 per day to 50,000.

It is for the first time in the history of the grand religious congregation held on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar once in 12 years that its duration has been curtailed to just one month due to the pandemic.

In normal circumstances, Kumbh is held for nearly four months.

A total of 38 temporary hospitals with the deployment of 200 doctors and 1,500 paramedical staff have also been operationalised for devotees in the Mela area.

Officials say over 2 crore devotees may visit Haridwar between April 11 and April 14. Earlier estimates said only 50-60 lakh people will congregate for the Haridwar event. 

More than 100 drones will be monitoring the congregation round the clock along with 1500 CCTVs.

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Unhappy with Kumbh arrangements, seers ‘assault’ official

Unhappy with the arrangements at their camp in Kumbh area, the Bairagi seers of Nirmohi Akhada on Thursday evening allegedly assaulted a mela official.

Additional Mela Officer Harveer Singh, who suffered an injury in eye, had visited the camp of Nirmohi Akhada seers to find out if they were satisfied with the arrangements in the camp.

The seers apparently had some complaints and somebody pushed the official from behind as he was talking to them, Mela IG Sanjay Gunjyal said.

Singh had his glasses on when he was pushed which broke causing an injury to his eye, he said.

The entire episode is being probed, Gunjyal said.

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PM Modi visits Madurai’s Meenakshi Amman temple in traditional attire

Wearing traditional attire, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Madurai’s famous Meenakshi Amman temple on Thursday.

After landing at the Madurai International Airport, Modi reached the temple around 8.30 pm wearing a dhoti and shirt.

He was seen entering the shrine through Amman Sannidhi Entrance of East Chithirai Street and welcomed by temple authorities, priests with Parivattam, and ‘Poorna Kumba Mariyathai’.

During his 45 minute-long stay inside the premises, Modi  visited all the important shrines inside the temple .

He was briefed about the sculptures and historical significance of the temple. Later, vibhuti and kumkum were given as prasad to the Prime Minister.

After his visit, Modi wrote about the importance of Tamil Nadu and Madurai in the visitors’ book and lauded the significance of the temple.

Security had been tightened and many policemen were deployed before his arrival at the temple.

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Water is sacred’: Karnataka schoolgirl’s documentary wins UN storytelling competition  

Manavattira Yashmi Dechamma, a ninth grade student, has been selected for the UN Ocean Decade Summit to be hosted in Hawaii soon

The earth is already in a bad state and it will be inherited by us tomorrow. We want to breathe the same pristine air that our grandparents breathed,” said Manavattira Yashmi Dechamma, a ninth grade student who has been selected for the UN Ocean Decade Summit to be hosted in Hawaii soon. Yashmi earned this opportunity after her documentary on the theme ‘Water is sacred’ won the H2021 Water Summit storytelling contest in the 13-17 age group category.

A native of Nelaji village in Kodagu, Yashmi is currently pursuing her studies in Acharya Vidya Kula in Mysuru. During the lockdown, when the world took the virtual path, Yashmi was introduced to the UN Ocean Decade Summit and she took part in the programmes conducted by the initiative

She was then introduced to the H2021 Water Summit where she attended virtual sessions for four consecutive weekends and it is here she learnt about the story telling competition. “Each session was based on a particular theme. The theme ‘Water is sacred’ was close to me as I am from the Kodava community and we worship the River Cauvery,” she said.

Yashmi visited Kodagu and took some beautiful shots of the river. With a Kodava song playing in the background of the video, she highlighted the sorry state of the river today – which has become a victim of pollution. The video then moves to highlighting the efforts of youngsters in reviving the river and ends with a strong message — ‘Let us heal her (River Cauvery) and not fix her’.

“I have heard my mother explain the beauty of Kodagu that existed during her childhood. The district witnessed heavy rainfall then too. However, it is only now that the incessant rainfall is causing destruction and damage said Yashmi Dechamma.

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TTD reinstates retired priests

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has issued orders reinstating all the Pradhana Archakas / Archakas (Chief Priests/Priests) belonging to the Mirasi families, who were forcibly retired in May 2018 under the previous TDP regime by the then TTD Trust Board which fixed a retirement age for them. As per the orders issued Friday, all the priests, who are similarly situated and retired under the controversial decision in May 2018, will be restored to their earlier respective positions. The orders were issued as per the High Court judgement delivered in December, 2018.

With this, Dr AV Ramana Deekshitulu will return as the chief priest of the famous hill shrine. Members of the Gollapalli, Peddinti, Tirupathamma and Paidipalli families have been serving at the Tirumala temple for generations on hereditary basis. What the controversial decision of the board under the TDP regime did was to do away with the hereditary system in a way by fixing retirement age for them. 

The same was challenged in the high court the same year by two priests, Seshadri and Murali, who were forcibly retired. In its verdict, the high court had held the TTD decision fixing retirement age for hereditary priests unconstitutional and ruled that hereditary priests belong to a special category intended as custodians of a temple’s customs and traditions, and cannot be treated as normal employees.

However, the court order was not implemented at the Tirumala temple. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was at the time in the opposition, had promised to restore the hereditary priests if he was voted to power. In line with his promise, the State government had last year issued orders restoring hereditary archakas at all the temples but the same could not be implemented in Tirumala as it is governed by TTD rules. Dr AV Ramana Deekshitulu, however, was appointed as Agama advisor and honorary chief priest.A few days prior to the TTD’s latest order, several priests from Tirumala had met Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Restrictions back in Tirumala as Covid-19 cases rise in Andhra Pradesh


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Andhra Pradesh, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) board, which manages affairs of the Sri Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala has announced new norms for pilgrims, as a precautionary measure.

Pilgrims having a darshan slot on a particular day will be allowed to enter Tirumala by road through Alipiri only after 1 pm on the day before the darshan slot. Through the Alipiri and Srivari Mettu footpaths, pilgrims will be allowed only after 9 am on the day before the darshan slot. 

The Tirumala temple, governed by the TTD, is one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the world.

The number of devotees visiting the temple on a daily basis was initially capped at 6,000, and later increased to a maximum of 12,000. With restrictions eventually relaxed, Tirumala now has around 50,000 pilgrims on an average visiting the temple on a daily basis.

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

CONVERTED CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ARE COMING BACK TO HINDU RELIGION ACCORDING TO A NEWS REPPORT

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.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 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 NEW INDIAN EXPRESS 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.

32 people left Islam for Hinduism

As per the rule, people who officially change their religion, including minors, have to advertise it in the gazette. 72% of the new converts to Hinduism were Dalit Christians, mostly Christian Cheramars, Christian Sambavas and Christian Pulayas. It was evident that lack of reservation benefits forced many Dalit Christians to re-embrace Hinduism. Also, 32 people left Islam to join Hinduism.

Christianity lost 242 believers to the other two religions and attracted only 119 persons. Islam gained 144 new believers and lost 40 during the period. Buddhism received two new believers who switched from Hinduism.

77% of the new converts to Islam were Hindus and 63% women. It attracted the highest number of persons from Ezhava, Thiyya and Nair communities. 25 persons, including 13 females, switched from Hindu Ezhava to Islam.

17 Thiyya community members including 11 females converted to Islam. 17 persons including 12 females were from the Nair community. Of the 33 persons who crossed over to Islam from Christianity, 9 were Syrian Catholics, who included two women. 

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Mathura’s Krishna temple deity lies buried under a mosque in Agra Fort, claims advocate

An advocate has filed the application as part of his lawsuit seeking the shifting away of the 17th century Shahi Masjid from near the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

A Mathura-based advocate has moved a court here claiming that the ‘principal deity’ of the Thakur Katra Keshav Dev temple in the city lies buried beneath the staircase of a mosque built in Diwan-e-Khas of the Agra’s Red Fort.

In his plea filed in the court of Senior Civil Judge Neha Banaudia, advocate Mahendra Pratap Singh has requested the court to direct the Archaeological Survey of India or any other competent authority to locate the principal deity, allegedly buried under the mosque’s staircase along with other idols, and retrieve them.

The advocate has filed the application as part of his lawsuit seeking the shifting away of the 17th century Shahi Masjid from near the birthplace of Lord Krishna in the Katra Keshav Dev temple here, Sanjay Gaur said.

He said the court has fixed April 19 for hearing Singh’s plea.

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Mathura: Devotees gather in huge number to play ‘Kapda Fad’ Holi

Hundreds of devotees gathered and played ‘kapda Fad’ or ‘Huranga’ in in the premises of Dauji Temple in Baldeo area of Mathura district on Tuesday (March 30).

This is a different type of Holi played by people in Dauji Temple known as Holi Khasam Huranga. The sister-in-law tears the clothes of her brother-in-law and beats them fiercely. People from all over the country reach here to see and play this form of Holi.

This type of Holi was played by Lord Krishna with his sister-in-laws. The expenses of this festival are covered by the Dauji Temple authorities. This Huranga festival does not end until the flag at the top of the temple is not covered with different colours.

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Sheetala Ashtami 2021 to be observed TODAY:

On the day of the Sheetala Ashtami, fresh food is not cooked and devotees consume stale food prepared a day prior

Sheetala Ashtami is a festival in Hinduism that is celebrated after Holi on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami. Also known as Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami is celebrated worshipping Goddess Sheetala.

This year, Hindu devotees are celebrating the festival on TODAY, 4 April.

It is believed that Goddess Sheetala blesses her devotees and defends them against any heat-borne disease. Legend says that a demon called Jwarasura was the carrier of diseases when he was born. Goddess Sheetala cured the illnesses, causing him to lose powers. This is why Goddess Sheetala is worshipped as the goddess who can cure diseases.

On the day of the Sheetala Ashtami, fresh food is not cooked. Devotees consume stale food that is cooked a day prior to the Ashtami. A day before Sheetala Ashtami which is Sheetala Saptami, devotees prepare a dish of jaggery and rice to offer Goddess Sheetala on Sheetala Ashtami.

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‘Freedom of speech not absolute’: Supreme Court  tells makers of web series ‘Tandav’

The web series TANDAV  is facing criminal cases for hurting HINDU religious sentiments and insulting religion punishable under Sections 153A and 295 of Indian Penal Code.

The directors and actors of web series ‘Tandav’, and head of Amazon Prime India Aparna Purohit failed to get protection from arrest from Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The case was heard by a bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah.

“Your right to freedom of speech is not absolute. You cannot play the role of character that hurts the sentiments of a community,” the bench said.

The top court was hearing a bunch of petitions seeking quashing of criminal complaints lodged in various states against Ali Abbas Zafar, the Director of the web series, and others for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments.

Besides Zafar and Purohit, producer Himanshu Mehra, the show’s writer Gaurav Solanki and actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub had filed three separate petitions against the registration of FIRs in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

THE SUPREME COURT REFUSED TO GIVE THEM PROTECTION FROM ARREST.

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Khalistani backed rioting farmers vandalises Ram Mandir and Kedarnath tableaux from Republic Day parade

Khalistani backed Rioting farmers on Tuesday last not  desecrated the Red Fort and vandalised the tableau from the Republic Day parade.

As can be seen in the video, the dome of the Ram Mandir tableau by Uttar Pradesh and Kedarnath temple of Uttarakhand were specifically targetted. The dome atop the Ram Mandir tableau was broken by the rioting mob. “This is the Ram Mandir tableau. It had come in proper condition. The protestors who had come yesterday specifically targetted the Kedarnath temple and dome at Ram Mandir,” a Delhi Police personnel told Aaj Tak reporter.

RSS condemns violence in Delhi on Republic Day

Hindu Organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  on Tuesday condemned the violence during the farmers’ tractor parade in Delhi and said the ‘unfortunate act’ at the Red Fort was an insult to those who sacrificed their lives for India’s freedom and National integrity.

The RSS appealed to all countrymen to rise above political and ideological differences and strive for peace as a priority.

“The violence that took place in Delhi on Republic Day is sad and condemnable,” RSS Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in a statement. “Especially what happened in Red Fort is an insult to the freedom fighters and those who laid down their lives for the integrity of the nation. There is no place for such anarchy in a democracy,” he added.

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The sacred chants of ‘Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa’  reverberated on Raj Path during Republic Day parade

The sacred chants of ‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa’ reverberated on Raj Path in New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day parade.

The 861 Brahmos regiment, one of India’s most lethal forces, took part in the celebrations in the national capital.

The 861 Missile Regiment, a part of the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army, displayed the Brahmos missile during the Republic Day celebrations this year at Raj Path. The war cry of the regiment is ‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa’.

Recently, the 861 Missile Regiment and its Brahmos missile systems had participated in the 73rd Indian Army Day, that was observed on January 15, where the sacred chants to Lord Ayyappa were first heard.

Incidentally, the war cry is raised along with Durga Mata ki Jai and Bharat Mata Ki Jai by the regiment. The Brahmos regiment’s war cry is seen as a fitting tribute to Lord Ayyappa as the deity is symbolized to have defeated the evil forces by riding atop a tiger holding a bow and arrow.

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CAVE SAINT GAVE ONE CRORE RUEES TO RAM TEMPLE

An 83-year-old seer has donated ₹1 crore to the Visva Hindu Parishad  for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The seer has been living in a cave for over half a century. “I’ve been living in the cave for over half a century. As a seer, I live on donations from the devotees visiting the cave. When I came to know about the Parishad campaign, I decided to donate the amount for Ram Mandir for which we all have been dreaming for long,” said Swami Shankar Das while speaking to the media.

The bank officials were surprised when the seer offered the cheque for ₹1 crore. Upon checking, they found that his account had the requisite balance. The officials then contacted the local RSS functionaries who reached the bank and helped Das donate the amount in the Ram Mandir Trust.

According to Das, it was at the cave of his guru Taat wale Baba that he received donations from devotees that added up to the amount that he donated to Wednesday.

A 10-year-old girl in Nainital donated ₹2,500 for the temple from savings in her piggy bank.

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SABARIMALAI TEMPLE INCOME DROPPED 92%

 Landing  the finances of the Travancore Devaswom Board  in the doldrums, the annual income generated by the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple has dropped by a whopping 92.2 per cent in the wake of the Covid pandemic. The hill shrine’s revenue — which stood at Rs 269 crore in 2019-20 — has nosedived to a meagre Rs 21 crore this year.

The Board, which relies on the temple’s two-month annual pilgrimage to meet administrative expenses of the 1,248 temples under its ambit, has resorted to knocking on the doors of devotees and neighbouring states to salvage the situation. Including the staff’s salary, the Board needs at least `40 crore a month to run all 1,248 temples.

“The Board is planning to approach the rich devotees and governments of these states for support. There are also plans to retrench around 200 temporary employees as a cost-cutting measure,” Vasu said. 

Pilgrims’ offerings to be mortgaged

Another plan is to mortgage the gold offered by devotees with the Reserve Bank of India to avail a loan. Bronze utensils and lamps will be auctioned to raise funds.

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Muslim woman performs age-old ritual at temple in Vemulawada

New Indian Express news paper has published an interesting news item

From Telangana. It was about a Muslim woman performing Hindu ritual in a temple.

 Setting an example of communal harmony, Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Vemulawada  in Telangana permitted a Muslim woman named Apsar, who hails from Manthani, enter the temple premises and perform Kode Mokkulu (an age-old ox-tying ritual) for Lord Shiva on Tuesday.

Temple authorities said that this was the first time in the history of the temple that a Muslim woman was allowed to perform Kode Mokkulu. It may be mentioned that unlike other Hindu temples, the Vemulawada temple houses a dargah on its premises.

Devotees usually visit the dargah after having a darshan of Lord Shiva and Goddess Raja Rajeshwari. 

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Attukal Pongal Festival to be restricted within temple premises

With the Covid-19 threat continuing to loom large, the Kerala state government has decided to hold the Attukal Pongal festival in a low-key manner this year strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocols.

A high-level meeting chaired by Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran in THIRUVANANTHAPURAM  decided to declare only the ward surrounding the Attukal Temple as festival zone. 

The plan is to confine the pongal to the temple premises and admissions to the temple compound will be given through online registration like on the lines of Sabarimala model. The meeting has also decided NOT to allow people to offer pongal on public roads or other public places

The minister also directed the officials to complete the preparations on a war-footing ahead of the festival which would be held on February 27.

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THAIPUSAM IN MALAYSIA

The National Security Council IN MALAYSIA allowed the chariot carrying the statue of Lord Murugan to travel to Batu Caves without a procession in conjunction with this year’s Thaipusam celebrations.

The Federal Territories Minister said this was done as a mark of respect for Hindus celebrating Thaipusam.

“The NSC has discussed in detailed and agreed to allow the chariot to travel to Batu Caves at a stipulated time, which is either at midnight or early morning, with no procession and for the return journey to be carried out in a similar manner.

“Only 10 temple personnel were allowed to accompany the chariot, with no music or procession, and with no stops anywhere

The function was streamed live on the official Facebook page of the Federal Territories Ministry.

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