WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 28-3-2021 (Post No.9432)

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21-3-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH

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Amit Shah wishes people of Tamil Nadu on Panguni Uthiram IN TAMIL LANGUAGE

Union Minister Amit Shah on Sunday extended his greeting to the poll-bound Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Panguni Uthiram.

I extend my warm wishes to our sisters and brothers of Tamil Nadu on the auspicious occasion of ‘Panguni Uthiram’. May lord Murgan bless everyone with peace, happiness, and prosperity,” he tweeted.

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PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI VISITS TWO HINDU TEMPLES IN BANGLADESH

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the centuries-old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple in Ishwaripur village in southwestern Bangladesh and announced that India will build a multipurpose community hall for the worshippers.

Modi, who was covering his face with a mask, was welcomed in a traditional way upon his arrival at the temple. Inside the temple, Modi offered prayers and sat on the floor while the priest was reciting the religious texts.

“Feeling blessed after praying at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple,” Modi tweeted after offering prayers at the temple .

Speaking outside the temple, Modi said that he prayed to Goddess Kali to free the human race from COVID-19.

Noting that a large number of devotees from across the border and Bangladesh visit during ‘Maa Kali mela’ at the temple, Modi said  that India will build a multipurpose community hall at the temple. “It should be useful for social, religious and educational events for local people. Most importantly, it should act as a shelter for all at the time of disasters like cyclones. India will do construction work. I express my gratitude to the Bangladesh government that they have wished us well for this,” Modi said.

According to Hindu mythology, the Jeshoreshwari Kali temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, scattered across India and neighbouring countries. Records suggest a Hindu king set up the temple in the 16th century.

The Hindu community and temple authorities with the government support redecorated the temple ahead of Modi’s visit. Last time when Prime Minister Modi visited Bangladesh in 2015, he offered puja at Dhakeshwari temple in the national capital.

Modi, who is visiting Bangladesh on his first trip to a foreign country since the outbreak of the coronavirus, on Friday attended the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the country’s independence, the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka.

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ONE MORE TEMPLE VISIT

India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace instead of instability, terror and unrest in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he underlined that the two friendly neighbours want to see the world progressing through their own development.

Prime Minister Modi made the remarks while speaking to the Matua community members after offering prayers at their temple in Gopalganj’s Orakandi – the birthplace of Hindu mystic figure and community’s spiritual guru Harichand Thakur.

Modi said he was waiting for this opportunity for many years and during his visit to Bangladesh in 2015, he had expressed desire to visit Orakandi, which has come true now.

This place is a pilgrimage site for the spiritual relationship between India and Bangladesh, he said.

“I was speaking to some people here. They were saying who could have thought that India’s Prime Minister would visit Orakandi,” Modi said, adding that he was feeling the same emotions as felt by the Matua community members in India after coming to

Orakandi is the abode of Hindu Matua community, a large number of whom are residents of neighbouring West Bengal. Orakandi, is from where Harichand Thakur disseminated his pious message.

Prime Minister Modi announced that India will upgrade one girls’ middle school and set up a primary school in Orakandi.

Modi said the Matua community celebrates ‘Baroni Shanan Utshab’ every year on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Harichand Thakur and a large number of devotees from India come to Orakandi to participate in this festival.

“We are also committed to grand events and various works reflecting the glorious history of the Matua community in Thakur  nagar in West Bengal,” Modi said.

“The way India and Bangladesh governments are working towards strengthening their ties, Harichand Thakur and Thakurbari have been doing this for ages.

He said India is moving forward with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and Sabka Vishwas’, and Bangladesh is its co-passenger in it.

Bangladesh’S total population was 15.89 crore by the end of 2015 with the number of Hindus at 1.70 crore in the Muslim-majority nation.

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Chariot Festival in Tiruvarur

The grand chariot festival of Tiruvarur was celebrated on 25th of March, 2021. Thousands of people took part in the festival with great enthusiasm and devotion.

The month of Panguni (mid-March to mid-April) officially marks the onset of spring season in Tamil Nadu. The stellar attraction is the annual celebrations of the Sri Thiyagaraja  swamy temple at Tiruvarur, which is organised as a monumental event spanning around 55 days of festivities.

The Aazhi ther is the grand 96-feet tall chariot, seated on which Sri Thyagaraja goes around the broad streets of Tiruvarur. Described as an iconic chariot in the sacred verses of Appar in Thevaram, this festival has been popular at least since the 7th century. Attended by lakhs of devotees, the Panguni Uttiram festival of Tiruvarur finds a mention in the seventh regnal year (1140 CE) inscription of Kulottunga Chola II.

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Vairamudi Festival , Diamond Crown Festival in Karnataka

The Vairamudi Utsava was celebrated in a simple manner, at Melkote, Mandya district in Karnataka on Wednesday.

The box containing the diamond-studded crown is brought from the district treasury, as per the tradition and taken to Melkote. The box was opened in the presence of the deputy commissioner and other officials in the evening and adorned to the deity.

The sleepy town of Melkote comes alive during the annual Vairamudi Brahmotsava when the deity of the hill shrine Lord Vishnu is adorned with the legendary diamond-studded crown embedded with precious gems.

Legend has it the crown has been brought by Garuda (Lord Vishnu’s vehicle) which is adorned on the festive image of the beautiful deity Cheluvanarayana, flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi.

This night-long event, which is part of the 10- day Vairamudi Brahmotsava festival is witnessed by thousands of devotees.

Diamond studded crown is the centre of attraction during the Vairamudi festival. The diamond crown is secured in a nearby city during the rest of the year and is brought to Melukote under heavy security during festival season. Crown will be mounted on top of the statue of Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy.

Rathotsava or Car Festival is the major component of Vairamudi festival.


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No GST exemption for Balaji Temple says Centre in Parliament

YSRC  Party MP,  V   Vijaya   sai Reddy asked the Union Government to withdraw the GST on the Tirupati Tirumalai Devasthana board. He questioned why the Centre is imposing Goods and Services Tax on the temple trust that is bound to provide service to the devotees.

The Union government is charging taxes from the TTD on the cottages and the private hotels in the temple city where the devotees, barring the laddus, the ingredients used in making laddus were also charged,

Replying to Vijayas  ai Reddy’s question, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made it clear that the TTD cannot be exempted from taxation.


‘No Temple in the country was given an exemption from the GST Taxation. TTD cannot have separate rules in taxation.’ Nirmala Sitharaman replied to MP’s question.


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India’s temples must be freed from government control

SADGURUS’S APPEAL TO RELEASE THE TEMPLES FROM GOVERNMENT CONTROL IS  GETTING MORE SUPPORT FROM GENERAL PUBLIC AND ACTORS.

SADGURU JAGGI VASUDEV is the founder of Isha Foundation based in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

He said in article published recently,

“If people do not have the freedom to practice their religion the way they want, what kind of freedom is that? Before the 75th Independence Day, we must free the temples

Last year, the government of Tamil Nadu submitted a report to the Madras High Court stating that in 11,999 temples in the state, there is no pooja or ritual taking place as there is no revenue. In 34,000 temples, there is only one person to manage all the affairs of the space. While 37,000 temples record a revenue less than Rs 10,000 per annum. They estimated that around 12,000 temples will die in the next few years.

An official statement by the government attests that 1,200 deities have gone missing, stolen. Several police officers have written books claiming that thousands of deities are fake, as the original idols have been stolen and replaced with counterfeits in the last 25 years.

Devotees can unleash the potential of temples

Currently, 44,000 temples with over half a million acres of land are under the management of the government of Tamil Nadu. However, the revenue from all this is only Rs 128 crore per annum. In comparison, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has 85 gurdwaras in their hands, but their budget is over Rs 1,000 crore. For 44,000 temples that belong to a community comprising 87 percent of the population, a revenue of Rs 128 crore smacks of abysmal mismanagement.

If you leave the temples to the devotees, they will manage them in a wonderful, vibrant way. There are many modules you could use to run temples

Exercise your democratic right for temples

I firmly believe that in a democratic country, before the election, every responsible citizen must clearly articulate what are the few things that must happen in their country or state.. This is why I am pitching the issue now.

What we need is for the government to return temples to be managed by devotees. The community should stand up and say to political parties, “If you do not hand over the temples to us, we are not going to vote for you.”

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Duration of Haridwar’s Kumbh Mela curtailed to one month

The duration of the ‘Kumbh Mela’ in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar has been curtailed to just one month for the first time in its history in view of a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, news agency PTI reported on Thursday.

The Uttarakhand government had made it mandatory for devotees to bring a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours for attending the upcoming mega congregation.

The occasion usually lasts around three-and-a-half months. Its last edition was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010. According to a new notification, the congregation on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in Uttarakhand will now take place from April 1 to 30, with three ‘shahi snan’ (major bathing) dates on April 12, 14 and 27.

The temple city of Haridwar is in the final stages of preparations to host the ‘Kumbh Mela’, which is slated to start from April 1

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HISTORY NEWS:–

12th-century sculpture discovered in Karnataka’s Sakleshpur

A 4.5-feet statue of Channakeshava  swami, dated back to the 12th century, was discovered while extracting sand at Hemavathy river, at Hale Beluru village in Karnataka’s Sakleshpur taluk on Tuesday. The incident came to light on Wednesday LAST WEEK.

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