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SAMSARA SAGAR (Kural 10)  is the word used in Tamil Veda Tirukkural and Sanskrit Bhagavad Gita (4-36)

In the Bhagavad Gita it is the sea of sins which one can cross by the boat of wisdom (4-36)

Tamil poet Tiru Valluvar says,

“None but those who have meditated constantly on the feet of god can cross the ocean of births by swimming” –Tirukkura 10

Tamil words Neenthuvar ‘will cross by swimming’ Neenthaar ‘will be unable to swim to cross are used by Valluvar. This Sea of Births and Deaths is used in umpteen verses by Alvars, Nayanmars, Paripatal poet of Sangam literature. Most of us imagined it as a sea. This is only a symbolic way of saying. Since South India is surrounded by the sea on three sides it will be easy to make it understandable by using water and boat. But if it is a land locked country or a vast country where sea is several hundred miles away, poets may not use sea to cross but a bridge to cross. This is what happened in Ancient Iran (Persia or Paraseekam) and India.



The Cinvat Bridge (Bridge of the Gathers) also spelt Chinvad Bridge is the bridge to paradise. All good people will be allowed to cross over this bridge (Gatha Ushtavaiti in Zend Avesta) to reach paradise. It is in Parsi book .

Earth and heaven are separated by a space, empty except for the wind. In order to go from the earth to heaven one must pass through this intermediate space. Only the soul is capable of such an act, so that except for special cases like that of Arda Viraf,  it must take place after death. The old Hindu views are very similar.

The path by which one can cross over this empty space is the bridge (in the Rig Veda and Atharvana Veda the space is mentioned as sea in Sanskrit, probably both looked blue in colour). The wind may help or harm anyone according to their good and bad actions. If someone is neither very bad nor very good will remain in the windy area and suffer. Good souls go to heaven and bad souls go to hell.

Primitive people used other symbolism- one can cross the chasm or a stream with a rope. Old Teutons imagined a rain bow by which they can climb and cross. Earlier scholars explained that the Cinvad Bridge is the Rainbow.



In the Rig Veda, the bridge occurs only once (9-41) as a figure of speech but not as a path into the other life. But we find this idea in the Yajur Veda -Kathaka Samhita 28-4,

“By means of the mid-day (soma) pressing the gods entered into the world of heaven. Their steps and ladder were the Daksinas. If one offers Daksinas (fees), one crosses a bridge and enters into the world of heaven. One has as many breaths in that world as one gives breath (Prana dhana rite?) here. On that account much must be given here. therefore they praise what is generously given here as better bridge for him who crosses over (read Tirtvaa and Tirate instead of Kirtvaa nd Kirate)

Compare Maitrayani Samhita (4-8-3)

The mid-day pressing is the world of heaven if  Daksinas were given by mid day pressing.   You must give much in order to ascend into the world of heaven; indeed you must make abridge for yourself with your gifts in order to attain the world of heaven.

(It may mean Dhana on earth, i.e. doing charity, will make it easier to go to heaven; Dhaana= Dontions)

And compare also Taittiriya Samhita 6-5-3-3,

Verily the sacrifice makes himself a ladder and bridge to attain the world of heaven.

Another reference is also worth noting. Satapatha Braahmana 14-7-2-27 (Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad 4-4-24),

This one (the Atman) is the bridge, which holds the worlds apart, so that they cannot be confused.



 A similar passage is in the Chandogya Upanishad 8-4-1 where in addition  to a statement  as above, it goes on to say,

Neither day nor night can cross the bridge, nor death nor suffering , neither good nor evil deeds. All evils turn back from there; for this Brahman world as banished all evil. Therefore if a blind man goes over the bridge, he receives his sight, if a wounded man , he is healed, if a sick person , he is cured. Therefore if the night crosses the bridge , it is turned to day; for this Brahman world is ever luminous.

In Kathopanishad -2 we read

We care solicitously for Naciketas fire, the bridge of the sacrificers to the eternal highest Brahman, the saving shore for those, who wish to cross.

In Svetasvatara Upanishad 6-9

God himself is called the highest bridge to immortality (also Mundakopanishad 2-2-5)

The Cinvat Bridge  in later literature is translated as Bridge of Separator. It is assumed God is the separator, who as a judge of the pious and the wicked discriminates between hem and sets them apart.



Another interesting similarity is about the spirits of ancestors come to greet you when you die.

When the soul arrives in the world beyond, the other souls come to meet and greet. Zarathustra himself says so, only with reference to perdition (Y.49-11). The same thing is told later with reference to paradise( Had.N.Yast) and we are reminded of the benign words with which Ahura Mazda protects the new arrival.

Strangely similar is the report in Kausitaki Upanishad 1-3 of what Brahman says upon the arrival of a deceased person in that other world:

“Run to meet him for through my glory he has attained to the ageless stream, truly he shall not grow old”.

According to Zarathushtra, the souls go to meet the liar arriving in hell with bad food (Y 49-11; comp. Y 53-6 and 31-20) . This again is supplemented by the Hadokht Nask with the report that in the paradise heavenly food and drink are brought to the virtuous.

We can compare this with Kausitaki Upanishad,1-4

Five hundred Apsaras go to meet him, , one hundred with fruits in their hands, one hundred with wreaths, one hundred with raiment, one hundred with fragrant powder in their hands.

According to Rig Veda 10-154-1

Ghee , among other things is eaten in heaven which corresponds to the ‘raoghna -zaramaya’, the spring butter.

In the same way we can compare with the sweet scent which blows from the Southern quarters to the soul of the pious on the third morning after death (Had N.2-18)- ie. shortly before his arrival in the world beyond– the agreeable and beneficent winds which according to Atharva Veda 18-2-21 the fathers and Yama waft toward the deceased.

(South is the direction of the departed souls in Sanskrit and Tamil books).



In the Zoroastrian scriptures we see Daena appearing as a damsel (V.19-10) who looks like Apsaras in the Cinvat Bridge with two dogs. We have the two dogs (with four eyes) in the Vedas.

There are other interesting comparisons:-

In both Hindu  and Parsi religions , body parts are compared in similar way :

Eye- Sun;

Blood and Semen – Water

Dog’s Sense of Smell – go to Water Source

Another parallelism ,

Rain water = semen

Kausitaki Upanishad says,

The moon lets the soul which cannot answer its questions satisfactorily, turn to rain and fall upon the earth from which animals are coincides with the Iranian. According to Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-6 rice and barley , herbs and trees, sesame and beans originate in this way.

In the Zoroastrian Bundahis 9-2,

Amerodad , the arch angel , as the vegetation was his own, pounded the plants small, and mixed them up with water which Tistar seized and Tistar made that water rain down upon the whole earth. Plants grew up from them. Birds mix them with water and Tistar seize them and rain them down. This cycle goes on

Source book –

DR MODI MEMORIAL VOLUME, BOMBAY, 1930, with my inputs

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Post No. 10,140

Date uploaded in London – 26 September   2021           

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will bring home 157 artefacts and antiquities, which were handed over to India by the US during his visit, with both he and President Joe Biden expressing commitment to strengthening efforts to combat theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.

While nearly half of the artefacts (71) are cultural, the other half consists of figurines related to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9), an official statement said on Saturday.

Modi conveyed his deep appreciation for the repatriation of antiquities to India by the United States.

The list of 157 artefacts includes a diverse set of items ranging from the one-and-a-half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5 cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE.

The Modi government has brought back more ancient Indian treasures than the four decades before it, they claimed

Referring to the items handed over to India by the US during Modi’s ongoing trip, the official statement said they largely belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE as well as historic antiquities such as the copper anthropomorphic object of 2000 BC or the terracotta vase from the 2nd CE.

The bronze collection primarily contains ornate figurines of the well-known postures of Lakshmi Narayana, Buddha, Vishnu, Siva Parvathi and the 24 Jain Tirthankaras and the less common Kankala murti, Brahmi and Nandikesa besides other unnamed deities and divine figures.

The statement noted that the motifs include religious sculptures from Hinduism– three headed Brahma, chariot driving Surya, Vishnu and his consorts, Siva as Dakshinamurti and dancing Ganesha among others.


Prime Minster to unveil 216-ft statue of Ramanuja next year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the ‘Statue of Equality’ of Bhagavad Ramanuja in Muchintal village on the city outskirts of Hyderabad on February 5, said Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy.

Addressing a press conference at his ashram in Muchintal on Monday, the spiritual leader said the statue of Ramanujucharya, who founded the Vishishtadvaita philosophy, would be unveiled in a grand ceremony to be held from February 2 to 12 next year.

The seer stated that he met Modi on September 18 in Delhi and invited him to unveil the statue.

“The Prime Minister assured me that he would attend the event without fail. We are making all arrangements for Modi’s visit on February 5,” Jeeyar Swamy said.

He added that he had extended invitations to President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, and several others by meeting them personally during his recent Delhi visit and all of them assured to grace the event.

Last week Jeeyar Swamy  met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin and extended the invitation for the statue opening ceremony .

The 65.8-metre (216-feet) statue being constructed is coming up on 40 acres inside the 200 acre-ashram with an estimated cost of Rs 216 crore.


Supreme Court rejects Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trust’s plea to exempt it from audit of 25 years

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined a plea filed by Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trust seeking to exempt it from the audit of 25 years as ordered by the top court last year.

A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said the audit should be completed as early as possible, preferably within three months.

“It is clear that the audit contemplated was not intended to be confined to the temple only but with respect to the trust.

The Administrative Committee of the Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvanantha puram  had on September 17 told the apex court that it is in great financial stress and the offerings are not sufficient to meet the expenses, while seeking an audit of the temple-related trust run by the Travancore royal family.

All temples in Kerala are closed and while this temple’s monthly expenses are Rs 1.25 crore, “we are able to hardly get 60-70 lakh rupees. Therefore, we have sought certain directions,” senior advocate R Basant, appearing for the committee had said.


Mahant Narendra Giri’s Death Case: CBI Takes Over Probe, Constitutes Six-member Team

For the investigation of Mahant Narendra Giri, Uttar Pradesh Govt had recommended CBI investigation, meanwhile, the late seer’s disciples had demanded the same.

As per the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday took over the probe in the death case of Mahant Narendra Giri with a six-member team.

The Central Government issued a notification on Thursday stating the investigation has been extended to the CBI with ‘consent of the state government of Uttar Pradesh’. Earlier today, Allahabad Court had sent the third accused, Sandeep Tiwari to 14-day judicial custody.

Acharya Narendra Giri was found dead under mysterious circumstances and the Akhada Parishad members have been alleging murder. 

Later, an alleged suicide note was recovered where the late seer has accused Anand Giri of his death. 

 On Wednesday, prime accused Anand Giri and ‘Bara Hanuman Mandir chief priest Aadya Tiwari were sent to 14 days of judicial custody. The police had detained Anand Giri along with two other persons from Haridwar


Hindu family assaulted and abused in Canada

A 44-year-old Hindu man and his family were performing a small religious ceremony in the Streetsville park in Mississauga city, Canada recently when two teens approached them and started abusing them. They also assaulted the man and threw rocks at him.

The man was able to flee from the park with his family in the car. The accused kept throwing rocks at them while they were leaving the park resulting in damage to the car.

The victim went to the hospital, where he was treated for the injuries. As per the doctors, his injuries were not life-threatening. The wife and two children escaped unharmed.

This is not the first time Hindus faced hate crimes in Canada.

Several cases of hate crimes against Hindus have been reported, especially in Canada. During Holi celebrations in April this year, a group of around 100 protesters barged into the area where around 400 Hindus were celebrating Holi. They started shouting slogans against India . It is said that they were from pro Khalistani Sikh groups.


Vijayawada Durga temple festival from Oct 7,

Only 10,000 devotees per day will be allowed to have darshan of Goddess Kanaka Durga atop Indra keeladri in Vijayawada ,during the nine-day Dasara festivities, which will be celebrated from October 7 to 15.

On the auspicious Moola Nakshatram day when Goddess Durga will bless devotees in the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, the temple administration is anticipating heavy rush and more number of devotees will be allowed for darshan.

News from Maharashtra

Maharashtra government also has decided to reopen all temples in the state on 7th October, the first day of Navaratri Festival

“From the auspicious first day of Navratri, all places of worship shall be thrown open for devotees to pray… Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a  statement on Thursday. 


Here is another news from Mumbai

A Bombay-based lawyer, Santosh Dubey, on September 22 sent writer-lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar a notice for allegedly making “false and defamatory” remarks against the RSS in an interview to a television news channel. Dubey said, he would file a criminal defamation case against Javed Akhtar, seeking damages of Rs. 100 crore from him if he failed to tender an “unconditional written apology”.





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Post No. 10,110

Date uploaded in London – 19 September   2021           

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Holy water from 115 nations in seven continents for Ayodhya’s Ram temple

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Shri Ramjanmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary Champat Rai on Saturday received water from holy streams, rivers, and seas from 115 nations in seven continents for use in the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

The minister was informed that the water was collected by people of all faiths including Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews and Hindus.

“Water has been collected from seven continents and out of 192 countries, water has been collected from 115 nations. I am sure by the time temple will be constructed, 77 countries that are left from this water collection movement will also be included,” said Singh.

Singh praised India for being a nation that believes in the world being a family. “We did not resort to violence when it came to Ayodhya’s temple but waited it to be resolved peacefully. We don’t discriminate on basis of caste and creed,” said Singh.

The drive to collect water from across the world for the Ram temple and involvement of people across religions was initiated by the Delhi Study Group’s president Vijay Jolly.

There is a place in Ayodhya which is known as Saptsagar. It is believed that when Lord Ram was to be anointed, water from seas across the world was brought.



Ayodhya Seers seek ban on shows of star-studded Ram Leela

Seers of Ayodhya on Tuesday demanded from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to immediately ban shows of Ram Leela to be performed by Bollywood actors here next month.

The seers alleged that Bollywood artistes consume alcohol, eat meat and involve in immoral activities due to which they can never represent pious characters of the Ramayana.

The seers said the artists who perform traditional Ram Leela follow a strict moral and religious discipline in their life.

The demand was made at a meeting of about 100 saints of Ayodhya at ‘Bada Bhakt Maal’, a temple and seat of Hindu religious studies in Ayodhya.

There is a special tradition of Ram Leela in Ayodhya and they seek blessings from people performing characters of Lord Rama, Sita and others, said Mahant Dharam Das, a priest at the local Hanumangarhi temple.

We cannot take blessings from Bollywood actors who don’t follow religious discipline, he said.

Bollywood actress Bhagyashree will be performing the role of Sita in multi-starer Ram Leela. Actors Shakti Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Raza Muraad, Asrani, Avatar Gill, Bindu Dara Singh and others will also be part of it.


NOW news items from Andhra Pradesh

Annavaram temple gets Rs 48 crore under PRASAD programme

The Satyanarayana Swamy Devasthanam in Annavaram of East Godavari district has been allocated Rs 48 crore under the Union Tourism Ministry’s Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) programme.

Disclosing the details to media persons, Andhra State Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said funds have been provided as part of temple tourism development.

Expressing joy over funding for the temple, the Minister said it is an important part of the temple tourism circuit in the State. He said efforts are being made to develop temple tourism circuits in North Andhra districts, twin Godavari districts, other coastal and Rayalaseema districts as well.



Andhra  Archakas  urge President to stop ‘unjust’ Hindu Religious Act

Andhra Pradesh Archaka Samakhya, which represents lakhs of Archakas of the State, sought intervention of President Ram Nath Kovind to stop the ‘unjust and unconstitutional’ Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, in which the Tamil Nadu government used power to implement Periyar Reforms.

Samakhya organising secretary Peddinti Rambabu, in a letter to the President, said the Tamil Nadu government has claimed that its latest temple reform removes thorn in the heart of Periyar. Rambabu said Periyar in his lifetime treated Hindu Deities with contempt.

The Dravidian parties, while in power, facilitated in establishment of Periyar’s statues in close proximity of ancient temples, with inscriptions in Tamil that translate to ‘There is no god, no god, no god– Rambabu said.



Gold plating of Tirupati gopuram by mid-2022

The gold plating works atop Govindaraja Swamy Temple in Tirupati will be completed by the mid of next year, said Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) board chairman YV Subba Reddy on Monday, September 13.  The works will be done on par with Ananda Nilayam of Tirumala Temple, he added.

The decision of gold plating was taken in 2018 by the then trust board. As much as 100 kg gold and 4,300 kg copper with the total expense of Rs 32 crore will be used, he said. Devotees can have darshan of the presiding deity but all poojas will be held at kalyana mandapam.



  The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, launched the sale of incense sticks made from flowers used in its temples. The incense sticks of seven fragrances will be sold at four counters at Tirumala initially. They include three counters near Laddu Complex and one in the TTD book stall opposite Sri Venkateswara temple.

Only flowers used for puja and other daily rituals in the TTD temples, excluding Tirumala, will be supplied as raw material to manufacture incense sticks. The unit produces 3.5 lakh incense sticks of seven different fragrances a day.



Madras HC calls for invoking Goondas Act in extreme cases of illegal grabbing of temple properties

Passing orders on a plea moved by a trustee of Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalwar Devasthanam temple, Mylapore challenging his suspension by the HR&CE department, Justice S M Subramaniam said, “In some cases, actions may be required under the HR & CE Act and in other cases, serious actions under the criminal law are required. In extreme cases, the provisions of the Goondas Act are to be invoked by the Police based on facts-to-facts basis.”

“In such circumstances, the State shall not hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Goondas Act against such professional land grabbers and persons involved in encroachment and illegal activities in respect of the temple properties at large for personal and unjust gains,” the court stressed.

Based on this, Justice Subramaniam directed the State to initiate appropriate action through the Police Department in such cases, where actions under the provisions of the Goondas Act are warranted.

In effect, the court also directed the constitution of a “Special Cell”, consisting team of officials with integrity and devotion to duty for monitoring the actions initiated for the retrieval of temple properties, funds and jewelleries.

“The “Special Cell” constituted in the Head Quarters shall have separate Telephone / Mobile Numbers and such numbers must be displayed in all the temples and in the offices of the HR & CE Department, facilitating the general public / devotees to register their complaints,” the bench held .

“Temple properties are allowed to be looted by few greedy men and by few professional criminals and land grabbers. Active or passive contribution and collusion by the officials of the HR & CE Department cannot be overruled. These lapses, negligence, dereliction of duty by such public officials are also to be viewed seriously and all appropriate actions in this regard are highly warranted,” Justice Subramaniam added.






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Post No. 9978

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Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations at Auroville, Ashram TODAY


Auroville will bring together a programme to commemorate Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations on August 15.

A live streaming of the function is organised, according to a release from the Auroville Foundation. Aurovillians participate in the invocation of Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri Mantra at dawn.

A website has been specially created for the 150th year for event updates, articles, blogs and links dedicated to the exploration of Sri Aurobindo as the year progresses

Sri Aurobindo Ashram will also have a quiet celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo today with darshan of the Samadhi.

Visitors will be allowed to the Samadhi and they will be presented a darshan day card which will have messages based on the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator Mirra Alfassa, known as the Mother of the Ashram.


Centre grants Rs 55 crore aid for Simhachalam temple development in Andhra Pradesh

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 55 crore for the development of Simhachalam temple under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), ANDHRA PRADESH Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said on Friday. A Central team led by Under Secretary SS Varma arrived IN VISHAKAPATNAM on Friday to review PRASAD scheme proposals.

Speaking to media persons after a meeting with the Central team, the minister said they had sent proposals worth Rs 70 crore for the development of the temple as part of the temple tourism scheme and owing to the pandemic, there was a delay in approval. He said the plan to construct an underpass was shelved following suggestion of the Chinna Jear Swamy that it will be in violation of ‘Agama Sastra’. Hence, it has been decided to revive the steps route from Madhavadhara to Simhahachalam.  

As part of the development of temple pushkarini for the convenience of devotees, a bathing ghat and changing rooms will be constructed. A queue complex on the model of Tirumala with a capacity of 2,000 people will be constructed atop Simhachalam.

A hall with all amenities for devotees will be constructed at the foothill. A walking track will be laid around the Simhachalam hill for the convenience of people who undertake circumambulation (giri pradakshina) on the occasion of Giri Pournami every year.

On Giri Pournami, thousands of people undertake a 32-km trek (pradakshina)

Union Tourism Under Secretary SS Varma said they will submit a report within 10 days. Earlier, the team led by Varma visited Simhachalam temple.


Onam: KTDC to hold payasam fests

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation will organise payasam festivals across KERALA state from Wednesday as part of Onam celebrations. Expert chefs of KTDC would come out with delicious payasams without compromising on the traditional taste, quality and aroma of the dessert.  

The payasam sale counter will be opened at KTDC Grand Chaithram at Thampanoor, IN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM from Wednesday till the Thiruvonam day on August 21 and will be working from 9 am to 9 pm.

Payasam counters will also be operated in other towns in Kerala.

Payasam is a sweet liquid with milk and spices served in Hindu festivals.


Miscreants attack Hindu temples in Bangladesh

Miscreants attacked at least four Hindu temples, some shops and households belonging to the minority community in Bangladesh’s Khulna district, prompting police to arrest ten people and beef up security in the area, according to a media report.

The incident took place on Saturday LAST WEEK in Shiali village in Rupsha Upazila following a heated altercation between Hindu and Muslim residents on Friday night, the Dhaka Tribune NEWSPAPER  reported.

According to local residents and victims, the miscreants first attacked the Shiali Mahasmashan temple.

They vandalised the idols in the temple and the crematorium.

From there, they went to the Shiali Purbapara area, where they vandalised the idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in Hari Mandir, Durga Mandir and the Govinda Mandir, the report said.

Six shops and two homes of the local Hindu community members were also vandalised, it said.

Krishna Gopal Sen, general secretary of Rupsha Upazila Puja Udjapan Parishad, said that at least 10 idols at four temples were vandalised during the attacks.

The Hindus were going towards the temple while singing kirtan during the Esha prayers, one of the five mandatory Islamic prayers, which led to the scuffle, said the local mosque’s Imam Maulana Nazim Uddin.


8-yr-old Hindu boy becomes youngest person charged with blasphemy in Pak

An eight-year-old Hindu boy is being held in protective police custody in Pakistan after becoming the youngest person ever to be charged with blasphemy in the country, a media report said on Monday.

According to the Guardian news report, the boy’s family is in hiding and many of the Hindu community in the conservative district of Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province, have fled their homes after a Muslim crowd attacked a Hindu temple after the boy’s release on bail last week.

On August 7, 20 people were arrested in connection with the temple attack.

The boy is accused of intentionally urinating on a carpet in the library of a madrassa, where religious books were kept, last month.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, a member of the boy’s family told the Guardian: “He (the boy) is not even aware of such blasphemy issues, and he has been falsely indulged in these matters. He still doesn’t understand what his crime was and why he was kept in jail for a week.

“We have left our shops and work, the entire community is scared and we fear backlash. We don’t want to return to this area. Blasphemy charges filed against a child have shocked even legal experts in Pakistan.


77-year-old pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam no more 

The 77-year-old pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam, Arunagirinatha Gnanasambantha Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, breathed his last at a private hospital IN MADURAI  on Friday. He was undergoing treatment for respiratory illness. 

The Madurai Adheenam, considered one of the oldest Saivite adheenams (Hindu monastery) in the State, is said to have been established more than a millennium ago and rejuvenated by Thirugnana Sambandar, one of the Nayanmars.

The pontiff was a native of Sirkazhi and joined the Dharmapuram Aadheenam as a disciple soon after his schooling. Since 1980, Arunagirinatha Swamigal, who was formerly a journalist with the DMK’s mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’, has been serving as the 292nd pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam, which is the hereditary trustee of three temples in Thanjavur district.

With fugitive godman Nithyananda staking his claim as the successor of Arunagirinathar, the chambers of the Madurai Aadheenam, located near the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, were sealed late on Thursday night by the pontiff of the Dharmapuram Aadheenam, Masilamani Swamigal from Mayiladuthurai.






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20 arrested, for attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan

Police in Pakista

n’s Punjab province on Saturday have arrestED 20 people and booked over 150 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a Hindu temple in a remote town of the country.

The police action came after the country’s Supreme Court on Friday pulled up authorities for failing to stop the attack and ordered the arrest of the culprits, observing that the incident has tarnished the image of the country abroad.

Hundreds of people, carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked the temple, burning parts of it and damaging the idols, in Bhong area of Rahimyar Khan district of the province in protest against the release by a court of an eight-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local seminary.

“We have so far arrested over 20 suspects allegedly involved in attacking the temple in Bhong,” District Police Officer (DPO) of Rahim Yar Khan Asad Sarfraz told reporters.

He said more arrests are expected in the coming days as police are identifying the suspects through video footage. An FIR has been registered under terrorism and other sections of the Pakistan Penal Code he said.

On Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed said that vandalism at the temple had brought shame to the country as police acted like silent spectators. The Chief Justice wondered at the arrest of the eight-year-old boy and asked whether police were incapable of understanding the mental capacity of the minors.

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday condemned the temple attack by adopting a resolution. The hearing in the case has been adjourned till August 13.

India on Thursday summoned the Pakistani charge d’affaires in New Delhi and lodged a firm protest, expressing grave concerns at this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the freedom of religion of the minority communities and their places of religious worship in Pakistan.

Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. The majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province.


Giant sea waves swallow centuries-old temple in Odisha’s Kendrapara district

The marauding sea that had been eroding the coastline in Kendrapara for decades, devouring one village after another, recently razed to the ground the centuries-old Pancha varaahi temple.

Away from their hometown, much of which has been eaten up by the sea, some of its former residents, however, visited Satabhaya village from time to time to pay obeisance at the Pancha varahi temple, although the idol of the deity has also been relocated to the rehabilitation colony.

Shivendra Narayan Bhanjadeo, the scion of an erstwhile royal family of Rajkanika and the trustee of the temple, said Satabhaya has lost its identity with the caving-in of the shrine.

 The distance between the sea and the temple was around three kilometers some three decades ago. Now the sea has successfully gobbled up the centuries-old temple. For all practical purposes, Satabhaya has now lost its geographical identity,” Bhanjadeo added.


Swami Vivekananda’s statue unveiled  in London


The first outdoor statue of Swami Vivekananda in the United Kingdom, sculpted in Portland stone was unveiled on 28 July to commemorate Swamiji’s arrival to England 125 years ago outside of Harrow Arts Centre in greater London area.

A vision of the late and former Mayor Cllr Mrinal Choudhury, who passed away on 1 August 2020, the statue was unveiled by The Mayor of Harrow Ghazanfar Ali. Deputy Mayor Sasikala Suresh, Manmeet Singh Naran, Minister for Coordination at the Indian High Commission and Swami Sarvasthananda of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, UK were also present. 

Swami Vivekananda travelled to the UK twice, in 1895 and 1896, lecturing successfully here. In November 1895, he met Margaret Elizabeth Noble an Irish woman who would become Sister Nivedita. During his second visit to the UK in May 1896 Vivekananda met Max Muller, a noted Indologist from the University of Oxford who wrote Ramakrishna’s first biography in the West.


Ayodhya Ram temple likely to open to devotees by 2023-end

The Ram temple in Ayodhya will be opened to the public by the end of 2023, even though the entire complex is expected to be ready only by 2025, a person aware of the matter said on Wednesday.

The foundation stone of the temple was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, 2020, and a year on, construction is on in full swing.

The ground floor of the temple, where the sanctum sanctorum will be located and where an idol of Ram Lalla will be placed, will be ready for prayers by December 2023 and arrangements are being made to streamline the process of providing security clearances and installing public amenities, said another person aware of the details.

The temple complex, which is expected to incur a cost of ₹900-1,000 crore and will be spread over 110 acres of land, is being built by Larsen & Toubro while Tata Consulting Engineers has been signed on as the project management consultant.

The temple complex will also have a museum, a research centre, and an archival centre.


MADRAS HIGH COURT seeks treatment of ethical treatment of cattle donated to Temples

Pointing out that the religious beliefs have to be respected and the cattle treated in a human and dignified manner as they are also living creatures, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu sought details of the standard operating procedure that may be in place for the well-being of the cattle.

The bench also appealed to the State to treat such animals in the most ethical manner and as per the intention of the donors until the issue is dealt in a wholesome manner by the court.

The court while adjourning the case by six weeks after seeking for the necessary report from the state by collating all materials by then, also recorded the petitioner Rangarajan Narasimhan’s submission that once a cow stops producing milk or a male calf is born or there is a bull which is useless in breeding purposes, they are disposed of in an unethical manner by sending them to slaughter houses much against the religious beliefs of the institutions and the donors.









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Ram temple trust gives clean chit to trustees in land purchase

The Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust has given a clean chit to trustees involved in the purchase of land for the temple project.

Talking to reporters at a press conference  on Thursday 2n  July, Swami Govind Dev Giri, treasurer of the trust, said that he had studied all relevant documents in the past three days and found no discrepancy in the land deals.

He said that Swami Vishwaprasann Teerth and Kameshwar Chaupal had scrutinised all documents with him.

“All allegations levelled in the land purchase are false and baseless. If those who have levelled allegations can help us in getting cheaper land at the same location, the Trust would be obliged to them,” he said.

Swami Govind Dev Giri further said that the campaign against the Trust was unfortunate.

“However, I want to assure that the work on the Shri Ram temple will continue with full honesty and transparency,” he said.

The Swami’s statement now brings the curtain down on the controversy over the alleged land scam in Ayodhya.


Sikh leaders meet Minister  Kishan Reddy, seek anti-conversion law

A delegation of Sikh leaders met Minister of State (Home) G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday to discuss the alleged forced conversion and wedding of Sikh women in Jammu and Kashmir. The delegation comprising BJP spokesperson and former BJP MLA from Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar RP Singh, Jago Party president Manjit Singh GK and others submitted a memorandum seeking a strong anti-conversion law.

After meeting the Sikh leaders, Reddy said: “Forced conversion and wedding of Sikh girls in Kashmir is wrong and the delegation has submitted a memorandum. I will discuss this with the Union Home Minister regarding the action that needs to be taken.”

The meeting took place less than 24 hours after members of the Sikh community staged protests in parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) also took part in the demonstrations. Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah

had also assured to meet these leaders to discuss the issue of religious conversion and possible action against those found guilty.

On Monday, a massive protest was staged at J&K House in New Delhi.


SC seeks original video, statement of Ramdev on his remarks on efficacy of allopathy

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Yoga guru Ramdev to place before it the original video and transcript of statements made by him which led to the registration of multiple FIRs against him in various states over his alleged remarks on efficacy of allopathy in treatment of COVID-19.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana posted the hearing of Ramdev’s plea seeking clubbing of FIRs and transfer of cases to Delhi lodged against him for July 5, while asking him to place before it the whole video where the remarks were made by him.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Ramdev said he will file the original video and transcript before the court, and sought listing of the case next on Monday.

The plea of Ramdev also sought a stay on the proceedings in multiple cases lodged against him and sought protection from coercive actions in FIRs lodged by Indian Medical Associations (IMA) Patna and Raipur branches and asked the court to transfer the FIRs to Delhi.

During the hearing, Rohatgi contended that Ramdev is a public figure and in a private event he propounds a view that Ayurveda is better than allopathy.
He said that Ramdev had clarified he has nothing against doctors. He is entitled to have a view whether Allopathy is better, Homeopathy is better or Ayurveda is better, Rohatgi argued.

Rohatgi further submitted that “all kinds of cases have been filed against Ramdev and as multiple FIRs have been filed in different parts of the country we ask the court to club them.”

The case has been posted further hearing tomorrow 5th of July.


RSS to hold 5-day brainstorming session at Chitrakoot ahead of UP elections

BJP’s ideological fountainhead, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak, will be holding its annual ‘Akhil Bhartiya Prant Pracharak Baithak’ in Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh) close to Uttar Pradesh, where the saffron party is headed for its biggest electoral challenge next year. Sources say the top brass of the Sangh will brainstorm on several important issues, including the forthcoming elections in key states, between July 9 and 13. UP elections are also expected to figure in Chitrakoot along with ways to improve the image of the Yogi government .


Pak body for early drafting of Hindu Marriage Act

A delegation comprising members of Pakistan’s minority communities on Monday urged the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northwest Pakistan to expedite the drafting of rules for the Hindu Marriage and Divorce Act.

The federal government approved the Hindu Marriage Bill in March 2017 with the consent of the governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Baluchistan provinces and issued necessary instructions to them to draft the required rules. Pakistan has about 3.8 million Hindus.


Here is A news item from U S A

75 American Hindu temples and spiritual orgs write to Rutgers University expressing concerns regarding Audrey Truschke’s actions

A coalition of 75 American Hindu temples and spiritual organizations (including 17 from New Jersey) from across 20 states sent a letter to Rutgers University on 2nd July  expressing anguish and concerns regarding Professor Audrey Truschke’s actions and statements. The letter, coordinated by the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), included some of the largest temples and spiritual organizations, whose memberships include tens of thousands of attendees from diverse sectarian, social, ethnic, and national backgrounds – including from the United States, Canada, Bharat, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Malaysia, and Singapore, among others.

The letter comes against the backdrop of an ongoing controversy at Rutgers University, where Professor Truschke has continued to make disparaging comments about Hindu texts, deities, and festivals while denouncing concerns from Hindu and non-Hindu students and the broader Hindu community as the work of the “Hindu Right.”

“We cannot help but feel intensely hurt and abused when a professor uses her authority and deliberately misinterprets Hindu sacred texts or slanders Hindu deities while rationalizing such behavior as ‘academic freedom,’” remarked the letter.


Here is a sad news for Sanskrit lovers

Sudharma Sanskrit daily editor Sampath Kumar passes away

K V Sampath Kumar (64), editor of ‘Sudharma’, the world’s only Sanskrit daily newspaper, passed away following cardiac arrest in Mysuru on Wednesday.

Sampath Kumar’s father Pandit Varadaraja Iyengar had launched ‘Sudharma’ in 1970. After Varadaraja Iyengar passed away, Sampath Kumar and his wife Jayalakshmi took over its mantle to ensure that it reached the readers.

He used advanced technology, made ‘Sudharma’ available online and launched the e-paper. The print edition of ‘Sudharma’ has nearly 4,000 readers from various Sanskrit universities and institutions across the country.

However, the digital edition of the newspaper has readers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The Union government announced the Padma Shri award to Sampath Kumar and his wife K S Jayalakshmi in 2020, under Literature and Education-Journalism category.

In a condolence message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sampath Kumar was an inspiring personality who worked tirelessly towards preserving and popularising Sanskrit, specially among youngsters. His passion and determination were inspiring, he added.




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TTD announces that Tirumala is birthplace of Lord Hanuman, provides ‘evidence’

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Wednesday announced that Japali Theertham near Akasha Ganga waterfall in Tirumala Hills was the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The announcement cam on April 21, that is National Sanskrit University vice-chancellor V Muralidhara Sharma, who was one of the experts on the committee constituted by the TTD to establish Anjanadri Hill of the Seven Hills (Tirumala Hills) as the birthplace of Hanuman, announced at a programme organised in Tirumala that this was established after four months of intense research and collecting various pieces of evidence.

“It has been established based on puranic anthologies, literary evidence, epigraphic evidence and geographic details,” he said and added that Venkatachalam is also known as Anjanadri and 19 other names. Hanuman was born on Anjanadri in Treta Yuga, he said.

He said they have collected evidence from 12 Puranas and as for literary evidence, they were found in verses of Kamba Ramayanam and Annamacharya Sankeerthanas. He said that epigraphic evidence includes inscriptions found in Tirumala temple that in 12th and 13th-century Venkatachala Mahtyam was recited in Tirumala temple, processional deity of Sri Rangajanaya was brought to Anajandri for protection during the attack of Turks and later taken from there to Srirangam, inscriptions at Varadaraja Swamy temple in Kanchipuram, Sawal-e-Jawab, a record of practices engaged in Tirumala by North Arcot First Collector G Stratton in 1801–2 and later translated by VN Srinivas Rao in 1950.

As for geographical details, Sharma said in Skanda Puranam, when Anjana Devi asked Sage Matanga where Venkatachalam is, he clearly explained that it is north of Swarnamukhi river and 12 yojanas from Ahobilam.  

“Claims that Hampi is the birthplace of Hanuman are not true. Hampi is Kishkinda while Venakatchalam is Anjanadri. It is clearly evident from the conversation between Sugreeva and Hanuman when the former asks the latter to bring Vanaras from Anajandri. If it was in Kishkinda, he would not have asked that way,” he said. He also dismissed the claims of other places like in Bhoomla district of Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kaikal in Haryana.

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, TTD Executive Officer Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, who constituted the committee to determine the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, additional EO Dharma Reddy and others were present.

Other Claims

However, there is doubt among some historians over Anjaneya’s birthplace. The five other places which claim Hanuman originated from include:

1. There is a hillock near Anjanadri at Hampi in Karnataka. But scholars of Kannada University at Hampi affirmed that there is no material evidence to prove that.

2. Anjan village, 21 km from Gumla district headquarter in Jharkhand.

3. Anjan mountain in Navsari region of Gujarat.

4. Kaithal region in Haryana

5. Anjaneri, 7 km from Triambakeswar in Nashik district of Maharashtra

Historians contend that the Hampi region was popularly known as Kishkinda in legends and Puranas. Hence, Anjaneya could have gone to Hampi from Tirumala, which was just 363 km away. They also scientifically say that Hampi was 1,240 km from Gumla in Jharkhand, 1,626 km from Kaithal of Haryana, 616 km from Maharashtra, and ruled them all out and suggested that migration to Hampi is feasible.


Restrictions on darshans in Tirumala

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is likely to impose restrictions on darshan of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala due to the rising intensity Covid-19 cases in the country. Free Darshan is completely stopped. More restrictions on special entry tickets are also expected.

It is now mulling cutting down on daily issuance of Rs. 300 special entry darshan tickets too, starting from the month of May. Guidelines in this regard are expected to be released soon.

The devasthanam has in a statement said devotees, who have booked Rs. 300 special entry darshan tickets online for darshan from April 21 till April 30; but cannot come to Tirumala due to rising cases of Coronavirus in the country, can use the same tickets for darshan in the next 90 days.


Sixteen-year old boy to head Shiroor mutt

Sixteen-year old boy to head Shiroor muttShiroor mutt is one of the ‘Ashta’ (eight) mutts of Udupi

At a press meet in Udupi on Wednesday, the Sode seer introduced Aniruddha Saralatthaya, a class X student, who will be the next head of the Shiroor mutt.

Three years after the death of Shiroor mutt chief Swami Lakshmivara Teertha, a 16-year old boy has been named as his successor by Sode mutt seer Sri Vishwa  vallabha Teertha.

Shiroor mutt is one of the ‘Ashta’ (eight) mutts of Udupi. Lakshmivara Teertha died on July 19, 2018, without naming a successor. Vishwavallabha Teertha, seer of Sode mutt, the ‘Dwandva’ Mutt of Shiroor, has been handling the mutt’s activities.


Registration for Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended

In view of evolving Covid-19 situation, registration for Amarnath Yatra is being temporarily suspended, said Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board on Thursday.

The board further said that the situation is being constantly monitored and it will be reopened once the situation is improved.

Online registrations for this year’s Amarnath Yatra commenced on April 15.

This year’s 56 day-yatra will commence simultaneously on both routes from June 28 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, August 22.

The yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice for this purpose. However, they shall be required to produce the Compulsory Health Certificate,(CHC) in the prescribed format issued by an authorised doctor, before they are allowed to travel by helicopter.


Thirrsur Pooram celebrated without pomp amid Covid

Amid strict vigil and restrictions in the wake of surging Covid-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic in Kerala and across the country, Thirrsur Pooram was celebrated on Friday without spectators.

Unlike the usual pomp and thunderous cheers of spectators — who enjoy the ensemble of percussion instruments and parade of 80-odd, caparisoned elephants — this time, Pooram was restricted to mere rituals.

The entry was restricted to only artists, temple board members, mahouts and others involved in the rituals of the festival. Earlier, the temple body and many Hindu outfits had insisted for a regular festival, citing the just- concluded assembly elections, but after several rounds of discussion, all agreed to limit the festival to mere rituals.

The lack of spectators, however, failed to dampen the grandeur of the visual spectacle. The Pandi Melam led by maestro Peruvanam Kuttan Marar enthralled the festival, which was live streamed by many channels. Thiruvambadi temple only paraded only one elephant, but Paramekavu Devi temple brought 15 jumbos and Kudamattom, the change of colourful parasols in quick succession, added to the grandeur.

The largest cultural pageant of the state, Pooram was started in the late 18th century by erstwhile King of Kochi, Sakthan Thamburan. Every year, the festival is held at Vadukunathan temple in Thrissur. But last year, it was not held in view of the pandemic situation. Usually, more than two million devotees take part in the 10-day celebration, which culminates with a musical ensemble and grand fireworks. It is also a major tourist attraction of the state. But over the last two years, pandemic has taken sheen out of the festival.


Planting trees crucial to protect soil’s fertility: Isha founder

Fertile soil is the real asset of the nation and planting trees is crucial to protect the fertility of the soil and the health of the people, Isha Foundation Founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said on Thursday.

This is the primary objective of Isha’s Cauvery Calling movement which is encouraging farmers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to adopt tree-based agriculture which has proven to yield enormous ecological and economic benefits for the farmer,a release from Isha said on the occasion of World Earth Day.

“Mother Earth is so generous. If only we give her the chance, she will restore everything in absolute abundance and beauty,” he said in a message.

In the 2020 planting season, farmers in both states planted 1.1 crore saplings on their farmlands in the Cauvery river basin which is expected to have a significant impact on the soil health and water holding capacity of the densely populated river basin, the release said.

“Without fertile soil, there is no question of abundant water as healthy soil is the greatest reservoir of water. Nutrient-rich soil can absorb rainwater and store it underground, protecting it from evaporation and recharging groundwater tables,” the spiritual leader said.


Fugitive godman Swami Nithyananda bans Indians from entering ‘Kailasa’ ISLAND NATION

Fugitive godman Swami Nithyananda has banned Indians from entering ‘Kailasa’, his island ‘nation’ due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Nithyananda has also banned travellers from Brazil, European Union, and Malaysia. His statement was released in a video.

In December 2020, Nithyananda had made headlines when he announced a 3-day visa to ‘Kailaasa’ off the coast of Ecuador in South America. 

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world in March this year, Nithyananda had made headlines saying that those who made fun of him for going into self-isolation are scrambling to find a place where they can quarantine themselves, a media report said.

The godman had fled India following several charges against him, 

While the police were investigating how Nithyananda managed to flee the country when his passport had expired, shockingly, the website says ‘Kailaasa’ has its own “passport”. The symbols on the passport include the flag of Kailaasa, called Rishabha Dhvaja, and features Nithyananda along with Nandi, Lord Shiva’s mount.


Mangaluru temple authorities booked for violating COVID-19 norms

The authorities of the Ullal Somanath temple near Mangaluru in Karnataka have been booked by the local police on charges of violating COVID-19 guidelines by organising a religious event in which thousands of devotees had participated.

Mangaluru tahsildar Guruprasad had issued a notice to the temple at Ullal three days ago seeking a reply. On Tuesday, Ullal police registered a case under the Epidemic Act and section 269 of the Indian Penal Code for organizing the ‘Jatrotsav’ violating the state government order.

As part of Brahma kalasha Utsav, the temple authorities had organised a chariot procession and ‘hore kanike’ on Monday. Thousands of devotees from various corners had gathered for the procession and many were seen not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing.



Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Jain community. This year, it is being celebrated TODAY  April 25, 2021. The Jains offer prayers, carry out rath yatras and visit temples, to commemorate Mahavir Jayanti.

This festival marks the birth of Vardhamana Mahavira, who was the 24th and the last Tirthankara, spiritual teacher in Jainism.




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Greek Gods – Roman Gods (Alphabetical)- Post No.9485


Post No. 9485

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Following is the list I have compiled from various books. Now Hindus only worship goddesses and other religions worship only God as male ‘He’. Wherever they can’t change the faith of the people on Goddesses, they installed Virgin Mary, Madonna or a demoness and called them Pagan gods. Anyway this Greek -Roman gods comparison will be helpful to see how they have changed Hindu Goddesses. For instance, Vedas refer to Vastu as deity of the land, plot or house. Today we see Vastu Sastra is followed by everyone. Big organisations consult Vastu experts. If you enter British Library in London , you can see a fountain with flowing water. All are reshaping their buildings on the basis of Vedic Vastu. They changed the names in Greek and Italy as Hestia and Vesta etc. Goddess Durga is seen throughout Middle East. All the vahanas are seen from Indus valley to Sumeria and Egypt.

Aphrodite -Venus

Ares – Mars

Artemis -Diana

Athene -Minerva


Demeter -Ceres 

Dionysus –Bacchus

Eos – Aurora

Erinyes – Furies

Eros – Cupid

Gaea (Gaia or Ge)- Tellus/Terra

Hades/ Haides- Pluto

Hebe – Juventas

Helius – Sol

Hemera – Dies

Hephasestus /Hephaistos – Vulcan

Here/ here – Juno

Hermes –  Mercury

Hestia – Vesta

Moerae /Moirai – Fates

Nike – Victory

Nyx – Nox

Persephone- Proserpina

Poseidon – Neptune

Rhea – Ops

Selene  Luna

Tyche – Fortune

Uranus/ Ouranos – Caelus

Zeus – Jupiter


Following is the list I posted in 2014

Hindu – Slav

Varun – Perun
Haridasva Hors / sun
Surya Hors / sun
Moksha Mukosh / death

Roman or Greek Gods & Hindu Gods
Zeus – Indra (Taranis, Thor)
Jupiter – Indra
Saturnus – Brahma
Minas – Yama
Neptune – Varuna
Sol -Surya
Lunus – Chandra
Hercules – Krishna (Hari kula esa)
Janus – Ganapathy
Hephaestus/ Vulcan – Visvakarma /Tarkhan/Takshan
Plutarch – Kubera
Apollo – Krishna (also Hercules)
Mercury – Narada
Burgos – Rama
Mars – Skanda
Juno – Durga (also Diana & Artemis)
Minerva – Sarasvati (Also Athena)

Venus – Rambha
Aurora -Usha
Cybele -Prithvi
Ceres – Sree /Lakshmi
Cronos – Kashyap (Father of Asuras and Devas)
Zeus, Poseidon, Hades -Trimurti
Hera – Lakshmi
Hades -Yama
Poseidon – Varuna
Ares – Skanda
Kronos -Shiva
Pleiades – Kritika stars
Hera, Hestia, Demeter- Durga, Lakshmi, Sarasvati
Demeter – Devamata (same as Tiamath in Sumer)
Bacchus –Shiva
Hermes – Sarama
Cybele – Sribali
Gaiya – Jaya
Uranus – Varuna
Hestia – Vastu
Diana /Artemis – Durga


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Hindu Astrology 2700 years Ago: proof from Megasthenes! (Post No.9392)


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The Science of Astronomy and astrology originated in India. The proof for this is in the Rig Veda which is dated between 4500 BCE and 6000 BCE by various scholars on the basis of astronomical references in the Vedas. Herman Jacobi of Germany and Freedom fighter B G Tilak lead this group of researchers.

Hindus are the only community in the world who included astronomy / astrology in day today syllabus. Vedic scholars must study SIX ancillary subjects. They are ….

Siksaa – phonetics – nose of Vedic man/Veda purusa

Vyakarana – grammar – mouth

Nirukta – etymology/lexicon- ear

Kalpa – manual of rituals – hands

Chandas – prosody – foot

Jyotisa – astronomy/ astrology- eye

These are the limbs of Vedic learning. When one mastered all the six……………….

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VHP leader Ashok Singhal’s family donates Rs 11 crore for Ram Mandir

A cousin of late Vishwa Hindu Parishad  leader Ashok Singhal, who is a Udaipur-based industrialist, has donated Rs 11 crore for building the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Arvind Singhal has donated the sum in memory of the VHP leader, who led a number of agitations for the Ram Mandir.

Arvind Singhal said that the family decided to donate the sum as the family always felt proud of the contribution of Ashok Singhal for building the Ram Mandir.

Singhal said the whole family was very happy as the process of building the temple has started. He said the family thought it should also contribute its part for the temple. This sum would be a tribute to late Ashok Singhal also, who gave his life for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, he said.

This was the highest donation made by a family in Rajasthan.


News from Gujarat

11 year old girl Bhavika of Surat in Gujarat has raised Rs 50 lakhs for Ram temple. She raised the funds by singing sweet songs about Lord Ram in her Ramayana discourses.


Chennai Muslim businessman donates Rs 1 lakh for Ayodhya Ram Temple

In a gesture aimed at communal amity, a Muslim businessman from Chennai has donated Rs 1 lakh towards the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

Daily wage earners like cobblers and small traders are among those making contributions to help raise the proposed magnificent structure.

When the members of the Hindu Munnani, accompanied by the volunteers approached businessman W S Habib, he gifted a cheque for Rs 1,00,008, taking the fund raisers by surprise.

According to K E Srinivasan, Chennai organiser of Dharma Jagran Manch a wing of RSS not only the affluent in the society but also the poor contributed.

“At Perambur, for instance, cobblers and other sections came forward to donate Rs 10,” he said.

At Kodungaiyur when the members solicited funds for the temple construction, shop keepers contributed their mite.

An enthusiastic seller of vermilion (kumkum) near a temple, who happened to be a Muslim, gave Rs 200 for the cause.



The Kerala government has decided to conduct the famous ‘Attukal Pongala’ festival as per the COVID-19 protocol. .

Among an array of different festivals, beliefs and traditions, it is Attukal Pongala that has received a lot of attention among travellers and tourists alike. Organized in Attukal Devi’s temple in Trivandrum, the event is bedecked for the world’s largest annual gathering of women.

The festival sees women devotees visiting from all corners of Kerala making the conglomeration massive. It has also been listed in the Guinness World Record with 2.5 million women attending it at one time in the year 2009.

This year it is scheduled to take place on 27th February.

The rituals started on 19th February with tying the Kappu. Unlike previous years  the women are asked to cook and offer Pongal, that is sweet rice pudding, in their houses.


Vasant Panchami brought new enthusiasm for country : Prime Minister Modi

Paying tribute to Maharaja Suheldev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Today I have the privilege of laying the foundation stone of the grand memorial of Maharaja Suheldev ji in Bahraich.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and Maharaja Suheldev Development project and dedicated to the public Maharaja Suheldev State Medical College (Baharaich) via video conferencing.

Launching the event, PM Modi said that the spring season this year has brought new hopes leaving the pandemic behind.

King Suheldev, an icon of the Rajbhar community, had defeated and killed the  Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud in a battle on the banks of the Chittora lake in Bahraich in 1033.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandi ben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath were present at the programme organised in Bahraich on the occasion of birth anniversary of Maharaja Suheldev.


Here is some good news from Kashmir

Bells ring as temple reopens in downtown Srinagar after 31 years

The Sheetal Nath Mandir in Kralakhud area of downtown Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was re-opened after 31 years on Tuesday. Temple bells rang as Basant Panchmi puja and havan were performed, suspended since militancy erupted in the erstwhile state in 1990.

Around 30 Kashmiri Pandits, both migrants and non-migrants, attended the prayers. ‘Prasad’ was also distributed among the devotees.

“We have formally re-opened the temple,” Upendra Handoo, the priest, said, recalling how the temple was closed in 1990. 

Handoo said Basant Panchmi puja in Srinagar used to be performed at the Sheetal Nath Mandir where hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits congregated before militancy began.

He said Muslims living near the temple have always extended their help to the shrine management. “This time also, they helped us in the arrangements signifying the Hindu-Muslim amity.” 

He said reopening of the temple is a big confidence-building measure and would send out a message outside the Valley that Kashmir is safe. He said the Ashram Sabha members have urged the government to take more steps for the return of the Pandits to the Valley.

The Pandits had migrated en masse from the Valley after militancy erupted. According to official figures, 219 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in the militancy-related violence in Jammu&Kashmir.


Creative industries around Durga Puja in Bengal is worth ₹32,377 crore

The economic value of the creative industries that crop up around the Durga Puja – the biggest festival in West Bengal – is worth ₹32,377 crore, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.

The chief minister was citing a 2018 report that the state government had commissioned to find out the economic impact of Durga Puja. The study was conducted by experts from the British Council, IIT Kharagpur, and Queen Mary University in UK.

“As per the report that was submitted on Monday, the economy of creative industries around Durga Puja is ₹32,377 crore, which is equal to $4.53 billion. This is a huge amount of money for a seven-day festival. It is comparable to the GDP of Maldives and around 2.5% of the GDP of West Bengal,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.



An unusual offering of two tonnes of pickles was made by a devotee to the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, an official of the temple said.

After offering worship at the temple, the devotee Kaaturi Ramu from Chirravuru village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh handed over the pickles to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board chairman YV Subba Reddy at the temple-run pilgrims free meal canteen, the official told PTI.

Different varieties of vegetable pickles, including mango, lemon, tomato, and gongura were packed in plastic canisters, the official said.

Ramu requested the TTD to utilise pickles at the canteen where over a lakh meals were served daily to the visiting devotees.

Meanwhile, a TTD press release said the foundation stone would be laid on February for the construction of a replica of the temple of Goddess Padmavathi to be built by the TTD in Chennai.



A team of Vedic pandits of TTD fixed auspicious dates for the Kalyanamastu mass marriage programmes and handed over the Lagna Patrika to TTD Executive Officer Dr K.S. Jawahar Reddy  on Wednesday.

The team comprised veteran Vedic scholar G. Bala Subramanya Shastri, Dharmagiri Veda Vignana Peetham principal K.S.S. Avadhani, chief priest of Tirumala temple Archakam Venugopala Deekshitulu and former Agama advisor of TTD Vedantam Vishnu Bhattacharya. They met at Nada Neerajanam platform to deliberate and finalise the muhurat for the prestigious programme.

Speaking to media persons later, the EXECUTIV OFFICER said that the pandits finalised three auspicious dates in 2021, including May 28 ,October 30 and November 17 .

He said that Kalyanamastu is aimed at organising free mass marriages for couples from poor families. “It was successfully conducted in six phases between 2007 and 2011 as part of Hindu Sanatana Dharma Pracharam programme.


Haryana To Revive The Sacred Saraswati River

In an effort to revive the ancient Saraswati River, the Haryana government is planning a barrage, dam and reservoir at Adi Badri, reports The Indian Express.

While addressing a seminar on ‘Saraswati River-New Perspectives and Heritage Development’ during the ongoing International Saraswati Festival-2021 on Monday (15 February), Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the project of Saraswati river revival would be beneficial to develop all such places where there is evidence of Saraswati river and its heritage.

“All the doubts regarding existence of Saraswati river have been resolved and scientific evidence has been found for its flow. According to the description found in Mahabharata, Saraswati originated from a place called Adi Badri, which is just above Yamunanagar in Haryana and just below the Shivalik hills.

 Even today people consider this place to be a place of pilgrimage,” said CM Manohar Lal Khattar while addressing the seminar organised by Vidya Bharti Sanskriti Sansthan and Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board.


Kumbha Mela 2021 from April 1-30

Mahakumbh 2021 in Haridwar will start on April 1 and conclude on April 30, 2021, said Uttarkhand state government officials. 

The officials also added NO special trains will be run for the religious congregation given the coronavirus situation.

Om Prakash, chief secretary said,

Keeping in mind the prevailing Covid-19 situation, the state government has planned to integrate CCTV cameras with artificial intelligence software to keep the headcount from exceeding from the prescribed limit.

The Mahakumbh is expected to have expenses of Rs 800 Crore which are being used to provide facilities to the devotees and saints visiting the mela. 

Dates of first holy bath in the Ganges River have been announced already. The first bath will be taken on March 11, 2021 (Mahashivratri), the second on April 12 (Somwati Amavasya), the third on April 14 (Baisakhi Kumbh snan) and the fourth on April 27 (Chaitra Purnima). 

Every four years the Mini Kumbhamelas are held in rotation in 3 different places. The major festival is held every 12 years in Prayag also known as Triveni Snagam.


Singer Rihanna is facing accusations of cultural appropriation and religious insensitivity after she posted a topless image of herself wearing a pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha.

The photo, which appeared on her Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, shows the singer in a pair of lavender satin boxers by her lingerie label, Savage X Fenty. Among her matching purple jewels are a bracelet, a large pair of earrings and what appears to be a diamond-studded carving of the elephant-headed deity — a move branded “disrespectful” by some Hindus and other social media users in India.

The controversy comes just two weeks after Rihanna divided opinions in India by expressing her support for farmers protesting new agriculture laws in the country.

A number of commentators were quick to link Rihanna’s decision to wear a Ganesha pendant to her stance on the protests. Lawmaker Ram Kadam, a member of the country’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), suggested that she had now discredited her involvement in the matter.




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