WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 18-7-2021 (Post No.9865)

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Padma Shri awardee Rabindra Narain Singh elected as VHP president

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has elected Rabindra Narain Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon and a Padma Shri awardee, as its new president on Saturday. Singh replaced 82-year-old Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, who has been in the post since April 2018.

“Kokje ji is now 82 years old. He wanted to be relieved of his responsibilities as the VHP president. The election has been conducted as per his wishes and our constitution,” VHP’s joint general secretary Surendra Jain said at a press conference.

Rabindra Narain Singh was the vice president of VHP. In 2010, he received Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medical sciences. Elections were also held for the post of the general secretary and Milind Parande, the outfit’s current general secretary, was unanimously re-elected.

During the meeting, the outfit discussed the “condition of Hindus” in Haryana’s Mewat and issued a statement demanding that the state government must ensure “protection of Hindus” in the Muslim-dominated region.

Jain said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, after visiting Mewat last year, had announced that his government would bring a law against forced religious conversion, effectively implement the law against cow slaughter, constitute a Dharmada Board to look after the religious estate of Hindu-minority areas and set up a camp of paramilitary forces in Mewat district.

“It has been a year since his announcement, but nothing has yet been done so far,” the VHP leader said while appealing to the Haryana chief minister to act on his promises “to establish rule of law” in Mewat.

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Lucknow University to get new faculty on Shaivism

The Academic Council of Lucknow University has approved setting up of a new faculty by upgrading the status of Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy.

The council also approved new courses from next session. 

The Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy, named after the philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir, was constituted in LU for research in Shaivism. 

Till now, it was an autonomous institute, but now it will have faculty status. The institute will have more power and resources for teaching and research. It will run a full-fledged paper on Shaiva Philosophy and Aesthetics in MA (Sanskrit) course and  conduct doctoral studies. 

This is LU’s eleventh faculty. Other faculties include arts, science, commerce, law, education, fine arts, engineering, Unani, ayurveda and yoga and alternative medicine. 

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748 acres deleted from records of Simhachalam Temple says the Inquiry team

The three-member inquiry committee constituted by the Special Commissioner of Endowments to probe irregularities in Simhachalam temple and MANSAS lands in Andhra Pradesh, has gathered evidence to prove that 748 acres belonging to Simhachalam temple were deleted from 22A of the records in 2016. The committee completed its inquiry into the temple lands  on Tuesday. It went to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands.

The committee comprising Deputy Commissioner E Pushpavardhan,and two more members , visited Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the morning and verified the land records.
Pushpavardhan told TNIE that there was a prima facie case even before they began inquiry into the temple lands. 

“We have gathered all the evidence with regard to irregularities in the land records. The deletion of lands from Section 22A, which prohibits sale and fresh registration, was done in 2016. Though the temple executive officer was not empowered to delete the lands from 22A, the then EO had done it,” Pushpavardhan said. 

“No constructions have been taken up in the said land and the entire land in question is located in Visakhapatnam district,’’ he said, adding that the inquiry went on smoothly as the land records of both Simhachalam temple and MANSAS were digitised.

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Drop one-child norm from draft population policy, VHP tells UP govt

Raising concern over the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked the panel to delete the one-child norm from the draft.

In a letter to the UP Law Commission, Alok Kumar, working president of the VHP, said they have read the draft of the UP Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 inviting suggestions for modification.

 “The preamble of the Bill states that this is a Bill (6) inter alia to stabilize the population and (ii) promotion of two child norm. The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) agrees with both objects.” the letter says.

However, the VHP has raised objections to Sections of the bill that “incentivise public servants and others to have only one child in the family go well beyond the said objectives”.

The Uttar Pradesh government released the first draft of the proposed ‘UP Population (Control, Stabilization, and Welfare) Bill, 2021’ Friday and has invited suggestions from the public by 19 July.

The proposed law offers multiple incentives to families that follow the two-child norm. This includes two additional increments during service for government employees, subsidised purchase of plot or house, and 3 per cent increase in EPF.

There is more on offer for those who have just one child, including two additional increments and free healthcare for the child till he/she attains the age of 20 years. A single child will also be given preference for admission in all education institutions.

Special incentives for parents who have only two children, and restrictions from availing of government schemes for those who have three or more — these are among the provisions of the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday.  

The draft bill proposes some stringent measures to restrict couples from having more than two children, and promises cheaper home loans and free education for voluntary sterilisation.

Those who follow the proposed two-child norm would be offered incentives like tax rebates. 

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Uttar Pradesh govt cancels Kanwar Yatra

Kanwar yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwariyas, to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch Ganga waters to anoint lord Shiva lingams at Shiva Temples at their respective places.

On Friday, the Supreme court gave the state government time till Monday to reconsider its decision of going ahead with allowing the pilgrimage.

While asking the UP government to reconsider allowing even a symbolic physical yatra this year, the apex court on Friday had underlined that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount”.

Meanwhile, the Centre, in reply to the court notice, said that the states, instead of allowing the Yatra, must make arrangements to supply Gangajal to devotees at designated locations.

The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday too suspended the Kanwar Yatra amid threats of a possible third wave of Covid-19.

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ONE TON FLOWERS USED TO DECORATE THE FLORAL PALANQUIN in Balaji Temple

On the occasion of Anivara Asthanam, Pushpa Pallaki Seva took place with utmost religious fervour in Tirumala on Friday evening along the four Mada streets  .

Decorated with dazzling jewels, colourful silk vastrams, flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi, Sri Malayappa Swamy took out a celestial ride to bless the devotees on this finely decked floral palanquin.

Varieties of flowers weighing about one ton are used to create this colourful palanquin by 15 florists for three days. The palanquin carried the images of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and anjaneya Swamy which stood as a special attraction. 

TOTAL PILGRIMS WHO HAD DARSHAN ON 16th July was : 16,787

9,329 people had Tonsures

Hundi collection on that day was  Rs.1.40 Cr

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Bonalu festivities in Telangana

The annual Ashada Bonalu festivities commenced at the Goddess Jagadamba Temple atop the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad on Sunday with the offering of Bonam in a decorated brass pot to the deity. Ministers A Indrakaran Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav, and Hyderabad Deputy Mayor Srilatha Reddy presented silk robes to the Goddess on behalf of the Telangana State government

As part of the festival, a colourful procession was taken out from Langer Houz to the Golconda Fort.  Women in colourful robes carried the ‘bonam’ on their heads to the temple. 

Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu on July 25

The famous Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad will be held on July 25 and in Hyderabad including Old City on August 1. The Telangana government gave the status of ‘State festival’ to Bonalu after the formation of the new State in June 2014.

Bonalu is celebrated to ward off diseases and usher in good health, peace and prosperity.

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31-1-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH (Post No.9210-A)

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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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Kerala High Court asks govt to return Rs 10 crore it got from Guruvayur temple for flood relief

The Kerala High Court on Friday ordered the state government to return Rs 10 crore it had received from the Guruvayur Devasom Board towards the CM’s relief fund. In the order the court said the temple fund was meant to develop the shrine and its allied services and it was not proper to divert it for other reasons.

A devotee N Nagesh had approached the court saying that the presiding deity was the sole proprietor of the temple fund and the board has no right to divert the shrine fund. The temple board had contributed Rs 10 crore to the CM’s relief fund after two consecutive floods in the state, 2018 and 2019. Earlier, a single bench of the High Court had asked the government to return the money but the government approached a division bench which also upheld the single bench verdict.

In May this year, Guruvayur Devasom Board chairman K B Mohandas had handed over the fund to the Thrissur district collector saying the contribution was part of the temple’s social responsibility. Many Hindu bodies had decried the decision saying it was unlawful. But the board justified its decision saying it was done earlier also.

“Matters such as contributions towards disaster relief fund do not fall under the preview of the Devasom Board. It can protect the temple wealth but has no right to pass it on to someone else,” the court said in its order. Many organisations including the Hindu Aikya Vedi lauded the verdict.

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Sports Ministry formally recognises Yogaasana as competitive sport

The Sports Ministry on Thursday formally recognised yogasana as a competitive sport, which will enable the ancient practice to avail government funding.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Sidda Homoeopathy) Shripad Yesso Naik formally promoted Yogasana as a competitive sport during an event here.

The move was made to encourage yoga, spread awareness about its benefits and to help improve physical and mental wellbeing of the people.

India has also recently established the National Yogasana Sport Federation of India (NYSFI) for preservation and development of yoga as a competitive sport.

“Yogasana as a competitive sport can develop an interest in yoga among people across the world. The Fit India Movement initiated by the Indian Government has gained impetus and the Government has promoted yoga as a healthy practice to stay fit. Since the inception of International Yoga Day, the growth prospect for Yoga has been immense,” says NYSFI on its website.

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South Korean and three more arrested under anti-conversion law

Four persons, including a foreign national, were arrested Saturday for allegedly pressurising two families in Greater Noida for religious conversion. According to the police, the four suspects had allegedly been visiting the two families for the last six months and supporting them financially, and recently, had started pressuring them for conversion.

Pradeep Tripathi, station house officer Surajpur police station, said that the prime accused, Mu Cu Lee, 50, belongs to Seoul in South Korea and is allegedly involved in missionary activities in Greater Noida. “The woman had been visiting India for some years and getting people to convert after luring them with financial benefits. She is associated with some missionary organisation. She had already converted three people .

Tripathi said that while Lee lived in a high-rise society in Sector Beta 2 area, the three lived in a rented accommodation in Malakpur village in Surajpur.

 “She was providing rations and other assistance to the two families, since they were poor. She was also asking them to visit Church on Sundays,” he said.

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Fugitive godman Nithyananda announces visa, flights to his ‘country’ Kailasa from Australia

Over a year after he allegedly founded his own ‘Hindu sovereign nation’ called Kailasa, fugitive self-styled godman Nithyananda has now begun issuing special 3-day visas for tourists. To visit the mysterious island nation, Kailasa visa-holders will have to travel from Australia aboard a newly launched private chartered flight service ‘Garuda’, Nithyananda announced in a recent video.

The controversial ‘godman’, who fled India to escape arrest in a rape trial in 2019, urged visitors to stay in the ‘country’ for not more than three days, during which they will be allowed one ‘Darshan’ of ‘Param Shiva’.

“Today, you can start applying for Kailasa visa. You have to reach Australia on your own. From Australia, Kailasa has its own chartered flight services,” he said in a video streamed from his official Facebook page. “Please do not ask for more than a 3-day visa. Kailaasa can accommodate anyone only for three days for now.

The godman said that all visitors will be provided with free food and accommodation during the course of their stay. While travellers will have to make their own arrangements to arrive in Australia, airfare to and from Kailasa will be covered by Nithyananda’s organisation, he added.

Gujarat Police announced last year that he had escaped from the country after failing to appear in more than 50 hearings.

Even as Indian authorities continued their manhunt to nab him, Nithyananda allegedly founded the ‘nation’ last year. There is much speculation about whether Kailaasa is in fact, a real nation with physical territory.

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Prime Minister Modi visits Gurudwara and pays tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur for his supreme sacrifice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur for his supreme sacrifice as he went to Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Delhi in an unscheduled visit. There were no security arrangements or traffic barriers to the common man during the visit, officials said.

PM Modi had also paid tributes to Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji on his Shaheedi Diwas in a tweet on Saturday. “Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s life epitomised courage and compassion. On his Shaheedi Diwas, I bow to the great Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and recall his vision for a just and inclusive society.”

 Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of 10 Gurus of the Sikh religion and was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind. He was born in Amritsar in 1621.

There are several accounts explaining the motive behind the assassination of Guru Tegh Bahadur on Aurangzeb’s orders. Sikh tradition states that the guru stood up for the rights of Kashmiri Pandits who approached him to intercede on their behalf with the emperor and ask him to revoke a recently imposed jizya (tax)[9] and was publicly killed in 1675 on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi .

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WHERE WAS HANUMAN BORN?

TTD forms panel to establish Anjanadri at Tirupati as Hanuman’s birthplace


The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has formed a committee of religious scholars, experts of Hindu scriptures to establish Anjanadri, one of the seven sacred hills of the Seshachalam range at Tirupati, as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman.

Janmabhoomi Teertha   kshetra Trust was reportedly constituted in Karnataka in February this year with the aim of developing Anjanadri-Kishkinda, at Hampi in Bellary district, as Hanuman’s provenance.

The trust also announced plans to install the “world’s tallest statue” of Hanuman there, on the lines of but a bit shorter than the Ram statue conceived at Ayodhya by the Yogi Adityanath government.

Last month, the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra decided to develop the Anjaneri hills, near Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, as Hanuman’s birthplace.

NOW THE BIRTH PLACE OF ANJANEYA HAS BECOME A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE IN POLITICAL CIRCLES.

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