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Kohinoor Diamond was not Stolen, but Gifted to UK: Govt Tells Supreme Court


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Editor’s note: The Kohinoor diamond was originally stolen from the temple of Goddess of Warangal, where it was used as the eye of the deity. There are many such jewels which were stolen from Hindu temples and have ended up in the hands of kings and rulers overseas. You can read more about it here: The Kohinoor Diamond in the British Crown Jewels was the Eye of Hindu Goddess of Warangal

Government today told the Supreme Court that Kohinoor diamond was neither “forcibly taken” nor “stolen” by British rulers but given to the East India Company by the rulers of Punjab.

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A Hanuman Temple in Bhubaneswar with 108 Deities


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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, surprised the entire world as he revealed to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that once he was advised by the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, to visit Hanuman Temple of Kainchi Dham in the state of Uttarakhand.  It also sprang a surprise, when the nation came to know that President of America, Barrack Obama, carried around a statue of Hanuman in his pocket.

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In Search of Lord Shiva in Pakistan


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[ An excerpt from the book “In Search of Shiva: A Study of Folk Religious Practices in Pakistan”. ]

A few months prior to my visit to this village, I received a call from Iqbal asking me if he could come and see me. Later in the day, while we were sitting in my garage, around a fire he said, ‘Let’s make a trip to Pakpattan. There is an interesting shrine there that I want you to see and write about. You know what a shivling is, right? There is a shrine there where women worship and present a shivling to the grave of the saint.’

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Was Subhas Chandra Bose Living in Disguise as a Sadhu Named Gumnami Baba?


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Four men sit on either side of a table — three on one side, one on the other — inside a small room at the treasury office in the Faizabad district collectorate. At one end of the table, against the wall, is a huge tin trunk from which workers take out items, one by one, gingerly, and place them on the table: brass glasses, a water pot, an axe, a cup.

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