The following article by G.S. Radhakrishna highlights the fact that the central government will begin taxing all temples in the country on things such as pujas, archanas, prasadam, etc. Though the article focuses on the famous Tirupati temple we should remember that 99.99% of temples in the country are not rich. The majority are small village temples that struggle to get by. In most cases there isn’t even enough money to hire proper pujaris and archakas to maintain the service of the temples. Despite the difficulty the temples face, the government feels the need to tax the temple’s and...Read More
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On Mahendragiri hill in Srikakula district, Andhra Pradesh, there is a temple for Gokarneshwara. There is no clear evidence about who installed the shrine here. But the temple was built by the ancestors of the king of Mandasa (the name of the place where the hill is located). Vasishtha Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, the first and foremost disciple of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi once confirmed to Daivarata, one of his disciples, that this lingam was installed by Kartikeya himself and was worshipped by Parashurama. That is why this place is known as Parashurama Kshetra. In the Mahabharata Udyogaparva (176.31) it is...Read More
The Celtic people spread from their homeland in what is now Germany across Europe in the first millennium bce. Iron tools and weapons rendered them superior to their neighbors. They were also skilled farmers, road builders, traders and inventors of a fast two-wheeled chariot. They declined in the face of Roman, Germanic and Slavic ascendency by the second century bce. Here Peter Berresford Ellis, one of Europe’s foremost experts of the Celts, explains how modern research has revealed the amazing similarities between ancient Celt and Vedic culture. The Celt’s priestly caste, the Druids, has become a part of modern...Read More
The cosmology and cosmography of the ancient Vedas is awe inspiring to say the least. The more “modern” of the Vedic texts are known to originate from approximately 3000 B.C., thus being the oldest scientific and religious doctrines known to man. The descriptions of our solar system and what modern astronomy has discovered of the visible universe corresponds with the ancient Vedic knowledge, proving that man has had advanced knowledge of astronomy for thousands of years before our modern civilization began. This article describes the Vedic version of planetary systems from the topmost, eternal planets down through the temporary...Read More
The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday recognised river Ganga as the first living entity of India, a move that grants it the same legal rights as a human being. The new status means that if someone pollutes the Ganga — considered to be the holiest river in the country — the law will see it equal to harming a human being. The court also ruled that the government form a Ganga Administration Board for better maintenance and cleaning of the river. A similar ruling was passed in New Zealand last week when their parliament passed a bill declaring the...Read More
Lord Shiva has taken many forms to rescue humanity and other Gods from calamities. One significant but lesser known avataar is that of Sri Sarabeshwara. Lord Sarabeshwara incarnated to calm down Lord Narasimha (Man-Lion Avataar of Lord Vishnu) whose wrath was unstoppable even after His work of slaying demon king Hiranyakashipu was completed. Sarabeshwara is Lord Shiva’s Cosmic form with His crescent moon and Ganga on His divine head, face of a Sarabha bird with two wings representing His Shaktis – lion-headed Prathyangira Devi and Trident-holding Shoolini Durga Devi. Sarabeswara’s middle portion of the body is human-like with four...Read More
The sun rises every morning and sets every evening, water evaporates and comes back to us as rain. If you look at creation around you, everything to do with it is a cycle. Nothing is permanent and there is no such thing as destruction. Einstein retold us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it only changes form, something which the vedas have been telling us for the last fifty thousand years. Just because the day is over and the sun has set does not mean that the day will not come again, the darkest of nights leads...Read More
All over the world, there have been interesting and mysterious cases and finds which have often intrigued us. Here in the northeast, a team of archaeologists excavated mysterious structures at Vangchhia in Champai district of Mizoram which they believe that a city belonging to a greater lost civilization might have once existed there. The excavation concluded on Wednesday. Sujeet Nayan, Assistant Superintending archaeologist at Archaeological Survey of India Delhi and Director of the excavation at Vangchhia, said that this was one of the most important archaeological finds of the present time and it held the key to hitherto-unknown facts...Read More
Recently in the news the topic of Puri Jagannatha temple prohibiting western devotees from entering came up due to some unfortunate confrontation between a German devotee and a temple priest outside the temple. Many devotees tend to say that just because the Lord doesn’t intervene to stop a bad thing that it indicates it is sanctioned by the Lord and is the Lord’s will. Thus they conclude that the temple policy to discriminate against devotees based on their skin color must be the Lord’s desire and his own policy. There are many things the Lord doesn’t change, which doesn’t...Read More
Swastika – the Indian symbol of peace and continuity that Hitler co-opted for his twisted Aryan supremacy theory – is much older than believed, older than the Aryans and even the Indus Valley Civilization, says a team of top-notch researchers from some of the most prestigious institutions in India. The researchers say the Swastika dates back at least 11,000 years and have traced its spread to western and Middle-Eastern civilizations. In fact, one of their key findings is that a Ukranian Swastika, believed to date back 12,000 years to the Paleolithic Age, may not be this old, say sources....Read More
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