The US today returned over 200 cultural artifacts estimated at $100 million to India at a ceremony, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Washington DC. “For some, these artifacts may be measured in monetary terms but for us this is beyond that. It’s a part of our culture and heritage,” the Prime Minister said at the ceremony held at the Blair House. Items returned included religious statues, bronzes and terra cotta pieces, some dating back 2,000 years, looted from some of India’s most treasured religious sites. Among the pieces returned is a statue of Saint Manikkavichavakar, a Hindu...Read More
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The Pakistan National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as holidays for minorities in the country. “This house is of the opinion that government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,” read the resolution moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Vankwani. The interior ministry has already given permission to heads of federal organisations, departments, and institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals, State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah told the house. If the government adheres...Read More
Vedanta, the essential core of Hinduism, is the universal science of life, relevant to all people of all backgrounds and faiths. Vedanta inspires spiritual seekers to understand their own faith better. Chinmaya Mission is a global organisation with over 300 centers around the world engaged in spiritual, educational and social services. They will be organising the 16th Vedanta Course (2014-2016) at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai, Mumbai. Disciples of this course will learn Advaita Vedanta based on various scriptural texts, the primary three being the Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras. At Sandeepany, there will be regular sessions on Vedic chanting, Sanskrit language, and meditation which are essential preparations for an understanding of the texts. The residential course in English will commence on August 29, 2014. University graduates, unmarried and free from family encumbrances between the age group of 20 and 30 with a willingness to serve the Chinmaya Mission Worldwide are eligible for admission. Selected candidates will be provided free accommodation, food, clothes, books and medical facilities. Last date for receiving applications for the Vedanta Course is May 15. Application form can be downloaded from the mission’s website: www.sandeepany.chinmayamission.com. The completed application forms can be sent to: The Chief Executive, Tara Cultural Trust, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Chinmaya Mission, Saki Vihar Road, Powai, Mumbai 400...Read More
Devotees who have been thronging the 28-year-old Mangala Vinayagar temple on the Panadiyan kovil street in Krishnapuram Colony to get a sight of the ghee coming out from the head of the deity Hanuman, call it “a miracle of God”. For the last 20 days, people from the neighbouring locality too have started visiting the temple to witness it. “I was fascinated when I heard about this. A senior saint told me that it is a blessing from God and he warned us not to take photographs of the idol. Everyday, at 8.30 am, we perform a regular pooja and after a while, we find the idol covered with ghee,” said Ramanan, a regular visitor to the temple. Ravi, a fire rescue staff, who has come all the way from Sholavandan to visit the temple told Express: “I heard from a friend that ghee flows from the idol automatically. It was shocking but it is also a miracle and that is the reason I have come here.” A lady resident, who has been visiting the temple for the past six years said: “This was the first time, I witnessed such a miracle and felt blessed. Most people think it is superstitious, but it is a...Read More
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