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The Debate Continues on the Priest Who Converted to Hinduism

Rev David Hart had created a storm in England and the United States when he converted to Hinduism. It seems the debate has not yet died down. Cranmer writes:“One priest, the Rev David Hart, a convert to Hinduism, has been allowed to continue to officiate as a cleric. His diocese renewed his licence even though he had moved to India, changed his name to Ananda (Sanskrit for ‘happiness'), and participates daily in pagan fire offerings to the snake god Nagar, and offers prayers to the elephant god Ganesh. He also offers namaaz at Muslim prayer halls.”He sees no contradiction between these practices and his duties as an Anglican priest; he said he will officiate in a Christian church and a Hindu temple because ‘My philosophical position is that all religions are cultural constructs… The modern world is no longer dominated by any single form of belief. It is a world of religious pluralism. The Anglican Church firmly believes in engaging itself fully in inter-faith dialogues. God is t…

Book on Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple

A multi-colored and pictorial book on the famous Bhadrachalam Sri Rama temple will be brought out by the temple trust. Indian Express reports:The book, titled ‘Sri Bhadrachalam Ramayanam,’ will have art works done by well-known artist Neeli Venkata Ramana.“The book is in its final stages. Vedic scholars are whetting the manuscript to avoid any possible bloomers,” said temple trust board executive officer V Ramakrishnam Raju.

On Chinese-made Hindu idols

Several newspapers during Diwali reported about the Chinese made idols of Hindu gods flooding the Indian market. Hindustan Times reports"The demand has grown exponentially since last year and people are finding it more attractive than the Indian-made idols," Sharad Goyal of Kriti Creations, a shop in south Delhi's Khan Market said.“The usual practice of Chinese manufacturers is to send an expert team to study the Indian market and understand the current trends, especially during the festive season. Armed with the knowledge, they produce in China in bulk what the Indians are looking for, with slight innovations and export them through various channels to this country with a cheaper price tag.”The advantage of Chinese made idols – neat, shiny in appearance and cheap. The end result is communist China makes money by selling Hindu gods and the cottage industry of India suffers. As usual the government of India seems to be totally unaware of the Chinese dominance in Indian …

Hindu links for 10/24/2006

Gangotri shrine closed for winter seasonThe Gangotri shrine dedicated to goddess Ganga in the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas was closed for the winter season amidst vedic rituals today. Situated at a height of 3200 metres, Gangotri is the first major shrine which was closed for the winter season.‘Bhaiyya Duj’—Significance & relevanceGoing by the concept of 'Udayatith' (the date of Hindu calendar at the time of Sun rise) and its importance associated with the celebration of the Hindu festivals, most of the Hindu community will celebrate 'Bhaiyya Duj' on October 24.Govardhan Pooja being observed in NepalThe fifth day of Yamapanchak is being observed as Govardhan Pooja or Goru Tihar by worshipping oxen throughout the country on Monday.On the occasion of the Goru Tihar, Hindus worship oxen and solemnize the Govardhan Pooja ritual by making special offerings to a specially created 'kunda' or a lamp- made of cowdung-- which is considered sacred in the Hindu tradit…