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Hanuman Statues as Signal Men

Don’t worry this is no new controversy. According to the Archaeological Survey India (ASI), the Hanuman statues in Hampi, Karnataka served as signal men. Incidentally, Hanuman is believed to have been born in Hampi. Numerous statues of Lord Hanuman are found in Hampi. Some studies have estimated the number of statues to be more than thousand. The newindipress reports:Over a thousand statues of ‘Hanuman’ are found in the temples of Hampi and surrounding areas. A large number of statues of Hanuman are placed in such a fashion that its hand and facial direction in one statue leads to the next monument in Hampi. Similar statues are also placed at road diversions, towards other places and river beds of Tungabadhra.

Cracks noticed in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The cracks were noticed in some parts of the famous temple. Noticeably at the second enclosure of the Meenakshi temple, near the Lotus Tank, and at the entrance of the Meenakshi shrine in the temple.Two professors from IIT Chennai are inspecting the cracks. The government of Tamil Nadu has taken keen interest in preventing further damage. (more details)The Hindu reports:On the possible causes for the cracks, the minister said that the clay soil beneath the temple could be one reason. About 10 to 15 cracks along the statues, pillars and beams were spotted.

Quote for the day

All science is bound to come to this conclusion in the long run. Manifestation, and not creation, is the word of science today, and the Hindu is only glad that what he has been cherishing in his bosom for ages is going to be taught in more forcible language and with further light from the latest conclusions of science.Swami Vivekananda(This was said by Swami Vivekananda in Chicago Parliament of Religions, 1893)
(Complete Works, Vol. I Eleventh Edition, p.15)

Hindu links for 10/27/2006

Deepak Chopra affirms afterlife in new book“In it, Chopra, 60, tells readers there is evidence that the afterlife is not separated from this world. In fact, at the end of our lives, we go into a new phase of the same soul journey we are on right now.”A Year After Katrina, HinduTemple's Doors Remain ClosedOver a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but an area Hindu temple still struggles to repair its damage.Process of Negation Brings Greater Understanding“Perhaps God has laid out a supreme puzzle for us, challenging us to decipher His nature, while giving us many clues and hints through masters, books of revelation and most of all, through His own manifestations.”Words in Ganesh form“For Venkatesh Ellore, the image of Lord Ganesh is indeed a trigger for his spiritual pursuits. But the artist in Venkatesh takes it beyond the realm of worship, rendering words in the form of Ganesh with clinical precision and ease.”

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