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Darshan time in Sabarimala extended from today

This year the rush of pilgrims has been increasing steadily. Keeping this mind the darshan time at the shrine has been extended at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple from today.
As per the new schedule, the closure of the temple after the noon pooja (Ucha pooja) would be extended to 1.30 PM for the benefit of devotees who had already entered the queue at the 'nada pandal' in front of the shrine. Extension of the darshan time during the night would also be considered, depending on the increase in the number of pilgrims in the coming days. This would mean that the temple would be closing at 11.30 PM instead of 11 PM. This extended time will enable another 20,000 devotees to offer prayers. (link) Earlier: Schedule of this years Sabarimala Pilgrimage Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Insured for 300 million rupees

When Football hooligans become Hindu gods

It’s unholy to compare Football hooligans and Hindu gods but designer Aitor Throup has used this unholy alliance to become one of Britain’s most intriguing and innovative young designers. The design is based on a simple storyIt is about a group of Football Hooligans accidentally killing Hindu boy in a racist attack. The only way they could live with such tragedy was to honor the boy’s life by dedicating their lives to Hinduism or by attempting to become Hindu Gods. If you are not used to ultra modern ideas of fashion designers then it might be hard understand and digest the concept. In simple words, images of Hindu gods have been fused with classic casual clothes. The top left pic is inspired by Hanuman. The down right is inspired by Narasimha. Now the top right is not Ganesh but Airavat. He has also got a design on Ganesh.
Follow this link for more drawings and the designs.

Hindu Temple joins into help homeless in Brent, England

Willesden and Brent Times reportsIn response to an increase in homeless worshippers frequenting their churches and temples, the Hindu temple, St James and St John's Evangelical Churches and the Church of God of Prophecy, united in their effort to relieve the plight of Brent's homeless by arranging for those in need to meet local homeless organisations.The result of this initiative is that many of the community's homeless have now been identified, their health needs attended to and the process of housing them is now set in motion.www.chcbuyabrick.com

YogeshKumar Bhatt, CharDham Hindu temple and his new Hinduism

Yogesh Kumar Bhatt wants to build a 30,000-square-foot temple on Coddington Road in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Here he wants to establish his own branch of Hinduism. The neighbors of the proposed temple have several fears including the fear of people thronging their peaceful neighborhood. He has failed to convince the neighbors for the third time. (link)CharDham Hindu temple is a multimillion venture and Bhatt has agreed that it could cost an estimated $5 million. The Hunterdon Review reportsPressed repeatedly by Barden to specify how his version of Hinduism would be unique, Bhatt testified that when new members join, “In the beginning it may appear to be similar with other faiths but if you go deeper with the religion and philosophy you will realize it is different.”Bhatt needs a translator as he is not fluent in English. In a democracy, people have the right to create a new religion and practice it. But what is this new Hinduism? This whole talk of new Hinduism is nothing but a m…

Quote for the day

As ritual practices continue it becomes a fad to make the ritual performances glamorous and gradually more advanced and elaborate practices are introduced. At this stage, these ritualistic practices are no longer a means either of channeling devotional feelings or of fueling spiritual unfoldment. They become social events, a form of entertainment. And a way to display social status. These practices become cultural activities. But even before they degenerate into cultural activities, these ritual practices have little or no spiritual value.ShankaracharyaSource:The Tradition of the Himalayan Masters
Pandit Rajmani, Ph.D. Tigunait

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