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Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto the First Traditional Vedic Mandir in Canada

The magnificent and intricately carved BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto will open on Sunday 22 July 2007. The temple is built at a staggering cost of $40 million and is free of steel. Majority of the parts of the temple have been hand carved in India. The local Hindu community in Toronto offered the services of more than 300 volunteers and financed for the major part of the temple. The temple has no government funding and has been erected in record 18 months.Interestingly, limestone was imported from Turkey to India and marble from Italy to India. The carved pieces were then imported from India to Canada.The interesting numbers of Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto presented by Zosia Bielski, National Post1,800 craftsmen involved at 26 different sites in India18 months to complete stone work 18 acre site, fronting on High-way 427 and Finch Avenue (Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto Address and Location can be found here.)132 archways 84 decorative ceilings 340 pillars 24,000 carved pieces5…

Kolkata Priests for Pollution Free Durga Puja 2007

Kolkata Priests affiliated to a major Purohit Parishad in the city have decided to campaign for pollution free and eco-friendly Durga Puja 2007. The Parishad has come up with guideline in setting up the Durga Puja Pandals. The priests can refuse to perform rituals to those organizers who fail to meet them. Some of the key points discussed in the guideline include – reducing sound pollution, use of eco-friendly materials to build pandals and idols and avoiding traffic inconvenience. The priests are of the view that organizers in order to make the pandals look glossy are using plastic and chemical substances. It is encouraging to note that efforts are being made at all levels for eco-friendly Hindu festivals. RelatedDurga Puja Dates in 2007

Degree in Vedas at Dwarka Mahavidyalaya in Gujarat

The Dwarka Mahavidyalaya affiliated to the SomnathSanskritUniversity is offering degree level course in Vedas or Vedic Sciences. The course includes astrology, grammar, literature, Puranas and lessons in conducting Hindu pujas and rituals. Dwarka Mahavidyalaya is located at Okha in Dwarka, Gujarat. It is first college to have introduced a degree course in Vedas according to Daily India.Dwarka Mahavidyalaya is noted for its courses in Hindu priesthood. The college also offers post graduate and graduate courses in Sanskrit including the Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) degree in Sanskrit. Admission is open to all students irrespective of caste or creed. At Dwarka Mahavidyalaya, students are provided free hostel facilities, food and uniform. There is no tuition fee for most of the courses. The college is run on traditional lines – learning Vedas by squatting on the floor, no footwear in classrooms, should wear Dhoti and should keep tuft ‘choti.’RelatedSanskrit Universities in India

Ramana Maharshi – What is there to realize?

It is false to speak of realization. What is there to realize?
The real is as it is always.
We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before. The illustration given in books is this.
We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now.
Similarly, we have simply to throw out all the age-long samskaras (innate tendencies) which are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will shine alone.
Ramana Maharshi (Source: ‘Be As You Are’ The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi - Edited by David Godman)

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