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Hindu Temple in Vancouver Island, Canada

The small Hindu community in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada has a beautiful temple in Central Saanich called the Hindu Temple of Victoria. Interestingly, the Hindu temple was an old Anglican Church. The Hindu community members purchased the church and renovated the building. But still the temple retains the look of a church, perhaps indicating that God is same everywhere.The Hindu Temple of Victoria has deities of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, Lord Krishna, and Radha. In July 2007, Goddess Saraswathi and Balak Nath were added.More details about the Hindu temple at Cultra Avenue in Central Saanich on Southern Vancouver Island can be found here.

Ganesha Pandals for Ganesh Chaturthi 2007 in Mumbai

The main motive behind Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s large scale celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi was to use the festival to spread social messages. Majority of the Ganesha Pandals of modern day knowingly or unknowingly continue the tradition of spreading social messages. The Ganesh Chaturthi in 2007 is on September 15 and Mumbai’s famous set designers and Ganesh pandal makers are scratching their brains to outwit each other and to get maximum public attraction.A major event in the year usually forms the theme of the Ganesh pandal for many artists. The artist gives their interpretation of the event and often has a social message. With Pratibha Patil becoming the first Maharashtrian President of India, the Ganesh pandals this is sure to echo this great achievement. The small scale Ganesh pandals of the common man largely stick to the religious theme. Some of the reports that are slowly leaking out from various Ganesh pandal makers indicate that in 2007 the main themes will be futuristic Mumbai,…

Young Prahlada on the Modes of Devotion to Lord Vishnu

To hear the names, praises and stories of Lord Vishnu and chant them To remember Him, to wait upon Him To offer worship and salutation to Him To dedicate one's actions to Him To cultivate friendship with Him To offer one's own body as well as one's dependents and belongings to HimIf devotion is practiced by a man as something already offered direct to Lord Vishnu, I reckon that devotion to be the highest form of learning.(Vishnu appeared as Narasimha to save young Prahlada from his evil father.)

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