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Khairatabad Ganesha of 2007 to be Eco-Friendly with Natural Colors

One of the biggest Ganesh Chaturthi idols in India is made by the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee. Khairatabad Ganesha is usually more than 40 feet. For Ganesh Chaturthi 2007, the huge Ganesha idol will be coated with natural colors. A welcome move as the chemical colors are doing a lot of damage to the HussainSagarLake in Hyderabad. The eco-friendly move will give impetus to other Ganesh Utsav Committees and artisans to follow suit.The huge Khairatabad Ganesha is noted for its matt finish and it was a challenge to develop natural colors that can provide the quality of artificial or chemical colors. Shyamal Handlooms in Chirala involved in Kalamkari work was approached for natural colors and after several experiments they have come out with nine different natural colors.Shyamal Handlooms is ready to provide eco-friendly colors to artisans and idols makers.

Aadi Amavasai – A day to remember forefathers

Aadi Amavasai – the no moon day in the Tamil month Adi or Aadi – is dedicated to ancestors. Amavasai is also an important day for Lord Muruga devotees. The important ritual involves taking bath in the holy rivers. Special poojas and abhishekams are conducted in all the Hindu temples on the occasion. 

Lord Muruga devotees believe that all sins will be cleansed by bathing in the ShanmugaRiver in Palani on the Aadi Amavasai day. Many devotees also tonsure (shaving the head) on the day.

The main rites and rituals on the day are dedicated to forefathers and many people observe ‘upvaas’ or fast. Thousands of people take a holy dip in the various rivers, seas and ponds. Agni Theertham in Rameswaram, Thriveni Sangamam in Kannyakumari and various holy ghats on the CauveryRiver banks are favored by many devotees for the holy dip.

Trinidad Hindu Temple in the Sea Attacked and Idols Mutilated

Sewdas Sadhu Shiva Mandir, the famous Trinidad Hindu temple in the sea at Waterloo, was attacked by vandals on Friday. Idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesh, Hanuman and Goddess Durga were damaged in the attack. The doors, windows and other items in temple have been damaged and the total damage is estimated to be around $100,000. Desecration of the Temple in the sea was the motive as no valuables were robbed. Bainnati Rajkoomar, caretaker of the temple, said she closed the temple around 6 p.m. on Friday and when she opened the building yesterday morning, she was shocked by what she saw. "I was shocked and sad to see the state of the building. I could not believe my eyes. Four murtis were [bundled] together on the floor, the whole place was desecrated and there were signs that an attempt was made to burn the building." Rajkoomar said it was not the first time people had damaged the temple: "It was vandalized many times before but this time was the worst," she said. (Tr…

Quotes on Sanatana Dharma by Ram Swarup

In Sanatana Dharma, there is no single life, no single judgment, or eternal punishment. There is more than one life and, of course, there is no single judgment. In fact, there is no judgment at all as such, for the idea is to help and not to judge and condemn. The inner dynamics of incarnation is not reward or punishment but self-improvement, and ultimately self-discovery and self-recovery, moksha. Ram Swarup

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