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Donate in Renovation of Tamil Nadu Hindu Temples and Get Title of Patron and Gold Card

A unique scheme is being launched by the Tamil Nadu state government in India to renovate ancient and dilapidated Hindu Temples in Tamil Nadu. The scheme aims to create a corpus fund by offering a title and gold card to devotees who donate Rs Five hundred thousand rupees ($11000) for the fund.The title that will be conferred is known as “Thirukkovil Puravalar” (temple patron).The Gold Card carries the photograph of the devotee and is issued by the Tamil Nadu Hindu religious and endowment department. The devotee can use the Gold Card to avail special darshan at all the temples managed by the department without any fee for 20 years.Times of India ReportsAs many as 38,000 temples, most of them cultural treasures, have been managed by the government across the state. Many temples including some of the ancient ones had been in dilapidated condition. The government could not carry out renovation works due to inadequate funds.The government had sought a financial assistance of Rs 252 crore f…

Picture Book based on Pandarpur Yatra – Wari – Pilgrimage of Joy

“Wari – Pilgrimage of Joy” by Sandesh Bhandare from Pune is a pictorial representation of the annual Pandarpur Yatra from Alandi to LordVithalTemple in Pandarpur. The pilgrimage known as ‘Wari’ is undertaken in Maharashtra by millions of “Warkari” (pilgrims) and has entirely been a peoples' initiative. The book was released in English and French by Heritage India Communications Pvt Ltd.“Wari – Pilgrimage of Joy” was originally published in Marathi in 2008 and was a major success. The 147-page book in English has around 130 color photographs focusing on the daily routine of the pilgrims.Times of India reports"I had put up an exhibition of the photographs of the wari in France in March this year. There was a lot of curiosity about Indian heritage there and hence the publishers thought of publishing the book in French," Bhandare said.

"The Marathi book received a very good response from the people and since our aim is to take Indian heritage far and wide, our decision t…

Swami Vivekananda Writings on OM

Is there any material sound of which all other sounds must be manifestations, one which is the most natural sound? Om (Aum) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by the closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Om represents the whole phenomena of sound producing. As such, it must be the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made. Apart from these speculations, we see that around this word Om are centered all the different religious ideas in India; all the various religious ideas of the Vedas have gathered themselves round this word Om.Swami VivekanandaSource Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Book 1: 218-19

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