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Hindus in Afghanistan – Oldest Inhabitants Who Are Today Marginalized

Hindus are undoubtedly one of the oldest inhabitants of Afghanistan. Hindus are native people of the land. Some scholars are also of the view that the Vedas originated in Eastern Afghanistan. It is the land of Gandhari and Shakuni of Mahabharata. Today, majority of Afghan Hindus have been wiped out. The marginalization of Hindus began in the medieval period and continues to the present era. They were mercilessly butchered or forced to forgo Hindu tradition. And those that were able to escape persecution have taken refuge in India, United States and countries in Europe. Those Hindus that are surviving in Afghanistan are second class citizens. They are required to pay a poll tax and face numerous other impediments in day-to-day life. Reza Mohammadi Writes about the Hindus in Afghanistan in the Some excerpts from the article
…the growth of religious fundamentalism has now pushed the Hindus out of government offices, forcing them into the bazaars. It is now many years since…

Raghavendra Aradhana 2017 - Death Anniversary of Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy in 2017

Raghavendra Aradhana in 2017 is the 346th Aradhana Mahotsava of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy. It is the death anniversary of the Guru. Shri Raghavendra Swamy, a 16th century saint and Guru, advocated Vaishnavism and popularized the Dvaita philosophy of Madhvacharya. The Raghavendra Aradhana 2017 will be held at Mantralayam on August 9.

A correction from a reader ...
Raghavendra swami Aradhane is the day when Rayaru entered Brindavana alive and he is continuing there for about 700 years. It's not death anniversary... Most mutts and organizations associated with Sri Raghavendra Swamy around India will be observing the Aradhana. It begins with the Poorva Aradhana.

It is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of mooon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

It is widely believed that Raghavendra Swamy is a manifestation o Prahlada, one of the greatest bhaktas of Vishnu. He served as the head of…

Nag Pancham – Naga Panchami in Gujarat

Nag Pancham is the worship of Snake, or Nagas, in Shravan month in Gujarat. In 2011, the date of Nag Pancham in Gujarat is August 19. It is observed during the fifth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase) of moon in Sawan month. Special Naga pujas are held on the day in temples and sacred places associated with serpetns. Nag Panchami in most regions is observed on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) in Shravan month. In Gujarat, it is 15 days later. Special pujas are offered to Naga devatas like Ananta and Nagaraja. The Nag Pancham ritual in Gujarat commences in the morning. A picture of a snake (nagas) is drawn on an earthen pot and prayers are offered and pujas are performed. After rituals, Nag Pancham Vrat Katha (story) is listened to by people. Food prepared from millet which is cooked on the previous day is consumed on Nag Pancham day.

Gai Jatra 2017 in Nepal

Gai Jatra is the procession of cows and is dedicated to God Yama – the god of death. It is observed the day after Raksha Bandhan and Janai Purnima in Nepal. Gai Jatra 2017 date is August 8. People who had a death in their family during the previous year take part in the procession. People participating in the procession walk along with a cow and those not owning a cow take boys dressed like cow.

In the Gai Jatra procession people attack social evils and customs through tableau, fancy dressing and by performing small dramas. After the procession, people participate in the festival of masks – by wearing different type of costumes and masks and making merry.

Historians are of the view that King Pratap Malla had once lost a son and the Queen was depressed. She stopped talking and reacting. The King made a promise that he will reward anyone who can make the queen laugh. So, during the Gai Jatra procession people started making fun of social evils and other customs to make the Queen happy…

Teachings from Chidakasha Gita of Bhagawan Nityananda

Jnanis are mindless. To Jnanis, all are the same. They have no slumber, no dreams, nor sleep. They are always in sleep. The sun and the moon are the same to them. To them, it is always sunrise. The glass of a chimney lamp, when covered with carbon, is not transparent. Similarly, the carbon of the mind should be removed.The copra, detached from the shell, makes a dull sound when shaken; so also the body and soul must be thought of as separate. The first is light; by that light, all vices are consumed.A man should be quite indifferent to honor and dishonor. He should not have the least love for his body; such a man will see the Supreme Being in everything and everywhere.Bhagawan NityanandaSource - Chidakasha Gita of Bhagawan Nityananda

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