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On Comic Book Devi from Virgin Comics

She was created by the gods in the second century to defeat Bala, who usurped the position of gods. The gods each put a part of their body to create Devi. This is her origin.

Now about the modern Devi Virgin Comics says: Having defeated Bala in her virgin incarnation so many centuries ago, a modern-day Devi must be reborn to combat the Dark Lord who has returned and grown more powerful than ever. He now controls the festering city of Sitapur – a metropolis of slums and perverted technology built on the ruins of the ancient city of Candaka. It is in these ruins that the greatest power is believed to be hidden – a vessel containing the energy released by the timeless.  The modern Devi has an ally in Rahul Singh and devotees in Durapasya. 
The villains include Bala, Iyam, a loyal soldier that does both Bala’s bidding and his dirty work, Kratha, an Apsara whose main aim is killing of Devi. Old wine in new bottle. Again a battle between good and evil. For a change, some inspiration from …

Mass meditation in Vedic city for prosperity

Around 2000 meditators from around the world will be taking part in an assembly called Invincible America at the MaharishiVedicCity in Iowa. Their aim is to create a positive energy through meditation with which the Dow Jones will break above 15000, oil price will come below $45 a barrel, crime rate will become less and tensions around the world will reduce.
The organizers of the Invincible America assembly say the effect of meditation can be already seen. And they point out the upward surge in Dow Jones and Nasdaq as examples. Around 1000 meditators are currently meditating at the Vedic city.

The meditators arriving from around the world will be housed in white colored houses with gold-colored roofs and onion-shaped domes. The construction according to Vedic specifications is taking place at the Vedic city. The meditators are accompanied by chefs who prepare special organic vegetarian meals.
The mayor of Fairfield believes this is possible and he is also a practitioner of the Tran…

Ketu Graha Shanti Mantra and Parihara Puja in Hindu religion

Ketu graha is a malevolent planet in Hindu astrology. As per Hindu religion beliefs, this Navgraha can cause hardships in life. Here is the Ketu Graha Shani Mantra and Parihara puja. Ketu Graha Shanti Mantra स्रंस्रास्रीस्रोंस्रौंॐनम: शिवायस्रौंस्रोंस्रीस्रौं Srahm Sraaam Srheem Srhoom Shroum Om Namah Shivaya Shroum Srhoom Srheem Sraaam Srahm
The mantra should be chanted 21 times daily in a Shiva Temple.

Ketu Graha Shanti Parihara Puja The most important aspect when you have hardship in life is not to lose courage and strength.Have utmost devotion and start working hard. Do not drop your concentration level drop. Do not allow fear to set in.Do not hop around looking for various pujas and pariharas.The best parihara for any horoscope related problem in Hinduism is worship of Hanuman, Shiva and the particular Navgraha.For Ketu Graha, visit Shiva temple daily and offer a drop of water and bilva leaves.On Tuesday, visit a Hanuman temple offer prayers and chant any prayer you know of Hanuma…

Meena Rashi Shiva Mantra - Benefits - How to Chant the Mantra?

Meena Rashi Shiva mantra is a special mantra for Meena rashi or Pisces born people. Chanting this mantra will help in achieving peace and prosperity in life. Below is the Meena rashi mantra dedicated to Shiva. A brief procedure on how to chant the mantra is given below. Meena Rashi Shiva Mantra ग्रांॐनम: शिवायग्रां Gram om Namah Shivaya Gram

Benefits of Meena Rashi Shiva Mantra A perfect solution to all kinds of problems related to bad positioning of Navgrahas in Janam Kundli or horoscope.For achieving desire fulfillment.For early good marriage.For solving problems related to marriage.The mantra helps in solving debt and business problems. How to Chant Meena Rashi Shiva Mantra? Chant the mantra on all Mondays; and when there is Meena Rashi in a Hindu Lunar Month.The ideal time to chant the mantra is early morning during sunrise.Take bath and wear white color dress.Offer prayers to Ganesha in the mind.Sit facing east and meditate on Shiva.Light a lamp using cow ghee with one wick.Offer y…

Gayatri Mantra as Doorbell

I discovered the use of Gayatri Mantra as a door bell on a visit to one of my friend’s house. I was surprised about it then. Later, I found that it is being sold online.

The online traders says It is an alternative doorbell that does not blast into your ear; on pressing the bell a sacred chant – ‘The Gayatri Mantra’ - is played once instead. Each time you have a visitor, you get the benefit of improved psychic vibrations which occur whenever a sacred chant is activated. But I feel hearing the Gayatri Mantra at odd time will be nothing short of horror. And sometimes embarrassing too!! It will not be good to hear the mantra when indulged in activities that are completely non-religious. I am not indulging into the activities that will create embarrassment. But the mere imagination can evoke some good laugh.

So is it wise to use Gayatri Mantra as Doorbell?

When Sonia Gandhi is advertised as a Hindu

The Hindu newspaper today carries a photograph of Sonia Gandhi being welcomed at the Tirupati temple. Numerous politicians visit the temple and most of the newspapers give little importance to it. The visit of Sonia Gandhi was ignored by most newspapers.

But somehow The Hindu did not ignore it. Why?
The Hindu which claims to be the champion of secularism wanted to convey to its avid readers mostly Hindus that Sonia Gandhi is a Hindu. There is only a picture in the front page. No report about the visit. The report strangely is a very small one pushed into the far down corner of eighth page.
So it is clear why the picture was published in the front page. Just to advertise that Sonia Gandhi is a Hindu.
Interestingly the report has a sentence Ms. Gandhi reverentially bowed her head when they applied ‘tilak’ on her forehead. What does this sentence mean? That others don’t bow their head reverentially or to indicate that she respects Hindu values.
The Hindu is also trying to send out an…

Why are the Dalits barred from entering the 18th century Jagannath temple at Keradagarh in Kendrapada, Orissa?

Why are the Dalits barred from entering the 18th century Jagannath temple at Keradagarh in Kendrapada, Orissa? Ignorance nothing but ignorance! When Shri Krishna visited Hastinapura as a messenger to avoid the Kurukshetra war, he found solace in the small hut of Vidhura. Not in the palace of Duryodhana.
Authorities should make sure that anyone who wants to worship should be allowed in the temple. Irrespective of his/her caste, creed or religion. Not only the Jagannath temple at Keradagarh but in all temples in India.

The Orissa High Court has banned the entry of all people into the temple except for priests and temple staff. 
Such silly behavior of stopping a person based on caste is not part of Sanatana Dharma. It is selfishness that promotes such behavior. There is no place for such things in Hinduism.
Learned and educated Hindus should come forward and put an end to such unreasonable behavior.

T-shirt to teach difference between Hindi and Hindu

Many foreigners often confuse between Hindi and Hindu. So here is a T-shirt to clear up the matter.

Hope it is of some effect. There are several foreigners and bloggers who use Hindu instead of Hindi. And several who use Hindi instead of Hindu. 
Hindi is the official language in India and most widely spoken. Bollywood movies are made in Hindi. There are more than 20 other written languages in India. Hindi is one among them.
Hindu is referred to the person who practices Hinduism.

Demolition of Hindu houses continues in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh government has demolished more than a dozen homes of Kazakh Hindus, who are members of ISKCON. Kazakh officials have claimed that the land was transferred against Kazakh law. ISKCON devotees claim that this is not true and that this is a case of religious discrimination.
On 20 November at 6 am, orders were received for the devotees to demolish their homes or to have them demolished by the state at their expense. The next day, government demolitionists arrived.

By 23 November thirteen houses had been destroyed. The houses that weren't yet demolished have had their windows and window frames destroyed, making them uninhabitable in the freezing Kazakh winter.

ISKCON's leader in Kazakhstan, Govinda Swami, who has attempted to raise international awareness of the problem said : "It is snowing in Kazakhstan and these folks are losing their homes. They entered one home where there was a woman with an infant and started destroying her home.”

Indian government is yet to…

Rahu Graha Shanti Mantra and Parihara Puja in Hindu Religion

Rahu graha is a malevolent planet in Hindu astrology. As per Hindu religion beliefs, this Navgraha can cause hardships in life. Here is the Rahu Graha Shani Mantra and Parihara puja. Rahu Graha Shanti Mantra भ्रंभ्रांभ्रींभ्रोंभ्रौंॐनम: शिवायभ्रौंभ्रोंभ्रींभ्रांभ्रं Brahm Braaham Brheem Brhoom Bhroum om Namah Shivaya Bhroum Brhoom Brheem Braaham Brahm

The mantra should be chanted 21 times daily in a Shiva Temple.

Rahu Graha Shanti Parihara Puja The most important aspect when you have hardship in life is not to lose courage and strength.Have utmost devotion and start working hard. Do not drop your concentration level drop. Do not allow fear to set in.Do not hop around looking for various pujas and pariharas.The best parihara for any horoscope related problem in Hinduism is worship of Hanuman, Shiva and the particular Navgraha.For Rahu Graha, visit Shiva temple daily and offer a drop of water and bilva leaves.On Tuesday, visit a Hanuman temple offer prayers and chant any prayer you know …

Story of Impression on Hood of Cobra Snake and Sri Krishna

As per Hinduism, in the beginning cobra snakes did not have the impression that we see today on their hoods. As per the Hindu story, they got it after Bhagavan Krishna stamped on Kaliya Naag.

Huge multi-hooded Kaliya snake had made Yamuna his home. He poisoned the waters and this killed scores of fishes, amphibians, birds, animals, trees and plants. People found it hard to find good water.

Little Krishna decided to get rid of Kaliya from Yamuna. He deliberately threw a ball into Yamuna and on the pretext of retrieving the ball he jumped into Yamuna.

A ferocious battle took place between Kaliya and Krishna.

Kaliya was subdued and Bhagavan Krishna began to dance on the raised hood of the serpent.

Whenever the snake tried to raise a hood, Krishna stamped it down with his feet.

See the pitiable condition of Kaliya, his wives asked Krishan for forgiveness.

Krishna agreed to let Kaliya go alive provided he will not torment or go near other living beings.

Then Kaliya told Krishna that if he…

Story of Bala Chaturdashi in Nepal

Bala Chaturdashi in Nepal is held at Pashupatinath temple and at the Gujeshwari temple near Pashupatinath temple. Here is the story of Bala Chaturdashi observed in Nepal.
Long long ago there lived a trader named Bala Nanda. One day he came to Arya Ghat, a cremation ground, to attend the last rites of one of his relative. The people set the body on fire and sat to eat the ceremonial food.
Suddenly, there was a small explosion in the pyre and a small piece of flesh fell into the plate of Bala Nanda. Nobody noticed it and Bala Nanda ate the small piece of flesh.
Soon Bala Nanda turned into a demon with silver head and from that day started consuming human flesh.

The demon was called Balasur and he roamed Arya Ghat searching for dead bodies. Soon people stopped taking dead bodies to the ghat and approached the King of the region.
The King appointed, Brisha Singh, an old friend of Balasur to kill the demon. The demon was very happy to see his old friend and invited him. Brisha Singh took…

The Holiday of Thanksgiving has Hindu Roots claims a new book by Richard Salva

Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh, a book written by Richard Salva, claims that Thanksgiving has a Hindu origin.

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks (traditionally to God) at the close of the harvest season. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
The book is based on a statement by the great master of yoga, Paramhansa Yogananda, who declared that Abraham Lincoln had been a Himalayan yogi in a past life, and that he was reborn as the famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh.
In his book, Richard Salva presents more than 500 connections between Lincoln, Lindbergh, and the ancient spiritual science of yoga.
Richard Salva says: "During my search for signs of a past-life yoga practice I noticed that President Lincoln repeatedly chose Thursdays as national days of prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving. It is because of Lincoln that we celebrate Thanksgiving on a Thursday. This is interesting, because …

Maudgil Brahmins - Ravana Descendants at Mandore near Jodhpur in Rajasthan

The Maudgil Brahmins in Jodhpur believes that they are the descendants of Ravana. They are planning to install an idol - showing Ravana as a worshipper of Shiva – at Navgraha temple on Fort road in Jodhpur.

Legend has it that Jodhpur is the maternal home of Mandodari, daughter of the king of Mandore, ancient capital of Marwar. Mandodari was the wife of Ravana. Ravana is considered to the the son-in-law by Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj here.
The Maudgil Brahmins came to Mandore from Lanka during the marriage. They shifted to Jodhpur when the city was founded in the 15th century. They claim that their ancestors have been performing annual Shradh (death ceremony) during Dasara. Pinda Daan is also offered annually during the period.
There around 150 Maudgil Brahmins in Jodhpur.
There is a altar here known as Ravan Kin Chanwari at Mandore - the people here believe that Ravana Married Mandodari on the altar. 

Navneet Priyaji returns back from Mathura to Nathwada

The idol of Navneet Priyaji, the Bal Swaroop of Lord Krishna, was taken to Mathura after 330 years on October 29, 2016 from Nathwara temple.
The idol originally belonged to a temple in Mathura but was taken to Nathwada about 330 years ago during Muslim persecution.
This October the 17th century black marble idol of Navneet Priyaji was taken to Mathura. During the idols stay at Mathura, it was taken to Gokul, Vrindavan and Govardhan.
On November 17, 2016, the idol was brought back to Nathwara.

Navneet Priyaji form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped widely in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Shree Navneet Priyaji is the baby form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and holds Makhan in his right hand and his left hand rests on the floor.

The name means one who loves butter.

The first murti of this form of Bhagavan Krishna was found in the Yamuna river by a woman near Mahavan and she presented it to Shri Vallabhacharya.

Followers of Shri Vallabhacharaya spread the this form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

What happens in Yahoo’s Hinduism Chat Room

In Yahoo Chat there is a Religion and Beliefs section and in it there is a chat room on Hinduism. Yahoo says it is an open forum to discuss the deeper meanings of Hinduism.

But the discussion that takes place will even shame porn chat rooms.
Most of the rooms are fully occupied. So a new entrant will be send to a new room. Don’t worry, the room will become houseful soon.
The next favorite theme after adult chat is Hindu and Muslim bashing.
Below is a screen capture of a chat room. Some part of the pic has been covered in black, as an average reader might be disturbed by reading the blackened part. {Click on the image to see it bigger.}

What a nice forum to discuss the deeper meanings of Hinduism.

Update - Yahoo chat was closed on December 14, 2012.

Kali Yuga in Hinduism – Characteristics Of The Fourth Yuga – Era – In Hindu Reckoning of Time

Kali Yuga in Hinduism is the current era. We are living in Kali Yuga. It is the fourth yuga or era in the Hindu reckoning of time. The chief characteristics of the age are the deterioration of Dharma and spread of evil and greed.

Hindu Reckoning of Time Krta Yuga (also known as Satya Yuga)Treta YugaDwapara YugaKali Yuga Kali Yuga is also known as Tisya or Tishya. It consists of 1200 divine years as per Hindu scriptures. This is equal to 432000 human years.

Characteristics Of The Fourth Yuga in Hinduism Virtue will have only on feet in Kali Yuga. This is the symbolic representation of the decline in physical and moral stands with the passage of each era.

Giving gifts is the chief activity of the Kali Yuga. Various gifts are given to achieve selfish needs. This we see today in the form of bribe and favors.

There will be no moral values.

Constant remembrance of the names of Gods and Goddesses is the only means to get over the evils of Kali Yuga. This is stated in Bhagavad Purana (XII, 3.…

300,000 dollars needed to restore rare palm leaf manuscripts on Hinduism

Several newspapers had earlier reported about the efforts of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to restore a rare 700-year-old palm leaf manuscript on Hinduism. But the project is facing financial difficulties. BBC carries an exhaustive report on the restoration process including the financial angle missed in the earlier reports.
The manuscript being restored is Sarvamoola Grantha - a collection of 36 erudite commentaries was written in Sanskrit by Sri Madvacharya (1238-1317 AD).
The collection includes commentaries based on the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, Puranas, Brahma-sutras, Mahabharata, independent philosophical tracts, a commentary on daily rites, and several hymns in praise of Gods.
The manuscripts were stored at Phalimaru Matha near Udupi and Dr PR Mukund, a professor of electrical engineering at RIT saddened by the deterioration of the manuscripts took up the project. The challenges in restoring The 700 years that have passes has had its toll on the palm leaves most of the…

This Muslim Lectures about Hindu Scriptures

His name is P.I. Sherief Mohammad, Assistant Commissioner, Commercial Taxes. He has a post graduate degree in History and lives in Kerala. Organizations around the country invite him for lectures on Hindu scriptures.
So what made him learn Hindu scriptures? His study of Islam and the Quran widened his horizons and made him to reach out to other religions.
How many Hindus have read the Brahama Sutra? Take a look at what Sherief Mohammad says to The Hindu “Brahama Sutra – aims at seeing Brahman in everything around an in oneself. This understanding can solve all the problems of the world. If man comprehends that he and his neighbor are part of the same reality, there will be no conflict in the world.”
For anyone who faces a crisis in life Mohammad suggests the Bhagavad Gita. In his words - “The entire West has realized the importance of the Bhagavad Gita. Foreign universities have included Gita in their curricula. Management gurus borrow ideas from the Gita. The Gita tells you how to…

Ancient Hindu Temple Trans-located - 1000-year-old Chaubees Avatar Vishnu Temple

The 1000-year-old ChaubeesAvatarVishnuTemple on the banks of NarmadaRiver in Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh was trans-located about 5 km from the original location. The temple was in the submergence area of the Indira Sagar Project.
 Hindustan Times reports:
The work was highly technical as the temple was first documented and numbered brick by brick, dismantled and then placed at the new location in the exact sequence. 
A two-metre deep foundation was dug to provide a solid base to the temple and then steel rods and the ancient formulae lime-brick cement mixture was used to reconstruct the temple brick by brick.  New rocks of suitable composition were used at the spots from where original parts were missing and the damaged rocks were treated before being put in the reconstructed structure. Some temples are relocated during major construction of dams and roads. But many of them are ignored. Some of these temples are submerged throughout the year but reappear when water recedes du…

Should Hindu scriptures be revised to remove all objectionable references?

Holy books in Hinduism were rendered orally. It was written down much later. And most the original texts are no longer available.

When the scriptures were written down several additions and deletions were made. Many writers often twisted the Holy Scriptures for the selfish needs of their community.
Sudheendra Kulkarni writes about one such incident in the Sunday express. From Tulsi Ramayana: “Dhola gawanra sudra pasu naari, sakala taadan ke adhikari” (A drum, a rustic, a sudra, a beast and a woman - all these deserve to be beaten.)
He feels there is a need to reinterpret, and in some places modify, those aspects of our religious texts that are outdated.
I agree with him. Most of the Holy Scriptures in Hinduism has undergone several alterations during the past 5000 years. Most of these alterations were done with ulterior motives. As most of these lines are not in tune with the main theme of the scriptures.

One example: Valmiki composed the Ramayana from the deep pain he had when a bi…

A Baby Girl Worshipped as Durga

The first look at the baby girl from Diuri village in Bihar will reveal that she has four hands and four legs. But on a second look it becomes evident that it is nothing but tumor. Several news channels had reported about the baby girl earlier. Several newspapers are now reporting it.

The remote village about 100 km from Patna is thronged by thousands of people who believe the young infant is an incarnation of Durga. They believe that her birth is an indication that their sufferings will be soon alleviated.

The clever father of the child has started collecting donation. He plans to bring up the child in the present form.
Hope sense prevails and the baby is treated before something untoward happens.
Such birth related deformation are equated with divinity by people.

Story of Origin of Earth in the Taittiriya Brahmana

The story associated with the origin of earth in the Taittiriya Brahmana is associated with Lotus and Prajapati.

Prajapati desired to evolve the universe, which in the beginning was only water.

He saw pusharaka parna (blue lotus leaf) growing out of water.
Thinking that it must be resting on something, he dived down in the form of a boar, found the earth below, broke off a segment, rose with it to the surface, and spread it on the leaf.

The story has two key elements which we associate with Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu.

As per Vishnu Purana and other puranas associated with Vaishnavism, Brahma appeared on a lotus that sprouted from the navel of Vishnu. Creation in universe began after this.

Vishnu taking the form a boar and lifting the earth up from the ocean a symbolism associated with the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu.

Taittiriya Brahmana is a notable shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. The Vishnu Purana attributes it to a pupil of Yaska named Tittiri. It is most prevalent in South India. T…

Why is the Jessica Lal case so Important to Media?

A woman (Jessica Lal) murdered a few years back gets around 1 hour daily on so called National News Channels.
Three woman murdered (Dalit killing in Maharashtra) a month back was first ignored, then forced to report and then sidelined.
In normal course, the three dalit woman murdered should get precedence but our channels find Jessica Lal case more interesting.
Any idea why?
Prime time of most national news channels (better call them metro channels) in India these days are reserved for Jessica Lal and Ram Jethmalani. Much of the time is spend on discussing what Ram Jethmalani should have said, should not have said and finally what he will say.

The net result - all people take a high moral ground and attack Ram Jethmalani. Then we have a set of news anchors who are more aware about the proceedings than the judges and lawyers. Most of the time viewers are left guessing what these people are discussing.
I don’t know if anybody is keeping track of the number of women murdered in India …

Rare Idol of Lord Shiva Estimated To Fetch $3 Million in an Upcoming Auction

The Albright-KnoxArtGallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art, will deaccession antiquities and other historic works in a series of auctions at Sotheby’s over the course of 2007.
Highlighting the March 23rd sale of Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art will be a Magnificent and Rare Granite Figure of Shiva as Brahma or Mahesha, Chola Period, circa 10th /11th century. The life-size sculpture, which entered the museum’s collection in 1927, is estimated to bring in the region of $3 million.
The present four-faced sculpture depicts Shiva as the omniscient deity from whom the two other great Gods, Brahma and Vishnu, are born. The iconography of this work is both fascinating and complex and depictions of the deity in the present form, particularly of this quality, are extremely rare.

Anu Ghosh-Mazumdar, specialist in Sotheby’s Indian and SoutheastAsianArtDepartment said, “This work is without question the most important Indian s…

Foreigner builds a New Jagannath Temple in Orissa

The 35-foot- high temple is located at Kuansh village near Bhadrak town in Orissa. Julian Parker, who hails from Los Angeles, built the temple at an estimated $56,500. More than half of the money was contributed by Parker himself. Rest of the money was donated by devotees of ISKCON, foreigners and others.

Why the new temple? Because foreigners and non-hindus are not allowed into the Jagannath Temple at Puri.

The three idols - Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra - in the new temple are seven feet tall. Daily schedules and rituals are similar to the temple at Puri.

Parker has rechristened himself as Jahnava Nitai Das after becoming a devotee of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He has also founded the Bhaktivedanta Ashram.

A Book on Hanuman for Chinese Readers

The book, titled The Divine Anjaneya, is written by Rama Bhat, who is Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in ConcordiaUniversity, MontrealCanada.

Barbara Black writes in Concordia Journal: Bhat relates in his introduction, he went to Nanjing in 2001 with his colleague in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Ming-yuvan Chen, who subsequently gave him a book on Chinese mythology called Journey to the West. A mythological novel written in the 16th century, it tells of a Chinese Buddhist priest who travels to India during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) to acquire Buddhist scriptures. Bhat was intrigued because of the resemblances of the Indian figure Anjaneya to a Chinese monkey-god called Sun Wukong. He decided to write his book in English, and another colleague, Professor Chun-Yi Su, is having it translated into Mandarin. The Divine Anjaneya is about the divinity in the form of an ape, a figure well known to…

Openly Hindu Gay Man Finds Space in New Religion

Openly Gay Hindu Man becomes minister (priest) in UnitarianUniversalistChurch.
Firstly, about Unitarian Universalism
It is a liberal religion -- They believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion. They are a "non-creedal" religion: They do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed. Now the Hindu Gay Man is Manish Kumar Mishra, aged 35, from Tampa, Florida. He is Harvard-educated, openly gay and former diplomat. He also has a Bachelor degree in Foreign Service from GeorgetownUniversity and speaks seven languages.
The reason to choose the new religion is - Hinduism renounces homosexuality.
St. Petersburg Times reports: Mishra, who identifies his religion as Hindu, which renounces homosexuality, said the church gave him a religious home. It is high time Hindu communities discussed about sexual minorities. I feel Hinduism should accommodate sexual minorities. Such people should be given the freedom in sexual matters and the f…

Let us Bury the Hindu Holocaust and Move Forward

Sandeep’s blog on Hindu Holocaust is true. No community has been slaughtered like this in history. But let us not rub salt in old wounds.

The number of Hindus wiped out by Muslim invaders is equivalent to the population of several smaller countries in Europe. But didn’t Hinduism survive in spite of that? Why did it survive?

Gandhiji says: If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: search the Truth through non-violent means. A man many not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth. (Hindu Dharma, Orient Paperbacks, Published 1991, page 18 and 19.)

We cannot go back into history and correct all the wrong deeds. Similarly, we cannot blame the present day Muslim brothers for the wrong doing of their forefathers.

It must also be noted here that after independence Muslims have never attacked Hinduism and its beliefs and teachings. (I am not talking about riots created for political and personal needs.) But Christian …

India’s first bone bank has no bones due to Hindu rituals

The broken bone bank is at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The bone bank set up in 1999 has only received six dead bodies in the past seven years.
Mumbai Mirror writes: Malhotra blamed the dearth of donors on Hindu ritual of immersing ashes of dead into Ganges. "Even in cases where people have pledged their bones to hospital after death, families of the deceased do not agree to it," Malhotra said.
It is a known fact that Hindus burn the dead body and immerse ashes in holy rivers. So the people behind bone bank in India should have already known its fate.

Things are slowly and many Hindus are now donating their body to various medical colleges in the country.

Asthi or bones after cremation is collected and placed in a clay pot. It is properly covered and then later immersed in a holy river.

The belief among Hindus is that a person attains moksha by immersing the ashes and remains of bones in water.

This is the reason why Hindus do not generally donate t…

Mahabhisheka on Nandi atop Chamundi Hill after 150 years

When the Nandi is 25 ft. long and 16 ft. tall, it is hard to perform a Mahaabhisheka periodically. Therefore only a Ksheerabhishekha (milk anointment) was performed yearly.

Some joggers and morning walkers on the Chamundi Hill road decided to clean the Nandi, which had a thick layer of dirt and dust.

Care was taken not to use any chemicals for cleaning. Soapnut, shikakai and coir were used to clean the huge statue which is the pride of Mysore. After the cleaning, the statue was embalmed with a paste of roasted coconut. The embalming is said to keep the statue shining for ten years.

Chamundi Hill is around 4.5 kilometers from the Mysore city center. Pilgrims ascend more than 1000 steps to the summit of the 1,062-meter high hill. The temple dedicated to Chamundeshwari is located atop of the hill.

The impressive sculpture of Nandi stands halfway up Chamundi Hill near Mysore, India. Carved in 1659, from a single granite boulder, Nandi is 7.5m long and 5m high.
The Nandi was built unde…

The Covert Begging Menace in India

It’s just eight in the morning and I hear a door bell. A well-dressed boy gives me a paper and starts to tell his sad tale. “I am good at studies, I have no one to pay for my education….I did not wait for him to complete. I hear different versions of such stories daily.
I gave him 10 rupees.” He has a list of donors and wants my name to be added in it. I can see a bundle of Indian currency in several denominations in his hand. These people don’t take one rupee or two rupee.
I am sure the boy has already earned around 150 rupees. My day’s earning is -10 rupees. I have to toil for next 9 hours to make 300 rupees. By that time the boy will make around 1000 rupees.

Now why I did I give the money? I didn’t want to spoil my day through remorse. And I don’t have the strength to say a harsh and big ‘NO’!!!
The boy knows this. Not this boy but a whole lot of people know this. They have glorified begging and have made it a profession. It is also a burgeoning industry. They employ unique mark…

Feature film on Mahabharata by BR films

It is from the same BR films that enjoyed unprecedented success with the serial version of Mahabharata in 1988. Any guess about the budget and length? Well the budget is a whopping 1.25 billion Indian Rupees. Length six hours!! It is broken into two parts and they plan it to release on consecutive Fridays. writes: Ravi Chopra said, "Yes, I am making a six hour long feature film on Mahabharat. It will be unjust to tell the most beautiful story of the world in three hours. Hence I have planned to make a six hour film that will be divided into two parts. The first part will end with the Draupadi Cheerharan scene."
He further adds, "The two parts of the film will be released on consecutive Fridays. I want to maintain the continuity so it makes no sense to release the second part after two or three months." Sounds interesting!! But what will the new Mahabharata feature film offer to the audience? New Graphics? Sound effects, 3D effects? Hope they don&…

Some People Think Hindus are under Seige

Dr Subramanian Swamy's new book thinks Hindus are under siege. The title of the book is interesting - Hindus under Siege - the Way Out.
News Today reports: Subramanian Swamy, in his introductory remarks on his book, explained that a close scrutiny of national and international events revealed a conspiracy to defame the Hindu religious beliefs, icons and its spiritual leaders. Sri Jeyanadra Saraswathi Swami, Puttapartthi Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Swami Ramdas are some who have become targets in recent times. Moreover, Hindus are under attack from all sides and the only way out is to realize the threats the community faces and build a new mindset to drive out the perils, he pointed out.

It is true that there are attacks on Hinduism from pseudo-secularists and missionaries. But Hinduism is capable of defending itself and it has been doing this from time immemorial.
Instead of fearing about attack on Hinduism these people should concentrate on alleviating poverty from Hindu society. T…

Lokpalas – the protectors the world – Eight Lokapalas in Hinduism and Their Elephants

Lokpalas are the protectors of the world and they guard the eight quarters of the earth. They have eight elephants protecting the eight corners. The eight Lokapalas in Hinduism are: IndraAgniYamaSuryaVarunaPavanaKubera andSoma Directions of Lokapalas Indra guards east direction.Agni guards southeastYama southSurya southwestVaruna  westPavana or Vayu guards northwestKubera northSoma northeast In some lists Surya is substituted with Nirrti.

Northeast is the Ishana kone or a holy spot and this is often substituted with Shiva or Pirthvi (earth).

Eight Elephant Lokpalas Each of the guardian deities have an elephant and they take part in the protection of their respective direction. The elephants themselves are also known as Lokpalas. Elephant of Indira is Airavata and his consort is Abhramu.The elephant of Agni is known as Pundarika and his consort is Kapila.Vamana is the elephant of Yama and his wife is PingalaThe elephant of Surya is Kumuda and his consort is Anupama.Elephant of Varuna is …

Yogi Bear - Photos of Meditating Yogi Bear in Trivandrum Zoo

These pictures were taken by my wife and me at the Trivandrum Zoo. It was a funny moment for us then. But later when I looked at the picture, I felt the Bear was actually meditating – a true Yogi Bear.

In the second picture, it actually looked at us to say you are disturbing my meditation.

Animals in the zoo might be meditating to overcome the monotonous boring life.

Some Trees Are Not Cut Because They Are Sacred Trees - Let Us Make All Trees Sacred

Looking at the alarming rate of deforestation, I feel our forefathers should have made all the trees and plants sacred. This is because people are scared to cut sacred trees.

“One needs to take permission from the tree before cutting it. Also the permission of the birds that have made their nest on the tree.” This is no joke but our forefathers did pujas before cutting a tree. There are also several stories related to the ‘tree spirit.’
The whole life of these trees are spent in service. With their leaves, fruits, flowers, branches, roots, fragrance, sap, bark, wood, and finally even their ashes as coal, they exist purely for others. (Srimad Bhagavatam)

Kamala Vasudevan writes in Deccan Herald: The sacred dimension of the tree is often represented by the tree growing on the top of the holy mountain, placed at the centre of the universe. Holy waters flow from the mountains nourishing the earth and all living beings, both physically and spiritually.Within the European tradition just as …