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Woman Who Lost Her Kids to Tsunami Give Birth to Twins

What makes this story interesting is that the woman had undergone sterilization after the birth of two kids. But unfortunately she lost both of them to Tsunami. The woman underwent re-canalisation treatment at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and was blessed with twins. Tsunami victims are offered free treatment at the hospital run by the Amritanandamayi ashram. The Hindu reports:For Lizzy and Srijith, who lost their daughter Alishajit (8) and son Kalidasan (4) their joy knew no bounds as they held their newborns. The children were born through a caesarean section on October 30 at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here and the mother and kids are doing fine, hospital sources said. Eight women, who had lost their children to tsunami, had undergone the treatment at the hospital. Of them one couple were blessed with a baby girl a month ago.Amritanandamayi ashram is doing some great philanthropic work around the world. It is also good to know that there are hospitals in Indi…

Stampede at the Entrance to Puri Jagannath Temple

NDTV reports:At least four people have died and more than 13 injured in a stampede at the entrance to Puri's JagannathTemple. Thousands of people most of them elderly had gathered at the temple to usher in Kartik Purnima Festival, which starts on Monday.Today is the penultimate day of 'Panchuka', a five-day period when Hindus shun all non-vegetarian food. Eyewitnesses said the devotees were queuing up near the 'Jhulana mandap' inside the shrine waiting for an inner door to open.This has now become a common occurrence. There seems to be no proper arrangement in most big temples to handle large crowds. The Sabarimala season in south is starting this month. This is another sacred pilgrimage with a history of accidents and stampede.

On the upcoming Hindu Temple in Hawaiian island of Kauai

Kauai's Hindu Monastery in Hawaii, USA, was founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. When finished, this new temple will be the first all-granite temple outside India. Hindustan Times reports:It is a massive project – involving a village of craftsmen in Bangalore, a score of Hindu monks on Kauai and nearly 9,000 individual donors from 65 countries.
Two decades in the making, once completed, the Iravian temple will be the centrepiece of the 51-acre San Marga Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is already home to another temple to Shiva, a monastery and acres of landscaped tropical gardens visited by approximately 10,000 visitors each year.
The report in Hindustan Times is exhaustive and contains information on the history, location and environment of Kauai's Hindu Monastery.Kuai Hindu Monastery can be reached online here.

Deities in Hindu Temples are Not Exhibits

Swami Swarupananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Dwaraka Peetha, said this in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

The newindpress reports:“Those who don't believe in Hinduism, have no business to be in the temples because the deities are not exhibits.”On the dalits not being allowed entry is some temples, the swami said:“Millions of devotees throng SriJagannathTemple at Puri but none is asked about his/her caste or status in the society.”
People should not be allowed into Hindu temples merely to quench their thirst of curiosity.
At the same time, no follower of Hinduism should be kept out of the temple because of his/her caste. Kerala has done wonders in this matter as all believers of Hinduism can enter any temple in Kerala without any fear or inhibition. Thanks to the colossal work done by Shri Narayana Guru and others.