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Dumped Letters to God Found in Atlantic Ocean to be donated to Church

Bill Lacovara and his son, Rocky, found the letters while fishing near a beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The man put the letters on ebay for sale but later removed it as the move offended religious people. CNN reports:The letters were addressed to the Rev. Grady Cooper of Jersey City, New Jersey, who died in 2004. Someone cleaning his house may have discarded the bag, which Lacovara found about 100 miles from Cooper's residence.Hope the people who have written the letters have not written their address in the letters as some letters contained confessions of abortion etc.

Feature Film on Lord Jagannath with Contemporary Social Theme

The film titled Jai Jagannath is made in Oriya and is being dubbed into Hindi, English and all major Indian languages. Sabyasachi Mohapatra has made the film which is based on Lakshmi Purana and it reflects contemporary social issues.Newindpress writes:The story deals with the separation of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Jagannath over her attempts to end discrimination on earth by encouraging even untouchables to conduct rituals and worship.

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.

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