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Goddess Durga in Mosquito Repellent Ad

A print advertisement of a mosquito repellent in France features Hindu Goddess Durga.

The goddess has several arms in the first Picture to drive away mosquitoes. But when the repellent is employed she has only two hands. It seems the ad is for Bayer.

No idea whether the ad men knew the importance of Goddess Durga. The Goddess in the picture is known as Kali in South India. When creativity dries up some people turn to religion. In the excuse of creativity, they hurt the sentiments of people and provide more ammunition to the fundamentalists. The ad was created by JWT agency, Paris. (link)

Sabarimala Temple opens for two month long Mandalam Makaravilakku Festival

For two months from today, the hillock of Sabarimala will be reverberating with ‘Swami Saranam Ayappa.’ Millions of devotees from India and abroad will be heading for the AyyappaTemple located in the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala.

For Sabarimala 2008 dates please visit this link - Sabarimala 2008

This post was written during 2006 Mandalam season
1) The Sabarimala temple will open at 1730 (Indian time) today. 2) The new priests will take over the duty at 1915 (Indian time) today. 3) The temple rituals will begin tomorrow - on Friday morning - at 0430 (Indian time) with Ganapati homam (Ganesh Puja). 4) The Ayyappa temple will be open till December 27 and will be closed for 2 days. 5) The temple will reopen on December 30 for the 20-day Makaravilaku festival. 6) The Makaravilaku festival begins on December 31. 7) The Makarajyoti will be sighted on January 14. 8) The temple closes on January 19 at 2200 hrs. 9) The season comes to an e…

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 manag…

Guruvayur Shri Krishna Temple Drops the Idea of Renting Elephants

Earlier there was move to rent five important elephants of GuruvayurShriKrishnaTemple to a marriage function in Tamil Nadu. After protest from elephant lovers and devotees of Sree Guruvayurappan, the temple authorities have dropped the proposal. Newindpress reports:The most majestic tusker of the state, Gajaratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan, and the other four devaswom tuskers will not pose for the marriage extravaganza at Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu.

The devasom managing committee meeting held here on Tuesday cancelled its earlier decision to allow Guruvayur Padmanabhan and other four elephants of devaswom for the marriage ceremony to be held in January 2007.

Ancient Hindu Temple Trans-located

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.