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Japanese Woman Performs 72-hour Samadhi for World Peace during Ardh Kumbh Mela

She stayed in an unventilated underground chamber at the Ardh Kumbh Mela grounds in Prayag for 72 hours. Yogmata Kiko Ikoba, the Japanese woman, performed this Samadhi for world peace.She entered the nine-feet by nine-feet chamber on January 18 after rituals and prayers. On completion of the ‘Samadhi’, she was conferred the title of 'mahamandaleshwar' by Joona Akhara.More articles on Ardh Kumbh Mela

Hindu Temple in Malaysia gets ISO 9001 Certification

SriSundararajaPerumalTemple in Klang, Malaysia, achieved the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality in religious, cultural, and social services to Hindus. It is believed that the temple – which is about 100 years old and also known as Tirupati of Southeast Asia – is the first temple to get such a certification.The staronline reportsTemple president S. Anandakrishnan said that with the ISO award, religious activities would be standardised to set a precedent for other Hindu temples. “Other temples are not bound to follow our standard operating procedure (SOP), but we wanted to set a benchmark so that people will know we provide quality services,” he said.If an ‘ISO certificate’ can keep a temple premises clean and pollution free then it is well and good. It should be employed in India too as the outer premises of some temples in India are in pathetic condition.

Saraswati Puja Festival

Saraswati Puja – also known as Basant Panchami – is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi and is celebrated on the fifth day of the Magh month (January – February). It is believed that goddess Saraswati was born on this day and it is also known as Boi Puja (book worship).

Elaborate Saraswati puja is held on this day in houses and temples. Yellow color dress is preferred on this day. Children are introduced to the world of letters on this day. Elders or pundits make youngsters write ‘Om.’ Educational institutions conduct special poojas and students in large numbers participate in these poojas.
Saraswati Puja is held through out the country on this day except in certain parts like Kerala, where it is held in October during Vijaya Dhashmi.