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On the Lost Hindu Temple Relics in Indonesia

Relics from Hindu temples as old as eighth century from central Java have passed into the hands of privates collectors mainly due to ignorance and official apathy. People of the village sold these relics thinking as old stone in the 80s. Some of the pillars were used by locals to build their houses. Jakarta Post reportsDuring the independence struggle of the 1940s, many temple ruins could be found in the area between Paren hamlet to Sekere Hill in Sidomulyo, Sukirman said. "We considered them to be just temple ruins and of no value, except as black rocks. The government also didn't take care of them," he said. As the area became more densely populated, nearly all the temple ruins were tampered with or damaged, and a number of intact statues were bought by middlemen and antique collectors. What remains are mostly small fragments, such as a statue of a dragon and a turtle, believed to be remnants of the Syiwa temple from the Kalingga kingdom.

White Crocodile in India to Have Better Living Conditions

Researchers and wildlife enthusiasts have been raising their concern for sometime over the manner in which the rare white crocodile is kept at the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, India. The female crocodile named ‘gori’ has been kept in a pen at the Dangmal crocodile research center for the past 32 years. The white crocodile was hatched and bred here as part of a conservation program. She has never mated and is the sole white crocodile in captivity in India.Now, the pen is being expanded under the guidance of wildlife researchers. (more details)

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Planning to Build Roadside Dormitory

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has decided to construct dormitory accommodation for the convenience of devotees on foot from Chennai etc., places resorting to Tirumala Shrine. Each dormitory built at road side at the following places will be containing the facilities of bathrooms, kitchen and protection wall around which will cost about Rs.27.00 Lakhs each. The maintenance of these dormitories is proposed to be made over to local Venkateswara Bhajan Mandals or local panchayats. It is desired to call for donation of land not less than 0.50 cents each the following venues from the intending donors.Pudi – Appalayagunta junctionNagariKanakammasatram (Tamil Nadu)Thiruvallore (Tamil Nadu) Persons interested may contact with details of land etc. THE ESTATE OFFICER T.T.DEVASTHANAMS
T.T.D.ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS
K.T.ROAD, TIRUPATI – 517 501 From Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam website

Monkey Trouble in Puri Jagannath Temple

The monkey menace in PuriJagannathTemple is well known and many devotees have a tough time with them. It is estimated that more than 3000 monkeys have made JagannathTemple and its surroundings their home. Their main food is the eatables that people carry for puja. Monkeys are found in all places in the temple. They sit atop small temples, pillars and arches and wait for a devotee who is not alert. It is not fruits that they are after; they will take anything including purse and money.When food is not readily available in the temple, they venture into the nearby houses and shops creating mayhem. For many devotees, the monkeys are a menace. But where will the monkeys go? This is yet another instance of the raging man-animal conflict in India. We have usurped their forests so they are now trying to accommodate wherever food is readily available.

Saraswati Puja in New England

Townonline reports on the Saraswati Puja celebration conducted by Bengali community in New England. The event drew about 200 participants from the state and outside. From the report“It’s a traditional event for us to come and participate,” said Mitti Bhattacharya of Randolph, who attended with her husband, Subrath, and their children, Brinden, 4, and Trisha, 3.She said, “Saraswati, for our culture, is a high-level goddess of wealth and education. It’s a festival for children, to help them prosper and do well in their education.”