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Showing posts from March 9, 2007

Ramayana Quiz – 1

This series is more than a usual Ramayan Quiz. It is an attempt to understand some general aspects of the epic Ramayana. Which yagna did King Dasharatha perform to beget sons?Who is the charioteer and most famous minister of Dasharatha?Which famous Sage did Sumantra ask King Dasharatha to invite for the yajna?Who presided over the yajna conducted to beget sons by Dasharatha?Which ritual did Sage Rishyasringa perform for King Dasharatha to beget sons?Who appeared from the ritual fire conducted by Sage Rishyasringa?What did the Yajna Purusa hand over to King Dasharatha?How many queens did Kind Dasharatha have?What are the names of King Dasharatha’s queens?Who was the ‘pattamahashi’ or the first queen?What quantity of the divine food did Queen Kausalya get?What quantity of the divine food did Queen Kaikeyi get?What quantity of the divine food did Queen Sumitra get?Who is the mother of Lord Ram?To whom did Kaikeyi give birth?Which queen gave birth to twins?Who is the mother of Lakshman?Wh…

Hindu American Foundation exposes online Hindu hate in latest report

Internet websites promoting religious hatred and intolerance towards Hindus and Hinduism are proliferating, and this trend has adverse long-term consequences for the Hindu American community, according to the latest report released by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) today. Entitled:Online Hatred, Extremism and Bigotry Against Hindus, the publication argues that exposing online hate-speech is a crucial first step in combating a major factor behind prevalent negative stereotypes of Hinduism. In its fifty-two page report, the Foundation traces the origins of online religious hate and bigotry, and presents evidence of the text and pictures from actual websites that illustrate their concerns. According to statistics provided in the report, “demonic” and “satanic” are the terms most commonly used today to describe Hinduism by numerous anti-Hindu websites easily accessible on the Internet."The proliferation of websites promoting religious hatred is an unfortunate consequence of t…