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Nevada Senate Session Opens with Hindu Prayer

Nevada State Senate session in the United States opened on Monday with a hymn from the Rig Veda read by Rajan Zed, Director of Interfaith Relations of Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada, and Public Relations Officer of India Association of Northern Nevada. Rajan Zed said “I open my prayer with an invocation to the divine—wherever it may be and however we may conceive it.” Next he read the immortal lines from the opening prayer in Katha Upanishad. Saha nav avatu
saha nau bhunaktu
saha viryam karavavahai
tejasvi nav adhitam astu
ma vidvishavahi
aum santih, santih, santih
May he protect us both; may he be pleased with us both; may we work together with vigour; may our study make us illumined; May there be no dislike between us. Aum, peace, peace, peace.Then a few verses from the Bhagavad Gita and concluded by reciting another mantra from the Rig Veda.Since its formation in 1864, this is the first time that Nevada State Senate has opened with a Hindu prayer. Rajan Zed had read the opening prayer…

The Sculpture of India – New Series in Doordarshan by Benoy K. Behl

‘The Sculpture of India’ is a New Series directed and produced for Doordarshan by noted art historian, photographer and filmmaker Benoy K. Behl. He along with associate director Latika Gupta and Assistant Cameraman Gopal Prajapati traveled over 80,000 kms to shoot the series. This huge project of 26 films takes the viewer from the time of the IndusValley civilization in the 4th and 3rd millenniums BC till the 17th century. The series details about the development of the art of sculpture in the country and how it is closely related to the cultural history of India. ‘The Sculpture of India’ traces the development of various concepts and themes in the making of temple idols and other images. It also throws light on the various traditions and how it evolved over a period of time.

Sumiran – Rare Bhajans of Lata Mangeshkar to Release Soon

Sumiran is a 17-year-old private recording done by Lata Mangeshkar for a temple and was unearthed recently. The holy shlokas were found accidentally and is in near perfect condition. (link)
Composed by Latajis brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the album has 23 popular Sanksrit sholkas (hymns) dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddesses Durga, Saraswati, Lord Rama and other deities in Hindu pantheon. The album is released by Sa Re Ga Ma and is priced at Rs 225. Lata Mangeshkar’s Meera Bhajans, rendition of the Bhagavad Gita and albums like Ram ratan dhan payo and Chala vahi des are hugely popular with Hindus.

Does Hinduism Need God Men?

On Sunday, CNN IBN had exposed three Hindu God Men or ‘babas’ who were ready to turn illegal money into white. The God Men were shown willing to take money from the corporate representatives (journalists undercover) and in return write them a cheque back for the same amount. The corporates only needed to pay a certain amount of commission to the ‘babas.’ All this because by investing money in charitable institutions corporates gets a considerate amount of tax rebate.The exposed god men were Vedanti Maharaj, chairman of the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust in Ayodhya, Pilot Baba (Kapil Advait), former wing commander who fought for India in the 1965 and 1971 wars and Guruvayoor Surya Namboodiri, famous for making prophecies.It is a well known fact that certain Hindu God Men are indulged in illegal activities. People usually talk about this in private and now some ‘babas’ are caught red handed. Saddest part is that none of the central or state governments ever do anything to control such illegal act…