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Is there a Hindu Bible?

I was surprised to find that ‘Hindu Bible’ is one of the popular searches in search engines on topic related to Hinduism. I guess by bible the searchers meant the holy book of Hinduism. Hindu religion has numerous Holy Scriptures like the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. But which Holy Scripture will qualify as the Bible of Hinduism? Now, the choice would vary from people to people. For me it is the Bhagavad Gita because it contains the essence of all the important Hindu Scriptures.

Scientific and Archeological Evidence on Ram Sethu

The present UPA government in India does not believe the existence of Ram Sethu (Adam's Bridge), which Hindus believe is the bridge built by Lord Ram with the help of Hanuman and monkeys.Union Minister T R Baalu answering in writing to a question of MP Mr. Avinash Rai Khanna in Lok Sabha, once again reiterated that government does not believe there is any man-made structure on the channel configuration, therefore question of protecting it as heritage does not arise. Ambika Soni, Minister of Tourism and Culture, repeated the same in the Rajya Sabha. But the department of earth sciences, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has given an ‘opinion’ to the government that the islets are probably a result of human activity.The Telegraph reportsThe department of earth sciences says the sand dunes have a base of coral and sandstone that seem to have been ‘transported’ from elsewhere.Its unpublished report, of which The Telegraph has a copy, says the naturally formed corals in Lak…