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Al Jazeera Series on Swaminarayan Sect

In the six part God's Business series aired on Al Jazeera Channel, the second part was on the famous Swaminarayan sect. According to the makers of the series, God's Business aims to get behind the issues of faith and how it affects people's real lives, their work, their families and the how they view their government and leaders. How do these institutions balance the demands of religious teaching and ceremony with wealth, power and human weakness? How do they function as powerbrokers in the often dangerous realm of politics, both local and global? And do these dealings inevitably threaten the moral integrity and clarity of purpose of religious institutions? The series is presented by renowned journalist John McCarthy.On the Swaminarayan Sect, the series first talks about the enormous growth and influence of the Swaminarayan institutions. Then it asks questions like – has the movement grown so absorbed in creating a corporate presence, involved in finance, politics and infl…

No threat to Badrinath Temple from Neelkanth Mountain

Several pilgrims who had visited the BadrinathTemple this year had reported about cracks on NeelkanthMountain overlooking the temple. A team of scientists from Geological Survey of India and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology that visited the temple has ruled out any danger to the BadrinathTemple from the cracks. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.The scientists are planning to conduct and aerial survey when the climate permits to ascertain the exact cause of the cracks. Hindustan Times reports"Although the team was unable to conduct an aerial survey due to inclement weather, they were able to see some cracks on the mountain through their binoculars," said Dr. PC Nawani, Director, Geological Survey of India. He added that although the exact nature of the cracks can be determined after a proper aerial survey, there is no immediate threat of avalanches damaging the popular shrine or the Badrinath township. "Prel…