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Hindu Prayer to Open United States Senate Session in July 2007

For the first time in its history, on July 12, 2007 the United States senate will open with a Hindu Prayer. Rajan Zed, a Hindu priest from Nevada, who had previously offered prayers to open sessions of the Nevada State Assembly in March and Nevada State Senate in May this year will become the first Hindu to deliver the opening prayer in U.S. Senate. Jewish and Islamic leaders have earlier delivered opening prayer in the U.S. Senate apart from Protestant and Catholic priests. The senators recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest chaplains.Cnsnews reportsZed, a U.S. citizen originally from India, said he has not finalized the prayer but that it will likely quote Hindu scriptures including the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita.

He said he plans to start and end the prayers with ‘OM,’ the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

The Monsoon Wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati in Orissa

The Monsoon wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is a five-day long festival in Sambalpur, Orissa and is known as Shital Shashthi (Sital Sasthi). An actual marriage of the two deities is conducted during the festival, which takes place in May-end or June. Preparations for the marriage begin with the selection of two couples from the area, who act as the parents of the groom and bride (Lord Shiva and Parvati).
The bride’s parents adopt Goddess Parvati and this initiation is observed as Patrapendi. On this day a lavish dinner is arranged at the bride’s house. Two days later Goddess Parvati arrives at the home of her adopted parents. From her adopted home, the bride is taken in a grand procession for the marriage ceremony, which takes place during the night. Similarly, Lord Shiva, the bridegroom, arrives for the marriage ceremony. All the rituals that are part of normal marriage ceremony are followed for the divine wedding.
The marriage takes place at the auspicious time and larg…

Razmnama – Illustrated Persian Translation of Mahabharata

Razmnama is an abridged translation of the Mahabharata written in Persian at the behest of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dates to around 1598–99. The original book is no longer available as the pages from the original Razmnama are scattered around the world; and are today the proud possessions of various collectors. Twenty-five elaborately illustrated folios of Razmnama are part of the large impressive collection in the John Fredrick Lewis Collection in the Free Library of Philadelphia, United States.
For the first time since 1923, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought together 25 pages of Razmnama at the John Fredrick Lewis Collection. The exhibition was held from July 14, 2007 to December 9, 2007. Razmnama is noted for it elaborate and exquisite illustrations. In the below painting, Karna Slays the Kaikeya Prince Vishoka. Style – Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper.

Amarnath Ice Shiva Lingam Melting Due to Hot Climate

Update 1:Amarnath Shiva Lingam Melts Completely
Update 2:Video shows Amarnath Shivling Melting Was Man Made and Not Due to Global Warming
The annual Amarnath Yatra 2007 is all set to begin on June 30th but the Ice Shiva Lingam (Shivling) has started melting due to the unusual hot climate. When Jammu and Kashmir governor visited the Amarnath Cave Shrine during the first week of June, the natural Shiva Lingam was about 15 to 16 feet but now it has reduced to 8 to 10 feet.
Although the official Yatra starts on June 30th, pilgrims have already started visiting the shrine. Legend has it that Lord Shiva narrated the secrets of immortality and creation of Universe to Goddess Parvati at this cave shrine.

Below down is a video by CNN-IBN on the melting Amarnath Shiva Lingam.