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Purna Vidya – A Vision of Hindu Dharma for Children and Teenagers

The book Purna Vidya – A Vision of Hindu Dharma from Sastraprakasika Trust attempts to impart value based cultural education to children. The purpose of the book is to help children and teenagers understand the rich cultural heritage of India in keeping with the Vedic vision. According to the trust, the book is part of Vedic Heritage Teaching Programme and is a guide for schools, families and communities that wish to teach cultural heritage to children in an authentic and systematic manner.The book is organized into three volumes and is tailored to the ages of the children. Treading a new path the book contains illustrations and games based on Hindu scriptures for kids. Guidelines for teaching Hindu values, religious disciplines, culture and Vedic knowledge. For teenagers, the book has Vedangas and other Vedic scriptures, an introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, human development and contemporary teen issues.The book is credited to Swamini Pramananda Saraswati and Sri Dhira Chaitanya and…

Devotees offer Crores to Tirumala Tirupati Balaji

Tirumala Tirupati is the richest Hindu temple in the world and the devotees are always ready to offer more. A booming Indian economy is making several Indians millionaires and billionaires. And most of these Indians make it a point to share the pie with their favorite deity. There are numerous Tirupati Balaji devotees who believe that their monetary gains are due to the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara. Earlier the donations were in lakhs but now it is in crores. Huge cash donations are regularly made to the Tirupati temple and most the time the donors wish to remain anonymous. Apart from cash, the temple receives offerings like gold, silver, diamonds, paintings and other costly items.This week, K Surya Rao, a Bangalore-based businessman, had donated over Rs one crore to TTD with the request that Rs 50 lakh each be spent on the free meals for pilgrims (Annadanam) and for the benefit of poor patients of TTD hospitals. Earlier, a Delhi based devotee, Rajiv Singh, had offered one crore …