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Cambodia Thai dispute over Preah Vihear Hindu Temple Continues

Poetry in stone, the PreahVihearTemple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Shikha resvara – Lord of the mountains. But the temple is constantly in news due to the bickering between Cambodia and Thailand. Preah Vihear is located in the northernmost tip of Cambodia close to the Thai border and the ownership of Preah Vihear temple was disputed by both the nations. The International Court of Justice had awarded it to Cambodia in 1962.
PreahVihearTemple is not easily accessible from the Cambodian side. Therefore devotees and tourists approach the shrine from northeast Thailand. Now the Thai army has closed the entrance to the shrine from Thai side stating that Cambodia objected to the presence of Thai military personals in uniform inside the shrine. Due to this periodical bickering, Unesco's World Heritage committee delayed until next year the decision to put the site in World Heritage List. The temple is noted for some of the most beautiful stone carvings in the world.RelatedHin…

The Forms of Supreme Being in Pancharatra Agama

The Agamas are important Hindu Scriptures and can be termed as guidelines for worshipping the Supreme Being. ‘Agama’ in Sanskrit means attaining knowledge. There are different schools of agamas dealing with Shiva, Shakti and Vishnu worship. Pancharatra Agama is one of the most important Vaishnava Agamas and it considers Lord Vishnu as the Supreme Being and the path to liberation. According to the Pancharatra Agama the Supreme Being has five aspectsPara – the transcendental formVyuha – the form at the time of creationVibhava or Avatara – the form during incarnationsAntaryami – the form present in all animate and inanimateArcha – the image form in templesA devotee can worship the Supreme Being or Brahman in any form. And all the paths ultimately lead to Brahman.

Ramayana on the Wheels by Physically Challenged Artists

Ability Unlimited, a non-profit organization run by director-choreographer Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, is the first professional dance-theatre in India to educate and employ people with disabilities. After the disabled artistes are fully trained, they are provided with a platform for public performances that integrate arts with career opportunities. The top theater performances of Ability Unlimited include Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana on Wheels, Martial Arts on Wheels and Durga.

More details about Ability Unlimited, performances, training and jobs can be found here.

Aastha – the Indian spiritual channel plans reality TV show Master of Music

AASTHA – the Indian Spiritual Channel – is planning to air a new reality show ‘Swar Adhiraj’ or ‘Master of Music.’ The channels plans to conduct audition across India later this month. Aastha follows the entertainment channels in India that are airing reality TV shows during primetime. Aastha first planned to call the reality show ‘Religious Indian Idol’ but then changed for good. The show will not permit religious songs from Bollywood movies. There will be no prize money and the top prize is a trip to a religious destination. (courtesy CTV)

Sayings of Gandhiji

Just as the nature of water is to flow downward, so also vice drags man downwards and is, therefore, undoubtedly easy. Virtue takes a man upwards and so appears to be rather difficult.Conquest of anger does not mean that, while it is not outwardly manifest, the heart is full of it. Deliberately casting out anger, root and branch, constitutes real conquest.Gandhiji