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Dalit Priests in Hindu Temples in Bihar

The appointment of a dalit priest in a HinduTemple in Bihar is celebrated with much fanfare in the Indian media. But on the ground the oppression of the dalits continues unabated. The process of the appointment of the Dalits as priests is a move in the right direction. But the number of dalit priests should be increased. And for the process to be effective, the Dalit priests should be appointed along with Brahmin priests. The Brahmin priests and dalit priests should do the puja together and this will send out a clear signal to the devotees. Not only Dalits but all Hindus should be allowed to perform pujas. Tamil Nadu has set an example by starting courses for all Hindus for doing pujas in Hindu temples. Also the activity of the Dalit priests should not be confined within the temple walls. People should invite them to homes to conduct pujas. Finally, there should be only Pujari (priest) not Brahmin Pujari and Dalit Pujari. In the 20th century, the social revolt against Brahmanism led t…

Hyderabad Gears Up For Ganesh Chaturthi 2007

The 2007 Ganesh Festival is on September 15th and the idol makers of Hyderabad have started their work at Dhoolpet, a well known workshop of Ganesh idols in the city. This year too majority of the Ganesha idols in Hyderabad will be made of Plaster of Paris. But a heartening change is the use of eco-friendly colors made of natural dyes. The idol makers are not averse to the idea of clay idols, if consumers are willing to pay a high price. This year the Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols are also costly due to the steep rise in the cost of labor and materials. Clay idols will be more costly and therefore majority of the idol makers are shying away from making clay Ganesh idols. A 12 foot or high Ganesh idol is expected to cost between Rupees 10,000 and 15,000. The rate goes down as the proportion decreases. But if the smaller idols have intricate designs, the cost will be high. It seems in 2007, Ganesh idols in Cubist are in high demand. Consumers prefer synthetic colors as they are bright a…

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

This meditative stage is the highest state of existence.
So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come.
It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings us real enjoyment and happiness.
The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation.
It is only to the soul that has attained this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful.
To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
Swami Vivekananda

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