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The Story of Rishyashringa in Ramayana

King Dasaratha decides to perform an Ashvamedha Yaga to have a son. The decision is welcomed by the sages and they all proceeded to make the necessary arrangements of the yaga. Sumantra, the charioteer, then reminds King Dasaratha of something he has heard from elders and narrates the story of Rishyashringa.

Sage Santkumara while discussing about future events had predicted about the birth of a great son to King Dasaratha. Sage Kashyapa had a son named Vibhandaka. Santkumara predicted that Vibhandaka will be the father of Rishyashringa.
The birth and life of Rishyashringa will be mysterious. Rishyashringa will live in the forest cut off from other human beings. His only contact will be his father.
When he reaches teenage, Anga, a nearby kingdom, will be ruled by Romapada. Kingdom of Anga is in terrible famine due to a curse and only way to get rid of the curse is to bring Rishyashringa and get him married to Romapada’s daughter Shanta.
But no one will be willing to take the jou…

Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi Online Through Official Website

Devotees around the world can now offer online prayers to KashiVishwanathTemple at Varanasi from the comforts of their home thanks to the official web site.The web site has a video of Akhand Jyoti of Shri Vishwanath Ji. Upon registering, devotees can partake in numerous online puja services. The payment is through the State Bank of India.The present online services include Puja, Donation and ‘Prasad’ through postal services. The postal ‘prasad’ distribution is only within India. It seems the web site only opens properly in Internet Explorer. The home page is not opening in Firefox and the video is also not playing. No idea about the other browsers like Safari. The website address: users:

Is Hindu Brahmacharya or Celibacy a Hypocrisy?

Talk about Brahmacharya and the first thing that comes to mind is sex. A Brahmachari abstains from all types of sexual intercourse. Brahmacharya is search of Brahman – the Supreme Being that pervades in all animate and inanimate. Is the path to Brahman only open to Bramacharis. Will the knowledge of Brahman be denied to a person who has had sex or erotic imagination? But one the greatest sanyasins in the Santana Dharma (Hinduism) tradition Yajnavalkaya had two wives – Gargi and Maitri.Take a list of all the great sages of Santana Dharma and one will find that most of them were married and had a family life. Some indulged in sexual intercourse to produce heirs. In fact ‘Tatvamasi’ the core Hindu philosophy was taught by Sage Uddalaka to his son. On a careful analysis of the Hindu scriptures – mainly the Upanishads, the Puranas and the epics – one will realize that married life or indulging in sex was never an impediment in knowing Brahman. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna mentions ab…

Book on Hinduism in United States by Prema A. Kurien

A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an American Hinduism explores the Hindu American Experience and discusses the new forms, practices, and interpretations of Hinduism in United States. The author Prema A Kurien is a faculty at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.According to the author “The book examines the relationship between the institutionalization of Hinduism as a minority religion and the political mobilization of Hindu Indians seeking a place in multicultural America.” From the Book DescriptionDrawing on the experiences of both immigrant and American-born Hindu Americans, the author demonstrates how religious ideas and practices are being imported, exported, and reshaped in the process. The result of this transnational movement is an American Hinduism--an organized, politicized, and standardized version of that which is found in India. This first in-depth look at Hinduism in the United States and the Hindu Indian American community helps readers to …

Amarnath Cave Look Alike at Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar, Punjab

The famous Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar, Punjab, has a model of the Amarnath Cave in Jammu and Kashmir in it premises. The structure of the cave temple is an exact replica of the Amarnath Cave shrine. Numerous devotees taking part in Amarnath Yatra are now visiting this shrine and those unable to take the original arduous journey are finding solace in the replica.

Situated in the heart of Jalandhar City, the Devi Talab Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one among the 51 shaktipithas. An old Kali Temple is also located in the premises. Devi Talab Mandir is the venue for the world famous annual Sri Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan.