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Last Day for Shambo The sacred Bull? Yes

Today might be the last day for Shambo the bull in Skand Vale temple. Now only a miracle can save Shambo from being slaughtered.

No miracle happened. (updated)Shambo’s Journey So Far27th April 2007 – Shambo a SkandvaleTemple bull tested positive to a routine Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) skin test. This means that he is suspected to carry Bovine TB but not proven. The current policy of DEFRA, Wales (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is to kill any animal suspected of carrying Bovine TB.3rd May 2007 – The temple received a "Notice of Intended Slaughter" from the National Assembly for Wales.4th May 2007 – Temple authorities isolate Shamboo from other bovines and public.6th May 2007 – TempleMonks and Hindu Forum Britain start online petition to save Shambo.11th May 2007 – The temple vet certifies that Shambo is healthy. The chief veterinary officer for the Welsh Assembly visits Shambo and is satisfied. But Welsh officials want the bull to be slaughtered. 21st May 2…

Pune Ganesh Chaturthi Celeberations

The first large-scale public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1893 in Pune. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust was established in the same year and has been coordinating and helping Ganesh Chaturthi mandals across Maharashtra. The bit of history was to indicate the importance of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Pune.

The Dagdusheth Ganapati idol is the most preferred idol in Pune. Most the Ganesh Chaturthi idols in Pune are made by famous Ganesha idol makers in Pen in Raigad District, Maharashtra.

Saving the Sun Temple at Konark

The SunTemple at Konark is a UNESCO World Heritage site but numerous reports suggest that Konark is crumbling. The villain seems to be the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which incidentally has invited a global tender to preserve the sun temple. Konark Suraksha Samiti, an organization fighting for the cause of Konark, feels ASI has done more damage to the structure than the Muslim invaders who mutilated and tore down the structure. Orissa State Government too has similar views. But according to ASI the saline wind from the nearby Bay of Bengal is responsible for the crumbling. But the local people are not ready to buy this explanation as they point out other structures in the region, including the PuriJagannathTemple, has not been damaged by saline wind. As the blame game continues, only one of the famous Wheels of Konark is intact. The rest of structures of the temple too are not in a healthy condition.The new global tender planned by the central government is to bring in exp…

Hindu Temples and Religious Institutions Join In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thanks to the Kyoto Protocol for climate change, several HinduTemples and religious institutions are now helping in reducing the gas emissions that are responsible for global warming. Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka, KalahastiTemple in Andhra Pradesh, and AmbajiTemple in Gujarat are now using solar community kitchens and similar applications to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.The Kyoto Protocol for climate change has set specific carbon emission reduction targets for countries around the world. But most developed countries are not ready to meet the targets because cutting down on emissions will adversely impact their production and cost. Instead, they fund specific projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and the points thus earned allows developed countries to meet the specific targets of Kyoto Protocol for climate change. In India, Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. in cooperation with Factor Consulting Management AG on be…

Uddhava Gita Quotes

A thoughtful sage, even while living within a material body, should understand himself to be pure spirit soul. Similarly, one should see that the spirit soul enters within all forms of life, both moving and nonmoving, and that the individual souls are thus all-pervading. The sage should further observe that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as the Supreme soul, is simultaneously present within all things.
Both the individual soul and the Supreme soul can be understood by comparing them to the nature of the sky: although the sky extends everywhere and everything rests within the sky, the sky does not mix with anything, nor can it be divided by anything.
Although the mighty wind blows clouds and storms across the sky, the sky is never implicated or affected by these activities.
Similarly, the supreme soul is not actually changed or affected by contact with the material nature. Although the living entity enters within a body made of earth, water and fire, and although he is impelled…