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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Yoga Trainer Subodh Gupta and Weight Loss Controversy

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev is familiar with people interested in Yoga and Hinduism. Subodh Gupta too must be familiar with people interested in Yoga but he is not as famous as Baba Ramdev. Now Subodh Gupta has challenged Baba Ramdev for giving misleading statement or remaining silent on misleading news regarding weight loss achieved through yoga. Subodh Gupta, Yoga Trainer based in London, has issued a press release in public interest regarding this. The two misleading news articles according to Subodh Gupta 'Yoga has nothing to do with religion. It is not Hinduism' in Rediff. “I lost 6 kg after attending two sessions of yoga with Baba Ramdev in New Jersey last week says Raj Kumar (not his real name).”“Ramdev's Yoga Brand Launched In America” in several news portals. Ten overweight people volunteered to have their weight checked before and after the session. Amazingly, the weight reduction ranged from 0 to 5 pounds.Subodh Gupta is contesting the reduction in 6 kg body fat in 2 …

Spiritual Books by Sri Sri Ravishankar

Several published books of Sri Sri Ravishankar, founder of Art of Living, are casual discourses to seekers in different parts of the world and contain practical solutions for everyday problems. But many of the thoughts are revolutionary in nature. Most of the books are pregnant with meaning and written in simple language. Most of the books of Sri Sri Ravishankar have been translated into various regional languages in India including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. German and Spanish translations of the books are available online. Sri Sri Ravishankar BooksAn Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker – Volume 1 to 7 – Each book in the volume consists of discourses by Sri Sri Ravishankar in a year. There are total seven books. The first volume from June 21 1995 to June 13 1996 and the seventh from July 12, 2001 to July 11, 2002. Pearls of wisdom offered in the volumes help to overcome several issues in daily life. Anne Elixhauser and Bill Hayden are the compilers.Celebrating Silence - Exc…

Bonalu Festival in Hyderabad and Secunderabad

Bonalu is an important festival celebrated in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana in the month of Ashada (July – August). Bonalu 2017 dates are June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 and July 23. Bonalu means ‘food’ and is a ritual in honor of Mother Goddess - Mahankali. The ritual consists of an offering of food made to the Goddess by women which is later shared by the family and friends as ‘prasad.’ The festival is a month long affair and includes colorful processions and community feasts.

Bonalu on Sundays in the Ashada month: The first main festival is held on the first Sunday of the Ashada month at the Sri Jagadamba temple in Golconda Fort, the next main festival on the second Sunday at the UjjainMahankaliTemple in Secunderabad and the third main festival on the third Sunday at the Matheswari Temple of Laldarwaja. The rituals are also performed in all the other Mother Goddess temples in the twin cities.
Origin of Bonalu festival: Bonalu had its origin in an epidemic of plague in 18…