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Eco-friendly Ganesha Idols for Pune Ganesh Chaturthi from eCoexist

The nerve center of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Maharashtra is Pune, from where Bal Gangadhar Tilak started large scale public Ganesh festival in 1893. Pune region had the tradition of making ‘shaadu’ Ganesh idols. Shaddu Ganesh idols are natural clay idols and were painted with natural colors. People used to immerse these idols in their private tanks, wells and ponds.
In recent years, Shaddu Ganesh idols had to give way to glossy chemical painted Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols, which are notorious water polluters. Now, there is an attempt from several quarters in Pune to bring back natural clay idols. eCoexist, a social enterprise in Pune, has prepared completely natural Ganesh idols and is available in select stores in the city. The raw grey idols are finished using a variety of natural clay such as multani mitti, geroo and natural dyes such as turmeric and beetroot. The idols have been made by the famous sculptors of Pen in Raigad District. According to eCoexist, the clay Ganesh idols …

Persian Words in Hinduism – Persian influence on terms used in Pre Vedic and Vedic Period

An interesting article in Cybernoon by Ruby Lilaowala, a well known columnist and writer, discusses Persian words in Hinduism especially in the Pre-Vedic and Vedic period. The article talks about similar words in Rig Veda and Zend Avesta and the Persian influence on various terms used in the Vedas.
Some of the important inferences in the article The word ‘Hindu’ is a Persian word coined by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century B.C. to describe people who lived beyond the SindhuRiver (Indus), which was the eastern boundary of the ancient Persian Empire.The Persians were not able to pronounce ‘S’ and Sindhu (Indus) became Hindu.‘Hoama’ in Zend Avesta became ‘Homa’ in Rig Veda.‘Shudra’ in the Hindu caste system is from Persian ‘Hatoksha’, people who joined Persians on their travels.‘Vaishya’ caste in Persian language was ‘Vastrayosh’, cattle herders.Persian ‘Veeg’ for seed became Sanskrit ‘beej.’‘Ratheshwars’ were Persian warriors and this in Sanskrit became kshatriyas.‘Ahurani’ was the Per…

Opening ceremony of Lilburn Atlanta Swaminarayan Temple Live Online on August 26

Live webcasting of the opening ceremony of AtlantaSwaminarayanTemple will available on August 26, 2007 from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm (Atlanta Time). The new BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta is located at Lilburn and is one of the largest Hindu Vedic temples outside India.
The link to the live telecast has been removed as the function is long over.SwaminarayanHinduTempleAtlanta Location and Address can be found here.
Live Webcast and live broadcast on TV is available from 1830 to 2200 Indian Standard Time0900 to 1230 Atlanta Time1400 to 1730 UK TimeBrowser DetailsPlease turn off Firewall and any virus protection software. Double Click on the center of the screen to make it full screen during the event.Please try to click on Ready button just in time before the event starts, not long before the event starts.If you are using Firefox as a web browser, please download the required patch for Windows Media Player.Delete Cookies and files on FireFox or Internet Explorer.The murti-pratishtha cerem…